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Everyday Vintage 11.29.17 – Sweater Vest Edition

Welcome to Everyday Vintage, my weekly-ish roundup of how I incorporate vintage finds into my everyday life. 

It’s been a busy couple of weeks around here and I haven’t taken many photos, but here are a couple of ways I’ve worn vintage this week – and they both include sweater vests! Mark my words, sweater vests are making a comeback – a great way to add a layer in the fall and winter.

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My Thanksgiving outfit: a 70s oatmeal sweater vest paired with a striped longsleeved tee, jeans, and leopard flats

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How cute is this with the little front pockets?

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Vintage navy collegiate-style sweater vest layered with a long chambray tunic, jeans, and those leopard flats again

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Also vintage: this late-80s/early-90s Dooney & Bourke bag. I’m pretty sure I had one like it when I was in middle school. :)

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Speaking of sweater vests and things I probably wore in the 80s, I found this beauty – PINK! WITH HEARTS! AND HORSES! It’s going to be listed in my shop this week, along with a collection of vintage pieces that are perfect for the holiday season. You can check in there and like my shop’s Facebook page for updates when new items are listed.

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Everyday Vintage: 11.15.17

vintage green shirtdress

Welcome to Everyday Vintage, my new weekly-ish roundup of how I incorporate vintage finds into my everyday life. 

I love vintage. This is not a surprise. I love vintage so much that I started selling vintage clothing in my Etsy shop to deal with the plethora of vintage finds I just can’t pass up.

A few weeks ago, I realized that I wear something vintage almost every single day. Now, that might sound like I’m one of those people who dress only in period clothing and that I leave the house looking like I’m a member of the I Love Lucy cast.

Not so.

For me, the most fun part of wearing vintage is finding pieces that fit seamlessly into a modern wardrobe. Trends come and go and then come back around again (and again and again). It’s fun to spot new pieces that are based on a vintage style and then hunt down the originals. It’s also fun to find a truly unique vintage piece and make it work in a new way. (See How to Update Vintage for ideas on how to do this.)

I thought it would be fun to post some of the ways I incorporate vintage in my day-to-day outfits, because I think it can be helpful to get new ideas for putting outfits together. (A few of my favorites for non-vintage outfit inspiration: The Pleated Poppy shares her weekly outfits in her What I Wore posts, Emily of Jones Design Company always has great ideas in her seasonal outfit posts, and I LOVE the Week of Outfits posts on A Cup of Jo.)

So I’m going to start a weekly(ish) roundup of how I wear vintage in my everyday life, highlighting pieces that are easily found at thrift shops or other finds that I come across for my Etsy shop that I just HAVE to give a little test run before I list them.

Because, really, playing dress-up is half the fun of vintage hunting.

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green vintage shirt dress

I found this homemade dress at a thrift store in Tennessee this summer when we were visiting family. The crossbody bag is a vintage Coach, also thrifted in Tennessee. (Confession: this was not worn this week, but a couple of weeks ago when it was a little warmer. It’s COLD here now in Northern California. Well, cold for us. But I’ll wear this again soon with tights and a cardigan.)

vintage black and white dress leather jacket

A vintage shirt dress is easy to dress up or down. Here, I paired it with wedge heels and a faux leather moto jacket for church. (Let’s just ignore the clean laundry on the settee in my bedroom – I do. Obviously.)

vintage knit skirt puffer vest

This striped vintage knit skirt is from an estate sale. I paired it with boots, a turtleneck, and a puffy vest.

buffalo check flannel vintage frye boots

Perhaps the best vintage find ever – Frye Campus Boots – paired with skinny jeans, a buffalo check flannel shirt, and a leopard scarf.

I’m curious, do you wear vintage? Does it intimidate you? What would make it easier for you to incorporate vintage into your wardrobe? I’d love to hear.

 

 

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The Perfect Shirt for Summer

It’s was 96 degrees here yesterday. That’s really, really hot, y’all. It’s making me a little nervous because it’s just May, and we have “a whole ‘nother” month of spring to go before summer officially arrives. Lawd help! (Apparently these hot days bring back my Southern vocabulary.)

I’m digging through my closet to find the lightest possible things to wear on these crazy hot days. (Like this and this.)

But you know what always works on these hot days when I want to look a little more polished and a little less like I just came back from the pool?

Vintage short sleeved blouses.

They used to be called “shells” – slip-on, collar-less blouses that were typically worn as a base layer under suit jackets or cardigans. They were super popular in the 80s, and they are making a comeback. And for good reason. They are the perfect shirt for summer. Lightweight, cool, and breathable boxy-cut blouses, they look better than a t-shirt and are even easier to wear.

May I present the Vintage Short Sleeved Blouse, Three Ways:

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1. With shorts. This is basically a t-shirt and shorts situation, but it looks more polished and feels even better. (Pay no attention to what I’m calling my “mom tan” – that unfortunate tan line that comes from wearing cropped yoga pants on a surprisingly sunny day. NO SHAME, friends – it’s too hot to try to cover that mess up with long pants these days.)

vintage blouse + midi skirt

2. Cuffed sleeves with a skirt. This minimalist look of a flowy midi (or maxi) skirt and boxy shirt is perfect for warm days. (And there’s something about flowy skirts that always makes me feel like I’m on vacation.)

vintage blouse + jeans + heels

3. Dressed up with jeans + heels + a bold necklace. This is my summer going-out uniform.

When I’m thrift shopping, I’m always on the hunt for blouses like this – simple tops that can be mixed and matched a hundred different ways. Silk for a luxurious feel (and so breathable), polyester for ease of wear (no ironing!).

black and white print blouse

I just listed a collection of these summer blouses in my Etsy shop in a variety of colors and sizes – click here to see what I’ve found!

Meanwhile, I’m going to sit in front of a fan and sip some iced tea like a good Southern girl and pray this summer is a mild one.