Holy hell! That’s awkward! And the maniacal scrutinizing of images is sooo tiresome! How do those fashion bloggers do it?
But, I trudged through! Let me present, my first outfit post!
I love looking at other people’s blogs and seeing the outfits that they put together. It was something I wanted to do when I started this blog – but it is kinda intimidating in practice. But whatever. Here goes, wish me luck!
This is a vintage Laura Ashley dress. Surprised? I was. All I remember are the jumpers when I was a kid, and I had no idea that they made clothes for adults. And then the thought entered my head that this was actually a long dress meant for a kid and it somehow miraculously fit me. Or maybe it was for a large kid? Whatever.
I also remember the bed linens from about 6th grade. Oh! The flowery, Laura Ashley pillow sets and comforters, how I loved thee.
Anyway, the dress is sooo comfortable and easy to wear. I found it on Ebay, which, for vintage freaks like me, is HEAVEN on earth. Before you jump in, just make sure you know your measurements.
To get your measurements, I suggest measuring one side of a few articles of clothing of varying styles. Like, a tank dress, a cap sleeve shirt, a fitted dress with sleeves etc. I think it is better to measure clothing than your actual body because, it is nearly impossible to get good measurements if you are not a professional. Or, if you are alone. Anyway, most sellers only measure the front panel – or from shoulder to shoulder, sleeve to sleeve etc.. Compare your well fitting article of clothing (ex. your tank dress) with the article of clothing (their tank dress) to see if it will work for you. But, I probably didn’t need to tell you that – you are a smarty pants, I am sure.
These are some of my favorite vintage stores on Ebay:
Kingston Avenue Vintage: SUPER nice folks in Oklahoma
Vulture-Culture-Vintage: these folks donate proceeds from your purchases to animal rescues in the Los Angeles area
BustownModern (no space in name)
Cotton-Love: located in the UK, they ship to the US fairly cheaply
Thanks to my generous supervisor at work, I am also wearing the “new basic” coach bag that you can find here. Shoes are Aldo and finishing off the outfit I worked in the plastic bracelets that I mentioned in this post.
This outfit reminds me of the late 80s/early 90s. I was a little worried that it might look too “cute”. But, I tried to toughen it up with the plain bag, heavy shoes and really play into the vintage vibe with the bracelets (and really, the classic bag), and sparkly earrings. Sometimes when a dress is so theme-y, I feel like it is best to just go and push the theme a bit – rather than try to modernize it.
Blah blah blah, more blah blah blah and waxing on unpoetically about clothes.
Anyway, it was perfect for dinner with friends on a sunny (read: sweaty) porch and a rock show (read: sweaty).
Another pic of the dress and it’s super cute pockets and pleats:
PS – The band we went to see is called White Denim if you haven’t checked them out, you should! They are great! I mean, if you are like me and you like rock music and cute dudes.