Our Daily Thread: 1970s Bohemian Tunic

Vintage 1970s Tunic

Today’s daily thread is this vintage 1970s tribal print tunic dress. It reminds me of something Cher or Stevie Nicks or some other 70s style icon would have worn back in the day. (Or Megan Draper on MadMen in the late 60s/early 70s.)

This particular piece has more of a shape to it than most tunics, thanks to the banded  waistline with intricate stitching and a tie-in-the-back cotton belt. It has a pleated skirt and somewhat sheer fabric, so it could be worn as a swimsuit coverup or thrown on over a tank dress.

While Coachella isn’t really my thing, I could totally see some fashionista or famous blogger rocking this dress over a bikini or with a pair of thigh-high gladiator boots.

 How to Wear It…

 

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The Ultimate Vintage Belt Shop

I am a huge fan of Patricia Field, the costume designer behind Sex & the City and The Devil Wears Prada. She’s created some of the most memorable looks in fashion film history. I’ve probably seen both of these movies over fifty times. Each. And I’ve noticed a common trend in both.

The prevalence of the belt.

 

After looking at all the images above, can you now imagine what each outfit would look like without the belt? That’s the power of a statement accessory.

Which brings me to my latest obsession. Vintage belts. Through the wonder of social media, I was able to quite randomly connect with the amazing woman behind WhatTheBelt. It’s an Etsy store full of some of the most unique vintage belts you’ll ever find.

I became acquainted with Stacey, the store owner, on Instagram after she read my article about why I quit Poshmark. She messaged me and we soon realized we had a LOT in common. She previously lived in New York, loves disco music, and is an avid vintage and thrift shopper. And whereas I lost my patience for the Poshmark platform, Stacey is killing it! Check out her closet here.

When she mentioned her Etsy store specifically devoted to vintage belts, I took a look. And according to the manfriend, I let out an audible squeal. Just look at some of the amazing belts available in her shop:

    

As a matter of fact, prior to my knowledge of this particular store, I had been looking all over for a specific style of wide belt, and guess where I finally found it? Right here.

Trust me when I tell you to bookmark her page. Chances are, anytime you’re looking for that perfect unique belt, you will find it here.

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5 Fashion Trends Inspired by Woodstock

Peace. Love. Music. Fashion.

In 1969, over 400,000 people attended the music festival, which took place from August 15th to August 18th. Woodstock was advertised as a weekend of peace, love, and music. It became one of the most influential moments in history. Hundreds of thousands of young people – dubbed “hippies” by mainstream society – proved to the world they could gather in peace and love. And wished the world could do the same.

Woodstock influenced not only the music and the mindset of generations to come, but it also had a huge impact on the fashion industry. Many long-standing fashion trends have Woodstock to thank for their staying power.

So, in honor of peace, love, and music – here are five major fashion trends immortalized at Woodstock – all of which have stood the test of time.

TREND #1: FRINGE

*Balenciaga

If you search Google for photos of Woodstock, you’ll eventually come across a photo of Grace Slick wearing the most amazing white lace-up fringe top with matching bell bottoms.

Then there’s the iconic picture of Jimmy Hendrix in that white fringed shirt. Or Roger Daltry in his unbuttoned camel-colored cardigan trimmed with fringe. And, of course, if you scan through photos of the crowd, you’ll see even more.

The fringe trend never goes out of style. It shows up every season on bags, shoes, boots, wraps, vests, dresses, skirts and more. There is no better way to add “it-girl” status to an outfit than with a classic fringed bag or boot.

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Be part of the fringe festival!

 

TREND #2: BOHO DRESSES

*Rebecca Minkoff

Every fashion blogger sporting the bohemian trend at Coachella has Woodstock (and Janis Joplin) to thank for their outfit of the day.

Long flowing maxi-dresses, peasant blouses and baby-doll minis in mixed prints and florals all originated in the sixties.

The boho trend seems made for outdoor concerts because it’s just so comfortable yet chic. And it continues to be prevalent in modern day designers’ collections.

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When they go low, we go boho.

 

 

TREND #3: HALTER TOPS

*Alice + Olivia

Many people who attended Woodstock chose to wear as little (or no) clothing at all.

For a generation of women who were into bra-burning, the halter top was probably more than just a fashion statement.

Sexy and uninhibited, the halter style neckline had been around since Paul Poiret in the 1920’s and even further back with Native Americans.

Pair a halter top with a pair of hip-hugging bell-bottom jeans and you’ll be doing Woodstock proud.

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Tie one on.

TREND #4: VESTS

*Custo Barcelona

Fringe vests, leather vests, denim vests. They all had a showing at Woodstock. Even the guys were sporting this trend back in the day.

Like all of the trends in this post, vests can be worn year round. I’m an especially big fan of faux-fur vests for fall and winter. I have several hanging in my closet patiently waiting for the first leaf to fall in September.

Another vest trend that I’m loving right now is the super-long, lightweight duster style. They look great with jeans or leggings and can even make you look taller when worn with a pair of groovy heels.

GET THE LOOK

Invest in yourself.

 

 

5. HEADBANDS

*Versace

The best way to bring your favorite Instagram or Snapchat filter to life is to adorn yourself with a beautiful headband.

While the women of the early 60’s sported the double-wide Bridget Bardot style headbands, by 1969, the look was smaller and embellished with beading, jewels, and even flowers. (They were crowned “flower children,” remember?)

Headbands had a massive fashion resurgence moment with the CW hit show Gossip Girl. Every style imaginable paraded its way up and down 5th Avenue thanks to costume designer Eric Daman.

And I have to admit, I’m wearing a headband as I write this post. Not a cute one. Just a utilitarian type that is keeping my bed-head hair out of my eyes.

GET THE LOOK

Let it go to your head.

                  


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*Photos from Vogue.com.

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Flashback Friday: The White Tights Trend

What. The. Hell.

This photo of my sister and I was taken sometime in 1987. Judging from my Pac-Man polka-dots and Deanna’s drop-waisted mid-thigh bow dress, I’m guessing this was Easter Sunday. We are both sporting horrendous opaque tights in chalky white. And we’re thinking to ourselves, “Damn! We look good! Let’s go to church!”

Apparently this “whitie tighties” trend became popular somewhere in the mid-to-late 1980s. My online research failed to pinpoint the actual originator of the trend, but I’m pretty sure this look worn by Princess Diana could have started it all. The photo on the right is from a 1986 Harper’s Bazaar spread, when the equally offensive “prairie” look was in full effect. In 1988, the movie Heathers came out and white-out legs were everywhere.

 

   

Recently, I found this photo of my best friend Missy and I in high school at the state drama competition. There I am, rocking those whitie tighties, along with some epic eighties hair. The look must have worked, because we won the drama competition. And I’m proud to say that to this day, Missy is still my BFF. She’s stuck by me through many years of bad fashion choices (and bad boyfriend choices, too.)

James Dean is wondering what’s up with those white tights. And that hair.

Obviously, we all grew out of this trend, thank god. I don’t think I’ve worn a pair of pantyhose since I moved to New York in 2000. Growing up in the south, wearing a dress or skirt without pantyhose was a high-level offense in the same category as not sending out a proper thank-you card. It would drive my poor Mom insane to see my bare legs and she would constantly state that it was not “proper” for a Southern lady to go without pantyhose.

I will admit, however, that as a New Yorker, I wear black opaque tights religiously during the fall and winter months. They’re one of those fashion items I tend to buy in bulk. (I really should own stock in Spanx. I cannot tell you how many pairs of their tight-end tights I own.)

All fashion trends tend to recycle themselves, and I’m certain that whitie tighties will resurface. But I won’t be hopping on that bandwagon again. That’s a trend I can’t win.

Check out my 80s Fashion Board on Pinterest to see more of what inspired my bad fashion choices.

 

 

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Get it Off Your Chest With the SiO SkinPad

If there is one thing I learned from watching the Spring fashion shows, it’s that 2017 is the year of the décolleté!

Super-low cut frocks and tops popped up in almost every designer’s collection, which means it’s time to forgo the bra, order yourself a full stock of double-sided stylist tape, and summon enough confidence to go (somewhat) bare-chested.

I’ll admit that I really don’t pay that much attention to my chest area when it comes to my beauty routine. And it shows. With super dry skin due to a lack of moisturizer as well as freckles and sunspots from forgetting to put sunscreen on my chest when I wear a low cut dress or blouse. And (as you can see in the first photo below) I was starting to get horizontal wrinkles and crepiness at the top of my chest right underneath my clavicle.

So when the lovely folks from SiO (which stands for Skin Innovation Overnight) reached out to see if I wanted to try their new “Overnight Décolleté Wrinkle Smoother” SkinPad, I was thrilled!

The SiO SkinPad is designed to be worn overnight and can be re-used up to 15 times. Each package comes with two pads so you can do an entire month’s worth of treatment, which is exactly what I did. I will admit that it felt pretty weird the first time I placed the silicone pad on my chest (and I got even weirder looks from the manfriend.) But it’s actually quite comfortable and once it was on, I kind of forgot about it.

 

Photo 1: Before | Photo 2: Wearing the SiO SkinPad | Photo 3: After 30-Day Treatment

The results? I actually noticed them after the first night I wore the SkinPad. My skin was definitely softer and smoother. The more I used the pad, the more I started to notice the wrinkles softening. The combination of the pre-treatment Décolleté Cleansing Discs and the post-treatment Décolleté Serum seemed to act as a one-two punch for exfoliating and fading the sun damage and freckles. The whole treatment worked so well that now I’m thinking of using it on my neck because – as you can see – I’m starting to get those pesky little horizontal lines there too. (Aging sucks, but it sure as hell beats the alternative.)

Bottom line: If you’re planning on braving the low-cut trend, consider the SiO Skin Pad treatment as your pre-plunge-prep. Just don’t forget the double-sided tape. Unless you’re ready to free the nipple!

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NYFW Day 4: Favorites & Highlights

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MAKE AMERICA NEW YORK! 

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, the dynamic duo behind Public School, played the Trump card when they gave the now infamous red “Make America Great Again” trucker cap a makeover. Given the fact that I’ve been a New Yorker for sixteen years now and love the city almost as much as I love the manfriend, I’m all for making America New York. New York is so loving, accepting and encouraging, and I love the fact that designers are using their influence and voices to try and bring acceptance to all people, cultures and ways of life.

And while I’m not a trucker-hat-kinda gal, I would happily sport the red crop Make America New York sweater in a New York minute.

P.S. Way to make a statement.

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Velvet continues to be a MAJOR trend and it showed up on the Tome runway in rich shades of  both rose and yellow gold. I plan on pulling a George Constanza and draping myself in velvet in the fall since its become socially acceptable.  (If you’re not a Seinfeld fan, just Google George Constanza and his obsession with velvet and you’ll totally get it.)

There were also several jackets in the Tome collection that stood out. Black and white with fuzzy sleeves and this gorgeous leather trench that I’m hoping comes in a vegan option, since I always feel guilty about liking real leather. (Even though the manfriend says I should never feel guilty because he’s probably already eaten the cow.) HorizontalSpacerInsert

Tome

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This is Jonathan Saunders’ second collection for Diane von Furstenberg, having debuted as the Chief Creative Officer for DVF last Spring. The Diane DNA is very much still flowing through the veins of every piece, but Saunders has brought a new and fresh perspective to an established and familiar aesthetic.

I own several DVF wrap dresses, so I’m always excited to see the new versions in each collection. My favorite look from the Fall 2017 presentation was a simple color-blocked shift dress (although simple isn’t really the right word…it is covered in thousands of sequins.) And although DVF is know for the dress, there were a lot of wearable separates in this collection, including some seriously fun and furry midi-coats in powder blue and bright orange.

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Those are just a few of my favorite looks from Day 4. You can see all my favorites throughout the week by following the Pinterest Board below. And keep checking back to see more!

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NYFW: Day 3 Wrap-Up & Favorites

Day 1  | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just be Victoria Beckham for one day? For one day, we could have picture-perfect adorable kids, David Beckham, AND an incredible talent for design. Of all the wannabe celebrity designers out there, very few actually know what they’re doing and even fewer have the stamina and the talent to last past a few seasons. Victoria Beckham has made the transition to being known as a real fashion designer rather than just being remembered as Posh Spice.

Again with prints reminiscent of the seventies (a definite trend for fall), Beckham showed one of her most wearable-for-all women collections to date. Printed dresses, tailored suiting, and flowing skirts combined with comfy oversized sweaters punctuated the point that you no longer have to look like Victoria Beckham in order to wear Victoria Beckham.

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Victoria Beckham

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In what may be my favorite runway show of the season so far, Jonathan Simkhai presented a collection of gorgeous beaded and grommeted pieces, from day-dresses and suits to red-carpet-worthy gowns and an ornately-beaded crystal jumpsuit that can only be described as jaw-dropping. Just last year I was watching Simkhai on the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund documentary series and thinking to myself, “Wow! This guy is going to be (said in my best Trump voice) HUGE!”

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Every time I see one of Han Chong’s Self-Portrait lace dresses online, I add it to my “Wish List” on Pinterest. His lace dresses are as much a signature for Self-Portrait as the wrap dress is for Diane von Furstenberg. However, not one of those signature lace dresses makes an appearance in Chong’s fall collection. Instead, the sleeves do all the talking. Sculptured ruffles and open-slit sleeves might be the next recognizable characteristic of a Self-Portrait look. And I can definitely see a lot more Han Chong in my wish list future.

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Self-Portrait

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