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Monday, November 2, 2015

How to wear a vintage dress.

As a long time vintage lover it seemed it was about time to share my thoughts on how to wear it. Most of my favorite thrift finds are designer vintage pieces. When you're styling them you have to be careful because it's very easy for things to go costume-y. Rule number one is to avoid obvious cliches and dressing in head to toe vintage. This Jack Bryan for Saks beaded caftan that I picked up for about 20 bucks can easily go grandma or over the top. By pairing it with current accessories it creates enough balance to make the look modern enough to wear.

I kept it simple with the shoes, clutch and earrings because of all the detail on the dress.

Because the dress is big on me I needed the highest heels I could find to create as many vertical lines as possible. Plus I'm the shortest of all my siblings so with these 6 inch Christian Louboutin "Highness" heels I'm right up there with them :)

They were refurbs and I never put red vibrams on these.

From head to toe:
  • Earrings: H&M, $3 sale
  • Lipstick: Miley Cyrus Viva Glam, free with Nordstrom Notes
  • Dress: Jack Bryan for Saks 5th Avenue, thrifted, $20-ish (may have been less, don't recall)
  • Clutch: Badgley Mischka, Century 21, $11.88 (90% off sale!)
  • Shoes: Christian Louboutin Highness, Nordstrom Rack, $250

This past weekend was my newphew's Bar Mitzvah (yes, I have a lot of nephews LOL) so we headed to Baltimore to celebrate with my oldest brother and his family. Out of my six siblings everyone except one sister (who lives out of the country) showed up at some point. My brother David loves fashion as much as I do. He just loves his black suits, white shirts, black hats and long sideburns. I'm a little more eclectic LOL. Here is my nephew modeling his new hat that he acquired for his coming of age. He's such a ham.

This is one of my more modest looks (I needed to cover up) so I sewed the neckline together. However, because there was so much material I couldn't close it up completely. Too much fabric/coverage can easily overwhelm you.

Someone on Instagram asked how I could walk in these heels. I said - very slowly LOL. I like to run in my heels (small kids and all) but these are more for pictures than anything else. I have to confess that I had my Crocs under the table just in case...

Would love to hear how you do vintage. Feel free to leave comments/feedback below :)



  1. Love this vintage dress and it looks stunning with those heels! I probably couldn't have walked in them at all, not even for some photos, haha :) Hope you have a great week!

    xo, Esther

    1. Thank you. These heels take some time getting used to. The first time I wore them I fell at least three times LOL.

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