Most people I know would run far away when spotting a vintage little old lady dress. Me, I run towards it with open arms and hungry eyes.This … [Read More...]
Most people I know would run far away when spotting a vintage little old lady dress. Me, I run towards it with open arms and hungry eyes.
This dress reminds me of the ones my Grandma used to sew for herself for Sunday church.
Style A Little Old Lady Dress Boho Chic
3 Top Tips To Style A Little Old Lady Dress Boho Chic
This dress is probably from the 1970’s. I will openly admit it was the floral pattern and colours that attracted me. It’s not too difficult to style something boho.
Tip #1 Boho = Florals
pretty much. Patchwork and pattern can also be styled boho but florals are my personal favourite.
Tip #2 Add in some suede or leather boots and a hat.
Tip #3 If you want to get really fancy add a bunch of oversized funky rings and some long necklaces.
I left those off this time around because of the belt.
Tip #4 Add some texture in the form of fringe, velvet or leather.
I could have added a fringed long vest if I wanted to go all out boho, but sometimes I like to let a great pattern like this carry the show.
The look below is a little less boho because I went with a shorter jacket. If I’d gone with a long leather/suede coat or vest it would have kept more with the boho vibe. Fur can also be quite boho but I’m not too keen on it myself unless it is faux. I did just purchase a fur trimmed vintage long leather coat but it is still in my oversized coffee bag for smell removal.
A couple of tips about shopping and wearing vintage clothing…
Vintage or thrift shopping requires that you visualize the piece differently, outside of the environment you found it in.
Your imagination is your best friend when thrift or vintage shopping.
I don’t believe that vintage needs to be paired with vintage.
I’m wearing thrifted boots that are probably five years old, a new-ish hat from Anthropologie last year and a belt I’ve had forever.
Combining clothing from different eras creates visual interest, not disharmony.
I tried out some serious “modelling poses” here. Ha ha!
My personal assistant was already laughing. Well, between snores that is. She is always so busy relaxing.
One day blends into the next when you live the life of a spoiled pug.
Are you keen on the boho look? What about the little old lady dress?
Since I started my new Etsy Vintage By Suzanne Shop it has given me an excuse to buy and hoard even more great vintage pieces. Like I needed more help in that area!
I have to keep reminding myself the reason I created an Etsy shop is not to hoard more for myself but to share my vintage obsession with the world! I need to sell the majority of the pieces I buy.
Sell the majority of the pieces I buy.
Sell the majority of the pieces I buy.
That is my mantra to keep reminding myself of that small but very important detail of being a vintage reseller.
A great example of me debating how to choose what to keep in my wardrobe and what to sell is this lovely black suede dress…I would LOVE to keep this baby.
It fits like a dream and would be easy to layer with some pussy bow blouses or turtlenecks for winter. Every time I look at this in my shop I wonder if I should delist it and simply add it to my already bursting closet. When I get that urge I force myself to move onto something else and stop obsessing about it. We’ll see though…the more I look at this the more I think it would look great styled over a dress as a long vest. Oh yeah!
How to choose what to keep in your wardrobe…
- Do you LOVE it?
- Do you own anything else like it?
- Will you be able to wear it with other items in your closet?
- Is the fit and material practical for your lifestyle?
- Do you think you can do better?
- Will you regret it if you don’t buy/keep it?
- Does this improve your life?
- Is this a one-of-a-kind piece?
- Does it communicate what you want to say to the world about yourself?
- Do you see yourself in the mirror or someone else staring back at you?
Do you love it?
This is a broad question since I have a big heart when it comes to fashion and what I love. This question isn’t a huge help to me normally but often times if I try to shop retail rather than vintage I find I don’t really love the piece. I want it, but I don’t love it. It is like trying to recognize the difference between lust and love. One of them is shallow and fleeting, the other deep and enduring.
Do you own anything else like it?
I can get caught up easily in this question. Often times I will have “similar” pieces but not exactly the same and I justify keeping one more item just because it is slightly different. I’m trying to put my foot down on this. It is a learning process ; )
Will you be able to wear it with other items in your closet?
Ha! Well when you have a closet as big as mine you can make almost anything work if you try. I do find however, that as far as colours go most of the colours in my closet are warm colours. When I’m considering keeping a cool colour piece I need to really think about how it’ll work with the rest of my wardrobe.
Often times I will simply create a minimum of four outfits with whatever I’m thinking about keeping. If it is dead easy to make outfits and be excited about how they make me feel, I’ll keep the piece. I also try to take photos of the outfits so I can remember them in the future.
Is the fit and material practical for your lifestyle?
This is a good one to consider. While I adore leather pieces as they are easily wiped clean, suede is another story. A person needs to be a bit more careful not to stain it.
Did you know you can often clean spots on suede by using a soft white eraser? It’s true! Just be careful to not rub too hard otherwise you may remove all of the nap of the suede. A person can also buy spray paint for suede pieces to make them look like new. You can buy it at shoes stores or a shoe cobbler.
Fit is also an important question to consider.
I love form fitting dresses, but I need to limit the amount I own since I also have fat days like everyone else where all I want to do is hide in layers of fabric. (As I get older I see this happening more. I am NOT embracing this part of aging.)
If the item doesn’t fit you properly you won’t want to wear it, no matter how cute it looks on the hanger.
Do you think you can do better?
I have a bad habit of buying things that are “almost” what I’m looking for but not quite. A “good-enough-for-now” strategy that amounts to items that aren’t 100% what I’m looking for. I’m trying to remind myself now that it is better to wait until the right one comes along rather than making due with an inferior version. This reminds me a bit of my youth and looking for the right guy! Ha ha! How many times did you suffer with an inferior version?
Will you regret it if you don’t buy it?
Leaving an item for a few days to think about it is always a good idea but not really practical when thrift shopping. As a thrift shopper you need to make up your mind right then and there. I’ve pre-shopped sales at thrift stores only to have the items I pre-shopped be long gone by the time I got there. If you like something when thrifting you need to buy it or be prepared to let it go when you walk away from it the first time.
Retail shopping allows you to think about a piece for a while before you need to commit. I will often go home and think about it, or if it is online I will keep the items in my cart and think about it for weeks or a month and then often I decide I don’t need it anymore. I call it cart shopping, similar to window shopping but with a bit more risk as it is easier to simply click a “buy now” button.
Don’t get caught up in the idea that you can buy it and take it back later. We all know how that ends up.
Does this improve your life?
This is a big one. How often can you say an item of clothing will improve your life? Not very often. I did buy some new lined leather gloves recently because my old ones had holes in the fingers and I know this will improve my life because my fingers won’t freeze. Same would be true for some lined boots I bought two years ago. These are often practical and what I would consider boring purchases but they are the basic backbones that make up a workable wardrobe.
Is this a one-of-a-kind piece?
As a thrifter and vintage shopper these are the kind of pieces I fall head over heels in love with. Items I know are truly unique make my heart beat just a little faster. My closet is made up of maybe 80% unique items. I would not recommend this strategy unless you really like to play with your clothes. One-of-a-kind pieces can be overwhelming for people to pair with other pieces. Statement pieces demand to be the focal point of an outfit. Too many and they compete with each other which can confuse the eyes. A better strategy might be 50-50 or 30-70 when just starting out. For me personally I thrive on the challenge and will often keep a piece because it is so unique.
Does it communicate accurately how you want to be perceived by others?
I’ve chosen my style statement ( you can do the same here) and it includes the words, artistic, unique, relevant, fun and strong. Those adjectives are what I want to communicate to the world about myself. If the item doesn’t meet one of those requirements, it doesn’t stay.
Do you see yourself in the mirror or someone else staring back at you?
I know this may seem obvious, but truly, you need to feel like yourself in your clothes. If not, they belong on someone else.
Here is an example of a similar skirt styled two ways…one using more conservative options and the other with one-of-a-kind pieces. You can see how it is a fun way to challenge yourself however it wouldn’t suit everyone’s personal style statement.
One thing I know as an avid thrifter is that although I must let some things go, there is always the thrill of hunting for and discovering something new. That is wherein the excitement lies…the chase.
As in life, the joy is in the journey, not the destination.
What questions do you ask yourself before you buy or decide to keep an article of clothing for your closet?
Do you find yourself buying “good-enough-for-now” pieces?
Festive Holiday Maxi Skirt Style
I’m delighted with this vintage maxi skirt find. The metallic gold rickrack and rosebud trim make it extra special.
I’ve gone a bit western on my styling here. I blame West World, which if you aren’t watching yet…you need to get on it STAT. My whole universe shifted slightly after reflecting on this series and its perspective on the human condition. Speaking of which, have you watched Black Mirror on Netflix this season? I think it is the best season yet. Almost every episode was eerily close to our current reality. All you Instagramers be sure to watch Nosedive, the first episode where popularity becomes a greater commodity than cash. Sound familiar?
Holiday Outfit Ideas
Do you want to feel like a princess this holiday season?
I don’t care what age you are.
Have you considered changing things up a bit by wearing a maxi skirt instead of your go-to traditional little black dress?
It’s a great alternative.
Yes, maxi skirts are dramatic and luxurious. Especially when they are full and look like they were created with the wave of a Fairy’s magic wand.
The Pros Of Wearing A Maxi Skirt
- They are comfortable, you won’t need to pass up that second helping of dessert. Live a little! Christmas is only here once a year. (Thankfully!)
- You can layer tights underneath if it is frigid outside. No one knows what is going on underneath all that fabric. You could be riding a unicycle for all they know.
- No need to shave your legs. At a time of the year when every second counts this is HUGE.
- Wear comfortable footwear. No need to kill yourself in skyscraper high heels, going with a mid heel or kitten heel is fine. Comfort = Happiness.
- As they are only the bottom half of an outfit the creative possibilities for multiple ensembles are endless.
- They leave a lasting impression.
The Cons Of Wearing A Maxi Skirt
- They can be difficult to manoeuvre in the bathroom, especially if they are extra full.
- Take caution when going up or down stairs as you can sometimes step on the skirt.
- You can accidentally step on the skirt when trying to stand up from sitting.
- Someone else or yourself may accidentally step on the dress when dancing.
- Floor length maxi skirts can get dirty in the snow or rain.
I tend to wear my maxi skirts a little bit shorter to avoid some of these issues. So far, touch wood, I’ve avoided any major face plants or wardrobe malfunctions.
And finally two other outfit possibilities for the holidays with my “new to me” vintage maxi skirt…
The reality is that I could have styled this maxi skirt a million different ways. It is a blank canvas waiting for inspiration and imagination.
Here are a few other choice maxi skirts I’d love to own.
I’m all over that black tulle maxi skirt…
Have you ever worn a maxi skirt for the holidays?
Would you do so again?
I have a bit of an obsession about owning one-of-a-kind pieces. The easiest way to get a one-of-a-kind piece without breaking the bank is to make your own.
I altered this plaid bomber jacket I found thrifting by adding some embroidered floral patches.
It was dead easy.
I bought the patches at Michaels. They are actually iron on patches however they didn’t stick very well to the tweed of the jacket so I ended up having to hand stitch them on just to make sure they were well secured. I hate a DIY that look cheap and falls apart a week later.
You can buy loads of floral embroidered patches online if they don’t have any at your nearest craft store.
This bomber jacket is by a Taiwanese designer by the name of Stephane Dou. One of the many joys of thrifting is you never know what you are going to find. As soon as I saw the jacket I knew immediately it was higher quality. A pro thrifter starts to have a sixth sense when it comes to finding quality amongst the garbage.
It was a total fluke that the patches ended up working with colours of the jacket. They clash but in the nicest way.
DIY Embroidered Bomber Jacket Tip
I’ve used two patches here and cut them up and pieced them back together on the jacket.
The leather pencil skirt I’m wearing above is for sale on my Etsy store. 28″ waist
Some more embroidered bomber jacket eye candy and inspiration…
They now have some velvet embroidered bomber jackets that are very cool.
Do you like the embroidered bomber jacket trend?
Would you consider DIY’ing your own?
I’m going to take a moment to thank you personally from my heart.
You took some time out of your busy day to come and visit me and I truly appreciate it. You make blogging worthwhile.
To all my friends in the US…have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Normally I am not one drawn to black, but when it comes to the perfect little black dress even I succumb to the sexy, elegant, classic allure of black.
The little black dress never goes out of fashion.
I often search for a LBD with a tiny bit of the unexpected, something unique that’ll make the dress stand out.
6 Little Black Dress Suggestions
Lace & Bows
The design on the lace overlay of this dress drew me in. Did you notice the great peek-a-boo hemline? So unusual and unique.
Fit & Flare Little Black Dress
A vintage inspired little black dress with rhinestone buttons and a tulle petticoat attached. Very Audrey Hepburn.
Embellished Neckline & Lace Little Black Dress
This is such a pretty piece. Again it is the little details in the feather-like embellished neckline with sequins and frayed ribbon that drew me in.
Authentic Vintage 1950’s Velvet Floral Embroidered Little Black Dress
If this dress fit me you know I would not be selling it. This is a real heirloom piece.
Vintage 1950’s embroidered velvet dress available now size XS
Authentic Vintage Black Velvet Wiggle Dress
I adore this dress! It is so well made. It has boning inside the bodice. It is the only dress I can wear strapless without fear of a major wardrobe malfunction. I’m showing it with the straps here, but it is even sexier without them. This is a Jessica Rabbit dress for sure.
Embellished Neckline Little Black Dress
This is very understated and classic but the neckline is lovely. It is covered in beads, sequins and small stones. The cut is very flattering as it shows off the shoulder area and lightly skims the rest of the body.
What about a metallic maxi skirt instead of a LBD?
A full skirt paired with a sweater is a great alternative to a little black dress. This is such a glamorous unique look.
Metallic maxi skirt available now waist 27″
Same idea but in olive green with metallic bronze…so wonderful!
Moss Green Metallic Maxi Skirt *SOLD*
Are you a fan of little black dresses for parties? Or do you prefer to stand out in some pattern and colour?
Personally I am more apt to choose black if I want to come across as “serious and elegant”. If I’m after my usual “artsy and unusual” I most often choose colour and pattern.
Here are a few other little black dresses I’ve picked out.
Do any of the dresses or skirts I’ve featured in this post tickle your fancy? If so, which one?