Hello! I am SO excited to share this outfit shoot with you all today! As you can tell, it was taken when a thick blanket of snow had not yet fallen, and the temperature reading didn’t have the negative symbol in front. A nice refresh as we gaze blankly at the snow, no? At least this is the case for me. I will definitely be looking back at these photos when cabin fever has really set in and I’m pulling my hair and knitting out. 😉 But I digress…
Brigid and I just so happened to be wearing very coordinating outfits the day this shoot was done. Blouses? Check! Pencil skirts? Check! Oxfords? Check! Cross-body bags? Check! And yet, while our outfits were so similar, they are completely different in so many ways. I went for zero neutrals and all bold blues & corals. Brigid, on the other hand, had a foundation of grey & black, with adorable pops of mustard scattered throughout. Don’t you just love how one basic style can be worn so many different ways? Just by adding pops of color & unique accessories here and there, you can completely transform a look.
When I was younger, accessories meant nothing to me. Just hand me a cute shirt and a pair of jeans, and I’m set. Who cares about cute belts and colorful handbags? Although I was a fashionista, accessories seemed so tedious. Now that I am older, I have grown to adore accessories more and more. Collecting a practical collection of colorful, elegant earrings and handbags that will last me has become a greater priority. It is by looking for the small things that big things happen, right? Like completely transforming an outfit!
Back in the 1940s, women didn’t have a closet full of items to choose from. They had to “make do and mend”, and work with what they could afford, which typically wasn’t much. By buying or fashioning a practical, high-quality dress that would last both time & trends, they could change up the look entirely by wearing different collars, cuffs, jewelry, and lowering or taking up the hem to keep up with the fashions. This is how they stayed frugal, yet fashionable; and we can see from the many photographic documentations from that era, that they did a pretty darn good job at it too. I definitely think that this is an example that we could take note of when creating our own wardrobes.
Cardigan: Vintage (gift) // Blouse & Shoes : thredUP (Old Navy, Modesta) // Skirt: Gift (altered) // Purse: Gift // Bracelet: Vintage (gift) // Earrings: Target
Blouse: Kohls // Skirt: Thrifted (Evan Picone) // Purse: Gift // Pin: Vintage (gift) // Shoes c/o Shop Mieux // Tights: Target // Earrings: Boutique // Belt: Nordstrom
What’s your formula for creating a frugal & fashionable wardrobe?