Vintage Lace in Knots
On my laziest days, my fallback fake/make tends to be anything of the high-waisted variety. I’m not recreating the wheel, here lady friends. Alas, if I desperately need to look like I tried (or it happens to be laundry day), that high-waisted bottom will be in skirt or dress form (see what I did there? “dress form” i.e. dress-form, so punny, right?).
A few occasions come to mind where acquaintances have blessed me with compliments on the laziest of days simply because I have a skirt on. Skirts and dresses immediately influence people’s perceptions of your exterior (and maybe even your interior, like a skirt or dress perpetuates a happy-vibed, little lady). As if putting on a pink denim skirt translates into me really putting effort into my appearance. The truth is that all of my jeans and trousers have been forsaken to fates of baby spit-up and a hodge-podge of ticky-tacky substances as a result of endless cooking fiascos taking place in our shoebox house.
And please don’t mind the tum that should be hidden in my high-waist, hot pink American Apparel denim skirt. It is a tad ill-fitted, but the concept can still be grasped: any vintage, thrifted top can appear appropriately tailored by tying a knot near the belly’s button. I swear by this and rompers in sun-melt-y weather and winter days much like today where I’m wishing for weather that beckons forth a bit of bare skin. Just ensure the look is either knotted as shown or tucked in to reveal said high waist (which is thankfully still the rage for this lazy momma).
Disclaimer: If one is intending to hi-light the tum as shown here, then pair with tights and/or your fave flats. The same sentiment holds for baring a hint of neck/legs/chest. Keep it classy, loves.
When thrifting for such tops, remember:
- It’s all in the details – puffed sleeves wins with this one! And I LOVE how this skirt pulls out the pink lines found in the plaided blouse that are too subdued otherwise.
- A good print can’t be beat – polka dots, animal prints, and plaid-plaid-plaid = user friendly as they can easily look vintage chic–particularly when accessorized with a hair wrap or scarf, vintage purse, and my go to hummingbird earrings and vintage rings passed down from my great-grandmother, Virginia.
- If you’ve followed thus far only to get your thrifted goods home to discover you can’t seem to get that knot or tucked-in look down, just remember how much you adored that print in the first place. Can it be re-purposed into a throw pillow or even cut into a frame-friendly square? Upcycle x3 like this amazing woman. It is my intention to do this to my stack of GORGE prints–video of my very own to come soon (crosses fingers, shoulders, knees and toes)!
How do you dress up your most laziest day(s)? Does it brighten your mood? And how do you go about accessorizing to complete your vintage-inspired looks? (Here’s hoping we inspire one another!)