Wearing: Vintage, Summer Style

In high school, my style stood out. In a sea of preppy girls decked out in J.Crew skirts and Ralph Lauren polos and Sperry boat shoes, I was different. I could wear preppy clothes with the best of them but I loved to experiment. And what better way to experiment than by thrifting? I wore men's silk ties as belts and cropped Levi's with a pair of scissors. I searched through bins to find fit and flare polyester dresses and barely worn shoes. My style was fueled by the thrill of the hunt and the pursuit of something different. My thrifting days feel like a million years ago. I've swapped rummaging in bins for scouring the racks. It's partially practical because really good thrifting takes time. It's partially professional because most of my week is conservative. It's just part of growing up. I didn't realize that I missed vintage style and thrifting clothes until my grandma handed me this.

Two smocked top dresses from a trip she took with my grandfather to France. Never worn with tags. Breezy and unique. This is vintage, summer style, and it's started a craving.

Wearing: Vintage, Summer Style

Wearing: Vintage, Summer Style

Wearing: Vintage, Summer Style

Wearing: Vintage, Summer Style

Wearing: Vintage, Summer Style

Wearing: Vintage, Summer Style

Wearing: Vintage, Summer Style

dress: vintage, sandals: madden girl (similar), earrings: forever21 (similar), sunglasses: warby parker

So about this whole vintage summer style: I want more. I mean, how gorgeous and fun is this dress?!? You don't always find something as wonderful as this dress every time but that's okay. There is something to be said about finding an item that a million other people (or style bloggers) are going to be wearing. I must be reverting back to my rebellious high school self! I guess that's what a year closer to thirty will do to you.

This style post is also a little experiment to see my thoughts and your thoughts on the whole vintage style thing. When I first got into blogging and reading blogs, wearing little known brands and thrifted clothing was the norm. Different pieces were remixed and each blogger had their own unique sense of style. Now it's more likely to see the same piece from a popular brand on five or six blogs and all through your instagram feed. Being up-to-date on the latest is great, but what really drew me to blogging and reading blogs is the art of style. How to wear something to stand out, how to find a style that makes you happy and feels good, how to use style to be the best you possible. I want to explore the idea that it's not about the clothes that you wear but how you wear them.

What do you think? Should I explore more styling posts? Let me know what you think in the comments or shoot me an email (buttonsandblossomsblog@gmail.com). I want to know!