Summer’s Remains: Friday

Day two of Nashville shenanigans.  For running around the city today, I’m going to continue on with a day counterpart to last night’s vintage look.  A little nautical look, courtesy of Cherry Velvet (except I don’t have all the tattoos that the model has!).

Full Retro

Since I’m going retro with the dress, might as well go all the way.  Retro accessories like a pair of cat eye sunglasses as a charm bracelet or two help achieve the complete look.  A small shrug is a must for the transition into aggressively air-conditioned indoor spaces.  The orange sandals seem out-of-place until you actually see the dress; the parts that seem red in the pattern are actually orange.  The finishing touch is a striped canvas bag with a rope handle to tie everything together.  Retro enough to be original, but ordinary enough to not look like a costume while out and about.

Summer’s Remains: Thursday

I promised a better mood today, and a better mood I shall deliver! A practically ecstatic mood, actually, as I am road tripping today! I’m off on a last-of-summer fling to Nashville to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

The birthday celebration will be a progressive feast, with Southern charm and fine dining and vintage style. Therefore, I have chosen a style that suits me best: vintage glam. Red lips, fake eyelashes, crinoline under my skirt.

Birthday Bash

This is almost exactly what I will be wearing, with a few exceptions. I’ll probably wear a little more jewelry. My shoes are more awesome than this, as they also have a Sailor Jerry-style design on the wedge. My bag is less flashy than this, but it’s real ’40’s vintage patent leather, with a bakelite handle.

Party time!

Dior-Inspired

If I ever get a red carpet moment, I want it to be in Dior.

Okay, totally not realistic. I don’t anticipate needing a Dior dress anytime soon, but I am obsessed with the iconic fashion house of Dior. There is something about Dior that is always ladylike, always feminine, always dramatic. The wasp waists, the crossover tops and jackets, the peplum and the full skirt create a drastic hourglass shape, which is my favorite womanly silhouette.

Unfortunately, the Dior look is hard to come by on a budget. I have a hard time finding the dramatic silhouettes that Dior favors. (A crinoline works wonders to fluff out a lackluster full skirt, though.) I think it would also be a bit odd on a Wednesday to walk down the street in runway Dior. (Especially the see-through button-downs Dior showed in the last couture collection!) So how to incorporate Dior flare into everyday clothing on a budget?

Since I am ever-vigilant, I searched high and low to find a selection of Dior-ified dresses and outfits. I so hope the obi belt comes back, as it is the perfect waist cincher! The floral motifs in the outfits echo Dior’s embroidered florals in the couture collection, as well as past collections that have been flower-based.

Dior-Inspired Outfits

The dresses are in bright colors and beautiful cuts. The red dress rocks my socks right off. It’s a British brand, but they do ship the states–I checked. I love the trim on the cowl neck, so reminiscent of the couture collection a couple of seasons ago. It’s so feminine and yet so bold–so very Dior.

Dior-Inspired Dresses

If you were on the red carpet and reports asked “what are you wearing?” what dream designer would you be clothed in?

Crops!

As part of my vintage vibe, I adore a 50’s, Pink Ladies-style cropped jean with a cuff for spring and summer. I have a pair that I’ve worn to death, and, unfortunately, washed the color right out. It’s time to go on the hunt for another dark wash jean, but it might just be time to branch out into other crop styles. I did a round-up of dark wash, modern wash, and colored crops just in time for spring/summer!

Crops!

Cropped jeans
$34 – macys.com

Dorothy Perkins indigo jeans
$27 – dorothyperkins.com

Wet Seal cropped cuffed jeans
$30 – wetseal.com

Old navy
$30 – oldnavy.gap.com

Electric blue jeans
$35 – delias.com

Yellow jeans
$35 – delias.com

I believe that anyone can wear a crop pant. The way your legs look determine your capri length. I favor a drop that hits at the widest part of my calf, with a cuff. That way it shows off my curvy lower legs in a positive way. Thicker ankles and shorter women should go with a higher, above or just below-the-knee crop, thin legs go with a longer crop. Try things on, see what works for you. If you like a style, never rule it out until you’ve tried all the iterations. A pair of wedge heels can add length if you’re worried about short legs.

So…do you crop?

Get It While It’s Hot

I’m not a trend forecaster, but my spidey-sense says that this one won’t be around too much longer. But spring and summer will be a good time to go with color block clothing. And the benefit of buying reasonably-priced clothes is that you can keep up with trends without feeling too sorrowful when their time has come and gone.

Color Block

What do you think? Will you color block this summer, or move on to what’s next?

Three Days Until Mad Men!

I’ve been looking forward to this particular “updated Mad Men look” post! Super much. Because it’s about Don Draper’s preferred type of DF. Sometimes he slums with the beatnik chicks. Most famously, Midge Daniels, the artist.

Beatnik is the easiest of all the looks to achieve. It is unstructured (aside from the tight tops) and easy, especially after the rigid looks which required a boned girdle. And it’s seriously mix-and-match. Boatneck top, skinny crop, flowing midi skirt/dress, ballet flats, and a wool beret.

Beatnik Mad Men

Serious tip: invest in a good wool beret. It holds its shape, doesn’t pill, and never looks cheap. The trick to wearing a beret is to take the “lip” around the opening and fold it under. While holding it with your thumb, put it on your head. It will rest snugly but effortlessly. And tilt it! It’s impossible to wear without a touch of irony, but that’s okay.

I’m so hoping that Peggy turns a little more beatnik. She seems just like the kind of girl with the right ideas to hang with that crowd. I was disappointed when that storyline never really played out on the show. Especially as Abe was a little better than her usual d-bag pick.

Wedding Belles

Confession: Sunday mornings are for bridal programs. Here at Casa Freya, certain shows get recorded to the DVR–Say Yes To The Dress, Four Weddings, and My Fair Wedding are all on there. Sunday mornings, before I even get dressed, I get a cup of coffee and some cereal and watch wedding shows. I am not even dating anyone (and I’ve kind of decided that if I get married I’ll elope), but I do love me some fantasy weddings. And of course, from watching all these wedding shows, I do have an opinion on bridesmaids dresses. So brides, future brides, and bridesmaids–LISTEN UP.

1. Brides: You Decide

I was talking to a bridesmaid the other day whose friend the bride had said “Here is a range of purples for the dress, a range of apple greens for the shoes, everybody pick their own.” (Can we just say–purple with green shoes is a NO.) My friend was lamenting, and said at one point “I wish she had just chosen something”. The bride still had a bunch of specifications, making it almost impossible for the bridesmaids to pick an “acceptable” dress. Plus, there are too many ways it can go wrong. If you want a mismatched look, choose a designer, and three or four acceptable styles and colors for your bridesmaids to choose from.

Evening Wedding Bridesmaids

Lela Rose dress, $169
Cocktail prom dress, $148
Silver dress, $198
New Products – Unique Vintage Dresses – 2011 Prom Dresses
Alfred Sung Style D535, $499

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