Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Holloway Way

Dress: Vintage, antique mall, $30 // Necklaces: F21 and Payless, $1 // Belt: Thrifted, $1 // Shoes: Abaete for Payless

Many members of the fashion community (including the lovely Jessica recently) have derived endless inspiration from Mad Men. After finding this dress, I couldn't resist doing my own ode to Joan.
The fabulous '60s frock wasn't by any means an impulse buy; I developed a relationship with it before the purchase took place. I first laid eyes on it while shopping for my Halloween costume (which is also Mad Men-inspired, more on that later). My first thought was, "If only I were being Joan, this would be perfect." Then I went back and saw it again. Hmm, that gorgeous emerald color and those charming faux fur-trimmed sleeves are totally in style this season. Then I kept thinking about it. On my third visit to the dress, I actually tried it on. Aside from a rather long hemline, it fit like a glove. Now I had to buy it!
For its debut (at the office of course), I paired it with simple black tights and taupe pumps. I finished the look with chunky gold chains, a leopard-print belt and a messy attempt at her perfectly arranged coiffure.

I know it makes me sound terribly cheap, but $30 seemed like a lot for to spend on a vintage dress (since I'm used to thrift store prices). But I'm already sure it was worth it. 

30 comments:

Lexie said...

i'm still trying to adjust to paying more than $10 for vintage clothing ... etsy is training me well, haha!

you look gorgeous! and i like those shoes too.

Couture Cookie said...

Great dress! And again, oh my GOD, the puppy is so cute!

Linda said...

I love how your puppy has to get in on the picture. Already a fashion blogger...LOVE IT! That dress is really cute but I can understand how you feel about the $30.00 price tag. Sometimes "good vintage" costs a little more. Plus you dont want some Joan wannabe busting it out for halloween and ruining it do ya?

Amy said...

Beautiful dress! You look stunning!!

xoxo
Amy
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Indiana Adams said...

Igby! So cute!

And the dress is lovely. Totally worth every cent! Those cuffs are so swanky!

Clare said...

Those pumps are fantastic, and I love the sleeves on the dress. And Igby is freakin' aDORable!

simplesophistication87 said...

I love that dress! I'm amazed how you find these totally cute things in thrift stores! I will have to do more thrift store shopping!

Emily Kennedy said...

I've been thinking of buying those taupe pumps for awhile now. Were they comfy?

Kansas Couture said...

Thanks, everyone!

Emily Kennedy -

The pumps actually are pretty comfortable. They have a nice padded insole and a hidden platform, which makes the heel height more manageable.

Fell 4 Fashion said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the dress and love the shoes!!

un bel oiseau said...

the dress is totally worth it. gorgeous, and it does fit you perfectly!

Anna Liesemeyer said...

obsessed with the pumps!

gina said...

I hear you on the price. I recently bought a vintage dress for $20, and was questioning it, as that seemed a bit high compared to what I'm used to at thrift stores.

I love the dress. The fur puffs on the sleeve are great, and I love the belt and necklaces you paired with it.

Your puppy is absolutely adorable!!

CMA said...

this is MAD perfection
from head to toe!
the shoes, the fur detail, the belt, the hair, everything!
FLAWLESS!!!!

-cma
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cosmicaroline.blogspot.com

luff, swagger said...

i love love love that dress! and the little pug is simply adorable!

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Becky said...

Yes yes yes yes yes! I am so lusting after this dress. Joan would be so proud :)

Dylana said...

Your dress is stunning. Love the fur detailing! And cutest dog ever!

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The Thrifty Stylist said...

$30 is a lot- the top of my price range- but worth it here! can't wait to hear more about your costume :D

Dana (MODAna) said...

I'm so glad you're happy with your purchase, that's the most important thing, whether it cost 4 dollars or 400
also, love the puppy (duh)
and I know what you mean about vtg!! I never buy vtg online because it is so overpriced, I always look in thriftstores but if I find something by a designer I'm willing to shell out a bit more... but I always remember- it's basically used clothes.

ipopheart said...

mmmm.... I agree- $30 it takes an aweful lot of convincing to spend $30 on a dress. But Here its utterly worth it!

myedit said...

$30 was worth it because it's timeless yet trendy and you knocked it out of the park... again!
And congrats on being a baby mama to Igby. So freaking cute!

Chelsie Te(e)la said...

everything about this outfit is lovely.

junebabie said...

love that dress. great find.

Charmalade said...

Honestly, I'm the same when it comes to being cheap... generally when I go shopping, my limit is $15. But if it's worth it, I'd say that $30 is a decent price!

Last picture = priceless

style-magnet said...

Joan!! I love this!! I'm watching Mad Men right now haha.. can't believe I missed last week's episode...

Kelley Anne said...

Your dress is amazing. I know, its hard to adjust to spending more when one is used to hunting for good pieces for a low price at thrift stores. I always try to assess how unique the piece is and how much it is worth to me. Overall 20-30...occasionally more...is my max.

GiGi said...

adorable you are!!

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God Made Me fuNky said...

the dress is flawless and you look beautiful. congrats on the new puppy, he is super cute.

Kassia said...

Love this outfit. Mad Men is inspiring. Your puppy is so cute! OMG.