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!