Well, I've found a new layering trick that I'm now obsessed with: high collar dress + vest + dangle-y necklaces. Who thought something this covered up could be so fun?
Actually, this outfit was kind of a tricky one to put together, mainly because this sheer Hey Viv! Vintage dress is a statement on its own. That and there aren't that many layers a girl can work with when the heat outside starts inching towards the 80's. So the end result was a whole lotta trial and error that finished with a quarter of my closet mangled on top of my bed. And a quarter of my closet is like a small department store. So. You can only imagine the horror of the aftermath.
I've been getting a lot of questions lately on my thought process of creating these looks (looking at you, Natalia :)) so I thought it'd be fun to walk you through them.
What I usually do is start with one piece that I'm in the absolute mood to wear. You know how it is. You wake up thinking, "yes, I think I'd like to wear that lacy, floral dress today!" And then you shimmy yourself into it, turn towards the mirror and go "uh huh, yea, there's no way in hell I'm wearing this today." It's all about the mood; that one piece will call out to you. In today's case, it was this sheer, dark number. Once I have that locked down, I see how I can add to the outfit, layering wise. Can I pop a top underneath, maybe a pussybow? How about a vest- would a vest work? Should I try the denim or cargo vest? Should I cinch it at the waist with a belt, or does it look good hanging open. Maybe I should tie the top in a knot at the waist rather than tuck it in? It's a whole lot of fidgeting, a whole lot of vetoing. And the way I organize my closet helps a lot, because I hang everything according to its layering potential. That way I'm aware of all my options.
With this look I probably tried on four different vests before landing on this one, and I wanted a more sleek silhouette so I belted the vest at the waist to pull the fabric in towards the body. The necklaces were an afterthought, and I tried them on because I was going for a sophisticated hippie and thought they would add a little more playfulness to the outfit. A backpack was a little more vagabond-ey than a purse, and how is an outfit complete without a hat? And there you go- my look was complete!
How do you come up with your looks? Is it as calculated as this or do you just run with it?
Hey Viv! Vintage is an awesomely 50's Etsy boutique that has everything from poodle skirts to Betty Draper frocks and novelty print dresses. If you're a die hard vintage fan, then I think you'll really enjoy their picks. They also have another site with even more options outside of Etsy, which you can check out here! And here are some of my favorite picks from their shop, to give you an idea of what they have:
NECKLACE: H&M (recent!)