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Almost Vintage





Vest? French Connection, warehouse sale
Skirt? h&m
Shoes? Nine West, Winners
Clutch? Vintage eelskin, thrifted
Bangles? UO and Goodwill auction

Again, again and again... I am all ladylike up in your grill.

My mind is blowing with ideas on how to wear this vest. I could wear it with my sequined skirt and flat, over-the-knee boots, or I could wear it with some distressed, baggy jeans and leather gloves or with underpants and a samuri sword like Nicki Minaj. Good options, yes?

And this skirt is so old I can almost call it vintage h&m. I bought this skirt the first time I ever walked into an h&m 9 years ago. Back then my bestie and I took the old Corolla down to Ithaca, NY to visit her sister and she introduced us to the magical store of fast fashion. I still commend her sister's patience when she waited as we spent hours deciding what to spend our pennies on. At the time the bestie and I both worked at Tim Horton's serving coffee, raking in the cash money at $6.85 an hour, so after paying for our own gas like the adults we were, we had to make careful decisions on how to spend the rest. And yes, when I wear this skirt I feel a bit nostalgic for the teenage thrill of a road trip and for that feeling I had back then, thinking that h&m was my little fashion secret. The nostalgic feeling ended when the poor Corolla had to be retired off the road and when h&m began to complete it's world domination and became as prevalent as a Tim Horton's in Hamilton. And while I still find myself in h&m occasionally, clutching armfuls of clothing, I now thrift to get that feeling of exclusivity.

Surprisingly, I am not keeping this skirt in order to desperately hold on to a piece of my adolescence. It just refuses to destruct and the circle skirt never really goes out of fashion. And so, the original h&m skirt will stick around until it truly does become, vintage.



Sarah said...

I love.this.vest. and would totally steal it were I not a decent human.

Hope said...

On the vintage H&M skirt, all I have to say is if it isn't broken, no need to fix it. :)

kater said...

Haha, I have a skirt from H&M about ten years ago as well! Still love it :D

Sarah from said...

You look like a movie star! My favorite looks are those that appear effortless. From head to toe...I love this outfit.

rlutz said...

that vest is the leather with the tweed...lust!

Samantha said...

That vest is perfect! And the pop of color with your red clutch is lovely!


Apple said...

I love that outfit. So cute. If you ever do decide to get rid of that skirt, feel free to give it me, haha.

Linda said...

HA! First thing I said? "How demure and lady like!"...almost like you are ready for motherhood!

I kid, I kid, I joke I joke and dear goodness how SICK i am of people mentioning kids to me after only a year of marriange

Secondhand Stella said...

I feel like H&M clothes hold up really well. I have had a few pair of work pants my mom bought me when I first graduated college that are 7 years old now and they are still in perfect condition.

Very cute outfit! You are always dressed up... what fabulous places do you go to? ;)

Monica said...

Okay, trying not to sulk because there's not H&M here (never been in one). Anyhow, I love that wrap top/vest. It has a kimono like look to it. Looks great with the red purse and plays up the asian flare. I can also envision styled in so many different ways. Have fun with it!

jungleworldcitizen said...

I'd have a hard time if I were to decide which piece of your outfit is the most beautiful :)
Have a great day!

elizabethashleyphoto said...

LOVE this look! These are really great photos too!

Melissa said...

I love that top! It's absolutely so versatile and PERFECT with that circle skirt. I love the tweed look of it.

You look fantastic!

Anonymous said...

To be safe, you should probably just wear that vest with EVERYTHING.

FutureLint said...

That vest is fabulous, I love it with the flare of the skirt!

those tricks said...

i agree with everyone.
the top is a winner!!
gold star for you, top.

Christen said...

Loved reading the love story between you and your skirt. Some pieces are just truly meant to be. However, it is that vest that has me heads over heels. Seriously, it's amazing! It's flattering and looks ridiculously luxurious. Jealous.

Amanda @ Life with A.Co said...

Your writing is witty and cracks me up (the part about Nicky Minaj - ahhh, so clever).

Fabulous story about H&M and Ithica and the circle skirt. I'm trying to think back to my first experience there... likely in Syracuse, yes, I believe it was... and STILL no H&M here (grrrr). Mind you, I must agree, thrifting will give you that feeling of exclusivity.

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Unknown said...

This outfit is perfect. Love that French Connection top with the skirt with the pop of color from the clutch. Amazing.

Julia said...

whoo! that vest is pretty phenomenal!

20 YORK STREET said...

This outfit is well-put and the back story is amazing! Btw, is that the Port of Hamilton? That's a beautiful backdrop, I'm glad to see it as I'll probably be working there soon!



Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Your vest is amazing. I love the story about your skirt - it's so fun to get some background on the items people wear.

C said...

DAMN. Miss ladylike, you look class-ay.

mtg said...

wow! too cute!

KP said...

I love this outfit! It's so sophisticated and elegant, and yet it looks incredibly comfortable.

H to the izzo said...

OH, this is lovely! That first photo is fab!

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