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? 


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: Pink & Orange Plaid Dress

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This was a fun one! I haven't taken on a alteration this complex in a while, and it felt really good to transform that hideous, shoulder padded monstrosity into a cute little dress.

In all honesty, this is the kind of dress I usually pass up. Awkward length, shapeless, and weird shoulder pads. Not usually a recipe to make me buy, but it was a dollar and I have a bit of a thing for bright pink and orange together, so I went for it. Plus the pintuck bodice is so cute! 

Obviously the first step was snipping out the shoulder pads. Pretty easy. Then I decided to take the sleeves off all together. At first that was because I wanted it to be really summery, but I quickly realized it could work well as a jumper in cooler weather too. I do love versatility! Because of the jumper idea, I decided not to take the bodice in quite as close fitting as I originally planned. Just enough to make it more my size while leaving room for layers underneath. The final step was snipping off the length and hemming it up. I have a rule about loose fitting dresses having to be short. It's just one of those weird rules I made up for myself along the way. I mean, loose longer dresses work on other people, I just think they look really weird on me!

So that it! I threw on a white blouse with a crazy 70s collar, some mint tights, and a flower pin that reminds me of a fried egg, and there's a springtime outfit! I can't wait to remix it with sandals and fun jewelry for summer!