Outfit: my 90s self

14 Jan

Dress: Talbot’s, thrifted

Cardigan: thrifted

Belt: Calvin Klein

Boots: Poetic License

One trend that I’m very excited about is the return of the ditsy floral print.  I love a bold print, but small prints are nearly always easier to wear.   I used to have a ton of dresses like this.  In fact, my 90s self would approve of this outfit (except for the boots – I didn’t own any then!)  This dress is probably actually from the 90s.  I thrifted it a few months ago, but it went in my alteration basket – it went below my knees, and I wanted it to be about the length you see it here.  It’s made of rayon crepe, and my experience with rayon crepe that says “dry clean only” is that it shrinks tremendously in length.  So – I threw it in the washer and dryer, and it came out the perfect length! Luckily it didn’t shrink anywhere else, but I would not recommend this method.

I got my boots at the Zappo’s outlet in Shepherdsville (just outside Louisville.)  If you are ever in town, it’s totally worth the trip – I only paid $20 for these brand new boots, which had been on my wishlist for ages.  Everything in the store is usually 50% off retail, with special sticker colors being on sale every day.  My boots were 70% off, and there was an additional friends/family discount that I was able to get.  I can’t go there too often or my shoe collection would be even more out of control!  I love the boots because they have a sort of Steampunk vibe.  Poetic License is a new brand to me, but their shoes all have an over the top vibe that appeals to me.

I wore this outfit to go thrifting, but I only made it to one store.  I went to the store nearest my house, apparently to remind myself of why I don’t bother.  It’s a big store, but it’s always picked over (the ratio of hipsters to non-hipsters in my neighborhood is pretty high, so I’d imagine they go there!)  I plan to spend the afternoon cutting fabric to make Vogue 1209 – I’m not making a muslin, since the fabric itself was so inexpensive, so wish me luck!

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5 Responses to “Outfit: my 90s self”

  1. Myra January 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Love those 90′s ditsy prints – I had lots of those granny dresses that went to the ankle, wore them with sandals or flats to work.

  2. Vanessa January 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    I love your outfit!

  3. Louise January 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    I like you in the dark colors! Comfy looking.

  4. Jessica January 15, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    I’ve been seeing a number of 90′s dresses and skirts in my local thrift shop recently, and for some reason those prints are making me absolutely crazy! I can’t get enough of them. Totally with you on that one :).

  5. Sarah Lorraine February 4, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    My how I have missed the ditsy floral dresses, too! I had one, the first dress I have ever made by myself in the early 90s, in fact, that I wore to shreds. Paired that dress with my Docs and wore my blue velvet blazer over it… Henna red hair, parted down the middle, minimal amounts of earth tone makeup from The Body Shop… Ahh… Natalie Merchant was right, those really were the days. ;)

    Love your blog, btw! Very inspiring! :)

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