OOTD: My Favorite Spring Staples

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Today I am sharing an outfit that reminds me of summers in Martha’s Vineyard.  Back in April, I decided to shoot this look in one of the most beautiful places in New York City during Spring: Washington Square Park.  You can see the famous arch that sits at the northern side of the park in the background of many of these photos.  Washington Square Park marks the entrance to the lively neighborhoods of lower Manhattan and is one of my favorite NYC landmarks.

Last week, I shared a Mod OOTD made up of a combination of all of my favorite things in my closet.  (You can check out that adorable summer OOTD HERE.)  Similarly, todays outfit is a combination of all of my favorite spring/summer staples: a blue pin-stripe oxford blouse, a ruffled full skirt, a straw hat, and embellished ballet slippers.  Starting from the top, the first of my favorite spring/summer staples is my vintage straw hat. There’s nothing like a straw hat on a summer day.  The vintage version I chose for today is adorable worn both at a tilt, like I am wearing it today, or centered at the back of the head.  Next, nothing screams, “It’s Spring!”, like a blue pin-stripe oxford.  For men and women alike, this is one of the most timeless spring staples for your wardrobe.  I paired my pin-striped oxford with another of my favorites: a ruffled, full skirt.  By folding the bodice under and zipping up to the waist, I converted a 1950’s tulle prom dress into a ruffled full skirt.  This dress looks like it straight out of the prom scene in the movie Grease where all of the couples compete in a dance contest.  To ensure the waist stayed cinched, I belted it with a tan, high-waisted belt.  Lastly, a “Favorites List” of mine would not be complete without something from the 1960’s; my embellished ballet flats fit that bill perfectly.  In fact, they are reminiscent of my favorite 1960’s style icon: Audrey Hepburn.  I love how the gold embellishments and steel-toe give the entire outfit a rich, luxurious feel.

I would be remiss not to mention the gorgeous vintage cloisonné set I am wearing from the 1940’s.  Cloisonné refers to a technique typical of that time period where jewelry and dinner wear were decorated by painting with vitreous enamel.  I paired the earring and chocker set with several pastel enamel bracelets from Moscow.

Outfit Details:

Shirt: Zara

Blouse: Vintage circa 1950’s

Hat: Vintage circa 1930’s

Belt: Unknown

Cloisonné Set (Necklace/Earrings): Vintage circa 1940’s

Bracelets: Unknown from Moscow

Ballet Flats: Miu Miu

Credits:

Photography by: Ashleigh Cuty

Styling by: Karen Weaver www.Ginger-Snap.com

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