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how to make vintage clothing work for you... 17 Sep 2013

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

I have always loved the idea of vintage clothes because it's a great way to incorporate unique pieces into your wardrobe that you can't find just anywhere. But it took me many years of buying vintage (and not wearing the vintage pieces I bought) to realize that I just don't have the body type for vintage clothes. I have some friends (like Bri and Jen) who can wear it so well right off the rack. But vintage always tends to be too large or too small on me in certain areas. So, I finally figured out that if I really love a piece, I can make most of them work with easy alterations. A simple hem, cut of the sleeve, or taking in here and there, and it's instantly so much better...

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

Outfit 1: I loved the pattern on this skirt the instant I saw it, but it felt a little too formal with its length. By hemming the skirt just a few inches above the knee, it became more playful. Paired with a casual tee and jacket, the skirt is now the star of the outfit.

{Vintage skirt from Salvage Life, tee from Madewell (past season), denim jacket by Citizens of Humanity, vintage belt, shoes by Anthropologie}

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

Outfit 2: I'm telling you, these vintage patterns get me every time. This skirt was clearly way too big when I bought it, but the pleats and the pattern won me over. By simply shortening it (just above the knee is my favorite length) and bringing it in an inch on the sides, the skirt now fits like a glove.

{Vintage skirt from Salvage Life, chambray tee by Crewcuts (past season), vintage belt, shoes by Anthropologie.}

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

Outfit 3: The color of this skirt just blew my mind! It was way too long and had frumpy written all over it, but I knew I could make it work. I kept the length a little longer here to fall just below the knee, and now it's a flirty skirt that can be dressed up or dressed down.

{Vintage skirt from Arsenic Kitty, top by Boden, jacket from Anthropologie, vintage shoes.}

Oh Joy | How to Make Vintage Work for You

Outfit 4: This top screamed out my name with its fruity print and blast of color. But the fit was much less desirable. It felt too poufy as a long-sleeved top, so I decided to have the sleeves cut into a simple short-sleeve blouse and the sides brought in a bit. Now, it's a top with a summery punch of color that I'll love for years to come.

{Vintage blouse from Wear It Well Vintage, shorts by Whit (past season), sandals by Kate Spade (past season).}

All of a sudden, these frumpy pieces with patterns and colors that I love turned into well-tailored pieces I can actually wear. So I encourage you to think twice when you see a piece that isn't quite right. I spent about $15-20 on each of these alterations at my local dry cleaner. If the changes are pretty simple with a shortening of the hem, sleeves, or sides (and not major repairs), it's so worth having a great piece that's totally unique and totally you!

{Photos by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}

what to wear to a black tie wedding... 3 Sep 2013

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Next month, Bob and I are celebrating the marriage of our good friends at their intimate black tie wedding in Los Angeles. It's a pretty rare occasion when I get to dress up that fancy, so I've been trying to figure out what to wear. I know I don't want to do the classic black dress, but I'm torn between "pretty and romantic" or "glamorous and offbeat". Getting a new dress is always the priciest part of going to a wedding, so I think the accessories should be pieces you can wear again and again for other occasions as well. What do you guys think? Which one look should I go with?

Pretty and romanticAnthropologie pouch, Kate Spade bangle, Joanna August wrap dress, Nine West gold heels.

Glam and offbeatParis House coin purse, Kate Spade prince charming studs, Aidan Mattox dress, Ted Baker heels. 

my {60's} uniform... 29 Aug 2012

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I've always had a thing for 60's style and love incorporating it in a modern way. Whether totally casual to meet up with friends for lunch or a little dressier for a night out with my guy, the 60's thing just adds a little swing to my step! — Bri

{Hanging out: (top to bottom): A.P.C. heart tee, Modcloth yellow scarf, Modcloth coral scarf, AG skinny jeans, Shopbop flats. Out Dancing (top to bottom): Topshop shift dress, Marni earrings, Anthropologie tights, J.Crew pumps.}

my {park} uniform... 8 Aug 2012

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I may not have a little one just yet, but this would be a fun outfit for when I babysit Ruby for the day and take her for an adventure in the park. We can be all matchy-matchy with our graphic prints and coral kicks! — Bri

{For Me (top to bottom): Terrain tote, Zoe Karssen sweatshirt, J.Crew shorts, Cole Haan slippers. Little One (top to bottom): Blabla kids backpack, Polarn O. Pyret sun hat, French Blossom jumper, Zara sandals.}

my {road trip} uniform... 25 Jul 2012

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I have been itching to pack a small bag and hit the road for the weekend, so I'm planning a little trip to Big Sur, California. I'm going to leave the heels at home this time and pack a couple of carefree colorful outfits {and maybe a sequin skirt} for a date night out! — Bri

{On the road (top to bottom): J.Crew overnight bag, Steven Alan tee, Mara Hoffman shorts, K Jacques St Tropez metallic sandalsSummer nights (top to bottom): Scotch Naturals nail polish, Romwe sweater, Topshop sequin skirt, Madewell flats.}

my {pajamas} uniform... 11 Jul 2012

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Like any daytime outfit, it's fun to have options for nighttime too. You might be in the mood to lounge around in comfy pants and colorful socks watching movies OR you might be feeling extra girly and want to sass it up in a pretty lingerie set with a light and silky robe...sleep tight! — Bri

{Sassy (top to bottom): Shopbop sleep mask, Topshop bra & underwearDessous robe. Comfy (top to bottom): Women'secret t-shirt, By Langley pants, Pantone socks.}

my {4th of july bbq} uniform... 27 Jun 2012

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My favorite kind of 4th of July party is hanging out by the pool, eating summer fruit and other finger foods, and enjoying a good fireworks show. It's always a great time to relax and enjoy the company of loved ones. So, I'll be keepin' it casual in a pair of festive shorts and a striped tank—and hopefully my boyfriend snags those awesome swim trunks!

Happy {upcoming} 4th!Bri

{Lady (top to bottom): Sophomore tank, Current/Elliott shorts, Toast bucket bag, Anthropologie sandals. Guy (top to bottom): Ray Ban sunglasses, Mr. Porter swimsuit, Wings + Horns striped henley, Vans sneakers.}

my {birthday party} uniform... 13 Jun 2012

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I recently attended and hosted a birthday party for friends, both of which require something fun and festive. If I'm attending a summer birthday party, I like to keep it casual with lightweight shorts and a cute patterned top {you don't want to outshine the birthday guy or gal on their special day!}

But if I am hosting the party, I like to kick it up a notch and get a little 50's with it—perhaps, a bright manicure and a polka dot dress? And, since you'll be running all around making sure everyone is happy, comfortable sandals that are still a little fancy are kind of a must! Bri

{Guest (top to bottom): Topshop bracelets, Kelly Wearstler top, J.crew linen shorts, Loeffler Randall clogs. Hostess (top to bottom): Essie nail polish, Marimekko dress, Anthropologie apron, Madewell metallic sandals.}

my {power meeting} uniform... 30 May 2012

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Joy and I are both freelancers which means our meetings might be a 9am phone conference in our pajamas, a 12 noon brunch, or at 5:30pm for cocktails before sunset—no day is ever the same.

I like to show my personality when I first meet a client, so that means most likely I'll be wearing bright and punchy colors. My version of a power meeting outfit shows that you can still look professional while mixing colors and patterns in a fun, yet sophisticated way...  Bri

{Dinner (top to bottom): Michael Kors watch, H&M dress, Etsy iPad case, Kate Spade Heels. Brunch (top to bottom)Elva Fields necklace, J.crew t-shirt, Topshop blazer, Anthropologie colored denim, Shoemint flats.}

my {tropical} uniform... 16 May 2012

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We're switching things up a bit over here at Oh Joy and have decided to bring the "Closet & Casa" series to a close. We've featured some amazing creatives and loved seeing their favorite items over the last year and a half. And now we're ready to change it up a bit. Bri will still be here on Wednesdays now with "My Uniform". Inspired by My Daily Uniform post, she'll be composing two outfits she'd wear for various occasions, themes, or destinations. We hope you like it! — Joy

I was just on a much-needed mini vacation in Mexico, and it was fun to switch up my normal style routine with some more festive options.

During the day, we walked around and shopped or headed to the beach, and I wore a pair of striped shorts & colorful flat shoes. It was so hot that all I needed was a sheer white top over my swimsuit.

In the evenings, these wide-leg white pants with a beaded top made a perfect dinner outfit. The patterned head scarf and yellow heels make the look more playful. Bri

{Beach (top to bottom): The Row sunglasses, Anthropologie sheer white top, Azzaro swimsuit, Topshop striped shorts and Osborn sandals. Evening (top to bottom): Topshop head scarf, Rebecca Taylor silk camisole, Altuzarra white pants and Madewell yellow wooden heels.}

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