Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I wore this outfit to work last week. Ugh, work - boring! Not an exotic locale for an outfit debut at all. This look is pretty exciting to me though, because it's full of my favorite designer labels purchased at a supreme bargain (also because I think it's pretty, duh).
My mom found the top at Filene's (or was it Filene's Basement?) several years ago. The price tag proclaimed it was Prada, though the inner tag just says "Made in Italy." A little odd, especially since Filene's has a great reputation, one that is not associated with selling counterfeits or misrepresenting designers. Regardless, the top was cute and cheap so she picked it up (originally for herself, though she ended up giving it to me - thanks, Mom!). I don't suppose anyone out there recognizes it, do they?
The no-name cardi was purchased for my high school graduation, erm, over 10 years ago! It's made of knitted plastic, which adds textural interest to any outfit, but I don't wear it much because it doesn't breathe.
The spectators? Ferragamos I found on ebay several years ago for a mere $10! Including the box! Barely worn! They are some of my nicest shoes.
The skirt is the most exciting to me. I am a huge, huge Marni fan and that label is way, way out of my budget, even at 70% off or more on discount sites. I had my eye on this skirt in particular for months, swooning over it every time I saw it on The Outnet or similar. A couple of weeks ago Gilt had a final sale, and there was the skirt, one left in my size, at a price I could actually afford!!!! And now it is mine and I love it. I can't wait to wear it with short-sleeved vintage cashmere sweaters in the fall! Oh, that's soon!
So that's my extra long-winded Bargain Bounty Hunter story. I'd love to know your favorite clothing coup, sale swoop, what have you! Please leave them in the comments, and thanks very much! <3
Cardi: from high school! made of plastic!
Cami: Prada????? we'll never know!!!!
Skirt: Marni!!!!!! OMG OMG OMG
Shoes: Ferragamo, I love you
Photos by Dave , cute hubby grand supreme
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I've just gotta show off this perfect little lace jacket that my sister gave to me for my birthday last month. She found it at an estate sale. It is so delicate, and has a perfect little peter pan collar and a wonderful boxy fit. I'm pretty sure it's from the 60s! I wore this to work a couple of weeks ago and felt super fancy.
I also experimented with dark nail polish. I think it counteracted the sweetness of the lace quite nicely. It's almost edgy - and I say "almost" because I figured out a long time ago that I just can't do edgy at all. Or witchy. Or cool. But I'm fine with girly, sweet, and dorky! Work whatcha got!
60s lace jacket: gift from my sister
Camisole: Urban Outfitters
Pencil skirt: American Apparel (years old now and looking a bit tired; I need to upgrade!)
Heels: Me Too
Photos by Dave
Monday, August 15, 2011
Another dress that's going to be difficult to let go of. I could not stop twirling in this thing! It's a late 50s chiffon party dress from the legendary Suzy Perette label. This baby will do heavy duty in some lucky girl's wardrobe. Very classic Audrey/Grace; it will never, ever go out of style. I'm tempted to keep it even though the waist is too small - I can suck it in!
This is the last dress I'll be selling for a little while, or at least until the weather gets nice again and the weekends calm down enough to shoot more looks. Thanks for sticking with me through this little etsy-listing-as-outfit-post experiment. There didn't seem to be much interest in it, so I think I'll do something else to show my listings in the future. The last thing I want to do is spam anyone, and that certainly wasn't my intention here.
I hope everyone had a nice weekend! I'll be back soon with a not-for-sale, I-really-wore-this outfit post!
Suzy Perette dress: for sale in my shop
Heels: Vintage from Just, a local boutique
Photos by Dave
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I love this dress; the collar is so fun and unusual! It was purchased for myself from an ebay seller whose measurements were waaaaaaay off; I hate when that happens.
It's somewhat demure in front, but has the sexiest plunging back.
What do you think of my new haircut, by the way? I wasn't sure about it at first, but I'm liking it more and more. Pretty sure I'll be cutting it back into a pixie before long, though.
Thanks for looking!
Vintage dress (late 50s/early 60s): for sale in my shop!
Vintage heels: from Just, a little local vintage store
Photos by Dave
Friday, August 12, 2011
I wanted to share this little dress I just put up on Etsy. These are outtakes from the photo shoot we did; I liked the pictures so much that I wanted someplace to put them. I think, since my Etsy listings are rare, I might treat each one as a little outfit post here on the blog. Don't worry - if I ever start listing en masse, I'll either cease doing an outfit post for each look or just choose my very favorites here and there.
It breaks my heart a little bit that this doesn't fit. It's a little fitted sheath by Anne Fogarty (yep, the designer who penned Wife Dressing). I love the little purple flowers! And the piping! And its curviness! Sigh.
Oh, and I forgot to make a blog-sized photo of the back, which is really special. I hope you'll go to the Etsy listing to have a look!
Midcentury wiggle dress: for sale in my shop!
Shoes: JC Penney, years ago
Bakelite earrings: a gift from my mother-in-law. My first little bit of bakelite; huzzah!
Photos by Dave
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Here we have another outfit that didn't translate to photos for whatever reason. I loved this ensemble, felt super confident and happy in it, got tons of compliments from complete strangers... then I saw the photos and was like, "Meh." Which sums up the internet response to the outfit so far as well (Chictopia, Wardrobe Remix, etc.) - and that's why these photos are over a month old and I'm just now getting around to posting them up on this little neglected blog. My confidence has taken a big dip lately when it comes to being in front of the camera, and I'm not really sure how to remedy that situation.
Sheepish confessional time! When I first joined Chictopia nearly a year ago, my outfits were consistently voted into the Style Gallery, which is rather difficult and something of an honor. It made me feel pretty good! However, lately, I'm lucky to get even just a few votes, if any at all. I'm not sure why I've let the opinions of strangers on the internet affect me in such a big way, but they have; I have to find a way to rise above them and get my groove back! Even if all my outfits are horrible misses in the public eye from here on out, what should matter is that I love what I wear, and that I document my personal sartorial (mis)adventures for me, not random anonymous approval. Easier said than done, but it's the reason why I'm going to try and keep trucking with Miss Hiccup's Vintage.
Have you ever let the internet's opinion of you/your style affect you in a negative way? How do you get out of a confidence or style rut?
Top: H&M (several years old)
Shorts: Chic Shenanigans Shorts from Modcloth
Ballet Flats: Me Too
Bracelet: 40s celluloid scottie dogs, gift from my mother-in-law
Photos by Dave