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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
For those of you who don't know me, I'm Jana, from Small Town, BIG SMILE! When June & Amelia approached me to do a guest post, I was flattered. I’ve been following these two stylish gals on Instagram for some time now, swooning over their impeccable vintage style. When they decided to start a blog, I was so excited to get to know them in more than just a ‘photo’ post, as is Instagram. Thanks to June, I’ve become acquainted, and quickly addicted, to Bernie Dexter dresses. This is the inspiration of my post today.
My go-to look with all of my Bernie Dexter dresses is either bare-leg, or seam-back pantyhose. I think this keeps the style of the dress very classic and true-to-vintage styled. Especially with the back-seam. While on some cold days I’ve actually gone to the extreme of doubling up and wearing two pairs of pantyhose, it’s not always the most practical option (or the most comfortable).
On the colder days, I turn to tights. I begin my winter styling by looking in my tights-drawer (which is actually a vintage storage box for a record player) for some complimentary colour options. Once I have those selected, I narrow it down by which I think will look best with the colour-scheme. In this instance, because the dress is so colourful and patterned, I chose to exclude the more colourful options of the red or mustard. The red may actually go very nicely with a cardigan button overtop of the dress, but that’s for another day.
The dilemma I run into with full-circle skirts is that they can feel visually heavy when paired with dark tights. A way to balance this is to wear a higher heeled shoe, or to throw a cardigan on the top that matches the tights. This also gives the outfit a more casual feel.
While black can seem like the logical, neutral option, in this instance, I personally find it gives that ‘heavy’ feel that I mentioned… Also, because there’s no black in the dress, it tends to stand out quite and not really compliment the dress. For this reason, I prefer the brown. It blends better with the dress, and keeps the focus on the dress itself.
I hope this post helps to eliminate lots of trial-and-error of attempting to wear these swing dresses in the winter! I definitely would have found a post like this handy when I first started to wear them, so I’m hoping you will too.
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