Last week or so, I talked about meshing my style and my shape. My assets are an asset in life, but not so much in fashion. Tall? Check. Busty? Check. Curvy hips and butt? Check. Freakishly long legs? Check. Easy shopping experience? Check minus. It is a rarity for something to either be long enough or have enough room in the bust. I am constantly having the "Is this a shirt or a dress?" debate with friends, retail workers, myself. So I have two options I've found work for me: buy designer or go vintage. It all goes back to quality, vintage and designer work for me for the exact reason that fast fashion doesn't. Fast fashion is about turning out a product as quickly as possible without consideration for the finer elements of design or the varying types of a woman's silhouette, even if it does mimic designer clothing.
The value in vintage is really the marriage of skill and knowledge of what flatters. It can be broken down like this:
The good: fit, ethical production, quality material
The bad: cost
So it can be a little pricey...good thing I've the inside scoop on where to shop!
Everyone goes cuckoo bananas for this lemon print baby that I got from Ampersand Boutique! I love Love LOVE that place because its cozy and intimate without feeling cloying, the staff is terribly knowledgeable about what they carry and what works on you (the owner is in store a lot too), and the price is realistic for what you're getting. It carries vintage and consigns a mix of high-end and more affordable designers and brands. Everything from a Chanel tote to an H&M top. A barely scuffed Louboutin to a garden-party-perfect Banana Republic dress. I've gone into consignment stores in New York and Paris where the Givenchy and Louis Vuitton was higher than current retail because "vintage". Know your product and prices, people! If you want something, check the current retail always because you never know when someone is trying to pull one over on you.
Back to the dress and what I love about it: the print is fun, but not loud (even in yellow!), the halter straps are thick (holding everything in place is a must!), the waist nips in and skirt flares out at the hips (thanks to a little netting) given me that Sophia Loren shape I live for, it's fully lined (bless, vintage clothing truly) AND it has pockets!
Don't walk, run to Ampersand. Literally, run or get an Uber or something. The last time I was there, they had Rockstud pumps and you know that wont last.
The Boho Socialite
Tote and crossbody c/o JM Couture
Photographer: Kristen Stokes Photogrpahy