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A Farewell to Bare Arms

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Whether you’re in the throws of back to school or back to the real world, we’ve all flipped our post Labor Day switch. However, before diving headfirst onto the Halloween anticipating, hot toddy train… I have one more look before quitting this summer cold turkey.

My last ensemble of the season boasts a modern take on a vintage silhouette. I gave the 1950s New Look a makeover by incorporating two of this summer’s hottest trends; the two piece dress and cropped top. Although I adapted this classic look to include on trend elements, the period styling is the soul of this dress. When designing my look, I wanted to convey the sentimental charm of the 1950s. Designed for the true romantic, the pink full-bodied skirt is both flirtatious and demure.

Saying goodbye to the simple elegance of summer clothes is always bittersweet. However, after bidding farewell to the light, bright, backless, and strapless, the memory of frolicking around Boston in this outfit will stay with me through the coldest days of winter.

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American Dream

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I don’t know what I’ve been anticipating more… the long weekend, or the perfect occasion to wear this vintage style dress! I found it at Tatyana, a vintage pin-up store in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Walking down the main drag, the city booms with the sounds of live music, it buzzes with excited tourists, and sizzles in the heat of the southern sunshine. With some good whiskey and a bit of county on my mind, this vintage red, white, and blue dress was the cherry on top of a true American adventure!

This feature however, was not shot in Nashville, but it was shot on location in Boca Raton, Florida, at the Polo Club. With the surroundings of the perfectly manicured lawns, pristine golf courses, and families toting to and from the pool, it was the perfect backdrop for this all-american shoot.  The dress is undeniably USA themed, though the vintage cut gives it a more subtle, familiar, and classic feel. I decided to pair the dress with a black leather jacket, a staple I associate with America, freedom, and the open road.

Stars or stripes? Red, white, or blue? Whatever you decide to wear this July 4th, have some fun and show some styling spirit! Cheers, and happy birthday to the USA!

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The Retro Shock Wave

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This week’s look features vintage styles from an array of decades and celebrates the collective greatness of post-modern fashion. When the elements of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s combine together, it creates something strangely familiar and all-together fabulous. The eclectic styling is pure fun and the various pieces pay tribute to some of the most eccentric fashion trends in American style history.

The cat-eye sunglasses (Artifaktori) embody the playful, mod style of the 1960s. In their time, cat-eye frames broke the mold, and this coral colored adaptation continues to do so today. Adding some groove and flare is the loose-knit lilac cardigan (H&M). Here the fringe frenzy is in full swing; a salute to the 70s diva and disco crazed. The chartreuse stilettos with a metallic heel (Guess) electrify the outfit with a dash of the 80s, while the vintage woven satchel (Gucci) elevates the look like a true Material Girl. Meanwhile, I’m living the 90s teenage dream in my high-waisted body-con skirt (BCBG Max Azria) and black crop top (American Apparel)-my touch of irresistible pop sugar.

Usually we recognize our style choices as a form of self expression; however, fashion is not a singular experience. While how we dress tells our individual stories, it also signifies the development of trends over time. We are only able to push the fashion envelope in 2015 because of the style making and risk taking fashionistas that came before us.

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