Wardrobe | Back to Ol’ Bette

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Sometimes pin-pointing your personal style can be a doozy. Personally, I feel doing so is rather overrated. Just wear what you want to wear, I always say! Who cares if your wardrobe is a little schizophrenic. I’m not ashamed to say mine harbors a few crazy personalities of its own. But I’ll admit, it’s nice to know what works for your body type.

I mentioned last winter that it seems the more layers I pile on, the more 1940s I feel. It could have something to do with my appetite for Bette Davis movies, or maybe a penchant for tailored yet feminine looks. With my curves, I can’t just shlop on any old big cozy thing without looking like a marshmallow and losing any appearance of shape I might have had. So I typically will chose more structured items, like warm hats, and woolly vests- I mean, who would’ve thought I could comfortably wear a sheer blouse during an Ohio Autumn?!

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

blouse: Etsy Vintage | vest: Fab Gabs | hat: Medina Antique Mall | purse: thrifted
skirt: c/o ModCloth | gloves: UO 2010 | shoes: ASOS (they’re hiding in the grass!)

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25 Responses

  1. Kristen says:

    Hahah! Schizophrenic outfits is SO me. I don’t really have a “style”… I just wear what I like! Love it <3

  2. Rae Veda says:

    That is one of the most adorable hats I have ever seen. You look super cute. xo, rv
    http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

  3. vio says:

    you look so pretty!
    love this little bow on your blouse! :)
    http://microphoneheart.blogspot.com

  4. meli says:

    you’re beautiful

  5. becky says:

    you look absolutely stunning! i am loving the hat, also.

  6. Hannah says:

    I love the tartan waistcoat. So gorgeous :)

  7. Julia says:

    Gorgeous as always, my dear!
    xx.

  8. Arielle says:

    This outfit is amazing. The black and white picture should be framed! I bet you felt lovely :)
    -Arielle
    humblepievintage.com

  9. Monique says:

    dressing for one’s body type is key. you do this quite well…love the vest/polka combo

  10. anastasia says:

    OMG you look gorgeous.
    And I agree, generally if you go with wearing whatever you like, a unique aesthetic will arise on its own!!

  11. dena miller says:

    Amanda,
    You look lovely!!!!!
    ~~Dena

  12. steffy says:

    love the vest and fur hat! i totttalllyyy agree… having a schizo wardrobe happens to the best of us ;)
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  13. Aya says:

    That purse is AMAZING!! You look so perfectly vintage, I love it :D
    Aya ? Strawberry Koi

  14. Awmber says:

    I love this outfit! I really want a big Russian fur hat to last me the cold winter in Winnipeg, and hope I can pull it off as well as you!

  15. Lori says:

    My style is beyond schizophrenic…such an awesome way to describe it though! Gonna use that one from now on if it’s ok by you! Also, those gloves are everything-I’ve been looking for a pair like that for riding my scooter is this chilly weather!

  16. Very pretty and very chic…loves!

  17. jorjiapeach says:

    well aren’t you just darling!!

  18. Mri says:

    Oh, I really like this outfit ! :D you look great
    xxx, Mri
    http://daydreamdoodle.blogspot.com

  19. Robin says:

    I loooooooooooove the vintage feel of your look today. That fur hat, the gloves and the sheer sleeves are so glamorous! And I totally agree. My wardrobe is all over the place. I can dress professional one day, punk the next and really dolled up the next without shame. ;-)

  20. Very pretty. I can see the Bette Davis style in this, indeed.

  21. Meanz says:

    Mandi. I cannot get over your amazing style choices! You always look so amazing and retro and beautiful! :)

  22. Katherine says:

    Wonderful! I am absolutely in love with that purse; is there any information about the designer inside? I’d like to try and seek one similar to the one you have?
    ~k

  23. Mandi says:

    Hi Katherine! The purse is really lovely. Though, it’s not in the best shape. I love that the inside has a hinged mirror attached! It looks like the buckle on the front of the purse says: Lov, Taylor. Hope that helps!

  24. Katherine says:

    It’s still lovely, anyway, and maybe I’ll be able to find a purse like it.
    Thanks,
    ~k

  25. Hope says:

    I must say, I love vintage clothing, and you and I have basically the exact same body shape! It is so inspiring to see how wonderfully you can put pieces together – I can’t wait to experiment and come up with my own style! Keep at it beautiful!!