Three Ways to Wear: Vintage-Inspired Brocade

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If there is one thing I absolutely love (other than my Giant Schnauzer), it’s vintage-inspired patterns. They carry such a sweet history that makes me feel like a walking history book *wink*

From sequins to polyester, I have always been a little obsessed with the origin of my clothes…Hm…what about brocade? This fabulous blouse has a brocade-inspired look–I wonder what its story is?…

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Brief VIP Fashion History Lesson:

Coming to style in the Middle Ages, brocade was a popular fabric all over the world. The rich and powerful, who lived everywhere from China and Greece to Byzantium and Africa, sported brocade to showcase their nobility and power. During the Italian Renaissance, brocade took the wealthy by storm by embracing renaissance values with a strong and elegant complexity. Moving its way to Europe, brocade’s popularity grew even more, and to this day, it is still (obviously) very popular. For more history click here. 

NOW….let’s get down to business.

Ahh..don’t you just love learning about what you’re wearing?! It makes sporting around town EVEN MORE fun! Or…maybe I am just that much of a fashion nerd *wink* BUT that’s beside the point. Let’s take a look at this week’s totally lovely Three Ways to Wear Vintage-Inspired Brocade.

Look 1:

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Blouse: Charming Charlie

Skirt: Forever 21

Heels: Kork-Ease, Belk

Bracelet: Reclaimed-Inspired Goods, Johnson City TN

Look 2:

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Blouse: Charming Charlie

Skirt: Style Boutique, Bristol TN

Necklace: BluKatDesign, Etsy

Leather cuff: Luke & Lyla Designs

Tassel Bracelet: Reclaimed-Inspire Goods, Johnson City TN

Heels: Kork-Ease, Belk

Look 3:

WOO! Look 3 is on the VIP Instagram. Click here to take a looksy!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Mixing Patterns + Classic Style

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

It is Wednesday…and y’all know what that means *wink* IT IS WEEKLY WHISTLE TIME!

For this week’s Weekly Whistle, I am mixing patterns with my new and STYLISH skirt from Style in downtown Bristol, Tennessee and a striped top from one of my favorite Mississippi boutiques. To add a classic twist to this mixed-pattern look, I decided to embrace a more vintage style by slipping into a pair of black Mary Jane heels, putting on a vintage-inspired hat, and tossing on some pearls (of course *wink*).

Now, without further ado, take a look at this week’s Weekly Whistle + be sure to come back tomorrow to see how to wear this groovy skirt 3 ways *wink*

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Blouse: Deep South Pout

Skirt: Style (Bristol location)

Pearls: personal vintage collection

Heels: Kensie Girl, Belk

Earrings: Belk

Hat: Target

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn