Whether in books or movies there’s always that one character that you love and find yourself rooting for no matter what. In this case it’s Esmeralda of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Yes, I know – she falls in love with Captain Phoebus even though he is one heck of a player. I believe Captain Phoebus is comparable to some of the guys on Tinder working with lines such as: ‘Work hard, play hard’, ‘I’m a God, deal with it!’ and ‘I’m awesome’. But even then I can’t help but root for Esmeralda – after all, she’s not the first (and certainly not the last) woman to fall for a douchebag. There are hundreds of women getting the hots for the Tinder versions of Captain Phoebus. It’s exactly like Shakespeare once said: ‘Love is blind’.
Okay I got a bit carried away about Esmeralda’s love life. All I wanted was to discuss her style which is #onfleek. She’s simply the queen of off-the-shoulder-tops. That white long-sleeved top tucked in that purple midi skirt (this is the Esmeralda from the Disney film adaptation from 1996)? On point! Girl was ready for fashion week in 1996 and didn’t even know it. Hence, I couldn’t help but look up to Esmeralda for some serious fashion inspo. Et voilà! Here I am with this perfect off-the-shoulder top from Maje.
Photos by Matt McCormick