Bold and Bright

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

What’s in your wardrobe for fall, this year?

Plaid. Legwear. Bold Colors. Mix match prints. Blazers.

Finally, fashion is quirky and interesting again. Not that I don’t love my usual black leather, it’s just that I could use some color in my life. I’m also a huge fan of oversized blazers, because they are practical and conservative, while still giving off boss vibes.

I’ve noticed some seriously good legwear coming down the runways in Paris and New York fashion week. Sign me up. I nabbed these vintage deadstock socks on Instagram. My blazer was a lucky thirft shop score, and the kid’s sized Switzerland novelty tee is a lucky find that is staying in my closet, though once intended for the Heirloomen shop. Striped skirt from Zara.

Don’t forget, big jewelry. That’s a given.

Believe It Or Not

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Happy October! Fall is the best season of the year, let’s all remember that. The fashion is WAY better because coats, jackets, boots, scarves, hats, knits etc etc, you get it. While we’re still having some hot weather in Virginia, it’s time to bring out the stowed away clothes.

This late 1930’s novelty jacket is a very interesting piece. It is a collectable Ripley’s Believe It or Not linen fabric with some pretty cool fun facts (or not?) and pictures printed all over it. Truth be told, this will probably end up in the shop soon, because it’s not the best fit for me. Super rare and cool, so I wanted to show it off a little bit.

I’m also into the clunky block heels that are making a comeback this season. I enjoy wearing shoes I can actually walk in versus pencil thin stilettos, which do look sexy, but also are not great when living on a cobblestone street. So here are some square toed chunky vintage heels in a nice cream and mustard.

Velour & Floral

I’ve always hated wearing orange. I am not sure why, I really think the right shade matters, and maybe I was doing it all wrong.

This 1970’s bright orange velour sweatshirt was an inexpensive find, and something I wasn’t even sure I wanted or wanted to put in the shop. The magic happens when you try things on. As it turns out, this is soft, and cute, and contrasts with many other pieces in my closet, making it pretty versatile, and also good for fall.

Keep your eye out for things you might not initially love, but have interesting colors, patterns, or textures. Unique pieces make for unique outfits, and can work easily with a staple wardrobe.

 

An Antique Blouse with Blue Jeans

I love Edwardian pieces so much, especially blouses. They are full of fine details, little laced edges, intricate structuring and/or flattering and complicated seams. They just don’t make them like they used to..

Edwardian cottons are also versatile and can be worn with a modern wardrobe. This is great for people who feel weird in vintage – No, you won’t feel like you’re in a costume. Antique tops look good with skirts, over dresses, or even with denim. Interested in Edwardian cottons? There are some items available in my shop, here.

I’m wearing this Edwardian blouse with a pair of Frame Denim jeans and a vintage leather clutch. The wooden and leather heels are from the 1970’s and they are too cute for me to part with, but maybe too high for me to wear often. Such a dilemma. Check out the cute details on this blouse that make it so special. It’s also in such great shape for being 100 years old.

Wearing a vintage blouse with modern clothes

How to Modernize A 1940’s Blouse

Do you ever see vintage stores full of beautiful garments but wonder how you can make them fit into your pretty modern wardrobe? It’s a challenge to your creativity, but if you see something you love, why pass it up or let it hang in your closet? Mixing vintage pieces into a relatively modernized closet, isn’t as difficult as it feels. You just have to find versatile pieces, embrace separates, and leverage with accessories.Take a look at this

A 1940’s rayon blouse

I found this at a garage sale and instantly fell in love with the print. Blouses and shirts are a good way to get started incorporating vintage into your style, because they are easy to pair with jeans, skirts, or things you probably already own (like these camel colored skinny pants). I’m also thinking of trying this blouse with a high waisted mustard, knit skirt, next.  This blouse also might work under a slip dress, which would really emphasize the amazing pattern on the collar.

Layer Layer Layer

It’s a lot easier to do this in the fall and winter than the hot summer, depending on where you live. I was able to use another vintage piece from my closet, to add to this outfit. This 1960’s cardigan is super versatile but also extremely detailed, which brings life to any basic look. The brown embroidered edge worked well with the browns in my pants and shoes.

Vintage cardigans are a great first addition to a vintage wardrobe, but beware of moth holes, as critters love to snack on these old natural fibers. Also be sure to clean thoroughly before inviting a vintage wool piece into your closet space. Unfortunately, many vintage stores and sellers don’t properly clean their products before selling (Heirloomen does!).

Layering can also be done with coats, sweaters, shawls, and scarves.

 

1940's rayon print blouse

Accessorize right!

Vintage shoes can be difficult to wear and style. In my opinion, wearing vintage heels with a vintage dress makes me feel like I’m in costume, and sometimes I get weird looks at the office (hi haters!). These brown loafers are from the late 1970’s and have Gucci vibes written all over them. Vintage jewelry is another great starting point for working in your new style. Try a long 70’s pendant necklace, or a 40’s metal animal brooch.

A mix of vintage pieces from various time periods, or a mix of vintage and modern, can be a good first step to feeling comfortable wearing vintage. Also, this prevents you from throwing away your whole wardrobe and starting from scratch.

Do you want to see more looks with mixed and matched vintage pieces? Check out my styling post for a winter day look. Want to see another way I styled these shoes? See my Tangerine Dreaming post.

-Courtney

Windblown Hair, Vintage, and A Goose Pond

What is it about Edwardian cottons? They are full or details and romance and remind me of times I never experienced myself. Alas, I have this Edwardian blouse to cover my shoulders on a sunny day. The wind is kicking up and I am blowing in the breeze.

My vintage 80’s skirt is a beautiful shade of sea foam blue. My locket was a gift to me that belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother. It is truly beautiful and I enjoy wearing pieces with meaning. My shoes Stuart Weitzman found second-hand (the best deals on shoes are one season old on consignment).

Mixing and matching vintage eras has been the most fun for me. It keeps me from feeling like I’m in strict period costume, and allows me to think outside the box. It is also better for people who work in an environment with a more professional dress code. Corporate life can only kill creativity so much.

As for the geese, there were too many. Who is feeding these things? They are aggressive as all hell. Don’t worry, I was not attacked while taking these photos.

A Rainy Summer Day Look

A Vintage Look for a rainy day by Heirloomen

It has been raining here for weeks. It’s been nearly impossible to get any good photos, let alone go for a walk, wear anything cute, or explore. I’ve been holed up! The rain stopped for about an hour, and I wanted to get some pictures of my latest look.

I recently found a lot of vintage basics, including plain tops, skirts, and dresses. This is perfect for me, since I like to mix and match vintage. I’m wearing a 1960’s white linen tank top, 80’s cotton skirt, and 80’s vintage Saks Fifth Avenue black shoes. This 50’s straw hat is one of my favorites.

Rain, rain, go away…

When will the weather clear? I don’t mind the clouds or the cold, but the rain really puts a damper on my creativity.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Looking for something to do on a Saturday in Richmond, VA? I recently went to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for the first time on Saturday (yes, it was HOT!). I’ve been to Phipps conservatory in Pittsburgh many times but really enjoyed the gardens and greenhouse, here. It was also quite large, with plenty of walking and exploration area.

The butterfly room is probably the coolest part of our visit. I’ve never seen so many vivid and lively creatures fluttering around. I must admit, they kind of creeped me out when they flew too close by. I was able to get some nice photos of them when they would land on a leaf or flower but, the prettiest ones seemed to be moving too fast for me to snap.

I’m wearing a jean jumper I found at a yard sale for $1.00 and a 90’s lace blouse underneath. My bag is a boho beaded satchel from the 1970’s. Sometimes in the south, it’s just too damn hot for too much fashion.

Under the Summer Blooms

And just like that, we find ourselves in mid-July. Time is going exceptionally fast since we were traveling the majority of June for our honeymoon. It’s nice for things to slow down a little. There are also some very pretty pink flowers blooming this time of year. I love the deep pinks.

I found this 1960’s powder blue dress a few weekends ago. It was in need of some major cleaning and repairs, but I was able to bring it back to life. To my delight, this dress was a perfect fit on me and also something I could wear to work. So, naturally, I kept it.

About 5 minutes after taking these pictures, it started to rain. Then, it started to storm, and of course, my umbrella is Missing in Action. I waited out the storm in my car. Richmond thunderstorms are fleeting. An hour later, you would have never known it even sprinkled except the fact that my freshly pressed dress will need cleaned, once again.