One day at work, I saw a colleague wearing the exact same chiffon polka dot party dress that I own. She had styled it perfectly for the office, toning down the fanciness with a simple black cardigan. I never thought I would be able to pull off a dress like this as a work outfit, but her look inspired me to give it a try!
A cardi would have been too warm* when I wore this to work, so I went with a short-sleeve blazer. I added the silk chiffon scarf to cover the cleavage, since the v-neckline on the dress is a bit too low for my office comfort zone. I topped (or… bottomed) the look off with vintage-inspired shoes and simple pearl and silver jewelry.
The end result is still a bit on the fancy side, and I wouldn’t wear this to any big, important meetings, but it’s a wonderful fun look for a warm day when I have a ton of desk work to do.
* This outfit was from last summer! I photographed it months ago, so I just pulled it out of my photo stash. Sorry it’s not season-appropriate for most parts of the Northern hemisphere, but it’s another super-warm winter here in Southern California so I could actually probably wear this to work even now!
I’ve worn some wonderful Dark Vintage looks lately, but I temporarily disassembled my photo studio so I haven’t been able to take nice photos. Here are some mirror selfies that I grabbed just to document the outfits until I can photograph them properly!
The first is a vintage wool knit set in navy blue that I found on eBay. The top was missing one button at the collar, so I added a vintage faux pearl necklace I recently stole from my grandma’s stash of costume jewelry. The earrings are actually modern Avon, and the cute ivory raffia hat (which you can barely see) is a vintage find from Etsy.
The second outfit is a pink chiffon cocktail dress. I was watching this dress on Etsy for months, but was hesitant to buy it because it is SO pink. Finally the seller lowered the price a couple of times, and it became too inexpensive to pass up! I’m so glad I bought it – the cut and details are just amazing, and the fabric is exquisite. To “darken” the look up, I added abundant dramatic black accessories and black nail polish. I also wore a black velvet cocktail hat, which doesn’t show in the photo.
I promise to return with higher-quality studio photos soon!!
Yesterday’s post featured the Evening look I created with this dress. On its own, the dress really wasn’t what I was hoping for. But I adore the fabric and the styling of the bodice and peplum, so rather than return it I decided to take up the challenge of finding a way to make it more wearable.
I was able to put a black pencil skirt over the skirt of the dress – it rides perfectly beneath the peplum, and looks as if it was meant to be worn like this! A simple knit shrug made the bodice seem less body-conscious, and a reduction in the quantity of pearls made the look office-appropriate. I kept the same hair, makeup and shoes, to make the Day to Evening transition simple.
It was fun coming up with two drastically different looks with one dress, using just a few minor modifications. I’ll definitely get much more use out of the work version. The dress on its own is a fun for a change of pace from my usual weekend style, but lacks the sophistication and “dark” edge I crave.
Today I am doing a Day to Evening Post, but in reverse order. I wanted to start with the Evening look, to show this dress in its original form. Tomorrow, I’ll post the Day version to show how I re-styled it to make it office appropriate.
When I saw this dress on the ModCloth website, it was hard to tell what the proportions were or what the fit would be like. I was truly hoping for a more classic 40s fit, but it’s impossible to tell in pictures on a mannequin. I added it to my wishlist anyway, because I fell in love with the fabric, the peplum, and that adorable grosgrain bow at the waist. Mr. Kitty loved it, too, so he bought it for me!
The skirt turned out to be much shorter than I expected, and the fit is very, very body-conscious. I love body-con fashion, but in this case it’s just a bit too snug for me (especially since it has no stretch whatsoever). It really struck me as having an 80s vibe to it, reminiscent of the big “80s does 40s” trend. So I decided to play that up with satin gloves and pearl overload, while keeping it a bit more classic with my hairstyle and simple shoes.
This turned out to be a fun look, but not one I would get a lot of use out of. There also just isn’t that hint of Goth that I love to incorporate into vintage-inspired looks. The office version of this dress worked much better for me. Stay tuned to read about it in my next post!
So, for once I actually wore jeans on Casual Friday. While I rarely wear pants, and especially denim, I do love to break out a pair of black skinny jeans from time to time. I offset the casual pants with a grey stretch satin cowl top and an unbuttoned blazer.
I had grown so tired of my old pair of low-cut black jeans… I always hated the low-cut pants trend, but for over a decade that was the only kind of women’s pants you could buy! Finally, high-waisted jeans have come back into fashion, thanks to the current mainstream love of vintage detailing. I found this pair at Alloy Apparel, and I LOVE them. The waist is actually a bit wide on me (slim + curvy = NEVER able to find pants that are the right proportions!) but otherwise, they are perfect.
My camera angle was a bit wonky on this photo. Not entirely flattering.
When it comes to pants, do you prefer low-cut or high-waisted?
Today’s post is actually an outfit I wore to a car show back in January. Our summer has been ridiculously hot, so there’s been no chance to wear anything nearly this regal for the past several months. But I’m still getting caught up on a backlog of outfit shots I have stored on my computer that I never got around to posting!
The jacket is by Red Queen’s Black Legion. I find their styles usually don’t suit my taste, but I stumbled upon this on eBay and instantly loved it. It’s actually fairly lightweight, but still not suited to our 100+ degree heat. I’m looking forward to fall so I can break this beauty out again, although around here it won’t even begin to cool off in the slightest until November.
How has the fall weather been shaping up in your area? Are you starting to dust off those boots, jackets and layers of luxurious velvet?
I have a whole series of “casual Friday” outfits coming up. I realized that lately, those are the outfits I photograph the most. It’s likely due to several factors, including the fact that I get home an hour earlier on Fridays. Plus I’m usually a bit rejuvenated knowing the long work week is over and I don’t have to rush to do household chores and get to bed.
I’ve often mentioned that my take on “casual” Friday (or casual ANYTHING) is greatly divergent from the generally accepted definition. Our dress code dictates that “casual” just means we are allowed to wear jeans, but still must wear dressy shirts and shoes. Not being a huge fan of jeans, I take the opportunity to go just a little bit more artsy than I usually do for work.
I would wear any of the pieces of this outfit to work any day of the week, but it’s the combination here that made this outfit feel extra dark, kinda romantic, and more appropriate for a Friday than any other day.
Today’s theme is Black & White, which left me in a quandary as to what topic to cover. I was extremely tempted to pay homage to one of my greatest loves, Film Noir. But in the end, responsibilities have caused me to work on this post at the last minute, so going with an outfit post seemed the safest option. Thankfully, I recently put together a club outfit that fits the theme just perfectly!
This was my first time coming up with an outfit based on this jacquard fishtail skirt. I don’t usually go “tucked in” for evening looks, but I didn’t want to hide a single detail of the beautiful skirt. I was very pleased with the results, and received some amazing compliments on the dancefloor! I’ve seen this skirt for sale under several different labels, so I’m not going to cite a brand or a distributor… But you can easily find this online on many Gothic retailers’ websites.
This blouse is another dreaded stretch lace creation. However, this one was a steal on eBay, so it’s no loss if it doesn’t stand the test of time. Plus, no one is likely to notice a few tiny elastic threads fraying at the seams of a white top (unlike the dark purple top in my last post). In a dark a nightclub, it will be even less obvious, so I should get a fair amount of use out of this.
I’m a bit brain-dead from work tonight, which leaves my writing skills somewhat lacking. So I will now leave it up to you to share your Black & White posts!
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Hmm. I was deeply enamored with this stretch lace top when I first ordered it from Newport News. So much so that I got it in black, too. But, like all stretch lace its lifespan has been relatively short. I’ve mentioned before that I’m surprised when companies that usually focus on good quality resort to using stretch lace, as Spiegel did with a certain skirt. I rarely buy items made with this stuff now. They just don’t last long before little elastic treads start to break at the seams and stick out all over the place. I might get one or two more wearings out of this top, but it will definitely be retired soon.
The lovely bell sleeves and scalloped edges make this blouse almost worth the price, despite the little time we’ve had together. Almost.