Pack Lightly and Still be Ready for Every Occasion? Here’s How

What’s the least you can pack and still be prepared for every occasion on your summer vacation?  That is the annual rhetorical question.  We are firm believers in the 5-4-3-2-1 packing rule.  It sounds simple, and it really is.  For any two week vacation, whether you are relaxing in the tropics, or sightseeing in Europe, all you need is 22 items.  I know it sounds crazy, but it really works, and it’s all in the planning.  Just pick separates that you can mix and match, in a variety of coordinated colors and levels of dress, and you’ll be ready for any event, planned or unplanned!

5.4.3.2.1. packing guidePack 5 tops:

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 5.20.51 PMDon’t forget to include a loose fitting silk top, a cardigan for chilly weather and airports, and a top for evening outgoing.

Pack 4 bottoms:

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 5.21.54 PM Include comfy shorts, skirts that you can mix and match with your tops, and jeans for when it gets cooler in the evenings, or in air conditioning.

Pack 3 dresses and 3 pairs of shoes:

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 5.22.05 PMJersey dresses are perfect.  Why?  See last weeks blog post. And make sure to include one dress that will work as  a cover-up dress for sunny beach day.

I know it may come as a shock, but you only need 3 pairs of shoes, a comfortable pair that you can walk all day in, sandals for the beach/pool/spa, and a pair of shoes for evening.  Heels are probably the first thing that come to mind, but bejeweled or metallic flats may be a better choice depending on your location, and how much walking you plan on doing.

Pack 2 bags and 2 bathing suits:

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 5.22.17 PMOne bigger handbag for day trips so that you can bring all of your things with you, and one smaller purse for evenings, just for the essentials.

There’s nothing worse than putting on a wet bathing suit, so a second bathing suit comes in handy. You will also want to vary your tan lines so they don’t show too much with your many outfits!

Pack 1 Hat,1 sunglasses, and 1 scarf:

Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 5.22.26 PMA rafia straw summer hat with wide brim is perfect for keeping the sun off your face.

Sunglasses, enough said

Scarves can be worn in your hair, around your neck, or on your handbag to add some color and diversity to your look.

Now just stack it all in a suitcase, and you’re ready to go!

Summer Travels? Be Sure to Pack This!

Summer is here and no doubt it is the season of traveling! What are your summer travel plans? Road trip around the country? Or heading to Europe?  Maybe a festival with friends?

Vintage Suitcase and Vintage ClothingAnd then there is the age old dilemma.  What do you pack to look and feel fabulous for any occasion with out bringing your entire wardrobe?  Nothing kills the relaxation of a vacation like schlepping around a huge suitcase.  And nobody looks chic toting tons of stuff.  But you want to make sure you have the appropriate clothes for any event that might pop up!  So what do you pack?  BackInStyle has one jet setters secret for you that will looking stylish and packing light while you are far from home!

Make sure to pack your jersey dress!  It’s perfect for all your summer plans, any occasion, any location.  Ready on to find out why.

1. It won’t wrinkle!  Just throw one in your suitcase, and pull it out when you arrive.  It’s that simple.  Jersey doesn’t wrinkle so you’ll be ready to go as soon as you arrive.

2. Flexible fit!  Not only will you look great in a vintage jersey dress, but you’ll also feel great.  Jersey is made from soft materials and is forgiving in fit.  Jersey fabric stretches and then it pulls back into a shape. Amazing, isn’t it?  So go ahead and order dessert, you’re on vacation after all, and if you packed a jersey dress you won’t have to worry about your dress not fitting.

3. A jersey dress can go anywhere!  A jersey dress can be dressed down or dressed up for any occasion.  For daytime wear with flat gladiator sandals, a cross body bag and a straw hat and you’re ready for sightseeing.  For evening add chandelier earrings, high heels and a clutch and you’re ready for a sexy dinner.

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Pictured above are a selection of jersey dresses available at BackInStyle.com starting at just $10!  Check out all of our vintage and designer dresses.

 

Made In The Shade! Must-Have Summer Accessories

Woohoo! Summer is here. Sunny days, vacations, beach, grilling, picnics, road trips, swimming, long walks….and a lot more! Summer is an amazing time of year. Finally, you can put away your jackets, boots, and sweaters and go out with only a dress and flip-flops. As great as that sounds, we know you can do a little better to stay cool. Here in BackInStyle.com we love summer and of course, all summer accessories! We have prepared for you some fashion tips you can’t miss, while enjoying this beautiful season!

Vintage Hats

Summer hats are the essential for this upcoming hot season. A vintage hat can add glamorous style to your outfit and at the same time it is one of the best way to stay cool and protected from the sun. So get ready and top off your beach outfit with something chic. There are so many different varieties of hats you can choose from: Fedora, Cowboy, Panama or Classic sun hat…

Vintage Summer Hats

Straw and raffia hats with wide brims are perfect for a day at the beach. Raffia is highly durable and protective from the sun. You can get your wide brim straw hat in many different colors and styles as well, which allows you to add fun unexpected detail to your beach ensemble. We promise, you will look amazing!

Heading on a road trip or to a festival? Make sure you bring your hat! Cowboy hats are back in fashion and can look great with jeans, cutoffs, tank tops or boho-chic dresses!

Vintage Scarves

Yes, we know some scarves are for cold winter time, but not all of them! Vintage silk scarves are perfect for summer because they are light, soft and breathable And the best part is, there are a ton of ways to wear them:

  • Get inspired by Jackie Kennedy Onassis and try a head scarf! Wear it with oversized sunglasses (read on for Vintage Sunglasses) to create an amazingly classic and chic look.
  • You can also wear large silk scarves as a top or as a mini skirt! Get creative and don’t be afraid to experiment, especially as a bathing suit coverup.
  • Scarves make great hair accessories as well. Try tying it as head wrap to create that true boho-chic look.
  • Bring your printed silk scarf on your next romantic evening walk and as it gets colder, wear it over your shoulder instead of a cardigan.
  • Do you have a boring and old looking hat somewhere in your closet? It’s time to bring it out and wrap your beautiful scarf around it.
Vintage Silk Summer Scarves

Vintage Sunglasses

Okay, this is a no brainer, we wear sunglasses year round down here in Miami.  The only difference is that in summer, the sunglasses get to be a lot more fun! A brightly colored pair of oversized vintage sunglasses both protects you from the sun and gives you a chance to add an accent color to your outfit.  Or, use a pair with frames in the same color family as your outfit for a stylish, monochromatic look.  People tend to notice faces first, so your sunglasses are sure to jump out at people!

 No matter what your plans for summer are, don’t forget to take your colorful printed scarf, sunglasses or summer hat with you! Don’t have them? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Get inspired by our vintage sunglasses, vintage printed silk scarves and vintage hat collection.
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Why Are We Wearing White? The Fashion Traditions of Memorial Day

Everyone loves Memorial Day because it is the unofficial start of the summer season and for most of you (hopefully) a time for barbeque parties. But did you know that this holiday has it’s own fashion rules? These days the fashion world is much more relaxed about what colors to wear and when, but every year you can still hear people talking about fashion rules for this upcoming season.

The History of White Clothing and Summer:

It is believed that we should wear white pants on Memorial Day. Where did this rule come from? In the past people believed that wearing white is allowed only during the summer season and as Memorial Day is considered an unofficial beginning to the summer season,  it is the right time to search in your closet for all of your white clothing. Our fashion tip is to style your white pants with a red top and blue pumps, to show your patriotism :)

Memorial Day Fashion

 

White clothing during the rest of the year was for some people considered unacceptable. White was for weddings and to wear during vacation, not for fall dinner parties. This rule was originally enforced by only a small group women, mostly rich and snobby types, but over time it has trickled down to the rest of society and remains a tradition to this day.

Of course, not everyone followed this rule. Most famously Coco Chanel, loved wearing white and wore it year-round.

Barbeque Party

The End of Summer Holiday:

So, we should pull out our white pants on Memorial Day and then what? When is the official end of “white summer season?”

In the 1950s, women’s fashion magazines made it clear: white clothes came out on Memorial Day and went away on Labor Day, the first Monday of September. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, and society adopted it as the natural endpoint for summer fashion because September for most of us symbolizes the start of the fall season.

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So, no matter what your plans for Memorial Day are, rock your white pants, but don’t forget what the old fashion rules say:

No White Before Memorial Day or After Labor Day.

Thanks to MentalFloss.com for providing more background on the subject:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/12424/why-cant-you-wear-white-after-labor-day

8 Reasons to Wear Vintage Clothing on Earth Day

ClothingRecyclingThe care of our environment is so important that we no longer have just Earth Day, it is now Earth Month. Vintage clothing, as well as reusing and re-purposing clothing in general is a great way to do your part for the environment this Earth Day. As we enter April, Earth Month, I thought an article exploring environmentally conscious fashion options, and those establishments in Miami that are doing their part to be environmentally responsible, would be of interest.

Fashion And the Environment

Options could include wearing vintage clothing, clothing made from organically grown fabrics, or clothing made from recycled products. Here are some facts on how fashion damages the environment:

1. The average American throws away about 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per year.

Clothing In Landfill

2. 10% of all agricultural chemicals and 25% of insecticides in the U.S. are used to grow cotton.

3. It takes almost 1/3 of a pound of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to grow enough cotton for just ONE T-shirt

4. Seven of the fifteen pesticides used on cotton are considered “possible”, “likely”, “probable”, or “known” human carcinogens (acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos, and trifluralin) according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Cotton Field

5. Some studies have shown that organic farmed soils have a better ability to absorb and retain carbon, which would be beneficial in the fight to reduce global warming.

6. Organically grown crops also use less fossil fuel than conventional crops, another benefit in the fight to reduce global warming.

7. Pesticides are suspected to be responsible the severe drop in honeybees, the increase in frogs with extra legs and eyes, and annual death of 67 million birds.

Fashion Recylcing

8. The U.S. textile “recycling industry” (which actually re-purposes rather than recycles), with some 2,000 companies, removes annually from the solid waste stream 2.5 billion pounds of post consumer textile product waste.

References:
Charter Recycling: Recycling Facts
Earth911
• Environmental Health Perspectives: Waste Couture: Environmental Impact of the Clothing Industry; Luz Claudio; September 2007
• Recycled Clothing Facts, National Geographic

Bonus Resources:

Here are some local establishments that are keeping it Green:

10 Fun Lilly Pulitzer Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know

It’s no secret that Lilly Pulitzer is one of our favorite designers here at BackInStyle.com.  Her whimsical, yet down to Earth approach to life is reflected in her bright prints, and simple designs. In honor of her new product line at Target launching this Sunday, we wanted to learn everything we could about her, and so we came across these Lilly Pulitzer facts that we wanted to share, plus a couple bonus quotes!

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1. It was because of a nervous breakdown the Lilly Pulitzer was started.

A well-to-do housewife and mother of three humming along in her comfortable but evidently unsatisfying life in the 1950s, Lilly Pulitzer suffered, unexpectedly, what has been described as a nervous breakdown. A doctor advised her to get a hobby…

2. On at least one occasion, Vanity Fair reported, the Lilly dress performed a most unexpected function.

Mrs. Pulitzer and Clark, her business partner, were in a plane crash while traveling to Key West. Their aircraft in the water, Clark removed her orange frock and waved it at a helicopter. From the air, the pilot spotted it.

Lilly Pulitzer Dress Hemlines

3. While entertaining in her home, Lilly Pulitzer would douse the floor with water to facilitate dancing.

4. In accordance with Mrs. Pulitzer’s reported preferences, the dress was to be worn with bare feet and was lined, in order not to require underwear.

Lilly Party

5. Lilly never wanted to produce clothing that was suited for the colder months. “It’s always summer somewhere,” she was quoted as saying.

6. Lilly Pulitzer filed for bankruptcy in 1984.

Lilly Pulitzer Store

7. Lilly Pulitzer dropped out of college and worked as a midwife’s assistant and as a volunteer at veterans’ hospitals.

8. She Had her own Personal Philosophy on Life:

“Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s about how you live,” Pulitzer said in 2004. “We focus on the best, fun and happy things, and people want that. Being happy never goes out of style.”

Vintage Lilly Store

9. The word “Lilly” is always written and often hidden in all of her prints.

10. She changed Branding and Merchandising:

In 1966, The Washington Post reported that the dresses were “so popular that at the Southampton Lilly shop on Job’s Lane they are proudly put in clear plastic bags tied gaily with ribbons so that all the world may see the Lilly of your choice. It’s like carrying your own racing colors or flying a yacht flag for identification.”

Lilly Today

Bonus! More Lilly on life:

“That’s what life is all about: Let’s have a party. Let’s have it tonight,” she said

And how she changed summer fashion:

“Now if there is one special thing Lilly Pulitzer should be given credit for,” read a 1966 Washington Post article, “it is this: She changed the summer uniform of countless thousands of American women who once wore flower printed cotton shirts, wrap around skirts and big, klonky, thick-soled loafers.The total look was usually that of a shirt tail flapping out awkwardly in the back. “Lilly Pulitzer,” the article continued, “neatly put a stop to all that.”

Lilly Selection

If you can’t get enough Lilly Pulitzer, feel free to learn more about her clothing on our Vintage Lilly Pulitzer page.  You’ll also want to check out these other great Lilly Pulitzer Blog Articles:

Designer Spotlight: Lilly Pulitzer

BackInStyle.com exhibits Lilly Pulitzer at Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History

Iconic fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau dies at 81

Let’s Do Coachella, Woodstock Style

This Friday marks the beginning of Coachella an annual Music Festival that began back in 1999. Located in Indio, CA the multi-genre, multi-staged festival spans two three-day weekends, with many people camping for the duration of their stay.

Big music festivals always remind us of the mother of all music festivals, Woodstock.  So we thought it would be fun to show just how vintage friendly Coachella can be.

Coachella Fashion

 

 

The Vintage Sundress:

Much like Woodstock and many other music festivals, Coachella is a celebration of life, and for many years that communal celebration has been associated with the hippies of the sixties and seventies.  In that tradition, vintage sundresses make great pieces for the festival atmosphere.  They are simple, comfortable, and help you stay cool in the sun.

The Vintage Romper:

Also associated with the seventies is the romper.  These are great for those of us that really get into the dance because it allows for lots of movement without exposing your self. Also very good for romping and an occasional frolic.

The Vintage Jacket:

As they day winds down and it starts to cool off, a jacket makes it easy for you to cover up and get back to the party. This is a great opportunity to stand out and go with something a bit more unusual, so look for bright prints, unusual materials, cut-outs and embellishments. If you are more classically inclined then denim, leather, and the military style jacket are your go-to pieces.

Vintage Woodstock Fashion ExampleFootwear:

This is where it can get tricky. Sometimes the most functional choices like boots are not the most comfortable, and more comfortable choices like flip flops will leave you feeling very unclean at the end of the day.  Your best bet is to strive for a balance, or pack an extra pair of shoes to swap out as needed.

Vintage Accessories:

Sunglasses are a must, and beyond that it is all up to your personal style and where your outfit led you.  For a true Woodstock experience, think lots of bangles, bracelets, mood rings, and bandanas.  The possibilities are endless and can really polish off an otherwise basic outfit.

Springtime Hats, Where is my Easter Bonnet?

Easter Bonnets, Hats for Easter.

The Origin of the Easter Bonnet

Like all fashionable women, I will use any excuse to go shopping. Apparently this is nothing new. Easter Bonnets became a popular tradition as an excuse to buy something new and luxurious for two reasons:

First, women wanted to celebrate the end of lent, a time usually associated with sacrifice or withholding with a splurge and indulgence. What better splurge than to purchase a new hat from the local milliner?

Secondly, wearing a new item of clothing at Easter represented the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual redemption. So the Easter hat or bonnet in this case is a 2 for 1!

The Easter Bonnet’s status was forever cemented into American culture with Irving Berlin’s song “Easter Parade”, about a festive walkabout in New York City that made its way down Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The lyrics are:

In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.

Easter Bonnets

 


A Vintage Hat for Easter

Vintage Hats make especially good Easter Bonnets because of their excellent craftsmanship and unique styling, not to mention their affordable price tag. The hat itself went out of favor as more women entered the workforce, but is making a comeback as of late with pop culture icons such as Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Windsor wearing them back into the limelight.In addition to it being a fashionable accessory, the hat is coming back in style because it is a practical way to protect your skin from the sun. Wider brims make bigger statements and give you a portable source of shade! For extra style, look for exotic feathers, colorful ribbons, or any other eye-catching “fascinator.”

Shop our entire Vintage Hat Collection and for more inspiration look at our Easter Bonnet Pinterest Board where we have hand selected our favorites for this year.

Time For A Miss Vintage USA?

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MrnMsVintageLast month, Holly Foster hit the headlines in the UK for her comments about vintage fashion’s link to respect and propriety while contrasting it with Miley Cyrus. While most people concentrated on her comments, it raised awareness of something more interesting to readers of Back In Style, the existence of an official Miss Vintage UK. That’s the title Holly Foster won last August at the Twinwood Festival and the reason for her coverage. Thinking about great, vintage fashion, isn’t it time we had a Miss Vintage USA? And a Mr Vintage USA too!

The Twinwood Festival

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For the last 13 years, the Twinwood festival in Bedfordshire, has been celebrating both the music and fashion of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Set in an old RAF airbase, the festival includes Vintage clothing stalls, museums, music venues, and accommodation. Everything is authentic and only music in the style of those decades is allowed. This includes, for 2015, acts like The Jive Aces, The Downtown Daddyo’s and The Swing Museum. The festival takes place over three days at the end of August and is one of many British vintage festivals including Goodwood Revival, Atomic Festival and Rhythm Riot.

Miss Vintage UK

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In 2014, it was decided that the festival should host its first Mr Vintage and Miss Vintage UK competition. 10 ladies entered to become Miss Vintage, while 4 men vied to be Mr Vintage. The judging panel, including Head Judge Lola Lamour. Foster won the inaugural contest and will hold the title until this August, when there will be another. She shot to prominence in February, however, when she said that dressing in such attire was “the only way to demand respect from men.” She went on to say that modern fashion left girls feeling vulnerable and that it encouraged them to dress in such ways in order to find fame and fortune.

mrvintageDoes Holly Foster have a point? The fashion people wear may change the opinion others have of them, but it should not really. What a person chooses to wear should not define their personality and availability in such simplistic terms. This feeds into the idea that people, especially women, need to fit certain criteria. Foster may have a point about aspiring to be like idols who set bad examples, but more of a problem is that such idols, who are often photoshopped, set bad precedents for body image and health. They have been linked, along with unrealistic dolls like Barbie, with eating disorders in girls of all ages including first graders. That should be of more concern. Vintage fashion like at Twinwood is about embracing who you are and how you want to dress. Personal choice is a great thing, if it’s a free one.

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The Twinwood festival runs at the end of August and you can find out more information here.

 

Spring is Here! Stand out in Pucci Resort Wear

It is almost spring break and you are longing for warmer weather. The Emilio Pucci for Formfit Rogers (EPFR) label was originally intended to be a lingerie line, but we think it is better as Emilio Pucci for Resorts (still EPFR!).  Get ready to pack your bags (including your vintage Pucci resort wear) and read on to find out why.

So, Why Emilio Pucci for Resorts?

Emilio Pucci began in fashion by designing the uniforms for the Reed College skiing team.  The durable, colorful printed fabrics paved the way for his travel friendly designs in the 1960s and 1970s.  He also ventured into lingerie under the Emilio Pucci for Formfit Rogers label. Today, the Emilo Pucci label stays true to the bright colors and bold prints.  Pucci’s designs made for excellent travel and resort wear for several reasons:

  • Fabrics were lightweight and unstructured so they didn’t weigh down your suitcase and you could pack lots of them!
  • Fabrics breathed so you could stay cool in warmer climes or layer over the piece to warm up.
  • Pucci EPFR items were usually made of Nylon which doesn’t wrinkle and is machine washable.
  • Pucci prints were bright and colorful, and often inspired by the ocean

Make Any Outfit More Interesting with a Pucci Scarf

You can take any simple, comfortable outfit and make it come alive with a Pucci Scarf.  The broad color palettes and bright patterns mean that you can match several outfits with only one or two scarves in complementary colors.  The patterns also make great accent pieces to draw people’s attention, and add some unique style to any look.

We have seen these scarves used as everything from belts, to bandanas, even used as artwork! These works of art are easy to travel with as they take up very little space, and are so versatile.  A vintage pucci scarf is a practical must have on your packing list!

Simplify your Vacation by Wearing a Vintage EPFR Dress (as a Coverup!)

As mentioned above, Pucci made the ultimate pieces for travel, not only because of their light weight fabrics, but also because of their versatility.  A vintage EPFR slip dress makes a great coverup when getting out of the pool, heading to the spa, or enjoying a cocktail at the cabana.

Bonus! It also works well for sight seeing or in the evening while dining “al fresco”.  For daytime, throw on a slip dress over shorts and your bikini top or swimsuit.  For evening wear a vintage EPFR robe unbuttoned as a tunic over slacks and a tank.  An EPFR Slip dress or robe when styled correctly can be a great outfit, just make sure to be appropriately covered up!

Vintage Pucci looks so Modern

Although they are vintage, Pucci resort wear prints look very current.  Style.com breaks down the Spring 2015 Pucci ready to wear lineup and you can see the vintage influence in the contemporary designs.  Need more inspiration, head over to our Vintage Pucci Pinterest Page.  Not yet convinced?  Check out some of our example polyvore sets below.

Cruise Collection by Emilio Pucci

 

Cruise Collection by Emilio Pucci

 


Emilio Pucci vintage robe
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Vintage clip on earrings
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Vintage glasses
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Kate Spade summer sandals
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