The very title of this blog post is amusing to me, because I’m the opposite of a “Barbie Girl.” I had a few Barbie dolls growing up, but they weren’t a huge part of my childhood experience. Even more than that, I’ve refused to buy Barbie dolls for my children, with the exceptions of a curvy Fashionista doll, because I appreciated that they made a doll that looked different from the standard, and a Katherine Johnson doll, because, hello, Hidden Figures. In general, though, I’ve always thought that the unrealistic body proportions of Barbie dolls sends the wrong message.
Enter Unique Vintage. When I saw the coral and white “Busy Morning Sundress,” which is modeled after a vintage Barbie outfit, plus the matching sun hat, I fell in love. Add in a sale, and I was, well, sold. And while I may not be your typical Barbie Girl, I loved this outfit (including the matching pin that came with the dress), from the moment I put it on.
A faux pearl necklace and Splendette Duchess Bangles in shades of pink and floral were the perfect complement to the outfit:
I really appreciate that even fashion can help me step outside of my comfort zone!
I’ve had this lovely Unique Vintage Delores dress since before Easter, but I’ve been so busy, I kept forgetting to share it until now! Other than one skirt, I really hadn’t ordered from Unique Vintage before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, how the dress would fit, or if I would even like it, but I decided to go ahead and get it, mostly because I felt like I really needed a basic blue dress in my wardrobe (also, it was on sale at the time). I’m glad I did, because it fits great, and it’s so pretty and versatile…plus, Chickadee calls it my I Love Lucy dress, which makes me exceptionally happy!
Since it’s known as an I Love Lucy dress around here, I decided to style it in just that way, with hat, gloves, and appropriate jewelry. Ignore the worried look…I just hate when it’s sunny out!
This dress isn’t 100% cotton, which is one of the things I was worried about. But it has a nice weight, and hangs really well, so there was no need for concern.
Just for fun, a look at the dress in black and white, I Love Lucy style!
The Delores dress is a Unique Vintage staple, and is regularly available in different colors/patterns. I’m pretty sure I’ll have to add another version of this dress to my wardrobe eventually!
The Fourth Sunday of Easter also happens to be Mother’s Day, so of course I had to wear my Mary Blair mother and child print Lydia dress from Pinup Girl Clothing, plus my white hat and Duchess Bangles from Splendette, including the new candy pink variety:
And a bonus picture of me with the Fab Five…it is Mother’s Day after all!
I knew I wanted to wear my new headpiece (again) for the Second Sunday of Easter, but it was watching the Captain America movies (again) this weekend that directed the 1940s vibe of the rest of the outfit, starring a floral Butterfly dress from Pinup Girl Clothing.
I especially enjoyed going super girly with a pink and purple bracelet stack and glitter bead necklace from Splendette. And have I mentioned how much I love these sandals? They go with literally everything, and now that it’s warming up (well, except for today), I can wear them all the time!
I wanted to wear the classic 1950s harlequin print Long Jun skirt I got on sale from Pinup Girl Clothing after Christmas, so I started looking for a new pink top to wear with it. I looked…and I looked…and I looked some more. Pink tops that work with a retro look are apparently hard to come by. I finally found one at Lane Bryant, and I think it goes perfectly, especially with the fluttery sleeves.
Of course accessories are a must. I’ve been wearing the same Easter hat for years, so I got a new headpiece. Yes, it’s technically a fascinator, but it’s big enough that I think it’s hat-like. I added my favorite necklace and brooch, a springy bangle stack from Splendette, and, for the very first time, gloves! I’ve wanted Easter gloves for pretty much my entire life, so I’m very excited about this addition to the outfit!
I have now worn high heels for the first time since I broke my ankle in November, but it wasn’t what I would call a comfortable experience (although, are they ever, really?), so I went with my favorite sandals to finish off the outfit:
I really love how soft and springlike this whole look is!
Since tomorrow is Independence Day in the U.S., I thought I’d share a few ideas for dressing for the Fourth of July. You’ll notice Pinup Girl Clothing’s Mary Blair plane print makes an appearance three different ways…as a Harley dress, a Natalie swing dress, and a Doris skirt. The red, white, and blue of the print is perfect for Independence Day fashion! So are PUG’s red Harley top, blue sky harlequin skirt, and red, white, and blue Amanda dress!
Here are some of my favorite ways to accessorize with red, white, and blue, as well:
What’s your favorite way to wear red, white, and blue?
Since today is Easter, I’m sharing my Sartorial Saturday post a day late, so I can focus on Easter fashion!
I’m not going to lie…I really struggled to decide what I wanted to wear this year. But a Pinup Girl Clothing sale that allowed me to buy a Sabrina top in the perfect shade of mint to go with my castles Jenny skirt was the solution to my sartorial ennui.
Once I figured out the outfit, the accessories were pretty easy, although I did struggle a bit with my Splendette stack. In the end, I think pastel glitter was the perfect choice for Easter!
Did I mention that spring hasn’t really arrived here yet? The three-quarter sleeves definitely helped ward off the chill!
Last week’s Sartorial Saturday was all about Pinup Girl Clothing and red, white, and blue harlequin…today I’m focusing on red, white, and pink harlequin!
The Gena dress is new to me, and I really like it. I don’t have many dresses with sleeves, so this is a nice change, even in the summer. And I’m really into harlequin prints right now, so this dress was an instant hit! The Splendette bangles are a bit off, color-wise, but I don’t have many options when it comes to Splendette, so close enough will have to do. The necklace, however, is perfect! Overall, I think this is a really fun outfit, and I’m looking forward to wearing it all summer long!