Almost Vintage

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{Shop: Tote, Heels, Earrings}

I feel a bit like bleubird vintage today. Maybe it’s the hair, the three adorable kids I have with me or the fact that I’m wearing a might-be vintage dress that my mother kindly hemmed for me. (She’s cheap too, she let me pay in hugs and hand-me-downs.) Either way, I like it.

When I first started reading style blogs, I was fascinated — literally fascinated— with the way bloggers would wear thrifted or vintage items without looking like Mildred, the previous owner. And while I had thrifted before, I was always on the lookout for ironic t-shirts to wear to my college class, as to look like I didn’t care, but I did, but I didn’t. All the while I had no idea there were beautiful vintage dresses, blouses, skirts, shoes just waiting to be worn.

I’ve never thought of my style as vintage, maybe a few pieces here or there could pass but let’s be honest — current trends make my heart double beat. But I’ve always loved the way some girls can make a vintage dress look so modern and beautiful. And while I loved and envied their style, I’ve always thought that’s just not my style.

Not to get all blogmotional on you, but thinking back just two years ago I would have never picked up this dress. I would have never thought “take some inches off the bottom, grab a wide belt and we’ve got ourselves an outfit.” And yet a few weeks ago, I picked this dress up and knew immediately how to wear it. More often than not I still feel like the girl who looks longingly onto blogs, thinking “can I do that?” So as a reader of style blogs, I say thank you to all the girls who inspire me and so many others to try something new. Turns out that you can teach an old blog new tricks.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09674664948794674777 Gentri

    I can totally relate!! Even when it comes to thrifted furniture. I can now see an ugly lamp as what it will become! Blogging is great. :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02258534352972796438 Elle

    Wow I totally feel you with the whole vintage/thrifting thing. I'm hoping that I'll get that down sooner or later. Love the outfit!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17302493025872864102 Swirls of Happy

    Love this dress.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17728956563870645334 Lauren

    So cute! As a thrifter in practice, it makes me happy to hear how you've evolved as a shopper. Hope I'll be able to sift through vintage pieces the same way someday soon.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17805471235766486076 Bloss

    Go girl! My ability to find gems in thrift stores has evolved as a result of reading your blog! Now I can walk into a store and see through the piles of things to the real treasure.. So thank you :)

  • Anonymous

    I need to learn how to thrift properly.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14014889283571631588 Lisa

    I love this post. I'm one of those girls who look at style bloggers like you who wear vintage properly and wish I could do the same! Thanks for the inspiration!