It’s currently 30 degrees, which feels like a heat wave after the days of negative temperatures we’ve been having. I’ve been looking at beach pictures on Pinterest to pass the time. Unfortunately, this has only made me question why I’m living in Ohio, when I’d much rather be in Naples or Captiva Island (two of my favorite places in Florida). I keep dropping not-so-subtle hints to my boyfriend that I want to take a trip, but I don’t think he’s suffering in the cold as much as I am.
While it’s still too cold to sport anything sleeveless, I’ve been dying to wear this vintage velvet dress! I got it for a whopping $3 my freshman year of college at a thrift store. I bought it for an 80s-themed sorority party, and it’s managed to make it through multiple closet purgings (the ugly red kitten heels I also bought at the thrift store were not so lucky). The fit & flare shape makes it fun and youthful, and not too serious. I had planned on wearing this dress to holiday parties, but my party calendar was barren this season, so it continued to sit in my closet. To give some life to it, I decided to pair it with my Kensie polka dot blouse. The polka dots are velvet, which makes it even more perfect! Some people may think velvet is outdated, but adding fun accessories can breathe new life into your velvet pieces.
PS- My Cincy Chic column this week is all about personal style resolutions. I don’t usually make really serious resolutions, because I tend to forget about them after January. I’m sharing some of the things I want to work on this year regarding my style and closet! I think this will be a lot easier!
Dress: Vintage (identical on sale!) | Blouse: Kensie (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto
Love the bow blouse- and the dress is such a killer find! You look super chic. 🙂
Thank you Ashley! 🙂
I can’t believe you mentioned Naples and Captiva!! We went to both on our week-long trip to Sanibel. We LOVED Captiva – it was so calm and empty when we were there. And Naples was a blast – we also went to Marco Island and did the jet ski tour in the area. It was amazing and I’d love to go back…especially now 🙂
You have no idea how jealous I am you went to my two favorite spots!! Isn’t Captiva amazing? It’s my mom’s favorite place in the world. It’s off the beaten path, the beaches are perfect, and the food is amazing. If you go back, I’m coming with!
Ok!! We didn’t get a chance to try the food but I’ll keep that in mind if we ever go back.
I’m freezing here too and it makes it so difficult to dress and especially difficult to take photos. You look super cute…love the outfit..esp the polka dots! Hope you get your trip to the beach soon! Cortneybre…
Thank you! The weather makes it so hard to take pictures. I’ve been slacking the past few weeks because it’s too cold to do anything, especially wear cute outfits outside!
What’s not to like about your pics?! Awesome and great colour scheme. I used to have velvet polka dots on items in the 80’s and never appreciated them but they are so cute now lol.
Thank you! Hopefully you kept them so you can wear them now!
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I love love love that bow blouse! And I can’t believe that dress was $3. Such a lucky score. Stay warm out there 🙂
Thank you Katie! I know, I’m so glad I never got rid of it!
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oh my gosh. I love that shirt.
I loooove this! $3 so amaze! That top makes me want to search for some polka dots to wear tomorrow 🙂 You look great, haha I would also love to go somewhere warm even just to escape for a few days!
Thank you!! I’m mildly obsessed with polka dots!
Great thrift find! I get so frustrated in thrift shops but there are definitely treasures to be found. Have a nice day!
Thanks Stephanie! I don’t usually shop at thrift stores, but in college for theme parties that was the only place we went!
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We adore this look! So ladylike!
Great find so glad you held on to it. Love the polka dot blouse too. Stay warm
Thanks Jodi! So am I!
wow, what a great outfit, I love it!