It is a common and revered staple for every modest girl’s wardrobe and we are always keeping our eyes open for the most perfect version of this foundation piece: The Shell. I have steered away from using it as a top on its own as of late, but it has not become any less integral for me and my dressing needs. For reasons of tznius (modesty), a shell provides the necessary inches for covering elbows and collarbones, and proves invaluable in completing certain pieces in our closets. What’s a girl to do if her favorite vintage maxi is sleeveless? Or she needs a basic layer to don under a blazer and scarf combo? And so the shell remains a beloved item in our lives, for the simple reason that it allows us to wear the otherwise impossible, and grants us a degree of sartorial freedom.
When I tried the CHI CHI shells, I found them to be soft, with a generous stretch, and provided the perfect coverage for the dresses I was wearing. When I try a shell for the first time, I want comfortable sleeves for my on-the-go life as a ‘Yiddishe Mama‘ (as my friend Sharon of Fashion-Isha puts it), and that it yields a seamless blend with the clothing I am topping it with. The CHI CHI shells fulfilled those requisites and were simply a relief to have in my closet when I needed to grab a layer and run.
I chose to go with this vintage beaded dress and nude pumps for Ohr Naava’s Great Vintage Event, and I’m glad I did. It is truly a thing of the past; charming and transcendent of time. That is the beauty of vintage. It can be worn with relevance today, while maintaining the secret of it’s history. The allure of a vintage piece is partly due to the life it lived before it was in your hands. When you put it on, the mystique and glamor of the clothing is yours for a day…
I got a chance to meet many of the vendors, and see their pieces, and it was a beautiful sight to behold. Like a trove of vintage treasure.
Everyone got a perfect picture over at Chaya and Simi’s Frock Swap!
Ohr Naava truly knows how to throw an event, and everything came together flawlessly. I had more fun than I ever was expecting to and I am grateful that I was able to meet so many women in our community involved in the world of Frum Fashion.