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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 

How To Wear Socks With Heels

Jessica Wagner

Berkshire Anklets

You can pull it off! It's all about picking the right anklet and I'm here to walk you through it. (That's my one pun for the post! I promise.) 

If you are on the hunt for a new way to elevate an outfit, here is an easy and inexpensive one. Socks and shoes might be a little intimidating - or feel like playing dress up in your mom’s pumps in the living room. Sure, there is a fine line between looking like a youth in their grade-school uniform and and old hippie in their Berkinstocks and ankle warmers. Both are totally cool in my book, but keep it subtle. A thinner, dressier sock is the easiest way to make this look work, and Berkshire has a ton to offer.

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Step 1: The first step is choosing your anklet. There are so many different colors and styles. Black, nude, grey, cream - the list goes on. Think about what color makes sense for you style and wardrobe. Black or neutral are always a safe place to start.

Step 2: The next step is pairing your anklet with the right shoes. It might take some trial and error, but you will find a perfect match! I like the combination of a sheer anklet with a simple solid pump. 

If you'v been following me, you know I tend to go feminine and romantic, but I can also see taking this style a little more edgy or even into "menswear." Stay true to you. And share it with me! It will be fun to see what you all come up with!  

A few tips...

DETAILS:
Try an anklet with a pretty scalloped edge top or lace. The little touches will add a bit of softness. I love a texture, like fishnet or a print, like small dots. It is a quirky vibe. In some ways, the quirkier the better! Maybe you find a pair with bows, sparkle or embellishments! Try it. This look isn't about blending in. 

MIX & MATCH
Try them on with the shoes in your closet. Pull out your strappy sandals, booties, pumps, even sneakers! I also love them with ballet flats and mules. You want to keep the ankle looking slim, so don't be afraid to adjust the height of your socks.  Scrunch em' down, or pull them up taught. 

HEAD TO TOE
Besides playing around with colors and patterns, think about the look as a whole. The socks with heels thing should look quirky and eclectic, but not totally random. Pick an anklet and shoe that compliment each other and keep in mind the rest of your outfit. Try coordinating your layer of footwear in the same hue as another item - (for example, a red anklet with a red bag) to pull the whole thing together. When I was playing around with looks I preferred them to stand out from each other (for example, not black socks on black shoes.) Then see what you like the best - pair them with all lengths of skirts, dresses, jeans and even shorts.

 Here are a few other ways I played around with my anklets! Try it out and let me know how it goes. Your legs will never look better all summer long!

Want more? I first introduced Berkshire tights here, also seen here, and in nude form here. You can see a sheer set of tights I styled with Hunter boots last winter here, and a dainty dot pair here, and a few party options here.

A special thank you to  Lipton Publicity and Berkshire for partnering on this post.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Forever21 (striped version here) Shoes: Zara - Pink High Heel Leather Pumps Bag: Cult Gaia Ark Anklets: Berkshire Sheer Dot, Daisy Floral, Fishnet with Lace Top, Grey Shimmer, Dot Anklet