Vintage stores and thrift shops have always been a great source of inspiration for me. You never know what you are going to find, and knowing that you probably won’t see that item on the person standing next to you is icing on the cake for me. One thing I love about shopping vintage is that it really open’s my mind to creating different looks and silhouettes. A while back I was on the hunt for a pencil skirt and they were nowhere to be found in the stores. I found this one, which is not really a “true” pencil skirt at one of my favorite thrift shops that closed down a few years back. ☹ I say it’s not a true pencil skirt because there is a bit of flare at the bottom, but it’s one of my tried and trues. It always looks good and works in a pinch. One of my all time favorite looks is pairing pencil skirts with vintage concert T’s. I love the juxtaposition of classy and edgy. A rocker T always makes me feel a little wild . . . in a good way . . .
Wearing:: vintage skirt, thrifted Rolling Stones T, Thrifted BCBG cropped jacket and Kenneth Cole suede T strap heels.
Opening night of Style Fashion Week ended in a glamorous trip down the runway with the label Tatyana, designed by Tatyana Khomyakova. Khomyakova’s inspiration for this collection came directly from clothing styles of the 1940’s and the colors of the Autumn leaves she saw around her. Rich reds, deep greens, blues and warm yellows were amongst the colors that sauntered down the runway. The collection consisted of cozy wools, stretchy knits, beaded lace, shimmery satins and floral prints. Silhouettes gave a direct nod to the 40’s, by accentuating the female figure with high waisted pencil skirts, fitted midi dresses, circle skirts, peplum tops, belted coats, and elegant hats. The 1940’s were one of my favorite fashion eras. I loved this collection for the way it captured the style of the 40’s and made it wearable for today.
Do you like retro style clothing? Would you wear any of these pieces? Share your views in the comments section!
I classify myself as a hardcore “Inspiration Cultivist” . . . . I see in pictures and I live for imagery that sparks creativity and corresponding squeals of delight (from myself that is…) As an avid reader of fashion magazines and style blogs, I find there is much to be inspired by. However, nothing inspires me and gets my fashion juices bubbling more, than a style mix of vintage, designer, and high street fashion. In my book, this is a delicious recipe for individual style!
When I first began exploring the blogosphere, I stumbled upon Karla Deras of Karla’s Closet and have been blessed with style inspiration, and frankly, a resulting style crush ever since. Karla is a free spirit who embraces her curves and lets her moods dictate her daily wardrobe. Her philosophy is a direct reflection of my own style philosophy . . . . in an interview with Stylelikeu Karla says, “I definitely don’t think you have to dress a certain way to be different, but you should dress and wear what you feel good in even if it is different.” I echo her sentiments. I want to encourage you all to embrace individuality. Don’t look to the masses for approval. Rather, look to your own likes and fancies and hold them as the authority to please.
We are all uniquely and wonderfully made. The way I see it, that mere fact automatically catapults you to collector’s item status!!! As my company mission statement says; I encourage you to foster individuality and invite others to celebrate theirs!