This is the vintage dress I thrifted last month – it’s quite lovely, isn’t it? The floral pattern looks rather modern to me, so maybe it’s not as vintage as I assumed based on the construction of the dress (the lining and hems are exquisite). Or, perhaps, abstract florals have been a thing for a long time.
Of course, because it’s winter and because I wore this to work, I added a topper in the form of my cream coloured Theory cardigan (a Winners clearance rack find from last year). I like how the relaxed style of the cardigan modernizes the classic vibe of the dress. The gold shoes were a more recent Winners clearance find. I think they’re a surprisingly versatile alternative to nude pumps; the gold is subtle, not too disco, although the I did get a “twinkle toes” comment from a cheeky co-worker.
There is something super girlish about a Peter Pan collar (or should that be “childish”?) but I love it, even though I’m probably too old to still be wearing it. Oh well. Dressing one’s age is overrated. Combined with my tortoiseshell glasses, the overall effect was decidedly … schoolgirlish. I ain’t mad.
You guys remember my mustard yellow loafers, right? They’re still pretty awesome, as is this vintage brooch I picked up … somewhere in town. It may have been at Ibon, which seems to have either closed down or relocated from its Calgary Trail location. If anyone happens to have any intel, please drop me a comment. And if anyone has suggestions for other places where a girl can hunt for vintage brooches in this town, let me have those too, please.
A head-to-toe consignment look! The pieces are of various vintages, but they came together quite nicely … in my closet. Hehe! Burgundy is one of my power colours, and I love wearing it as a “neutral”. It’s a nice substitute for black, I think.
The J. Crew pieces are all pretty classic albeit basic, but they’re “fancied up” by the shoes and bag. And that’s my not-so-secret secret to looking polished at the office. I’m firmly in the camp whose motto is “expensive shoes and bags make everything better” – including mall clothing. I might get that embroidered on a pillow or something. Of course, the “expensive” would be in literal quotes because you know I don’t pay retail if I can help it.