Happy summer, everyone! Whether you’re winding down the school year, plugging on at work, or both, you may be feeling how I feel. I’m in a rut. When I feel like I need to hit the refresh button, sometimes a little retail therapy can give me the boost I need to feel confident throughout the day.
But lately, I’ve been tired of seeing the same variations on fashion trends. Ruffles, off-the-shoulder, rompers and chambray stripes are feeling repetitive to me. For the past couple of months, I’ve taken inspiration from the past.
When you hear the word “vintage,” you may think of musty old thrift shops, or be afraid of looking like a character from Mad Men. But, there are plenty of gorgeous options out there. With a little bit of creativity, you can turn a piece that’s been in the closet for 50 years into a current showstopper.
Take for example, this Gentillesse lilac lace blouse. It originally came with a gold plaid taffeta skirt. This combo is from the 80s and definitely reminds us of when more was more. But, take the top alone, and some items you may currently have in your wardrobe, and you have the perfect outfit for happy hour, dinner out, or a concert. Here, I’ve paired the top with AG white jeans, vintage woven gold clip-on earrings, and a vintage Chanel purse that is sophisticated, but not obvious. After all, the top is quite a bit on its own. I’ve rounded out the look with a low pair of cork heels.
Next, I’m reaching a little further back. This multi-colored ensemble’s label is long gone, but I believe they are from the late 60s or early 70s. Again, these were originally a pair, but when you separate them, you get extra bang for your buck!
I paired this pink and yellow chevron skirt with gold thread with a simple off-white St. John tank, Banana Republic fringe pumps, flower clip-on earrings, and a small tan Gucci hobo. The top would pair well with white jeans and neutral shoes.
My final look is definitely not for the faint-of-heart. And for that reason, I’ve taken a minimalist approach to its styling. This 60s stunner doesn’t need any additional embellishment. I’ve paired it with Jimmy Choo nude patent leather strappy pumps. I would keep hair and make-up ultra simple and avoid too much jewelry.
So, next time you’re bored with the present, take a look in the past! You might be surprised at what you find! All items are available at my store, Top Drawer | Curated Women’s Consignment in Spartanburg, SC (contact information and hours below). Please feel free to stop in, call, or email with any questions!
Top Drawer| Curated Women’s Consignment
100 E. Main St., #R1-B (across from Fr8Yard)
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.