The (flower) Power Suit: Part 1

I love me an 80s themed party. There’s just something inherently fun about getting decked out in the most ridiculous fashion (leg warmers, stirrup pants, Members Only jackets – pick your poison) and dancing to Madonna and The Cure that gets me pumped up.

For these reasons, I have a love/hate relationship with vintage fashion from this decade. I love it because some of the silhouettes from the 1980s are borrowed from the 1940s. I hate it because everything else is…quite “interesting” looking, to say the least.

Luckily for all you 80s fashion lovers out there, I found myself with feelings of love when I purchased this silk flower power suit (for only $6!). I fell in love with the brightly colored pattern; it looks almost like flower camouflage. Although this suit is like, totally 80s, I was able to overlook it after I detached the shoulder pads. Originally a double-breasted jacket, I removed the second row of buttons to give it an asymmetrical flair. I enjoy the subtle side peplum on the jacket, which is a 1940s silhouette. And who doesn’t love a pencil skirt? Certainly not I.

I pity the fool who wears a suit as a…..suit.

Happy April Fools’ Day! Did you really think I would wear this ensemble as it was meant to be worn? Stay tuned if you want to see how I wear these as separates.

Red + Green Holidaze

There’s an elephant in the room and it isn’t white. Because white shouldn’t be worn after Labor Day, duh.

If you’re wondering what to wear to that white elephant party, look no further than your Christmas tree. The red, green, and sparkle that are associated with the holiday’s décor can be applied to your outfits as well. This is the only time of year that you can pull off these color combinations while being appropriately called the Grinch, Santa, or a Ho (ho ho). I’ve been nice and naughty; may I have hot coal with that?

Red and green can be effectively worn together with careful accessorizing. I cheated with this awesome 80s dress that has pops of bright red roses with olive green foliage, purchased at Salvation Army during one of their regular weekend sales (50% off all clothes!). All it needed was some TLC: I removed the shoulder pads, reinforced the buttons, washed, and pressed it. I didn’t think my outfit screamed Christmas until someone at work exclaimed, “What a great holiday dress!”

This dress is an example of 1980’s “power dressing.” As more women started to enter the work force in that decade, the emergence of shoulder pads became in vogue in order for women to feel equal to their male counterparts. The rise in shoulder pad popularity correlates with women’s increasing role in the work place, as evidenced in the 1940s war era as well. In fact, some fads synonymous with 1980s fashion can be traced back to the 1940s.

To soften the power-dress look and stay warm in the frosty weather, I added a vintage knit sweater cape with gold detail buttons that I found at Mercy Vintage. As there are no visible tags, I can only imagine it was lovingly knit by some adorable granny in her rocking chair with a pet cat named Sylvester at her feet. I completed the look with herringbone fishnets and a pair of high platform peep-toe pumps with rhinestone details to keep the outfit from looking dated. All I am missing is a poinsettia or mistletoe brooch on my cape.

Santa, I hope I don’t get stuck with a shake weight this year.

The Grinch