Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thrifted Thursday Just A Smidge Hippie...

I would consider myself one of those people who goes through style phases.  There was the turtleneck phase in middle school, where all I would wear were turtlenecks in every possible color.  The t-shirt phase.  The flannel/grunge + Doc Martens phase (I was fairly tame with this one...).  The preppy phase. The cardigan phase.   And then the cardigan phase reborn 10 years later.  

Then there was the vest phase... my freshman year of high school, I had these retro vests I would layer over my outfits.   They were actually pretty cool because they were vintage and were handed down to me from my grandpa.  But, sadly, somewhere along the way, I lost interest in the vests and gave them away.  Hands down my biggest fashion mistake was giving away those vests.  Not only because of their sentimental value, but they fit perfectly (my grandpa is a slight man) and were the perfect combo of menswear mixed with my girly style.  I've learned my lesson.   If something goes out of style, but I still really love it, I'll hold on to a couple of my favorite items for when fashion comes full circle again.

Several weeks ago, a good friend handed down to me a denim vest.  It was way cute (AND still had the tags on!) but I wasn't sure I could pull it off nearly 20 years later.  I sort of just stashed it away in my closet until yesterday.  I looked it over and decided maybe I could pull off a modified "hippie" look with it...
vest:  GAP hand-me-down
blouse:  super old
jeans: The Limited thrifted

necklace:  gift from a friend

shoes:  Lucky Brand thrifted

It was actually fun to put together an outfit from my past with a few modern twists...and of course thrifted and free is always a winner in my book!

What about you?  Did you go through any fashion 'phases'?  Have you revisited a style from your past?


Iowa Sunshine said...

i think you pulled off the vest look, and i'm always impressed with your thrift finds! i remember the 'matching socks, matching shirt' phase in middle school ... or tightrolling jeans : )

Teri Ward said...

I love the vest--nice! In high school I went throught the alternative phase where I wore birkenstocks, flannel shirts and had orange dyed hair. I hung out at Java Joes and wrote a lot of depressing love poetry, listened to a lot of Nirvana and 10,000 maniacs, and read Kerouac. Heh heh. :)

Nicole @ one half world said...

You look cute as a hippie, Nikki! :)

Laurie J said...

you rock the hippie look :)

Mamasita said...

ok... how did i miss this??? you are too stinking cute rocking the hippie look!!! keep it up sister! i love vests - and don't own one, so now i will be on the hunt!
miss you!

Cassi Brightforest said...

I love the shoes and necklace they pull the outfit together so well