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Continuing on with another one of the items I picked up at the recent Ian Drummond Collection studio sale here is another piece I will be keeping for my personal vintage collection.
If you’ve been shopping vintage for a while you stumble across these types of sequinned beaded square cropped tops often. They were popular in the 1950/60s and then again in the 1980s, a bit more garish and not as refined as the older ones from the 50s/60s. The one I’m wearing is from the 1960s.
The base of the top is knit and there are no missing beads or sequins which is amazing when you consider the age of the piece…just slightly older than myself!
I, on the other hand, am missing more than a couple of sequins and beads. Ha!
Vintage Sequin Top Outfit #1
Why did I buy this top?
I often come across pieces like this when shopping thrift for my Etsy store and 98% of the time I pass them by because people find it challenging to style such pieces or incorporate them into their lives.
I’ll take on that challenge!
This is how I’m going to wear my new beaded top.
Style Vintage Sequin Top Contemporary
Of course styling this vintage piece contemporary is dead easy…. add some heels and skinny jeans (I don’t care if they are “off trend”) and Bob’s your Uncle.
Or Sue’s your Aunt, whichever.
It’s such a shame to let existing pieces like this go unloved.
You’ll never find anything this high quality or beautiful at any retail stores. They just don’t make ’em like this anymore!
It’s a bit dressy as you see it above but I’d style it down with jeans, boots and a jean jacket like this…
Vintage Sequin Top Outfit #2
And that’s not just any old jean jacket…nope. It’s an up cycled thrifted jean jacket that I DIY’d. Check out the back…
That petit point image was found at a thrift store in a frame. It makes a pretty unique jean jacket don’t you think? It could have made a great throw pillow too but I like the idea of wearable art better.
Vintage Sequin Top Outfit #3
This easy-to-wear thrifted maxi skirt gives it a bit of a Bollywood vibe. I’ll be wearing this out later this week to go thrifting and run some errands. I’ll pair it with some flat sandals to make it casual and relaxed, well casual for me anyhow ; P
Vintage Sequin Top Outfit #4
I really like this look paired with a vintage novelty print skirt and sensible heels.
Vintage Sequin Top Outfit #5
A pencil skirt is a classic option for this top. The shoes dress it down a bit.
Vintage Sequin Top Outfit #6
These are palazzo pants I thrifted last year. I’ve got a few posts of them coming up, they are all kinds of awesome!
So there are a few ideas for those of you that wonder how they can style vintage sequin top contemporary.
Which was your favourite? Would you ever consider wearing a similar beaded sequinned vintage top? Why or why not?
Linking up with the lovely Patti for Visible Monday.
Here is the first of my haul from the wonderful Ian Drummond Studio Sale.
Vintage Love Daisy Shift Dress
Initially when I saw this dress I scanned right past it mostly due to the straight shape which normally isn’t the best for my body type. As is often the case though, when someone else took it in their hands and was admiring it I decided that even if it might not be perfect for me it would be fabulous on someone and ideal for my shop. I hovered around the rack trying to look as nonchalant as possible while patiently waiting for the other person to place it back. The dress had barely touched the rail when, like a serpent ravenous for its prey, I snatched it up lightening fast. These are impressive skills I’ve honed from years of professional thrifting. Do not try this if you aren’t trained to back it up with some perfected thrift store fighting moves.
Does that happen to you?
I can walk right by something sometimes but if someone else is taken with the piece I have to go back and figure what I missed the first time I saw it. Sometimes it is only the threat of someone else walking out with the item that is enough to make me want to pull my wallet out. I think this has more to do with vintage because each piece is one-of-a-kind. If you like something you need to react quickly with no hesitation or regret. Vintage and thrift shopping teaches you valuable decision making skills. Just another benefit of shopping secondhand.
Needless to say, when I tried this dress on I fell head over heels in love.
The textural daisy lace overlay is a beautiful and unusual detail. These types of unique details make my vintage loving heart beat faster.
The neck bow is so Peggy from Mad Men.
I picked up these daisy earrings when I was in BC in Langley visiting my parents at the fantastic Fort Langley Vintage Antiques Mall.
It is one of my favourite spots to spend an afternoon with my Mom browsing through the massive maze of vintage and antique curiosities.
Across the street from the vintage market in Fort Langley is one of my best-loved places in BC to eat… The Blacksmith Bakery. The owner studied baking in France and their pastries taste every bit as good as what I ate when I lived in Montpellier in the south of France. The rest of the food on the menu is fantastic too, I highly recommend it.
What do you think of the dress? Would you keep it?
Are you sometimes influenced by other shoppers?