Tag Archives: Outfit Inspiration

Yellow Schmellow

I thought having this vintage yellow dress altered would solve the styling challenges I’d been having with it but I’m still struggling to get it to play well with my existing wardrobe. After spending an absurd amount of time wrestling with it I had to take a step back and hit refresh. Here are a few of the beautiful ladies making yellow dress styling look easy breezy while inspiring me in the process.

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how would you (or have you) style a yellow dress? 

Copy Cat Casual

It’s no secret that I love Refinery 29. In fact this is the second time I’ve copied a look featured in one of R29’s signature slideshows.As seen on Refinery29 As seen in Burlington, Vermont (in 6 degrees, hence frozen awkward poses)Sunglasses (broken shortly after), Cardigan & Skirt: Downtown Threads, Denim Button-up: Walmart, Tights: Target, Boots: Old Navy 

I like the more muted, mellow tones in the original outfit but I’m generally pleased with how my copy cat version turned out. I think next time I’ll opt for my lighter wash denim button up and play up brown tones like in the original version. The bright red and dark denim button up give this look a much too bold red, white and blue feel for me especially when paired with the black leggings and boots.

What outfits have been inspiring you?

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Fashionably Historical – Marie Antoinette

History was my passion long before fashion so it seems fitting to pay tribute to one of my favorite ladies (and style icons) in all of European history, Marie Antoinette. A young woman at the time of her marriage to Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette could not fully grasp the political or social expectations that would be thrust upon her once she assumed the role of France’s queen. This overwhelming pressure combined with her well documented love for fashion and other fineries makes her one the most fashionable and misunderstood figures in history.

Inspired by the rich colors, opulent accessories and delicate floral patterns typical of Marie and Louis XVI’s reign …and the fact that Mitt Romney recently compared Mrs. Obama to Marie Antoinette… I put together a few things that any modern day Marie might enjoy. Want more? Check out my Pinterest!

Clockwise from bottom left: chair, clutch, hat, dress, glasses, converse, throw, sweets, jeans, heels, headband, cameo set, flats, blazer (similar), & bustier

What historical figures have inspired your style?

Inspiration in Unlikely Places

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You never know where inspiration will strike. While D was searching for the perfect nymph fly I was doing some browsing of my own. Here are some of my favorites for this season.

What inspired you this weekend?

Inspiration Come to Life

Sunnies: Greece, Moto Jacket (not pictured): T.J Maxx,

Dress: Vintage (via Downtown Threads), Belt: The Possibilities Shop,

Booties: Bamboo (via Amazon)

Having fashion déjà vu?

Here’s why.

A month and a day ago I posted a special Face Hunter edition of Friday Finery & Frivolities. I’d been in a style rut and it took coming across this photo to set me right again. I found the mix of patterns unexpected but they worked together flawlessly.

Two weeks ago when Downtown Threads posted a picture of the dress I’m wearing above on their facebook page it instantly reminded me of the Face Hunter photograph and I knew I had to have it. The dress was a bit big (hence the bunching and poofing in the chest area) but when I added the red belt I was able to tuck in some of the excess fabric so there was minimal bunching.

At first I wasn’t sure if the booties would work well with the colors in the dress but I decided to stick with them and I’m really glad I did becuase I love how this look turned out! I usually pair these booties with neutrals or solid colors but now I’m starting to realize that they are much more versatile than I gave them credit for.

I think recreating this look was extremely helpful for me. It gave me the opportunity to pair different patterns together and it also showed me how easy it can be to take what you already have and turn it into something that inspires you.

Have you ever copied an outfit? What recent looks have inspired you?

Organic Inspiration

Sunnies: Greece, Button Up: Walmart, Earrings: Montreal, Belt: Goodwill,

Lace Slip (not pictured): Vintage (via Etsy),

Dress (worn as skirt): Downtown Threads, Tights: Target,

Clogs: Seychelles (via Amazon)

This outfit came together organically and I must say I’m quite pleased with the results. This skirt is actually a halter top dress that I fashioned into a skirt. I rolled the extra material up towards the waist and then used the ties to secure it behind my waist. If the ties on your halter dress are too short to reach around your waist you can always tuck them into the waist of the skirt or secure them in front with a bow or fun brooch.

When I put an outfit together I usually have a piece that I know I want to incorporate and then I build the rest of the outfit around that item from there. For this look I knew I wanted to pair my clogs with my denim button up. When I laid them out together I decided that I wanted to move away from the western feel that the shoes and top had so instead of a flowing maxi skirt I turned a midi dress into a midi skirt.

The bold colors and pattern of the skirt balance out the western feel of my button up, braided belt and clogs. Since the skirt is sheer I opted to layer everything over a vintage lace slip. I loved how a bit of the lace was visible under my button up. Wearing vintage undergarments always makes me feel so lady like!

I took a chance with this outfit and in the end I was really happy with how it turned out! A big thank you to James from Downtown Threads for snapping these pictures for me (right before I got sick).

How to you put outfits together? Would you wear a dress as a skirt?