November 2, 2017

Victorian Frills and Every Day Disney

I've always been drawn to fashion that had a romantic feel to it. Velvet, bustles, corsets, I love them all. I'm sure my love of historical fiction has played an role in shaping my tastes. As anyone can attest to, it can be difficult to wear frills, lace, velvet, and ruffles in ever day life without looking like you've just escaped from a Renaissance Faire, so aside from an avant-garde piece here or there, I generally used Halloween to live out my fashion dreams. I was so happy when romantic Victorian inspired styles became a strong trend for this fall. There are so many cute pieces to choose from. For me, the key thing in wearing a romantic inspired piece is to make sure your outfit is balanced in order to avoid going full cosplay.

I have to admit, I wasn't sure how I felt about this vintage ruffle jacket when I tried it on. In fact, I almost sent it back because the color was not quite what I was expecting...But, on a last minute whim, I threw it into my suitcase for a recent trip to Baltimore with Ashley. I was instantly drawn to it online because it was a fantastic economical alternative to many of the more pricey Victorian inspired jackets I've seen. Can you believe it was only $26 on Amazon Prime (with actual two day shipping!)? It is an Asian brand, so I recommend ordering at least one size up. I typically wear a small and ordered a medium and found it to be comfortable, although still a bit tight in the back/arm area. I decided to pair it with an adorable, subtle mickey mouse and dot print top with an attached neck tie that I got from Boxlunch (unfortunately, it's sold out on their site, but still available here in larger sizes), jeans from J.Crew,  a cute black beret, and my Dansko Bonita boots, which I've worn everywhere for the last year. They are seriously one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I've ever owned, which is saying quite a bit considering I have RA. By the way, this black bag by Chelsea28 is on super sale for half off. It's roomy with an internal pocket and a removable shoulder strop - a total deal for the price. I loved the overall effect and the yellow even ended up looking great with my newly dyed fuchsia hair!

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