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Vintage Looks – A Parade of Skirts

I thought it might be good to cover the full parade of skirts while having a look at the vintage items in my wardrobe. Some you have seen before and a couple I wear so often that you should have seen them by now but I haven’t taken any pictures until now!

I made sure to make this picture of all my vintage skirts together nice and big so you can really see the prints and pattern of each of my little hardworking vintage wonders.

The brown and white sort of Aztec print skirt was the first one of this vintage collection. I purchased it about 12 months ago when I finally became aware of my great passion for longer midi and maxi length skirts. I think I have mentioned before that I am tall so I am really lucky that I can get away with these longer skirts and a couple of them even make me look long and lean! Which I like!

The Bright Vintage Maxi – You’ve seen this one and we only covered it in-depth a few days ago so we won’t spend a lot of time on it. As mentioned before, one of the things I like most about this skirt is that even though it is vintage, the colours are bang on trend!

Guess that just shows us that what is old is new again. There are cycles in fashion and mixing orange, red and raspberry (hot pink) really isn’t that new after all.

Vintage Black and White Plaid – If you don’t remember this skirt, we covered it in the Black and White series. Even though it is subtle, I wanted this look to be a mix of prints. I have used the black leather bomber/varsity jacket and the black boots to tie it all together. You will notice that the shirt is striped, the skirt is a  fine plaid and then the scarf and handbag are two more prints! Four prints in one look and I think it works pretty well. It’s a great way to get used to mixing prints if you haven’t yet gotten into that trend. I really like this look and am sure that I’ll be wearing it soon…maybe to the CFC breakfast in June.

Vintage, All the Skirts are Brown – Okay, so they aren’t but it is winter here and all the leaves are turning brown. We covered this skirt just a couple of days ago with the Cue top and croc handbag. You may also recognise it as one that I wore on the business trip to Brisbane a couple of weeks ago. That is one of the great things about this skirt, it is versatile. Because it is “just a basic skirt”, I can do so many different and wonderful things with it. Which makes the fact that it is vintage and cost so little, all the more sweet. Every girl needs those good basics that work really hard for them.I am sure you will see this skirt in more looks in the future.

Autumnal Vintage – You will have noticed in the close-up above that this skirt has great texture and a good variety of beautiful autumnal colours. Again, details that let it work with so many other things in my wardrobe. I especially like to wear this skirt to work with one of my cashmere solid colour jumper/sweaters and my brown suede boots. It’s just a comfortable outfit to work in and some days, being comfortable is about the best thing that can happen! Of course I tend to go with either the pearls or the vintage copper jewelry when wearing this skirt. They all just seem to belong together. Perhaps that could be a lead in for one of my Vintage clothing “stories from before they were mine”.

My First – Vintage Maxi – I actually don’t think I have shown off this skirt before. It was the first vintage one I purchased about 12-18 months ago. I fell in love with it for two reasons. The zig-zag print was reminded me of an Aztec print and knowing that tribal was becoming popular it seemed like a good versatile purchase. Secondly, it was the first time that I could find a vintage skirt that actually fit!! Massive bonus! The way I am showing it here is exactly the way I first wore it and is probably my favourite look for this skirt. The top is a wrap shirt / light weight jumper, the brown wide belt brown suede boots and my Coach handbag you have seen many times. The necklace is a multi-strand beaded necklace that also has a bit of the tribal trend about it. I have worn this skirt with a taupe coloured short-sleeved button-down shirt, tucked in, the wide brown belt and nude suede wedges in the summer months. I could wear it with orange, including orange wedges and it would look amazing…may have to check that look out for another post!

That 70s Show – This skirt isn’t a maxi or midi but it is one of my vintage skirts and whenever I wear it I feel like I have stepped back into the 70s, which means I usually end up styling it like a modified 70s look. In this particular pic, I have played off the slight burnt orange stripe in the skirt and used a burnt orange cashmere top purchased in Hong Kong back in October, a long cream coloured Ralph Lauren sweater vest, a vintage brown and orange scarf, burnt orange tights, brown suede boot and a two-tone brown clutch with a stack of copper and brown bracelets and my orange watch. I have also traded out the tights for brown fish net stockings which still provides a pretty 70s look. Sometimes I wear a lighter coloured top and ditch the vest and scarf and wear pearls but it still always feels like I am the mod 70s chick.

Hope you liked my parade of skirts. I’m sure they will make another appearance in the future as these are clearly some of my favourite vintage items to wear.

Did you have a favourite? How do you style your vintage midi’s or maxi’s to keep them current?

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Remodeling Sarah – Wardrobe Revamp – Going Shopping

So a couple of weeks have gone by since the beginning of the Remodeling of Sarah and she has been living out of her existing wardrobe and getting used to looking at what she has differently.

When we met to originally go through her wardrobe to give it a revamp we set the date for a shopping trip too. That day is now!

I had been thinking a lot about where we would go. You know, what would work for Sarah’s lifestyle? Where wouldn’t break the bank? How could I get Sarah to actually enjoy shopping? And to top off all my worries I hadn’t seen her since going to her house to go through her wardrobe! I had been away on business and although we had texted regularly, I had no idea what she had been wearing!!

As it turned out, I had no reason to worry. She had been a good student and remembered her lessons well! We were meeting for a coffee to have a chat before we got started with the shopping. My face nearly cracked with the huge smile as she walked into the coffee shop. How great did she look?! Casual, yet cool. Pulled together and exuding her own style. I hadn’t put together this look for her when we went through her wardrobe so she had done it all on her own! I felt like a proud mother watching her daughter graduate at the top of her class.

And the joy didn’t stop there! Sarah told me how she had been laying in bed thinking about designing a room in the house she is having built (which she does regularly) and all of sudden she started thinking, “I wonder if those colours would work in an outfit”?

For the second time in the “remodeling of Sarah”, I nearly cried, but these would have been tears of joy.

Over our coffee Sarah told me that as she was getting ready for the day she looked at herself and said, “one more layer”, then put on the denim jacket and the jewelry. The bright blue owl necklace had been a Mother’s Day gift from her girls and it looked great with her outfit. I did have to tell her how hot bird motifs are right now and that owl’s are V-cool.

When we finished our coffee, Sarah was quite curious about where we were heading. I told her it was a surprise and that she would just have to follow me. She threw out several guesses. None of them were correct and I started to get nervous again. We walked past all the “normal/regular” shops and eventually I led her into one of my favourite places to look for clothes…

…the Salvation Army Thrift Shop!

Not five steps in the door we found a great long cardigan hanging on the mannequin. She tried it on, it looked great on her and was $14.99 – an absolute bargain.

It had many of the colours already in Sarah’s wardrobe and was going to work well with her lifestyle. So it went straight into the yes pile.

We also found this really great brown suede skirt. There was also a corduroy skirt the same colour but Sarah liked the suede best and I have to agree, it was the “cooler” item to add to her wardrobe. The suede skirt was $14.99 and the corduroy one was $5.99 and although she was tempted to buy both, I convinced her that she only needed one!

Had I created a shopping monster?!

Sarah also selected this short-sleeved vertical striped shirt because it could be worn in the summer but also could be layered over long-sleeved shirts in the winter as in this photo. And the price $4.99!

As we were heading to the counter, I mentioned to Sarah that I can often find some cool, yet inexpensive, costume jewelry at thrift shops. The Salvo’s had a couple of baskets of bracelets and had a little display of necklaces. Sarah selected 1 necklace ($3.99), two pink bracelets ($0.99) and a little bag with a total of 4 white bracelets inside ($3.99).

So about $45 later we headed to the next thrift shop a couple of doors up. Vinnies!

Again, less than 5 steps in we found a wrap dress on the mannequin that was a must have.

The colours in this wrap dress were again perfect to add to Sarah’s wardrobe with the pinks, tans, browns and blacks. All colours she had in abundance and would be able to change-up the look with a number of cardigans, scarves or tights. Not to mention wearing either black or brown boots. Plus in warmer weather she could dress it up with a bit of jewelry and some strappy sandals. versatility ++!

We did try to find a nude/tan shirt or sweater to go with this brown and black checked skirt but didn’t have any luck. However, Sarah does have a few brown or black shirts she could wear with it and even a nice white button-down shirt with a vest would look professional, or a fur vest would look classic but casual.

Total cost for the wrap dress and skirt $15.

Total spend thus far $60 for all these great items!

Next stop was lunch and then on to my two other favourite stores.

More about them tomorrow.

How do you think we have done so far?


Jeanious – Vintage Denim

As always, I like to have a look at what vintage items are around that work with the trend I am currently working in my wardrobe. Part of the reason I do this is because I love vintage. I love finding a one of kind piece. I love thinking of the life my new vintage find may have had before me and I love the price! It means I don’t feel so guilty when I splurge on a designer piece.

It was interesting this week to see what was out there in Vintage Denim land and to see what, if anything I could find that I would consider working into my wardrobe. Or that was likely to be relevant to the denim daze craze in 2012.  I was kind of surprised by some things, bored and underwhelmed by others. Here is what I found and how I would work it.

(As always, the photos are linked to the page on Etsy.com for the item – for your convenience)

The Classic Denim Jacket - Because really, other than jeans what item is more denim classic than a jacket. This is one of those denim items that can do so many things…rock chic…cowgirl…urban. You can’t dress it up too much but it would be cute with a floral dress and wedges. Or go denim on denim with the boyfriend jeans. I think I would like to see it with white skinny jeans and a vintage concert t-shirt. But please, make it a concert you attended – keep it real! And you know I would have to pull on a pair of my cowboy boots with the look!

Floral Denim Daisy Dukes - I can’t wear short-shorts, not age appropriate as my bum cheeks would be hanging out! But (pun intended!), for those of you who are younger and/or firmer, these would be too cute for the summer. Imagine them paired up with a pale yellow sleeveless top, cute leather sandals or even bright yellow wedges and a stack of bangles. Too cute in my opinion! Or if you are into shorts in the winter…With a big sweater, tights and a pair of boots for a slightly rougher look.

Flare / Bell-bottom Jeans – Naturally I loved these the moment I saw them! They look very much like my favourite pair of J Brand Flares but only cost $48!! How can you go wrong with that? In the previous posts I have given any number of options for how to wear the 70s high-waisted flare with flair. Don’t go too hard on the retro look as it can look like you are going to a costume party but definitely get a pair of platforms to wear with these! They’ll make your legs look forever long!

Retro Romper - One pieces are so hot right now. And how easy to put together an outfit? Top and bottom are already sorted for you! All you need to add are a great pair of shoes and some big statement earrings. I would wear this for going out to play! This romper could be sexy flirty or just plain fun depending on how you accessorize it. The choice is up to your mood.

All of these items are fairly inexpensive compared to what you could pay brand new and if you happen to be the right size for them, I think they could make a great addition to any wardrobe.

Would you add any of these? How would you style them and make them your own?


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