Sartorial Saturday–Inspired by the Olympics

I love a themed outfit. Coming up with an outfit that goes with the Olympics, however, is a bit of a challenge. Until I realized that Hello Kitty is the perfect sartorial representation of Tokyo 2020!

The Hello Kitty collection from Unique Vintage isn’t really new anymore, and I missed out on the first run of this Golightly dress, my favorite style from Unique Vintage. When they replenished their stock, I was determined not to miss out on it again, especially once I realized that it did fit the Tokyo 2020 theme!

I accessorized with a Splendette stack of duchess bangles, a Meteor Jewelry necklace, a blue hair flower from Pinup Girl Clothing, and a Hello Kitty brooch from Erstwilder, of course!

Even though the dress is primarily pink, I also went with a Team USA theme of red, white and blue in the outfit:

I love finding creative ways to make my outfits fit a theme!

Sartorial Saturday–Skirts and Shorts

Time for a look at another gorgeous plaid dress by Miss Candyfloss!

I’m not going to lie…the Basillia-Sun was not my first dress choice in this style. I had originally planned to order the Virtue-Regina, which is very similar aside from some differences in the décolletage. I really liked the soft colors of the Virtue-Regina, which is also a plaid, but much lighter and broader. That dress sold out in a heartbeat, though, and since I really wanted a dress that buttons all the way down the front, I decided to give the Basillia-Sun a try.

The bold colors are different from those on the Myrtle-Sun dress, but they have the same bright, cheerful, summer feeling!

I kept my accessories fairly simple, with a freshwater pearl necklace and Splendette duchess bangles in some of the colors found on the dress:

The part of this outfit I was most excited about was the fact that you can wear the skirt unbuttoned with shorts underneath. Miss Candyfloss had a pair of matching shorts in a yellow shade, but I wasn’t convinced they would fit me, and they were a little shorter than I prefer, so I went with a different pair. I love the breeziness of having the skirt open and the coverage the shorts provide! It’s the perfect mid-century summer look!

Buttoned or not, it’s a beautiful summer dress!

This is the last item I purchased from the Miss Candyfloss “Dream Away Holiday” collection. This spring was my first real experience shopping with them directly (as well as from of their retailers), and I’ve come to love everything about the brand…the fit, the quality, the styles, and especially these beautiful colors! I’m already looking forward to seeing their autumn/winter lookbook, and hoping to add a few more pieces to my wardrobe!

Sartorial Saturday…On A Sunday–Fashion for the Fourth

It’s been a while since I shared an Independence Day outfit! I’m really happy with the look I put together today, featuring a red Harley top and blue harlequin circle skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing and a red, white, and blue Splendette duchess bangles stack. The Starlite necklace from Meteor Jewelry and star brooch from Erstwilder are also a perfect fit, and let’s not forget a bright blue mask, because there’s still a pandemic going on. My favorite part of the outfit, however, might just be the red and blue PUG hair flowers I added to my Unique Vintage bonnet.

Happy Fourth of July!

Sartorial Saturday–The Ingenue

Every once in a while, you get a second chance on something you missed out on.

The first time this beautiful blue floral Ingenue dress from Vixen by Micheline Pitt was available for pre-order, I wanted to get it, but since I fell directly between sizes, and it was a new dress without reviews about fit, I was reluctant. In the end, all the pre-orders sold out, and I thought that was that, but every time I saw a photo of someone in the dress, I felt like I had missed out on something special. And then a second run of the dress popped up, and after reading the reviews and asking some questions, I decided to just size up and hope for the best.

The fit is great! I probably could have sized down, but I really like being able to take a deep breath and eat, so I’m glad I went a bit larger. Strangely, the part of the dress that is really too big is the belt…even if I use the farthest notch, it’s still not remotely fitted, which is not something I’m used to.

I also ordered this beautiful sun hat in a lovely blush pink color…I love how it looks with this dress, and it really comes off as a neutral, so I know I’ll be able to wear it with lots of other things, too! Of course I also have a great Splendette stack, and my pearl and floral necklace from Talbots is a perfect match!

Isn’t it a lovely look?

I’m so happy to have had a second chance at this dress!

Sartorial Saturday–Mad for Plaid

If you think this plaid looks familiar, you’re right! I was so impressed with the beautiful colors in this pattern on my Hiva-Blush sunsuit from Miss Candyfloss that I couldn’t resist the Myrtle-Sun dress in the same plaid, which reminds me of a summer sunset! And I don’t love just the cheerful colors…it’s also an amazingly flattering dress!

Speaking of bright colors, I have just the right Splendette bangles to complete the look!

The neckline on this dress is so pretty!

It looks like a halter from the front, but you can see in the back that there’s more substance than just a tie around the neck (which I can’t wear comfortably). There’s also a darling little bow detail, which I love!

This is definitely one of my favorite pieces from Miss Candyfloss…I love everything about it, and I’m super excited to wear it this summer!

Purple and Yellow

Normally, I save fashion posts for “Sartorial Saturday,” but today I want to take a moment to look at one of my favorite color combinations…purple and yellow (with a little grey thrown in for fun!):

This outfit was inspired by two things…my new purple peasant top from Pinup Girl Clothing, and the “Chasing Fireflies” brooch from Erstwilder. I knew I wanted to pair the top with something today, but I didn’t get the idea to combine it with my yellow house harlequin skirt until I looked at the colors in the brooch. As soon as I did, though, I realized how perfect the skirt would be with the top (and matching belt), and I had just the right accessories to make the outfit look intentional. Isn’t it funny that even though this was already one of my favorite color pairings, it wouldn’t have occurred to me to wear these pieces together until I got a little bit of inspiration from a brooch?

Sartorial Saturday–French Market

I can’t remember the last time I was as excited about a print as I am about the French Market Bella skirt designed by Hope Morrison for Pinup Girl Clothing! It has carrots, garlic, and fish on it!

Actually, this is about more than just the skirt, because I really wanted to recreate the whole look that Pinup Girl Clothing featured. So while I had a typical stack of Splendette duchess bangles and an Erstilder brooch, the necklace is also from PUG…it’s absolutely gorgeous!

I also paired it with a navy hat and belt from Pinup Girl:

I love a hat!

Here’s a few bonus pictures taken outside of the Soulard Market in St. Louis…it’s (possibly) the oldest market west of the Mississippi River, and located in a historically French neighborhood…it’s the perfect setting for the skirt, don’t you think?

My one disappointment with this outfit is that I couldn’t get the Chérie ribbon peasant top to work for me. I ordered it at the same time as the skirt, and while it was my usual PUG size, I couldn’t even get it on, and by the time my order arrived, it had sold out in the next size up, so I couldn’t try a replacement. My original vision for the look might not have come together, but I do think this Unique Vintage Frenchie top is a good stand-in, and I still love the overall look!

Sartorial Saturday–The Sunsuit

Time to step outside of my comfort zone!

I don’t often wear shorts. I did buy a romper from Unique Vintage last summer, but I pretty much wear it exclusively with the matching skirt, so it barely counts. But when I saw this beautiful Hiva-Blush sunsuit from Miss Candyfloss, and especially the gorgeous plaid of the shorts, I knew I had to give it a try.

I picked some of my most cheerful accessories to coordinate with the outfit, including a Splendette duchess bangles stack and glitter necklace in colors to go with the aforementioned plaid, and my Spiffy the Sausage Dog brooch from Erstwilder:

I also threw on a Yemak cropped cardigan, because even at this time of year, there can be cool days:

But not a lot of them (unfortunately for me!):

I really love this outfit. The fact that sunsuit is comprised of flowy walking shorts definitely helps me feel more comfortable in it (Chickadee even thought it was a skirt at first), and I think I’ll be living in this look this summer!

Sartorial Saturday–The Dress Suit

One of the things Miss Candyfloss does really well is vintage-style suits. Skirt suits, pantsuits, and my favorite, the dress suit. I waited a long time to find one that I thought would be perfect for me, and when I saw the Cherly-Regina dress and matching Loula-Lee jacket, I knew it was the one!

Based on the size chart, I needed to order the jacket in a size smaller than I normally do, which made me nervous, but I’m glad I trusted it, because the fit is perfect!

Up close, the stripes on the jacket are orange (although from a distance, they could easily pass for red), so I accessorized with a blue and orange Splendette Duchess Bangles stack and a blue Meteor Jewelry necklace. I love the adorable detail on the pockets of the jacket!

There was a possibility I was going to have to serve jury duty this week (luckily for me, they told me they didn’t need me!), and I was going to wear this outfit, because I think it’s the perfect blend of retro and still “courtroom appropriate!”

Here’s a look at just the dress, which has a lovely scalloped neckline, and detailing at the waist that matches the jacket:

I continue to be impressed with the quality and fit of each Miss Candyfloss piece I buy…I’m glad I ventured out of my comfort zone to do a bit more shopping with them!

Sartorial Saturday–Ruffles and Cherries

While the Golightly is my favorite dress style from Unique Vintage, the ruffled Lola has quickly moved into second place. I think this blue chambray and cherry print version is especially fun!

Accessorizing is so easy, with lots of red and blue….my Erstwilder Hello Kitty brooch is a perfect match! I especially love that it has two parts!

This look just screams “summer picnic” to me!

If you’re wondering where the ruffles come in, they’re on the sleeves. Just the right amount of cute without being twee.

I hope they make this dress in more colors in the future!