Sunday, August 28, 2016

Midlife Fun: Rock That Vintage!


Hello my friends and readers, and welcome to the 2nd Midlife Fun link-up. We are all about vintage this time! Feel free to add your posts showing you wearing any vintage item of clothing or accessory, or join as you are!



Do visit my dear blogging friends, sweet, humorous and talented Beate and Tina, to see their interpretations of the theme!





When I was writing about my collection of vintage clothing recently (here), I completely forgot to mention a few dresses that I have which are also considered vintage, since they come from the 1990s. I read that some even consider designer clothing from the early 2000s vintage, so if you have in your closet something over 10 years old with a designer label on it, then I guess you can say with pride that you wear vintage! 


I found this dress in a consignment shop a couple of years ago, and I showed it on the blog HERE and HERE back in 2014. I did not know much about it, but the fabric (100% silk) and quality seemed great, the vivid print impressed me, and the name on the tag did ring a bell. Diane Von Furstenberg is credited for the invention of the now iconic wrap dress back in 1973, but maybe not everyone knows that that same dress served her twice, when after a long hiatus she decided to come back to the world of fashion design. Apparently, her affordable clothing line called Silk Assets, where this number  originated, made its debut in 1992. It sold $1.3 million in just one hour, and saved Diane's business. (Read the fascinating story HERE.) 



And that's the beauty of wearing vintage to me. Not only can you find a unique design and great quality for a very affordable price (sometimes, just a fraction of the price), but you also own a little piece of history. Needless to say that there are many ways to style vintage. You can go vintage head to toe, and there are fantastically talented bloggers who show us how to wear vintage on a daily basis. Or you can add just one vintage piece to your outfit, and it will have great impact on the whole look. Or anything in between, really - mix and match as you please, there are no hard rules about it, just do what seems like fun to YOU! 


I styled my iconic and genuine DVF wrap dress with a classic pair of shoes, some funky inexpensive jewelry and a brand new Michael Kors purse that I found on my recent trip to Oregon. I want to style this dress with tall boots this Fall. I think it will be classic for many years to come. I am so happy that not only I found it in my size, but in a colorful print as well - it just has my name written all over it!



Our next link-up will start on September 25, 
and the theme is Mixed Prints. 

Dress - Silk Assets by Diane Von Furstenberg (vintage)
Shoes - Sam Edelman (old)
Bag - Michael Kors via TJ MAXX
Sunglasses, necklace (old) and bracelet (old) - Lane Bryant

Linking with Visible Monday

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21 comments:

  1. AHHH - THE FÜRSTENBERG DRESS!!!
    i think diane had you in mind when she designed that dress!!! :-) you look fabulous!!!!!
    and you´r right - you will have a lot of wear out of it - then that is the advantage (one of many others) of vintage: it´s so out of time that it is TIMELESS! and of cause the longlasting quality.....
    thank you for inviting me!!! big hugs! xxxxxxx

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    1. Yes, my dear - "so out of time that it's timeless", beautifully said! Thank you for being such a wonderful co-host!

      ps Today, I found a beautiful costume jewelry set which I believe dates back to 1950s, so pretty! and only for $6!

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  2. Vintage rocks!! Love your wrap dress.

    Jasmine xx

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  3. I am sure that dress was made just for you.I find the beauty of vintage or near vintage is both the uniqueness and the story .I enjoyed your story about the wrap dress , Not something I knew. Thank you to you and your co-hosts.

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    1. Thank you, Jill! Your closet is full of both uniqueness and stories!

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  4. And you can accessorize with that beautiful wrap like nobody's business, Natalia! Love your unique style, Girl.

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  5. A DvF dress!!! I'm turning green with envy here... But hey, I have a DvF clutch in my latest post. Not vintage, though...

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    1. Tiina, you'd look wonderful in this dress - I think those are great colors on you too!

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  6. Oh Nalalia you look soooo amazing in this DvF Dress. ♥️
    Many Greetings from Brighton ;)
    Tina

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    1. So good to hear from you! Hope you'll bring some vintage back :)

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  7. Better late than never! I couldn't resist adding mine & Claire's 1970s disco maxis to your link-up!
    That dress is fabulous. It fits like a dream and like a good wine will only improve with age. xxx

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    1. Thank you, Vix! So glad that you joined in!!

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  8. Thank you very much for the chance to show my mothers clothes one more time.
    Have a good time!
    Sunny

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    1. So happy you are sharing your Mother's dress, Sunny!!

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  9. fabulous dress and you're looking so elegant and genuine, lovely!!!
    I'm surprised because 90's clothes are being considered vintage!, then I'm becoming my own vintage supplier!
    besos

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    1. I think, as with most things in life, there are many ways to look at it. There are probably purists who don't consider 1990s vintage. But I also see many references to that period (especially early 90s, as my dress is) as "vintage". I think technically if a thing is 25 years old or more, it is considered vintage. This dress was made between 1992 and 1996 I believe, so it is vintage. :)

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    1. Thank you, Ivana :) I'm still figuring it out, I have to tell. I feel that I haven't found my most favorite way to accessorize it just yet!

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