Friday, September 26, 2014

Sisterhood of the Traveling Vintage Dress



A few months ago, Joanna at Dividing Vintage Moments proposed a really fun, wonderful idea: what if a bunch of bloggers tried out and styled the same dress? A Sisterhood of the Traveling Vintage Dress, if you will.  I immediately signed on for the adventure, and was very happy to be second up, after Kristen of Verity Vintage.




Photo credit: Joanna of Dividing Vintage Moments

The dress is a late 1940s piece, and it follows the post-Dior style of longer, wider skirts, with self-made buttons up the front.  It's a synthetic fabric--Joanna guesses acetate, which sounds about right to me--great for autumn months, both in fabric and in pattern, thanks to the cool, purple-and-yellow base.  When I tried it on, it didn't quite fit me as beautifully as it fit Kristen, so I had to think about how to best style it.  Thankfully, life and the dress coincided well, and here's what I came up with: a look that's much more casual than my usual style, but perfect for working from home.




This month, I've been working from home, doing some consulting while looking for a more stable gig.  The relaxed schedule is nice, as I get to make my own hours, but it's not exactly conducive to structured clothing and well-set hair.  Because let's be honest, job hunting is no one's favorite activity, and doing a full face of makeup and a 1930s wet set to sit in your home office all day is almost as bad for your state of mind as working in your PJs.  Accordingly, I've been much more drawn to looser, comfortable outfits somewhere north of sweatpants and south of shoulder pads, so Joanna's dress fit the bill perfectly.




One of the things I've always admired about other bloggers and stylists is their ability to accessorize.  For whatever reason, I've never been one to collect much jewelry, and I parcel it out pretty sparingly in my outfits.  Structure and fabric appeal to me, so accessorize have taken a back burner, less-is-much-much-more status.  But with a looser outfit like this, it turns out more is more-- I put on one of everything, and I really, really liked the effect. 




 Don't get me wrong, compared to accessorizing heavy-hitters, it's still pretty minimal--one sweater clip, a bracelet, two rings, a belt, a thin vintage watch--but it arrests the eye as it travels, giving some pop and visual interest.  The jacket is something I've found myself living in lately, and it tones down the femininity of the full dress.  Practically speaking, it also minimizes the loose fit of the dress, making it a conscious choice rather than a detraction. The rugged boots add a soft but rustic finish, pulling from the long length for an outdoorsy, prairie feel.  I love these boots; I have great plans for them this fall.



So there you have it: a rather bohemian look that's a little out of character, but still very much feels like me.  How do you spice up your usual look? Or does your look vary based on what you're up to?  I'm looking forward to getting back into my more structured outfits, but in the meantime, I'm glad I got a chance to try something different with Joanna's beautiful dress.  Check out her blog to see how other bloggers style it in the future, including Jessica of Chronically Vintage!

Thanks for the idea, Joanna!



16 comments :

  1. I think that this is such a fantastic idea- and I want to get my other vintage-enthusiast blogger friends to do it with me, too!

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    1. It *is* a great idea, right?? I'm excited to see what the other ladies come up with!

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  2. Yay! I am loving the travels of the dress so far. I like the loose casual style you have built with it :)

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    1. I know, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with it next-- it's going overseas too! And thanks, I'm glad you like it!

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  3. I love this! Bohemian chic! This is so fun to see all these different interpretations of how the dress is worn. I also very much like your location backdrop. You've given this dress a casual vibe but at the same time very hip:) Now, who knew that this dress could go with a boot/moccasin? Love it:) This is great that you weren't afraid to experiment and put your personal touch to it. Sometimes I find that I don't take enough chances even in my vintage wardrobe styling. Thank you for participating Whitney! Love it:)

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    1. Hey, thanks for your kind words! I feel similarly about taking risks, so I thought, well, I could either style this in a way I wouldn't genuinely wear it, or I could chance it and post something less "pure vintage" and represent what I'd really do with it. I'm so glad you like it!

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  4. It has been so nice to see the dress make the rounds, and in the process meet new bloggers like yourself.

    It may be minimal accessories, but that is a seriously great sweater clip. And the boots are pretty terrific too. So glad to see another stop on the travelling dress tour.

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    1. Thanks for making the leap over to my blog! And thanks for the compliments-- I really love the clip, too, it's a really convenient accessory for a minimalist!

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  5. I love the different look you gave this. The jacket was a great idea for disguising the fact that the dress doesn't fit you quite perfectly, I might have to steal that idea for myself!

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    1. Hi Helen, thanks for visiting! Steal away-- I'm glad it worked so well; I don't usually play around much with fit, so it was cool to try something different here, and to like what resulted.

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  6. I really love how you styled it! I have a total boot fetish and those boots are adorable!

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    1. They're new to me, so I'm excited to stomp around in them this fall and maybe winter, if I can waterproof them sufficiently. I don't always go in for boots, but these, I *had* to have!

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  7. I think you did a really killer job with the dress. I love it with the army jacket and boots - it gives it a really different flavor than the previous wearers have! It's great inspiration for how to dress down a fancier frock for every day wear. I could see doing a fall brunch or casual evening out in a look like this. I'm loving this travelling dress thing, it's really helping me find some interesting new blogs to check out.
    Cheers,
    Jessica, cakesandcakesvintage.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Jessica-- thanks for your comment! I'm glad you like it-- I've had a little bit of trouble recently trying to figure out how I'd wear dresses for casual occasions (or non-occasions, really), so it felt right to figure out a way to style this dress down. Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you back soon!

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  8. wow, this dress looks so different here! well done!
    ... i have to check out the other girls ... probably i missed some.

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  9. Hi! I love the way you styled the dress! Relaxed, a little bohemian, and so so stylish!
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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