Something Old, Something New, Something Mustard, Something Blue

Goodwill vintage dressPerhaps this is another one of those so-wrong-it’s-right finds, but I have a bit of a thing for this cornflower blue and white patterned 1970s dress. I found it in a Goodwill (surprise, surprise) and although it’s my dress size, I think it’s actually a petite version, as when the sleeves are rolled down they only just reach my wrists. But it’s such a fun pattern and it has pockets – how could anyone say no to a dress with pockets?

I didn’t initially follow my instincts when it came to styling this vintage dress – do you ever get that way with an outfit before you leave the house? We were going for a stroll into town and I knew that I wanted to pair it with my silver brogues, mustard yellow tights and a bright pink lip, but part of my brain was telling me ‘that’s too loud. You’ll stick out too much’. I then spent the next half an hour trying on more modest shoes and different, less shouty lipstick before going back to the original plan.

I guess that’s the thing about moving somewhere new; I could be anyone I want to be but perhaps the scariest thing of all is being myself, which sartorially translates to clashing floral prints, wearing several contrasting colours at once and generally involves either no make-up or blindingly bold lips.

Carrie touched on it in her alter egos post, but it can be a tricky thing when your personal style embodies not one set in stone ‘look’ but several in one week, or sometimes all in one outfit! I guess the fun thing about fashion is that picking a person to be for a day, from 1930s librarian to a 60s inspired lady-who-lunches doesn’t change who I am *cringe* inside.

Blue and white patterned dress – Goodwill / Mustard tights – Primark / Oak ‘Effie’ bag  – Mulberry / Silver brogues – Office

Milkmaid braids and a bold lipVintage dress and mustard tightsSilver brogues and mustard tightsGoodwill blue dress

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  1. January 21, 2015 / 10:18 am

    I often feel the need to change up how I look but a place like San Francisco must be awesome to do it in.

    • SJ
      January 27, 2015 / 1:30 am

      People are definitely creative with their outfits here!

  2. January 21, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    Love love love this outfit, definitely loving the magenta/mustard combo!

    Maria xxx

    • SJ
      January 27, 2015 / 1:31 am

      Aww, thanks Maria! x

  3. January 21, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    Awesome outfit, what a cool dress! I’ve been fancying some silver brogues for ages, I’ll need to look for these ones :)

    • SJ
      January 27, 2015 / 1:32 am

      Thanks Elise! This pair are a year or two old now but silver footwear seems pretty en vogue right now so I’m sure you’ll be able to track down a pair :)

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