Sunny Spring weather = jackpot for spotting amazing style around campus. This is Maddie and Jess, who were kind enough to let me take their picture this last Friday. I love the pattern on Jess’ dress (very Mossimo-esque, no?), the matching blue flower in her hair and the navy blue sheer button down as a cover-up.
Maddie’s look is equally as Spring-y, but with a touch of classic/retro style. Love the colored sunglasses frames and the scarf that matches the shirt. But the jean skirt and the Birkenstocks keep it from being too stuffy; perfect for campus.
Maddie’s earring board was actually what first caught my eye. She’s raising money for her service trip to Rawanda this summer my selling her handmade earrings. She also jsut found out that while she’s there she’s going to have the opportunity to teach some of the women there who are getting out of prostitution how to make earrings themselves, so they have a skill they can utilize and make money from.
The’ye only $6 a pair, so of course I had to get some. I fell for these yellow and gold beaded hoops; so bright and spring-y.
We’ve been having a unexpected stretch of real Spring weather here in Seattle. Sun! Very little wind! Actual warmth! Awesome weather for lying around to study in the grass, and also awesome for style creativity. I have lots of upcoming posts highlighting the campus style I’ve been spotting. First though, let’s get my mediocre face out of the way.
I was sort of inspired by seeing the new Dark Shadows movie and all that amazing 70’s style, plus the late-60’s fashion being featured this season on Mad Men. So many fun, crazy patterns! So I went for a full 70’s spring look. Luckily, my Mom was a teenager during the 70’s and she’s a pack-rat like me, so she kept a lot of stuff around that I now have.
Also a hurdle for this outfit: more hair was dirty and gross and I didn’t have time to wash it, so I needed a creative and non-ugly way to hide that hot mess. The winter solution: hats. Spring solution: scarves!
- My patterned scarf was one I stole/”permanently borrowed” from my Mom. It’s got such a great ethnic-inspired colorful pattern, plus it’s long and wide enough to cover pretty much all of my hair. I also did an inside out french braid on both sides of my hair, starting from the temples, just to make sure no gross bits would sneak out during the day.
- Earrings: also, vintage, also from Mom. They are little glass vial thingys and in both of them their are real dried flowers, a daisy and a little red flower. They are so hippie and wonderful and I got a nice compliment from Hope (of the floral shoes) on them.
- The rest of the jewelry is Goodwill, hand-me-down and these from AEO.
- Shirt: also from my Mom! This is a vintage embroidered shirt my Mom got on a trip to Mexico. It’s a pretty standard style (you’ve probably seen at least one at Goodwill/thrift store) but I like that I got mine from my Mom. It’s got a nice A-line, floaty cut that is great for a warmer day when you don’t want something skin-tight.
- Sunglasses: also passed on from mom; not vintage though. Same ones from this post.
- Necklace: Not from Mom! This is an old, old Goodwill find. It’s an awesome statement pendant, with colorful enamel outlined in gold. The flowers and butterfly make it perfect for Spring, and the flowers go with the earrings.
- Jacket: Modcloth Auto Pilot Jacket ($15.99 on sale). This jacket is actually really thin, way thinner than it would appear. Not great as a winter jacket, but surprisingly good for when the wind gets a little chilly, even with the sun out. Unfortunately, the second time I put this jacket on one of the buttons came off, and now another is hanging by a thread. I can easily sew a button on, I’ve just been too lazy. But I think it looks fine - maybe even better - un-buttoned. I was inspired to do some 70’s faux-fur from collections like this BCBG Max Azria Fall 2012 and J. Mendel Fall 2012.
- Bottom half: old wide legged Old Navy shorts that are at least 3 sizes too big, from my “bigger” days in middle or early high school. Cinched that ish up with a flowered faux-suede belt and the top of the shirt covered the awkward bunching in the front + silver Birkenstocks.
Okay, what do y’all think of my 1970’s inspired Friday look?
It’s surprising how easy it is to cultivate the ‘WASP-y-chic’ look with only a couple of items.
- Trench Coat: Banana Republic (straight up the most expensive clothing item I have ever bought. It was 40% at Portland’s Fashion Night Out and I still agonized over the purchase for about a whole hour. Buying expensive things makes me incredibly anxious, because I should probably not be allowed to have nice things).
- Sunglasses and tan headband: pretty old and definitely very cheap. The sunglasses are ones my mom gave me because she didn’t like how big they are. Honestly, the headband is probably from Claire’s, or like, Target.
$360 for Tom Ford Nikita’s or $12 for these ones I found at a thrift store. #luckyday