Sartorial Saturday…On A Sunday–My Second Dapper Day (At Home)

Back in April, I got to participate in my first Dapper Day…at home. They’re back this weekend with the fall event, and I figured, why not dress up again? This time, I went with my Miss Candyfloss dress, a Splendette duchess bangles stack, an Erstwilder brooch (the one hint of Christmas in my outfit!), gloves from Unique Vintage, and a necklace and handbag from Talbots. Oh, and my very favorite hat!

I’m really happy I got to participate in these events this year, because even pre-pandemic, Dapper Day wasn’t something I thought I’d get to do. After this whole mess is over, though, I kind of hope I might get to attend an in-park event someday!

Sartorial Saturday–Christmas Town

Every year, I think to myself, “I don’t need any more Christmas print skirts.” And every year, I come across another amazing Christmas print skirt to add to my wardrobe. Only this year, it wasn’t just a skirt, it was a skirt with a matching cardigan! The lovely wintry print on the skirt may be called “Christmas Town,” but I can see myself wearing it all winter, especially since the background of the skirt is a fairly neutral navy. And the embroidery on the cardigan isn’t specifically Christmas-y, either, although the red color certainly makes you think Christmas!

I accessorized with a basset hound brooch from Erstwilder, which fits right in with the embroidery on the cardigan, a bow belt which makes me think of Christmas presents, and a green doctor’s bag-style handbag from Collectif, plus a fun Christmas lights scarf (that looks more pink in pictures than it does in person).

This outfit, including the green and white striped top, is from Unique Vintage, although it’s not their store brand. The label says Royal Monk, and I think that’s somehow related to Banned Retro, which is a brand that has had Christmas prints in the past that I’ve regretted not adding to my wardrobe.

I love this festive look!

Have you added any new festive fashion to your wardrobe?

Sartorial Saturday–Miss Candyfloss

Do you have any idea how long I’ve wanted a Miss Candyfloss dress?!? I have long admired their vintage cuts, but I have been reluctant to order, because the company is based in Sweden, and I was worried about how their clothes fit, and how much of a hassle a return would be if it didn’t.

Enter Unique Vintage, who recently had the Tamrika swing dress available in my size on their website. Ordering from a California-based store is way less intimidating than ordering from overseas, so I figured I didn’t have much to lose. In the end, I needn’t have worried, because it fit perfectly!

I decided to go with simple black, pink, and grey accessories, including a hat that I haven’t worn for a long time due to lack of coordinating outfits. Also, isn’t the collar of the dress cool?!?

I love the material the skirt is made out of…it’s a very soft flannel…perfect for winter!

I’m glad I was finally able to purchase a Miss Candyfloss dress, and now that I’m familiar with the fit, maybe someday, I’ll even order a style directly from the company!

Sartorial Saturday–A Classic Combination

I know it’s still early in August, and we’ve got plenty of days in the 90s ahead of us, but I’m already thinking about fall. And what is a more classic combination for fall than a cardigan and skirt?

I love this floral swing skirt from Unique Vintage. Its color palette is just different enough to be really interesting. The cool grey background is lovely, and the flowers themselves are in enough colors to offer lots of options for coordinating.

I paired the skirt with a Yemak cropped cardigan over a Pinup Girl Clothing peasant top in complementary shades of blue:

I decided to go with green and brown accessories this time, with a Splendette Duchess bangles stack as well as my HOMES bracelets, and the ever-adorable Erstwilder Slothertons.

When you add in a pair of boots, it’s the perfect look for fall!

What is your go-to outfit for cooler weather?

Sartorial Saturday–Sundress Season

It’s sundress season, right?

Actually, looking at the extended forecast, I think it’s actually stay out of the sun and in the air conditioning season, but that’s really all I’ve been doing this summer anyway, so I digress…

Anyway, I looked at my first Unique Vintage Golightly dress in the spring, and now I’m back with a different print, and this time, I even removed the straps for a slightly different look!

I’m a huge fan of gingham, plus this is the world’s twirliest dress, so it’s perfect!

I’m also a huge fan of purple, and I love any reason to wear my purple Splendette Duchess bangles, even if they’re not quite the right shade to go with the dress!

I really hope that someday, I’ll get to wear this dress to a fun summer event!

Sartorial Saturday–Seeing Stars

There’s something special about a circle skirt, and when that circle skirt is covered in a constellation print, it’s extra fun!

This is only the second skirt I’ve owned from Unique Vintage, and it’s definitely my favorite. I love the color and the print, and the weight is nicer than I was expecting, substantial enough that it doesn’t feel cheap, but light enough to be very wearable in the summer.

I had fun with the accessories for this outfit. My Splendette Duchess bangles stacks are a combination of pink and grey (I love those colors together!), with a lot of glitter and a little leopard print thrown in for fun. And the Erstwilder “God of Time” brooch is perfect both in theme and in color.

I love everything about this outfit!

I’m looking forward to styling this skirt in the fall, too, when I can pair it with a cardigan!

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!