My mother’s vintage dresses

I spent almost half a month in Mexico over the Summer. It was an amazing getaway to disconnect from work, the internet, politics, news, and general stresses of life. It really gave me a whole new perspective of life privilege that I experience on a small and large scale living in the US (but I digress!)

One of my favorite moments (and there were many,) was asking my momma to unearth her wedding dress from 1972 so I could try it on. I recall that many, many, many, many years ago I tried to put it on…and it never fit. Being that the last time I had visited was 2011, I knew that it would fit me this time. I begged her to let me try it on again.

I didn’t want to unfurl the veil because it was too delicate and complicated, but the dress is so groovy. I loved it.
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Oh, but that wasn’t it, I also made her let me try on the suit my dad wore as his groom’s outfit! We all had a good laugh because it fit too!
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And then this meant we had to empty the wardrobe of course. I had to try everything on. So we had some lovely conversations I’ll appreciate forever – like about where the clothing came from, when, why, and who made it.

This green and white piece was from my retro dreams
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This burgundy suit set had a lovely marled texture of white flecks – I’m regretting not bringing this back now so I can wear it in my everyday wardrobe
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I think this is pinnacle 70’s
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And this ruffle shirt didn’t originally go with this skirt, but I couldn’t resist combining the two purples
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There were some other individual pieces I tried on, like some high waisted bell bottomed green pants! I just wish I had used my real camera to take the photos instead of my Iphone.

One day I’ll go back and have enough space in my suitcase to bring this all back home with me. Today, I have the memories :)

Lace on lace

Temperatures have risen a bit this December, was I just complaining about it being cold? (hello global warming!). It got warm enough to enjoy a quick bare legged walk to dinner in an outfit with a story.

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See, my mom made this lace top and skirt set just for me. I’ve only worn it once before, and it was worn just like this. They’re not attached to each other, but in my head they’re like once piece – they have to be worn together.

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Skirt and top: made by my mom for me. Shoes: Fornarina.

Do you find yourself with a similar outfit that just HAS to be worn together? And the weird thing is, if this was something store bought, I probably would have donated it a long time ago because I don’t wear it. But because it was made for me, I just can’t ever give it away either. I need to show you guys some of the 90’s and 00’s things my mom made me and I’ve kept!

Clothes made by my mom for me

As I have been exploring my own personal wardrobe journey on shopping Made in the USA (see this post and this other post) and after reading Overdressed, I have truly realized that we should somehow reignite the movement to make our own clothes! I have saved my machine for years just altering/mending clothes and making pillows. I need to kickstart learning how to make my own clothes little by little. I want to have one thing made by my own hands before the end of the year.

I’m inspired by my mother’s sewing skills – from my childhood to this very day, she will still make me something if she has time and I can get her fabric! It is AWESOME to wear something made just for you, even more so when that person is your mom :)

So I’m rounding up some of the things I’ve worn on the blog that were made by her – realizing I haven’t done a good job at sharing so many other things made by her hands and I can’t figure out why!

Recently, this tangerine simple top that I’ve worn countless time since she made it. See post here.
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This polka dot dress! See post here.
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This graphic print top. See post here.
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A striped dress. See post here. This post also talks a little bit about how my mom would make our clothes.
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A watercolor dress. See post here.
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A le-sac dress DIY. See post here.

Drop-crotch pants, don’t judge me, they were cool then :) See post here.

This last one is very old and the picture quality is not that great, so I’ll only link to it – a skirt she made me. See post here.

One day I hope to have enough content to do a roundup of the clothes I have made for myself!

Do you have something in your wardrobe that’s been made just for you or that you’ve made for yourself? Please send me the link in the comments so I can see it! I want to be inspired.

A retro future

I spent all of last week in Southern California again, to get my sister’s wedding shower ready and done (glad that’s all finished now and now I’m back in SF).

In the process of cleaning up for the party, I stumbled upon this little number that belongs to my mother – it was hand made for her in the 70’s! It’s so funny to try it on again (the last time I did I was a teenager) and see myself as my mother. She took a few photos of me wearing it, but this specific photo stood out from the others because there’s a photo locked away somewhere of her standing the almost exact same way. We could have been twins.

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While I would probably never wear this together out and about, it gave me a sense to what I feel like my style has been evolving to, and hence the title of this post – a retro future.

Meaning, wearing forward fashion with a nod to the past. Mixing the new and old. Breathing a new life and modern approach to the vintage. And knowing this, I can visualize outfits together in a better sense when figuring out what to wear the next day. It’s amazing how 2013 has been such a breakthrough year for realizations on my wardrobe and fashion. Have you had a similar revelation like this yourself?