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!
I’m still loving the Beauty Salon swing skirt from Unique Vintage, and I’m having fun experimenting with different ways to wear it. My only rule is that whatever top I choose to wear with the skirt has to accommodate the matching brooch from Erstwilder!
I already shared about the amazing vintage collaboration between Unique Vintage and Erstwilder, which I initially paired with a fantastic top from Vixen by Micheline Pitt. I think it looks even more bright and amazing with this Pinup Girl Clothing peasant top…a true match made in vintage heaven!
I’ve been wanting to buy something from Unique Vintage, a retro shop on Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank just down the road from Pinup Girl Clothing, for a long time. I’m always reluctant to try new brands, however, because even with size charts, I’m never sure how the clothes will actually fit. But when I heard that Unique Vintage was doing a collaboration with Erstwilder, I knew I finally had the perfect excuse!
The collaboration consists of the Beauty Salon swing skirt and the Rollin’ with Katiedress on the Unique Vintage side, and the Rollin’ with Katiebrooch (of course!) by Erstwilder. I went for the skirt for several reasons, not the least of which is that I love the print on it. I also find size charts more forgiving when it comes to skirts…dresses involve too many different measurements. Plus, I just really prefer skirts! This one fit just as should according to the size chart, which was a huge relief. It’s nice and full, just as I hoped it would be, and I love all the colors, too! I’m feeling pretty confident about buying more Unique Vintage pieces in the future, now that I know how the sizes run, and how good the quality is. Of course, I knew I’d love the brooch, because I love everything I’ve ever ordered from Erstwilder, and I wasn’t disappointed! Plus, it was nice to buy an item through a U.S. based shop for a change, and not worry about currency conversions and customs.
This is also the debut of my second top from Vixen by Micheline Pitt. I’ll have a full review of it later, but let me just say, it’s just as amazing as the Troublemaker top, and will also be a wardrobe staple for me!