modern-day victorian vibes

a while back i posted about a pair of embroidered ‘baroque’ style boots that were a tip of the hat to both the victorian era and the 70’s. today, i’m piggy-backing on that entry by flaunting a 2017 top with an 1850 silhouette.

while away in the windy city, i was truly dressing for fall. the weather called for sleeves (if not a light jacket!) so i packed one of my favorite new pieces from zara – a frilly, high-neck printed blouse with puff sleeves and a back-button closure. back in it’s day, this type of modest blouse was worn with a full skirt, which accentuated the waist – so in sticking to that (really old) rule-of-thumb, i decided to wear this top tucked into a pair of mid-rise, dark-wash jeggings. it’s actually a bit on the long side, and can totally be worn with leggings – but in order to really draw attention to it’s unique shape, i felt wearing it tucked was the way to go.

when i first tried this on, i wondered if it was “too covered up”. especially because of the all-over print on my five foot frame, which is why dark-wash denim was the way to go. bringing a bit of solid, dark tone up to the small of my waist added necessary balance. this style blouse is actually super forgiving on the arms! while zara’s is unlinkable, i’ve linked you guys to several similarly-shaped tops below, as well as some of my favorite dark wash skinnies this season.

this entry would be incomplete without acknowledging the accessories: my studded loafers (also from zara) are officially the “most-complimented shoe in my closet” with a record of 7 compliments in 4 hours from complete strangers on this day, the first day i ever wore them. i am completely obsessed with this style, and i’ve linked you to similar shoes below. this detail looks super high end (think louboutin or giuseppe zanotti) for a super reasonable price tag. the bag is by sam edelman, which i admittedly stole (borrowed) from my mom for my trip. it’s part of the brand new fall/winter collection and it’s a super cute and roomy statement that comes with a detachable shoulder strap.

dressed up with some minimalistic jewelry, this outfit was perfect for a day out exploring chicago. i love modernizing period pieces, and i am especially loving this ‘victorian kick’ we are on. would you rock it? follow along on my instagram style journey for alerts, updates and daily style inspo!


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