Happy New Year and welcome to the first post of 2018 for the Ageless Style Linkup! The Linkup runs the first Tuesday of each month and features 10 women styling something based on one theme, 10 different ways. This month we are welcoming two lovely ladies to our group: Kellyann of This Blonde’s Shopping Bag and Lisa of Classic Style by Lisa. You can find all of their links later in this post.
Also this year we are adding a co-host to our linkup. I am so excited to introduce you to this month’s co-host, Samantha Blair of the blog www.fakefabulous.com. I started following Samantha about a year ago and love her sweet smile, her authenticity, love of color and thoughtful content.
Samantha also loves all things vintage so she is a perfect co-host for this month’s theme which is all about how fashion tends to repeat itself. We are all featuring an outfit that incorporates a piece (or pieces) that was popular years ago and is trending again. For example, yesterday’s bell bottom jeans have come back today as “flared” jeans.
Samantha is featuring a vintage blue coat from 1958 in her photo above, which still looks as beautiful today as I’m sure it did almost 60 years ago! Please take a minute to visit Samantha on her blog at www.fakefabulous.com to read more about this gorgeous piece. You can also visit Samantha on her other social media sites below:
Please be sure to visit the other beautiful women in the linkup for inspiration, fun, and of course, great ageless style!
For my retro look, I chose these flare bottom jeans, which are reminiscent of the bell bottom jeans that were popular in the 1960s and 70s. But did you know that bell bottoms actually originated in the 17th century? They were first worn by those who worked on boats because the legs could be easily rolled up while they took care of messy jobs on the ship. Also, the bell bottoms could be easily pulled off over boots if a sailor fell overboard.
They became popular in the ’60s and ’70s among those who didn’t want to adhere to the strict clothing rules of the 1950s. Inexpensive clothing could be found in military surplus shops and second hand stores. Some people felt they could express their antiwar sentiments by wearing pieces of old military clothing with peace symbols or flowers embroidered on them. Entertainers such as Sonny and Cher also helped to make bell bottoms popular again.
I like them because they’re a nice change from skinny jeans, much more comfortable than skinnies and have that retro vibe that I love.
Some fashion rules dictate that if the bottom half of your outfit is full, then the top half needs to be more form fitting to balance everything out. Sometimes I follow that rule and sometimes I don’t; it just depends on what pieces I’m wearing. For this outfit, I wanted to continue the ’70s vibe so I wore this striped sweater from Loft.
I love the colors and it’s extremely warm. But the jury is still out on the boxy shape. Maybe a smaller size would have fit better.
This suede trench coat is definitely a winner in my book. I picked it up from the Clothes Mentor store near where I live. Trench coats themselves are a classic piece and I have several in my closet. Last month, I featured a gorgeous green trench that I picked up at thredUP. I had been looking for a suede trench that I could wear on a more daily basis and this one fit the bill. I added this piece to my outfit to echo the 1970s feel that I have going on with the rest of my look. This jacket is thin but surprisingly warm, which came in handy on the freezing day that we took these pics!
The last thing I wanted to mention are my shoes. I picked these Clarks boots up at the Tanger outlets in North Carolina several weeks ago. These are suede with a little bit of a heel to them. Like all of my Clarks shoes, they are extremely comfortable. I knew I’d buy them as soon as I tried them on because they fit so well. With their chunky heel, they also add more of that 70s look.
To Keep or Not to Keep?
During this time of the year when many of us are organizing and purging our closets, knowing that certain styles that are going out of fashion today may return later makes it difficult to get rid of some things. One way to help make that decision is to determine if the pieces can be worn in multiple ways. For example, I know I can wear this suede jacket with these jeans, a skirt outfit, or a dress. These jeans can also go with a button down collared shirt, a poncho or even a layered look with a long sleeve shirt and a vest.
If you can get multiple uses out of an item and make different outfits, then you may want to keep that piece. If you’re not sure, you can always box it up, store it somewhere else in the house to free up room in your closet and then come back to it later.
As promised, here are the other lovely ladies who are part of the Ageless Style Linkup. Please pay them a visit to see how they styled their retro looks today!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Have a wonderful day!
Photos by Hunter I. Riddle
What I Wore
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