Hello, dears. For today’s post I have a 30s inspired outfit, featuring my sister’s Linden Lady Palazzo Pants, and my favorite Lilla Rose flexi clip, Bands & Bolos. This post was super-duper fun to create! As Charlotte and I were about ready to head outside for our photo shoot, she looked at me and said, “Do you want to go to the lake?” Well, of course I did! How could I turn down that offer? So we buckled up and drove just a mile or two to the dock at the lake that practically sits in our backyard. A new adventure!
Top: Thrifted / Sweater: Thrifted / Trench coat: Thrifted / Bottoms: Linden Lady Palazzo (Brijee Patterns) / Shoes: Hand-me-downs / Stockings: Target / Flexi Clip: Band & Bolos c/o Lilla Rose / Lip Color: Butter London, Ladybird Lip Crayon
Along with my new turtle neck I wore in my last outfit post, I also picked up this fantastic black trench coat! I have had a love/hate relationship with trench coats. They tend to be one of two things for me: 1) they are not always made right and tend to look sloppy on me 2) they’re made so stiff that you feel like you’re wearing cardboard instead of a nice, light-weight coat. Oh, and let me just add that when you’re a very tiny person like me, the length of typical trench can drown you! On top of that, I’ve spent years looking for the right trench. And after years of looking, you eventually it get to the point where you’re just about ready to give up, when…that providential day comes in which you finally find it! The coat of your dreams!
There are words to be said about the perfection of this trench. I hope you don’t mind if I give you a mouthful, because ready or not, here it comes!
From top to bottom, this coat is like magic, and ice-cream, and silk, and dark chocolate, and the energy you feel after a good run down the hill. Magic, because I didn’t know a coat could fit someone as hard-to-fit as me. Ice-cream, because every time I pull it on, it makes me as happy, as if I just bought a cone of chocolate ice-cream! Silk, because the lining of the trench is as soft, and cool, and slippery as the finest silk. Dark chocolate, because the color black and dark chocolate can be paired with just about anything and not lose an ounce of goodness. And energizing, because a good garment will always make you feel like a super hero. There! There’s your mouthful for the day. *chuckle*
Now let me tell you a little about my outfit. This in-between season has me all screwy and confused in my head about what to wear these days. What do you wear when the weather is chilly enough to make your feet cold, and warm enough to make you perspire in a sweater? For me, I’ve found I like to solve this problem in triads. What I mean is, I wear three specific things: something to completely cover up my bottom half (trousers), something lightweight and layer-able on top (blouse), with a final layer (sweater). To fill this order, I chose my Linden Lady Palazzo Pants, and wore my retro print, 3/4 length sleeved blouse, with a wool bolero sweater over top. Autumnal perfection.
Now, you could definitely use this formula for any type of clothing, but you would create a completely different style of outfit than what I did. For example: long denim skirt, comfy cotton-knit top, and a denim jacket. It goes to show you that even if you don’t have a vintage styled wardrobe, you can still use a certain formula and create a seasonal outfit. But let me tell you, it will be far easier creating a modern version of this formula than a vintage inspired one.
Ever since I took on the challenge of changing my wardrobe over to vintage looking attire, I have realized what a challenge it really is! For example: Bottoms must be high-waisted and tailored. Tops must have structure, and be sensibly embellished. Sweaters length should hit at your waist (unless you’re going for a 20s look), and not be too thin. Coats should be long and well tailored. There is a lot to think about, and any time I go out to a thrift store, I have to turn my vintage mind on, and sort through all the modern attire to find the few vintage-looking pieces. Sometimes it gives me a headache! (Now you all know why we like to make so many of our clothes–we get to customize what they look like!) However, when you come home with an armful of goodies, that you didn’t have to make yourself, you have that wonderful feeling of satisfaction of a job well done.
When your outfit is comprised mostly of washed out hues, you need a few pops of color. That is why I opted to wear my flexi clip, and Butter London’s Ladybird Lip Crayon. The pops of red and vermillion were the perfect additions to compliment the orange flecks on my blouse. As you can see, I went against the norm with how I wore the Bands & Bolos flexi, and its not the only time. I’ve worn another flexi clip this way in another post you can read here.
Charlotte and I agreed that we would have to make some more trips down to the lake for photo shoots. The quiet atmosphere alone makes you feel otherworldly. Water lapping the shoreline fills your ears. Birds crossing the liquid expanse catch your eye as you gaze into the sky of cloudscape wonder. Beauty surrounds your very senses, and you feel a peace steal over you that hasn’t touched you in a very long time. It was glorious, and I can’t wait to go back and share more about what it’s like there!
Do you like to visit lakes, rivers, or the seaside?
What is your experience in switching to a vintage wardrobe?
What do you like to wear in the fall?
Blessings and love to you all!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister