I’m in the home stretch! 34 weeks down.. and I am pretty uncomfortable and immobile. Going up the stairs is a serious workout, and my meals are getting smaller.
As for this great dress, it belonged to my grandma! Who said vintage maternity clothes were ugly? (a lot of them were, though..) This dress dates back to the early 1950’s and is a beautiful rayon material, and includes matching belt and bolero. Shout out to my grandmother for hanging on to it! The strappy, braided sandals are from the 1970’s. I love their versatility for a range of summer looks.
Truth be told, finding clothing has been a challenge. Most of my vintage is hanging in the closet, awaiting me to shrink back to my normal size. I pretty much am stuck in maternity tank tops and light cotton pants to beat the Richmond heat. Investing in a lot of maternity clothes just doesn’t seem like a good use of money… I would much rather spend it on home decor 🙂
Vintage maternity clothing is notoriously blah. Luckily, clothing for pregnant women has improved drastically as of late, and we are no longer forced to wear frumpy tents that add even more girth to our expanding bodies (hey, thanks). I still want to wear vintage pieces when I can, and have been trying to fit separates into my highly limited wardrobe, or at least an accessory here or there. It will get more difficult over the next few months!
This 1950’s cotton blouse fits nicely through the chest, and while is not long enough to cover my belly, I was able to pair it with a modern skirt which has a nice elastic stretch (though, not vintage). I am also still able to squeeze my feet into my regular shoes, and these 1920’s crystal studded heels are to die for. Gold scarab earrings are from Etsy.
Overall, my pregnancy has been a good one. I am still running and getting to the gym 5 times a week, which my doctor has encouraged. I feel physically confident in my body’s strength and resilience. I am actually now in my third trimester (these photos are a few weeks old). Home stretch!
Look of the Day – from a recent snow day. I am keeping warm with a cute 1970’s/1980’s Virginia Slim Novelty Sweater. 1940’s sheared fur coat and vintage fedora that belonged to my grandpap. Boots and skin tight pants are modern.
I have to say, taking pictures when it’s nice and snowy is ideal. Why? No one is outside trying to walk in my shot or ogle at me and my tripod. Hi there, yes, I am taking pictures of myself. When is the next snow storm?
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.
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.
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.
I finally got a pair of white chunky sneakers to wear with some kind-of-ugly socks. Turns out this trend is comfy and I’m all for it. Bringing the 80’s back but with a 1950’s vintage dress and 1960’s white straw box bag. Socks are not vintage, if you were really wondering.