This is not going to be my last post on the gold trend this season, mainly because I hope it never gets old, but also due to its versatility and fluidity. A metallic neutral, gold is serving up some major sartorial fodder for us, and I am overusing and abusing this one. Gucci’s 70′s inspired Spring 2016 collection has provided more than enough encouragement and influence, and I’m blaming it all on the fashion house’s gold mules and pleated skirts, along with their colorful lurex knits. It doesn’t hurt that almost every piece is modest for the tznius clad. Love it or not, you can’t deny that gold is the new black .
I started my outfit with a salmon bodysuit from Reformation, and built up from there. The jacket lent a beautiful contrast of a cool dusty blue alongside the warmer tones of the skirt and top. The comfort of a bodysuit is that you never have to adjust it and retuck; it stays in place all day. It’s a brilliant foundation piece for your wardrobe but might be skintight, so topping it off with a jacket is a great way to keep it modest.
I am only blogging about this today, but this vintage sweater duster coat saved me last winter during my pregnancy. I wore it to Fashion Week, to pick the kids up from school, grocery store errands. Everywhere. I fell in fashion love. It was everything I wanted in cold-weather wear, and coincidentally, everything I needed. It kept me so warm but gave me that shot of sartorial satisfaction we sometimes lose out on during the winter months. I continue to hunt down similar pieces in the hopes that i can carry on donning these winter wonders, and keep my seasonal depression at bay. I have been using Etsy as a main source for sweater coats (and many other pieces) as I posted in the past, which you can try along with the traditional brick and mortar vintage shops.
Just a few outfits I wore over this month during the holidays, and I’m grateful for the weather we’ve been having which has been facilitating the lack of outerwear (trench coat in the rainstorm aside).
Most of us have been to a vintage shop or two (or ten), and the treasure to be found is endless. But what if you can’t just get up and run off to a store to hunt through racks and piles of suede, leather, fringe and floral chiffon? The alternative is a surprising trove of those piles waiting to be picked through on the world wide web with just as much success as you would in the real world, with the added benefit of a global reach. You can literally shop vintage pieces in Italy and France, and have it shipped to your door.
The greatest resource I’ve found in online vintage shopping is www.Etsy.com, but you can also try Ebay and Google with similar success. Keywords like ‘secretary dress’, ‘printed silk dress’, ‘silk wrap dress’, ‘leather skirt’, ‘fringe’, ‘tassel’, and ‘Diane Frese’ are a great way to start your search on Etsy. Make sure to filter under the ‘Vintage’ tab and you will open up a quest with hundreds and thousand of results. The best part is that the majority of items are under $150, although designer pieces run for more.