Oct 15, 2014


Judging by yesterday's post, I've got layering on the mind. I'm at the point where I can't quite bring myself to put on any more popsicle bright colors, but I can't quite say goodbye to a few favorite summer dresses. So in a semi-desperate effort to keep them around a few more weeks, I've been trying to plot ways to wear them and not catch pneumonia while doing so. Which is why I did a little happy dance in my seat when Amelia (equal parts sweet girl and equal parts amazing Etsy owner) casually mentioned she was curious to see how I'd style a denim jacket for fall. Because ya know I wouldn't be satisfied just popping it over pants or a skirt- there has to be a little summin' summin' extra to the look. So she sent over a vintage Levi number from her store, New Old Fashion Vintage, and the challenge was on.

And how did I accept it? In a few easy steps: First, I popped a turtleneck under my dress for both warmth and an extra layer to add interest. Second, I rolled up the sleeves of the jacket and then only buttoned it at the collar, so it could bring attention to the turtleneck. And third, I cut a long ribbon piece (making sure it reached at least the second to last button) and tied it into a bow around my denim collar. And there ya go: a summer dress that's all fall appropriate now. 

What do you think- would you try this? How do you like to wear your denim jackets? 


New Old Fashion Vintage is a clean-lined and unapologetically feminine Etsy boutique in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, run by the ever-sweet Amelia. She runs the shop on the sunny third floor of her 1800's era house, where she curates vintage and hangs out with her dress form, Dolly. When Dolly becomes boring company she (using chicken tacos as a bribe) convinces her younger sister to play in vintage with her and model her pieces. If you'd like to support Amelia's store or are just in the mood to window shop, pop over to New Old Fashion Vintage here and say hello! Messages from vintage-lovers and admirers are just the best to get on a Wednesday afternoon :) 

And to give you an idea on what kind of vintage she has, here are some favorite picks. How great is that cape coat (#3)?
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SHOES: Urban Outfitters
TURTLENECK: Banana Republic

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  1. I love that dark denim! It has such a 70s vibe

  2. Mind you, it's a gorgeous denim jacket and you are such a perfectly poetic model for it. I really like what you did here, especially the ribbon idea. :)

  3. I actually don't have a denim jacket (I know, shame), but I just bought some velvet ribbon to do exactly that sort of thing with. It's such a pretty touch. I pictured using it with collared shirts and dresses, but perhaps I need to give it a go with some of my jackets as well.

  4. That is a really cute look! I still haven't found the perfect jacket for me.. most of them are super bulky. :(

  5. Nice:))
    AND Giveaway on my blog->

  6. Denim jackets still on one my favorite items..

  7. So. Obsessed. Everything about this outfit is perfection! And I'm really curious how that dress looks on its own (: the print is adorable!

  8. I love the darker denim jacket for fall!! Perfect combination with the floral skirt. Of course, the bow around the neck just makes this so you, which I love!

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

  9. You are so freaking darling. STOP IT.
    Haha, just kidding, don't ever stop.
    Love how creative you got in styling this denim jacket! I need to invest in more turtlenecks...

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  10. Damn you, damn you and your awesome outfit ideas! Can't believe how rad this bow looks, you're a genius! I love the ensemble and the jacket is exceptional *_*

  11. I always love bows around a woman's neck and this is no exception. Well styled indeed!

  12. I don't have a denim jacket but I have been keeping my eye out for one, it seems like a great item for all. And I just love what you did with the bow around the neck!

  13. Genius, I say, genius! That ribbon tied as a bow is the brighest - and cutest - idea ever. What a great way to spice up a denim jacket !

  14. That bow is so pretty, it elevates the look to a whole new level!

    Bella Pummarola

  15. I would absolutely try this outfit. I have finally opened up to denim jackets... took me awhile because I was afraid of really bad 90s flashbacks, haha. Cute dress too!

  16. I've always had a hard time with denim jackets, man. I never can get them to really feel "me". But I love what you've done with this one! Making a summery dress more fall-appropriate is my favorite way to stretch the wear out of my clothes.

  17. Super cute! Love your neck tie a lot. :)

  18. I love how you made this summer dress fall appropriate with the jean jacket and turtleneck. You're seriously the layering queen! This dark wash denim jacket would look amazing with anything.
    (P.S. I'm sorry we didn't get together when I was up there! I'll be back around Christmas, definitely. I may be up there earlier if my man or I am offered a job in Chicago so we can be thrifting buddies.)

    Jamie |

  19. You are just the cutest! I love your bow tie, it really finishes off the outfit.

  20. I wore a denim jacket with a printed dress today too! Can't go wrong with layers like that in the Fall. Such a pretty print on your dress, Marlen! xo



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