I love vintage fashion, especially looks from the 40s and 50s. Everything is so timeless and classic. While I'm not about to start sporting victory rolls or seamed stockings, lately I have been injecting a little retro-vibe into my wardrobe. I think the trick to keeping your outfit from looking like a costume is to pair your vintage-inspired pieces - like a sparkly brooch, midi skirt or Mary Janes - with more modern pieces. So for this outfit, I kept it simple with a blush sweater and cranberry pencil skirt so the unique pieces could really shine.
I think this would make a lovely Valentine's Day outfit. It's not over-the-top red and pink, but still romantic.
Sweater: J. Crew (exact clearanced)
Skirt: Loft (similar)
Shoes: Nina Shoes (Modcloth has so many cute options - mint peep-toe, patent black scalloped, yellow suede - my favorite!)
Clutch: J. Crew Factory (exact)
Watch: Fossil (exact)
Earrings: Baublebar (similar)
I love these shoes, but sadly they mostly hang out in my closet collecting dust. After pregnancy, my feet grew a half-size and wearing these lovelies guaranteed a foot-full of painful blisters. So beautiful, so not functional. Assuming they no longer fit, I had planned to get rid of them during my closet clean out, but couldn't bring myself to part with them. I had originally planned to wear nude heels with this outfit, but then I saw these shoes in my closet and realized they matched so well I had to them one more try. Assuming I'd be covered in blisters by half-day, I brought a pair of flats to work to change in to, but didn't end up needing them! Since I've lost a little weight, my foot has returned to its original size and these shoes ended up being a lot more comfortable than I expected. The day was blister free. Success! Who knew your feet shrank with the rest of you?
The two larger star brooches are from Baublebar and the smaller burst pin I found on Etsy. The seller said it's from the 1910s, but with no markings, I'm not really sure how to verify that. It's obviously vintage, and I got it because it coordinated with the other two brooches, was under $25 and I love the pearl details and little sapphire blue stone...which is my birthday stone.
On a random side note, before you think I'm being all fancy and found this gorgeous, rustic spot to take pictures, in real-life this a parking lot fence beside a dumpster behind a Schlotzsky's. But it looks great in photos, right? Smoke and mirrors my friends.
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