How To Take a Retro Dress From Day to Night by Kastle of StilettoCity.com

*Guest Post by Kastle of StilettoCity.com*

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Although life gets so busy sometimes, looking good day and night is still a priority. I find my love of retro clothing and getting the look down takes time. I’m often running late, fussing with that one troublesome pincurl or putting my red lipstick on just right. But it’s sooo worth it, especially in this day of Instagram and wanting to take photos to capture a hard-shopped and styled look. So I decided to challenge myself to take a vintage outfit from day to night just by swapping out some accessories and a couple of changes to my makeup and hair. Because there have been so many times there just weren’t enough hours in the day to go home and change!DayLook1

I started with the base – a good vintage dress. I found this one as never worn deadstock in perfect condition and I love the cut and colors. I call it my “Betty Draper dress” because it just reminds me of something the character would have worn on “Mad Men” with its prim pleats and cap sleeves.

For a day of window shopping in sunny Los Angeles, I paired my dress with some cat-eye sunglasses and a vintage basket weave purse in a pop of bright yellow. This purse actually belonged to my mom. (She has great style and saved a lot of her – now retro – clothes, lucky me!)

DayLook5I grabbed a denim jacket to take with because the wind can be chilly even on a warm day in Los Angeles, and some places blast the AC to Arctic temperatures inside. I added a set of gold earrings with matching brooch that I picked up for under $5 at a garage sale by a girl who used to run a vintage shop – score!

DayLook4For shoes, I reached for my brocade, black, Mary Jane flats I purchased at Viva Las Vegas one year when I brought the world’s most painful shoes! They’ve been my go to walking shoes ever since and are great for logging some blocks while shopping.

DayLook6I did my hair in classic victory rolls with loose curls at the bottom and did my makeup with a soft petal pink lipstick.

DayLook2 DayLook3When the sun went down, it was time to add a little drama to my look for a night out outfit. I pulled a few accessories that were easy enough to fit in a tote bag I could keep in my car or at work for a quick switch-out in a ladies room.

First thing I did was put my hair up in the back. I kept the victory rolls and just used a few hair pins to tuck my loose curls into a French twist. I updated my makeup look with a classic red lipstick.

NightLook3 NightLook2To add some glamour for nighttime, I slipped on a rhinestone, sparkle star hair comb from Pinup Girl Clothing and some rhinestone drop earrings to match. Then I paired that with silver metallic accessories – a silver evening bag and silver spring-o-lator style shoes.

NightLook4Then nothing says drama like a fluffy fur collar and gloves so I popped on my faux fur, cropped jacket and black evening gloves. Neither are vintage but they have the right look, especially when paired with an authentic vintage dress, and are perfect for a dressy night out.

NightLook1Then just strike a pose and wait for your date to arrive!

Hope this helps you with some ideas to take your vintage and retro clothing from day to night with a few portable accessories. Let me know what you do to go from a day to night look when you don’t have time to go home and change.

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For more outfit ideas and where to wear them in Los Angeles, check out Kastle’s blog! http://www.stilettocity.com

Spring Wardrobe Refresher by Morgan Gray

The snow may not be gone, but I have a definite case of Spring Fever! Since I can’t enjoy the outdoors yet, I have to channel all that energy into something. This week I decided to focus on cleaning out my closet and getting my wardrobe ready for spring, while also deciding what to let go of and donate.

It’s amazing what happens in winter; somehow my collection of coats, mittens and scarves always grows no matter how complete I felt it was before winter. My wardrobe also tends to run drastically darker in winter so I really need to take the time to make that closet changeover to spring colors. While browsing pin boards for inspiration, I came across this handy checklist from RedEnvelope that really got me inspired to get going.

closetpicStart by collecting coats and the accessories that match them. For example, with my deep green, down coat, I always wear a cream-colored infinity scarf and matching gloves. For my military style gray wool coat, I wear sleek black gloves, a black scarf and black winter hat. Gather each coat and place the accompanying accessories with it, place them in a garment bag, then box them in large totes for storage. Check for wear that might need to be repaired before putting them in storage.

Seasonal changes are also the time to pull out the jar of buttons. We all have one: the place where we put the extra buttons that we get with each garment. I have this handy when I’m making wardrobe changes because this is the time when you’re seeing the majority of your clothes. Even though I work hard to keep my clothing in top condition, sometimes a missing button or a seam coming unstitched makes it past me. This way, you can catch it before you start wearing it again and get all your items repaired at once.

Woman looking through closetYour basic pieces can always stay and should be appropriate for all seasons, but if it’s a heavy, warm fabric, has fleece or faux fur, or is a tightly woven sweater, it almost always gets checked for damage, folded and stored. Spring is about bright colors, warmer weather, and visually and physically removing yourself from winter. If I have two pieces that are similar, I will always place the darker color one in storage to force myself into the brighter colors of spring!

Move on to accessories. I have so many scarves that I have to really rotate them for seasons. Again, dark colors and winter fabrics get added to the storage box while I fill my scarf hanger with bright colors and light fabrics. I also check my tights and stockings at this point. I can start incorporating lighter weaves instead of the heavy winter tights I need in cold weather. I usually check out my leggings too, since they are a great way to bring some bright color to an outfit. I take measure of what colors I have and what I will need for spring.

Finally, footwear. As much as I love winter boots, by spring I can’t wait to get back in heels and cute shoes. I always am careful to clean my boots of any residual road salt and to do a leather treatment before I store them. If I keep any pairs for spring, the focus is on fashion rather than function.

Hope this helps you with your closet cleanout!

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A huge thank you to Morgan for guest posting on Pin Up Persuasion and sharing her very helpful tips on how to spring clean our cluttered wardrobes.