How to Modernize Vintage Polka Dots

June 6th, 2011


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Hello and happy modern vintage Monday, everyone!!!

The past few weeks I’ve been posting weekly style posts that I’ve coined “modern vintage.”

Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Well perhaps it is … but that’s part of the attraction. I’m working as a blogger and stylist to show you how to mix the old with the new so that you can “modernize” vintage fashion for the gloriously gorgeous you of TODAY.

Last week I showed you how to modernize an ’80s bustier, and the week before I rocked a ’60s maxi skirt with boho chic cool of 2011. Most pieces with the exception of the ’80s bustier (a gift from The Vintage Mistress on Etsy) came from my own vintage fashion collection, plus “modern” pieces I’ve bought new as a lover of fashion and self-expression.

While our style interests may always be changing — one week you’re into pretty party dresses, the next you might be more into wearing matching skirt & top ensembles — but your style tendencies & tastes will always stay the same … or at the very least, grow within the same “family” of personal fashion preference!

I’m always up for an experiment in style, especially because I consider experimentation to be part of my duties as a tastemaker & style influencer  so that I can take that leap of faith and pass along wise words of fashion wisdom to you. But, what I’ve noticed between the lines of my “pushing the envelope” tendencies are a few key style tastes that no matter what other “fashion foods” I may try, I like to return to over and over again for a savory, scrumptious meal of style.

One of those fashion foods I keep stocked ‘a plenty are POLKA DOTS. I can’t get enough ‘em. Big, small, ditzy, wide, wonderful, wild! I just think that polka dots compliment any girl because they are so versatile — from sassy to sophisticated; conservative to colorful … you can be 110% yourself in the polka dots of your choice.

Keep reading after the jump for insights into one of my favorite fashion foods, and how I modernized these vintage polka dots into a look that speaks for the styles of today. Plus, at the bottom of the post I linked to a few of my favorite polka dot pieces on Modcloth.com so that you can consider matching the look for yourself!

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Gratefulness Friday: Enter to Win a Vintage Bag & Romper!

June 3rd, 2011
Gratefulness Friday: Enter to Win a Vintage Bag & Romper!

HAPPY GRATEFULNESS FRIDAY EVERYONE!!! It’s my favorite day of the week because I have the opportunity to spread more vintage love to all of you by hosting another Gratefulness Friday GIVEAWAY! This week’s giveaway — as illustrated in the pictures of the vintage prize pack pieces above — is a very special one, as it […]

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How to Wear a Vintage Bathing Suit: ’60s, ’70s & ’80s!

June 2nd, 2011
How to Wear a Vintage Bathing Suit: ’60s, ’70s & ’80s!

Hello and happy Thursday everyone!!!! Is it just me or did this week FLY BY? When writing “Thursday” above I was like, “No, really .. it’s THURSDAY?!” I guess that’s just what happens when you have a 3-day weekend! Thankfully we have more 3-day weekends ahead thanks to the official arrival of summer and the […]

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Styling Vintage with Modern (Urban Outfitters)

June 1st, 2011
Styling Vintage with Modern (Urban Outfitters)

I created 5 distinctive outfits using ONE modern piece from Urban Outfitters! Which one do you like best? Keep reading after the jump to see the final looks and to vote for your favorite!

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How to Modernize an ’80s Bustier

May 30th, 2011
How to Modernize an ’80s Bustier

I had a TON of fun styling with this bustier because like a bustier designer would assert: It truly works magic on your top torso, cutting inches but adding confidence! I’m sure a lot of you would NEVER think to wear a bustier, believing that you just don’t “have the body” to pull it off. […]

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10 Predictions for Vintage Fashion of the Future

May 26th, 2011
10 Predictions for Vintage Fashion of the Future

Hello and happy Thursday everyone!!! It’s an absolutely stunning day in NYC today. The skies are brilliant blue, the temperature is mild and the sun is splendid and warm. It’s a great day to be alive … and alive as a VINTAGE LOVER, to boot! Thanks to all of my great communication with you, I’ve […]

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Styling Vintage with Modern Pieces (H&M)

May 24th, 2011
Styling Vintage with Modern Pieces (H&M)

I paired 5 remarkable vintage haul finds with pieces available in H&M stores now! Watch the vid to see how I modernized vintage for unique looks I love. Keep reading after the jump to see the final looks and to vote for your favorite!

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How to Modernize a ’60s Maxi Skirt

May 23rd, 2011
How to Modernize a ’60s Maxi Skirt

What I love most about vintage is that you can modernize the pieces of the past to suit your style of today. Vintage isn’t OLD … rather, it’s OPPORTUNITY. I’m SO happy to have the opportunity to shoot some of my favorite vintage pieces and present them to you here with background on where I […]

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