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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Vintage

The Cottager

Jessica Wagner

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Seventies Vintage

I pulled this vintage beauty out of my parents attic. Maybe it's the old soul in me, but I've always been drawn to clothing that tells a story. Dreamy pieces in creamy white, like this natural frock, speak to my sensitive nature. I love the lived-in feel from another time and place.

My sisters and I used to have a big wooden box of dress up clothes and this 1970s dress was one of our favorites. Back then it would fall three feet too long, dragging across the floor, and take us to an imaginary world of royal tea parties and secret gardens -- or dark alleyway dealings as British spies in disguise.  

Fast forward to today, it's the perfect fit for picking wild flowers on a rosé picnic at the cottage. I love the soft worn-in linen feel of the dress. The tag actually reads "The Cottager for the Junior." I couldn't find much about the brand, but it breaths like a warm summer night. The empire waist and detailed buttons up the back add a charming vibe that makes it stand out from today's fashions. 

I believe a good vintage dress has the ability to transport you... the more ethereal the better. I have a soft spot for our weekend escapes to our family cottage. Our happy place. <3 Life slows down and we usually just enjoy eachothers company or get lost in nature. Fishing on the lake, walks on the beach, running through wild flower fields or picking berries from the local farm.  I've been coming up to the lake since I was born. t's a place that holds childhood memories and peaceful nostalgia. BBQs, late nights around fires. Sunning like little sand crabs on Papa's dock. Canoe rides and getting pushed on the swing {or into the pond!} The sound of crickets and the hum of nature. A place for wild strawberries and wild freedom.

We discovered this quarry down an old dirt path, and this dress just felt right for whispered dreams and special moments. Earth-goddess hair, bare feet and free flowing fabrics where staples of the seventies. In full hippie-chic mode I added a few Queen Anne's Lace to my braid for added effect. {Interesting fact: Queen Anne’s Lace is in actuality, a wild carrot!}

When looking to add vintage clothing  to your wardrobe, don't be afraid to shop around in antique shops, or your own auntie or grandmothers dresser drawers. Hats, baskets and scarves are a few accessories I usually walk away with for a steal! 

When it comes to making a decision on to buy or not I like to try and envision wearing it in a countryside flower field, full of eyelet lace, and creamy shades of dancing white. Little stone cottages and over-grown ivy. Lost dirt roads and hidden wishing wells. If the dress fits the scene - (and fits!) or can be easily altered, into the bag it goes! Always check for stains, holes, and missing pieces. 

Long maxi dresses or even midi styles will serve as versatile summertime wear and will evoke an "imperfect" elegance. Shabby chic at it's best, out in the open sky among the singing reeds. Unabashedly feminine, and whimsical. 

If you are also enchanted by history and vintage style, where are you favorite places to find  additions to your wardrobe? I would love to hear in the comments below! 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Vintage The Cottager For The Junior  Shoes: Vintage Huaraches - House of Dow Picnic Basket: Vintage Hat: My grandmother's <3 Lips: Le Marc Lip Crème Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 

Le Beret

Jessica Wagner

Mon Chérie 

Let’s be French! My favorite accessory for when I want to feel a bit of an escape is a classic wool beret. (As seen here.) Tipped to one side, with a slight bit of jaunty attitude. 

These cold days have me longing for adventure, and right now the closest thing to that is dressing a bit overconfidently for a foggy morning trip to the donut shop. 

Thinking about trying a beret this winter? There are so many color options out there to choose from, and at a variety of price points. This one I’ve had for so long it’s practically vintage. I found this pale pink one on Amazon here. It was inexpensive, so a perfect option if you want to experiment with this femme look. (As seen here.)

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While it might seem an intimidating accessory, the easiest way to style this classic is with confidence. Try not to puff it up too much on top, or it will look a bit like a muffin. On the other end, you also don’t want it too flat, like a pancake. Style some hair around your face, to keep it soft.

While this look is trending, I’ve always loved the playful anything-but-under-the-radar feel of it. While dressing for the weekend sometimes makes for lazy tees and joggers - leopard spots, a big red bow, high-rise jeans (last seen here) and mega babe boots make for a perfect combo when trying to break free from the heaviness of winter and have a little fun, even if you have to create it yourself. 

If you can’t have a weekend adventure, accept the grand adventure of being you {with a French hat or maybe just some french fries.}


Outfit Details:
Top: Urban Outfitters TRULY MADLY DEEPLY DOUBLE ICONS TEE Jeans: H&M Hat: Free People Du Jour Beret Shoes: Old (Similar here) Coat: Old (Similar here) Glasses: Free People Bow: Free People Cup: Starbucks Reusable Travel Cup

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I'm Dreaming of a Vintage Christmas...

Jessica Wagner

Scottish Wool Pleated Skirt 

Make your holidays a little merrier this year with some timeless romance.

This winter I have been adding a little touch of vintage to our home – from classic glass ornaments to bottle-brush glitter Christmas trees. 

Always looking to add to my collection of inspiring vintage wear, I recently stopped into House of Dow planning to leave with an authentic ugly Christmas sweater, instead I happened upon the most magical Laird-Portch of Scotland wool skirt.

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Of course I was chatting it up with the sweet sales girl, and she told me it was new item to the shop, made in Scotland, probably from the 1970s. It’s beautiful in person you guys. The pleated kilt is made of pure wool with genuine leather straps and metal buckles at each side of the waist for adjusting the fit. I tried it on to be sure and loved how it hugged my waist. There is a moment that happens in the fitting room when you find a piece like this – it’s like discovering buried treasure. The wrap front with traditional fringed side is so classic. Plus that pine evergreen color! I basically wore this out of the store.

While I adore vintage clothing I am no trained expert. I will say I know a work of art when I see one. My best advice when shopping second hand is to converse with the seller. They know their stuff and will help point you in the right direction. If they are good they should have vast knowledge on what they are selling. Each piece usually has a story behind it. To me that’s the perpetual charm – getting to take home all those feelings of nostalgia.

Make sure to try everything on and know your budget. Some places might compromise on a price tag depending on the shop. Don’t be afraid to ask! And when you find something you love, get it! Nothing haunts you like the clothes you don’t buy, (or so I hear.) If you ever come across a Scottish wool skirt, say yes! It’s sure to draw admirers.

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As for the rest of my outfit, Rob picked out my velvety textured off the shoulder top and my shoes were another vintage find. My 1960-ish tapestry coat is an old Target purchase if you can believe that. It reminded me of Anthropologie. My love of granny fashion is nothing new. #oldladyswagger I wore this to a holiday gathering and felt all the holly jollies.

As we are only 12 (!) days away from Christmas, I hope you are finding time to enjoy the holiday magic and wish you many rich blessings as we head into this special time of year.

Peace and love friends! XO


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Outfit Details:
Coat: Old Top: Forever 21 (similar here & here & here) Skirt: House of Dow - Vintage (similar here & here & here) Shoes: Vintage (want these)