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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: 70s

Rock ‘N’ Roll Day Dreams

Jessica Wagner

Concert Wear
 

When attending a concert, there are a few factors to consider when choosing an outfit: dance-ability, the possibility of having to hoof it long distances, and if outdoors, braving the elements. 

Last weekend we saw Of Monsters and Men, and Florence + The Machine at Blossom Music Center for their How Beautiful Tour. (We stopped by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland before hand.)

Let me just say, Florence is a vocal powerhouse and crooned to a packed crowd, despite nonstop rain. The weather wasn’t happy, but we were. The show was ah-mazing! Talk about the healing power of music. The flame-haired songbird brought so much energy and spirit to the stage. I spent the entire night (in my bright yellow poncho) hands in the air, screaming lyrics along with her. Despite being baptized by rain showers, we had a great time. Florence in the rain is a must see my friends.

So, I planned this outfit expecting a warm-weather summer night, but monsoon or shine, decided to rock it anyway. Rain don’t kill my vibe! 

I’ve been lusting after this B-Low the Belt “Bri Bri” double buckle belt for the last few months, but couldn’t bring myself to pay full price for the leather version. When I spotted this one, on the Forever 21 website, happiness hit me like a train on a track.* (If you caught that reference, we are now best friends.) It's made of faux leather material, hence the much more affordable price tag. The buckles are adorned with a gorgeous intricate floral design and sturdily made. The belt is available in silver or gold, and they offer a slim version here as  well. 

It’s a serious high impact accessory. I love how it sits at your waist, or lower on your hips, with adjustable lengths. I find the double-buckle look so innovative. I was a little nervous the non-leather version would feel “less” but the hardware is heavy and feels substantial. Great quality. Not overly shiny, so it looks cool, instead of costume-y.

It pairs well with endless outfit combos, not just festival/concert wear. Low-slung jeans, high waist pants, cut-off shorts, full skirts, and simple tops. It will look amazing with a maxi dress. It’s also a cult favorite of celebs like Selena Gomez and Kendal Jenner, (which is how I first spotted it.) Drawling inspiration from the '70s seems to be the on-going theme for this summer for sure. (Check this post and this post.)

Other than a cool rocker-girl belt, my best advice for when it comes to attending a rock concert... wear sturdy shoes! Even if you’re not planning on moshing or jumping around, other people will be. So protect yourself with a pair of moto boots and complete the look with edgy dark pieces. Or go for a sublte ‘90s look, which feels fresh right now. Pair a girly dress with sneakers and some head-turning accessories. 

Because of the dodgy weather and our long-distance lawn seats I have very few (quality) photos to share from the actual venue. But here's this little gem to give you an idea… 

Covering up my outfit with a plastic bag made me so sad, but at least I stayed dry for the first 5 minutes. I must admit, I was immensely grateful my good old concert-going-extraordinaire dad suggested we bring the ponchos. Sometimes you have to for-go fashion. It was worth it to dance in the rain with Florence, rock-goddess-style. Love you Florence! 

What concert are you outfit planning for? Share in the comments below!

Outfit Details:
Romper: Forever21 Crochet Panel Mustard Belt: Forever21 B-Low the Belt Two-Buckle Hat: Madewell Biltmore Double-Ribbon Felt Fedora (also seen here) Shoes: Old Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters Bag: H&M (old, similar here) Nails: Sally Hansen Blacky O Lips: MAC Lady Danger Poncho: Couture Exclusive

Americana

Jessica Wagner

70s Inspired Styling for Summer
 

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Whether you’re spending the holiday relaxing seaside, barbequing with family, or shooting off fireworks I hope you enjoy the long weekend and the liberty of choosing how to spend it. 

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. With that in mind, I want to spotlight how to channel that carefree vibe of the season. Basically - goodbye long johns, hello cotton sundress. Unless of course, you’re into wearing long johns in warm weather – you do you!

Some of my favorite fashion inspiration is from the '70s. Icons like Jane Birkin, Jean Shrimpton, Cher, Stevie Nicks, and Ziggy Stardust taught us the rules, alter-egos and all. It was an era of earth-goddess hair, rock-n-roll, and on-point leather jackets. Romantic silhouettes and floral-drenched prints. But the look requires more than bare-feet, guitar in hand.

When you hear '70s you might think hippie flower power and all that. Tie-dye and flares. But '70s fashion was about more than clothing, it was a movement. It was a generation of voices that demanded to be heard, and took to expressing themselves through a variety of outlets, one of them being fashion.

If you look back at fashion from the '50s and '60s, it’s safe. It was a time of conformity. There were boundaries and expectations. The '70s came along and shook those ideals upside-down.

I personally love taking an outfit in a boho-ethereal direction, but it’s a little outside my normal comfort zone. I ultimately lean feminine, full skirt and heels. More streamlined. Wild expressive outfits can really kind of be thrown together. I get nervous about pairing an oxblood hat and round-mirrored frames. But I shouldn’t be and neither should you.

When adding a '70s modern vibe to your wardrobe, know what to look for and where to look. To find cool hats, flea markets are my favorite. Forever 21 has the best selection of big sunglasses that won’t blow your entire month’s fashion budget. Antique malls and consignment shops are also treasure troves of goodies. Bangles, funky scarves, platform ankle boots are all things I have found for pennies on the dollar. And If you have the time, they always sport an extensive amount of vintage jewelry, yours for the picking.

Start off pairing a wide brim hat with cut-off jeans and a vintage tee. Then keep exploring. Try an off-the-shoulder top, knee-high gladiators or a patterned kimono. Trial and error. You don’t have to be some sort of avant-garde stylist to dress with dramatic flare. This is an achievable look for us normal girls. A vintage print skirt is the perfect summer score. Pair it with a sleek crop top and high boots. Watch it transform from passé to in vogue. Kick off summer with your vintage rock and roll style game strong.

My best tip is to search on-line first from your favorite stores. I am a die-hard fan of Free People and Urban Outfitters for their billowy silhouettes, natural-toned hues and bohemian, wild elegance.

As the days get warmer and the nights get longer, start introducing yourself as Penny Lane and make an entrance in statement shapes that will catch the season’s brightest light.

Outfit Details:
Hat: Vintage (similar here) Top: Francesca's Collections old (similar here) Shorts: Lux by Urban Outfitters (similar here) Shoes: Free People Oliviera Wrap Sandal Leather Fringe Clutch: Vintage (similar here) Sunglasses: Forever 21 Bandana: Urban Outfitters Assorted Bangles: Vintage Earrings: Forever 21 (also love these) Lips: MAC Sin Nails: OPI Taupe-less Beach Peacock Chair: Vintage (also love this one

White Sand Wash

Jessica Wagner

Inner Goddess Style
 

Some like to keep it casual on beach vacations. I say be glamorous. Be fabulous. Be charming, fun and wonderful.

Going on holiday is wonderful!  So be your be your gorgeous wonderful self.

We tend put ourselves in a box. For me, that box looks a lot like home, where I spend the majority of my Monday-Friday. Your box may be a comfortable role, work-place, or school where you have to dress the part. We tend not to stray far from these daily conformities.

Breaking out of your box, and finding freedom from the day-to-day is FANTASTIC. 

Strip away your typical environment, and you are forced to act beyond your natural comfort-zone. A get-away is a chance to reconnect with yourself. I believe every woman has an inner goddess. (Inner goddess not your thing... lioness, conqueror, heroine?) That inner goddess needs to be nurtured. I’m telling you, my inner goddess is hard to find some weeks! I know she is there, and she wants to feel alluring, desired and adored.

I imagine I am not alone when I say I have select pieces in my closet reserved for those by the sea escapes. Easy to pack, lightweight, breathable and a little saucy. Something exotic you wouldn’t wear anywhere else. Coastal living is meant to be seductive. It’s meant to give you a break. I mentioned in this post, I want to feel confident, comfortable and stylish on vacation. You know what else I want to feel? Young, wild and free. 

I fell in love this white-sand-wash dress for it’s ability to feel casual yet stunningly fashionable. It’s a great option for a full-length evening dress and perfect way to show off a tan. Beautifully bohemian, refreshingly romantic, and in a sure-to-stun-in-the-sun silhouette. I chose this piece for the major honeymoon vibes it was giving off. I loved being a honeymooner and felt this look was a nod to that enchanting time. I remember feeling so in love and wearing flawless shades of white every chance I got. 

Feeling powerful and sexy is good for the soul. What’s a better time to sport a sultry look than while adventuring in a beachy tropical climate?

Next trip, anniversary or weekend away, promise to pack that silky slip dress. Buy that breezy crochet for catching a golden hour glow. Wear the drapey caftan or thigh-high slit for a dreamy dinner date. Then drift away into paradise. Immerse yourself in the culture. Explore off-the-beaten-path destinations. Be the girl who sees possibility everywhere. Find that suit of armor for free spirits, the wanderlusters and know you're rocking your secret weapon --inner goddess style.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Urban Outfitters  Love Sadie Beige Crochet Open-back Maxi (Sold out, also love this one and this one) Shoes: ZiGIgirl Arrow Sandals Sunglasses: Forever 21 Bag: H&M (also love this one) Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Arthur