As The Wind Laughs In My Face

My mother volunteers at a local thrift shop and tends to get "first pick" of donated items which usually leads to her bringing home gaudy cupid lamps (of which I wholeheartedly approve and plan to steal someday). Usually, she doesn't really have any input in my wardrobe and doesn't buy me clothes, but I'm thrilled that she didn't pass on this velvet vested beauty and brought it home (for a mere $1, I might add). It is just absolutely amazing and so intricate; each color is a seperate piece of fabric. It would look great worn open, but it is rather too large on me to be worn as a vest. I pinned it with safety pins into a dress and kept it on the loose side for a mod shape.
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Outfit details:
secondhand long vest worn as dress
UO jacket
Cynthia Rowley tights via Gilt
Modcloth necklace

CONVERSATION

99 comments:

  1. Whoa! That vest/dress is so utterly fabulous! Lucky you. I looooveee those colours!

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  2. my jaw just dropped that vest is gorgeous! My grandma volunteers at a thrift store but I don't know if she'd ever bring me something like that!

    lovelove, M.
    http://marissaexplains.blogspot.com

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  3. It is so beautiful! It looks like you are wandering around Camelot in that lovely piece.

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  4. i am so stinkin' jealous of that velvety goodness of a vest (and the fact it was a dollar just made my heart skip a beat) just perfect in every outfitted way.

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  5. Those shoes are GORGEOUS! Amazing! Beautiful! Whoa! I want them :)

    Aine
    altamoda2.blogspot.com

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  6. Love the mix of the stocking, shoes and vest/dress and the way it just somehow fits so nicely, despite their potential conflict. Compliments to the stylist :)

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  7. Oh wow. That vest is... I don't even have words for how great it is and even more so as a dress. Everything about that outfit is perfect - the necklace, heels and tights are the perfect accents. It's like that vest was seeking it's perfect owner!

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  8. How fun! Your mom has a great eye. And I love how you styled it as a dress. Do you know anything about who made it or where it's from? I love hearing the stories behind vintage pieces . . .

    - Catherine at Littlehouse of Style
    http://littlehouseofstyle.blogspot.com

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  9. do you think you will keep as so (pinned) or get it altered permanently? it might be fun to keep it as a vest for future remixing ... but it works sooo well as a dress!

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  10. Wow that is gorgeous and I can't believe it was so inexpensive! Good work your mum!

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  11. I love how every piece you're wearing has some kind of beautiful embellishment!

    Lulu Letty

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  12. that is amazing, the colors are marvelous

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  14. Love the vest!! So pretty!! I was looking for something similar but shorter for ages..now I think that I like the longer version better :)

    http://thegirloverboard.tumblr.com

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  15. This outfit is jaw-dropping and dripping with color and texture, it's so wonderful! Gushing aside, I really do like how you paired the studded heels with the intricate vest, seamless!

    Toast with Charmalade

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  16. What a beautiful vest. I love that you wore it as a dress.

    Hmm... strokes chin

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  17. Awesome! I love it! And I really like your shoes, too :)

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  18. What an amazing find, your mum has the eye! Love all the embellished things going on here :)

    Do you fancy exchanging links? I love your blog oh so much!

    iliketweet.blogspot

    x

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  19. Wow! That is a once in a lifetime vest. Lucky girl.

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  20. I love how you've worn this- it looks beautiful on you. x
    Camilla

    Intothefoldfashion.blogspot.com

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  21. Wow, what a gorgeous find from our mom! I love it, the colours are really amazing.

    I love the background too- especially the dead trees, brings out the vibrancy and the fun of the vest!

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  22. What a wonderful one dollar find - thrift shops in the USA have some real gems. The UK doesn't have half as good items as these. Such a unique dress too, & you wear it well.

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  23. looking gorgeous! the landscape behind you is beautiful too!

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  24. That vest is so gorgeous and I'm totally in love with your tights!! I must go search for them now :)
    beijos-Tiffany-http://imashoewhore.blogspot.com

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  25. so gorgeous. looks great on you. (and what a steal!)

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  26. Thriftstore finds like this are the most fulfilling purchases (and cheapest!). I want your entire outfit! So beautiful and unique. The photos as well are beautiful, especially the gif. I had to save it as a pic.

    http://sarahhartsu.blogspot.com

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  27. i am i) ridiculously in awe of that vest, and 2) a little bit in love with that hair blowing in the wind gif. kind of fantastic.

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  28. the colours of the vest is amazing! <3 Lovely pictures btw :D x

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  29. WOW! The colors are just so vibrant and fab--what a find this piece is! These pics are truly eye candy :) Lovely!

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  30. i love the embellishments, and the shoes look perfect with it.

    HALCOHOLIC.com

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  31. that vest leaves me speechless...I am so envious!! <3

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  32. The texture and colour on that dress is amazing! Love the shoes too :)

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  33. Very atmospheric shots!
    That vest is also completely bloody awesome...

    Just one question...how are you balancing on that log in heels?! o0

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  34. The details on the vest are beautiful and so are the bright colours. And it was only $1! Wow!

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  35. Wow, thats a really pretty vest. I love the gold lining on it!
    http://thedollhouse0101.blogspot.com/

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  36. i love that little animated gif! so cute

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  37. Crazy, very atmospheric setting. Wouldn't wear the vest myself but can see it's appeal. Nice photography.

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  38. The vest is a great find. It was a dollar well spent!

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  39. this outfit is so amazing! i love every single last piece of it.

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  40. oh wow! this is a really great vest. your mom has a good eye! i love the studded pumps too

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  41. Oh man this is so rad!!! The dress is gorgeous and so are the shoes! I've actually been planning on doing some crazy DIY heels some time, this might serve as an inspiration! I just never find the time :(

    Sound and Fashion

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  42. wow! what a deal...such an amazing piece to add to your wardrobe!

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  43. Enfin !
    Pas mal de temps que je suis l'évolution de ton look et là c'est divin. Un superbe mélange de modernisme et de ce look "à l'ancienne" qui te caractérisait de trop. Les talons te vont à ravir... Continue comme ça, c'est un délice.
    Great !!

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  44. This vest dress thing is so intricate and beautiful! So damn jealous. .. and i heard your studded pumps as well

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  45. gosh - every look just gets better and better :) Those shoes are just stunning. You look great rebecca!

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  46. I always love your pictures! Your dress is gorgeous, the pattern is really unusual.

    www.fashionjjunkie.blogspot.com

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  47. I know this is kind of a weird thing to say, and not that you're not totally beautiful always but I really really like your FACE in these!!!! Especially the second picture. Your hair is such a great color and the length looks so good on you. Of course, your outfit looks great as per usual ;P Cheers, Smog

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  48. That vest/dress goes splendid with your shoes!

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  49. wow, that's gorgeous!! what a lucky find!! xxx

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  50. good job Mama Clothes Horse, I see so much potential/future outfits for that vest - so good that it ended up with you!

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  51. I love how well the details on the tights corresponded with the shoes and your mom has such wonderful picks since she chose that gorgeous vest!

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  52. Wow, that vest is awesome times a million! And I love that gif of you. And the tights with the shoes!! Perfection!

    Loving it down to your nail polish!

    heart: Kimberellie-

    purplestinkindogtoy.blogspot.com

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  53. That vest is just amazing. I love everything about it..the colors and the pattern are fantastic.

    It also goes really, really well with those studded shoes. Love all the details in your outfit!

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  54. I'm trying to get to everyone blog to comment and by the time I get to yours you're floored with lovely comments as always! I love everything about your outfit! especially the print on that dress!! superb shoes!!!

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  55. Amazingly stunning outfit. I especially love the tights and pumps and the way that they beautifully compliment that dress!

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  56. The vest/dress is soooo gorgeous! I loved how you balanced the bold print with very subtle details in you accessories!

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  57. What a cool place to take pictures! I love love LOVE the background!
    And the colors on the vest/dress are so pretty!

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  58. I can't believe that's a vest -- it looks so good as a dress on you! Love the bold, bright pattern on it.

    I don't blame you -- if my mom collected cupid lamps, I would want to steal them too :)

    - JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

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  59. I am glad your mom chose to pick this up for you. This one is a keeper! And what price! It looks fabulous on you.

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  60. So pretty... like a stained glass window. And $1? Not bad...

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  61. Oh, that vest is gorge. Great idea turning it into a dress. Love love love it. Why is it that I never seem to have any good luck at my local thrift stores?

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  62. I think this is my favorite outfit of yours to date. :) does your mom volunteer at Goodwill? I can't think of a trendy thrift store would ask for volunteers! $1...such a steal!

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  63. What an amazing dress. I am constantly in awe of your amazing photographs- such beautiful settings.

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  64. That is absolutely gorgeous! For $1! I love thrift finds!

    My bf works at Goodwill but isn't allowed to buy anything. Sad trombone.

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  65. woah, that vest is amazing! the tights are pretty cool too, and I really like the outfit as a whole. the embellishment on the shoes/tights really works well with the vest.

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  66. Wow,I need to do some work in a thrift shop too! That vest for just a dollar is so so beautiful! I really love all the colors on it and that its velvet,splendid:)

    Adore it with those studded heels of yours too! Missed reading your blog a whole lot but I'm glad I'm bck:D

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  67. I love the studded heels with the long vest. Perfect!

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  68. You always make everything you wear a work of art, especially this outfit, in which all of the pieces you put together are pieces of art in and of themselves.

    The vest, the stockings paired with the studded heels... You always throw in something unexpected and in opposition with the rest of your outfit, yet somehow blends perfectly.

    You really should be in a museum.

    XO

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  69. The little animation is too cute for words. Tell me, how do you do that? Love, Dotti

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  70. wow! what an incredibly beautiful + unique find. it suits you so well, too! xo

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  71. that dress is absolutely perfect!! and those shoes & tights-WOW!

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  72. The vest is aaaammmaaazzziiinngg!!! So beautiful! I want it. Let me know if you ever want to get rid of it...wink.

    Twila
    blog.twilasvintageclothing.com

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  73. Lucky you! I wish my mom brought home stuff like that!

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  74. Awesome vest/dress, and for a dollar?!? I am in awe. These photos are amazing, too... so gothic!

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  75. Cool vest and kudos to your mom for spotting it.

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  76. That vest is ridiculously gorgeous. And I like that you wore it as a dress!

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  77. That vest is an insanely gorgeous find! Love love love. And it looks perfect with those shoes

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  78. Great find that vest! Lucky you it's awesome!

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  79. Your attention to detail is just beautiful, I really admire your style. And I really want your hair :L xx

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  80. Those tights are awesome. Love seeing the Northwest in all your outdoor photos (I'm up in Everett).

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  81. I love that you added the one slightly moving picture!

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  82. Oh, I really like the way you styled this. I also enjoy your animated gifs--the one with your hair just slightly blowing was fun.

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