Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tiny Bloom

In this outfit:
Dress: ModCloth (find it here)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (old)
Belt: Thrifted Vintage (gift from mom)
Necklace: Vintage/Antique ($20)
Bag: Thrifted vintage Coach ($10-ish)
Bracelet: Vintage (had it since I was a kid)

Do you ever find yourself thinking about "future vintage"? When I was younger, I remember going through boxes of my mom's old stuff from the 70's, while most of it only fit during my middle school years (my mom was way tiny), there are still those few pieces left over that have gained heavy rotation in my closet now. I find myself thinking about this whenever I purchase a new piece of clothing. Even though we're not planning on having children anytime soon, I still find myself evaluating almost every new piece based on it's Future Vintage potential. Will this be something that some future young person will flip out over? Of course, there's no way to tell for sure, but I think there's merit in attempting to evaluate a new item's staying power.

This dress, to me, is full of Future Vintage potential, along with just being completely amazing in the here and now. Let me tell you, I am in love. I know I've professed my love of maxi dresses before, but I'll say it again, I love them. I feel great in them. And I think it's important to have those articles of clothing that you can fall back on, knowing that you'll feel confident wearing what ever it may be.

Also, on a side note, this necklace is made of carved bone, which I think is a strange morbid contrast to the daisies. And I really like that.

41 comments:

chantilly said...

wow... i'd be in love with that maxi dress too, and i don't even like maxi dresses. it looks GORGEOUS! xx

irene wibowo said...

pretty dress i love it. :)
Irene Wibowo

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

Ooh, that is so beautiful, and love the dreamy photos with the sun behind you!

Hope said...

That dress is absolutely gorgeous on you! I often think of things as "future vintage." Also, the photos are just stunning.

-Hope
www.aflatteringtale.com

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

This is so weird, but I think about it ALL THE TIME. Especially when I find myself forking over cash for expensive Zara or Anthropologie clothes for work. Thinking, if I have a daughter will she want to wear this someday!? I certainly hope so. It gives me warm and fuzzies.

Your dress is stunning! And your daisy necklace is a serious source of jealousy for me right now.

Anonymous said...

a dress from modcloth will NEVER be vintage.The last days of vintage as we know it...1999. The fast fashion of the last decade was a joke & will likely fall apart in no time.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

I always think of whether something will be something a potential future daughter will want to own. One thing I love about stuff my mom has kept was that it's all really good quality... so that is one of my main things when I consider a purchase--is it still going to look great, in terms of quality as well as style, in 30 years?

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Oh, and to your Anonymous commenter: I think you're confusing vintage and "vintage that's actually worthwhile." All the past eras had their share of crap clothing; every time I go into a vintage shop I feel assaulted by heinous 70s polyester monstrosities, so fast fashion doesn't have the monopoly on that.

Marlena said...

Jeeze, you get a lot of cranky anonymous people from time to time. I looove our era's style! And I know what you mean, I usually think that when I buy actual vintage. Like I wonder if I'll be into it a decade from now. Knowing me, probably.

And that's a gorgeous dress- I'm *sure* it'll last for years and years and years

Orchid Grey said...

Wow Anon, way have a knee jerk reaction. As a previous commenter already stated, fast fashion has been going on for a long time now and is in no way a new concept. And really? 1999 as the last days of vintage? From what I remember 1999 was a pretty dismal year, but that's just me. As a young person in the late 90's, I never thought that the 80's and early 90's would ever come back in vogue, but here we are.

Lighten up.

Orchid Grey said...

Also, I'm open to continuing this discussion on my Facebook page (facebook.com/orchidgrey).

kimberrleigh said...

I LOVE this dress! Absolutely adore the color, styling.. everything! :) I could never pull it off, but I wish I could!


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Frannie Pantz said...

As far as anonymous (I always giggle at people with the bravery to post rude, unfounded and ridiculous comments, but never attach their name to it)--a simple pssssssssssh hand in the face. It is clear that they have no idea what they are talking about.

As for the dress it is absolutely gorgeous. Despite where it came from store wise or year wise, I can see it being a classic. And I like that you think of things as future vintage. I have a five year old daughter who loves to play dress up in my clothes and I think about this concept all the time. I wear a lot of my mom's old clothes too and I wonder if when she is my age, she will bust out some of my favorites.

Rock on sister. You look gorgeous, your photos are stunning and I love your outlook. Take the positive comments that are deserved and let the misery of others roll off your shoulders.

Chaucee said...

Yes! I think about future vintage too! Haha, I didn't know that other people did. This dress definitely has that potential! :D

Orchid Grey said...

Frannie Pantz: thanks lady! I loved playing dress-up in my mom's old clothes when I was your daughter's age, she had this one pair of fringed 80's boots that are long gone now, but I LOVED them!

Marlena: Some of the pieces I've had and have been wearing the longest are actual vintage, I love imagining the life my clothes have had before I gained possession of them.

Emily RSJ: Yes, I totally agree about considering quality! Such an important factor!

A Bit of Sass said...

Gorgeous dress! I love how you did the photography in this post!
xo,
www.abitofsass.blogspot.com

Orchid Grey said...

A Bit of Sass: Thank you! I love the light at the end of the day!

Jamie said...

This dress is gorgeous!!!

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

wow, the dress is so gorgeous and so are the photos :)

xoxo,

Fashion Fractions

charity victoria said...

That dress, and these photos, are so dreamy and romantic! Such a gorgeous look on you.

My grandmother died a few years ago, and next month my parents are going to go help my grandfather clean out his house--from the 70s on, my grandmother made all her own clothing and I told my mom to PLEASE bring me back all of it! I can't wait to see it.

Geraldyne said...

Lovely dress! and you're right it's a future vintage potential :)

Monse Fuentes said...

gorgeous pictures and dress!



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Deliciously Yours said...

I actually thought the dress WAS vintage! It really looks like something fabulous from the 70s. So pretty!

Caitie Schlisserman said...

this dress ia beautiful on you!

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Justalazymorning said...

you're so lovely!

sweet harvest moon said...

I thought I was the only one thinking that! I can't wait to pass all my beloved clothing items to my future daughter...

Beautiful dress!

Natalyas Closet said...

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Gray Skies said...

I have a few pieces in my closet that I know I'll never get rid of, so I suppose to my future daughter those things will be vintage - that makes me feel old already!

I think the dress you're wearing is lovely. The print and cut are pretty, and I love the way you captured the sunlight shining through in your photos.

Erica said...

I love the idea of 'future vintage'! It gives you that wonderful feeling of striking gold when you find a piece that you know is timeless and can be worn and passed down for generations...priceless.

My mom is always amazed when I'm excited to raid her closet, but classics, those are forever...

HoodooVoodoo said...

THAT DRESS. ♥______♥

Jennifer said...

I am loving all your maxi looks lately!

xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

Jess said...

I love how you use simple accessories. I tend to get overwhelmed by jewelry, but I like the way some of it looks on others.

Laura said...

That dress is so lovely and suits you so well, I'm pretty much speechless. Beautiful look, and timeless, too. I think about future vintage all the time! I hope I can pass down some of my clothes to a daughter someday. And I hope to preserve even some of my vintage pieces.

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i love the dress=)

Jessica Broyles said...

Beautiful dress! It looks great on you!

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chillairandperfume said...

You look amazing in this dress! It's beautiful & so are you :)

xo,
Hannah
www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

Kimi Holmes said...

i love the lighting in this set of photos! it makes everything look so ethereal and dreamy.

you're my favorite person to follow in regards to jewelry. you pick interesting items that are strangely beautiful! i love it!

apurpledress said...

That dress has definite future vintage potential. It is absolutely gorgeous!

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

these are beautiful!! the dress is the most gorgeous print!

Xo,
steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

holly [at] covetous creatures said...

I absolutely share your love for maxi dresses, and this one is perfect. Definite future vintage potential. And I love that the daisies are carved in bone - something so strange and romantic about that.

reviews said...

that is such a nice dress!

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