I’m all about glitzy details. The little embellished touches added to clothes, shoes, and beyond to make them more special. That also make the most simplest of outfits feel pulled together—like this one. And because I wore so many basics over the holiday break (think jeans, t-shirts, and sweaters) I had to find a way to make it all feel acceptable (to me at least!). A sparkly collar poking out over a sweater and a pair of flat mary janes with bedazzled heels, was perfectly acceptable in my book.
Some people find mixing prints to be one of the more intimidating trends. Sure, it can be a challenge to pair the unexpected together. But once you’re able to achieve it, you not only feel accomplished, but there are infinitely more outfits to be worn—all within your closet! It takes time and practice to master, but something that’s helped me improve my mixing skills, is picking a color scheme within your prints and sticking to it. I like being able to put myself up to a challenge, and when this dress and sweater combo came to my mind, I just went with it. That helps too—don’t overthink your mixing, otherwise it’ll just make you crazy and lose confidence. Even though there’s a lot going on in this sweater, pairing it with the polka dots somehow…works.
One of my favorite things about vintage is that you have the ability to make [almost] anything feel current. Whether a dress is too long and you have to hem it or take shoulder pads out, you’re kind of free to style it until it feels modern enough to you. Sometimes it’s hard to see things that can be changed and other times it’s a cinch. And in this case, it was easy! Personally, I think polka dots are always in style and luckily this dress was already hemmed. All that was really needed was to add a jacket, belt, booties, and glasses for me to feel like I just purchased it from a department store.