Sartorial Saturday–Golightly

Time for another edition of “all dressed up and nowhere to go!”

I’ve wanted a Unique Vintage Golightly dress for a long time. I’ve admired various prints and patterns over the last few years, and finally was unable to resist when I saw this blue and white gingham with roses version, especially since I bought it during a major sale!

I also couldn’t resist these cat-eye sunglasses from Unique Vintage…they coordinate perfectly, as do my Splendette Duchess bangles stack and beads.

This is a great summer sundress. It’s light and airy, and the skirt has an incredible twirl. It’s the kind of dress you want to wear on a picnic or to a garden. The one drawback is that, because the fabric is so light, it is sheer, and in addition to the obvious potential for backlighting issues, in places where it’s layered with one of the roses on the inside, they kind of show through, making it look almost stained. But that’s a minor issue, and it’s such a fun dress, I can overlook it!

I’m waiting on the arrival of my second Golightly dress in an even more delightful pattern…I can’t wait to share it, too!

Sartorial Saturday–A Romp in the Sun

Time to step outside of my comfort zone!

At first glance, this is just another cheerful retro outfit from Unique Vintage. Very summery, very fun, and I love it!

And choosing accessories to go with the cherry print gingham was so much fun, from the stack of Splendette Duchess Bangles to the cat-eye sunglasses:

And then I said goodby to my comfort zone, which I left so far behind, I can’t even see it anymore. Because I wasn’t wearing a plain, simple dress…instead, it’s a romper with a matching skirt. And removing the skirt to go full retro playsuit took all of the confidence and courage I have!

I never would have thought this outfit would work on me. When I ordered it, I kind of expected I would have to return it. The only reason I decided to try it at all was that I have been looking at variations of this set for a few years, and this color and pattern really jumped out at me, and I knew I had to at least make an attempt. In the end, though, I love it, and I’m dreaming of the day I can wear it on vacation, maybe to some sunny place like Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral!

Sartorial Saturday–I Love Gingham

If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of I Love Lucy. I watch and enjoy a lot of classic TV, but I Love Lucy is my very favorite…I never get tired of it! You can imagine how excited I was, then, when I found out Unique Vintage was producing an I Love Lucy capsule collection in collaboration with ViacomCBS and Desilu!

There were a lot of fun options, but in the end, I chose the Ethel Swing Dress in black and white gingham…it’s such a classic look, and can be styled so many ways!

Did I mention that it’s designed after a dress Lucy actually wore on the show?

For this look, I decided to go with classic black and white accessories, in keeping with the theme. Midcentury starburst Duchess bangles from Splendette were an easy choice, as was a black and mirror sunburst brooch from Erstwilder. I also added my Elizabeth Claire Taylor hoops earrings (very similar to ones Lucy wore on the show!), a three-strand pearl necklace, and gloves, of course!

And just for fun, a picture in black and white:

I love this collection, and I certainly wouldn’t complain if Unique Vintage came out with a second one in the future!

Sartorial Saturday–Barbie Girl

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!

Sartorial Saturday–The Delores Dress

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!

Sartorial Saturday–Beauty School

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!

Sartorial Saturday–A Match Made in Vintage Heaven

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!

A Vintage Collaboration

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 Katie dress on the Unique Vintage side, and the Rollin’ with Katie brooch (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!