Songful Style: Behind the Wall of Sleep

Welcome to June’s Songful Style post! Hosted by myself, Shelbee (Shelbee on the Edge), Michelle (My Bijou Life), Marsha (Marsha in the Middle) and Anne (Spy Girl), Songful Style is a collaboration featuring outfits inspired by songs. We’re also inviting anyone who would like to join us, to post their own outfits in the link-up below. It doesn’t matter from what angle the song inspires the outfit, it can be from the lyrics, the tune itself, the album cover, music video, etc. Last month our song was Hello, Goodbye by the Beatles. This month, our Songful Style song was chosen by Anne and is Behind the Wall of Sleep by Pat DiNizio and The Smithereens. You can read why she chose this song over on her blog at Spy Girl.

Behind the Wall of Sleep lyrics:

She had hair like Jeannie Shrimpton back in 1965

She had legs that never ended
I was halfway paralyzed
She was tall and cool and pretty and she dressed as black as coal
If she asked me to I’d murder, I would gladly lose my soul

Now I lie in bed and think of her
Sometimes I even weep
Then I dream of her behind the wall of sleep

Well she held a bass guitar and she was playing in a band
And she stood just like Bill Wyman
Now I am her biggest fan
Now I know I’m one of many who would like to be your friend
And I’ve got to find a way to to let you know I’m not like them

Now I lie in bed and think of her
Sometimes I even weep
Then I dream of her behind the wall of sleep

Now I lie in bed and think of her
Sometimes I even weep
Then I dream of her behind the wall of sleep

Got your number form a friend of mine who lives in your home town
Called you up to have a drink
Your roommate said you weren’t around
Now I know I’m one of many who would like to be your friend
And I’ve just got to find a way to to let you know I’m not like them

Now I lie in bed and think of her
Sometimes I even weep
Then I dream of her behind the wall of sleep
Behind the wall of sleep
Behind the wall of sleep
Behind the wall of sleep

I’m not going to lie. This challenge was, well…a challenge lol! I had no idea how to tackle it for an outfit, so, in the end I chose the easy route, and used the line, she dressed as black as coal. I’ve always loved wearing head to toe black so it actually ended up not being so difficult because I have lots of black clothes. And, as there was mention of Jean Shrimpton in the sixties, I decided to wear a shift dress not unlike the ones she used to wear. Mine, however, is a little more flowy than the popular ones of that era.

To try and make myself look taller, I also wore a pair of black linen trousers and black heels. I accessorised the look with a funky black necklace and stone bracelets, as well as a chunky black ring. My favourite black leather clutch completed the outfit. Everything I’m wearing here is old. The dress and the trousers were both from H&M. The black heels are from Ecco and the clutch was from Massimo Dutti.

It’s the kind of outfit I’m happy to wear anywhere, because I always feel so comfortable—and confident—in black. I guess you could say, black is my comfort blanket when it comes to clothes! Do you have a colour that you tend to gravitate towards?

As for the song, Behind the Wall of Sleep, I love it! If I’d have given myself more time to really tune into this challenge, I might have tried to come up with something related to sleep and dreams…something a bit more creative, but because of our recent move, I just had too much on my mind. Perhaps next month’s song choice might see me being much more creative! I hope so, because it was my turn to choose the July Songful Style song, and I’ve gone with one of my favourite 80s tunes: When Doves Cry by Prince. Currently though, I have absolutely no idea how I’m going to style that one lol! But I do hope you’ll join in the fun!

Have you joined in the fun this month? If so, please add your Songful Style posts to the link-up below, so we can come and check it out! See you next month for When Doves Cry!

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19 responses to “Songful Style: Behind the Wall of Sleep”

  1. Jyoti says:

    You look stunning in this black dress!
    Wonderful Post! Have a great day!
    Rampdiary | Fineartandyou | Beautyandfashionfreaks 

  2. Suzy, this outfit is so great! I love that you styled a shift dress reminiscent of Jean Shrimpton’s style. And the “dressed as black as coal” lyric seemed to be what we all focused on for some really fabulously chic and sassy outfits, in my opinion. You look amazing, my friend! I am excited about your song choice for next month. There is so much style inspiration in the video and I feel like a bathtub might be in order for my photo setting! Haha. I just wish I had clothing as fabulous as Prince’s. But I do not. Because no one else can be that fabulous. Ever. Prince is seriously one of my favorite fashion icons of all time and when I was 12, I was convinced that I was going to marry him. In fact, I was torn between Raspberry Beret and Little Red Corvette (my two favorite Prince songs) for my next song choice, but now I might hold off on another Prince tune for another round! I can’t wait to see what everyone does for July!


    • Suzy says:

      LOL I had thought about raspberry beret too… but I figured we could save that for the winter as I do, in fact, have a raspberry beret LOL!! I loved Prince too, but I don’t think I ever thought I would marry him. I’m rather embarrassed to say I wanted to marry Limahl from Kajagoogoo (Neverending Story song). When I look at him now, I get quite embarrassed!!!! he he he
      I’m loving your idea for the bathtub!!! Can’t wait to see what we all do for that one!
      Hugs xx

  3. Love the lyrics and your outfit! I really love the dress with the trousers here in an all black look! Fabulous on you and the black necklace is just a great textural statement! I will have to take a listen to this song as I don’t know it but I lyrics are cool.
    Have a great week Suzy!
    jess xx

    • Suzy says:

      Thank you so much, Jess! I adore dresses with trousers and jeans — ever since seeing some Dutch women wearing the style when I was a kid. I used to think it was so cool lol!
      Suzy xx

  4. Marsha Banks says:

    Suzy!!! You are so long and cool in this look!!! You are perfection in it! I love that you used a shift dress. I googled and googled Jean Shrimpton and just couldn’t reproduce any of her looks! I was going to go with a heavy kohl lined eye, but I don’t think she really did that!

    We are going to have fun with your song choice…though I haven’t a clue what I’m going to do!

    • Suzy says:

      LOL I saw one photo of her in a shift dress, and realised it was probably the fashion at the time so I just went with that! I can’t wait to see how you style Prince’s gong, Marsha!
      Thanks so much.
      Suzy xx

  5. Lovely says:

    Love this outfit! You look fantastic.

  6. Gail says:

    Interesting lyrics, not familiar with the song, will check it out! You look good in black. It used to be my comfort blanket. I have less need for it now that I don’t go to the office x

    • Suzy says:

      I wasn’t familiar with them either, Gail. But the song has really grown on me! Thank you so much.
      Hugs xx

  7. Michelle says:

    You nailed it, Suzy! It’s awesome you were able to incorporate some of the Jeannie Shrimpton vibe with the shift dress. (I had to look her up.) And it’s fabulous look on you.

    I’m not sure I have a go-to color. A good mix usually makes me feel happy.


    • Suzy says:

      Thanks Michelle! You don’t need a go-to colour when you look so good in all the colours! You rock that!
      Hugs xx

  8. totally love with the black on black outfit
    you look fabulous!
    I hope you have a lovely week

    style frontier

  9. mireille says:

    I love how you often wear dresses over trousers and in black, it sure looks really cool! Monochromatic black is always a winner in my book.

  10. I think you did really well. The black outfit and the way you styled and accessorized it, is perfect. Very Italian.
    What I find odd about the song is that “you” and “her” are both used.

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