Saturday, March 2, 2013

weekend wardrobe randomness: modernizing 90's "vintage"

It's no secret that 90's fashion is back in a big way. It makes me so nostalgic it hurts! Everything from lumberjack flannel shirts to short boots with skinny jeans were crazy popular this winter, and spring appears to be all about floral mini dresses and cut off short shorts. I mean, check out these pictures of Drew Barrymore from the 90's:

Leopard and layers.


Flannel dress with big sweater and Cons.



These both look like a version of what was all over Pinterest this winter. And let's not forget about the best girl movie ever made! CLUELESS! As if, people. And, like, whatever!



Being a thrift store junky I come across the originals of these things All. The. Time. And it's no secret that I've been kind of obsessed with this trend (see this refashion, or this one, or this one, or this one). The shapes are really flattering to my body, and I like the added modesty of wearing layers. And since I kind of love it, I've worked out a system of incorporating these vintage pieces while avoiding looking like I did in Jr. High.

Start with a vintage piece that you love:


I got this 90's era floral mini dress at Goodwill for $3.99!


And it fits me like it was made for me. It makes my legs look longer, hides what I want hidden on the bottom and makes my waist look itty bitty. But on it's own right now it was a little chilly and boring. So I added layers to make this outfit: 



1. Delicately layered jewelry. You want to look tasteful, I like to layer my favorite two little charm necklaces from Forever 21.

2. Belted waist. This helps make the silhouette more updated, although I broke rule #3 for this picture because the belt is also vintage!

3. Modern layers. Bright colors and new shapes...this is not the time to wear another vintage piece!

4. Ballet flats or wedge heels. I just bought some nude ballet style flats from Target that I'm going to be using all the time!

I think hunting for vintage clothes instead of just buying something off the rack can be a really interesting way to add character to an outfit. And I love the fact that this dress is probably from my own childhood!

Jessica

16 comments:

  1. I'm obsessed with the 90s- the good, the bad, and the ugly! I'm wearing a flannel. Lacy cami under,boyfriend jeans, and sparrows right now. I thoroughly enjoyed this post- and love your outfit!

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    1. Love it! Thanks for the compliment, I love this outfit too! I'm actually wearing a different vintage mini dress today with a big slouchy sweater...I need to get on board with the ripped boyfriend jeans too. So cute for summer!

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  2. You got this cute dress only for $3.99, no way!!!! What a great find! And thank you very much for being a part of the link up party!
    http://dcinstyle.com/

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  3. I love how you put the outfit together--it definitely look modern the way you wear it! 90s is not my favorite decade for fashion, personally--but your version is great!

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  4. I was only 0-10 years old for the 90s, but I was definitely born in the wrong decade... I wish I could have experienced first hand as a teen such great fashion choices like lumberjack flannel and Doc Martins. Instead, I'm filling my own closet with ditsy floral dresses and baggy sweaters. I love the dress you wore here!

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    1. Honestly the first time around was not *that* great...the cute elements you see today were overshadowed by horrible things like scrunchies and neon spandex! You have the option of passing all that up at the thrift stores and just buying the cute vintage!

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  5. what a wonderful look! i love all the layers. The pop of pink with the cardi takes it from grungy to lovely! and you're right, that dress looks like it was made for you!xx

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    1. Thanks! I love love love this dress, I've already worn it about five times. It's so adorable! I'm really excited to have found it, it was a real score.

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  6. Loved 90's fashion the first time around and loving it's updated looks even more now. That dress fits you so well. Great look! Thanks for linking up this week.

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  7. love a girl who can thrift a great piece on the cheap! cute update and the dress fits you well;) stopping by from the #dressfortheday linkup. happy wednesday!

    chandra
    astylishlittlelady.com

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  8. Great tips for mixing vintage with modern trends.

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  9. Cute look! I like the way you styled the dress. Adding a denim jacket instantly makes a lot of things better!


    -Karen
    www.yourstylistkaren.com

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  10. This is great! You look fantastic in that outfit - I love the pop of pink colour from the sleeves!

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  11. love it! thanks for linking up with dress for the day! i'll be looking for chic ways to re-do the 90s :)

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  12. YES YES AND YES PLEASE. That is all.

    Shana Thanks for linking up to Thrifters Anonymous!! You rock!

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  13. That's sooo one of my favourite styles (and movie BTW)! :o)

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