Fashion Friday!

Vintage your way!

I am in love with vintage style.  I love styles from the 50’s and 60’s the most, but vintage from any era can be made to look great today.  There is a trick to dressing in vintage attire. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a costume.  You want to mix vintage clothing with styles of today to update the look a bit.  If you’ve noticed, a lot of the styles from back it the day have come back around anyway so it’s not very hard to dress in a vintage style.

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There are vintage shops popping up everywhere and you can even find shops online, but you don’t have to go to a vintage shop to find vintage items.  There are vintage like items in shops everywhere.  They’re just not called vintage items, because they’re back in style now.

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Remember the large sunglasses worn by Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at  Tiffany’s” or her Shift dress? The sunglasses are everywhere and the Shift dress is a staple in most women’s wardrobes and is one of those easy go-to dresses.

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The Shift dress became popular in the 20’s, then gave way to the flapper dress in the 40’s and 50’s.  The Shift dress made a strong come back in the late 60’s.  This particular 60’s version was darted at the bust, going straight into a straight or a-line skirt with no shaping at the waist. Givenchy in particular made a few contributions to the shift’s legacy. He designed Audrey Hepburn’s iconic black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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What about the high waist wide leg pants?  They’re back in style.  They were popular from the 1930’s till the 1950’s then again in the 1970’s.  Now they’re back again.  The kids today think that the styles are so new, but the styles just come back around again with a few changes to them.  Today we have the Palazzo pants

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Leggings have been around for a long time. They just keep changing the fabrics and styles. They now come in leather, sequin, with holes, without holes, different colors, embellished, etc. The leggings were made popular in the 80’s and continued through the 90’s.  At that time they were outselling jeans.  The legging craze went away for a while, but came back in 2005 and are a part of our everyday wardrobe today.  They are worn in so many different ways now.

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If you like vintage the way I do, you don’t have to look far and remember mix vintage with current styles to update the look.

Fashion Friday!

Shopping 101

Shopping is a fun activity for most women, but I do know that there are some who would rather go to the dentist than have to go shopping. I’m not that girl.  I love to shop even if I’m not buying anything. My daughters and I can spend a full day shopping.  I like to see what type of items the stores have year round.  The key is to learn how to shop so that you won’t have to stay in the stores for hours at a time.

You want to be familiar with what stores have the best bargains. This is another reason to shop often.  I’ve even asked the store clerks when their weekly sales start and when they get new merchandise in. Who doesn’t like to save money?

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You want to have a few “go-to” stores where you can always find what you want. If you don’t shop around you won’t find that store. You may find that some stores have better summer items than winter items.  You’ll want to find the stores that carry more of your size and style.  What hours are they open?  Are you able to shop after work or does their store hours only allow you to shop on the weekends?  These are all good questions to ask when looking for that “go-to” store.  Also you may have more than one “go-to” store and that’s fine.

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Keep your wardrobe of separates down to two or three basic colors for maximum versatility and ease.  Meaning you can match these colors with most of the other items in your wardrobe. This will make shopping much easier as well.

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Don’t spend a lot of money on here today gone tomorrow trend items. Buy your wardrobe foundation garments including coats and shoes in the best quality you can afford. These are items that are timeless and should last a long time.

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Here are more shopping do’s and don’ts:

Keep impulse shopping to a minimum.

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Don’t go into debt over clothes.

Shop designer labels when on sale.

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Develop an accessory wardrobe to vary the look of your outfits.

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Never shop last minute for an important or expensive garment.

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Consider the price beyond the price tag. If you can’t afford to dry clean the garment, then pass it by.

Now go Shopping……

Some Resources:  Zulily, Nordstrom, Sole Society, Jollychic, Lane Bryant, Stein Mart, Dillards, TJ Maxx, New York & Company

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