I am a massive fan of the wrap dress. It’s flattering to so many figures but as a woman with curves a good one is gold. I’m lucky enough to have a few of them, several are vintage wrap dresses. Unfortunately, none of them are DVF. I nearly bought a DVF wrap dress when we were last in Hong Kong but when I can find great wrap dresses shopping at vintage/op shops, it’s hard to justify a big spend.
Today I am showing off my recent purchase from one of my favourite op/thrift shops. No, it’s not quite DVF, but it did only cost $6!
Vintage Wrap Dress: I don’t know what has gotten into me. This is the second morning that The Fashion Mister has taken outfit pics before I have gone to work and the usual grumpy morning me has busted out in a smile!? Sorry the photos are a little blurry, I think The Fashion Mister was as surprised as me and forgot to focus properly.
So, on to the look. Unfortunately, due to the weather, my styling doesn’t fully show off the wrap style dress but it does give you a sense of how I style a lighter weight dress to be appropriate for the cooler or wetter days.
Classic Blog Posing: No, I’m not checking the bottom of my boots! As with yesterday, I was challenged to strike a classic pose and this is one I tend to see on all the blogs. It’s also an easy one when you really don’t like to have your photo taken…or it’s before 7:30 in the morning and you would really rather be in bed.
The Look: I remember hearing somewhere that your legs are supposed to look thinner if you cross one over in front of the other. Hey, I’ll give anything that makes me look thinner a go!
Pulled Together: Now that the messing about is done, let’s talk about brining it all together. Obviously this look started with the vintage $6 wrap dress. Underneath is a pale turquoise coloured tank from Glassons that I bought last summer, and on top a black cardigan also from Glassons. I’m wearing a pair of textured grey tights and my black cowboy boots from Sheplers.com. You don’t see a lot of cowboy boots in Australia so ordering them from a company that ships internationally like Sheplers is my least expensive option. I’ve had these boots for about three years now and wear them a lot during the winter months.
The Accessories: My nails are polished a gorgeous midnight blue which happens to work perfectly with the blues in this look. The two silver bracelets I have had for 20-25 years, one was a gift and one I purchased in Mexico when I was 19…okay…so maybe 25-30 years! The turquoise bracelet was another op shop find and cost $1. The big white watch was purchased in Hong Kong for the bargain price of $20. The blue bag is a relatively recent purchase from Sussan.
I bought it with some money my parents sent me for my birthday. It’s a great bag! The colour is fantastic and very on-trend with all the cobalt and blue being seen for Spring. And it is HUGE! Which makes it great for carrying to work as a coat, umbrella and lunch fit inside. It’s one of the two big, bright, and beautiful bags I plan to take on the upcoming holiday.
More Accessories: I love the bright blue turquoise and silver necklace. It was another bargain buy from one of my usual op shops. I think the price was $2, I couldn’t pass it up for that.
Not Quite DVF: It’s not quite DVF but then it’s not a bad second best for the money. I love the colour and paisley print. It has 3/4 length sleeves which all together will make it a great dress to wear this Spring. Of course for Spring I’ll have to ditch the cardigan, tights and boots but I think the dress is going to look great with my new Wittner wedge runners purchased when I was at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
I would love to know what you think of my bargain shopping. I personally love this vintage wrap dress. Even if it’s not quite DVF!
- 10 of the Best Wrap Dresses (sagemag.wordpress.com)
- All Wrapped Up (gildedjungle.com)
- Google’s Project Glass joins Diane von Furstenberg at the New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 show (9to5google.com)
- Thrifted DVF… (loveyourclothesloveyourself.com)