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Retro Work Wardrobe Re-do

School’s back in session which means I have officially headed back to work, and while everyone is busy around here hitting the outlets and malls shopping  for new clothes, I decided to take a slightly different route for “updating” my work wardrobe this year.  In addition  to  making a few outfits, dresses and such to wear at work,  I’m also totally loving some vintage 1940’s/50’s day dresses I have been picking up here and there over the past couple of months.  Fun, funky, just a bit different and omg so comfy!

This first number I scored while out antiquing with my pal Cindybrown dress crop 1

Aren’t the pockets just adorable?  I love the piping details.  vintage dresses 024

It zips up the front and is so easy to wear!    The belt and necklaces were  finds during a wonderful previous trip to Austria.  I think they work well with this dress. I did a trial wearing down to my mom’s last weekend and she gifted me her old cowboy boots to wear with it.  All I need are some brown tights and I am good to go for fall!cowboy boots crop

Next up is one of my favorites.  Don’t you just love this one?  Navy blue with small white dots, smocking details on shoulders and pocket, a bit of piping trim,  a tie for the back and yep, a zip up front again. blue dotted dress crop I’ve already worn this one twice, once for a meeting at school before the school year started, and also last week for back to school night. vintage dresses 014 It turns out that Cat over at The Vintage Housewife has almost the same dress (her’s has two pockets to my one)  I LOVE this dress!!!

Here’s one more to share.  Just looking at this cutie makes me smile.  So very “I love Lucy”, don’t you think? Pink with brown and white polka dots!!  pink dress crop

I haven’t worn this one out yet – although the Austria belt is ok and cuts down the “sweetness factor” just a bit, I am thinking I may make a different belt for this.  Plus I need to track down some fabulous shoes!  I picked this dress up at a great vintage clothing store, Venus on the Half Shell, in Frederick, Maryland.  The owner, Jennifer is a real doll that I know back from my own days as a vintage clothing dealer/shop owner.

I have about 9 vintage dresses so far that I am looking forward to wearing at work, maybe going the vintage-ish route once a week.  On a recent trip with  my daughter and her friend to some of our favorite thrift stores  I picked up a few sweaters.  I’m still looking for some cashmere ones (more thrift store trips in the future!!) and want try to restyle them using this tutorial.  They will be great to layer over my dresses – the temps in schools can very from floor to floor.  A final touch – fun chunky jewelry from the 40’s and 50’s –  a touch of rhinestones or  pearls mixed in with some pieces I have made or picked up on my travels . On an interesting side note, apparently the current issue of Lucky magazine features a  whole photo spread on retro dressing for fall.  The pictures are darn cute – be sure to check it out!


7 comments to Retro Work Wardrobe Re-do

  • Cassandra

    OMG I love those boots! And these dresses are great…you have an incredible eye for things!

  • Wow….haven’t you been busy shopping! I am so excited we are in the swap together.

  • Hey, Sue: You must be the cool teacher at school!! Love your vintage finds – waiting for a photo of the dress and boots together with you in them. What great treasures for you, Kris

  • I didn’t know you had a vintage clothing store. No wonder you and your daughter are so very retro-cool!!! Love those dresses, especially the navy blue but I also adore the first one with the cowboy boots. That tutorial on refashioning sweaters is great! That will make some terrific sweaters.

    Do you ever remember days you got killer deals…like the day Katie got three perfect vintage cashmere sweaters for a dollar each at the estate sale of a little old lady? And she still can wear them!

    Vintage clothes…not go good for big girls like me…but I do love them on my girl!

    I would love to see you in them, too, Sue…

  • Sue, your vintage dresses are most fabulous! You are a woman after my own heart. We must bring some of our dresses to wear at Silver Bella. And I’ll definitely have a look for that feature in Lucky magazine – thanks for the tip.

  • Cindy M.

    I can’t wait to see you in these numbers. It has to make back to school time a little more fun!

  • The dresses are adorable…and I loooove the cowboy boots!!

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