Hi, I’m Emily of Thoroughly Modern Emily, and I’m pleased as punch to be filling in for Jessica here at Pinup Persuasion! This is one of the very first blogs I discovered when I began my retro style journey, and I spent many a night binge-reading the archives here until the wee hours. Fun fact: the first time I ever saw a Bernie Dexter dress was on this very blog. Seeing as I’m 5’2” if we’re being generous, I love seeing how the lovely clothes I’m eyeing look on Jessica!
If we ever met in real life, here’s what you’d know about me within the first ten minutes: I haven’t worn pants in approximately two years, I’m the world’s biggest Star Wars fan, and I have very strong feelings about everything. Everything. Oh, and I am constantly in need of a haircut.
One of my favorite things to do on my own blog is a series of ‘One Piece, Three Ways’ posts, so that’s what I’ve decided to share with you today! I’m totally obsessed with fruit prints, especially watermelon (which I also love to eat) and strawberry (which I do not love to eat at all), so when I saw this skirt for the first time, I absolutely lost my mind over it. I believe I left a mostly incoherent excited-keyboard-mash/“where did you get this I NEED IT” comment on a friend’s Instagram account, and she kindly directed me to Unique Vintage. It was on backorder (still is, in fact). I bought it anyway.
When it finally arrived about two weeks ago, I knew it deserved its very own three-ways post! It’s vibrant and full, with nice deep pockets and a big covered button at the waistband. On my 5’2ish frame, it hits just below the knee, which is my favorite length for skirts and dresses. It was so easy to think up fun outfits for this amazing piece.
This is probably my favorite of the three outfits, which is a bit of a surprise, since I spent almost a decade of my life wearing head-to-toe black. Since I moved to Chicago from sunny Southern California, though, I’ve discovered that colors are basically the best thing ever. This outfit definitely encapsulates the direction I’ve been heading in, style-wise: there are lots of bright colors working harmoniously together to make me happy!
This outfit also gave me the perfect excuse to bust out one of my all-time favorite brooches from my all-time favorite brooch maker: this Star Wars TV from Atomic Lucite! I’ve written about Atomic Lucite on my blog, but since writing that post, I’ve acquired a zillion more of their beautiful pieces and another jewelry box to hold them all. I now have a Snape TV brooch (all the feels), a lightsaber-duel TV, and a custom-order Jon Stewart TV, and every time I wear them, I spend most of the day looking down at them and grinning. But I digress.
Top and Cardigan: Forever 21, from ages ago.
Belt: Modcloth (available in grey)
Purse: Pinup Girl Clothing, restocking soon!
Shoes: Steve Madden Brooch: Atomic Lucite
I’m gonna be honest with you: I almost tossed this gingham shirt from H&M in the Great Move of 2015. The only reason I didn’t was the serious sentimental value of hanging on to something I wore nonstop in college. When this skirt arrived, though, this shirt found a reason to live again. Paired with a wide belt, my favorite black-and-white purse, these silver flats, and my direwolf brooch (!!!), this skirt is ready for summer festivals in Millennium Park and picnics on Lake Michigan.
Top: H&M, a long time ago in a mall far, far away
Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing, secondhand Brooch: Atomic Lucite
Shoes: Ross Dress For Less
Purse: Banana Republic
My final outfit is perfect for a night out, and as a bonus, it’s full of polka-dotty goodness! This top also narrowly survived my pre-move closet cleanout, and once again, I’m not sure what made me think I could possibly live without it! I happened to see this Disney castle brooch on JollyHollieday’s Instagram and immediately snapped it up. The pink and green work well with the hues of the skirt, and since Disneyland is a special place to my fiancé and me, I’d wear this brooch for a night out and take a stroll down memory lane.
Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing Brooch: JollyHollieday
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Now that you’ve seen them all, which outfit is your favorite? I’ve got a bonus outfit featuring this skirt on my blog today, and I’d love to hear what you think of it! It’s been an honor to write for you all, and I hope to see you on Instagram (I’m @emily.hallock), Facebook, or over on my blog!