Since I’ve decided to stay a bit longer in New England, I’ve also realized I don’t have enough fall clothing to wear. Because I reside in Florida most of the year I’ve got plenty of stuff to wear when it’s warm out, but not enough for cooler temps. Of course that’s a great excuse to do more shopping!
But, then I realized I’ve got some perfectly nice 1970s vintage maxi dresses that I could style for fall.
Maxi dresses are often thought of as summer wear, so comfy when it’s hot and often made in lightweight flowy or gauzy fabrics. But for a maxi to transition well into fall (and even winter) fabric type, weight and colors should be considered. It’s probably best to pack away those pastel print chiffon ones.
Some ways to “winterize” maxi dresses-layer with cardigan sweaters, dusters, jackets or kimonos. Wear boots instead of sandals and, of course, add scarves.
For the following outfits I chose three jersey knit 1970s maxi dresses. I felt the weight of these fabrics and the darker prints would work nicely for fall.
I put a 90s black burnout velvet blouse over this black and blue floral maxi shirt dress, cinched it with a black leather and suede belt and added a vintage brooch.
This was also the perfect opportunity to wear my blue velvet ankle boots that I purchased the end of winter last year. so never got a chance to wear much . I had been wanting a pair ever since I saw the fabulous pair the super stylish Suzanne Carillo was wearing in one of her blog posts.
Up next, another shirtwaist style maxi dress in a bold floral print in great colors for fall. Topped with a long black knit cardigan and cinched at the waist with a black and metallic gold braid belt. Accessorized with goldtone metal and black stone vintage brooch and vintage deco link chain bracelet.
Black suede ankle boots and 60s vintage carpet bag purse complete this cooler weather look.
I found the 60s purse at a thrift store recently and decided there was no way I was going to pass it up. I love these tapestry type purses and this one was in mint condition. The name stamped inside is Spilene. You can find other examples online and they are extremely reasonably priced for such nice quality bags, usually priced under $50. Just search vintage carpet bag, or vintage tapestry bag and you’re sure to find some beauties!
For this outfit I wore a sleeveless empire waist border print maxi dress. Like the dress above the warm colors in the print mixed with black are what make it work for fall. I threw a teal velvet fitted jacket over it, added a floral silk scarf (both thrifted) and black suede ankle boots for a boho inspired look.
totally unintended expressions in the last two outfit photos? I think it’s what is now referred to as “resting bitch face” or “bitchy resting face.” It’s when your failure to smile conveys disdain, boredom, detachment and/or annoyance. I call this my “surely your joking” look. Or in this case it’s my “I feel really uncomfortable in front of a camera” look.
Apparently the RBF or BRF is a now a syndrome. And celebrities are getting the blame for it. So many have been caught on camera with the expression that they are now being mimicked by young girls everywhere in order to look cool. In an article from Psychology Today, the author states
“It normalizes being irritated and high maintenance, suggesting this is how the trendy and glamorous among us behave.”
This totally cracked me up. Why? Because anyone who owns a cat knows they’re the real culprits.
As you can see from their mug shots, these are two of the worst offenders. Not only do they look irritated and high maintenance, I’m positive they’ve convinced themselves they’re trendy and glamorous as well.
As a matter of fact, I’ll bet if they do a study to see how many of these celebrities own cats, they’ll find out it was fussy felines who started the RBF trend!
Elvis and Priscilla want to know,
What’s so wrong with looking irritated, high maintenance and detached?
Anyway, one of these days I’ll hopefully master this selfie photography thing so I don’t look like I’m mimicking my cats!
Do you wear maxi dresses all year round? Did you ever get caught on camera with BRF? Do tell!
Till next time….
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