vintage vibe


Maybe it’s the wide leg jeans, or the wooden clogs, but this outfit was feeling totally vintage to me. In my ongoing efforts to take my own blog photos, I shot these photos with my trusty tripod and bluetooth (not so vintage) remote during a hazy evening outside of Chicago. This is the first group of photos I shot and wasn’t covered in mosquito bites after the photos, so maybe I’m getting the hang of it. Mosquito-bite free and totally vibing on vintage.


Top: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $50)

Lace blazer: thrift ($4)

Pants: Banana Republic ($35 marked down from $90)

Shoes: Coach (consignment $30, retail for around $150)

Turquoise bracelet: Banana Republic (approx $10 marked down from approx $60, hard to remember!)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I used to not be able to wear jeans to work, but now that I can, I got a couple pairs of “trouser jeans” that are still office appropriate without being too casual. It was way harder than I thought it would be to find trouser jeans, because skinny jeans are so popular right now! But, good old Banana Republic had some great pairs. If you are looking for trouser jeans, look for a wide leg, dark wash with no brushing, dark stitching, and slit versus paneled pockets. The pair featured here are actually denim and linen mixed with a great wide leg and belt. I just found them, so if you are in the market, look both in the clearance and regular priced items at Banana Republic.

2) I’ve gotten a few comments about taking my own photos so far, with others saying that they would like to do the same. My top tips are as follows: grab a cheap tripod (mine was less than $20 on Amazon), a bluetooth remote for your phone or camera (remote was less than $10), and you’re ready to go! I use my iPhone (and always have) for my entire blog, and find the quality to be great. My most important tip? (at least for me!) I like taking my photos without other people around. I mean, it’s a little awkward to have people watching you take photos of yourself, especially when you’re not totally sure what you’re doing (like me). I like parking lots and other spaces early in the morning and at dusk, which tend to have just a few people around, and then I don’t feel rushed to take my photos and run away! 

Anyone else finding trouser jeans in other stores? Taking their own blog photos? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

17 replies to “vintage vibe

  1. I used to wear shoes like that!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE those shoes, Melissa!! How I wish I could still wear them! *sighs deeply* I didn’t know how good I had it when I had youth. ❤

  2. ooh, that top is soooo “silverain”! 😀 love it, and i love how you matched it with your super gorgeous Coach shoes. i just can’t get over the crazy cheap price of the shoes. again. *shakes head.*

  3. Haaaa! Feels so good to be back in your blog! ❤️🎀❤️ I love wide legged trousers but I avoid them because I feel the short and plump (aka me!) can’t quite pull it off!! That true? Love the pictures you’ve taken on your own! Are you telling me even all your past blog photos have been taken in an iPhone? Wow! Can you share your editing tips and tricks with us 😍😃😍

    1. YES! I take all of my photos with my iPhone, including everything from the past posts as well- I actually only use Instagram for my edits, which might be hard to believe- but I like how easy it is to edit on the iPhone, sync to Instagram, and then just post through the WordPress app!!

      And side note- I’m not very tall either!! I just wear heels when I wear wide leg pants to help with the illusion of length :)!! XO

  4. Those trouser jeans look super comfortable and I love how you style them. Again your ability to find amazing bargains and great things is so mind blowing.

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