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.

Pittsburgh’s Strip District

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In Pittsburgh for the weekend? You better visit the strip district (before the city demolishes this charming, gritty area of town to make way for 750k one bedroom condos).  My girlfriend and I went out for an afternoon of overcast weather and exploration.

Like brick warehouses with back alleys? The strip has those. Like graffiti walls and half shelled out buildings? The strip has those. Like really good food, donuts and coffee? The strip has all those things, too. While the strip does have a peculiar fishy, garbage smell, it is fun to explore with plenty to photograph for those looking for interesting places to shoot. Did I mention the food? Check out Smallman Galley for a food hall style selection of gourmet fare.

I’m wearing a mash-up of vintage styles. My lace blouse was once an Edwardian dress. I paired this with an 80’s denim pencil skirt. The slouch beaded bag is vintage from the 1970’s, which is nice and easy to carry. Also, I got my 1940’s style turban from Rona Handmade Turbans.

 

The Last Cold Days

Spring is fast approaching, but I’m still clutching to my furs and coats (go away, sun!). It’s still a little chilly here in the morning, but the warm weather comes fast in the south. Summer is my least favorite month, I don’t like the sun and I don’t like the “fashion” or shorts and flip flop sandals…

This 1960’s peach and mink trim top has been hanging out in my closet for years. I could never figure out a good way to style it. It looks great with high waist skinny jeans, and boots or can be worn with a skirt (for another post!). Do you ever find pieces you love, but have trouble fitting them into daily wear?

Under the Rails

Under the Rails

Spring is officially here, but most days haven’t quite felt like it. I love the wintertime and the snow, but spring is the battery recharger I am longing for. With spring, comes energy, creativity, drive, and new beginnings. I am ready to tackle some new creative projects this year, including getting better with portrait photography, and working harder to make positive changes and additions to Heirloomen.

It’s easy to get in a creative slump when you run a business that relies heavily on artistic vision and visual content. It’s also hard because I am a one woman show with little support to help create. I’d like to do better about collaborating and networking with other small business owners or photographers so we can learn and grow together. I currently take all of my photos on a tripod after staging the shot. I need some models!

As for the look in these photos, I paired an Edwardian blouse with a 1970’s sun hat, vintage metal necklace and 1990’s Ferragamo flats. These vintage pieces together look great with a comfy pair of modern blue jeans.