Category Archives: Clothing Reviews

That LBD (Little Black Dress)

By Destinee Hodge

So on my visit to Feathers Boutique  I came across a fabulous black dress that I was sorry to leave behind.

I think that I should start by saying that this gorgeous dress was on the 50% off rack and costed a grand total of $24 dollars. Yes, you read correctly. I didn’t know what to do with myself either. Honestly, the only thing that prevented me from walking out with it was the fact that it wasn’t my size. You better go pick it up before I get on the Dukan diet and get it tomorrow. But seriously, I think it’s a great price for a quality piece.

As far as the dress itself, the intricacy was what really made it a knock out. Look at the bust area. The criss-crossed neck with ruffle-type detailing is perfection.  And you’re not seeing things, there is indeed a charcoal gray stripe on the left side (your right side) of the dress. I guess you could go ahead and sue me now for false advertising (i.e. it’s not entirely black). However, it definitely works as a go-to piece for everything from an evening wedding to a glitzy cocktail party. Also, to reference my aims last week again, this would also work well as a staple for your graduation party season. You could pair this with a pair of strappy heels and you would be all set. Check out my review on Feathers Boutique for more information.

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Splendor Skirt

This is the skirt I ended up buying from Splendor after much deliberation. I found plenty of things that I wanted, but I only allowed myself to try on maxi skirts and a few belts. I felt inspired after seeing Stephanie, the owner, wearing hers. If I don’t limit myself to only one type of clothing item, I’ll go crazy and try on the whole store. Oh, the dangers of awesome vintage stores.

I have worn this skirt twice already since I bought it Friday. I immediately changed into it as soon as I arrived home. Then, I wore it again to work the next day. It’s made of lightweight cotton gauze so it’s super comfortable and perfect for the summer heat.

I decided to keep the rest of my outfit simple by pairing the skirt with a solid top. Then, I added a yellow headband, brown belt, and beige sandals to tie it all together.  Although I kept it simple at first, I can definitely see this skirt with some bold accessories next time.

Sequin Silhouette

By Destinee Hodge

So on my visit to Prototype Vintage Design I was looking around for something that might be  good for the graduation party season. I along with so many of my friends will be celebrating success and will be looking for dresses for various outings. In perusing the racks, I saw an absolutely adorable sequin dress that would be amazingly versatile (perfect if you want to recycle a main piece for your looks).

Let’s talk about the fabulous detailing of the dress first. The layers of color ranging from black to pink make it not only more interesting but useful for many different outfits. You can think about pairing it with a nice blazer or  leggings depending on how formal the event is. Your shoe options with this dress are also infinite.  You could pair it with a great pair of boots or stilettos depending on the length of your night.

The dress was $68, not exactly on my “most affordable” list but definitely on my wish list.  Besides, if you plan on using the dress for multiple different outfits, it would definitely be a wise purchase.

Another detail that I really like about this dress is the bow tied around the waist. It adds definition without making the dress too busy. One word of caution with sequins is that they aren’t daytime friendly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen women wearing full-on sequin dresses during the day. It’s absolutely blinding to passers-by so make sure to stay considerate and leave these gorgeous pieces for the night time!

On the Street: Animal Kingdom

By Natalie Garza

Meet Jackie Kennedy, a stylish student teacher. She looks professional and pulled together with just the right accessories. At first glance, you might miss the animals around her waist, but it’s definitely worth a closer look!

Jackie got this fun belt at Goodwill for only $3. It was the perfect addition to her wardrobe because a) Jackie adores animals and b) she just recently realized how useful belts could be in creating an outfit. Using a small, unique accessory is the easiest way to make an outfit more interesting. Jackie also knew that this belt would come in handy when she becomes an elementary school teacher.

“Kids love anything related to animals,” Jackie said.

This belt can be worn with a variety of outfits because it’s a neutral brown color. Jackie wore it for student teaching with a white button down, Forever 21 skirt, and Bakers shoes.

Summer and Spring are a Hogwild Thing: Dress & Jumpsuit Review

By Destinee Hodge

On my visit to Hog Wild Vintage I had a ball. Not only was there a wide selection of clothes to choose from, but they were all so well priced.  Before I could even get inside I was held-up by the sales racks outside the store. One rack had half-off items and the other had clearance clothing. Items for both men and women were included on the racks.

Sales Rack

I think that is an important tidbit since many of my guy friends are always complaining that they can never find men’s clothes as cheap as women can. Perhaps they should go vintage shopping a little more often. I think I should also mention that when I say clearance, I mean clearance. They had tops as cheap as $3 or $5 on the racks outside.

60s jumpsuit- $8

There were two items that really popped out as I perused the racks both inside an out. I was looking for clothes that would work for weather that we’re currently facing here in Austin. Both this 60s jumpsuit and 70s dress fit the bill perfectly. Not only are they exceptionally priced, (and for a bargain hunter like myself, that’s all-important) but they are in great condition.

From my experience, by the time clothes hit the clearance rack, they’re pretty much the worst of the worst. Save for a stain on the dress, both were in great condition. I think both items would be great for a day out on the town (especially if they’re coupled with a nice belt).

70s Dress- $12.50

On the Street: Vintage-Inspired Shoes

By Natalie Garza

A modern woman's shoe with vintage influences. Photo by Natalie Garza

When I saw these shoes on Jiwon Kim, a journalism student at UT Austin, I just had to ask her where she got them. Jiwon bought them in a store in Seoul, Korea, which is unfortunate for me because I could totally see myself wearing these mid-heeled oxfords. I can’t seem to be able to find a similar pair online. The shoelaces are ribbon, which gives them a nice feminine touch. They are the perfect shade of cognac, a color that is often hard to get just right on shoes.

Oxfords were a popular shoe style for men in the late 1800’s. They became popular for women in the mid-1900s as black and white saddle shoes to wear with poodle skirts. They’ve made a comeback in the last few years as a casual option for women. I own a pair of brown oxfords, but they are much more casual than Jiwon’s version. I’m definitely keeping an eye out for a pair like hers.

New Bohemia: Prom and Party Dresses 2011

By Pauline Lee

Photo by Pauline Lee

Looking for a dress to wear at prom this year? New Bohemia has it all!

Dress 1:

Photo by Pauline Lee

Style: 20s
Price: $42.00
Size: One-size
Description: Draped shoulders

Dress 2:

Photo by Pauline Lee

Style: 80s
Price: $58.00
Size: Medium (B: 38″ and W: 32″)
Description: Purple sequin

Dress 3:

Photo by Pauline Lee

Style: 90s
Price: $45.00
Size: Medium
Description: Strapless dress; textured poly top; double ruffle skirt