How I'd Wear It

How I'd Wear It: Crushed Velvet 90s Dress

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This is kind of a 70s glam rock meets 90s club kid look and I'm really digging the combination! I rarely put together an outfit without any prints. I actually didn't realize I'd done that until I was editing the photos. So here you go - an inadvertent study in colorblocking!

I found this crushed velvet dress for the shop a while back and for some reason no one has snapped it up yet. It's such a perfect 90s mini! The fuzzy yellow coat was a Christmas gift from Matt. While we were in Stockholm last November, we'd pass a store every day that had it displayed in the window. I fell in love with it, but never went in to try it on. Fast forward to Christmas and I found out that Matt tracked it down online and bought it for me!

Want to style this dress yourself? Hop on over to the shop and grab it while you still can!

Altered State

Altered State: Teal Dress with a Bright Floral Print

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I immediately fell in love with the colors on this dress when I saw it, but I hesitated to buy it since it was covered in stains. I'm pretty confident in my stain-removing abilities when it comes to polyester (hot water + OxiClean = miracles). The problem was that this isn't polyester and I also wasn't 100% sure what the fabric content was. Cotton, some kind of cotton blend, something else entirely? Anyway, the price was low enough that I said 'fuck it' and gave it a go. 

I'm glad I did because it cleaned up with almost no effort! OxiClean saved the day without making those amazing bright colors run! (*insert Billy Mays here*)

The next issue was the length. The hem hit right across my knees in the most awkward and unflattering way. Another easy fix! I did a quick snip and hem and made it into a cute mini. I was already in love with the rest of the dress (those sleeves!), so all-in-all this was a pretty simple alteration.

I actually styled it a few ways before landing on this look - which is by far my favorite. I recently found this vintage felt hat for $1 (it was dirty and beat up) and did my first hat restoration project ever. It's nice to be able to show it off! The boots were a DIY project I decided to try. They started out as thrifted black boots and I spray painted them silver. I just haven't been able to find the perfect pair of silver boots, so I took matters into my own hands. So many projects in one outfit!

Styling Tips

How to Style a Vintage Denim Vest for Every Season

Vests are a super easy way to add extra interest to an outfit, and denim vests are especially versatile. Here's how I'd wear this vintage vest from the 70s (available here in the shop) for every season. A combination of vintage and modern pieces were used in these outfits...just goes to show that styling vintage doesn't have to be complicated. Just use what you already have in your closet!

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A flannel shirt and jeans are a staple during the cold months. Throw on a denim vest and combat boots to really kick winter's ass!

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There's still a little chill in the air, but you're ready to shed your winter gear and bring out the bright colors! Layer up with a long sleeve blouse under a sleeveless jumpsuit so all you have to add is your vest and some cute open toe wedges.

The last thing you want to think about in the heat is layers, but I swear a vest is the best way to add interest to a summer outfit without sweating to death! Throw it on over your favorite floral dress, add a hat and sandals, and you're done.

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There's something about fall that makes me gravitate toward earthy brown tones. Indulge in a little print mixing by pairing plaid shorts with a printed scarf. Just add a graphic t-shirt, tall boots, and your vest. All set!

So that's what I would do! What about you? How would you style it? 

OOTD

The Story of a Vaguely Southwestern Purple Bow Blouse

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Like so many things that ultimately end up staying in my own wardrobe, this blouse was originally earmarked for the shop. But there was a broken button on the front, and did I really want to replace ALL of the buttons, and wouldn't it just look great with my jumper and yellow tights? This is how I go from selling something to having a packed closet!

And I have to admit, it DOES look great with my gray jumper and yellow tights, and as an added bonus, it also matches my glasses. I will not apologize for being lazy and keeping this blouse!

Altered State

Altered State: Striped Tent Dress

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So back in 2015 I discussed my feelings on how a dress can be shapeless OR long, but not both at the same time (at least on me!). Still, if I find a print I love, I'm probably going to buy it even if it doesn't fit my rules as-is. This dress was another perfect example! Bold jewel tones like this immediately grab me every time, and the stripe and square print is just so cute! The dress itself had some problems though: long, shapeless, AND weird sleeves. 

I'm honestly not sure what was up with those sleeves originally. Were they supposed to be full-length long sleeves or were they actually supposed to have the button cuff hit at mid-forearm. I have an ongoing problem with vintage long sleeves being too short on me so it could be either! Regardless, something needed to change. At first I thought about losing the sleeves completely so that I could layer bright blouses underneath, but that would've also involved changing the neckline. I just wasn't up for that (and kind of like the original neckline). So I cut the cuffs off instead! That actually ended up giving me a fairly wide sleeve that makes a lot more sense visually.

Then, of course, there was the length. Snip, hem, and done - I have a mini dress! Add bright tights, suede boots, and a leather vest and you've got a bold, colorful outfit!