Different ways to style a denim top

I didn’t mean to take this long of a break from blogging, you’ll have to excuse me, as we’ve been absolutely consumed by Game of Thrones at home! We’ve finally caught up to season 4 after about five hundred heart attacks! :)

Anyhow, my last post got me thinking about how much wear I’ve gotten out of my little denim top. I got it at the Rose Bowl Flea a few years ago, right out of a gigantic pile of other vintage shirts. I wear it about once a week because it’s just SO versatile. It cost me five dollars and it may just be the best five dollars I’ve ever spent!

Here are some previous ways I’ve worn it that were documented here on the blog – click on the photo to get to the original post.

With a mustard vest
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Over another tshirt and shorts (I wish these shorts still fit me, or I’d wear this again!)
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A little more prim with a cute skirt and oxfords
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You liked the double denim? How about triple denim! And all of different colors.
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With a stripey skirt and some bright shoes
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Or how about tucked in with another skirt and some boots
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What’s your favorite way to wear one?

Vintage Ferragamo

It’s not everyday that I get to dress like this – but when I do, I have to go all out. I found this beautiful dress a few months back during a thrifting escapade. Well, it’s not also everyday that you run across a vintage Ferragamo dress.

I couldn’t really figure out what kind of shoes to wear this dress with, until duh, I realized I  have to wear it with my vintage Ferragamo shoes! This is one of my ultimate vintage channeling outfits! We all need to have a little fun once in a while :)

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Dress: Vintage Ferragamo, thrifted. Shoes: Vintage Ferragamo, ebay. Headband: American Apparel twist scarf. Lipstick: Bare Minerals Moxie in Call the Shots.

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The little blue dress

The other morning while putting away laundry, I saw the bag I keep at the back of my closet – I looked at it hard, and remembered a dress I’ve carried inside of it for the last seven years. It has traveled with me through countless moves when I lived in Las Vegas and across the state to when I moved to San Francisco. But this dress, I don’t know how to say this, has never been worn by me. I never fit into it.

I bought it while thrifting at my old favorite Las Vegas haunt, Savers, while looking for nothing in particular. I’d known I always wanted a vintage prom style dress, but could never find one that I could afford. So when this pretty blue number appeared on the racks, I knew it would have to be mine. But it didn’t fit. Back then, I was really into selling clothes online and figured I could sell this one too. But I just couldn’t part with it. So with me it came everywhere I went. Don’t think I didn’t try to get the thing on, oh how I tried so many times. I’d even found a corset to tie myself in to see if it would finally fit, but it still gaped open a few inches. It didn’t necessarily make me sad, because I had tons of other clothes that fit me. For a while I even had it hanging up as a little piece of art! I’d settled that this dress would never fit me. That is until this day I explained above – I pulled out the garment back and thought I’d give the zipper a try. And wow, it fit – no corset, to squeezing, no sucking in. The thing just fit. I made my boyfriend quickly take this picture of me so I could remember this moment.

After I wrote this post about how I changed my eating habits, I’ve found a new relationship with what I eat, and of consequence, it has changed my relationship with my clothes. And I hope to continue sharing my ever changing wardrobe inspirations here for as long as I can.

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Now…to find a time suitable for wearing this dress!

ps. unless I find a time machine to take me back to 1955, there probably will never be one ;)

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?