August 29, 2010

rave on

After awaiting this show all summer, the night finally arrived for Zooey Deschanel to come to Omaha. I quite like She & Him, but I love M. Ward solo and Zooey's acting and style-iconing more. Together, though, they put on quite a lovely show.

Zooey's sort of the poster girl for quirky indie chick (not my personal style, but she's still super cute). Of all the things she wears, I like her hair best. I always wanted her perfectly tousled bangs and wavy black hair (oh, wait, I have the latter part). Her personal style is undeniably vintage and sweet -- I bet she's just the kind of girl you'd want to go thrift store shopping with. She obviously has the eye for it.

Mr. Mouse Flats decided to have a cigarette.

This man is successfully donning the shoes-socks trend. 

I think vintage items are best styled in small doses, unless you want to look like a 1930s school teacher (it was called the Great Depression for a reason, y'know). An entire vintage outfit can look a little too costumey and pretty soon your personal style is out the window. Rather, vintage pieces look best tied into other items that you already have. Give them a modern twist and make them your own. The easiest is vintage jewelry or shoes. I love a vintage dress or frock with some tights and motorcycle boots, a la Alexa Chung: (well, in this case, it's Mary Jane heels)

Notice how the vintage dress does not wear her. Knowing her style, this is something she can wear seamlessly without looking like she tried too hard.

Kate Moss wears a vintage fur coat with her Minnetonka moccasin boots and denim cut-offs. What's to say? She always looks incredible. 

(Note: Vintage items are different from thrift items. An entire outfit made of thrifted clothes is not the same thing. Vintage represents a particular time, while thrift stores just sell stuff that was donated. They can have pretty much anything. Thrift store outfits are usually really sweet, but they too can look goofy in a bad way if done incorrectly. But that's for another post.)

xox, Jessica

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