ombre with a vintage vibe


So there I was at my local thrift shop, looking for some vases, when I saw this gem of a dress. I swear, I wasn’t even clothing thrifting but this dress was just calling my name. I couldn’t believe it: a vintage ombre dress! I was so excited to try it out! Despite the fact that it’s still summer in Chicago…I’ve decided to embrace our current lack of fall and embrace the sunny days with colorful dresses. I’ve got all my tights and sweaters on stand-by in the meantime. This is my ombre (summer) dress with a vintage vibe.


 Dress: vintage via thrift (Saver’s) ($10)
Shoes: Derek Lam via TJ Maxx ($60 marked down from $350)
Belt: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from $25)

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) The dress is definitely big in the top half, but fits well in the bottom half. You know my easiest solution for a baggy top on a dress, readers: a belt! I belted the dress and called it a day. Yes, I could alter it, but honestly, it’s probably more trouble than what it’s worth; a belt on a baggy/bigger top half of a dress is almost always most easily solved with a belt. My recommendation is not to shy away from dresses that you can belt. If you are in a thrift shop and aren’t sure, go grab a belt and try on the dress with the belt! If you’re like me, you have a few belts at home that will already work.
2) Sheer dresses pretty much always call for slips, in my book. I have one slip that is a dress slip and I wear it ALL the time. This dress is lined, but the lining on the top is a little low cut for work, so with the slip dress, I felt a lot more comfortable. You really don’t need more than 2-3 slips. My recommendations are as follows: one “dress” slip (cream colored), one short slip that is a skirt, one long skirt slip. My favorite places to find them are Nordstrom Rack, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx.
It’s also time for Monthly Manis again!
These are my pure glitter and autumn nails!
Check out the other manis this month!
Kristi from Delightfully Krist
Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali
Thanks for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

15 replies to “ombre with a vintage vibe

  1. Love the ombre effect on the dress and so glad you chose to wear the belt instead of altering it. Sometimes I chose baggy tops with cinched waists for that “tiny” waist effect, which you nailed to perfection!!

  2. Oh I’m loving your ombre dress! Great idea to belt it instead of altering it. Such a pretty colour, definitely a dress you can wear well into fall!

    xo, jackie

  3. That is an amazing find! All dress gals should own a few slips in their wardrobe – I second your suggestions on where to find them!

  4. Cool, and so beautiful! I love the color change-so gradual, elegant, yet fun! When I was improvising on some fashion doodles from a book for fun, I used that technique with my coloring a bit. It makes me think of Rainbow Brite a bit-grew up in the 80’s so, it is nostalgic. I put some of my photos up on my blog (post #119). Take care and have a great weekend!-Heather

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