yes, i’m a style blogger. but long before the days of indigo heights there lived a musical theater major sitting in a manhattan classroom, learning about ‘period costume design’. this look really reminded me of the textures and the fabrics that i studied, and had me thinking about their place fashion.
my dress is actually from last year’s american eagle line, but i’ve linked some really similar options for you to shop below. it’s a crushed velvet wrap dress, with a flared short sleeve and a deep v-neck. crushed velvet was worn widely during the renaissance by the wealthy & noble – but it also was particularly popular in the 60’s and 70’s. to me, despite it’s long history, velvet has a very retro feel, and after new york fashion week, i’ve been inspired to go retro whenever i can.
on my feet i’m wearing baroque style embroidered booties from target. they were super affordable and i got SO many compliments while wearing them. i’m really really digging this embroidered bootie trend that’s happening… and while i’m on the topic, this style was also worn by the noble elite during the renaissance (marie antoinette, anyone?). with both pieces flaunting modern-day cuts, this whole outfit gives a subtle nod to the french revolution – while simultaneously upholding strong retro vibes throughout.
to accessorize, i opted for a dainty layering necklace from gorjana, tassel earrings, a cuffed bangle bracelet and my favorite rebecca minkoff satchel. i love that this outfit unintentionally tips it’s hat to two different eras – while staying super relevant to the present trends. isn’t it amazing how style repeats itself? i could envision this dress worn 220 years ago with sleeves, a lace neckline, and a bustle beneath the floor-length hem. or perhaps in 1972 as a pantsuit with bellbottoms and long, natural beachy waves. i don’t know about you, but i’m taking time today to appreciate where my outfit came from because it gives me a peek inside what periods inspired the designer, and what trends from the past stuck well enough to make it into 2017’s best fall looks. follow me on instagram for more daily style inspiration, and shop this look below!