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Sometimes people say they love how my style hasn't changed since my early days of blogging, but since I can't look through my archives without cringing I don't entirely agree with that assessment! I mean I do feel my overall style ethos is consistent--quirky, ladylike, retro--those themes are quite constant even if they weren't executed in the most elegant way while I was still in college! But even though I often define certain things as "signature" pieces for me and thus end up buying half a dozen versions of the same thing, the signature changes every few years. I remember back ages ago when I lived and blogged from Virginia how often I would wax eloquent about the necessity of a good trench coat and how there was a version out there for everyone. I had several myself; classic ones straight from film noir and quirky ones covered in liberty print. I'm still a fan of a trench coat as Monday's post evidences, but they're less of a signature for me (perhaps because I live somewhere much colder--ho hum!). Instead at the moment I find a pinafore dress to be one of my biggest signatures and I have been filling my closet with loads of those! A heavy wool vintage one with delicate floral embroidery, a full-skirted modern one with suspender braces, and now this simple cord one in olive green. It's much more sixties in style than my others--shorter and straighter, but lately I seem to wear it two or three times a week, so you could say I'm a bit addicted. It even matches my new boots from Ana Monsalve so perfectly! In fact I like it so much I'm considering picking it up in other colors; it is on sale and although some of my favorite shades are sold out in my size I'm thinking of getting it a size too big and tailoring...What do you think? Are you in favor of stocking up on favorites in multiple colors or would you recommend only buying one and going for more variety in your wardrobe? I think as I get older my wardrobe has far less variety. When I was younger I used to want to dress up as a different character every few days and would walk the line between dress-up and getting dressed, feeling subversively theatrical in my choices. Now I feel less theatrical, more classic and settled into myself...but maybe it's just winter speaking as colder temperatures also make me less adventurous! Hard to dress up just for fun when you're also trying to figure out if you're going to be shivering all day in your outfit!  pinafore-18 pinafore-26
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11 comments:

  1. Haha, I love what you mean about looking through old posts. So cringe-worthy! But you look beautiful before AND now! ❤️❤️

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  2. I love this! Definitely get another. Now, are those tights you’re wearing or the “bodysuit” you reference at the bottom? And is that pretty warm? I’d love to wear more dresses in winter but it just seems too cold! Also, I’m curious, do you have a regular tailor or just you make adjustments yourself?

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    1. The top is my bodysuit--the printed piece with the unicorns and flowers by Samantha Pleet. It's not warmer than a traditional top, I just like the way bodysuits give you clean lines when you're layering clothes. My tights are good ones though, Gipsy 300 denier (they're more like leggings than tights, very thick & warm). As for dresses in winter I think it honestly just depends more on lifestyle and cold tolerance--my dresses in winter aren't very warm but I've kind of got used to be a little cold all the time lol. I prioritize warm hands & feet (so boots with thick socks and mittens always) rather than warm legs personally; it matters more to me to have warm feet & hands than anything else.

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    2. Oh and I do most adjustments myself. My mother-in-law is also good at sewing so sometimes I get her to help me, but I don't like to ask too often so I mostly do my own adjustments. :)

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  3. hello rebecca, I love your retro style, I think it's a good idea to have a variety of clothes in the closet, or several identical clothes!
    You always look beautiful with your outfits

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  4. I feel you - I buy the same pieces in different colours, too. Sometimes I even buy two of the things I really love (same colour and everything) so that I’m «safe» in case one of them breaks:P That is, if my budget allows it.
    Pinafores are great, I wear them a lot myself.

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  5. Such a great outfit! Love the boots!

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  6. Gorgeous photos. :) I know what you mean about having less variety as you get older. I find myself going back to the same style over and over again, instead of always trying new items. It's nice. :)

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  7. the lighting in these is beautiful! i don¨t think i've ever bought an item in multiple colours but definitely would if i really loved something. the pinafore and the pattern of the bodysuit look amazing as well! xx

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  8. Your top is so cute, I love the print
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  9. Love love love everything about this outfit!

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