Sunday, March 28, 2010

reader request: garden party, part 2

i had to cut down on my clothing expenses for a few weeks on account of the recent Alexander McQueen splurge. i've been avoiding temptations like Barneys and yoox.com and instead i've been shopping thrift and consignment stores for inexpensive additions to my spring wardrobe.

perfect segue for part two of the spring/garden party outfit reader request (although you might not be able to wear a white dress if it's a wedding party... hmmm) anyway...

once again, the background pictures were taken from the flower show earlier this month.

"lacy white minidress" has been on my spring shopping list for a while, something Valentino-esque (minus the price tag!) and not too boho. two weekends ago i crossed that off my list when i found this cotton lace dress, fully lined and perfectly tailored to my body as if it were made-to-measure.

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i considered getting rid of the linen shoulder panels - a little too Blair Waldorf perhaps - but decided to keep them because they give the dress a little character. the linen panel in the front is actually detachable, in case i wanted to show off a little more cleavage (not likely.)

this next dress is also from a thrift shop. it is by Vivienne Tam, black mesh with navy velvet accents, and it is also very well made and fits me perfectly.

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i have always been envious of kate moss's neverending supply of vintage minidresses so i'm excited to start a collection of my own!

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14 comments:

  1. nice vintage haul.
    how do you wear the vivienne tam dress? looks a little...revealing? or is it lined...?
    oh, and how did you make out at c21? or did your cutback start already?

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  2. Beautiful, especially the Vivienne Tam...I'd love to see how you might layer it.

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  3. That white lace dress looks cool! :)

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  4. Wow you've done so well, I love them all! I need to make it to some consignment stores soonish.

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  5. Seriously you have the most phenomenal luck finding things ebay/thrift/sale!!!
    Both dress are stunning. The lace work on the white dress, and then the details of Viv Tam (who I think is very under-rated).
    Also the flower show picture underneath the you wearing the Tam dress, reminds me vaguely of Superman's (Christopher Reeve ones) hideout when he took Lois Lane there.

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  6. Geez, if only I could find pieces like that at the vintage stores here! They are both stunning!

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  7. Love the Vivienne Tam dress! What do you wear underneath?

    Carmela
    http://hammiesmommy.tumblr.com/

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  8. hehe, a lot of you seem very concerned that i'll be wearing the Vivienne Tam dress with nothing underneath!

    you can see in the 2nd collage that i am in fact wearing a slip underneath the dress. the dress didn't come with its original slip when i bought it so i supplied my own - i have this Sheltini slip in black and it is perfect for everything. i want to get the nude one for summer and also the strapless ones. i highly recommend them, totally worth the high price.

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  9. I'm in love with that white dress! I think the shoulder panels are nifty.

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  10. damn you've had some amazing finds even without the benefit of barney's and yoox. i am impressed! i love all of these dresses. the vivienne tam is perfect on you, and i think the white lace one fits the bill of what you wanted without being the same thing everyone else is wearing. ~joelle

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  11. Lovely dresses! I love black but this time I actually prefer the white! You look beautiful! I am glad you left it as it is because it's perfect!

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  12. I've always been amazed at the treasures people come out from thrift shops with. I commend you- the dresses fit perfectly and the white one is so sweet.

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  13. Great FInds!!! They fit you so great! :)

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  14. those 2 dresses are just perfect! You always have the best luck shopping!

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