Monday, August 11, 2014
Hem it up. A great way to change the look from drab to fab.
I haven't done too may outfit posts before, but every now and then an outfit deserves a bit of attention. This is one of those outfits. I'm in love with this outfit and how it all came together. First lets start with the dress. It didn't always look like this. When I found it, while rummaging around the Salvation Army in Anchorage, it was about a foot longer. It definitely looked like it was from a past decade, but more like something from the late '80's early '90's. Not exactly (at all) the time frame that I am drawn to. But I saw it's potential. The button up front, that beautiful red and white floral pattern, and the fitting silhouette reminded me of something more 40's in style. For $6 bucks, I took a chance and brought it home to hem. The difference is amazing, just changing the length of this dress completely changed the look.
Those shoes were also a great find from Value Village. They are red genuine leather Mary Jane's from Nordstrom's. They are so comfortable and such a great quality, I can't believe anybody would want to get rid of them. Oh well, their loss is definitely my gain. I wear them all the time.
I've been working on my vintage hat collection for some time now and this one is by far my most favorite. I love the deep navy blue, little netted veil and dainty red roses. I really love that I get to wear the hat AND do my hair. I love fixing my hair and often opt not to wear hats because I don't like being lazy with my hair. With this hat I can do my bangs in a lovely barrel roll and I got to try something new with the back of my hair. This is my very first Gibson roll.
Now with the hair, hat, dress, and shoes, it was feeling a bit like a costume, or something for a themed party. I'm not a vintage purist by any means. I respect those who are, more power to ya, but it doesn't work with my personality (or my wallet)I much prefer mixing yesteryears fashions with my own unique style. So, I decided to pair this with my, also thrifted, faux leather jacket to give the whole ensemble a bit of a feminine edge. I think it all works quite nicely together. The perfect outfit for a day spent with a wonderful friend exploring new antique and thrift shops.
Kisses to you all. Thank you for reading and until next time, keep creating!