My Vintage Style- 70s Maxi Skirt That Dared Me To Break Out of My Fashion Comfort Zone

70s pastel floral skirt outfit

Bought this 1970s maxi skirt at a vintage show last summer.  The pretty springlike floral print really caught my eye.  I had every intention of adding it to my website inventory  because  pink, blue and yellow is not a color combination that I ever thought would look good on me.   I’m usually a black/neutrals/jewel tones kinda gal.   But every time I passed  it in my stockroom I swear it was daring me to wear it.

And then  I read  this enlightening post by the super stylish Suzanne Carillo, one of my fav vintage loving bloggers!  In her post about challenging herself to try a new look, she  opted to wear a lovely pink, blue and yellow floral print dress.  A dress that she NEVER thought she would wear.   I took this as a sign I had to get over my preconceived  not wearable color notions and give the skirt a chance.

1970s floral print maxi skirt

And since I was already heading into uncharted fashion territory, I decided I might as well introduce a white shirt into the mix, since I never think I should wear these because of my pale complexion.   But, I learned from the lovely fair skinned  Jess at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish,  that in order to wear a white top,  she always makes sure to add color around her face. So I  popped on a chunky blue beaded triple strand vintage necklace and slapped on some of my new/old  “Paint the Town Pink” Revlon Futurama lipstick.

This is why I enjoy reading outfit posts on other blogs.  It inspires me to try new styling ideas,   and it sure is a heck of lot more fun than  reading the latest news!

1970s floral skirt

I love the wide matching belt that accompanies the skirt.  It’s not often you find a vintage skirt or dress with its original belt.
And the decorative buttons and back pleat add interesting details on the shirt.  Got it here.
The olive green thrifted bag picked up the background color of the skirt.
The gold leather and cork wedge sandals are Crown Vintage from DSW.
I love so many of the cute vintage-y styles by this brand. It is rumored to be a line designed by Jeffrey Campbell.  Highly recommend.

crown vintage gold yellow wedge sandals

Then I totally threw caution to the wind and  threw on a yellow top and tied a pastel blue chiffon scarf in my hair.   Oh yeah, I was getting really crazy now!
Paired the outfit with some denim wedge sandals that I’ve had for ages and some cute 50s pink and blue pastel clip on earrings.

70s pastel floral maxi skirt


vintage jewelry

I really stepped out of my fashion comfort zone this time and actually ended up liking this pastel-ish floral skirt on me. I must admit I was surprised.   So lesson learned. Keep an open mind when it comes to what you think you should or shouldn’t wear. After all, it’s only clothes and if you end up not liking an outfit you put together, then no harm done.  Move on to something else!

And because my new rule to myself is I can’t add anything to my wardrobe without taking  out two,  it’s back to the closet to see what I can part with, since the skirt is now a keeper.



Linking up with Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday and Jess/Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday


By | 2017-04-11T11:59:39-04:00 April 5th, 2017|Fashion, My Vintage Style|8 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell June 1, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Thank you Shelbee! Since I’ve moved up north, it’s still been too cool to wear my new fav skirt. But as soon as the weather warms up, I’ll be taking her out for another spin. I’ve got a few pair of shoes from Crown Vintage and I do love the retro look of them and they’re also quite comfy. And, yes, Suzanne and Jess are certainly inspiring bloggers when it comes to creative styling. But then so are you 🙂

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    Shelbee on the Edge June 1, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Theresa, this skirt is everything! I can see why it kept drawing you in. Of course, you need to keep it because it is absolutely fabulous on you! The Crown Vintage sandals are perfect with it (Crown Vintage is one of my favorite brands). And the crisp white button down is so, so good! I also really like the second way you styled it with the tank top and scarf in your hair! I love that you drew inspiration from two of my fave bloggers as well! Jess and Suzanne are both such stunning and ever so fashionable women, aren’t they?!


  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell April 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you Patti. I have been trying to expand my fashion horizons by reading and learning from other bloggers. It really is fun 🙂

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    Patti April 10, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Fantastic skirt! I love that you are getting inspired by other fabulous style blogger – and creating your own looks. The necklace is the perfect finisher. xox


  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell April 6, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Hee hee. Thanks Suzanne. I think I may be looking relaxed because I’ve slashed my work hours in half! And I think it would be a blast to shop with you even if it did mean we’d be fighting over the same stuff.

    I totally get what you mean by the bold print with necklaces. When I wear some of my printed maxi dresses it is often difficult to find a necklace that doesn’t clash or get lost in the print. But with a skirt, you can always wear a solid top to make the necklace standout.

  6. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell April 6, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Absolutely is. In the town I live in I never see anyone else wearing vintage. So I’m grateful the internet allows me the opportunity to interact with other bloggers who do share my love of vintage fashion.

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    Suzanne April 5, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    OMG!!! I LOVE that skirt! Wow! I’m afraid should you and I ever shop together there will be some serious fighting because we have very similar tastes.

    I think you aced this outfit and look quite frankly spectacular. I think you felt it too. You look so relaxed.

    Thanks for the shout out : ) I’m glad I was able to get someone else to give some new colours a try.

    I need to try that necklace tip more often. I used to wear necklaces all the time and have stopped these past few years. I think it is because I wear such bold patterns it is hard to add accessories. With the white blouse though it is perfection.

    Should you ever decide to part with this lovely you know I’ll gladly take it off your hands.

    Off to share this on my Pinterest and FB.


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    Vix April 5, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I love that you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone, the skirt looks fabulous worn both casually and formally. Ain’t blogging fabulous for being inspired? xxx

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