Woo-hoo! It’s my first outfit post for 2016. I am excited to show off this outfit, which was worn for a trip down to Melbourne to catch up with friends and do a little shopping.
This outfit comes close to being my dream outfit. I felt like a million bucks wearing this ensemble, which was inspired by Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin. Although I love vintage styles from many different eras, the 70’s is possibly my favourite decade to draw inspiration from. I love the bright colours and earthy tones. I adore the contrast between the form-fitting garments that hug the body and billowy fabrics that are lighter than air. I like the rock-and-roll vibe and I feel so sexy when I wear a 70’s inspired outfit. It’s the decade that I feel fits me best, and the styles from that era also really flatter my body, which makes me feel even sexier.
I am wearing:
The day I wore this was mostly spent on public transport and lounging in bed at The Windsor with Miss Fairchild. And I was crazy comfy. These trousers have loads of give and aren’t stiff or scratchy as lace can sometimes be. I had so much fun swishing about in this kimono duster, which was a Christmas gift from my parents. My body chain has become pretty much my favourite piece of jewelery this summer because it is the ideal way to give a little hippie-meets-BDSM vibe to any outfit (an aesthetic that I’m so into).
I think it’s fair to say that this outfit comes darn close to being perfect for me. It was comfy and sexy, touched on my favourite vintage decade and had some head-turning details. Awesome!
What would your perfect outfit look like?
I’ve started op-shopping in my lunch breaks. I get a long lunch break, and by the time I’ve scoffed my home-made lunch there’s usually a while to go before it’s time to head back to the office. So I’ve been sneaking in a cheeky op-shopping trip in the middle of each week. So far they’ve been very profitable.
About two weeks back I spotted this sweet 70’s vintage frock in my local Salvos. I have another dress that’s a similar cut with the same sheer sleeves in a floral print. I wear that dress all the time, so when I spotted it’s slimmer-cut cousin in a painterly print I couldn’t resist it.
Last Monday was a struggle to get dressed. I’d been sick with a cold all weekend and the last thing I wanted to do was head into work. So I pulled this beautiful dress out of the cupboard and shimmied into it. The bright pops of colour helped to perk me up, and the cut is so comfortable it was almost like wearing my PJs to work!
I am wearing:
– Vintage 70’s dress (thrifted)
– Leona Edminson fishnet tights
– Nine West patent leather heels
– Silver hoop earrings
– Vintage bird belt (which belonged to my dear friend’s grandmother)
– Beaded flower ring (gift from my mother)
This flippy, floaty dress was just the thing to keep my spirits up (even though my nose was still blocked and I had practically no voice)
I’m looking forward to rocking this baby with bare legs and chunky wedges when the weather starts to heat up. And I think she’d look divine paired with some huge bangles and sandals too. What a brilliant find to come across during my lunch break!
Do you do any thrift-shopping in your lunch break? Have you found any bargains lately?
I’m a fairly budget-conscious person. I don’t like the idea of having a “Summer wardrobe” and a “Winter wardrobe” because I’m not prepared to shell out the cash for two entirely separate wardrobes. Plus, I don’t like the idea of some of my favourite items languishing in the wardrobe until the right weather rolls around for me to wear them.
While not all items can be made to work double-time, I like to get extra wear out of my warm-weather gear by layering tights and long sleeved tops underneath them. Today I’m wearing one of my favourite vintage dresses (which is definitely more suited to Summer weather) with some clever layers to make it work for Autumn.
I am wearing:
– Blue and white 1970’s vintage sundress from The Dookie Emporium.
– Black tights
– Black bodysuit from Remember Me.
– Black and white vintage mod flats.
– Black beret from Target
– Black beaded drop earrings (a gift from my aunt).
-Liquorice allsorts ring
Wow. I didn’t realise what a terrible job I did of ironing my dress until I looked at these photos. Let’s just move right along, shall we?
Can you tell that I’m pretty chuffed about my fishtail braids? I’m pretty smitten with this style lately. It’s so easy to do and my hair seems to stay tidier in fishtail braids than a regular plait now that I”ve cut it short.
Even though this dress is from the 70’s, I feel like the checkered print on it has a bit of a mod feel to it, so I decided to play on that with my graphic flats and huge earrings. I love mixing eras and playing around with all different styles that appeal to me. I’m not the kind of person who will try to faithfully recreate vintage looks, but rather I prefer to draw inspiration from all the different styles of the past that I feel drawn to. In this way, I feel that my style is more my own, rather than a facsimile of someone elses’.
While I love all of my vintage dresses, some of them are just a tiny bit more special than others. The 1970’s maxi dress that I’m sporting in today’s outfit post is one of my favourite vintage garments. I snapped this baby up for $17 at a store on Smith Street a few years ago. I’d been after a long, flowing 70’s dress for a while, and I bought this without trying it on (not something I would ordinarily do). Luckily, it fit like a dream. I adore the beautiful floral print, the colours and the sweeping hemline.
Another reason that I love this dress is that it’s super-comfortable. The fabric is really cool even though it’s synthetic. I wore it on Christmas day a few years ago, when I realised that the stretchy fabric and the busy print would hide my post-Chrissy-lunch food baby. The absence of a waistband also eliminated the usual Christmas night indigestion that I often suffer from.
– Blue floral vintage maxi dress from Smith Street Bazaar
– Leather butterfly hair ornament from Sportsgirl
– Silver beaded necklace (gift from my friend Tom)
– Copper bracelet (belonged to my mother)
– Brown studded Zu platforms (thrifted)
Today I’m teaming up with a number of my favourite bloggers for another outfit collaboration. The theme for this post was “My Style Icon”. I found this kind of tricky, because I am inspired by so many different people and characters. I could list dozens of people, both real and imaginary, who have influenced my personal style. So choosing just one was kind of tricky. I decided to select a fictional character, who has had a profound influence on my style, but who I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned on my blog before.
That character is Penny Lane from Almost Famous, played by Kate Hudson. Penny is a groupie, and her style is very sexy with a hippie feel. There’s a good dose of rock-and-roll blended in there as well. The film is set in the late 1970’s in America. Although there are a huge range of vintage styles that I adore, I think that this late 70’s era is my favourite to emulate. I feel very comfortable in jeans, peasant blouses and other folksy styles. I love the relaxed and laid-back feel of this time. This flowing, free-wheeling manner of dressing has a very sexy edge to it that really appeals to me. There’s something so alluring about a peek of skin, bare shoulders, flowing hair and arms loaded with bangles.
I vividly remember watching Almost Famous for the first time and being drawn to the look of Penny Lane and the other Band Aids. All of them were dressed in bright colours and sheer fabrics with a liberal amount of flesh showing through. Their outfits always had a tactile element: feathers, fur, lace or beading which made it look as though they’d feel amazing if you were ever lucky enough to touch one of them. The whole look was so fun and free, with a bit of a dress-up box feel to it. You can imagine how that appealed to me! At the time I was obsessed with Janis Joplin’s late 60’s fashions, but somehow these 70’s inspired looks were more my speed. They had a sexier edge to them, and incorporated a lot more colour and fun elements that I loved.
For my own Penny Lane look, I borrowed heavily from the first outfit you see Penny wearing in the film. It includes high-waisted jeans with massive flares (these ones are vintage 1970’s) and towering platforms. She wears a little lace top and a delicate necklace. Over the top of these, she has a huge fur-trimmed coat. The one I’m wearing in these pictures belonged to my mother in the 1970’s. She bought it when she was just 16 and gave it to me as a gift for my 16th birthday.
Even though I first watched Almost Famous more than ten years ago, I still find a lot of Penny-inspired elements in my wardrobe. My love of bohemian and folk styles paired with jeans and cute skirts harks back to my teen years. I also like to include tactile elements and rich colours in my outfits, which are a definite staple of Penny’s wardrobe.
Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers who are participating in this link-up!
Jenny from Magic Cat Jenny
Who are your style icons? How have they influenced your style?
Some days you go thrift-shopping and you walk home with empty hands and a defeated spirit. It’s maddening when hours of trawling through the racks at your local oppy turn up nothing but faded tee-shirts and stretched-out knits.
But then there are days like last Saturday, which make up for all those disappointing trips.
Last Saturday the sun was shining and I decided that it was too nice a day to stay in bed. It seemed like the perfect morning to take myself out to the library and then for a spot of op-shopping.
After a sun-drenched walk to the centre of town, I visited my three favourite op-shops. There are actually only four op-shops in town but I’d visited the other one on Wednesday and I didn’t feel like going there again for a while. At the first op-shop I found quite a few treasures in only a few minutes:
I’ve been after a pair of heels that have bow ties at the front just like these for quite a while. They’re a great fit and super comfortable. The lovely burgundy shade will go well with lots of my dresses, and I imagine they’d also look quite cute with shorts in summer.
I’m a bit obsessed with vintage nightwear. I have been meaning to replace some of my saggy-baggy PJs with slinkier versions, and I found a couple of perfect items. Like this peachy-coloured nightdress.
I also got this salmon-pink dressing gown. Although it would make a very pretty nightdress, I’m thinking of adding a slip and wearing it during the daytime. I think it’s just too pretty to only wear around the house, and I love the colour.
After the amazing haul I got from the first op-shop, I actually considered not going on to the other two. I’m so very glad I did though, because I found even more treasures at each of the other charity shops in town.
I’ve wanted a pair of 1960’s mod flats for as long as I can remember. While I’m not sure if these are actually from the 60’s (they probably aren’t) their geometric design will make them perfect for wearing with my vintage dresses and tights. I think Twiggy would be proud. They set me back a whole fifty cents.
And finally this cute little repro cotton dress. At first I thought it was a tunic top, but it’s actually a mini dress. I’ll wear it with leggings or jeans underneath (it’s a tad too short for me to feel comfortable going bare-legged).
And altogether I spent just $22. Seriously. I can scarcely believe it myself. It seems as though the Op Shop Fairy was smiling on me last Saturday!