Welcome to Everyday Vintage, my
weekly-ish monthly-ish roundup of how I incorporate vintage finds into my everyday life. Note: Today, it’s not just for Everyday, it’s for Valentine’s Day.
I’ve never met a holiday I didn’t want to dress up for.
I don’t know if it stems from my pre-children teacher days (my favorite part of the The Magic School Bus series was checking out Ms. Frizzle’s thematic outfits) or if it’s something that’s deeply ingrained in me, but I love a good outfit with a slight costume flair.
Christmas red? Yep.
St. Patrick’s Day Green? Of course.
New Year’s sparkle? Why not?!
(Side note: Yesterday afternoon, The Girl asked, “Which comes first, Easter or that green holiday?” I told her that St. Patrick’s Day is first.)
So, of course, for Valentine’s Day, I’ll be wearing red or pink – or red AND pink – at some point that day.
Valentine’s Day is also Husband’s birthday, and like all birthdays, we’ll celebrate with dinner and cake and champagne, and we always dress up a little, even if it’s dinner at home.
Last week, I thought it would be fun to play a little dress up to see what I could come up with for Valentine’s Day ideas, mixing up things I already have in my closet – most of them vintage or thirfted. My hope is to encourage you to shop your closet, visit a thrift store, or give vintage a try when you’re looking to create a special outfit.
Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite!
#1 – Black + Pink
I wear this vintage black sweater all the time. I paired it with a vintage pink skirt (“millinnial pink”, as the cool kids say) and some cute velvet heels I found at Goodwill last week.
#2 – Pink + WhiteI’m not even sure what this pink top is. I wear it as a vest, but I’m guessing it’s a top to a vintage two-piece dress. The stitching is incredible, and I love the chunky silver zipper that you find on vintage clothes. I paired it with a vintage blouse and jeans. I thrifted those shoes last week at Goodwill, too. (It was a good shoe day.)
#3 – Pink + RedThe only things vintage are the red clutch and the red shoes (I LOVE these shoes – vintage Italian leather, perfect condition, less than $10). The skirt is thrifted, and the sweater is from Old Navy about 12 years ago.
#4 – Sparkles
You know I love vintage sequins. This is a jacket that probably came as a set – wouldn’t you love to know what the rest of the outfit looked like? I love sequins with “scruffy” jeans – I thrifted these and chopped off the hem (look for a post on thrifted denim next week). The gold clutch is vintage.
#5 – Pop of Red
An all black outfit is simple and classic. Red flats add the Valentine’s pop. The faux leather jacket, black turtleneck, and vintage clutch are all thrifted.
#6 – Black Lace
Only the clutch is vintage, but this dress I got in London feels perfect for a Valentine’s Date.
#7 – Black + Red
I saved the least expensive outfit for last! I thrifted this faux fur jacket and vintage slip dress for $1 each! The heels are vintage, and I made the earrings out of vintage beads.
This would have made the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit, but we were driving to Southern California the next day, so we wore our jammies and watched the ball drop live on the East Coast and were all in bed by 9:15. But don’t think it wasn’t a sparkly evening! BG brought out her rotating Princess Palace play tent light, so our NYE looked like this:
OH YEAH! We know how to live it UP!!
Phew, you made it to the end of a very long post. Thanks for sticking around. Leave me a comment to let me know which outfit is your favorite, or which you think I should wear for Valentine’s Day/Husband’s Birthday Dinner, or both – I’d love to hear.
PS – You know what I just realized? I wore the same pair of earrings with 6 out of 7 of these outfits, and they looked great with each one. They are these from my Etsy shop if you’re looking for something that goes with everything.