Warm, Rich Colour and Soft Fabrics…
I actually picked up this dress from my favourite pre-loved clothing store in Wollongong before the dreaded C-19 but only got around to wearing it out to dinner a couple of weeks ago!
Although many restrictions have been lifted here in the state of New South Wales, Australia, we have been careful about getting about and have actually gotten a bit out of the habit of going out – have you been finding this is the case where you are?
Anyway, so to go to our favourite restaurant I felt this dress was perfect with its rich rosy colours and gorgeous softness of the velveteen – so sensual and feminine!
Three Ways To Style Old As New!
Firstly: Colour, Print and Cut…
First thing I do to keep my pre-loved finds current is to buy them in a colour palette, print and cut that is popular here and now. A classic never dates!!
This colour of burgundy, rose, berry is being seen everywhere this winter and quite frankly it’s a colour that tends not to date.
The print of the dress is a muted and modern floral and it encases the figure smoothly with it being a classic sheath. The sweetheart neckline is pretty and flattering all at once so that my little red necklace was set off perfectly and the sheer sleeves take the dress from day to evening.
Secondly: Fun, Current and Edgy Accessories…
The second thing I do to make a pre-loved find current is to add some fun and edgy accessories.
Added to this pretty look was the soft velvety cropped faux fur jacket, textured burgundy tights a fun, sparkly bag, cool red sunnies and high-heeled suede boots. Such additions give a current and fun look to “an old dress” whereas skin tone hose, boring pumps and so on could make the outfit look outdated.
I debated whether to wear a cropped black or burgundy leather jacket, but as I was styling a more glamourous look I went for the faux fur, although the leather would definitely give a nice edgy appearance and maybe even make it more current – it’s definitely a case of horses for courses!
Thirdly: A Bit of ‘tude!
The third thing that I recommend to make a pre-loved item current is to wear some attitude!! A big smile, good posture and plenty of confidence goes a long way.
I can assure you that I get a bit of side-eye, getting about remote regional and rural Australia always dressed to a certain standard in all manner of eclectic ways but it’s remarkable how many people comment favourably and warmly and in fact my style is frequently a conversation starter and ice breaker!!
No matter what your style, the important thing is to own it and wear it with oomph and to make no apologies and take no prisoners!!
Fashion can be another way in which we communicate with the world, so why not let it see you and hear you?
So get out there and show the world how fabulous you are and be proud that you’re helping the planet in some small way by wearing a pre-loved gem …. or not!!
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