My junk obsession has begun to influence my clothing selections and personal style.
I noticed the other day when I spied my reflection as I left for work. I'd selected a fitted gray coat dress paired with a short-sleeve cardigan with pearl buttons, sling-back kitten heels, and my patent leather red handbag. My hair was pulled up and clamped with a hair clip, as per usual. And yes, I had a pencil stuck in my bun - the quintessential librarian... of the 1950s!
I know a few women who find and wear vintage clothing. I wish I were one of them. Unfortunately I have to settle for the retro-look and not the real thing, as my body is of the 21st century and not the tiny-wasted figure of the past's mid-century. Purses and accessories are truly one-size-fits-all, and that's why I've begun to snatch up vintage accessories whenever I find them. A great vintage handbag, scarf, broach, or necklace can give current classic clothing that authentic vintage look.
A few weeks ago I found this brown handbag. It's in great shape and its simple, elegant styling make it very versatile. I paired this one up with a pair of beige and brown sling-back spectator pumps and ankle-length fitted khaki pants. Topped off with my giant pearl bobble necklace and bobs (earrings) and the look was complete.
During this weekend's junking rounds I searched each and every store's racks for vintage purses. I was rewarded with this navy blue tweed handbag. I haven't built an ensemble around it...yet, but I'm thinking it would look smashing with a white and tan pinstriped blazer (another thrift-store find) I have hanging in my closet.
So the next time you're out-and-about on a thrifting adventure allow your love of vintage to migrate into your wardrobe and discover classic beauty and style through the softer side of junking.
All photos taken by Paulette Rodriguez