OOTD: A Vintage Piece for Afternoon Tea

Wearing this dress makes me feel like I’ve stepped into the far past. I’m thinking along the lines of the Georgian Era or, to make it easier, think the setting and time period of Pride and Prejudice. Even in the movie, I believe Keira Knightley wore a style of dress similar to this:

The Empire Dress

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As mentioned in my previous OOTD post, fashion history always finds a way to repeat itself, and while perusing the mall to upgrade my wardrobe for the Spring, I came across this dress and thought ‘oh, how different’. I knew then and there that I had found my next experiment piece.

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Typically, even while wearing vintage pieces, I still want to look a little more hip and try to avoid clothes that have too much of a ‘grandma’ feel. Most of the time, I opt for showing a lot of leg because it makes shorter people like me look taller and usually that’s all it takes to make a vintage piece look a more modern. This dress, however was a challenge because it was a long gown, and I couldn’t cut/alter the length without destroying the design. So I worked with it and was pleasantly surprised at the results.

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To keep it from looking too ancient, I paired it with today’s staple Springtime trends: Espadrille Wedges + Round Straw Tote. I kept my regular jewelry, wore red lipstick, put on some face stickers, and that was all there was to it. A simple and to the point elegant fashion statement.

Perfect for Afternoon Tea & Garden Parties

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Care for a cup of tea?

Get the Look:

Dress: Topshop Embellished Tier Midi Dress

Bag: Topshop Bella Straw Tote

Shoes: Marc Fisher Rella Espadrille Platform Sandals

Face Stickers: In Your Dreams Gold Zorya Face Gems