Dress like Dita: peachy keen

So today was my first day of attempting to dress up in a detailed vintage style. I got up pretty early this morning, and I thought I’d have time to do some exercise before I started getting ready, but then thought I should give myself time this morning, since it was my first try, and I’m glad I did!

What I’m wearing…

Vintage peach ruffle-neck silk blouse (I’m not sure if ruffle-neck is the official name of a shirt like this, but it will do)

I have a cameo brooch pinned to the ruffle, which went a bit wonky in the photos, but I’ve sorted it out now!

Kingan-Jones charcoal denim pencil skirt.

Fishnet stockings.

Second-hand Pulp peep-toe heels.

Vintage grey blazer (for wearing at work as the air conditioning is freezing).

Mint-green vintage coat (for wearing on the way to work in the rain).

vintage grey leather handbag

It surprised me how long it took to blow dry my hair and do the hair style, which was not complicated by any means. I’m sure it’s something that you’d get better at the more you do it. It has made a big difference, I think, from what my hair normally looks like. It just had more volume and the curl looked more defined and prettier. However, since I washed it, it was very soft, which made it hard to get much volume in the parts that I clipped up, but nevermind. I then used a ton of hair spray, as it’s raining outside and am slightly worried that the minute I step outside my hair will be ruined, but at least I have photographic evidence of it looking good at some point during the day!

My make-up, which you can barely see in the photo is

HissyFit Saving Face mositurising protecting sunscreen in Nude.

Bobbi Brown corrector under-eye concealer in Bisque.

Laura Mercier blush in Wild Bouquet.

Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen.

MAC Seedy Pearl as highlighter and Shale in the crease.

I tight-lined my eyes with Laura Mercier eye liner in Bleu Marine

Curled lashes with Shu Uemura curler.

Laura Mercier waterproof mascara (I really don’t like this, but am using it up)

On my lips I’m wearing MAC lustre lipstick in Embraceable with some DiorKiss lip gloss Sorbet Meringue on top.

Day one has been fun so far. Someone at work said I had Casablanca hair, which is like the best compliment ever! It definitely helped sorting out what I was going to wear the night before. I have no idea what I’m going to try with my hair tomorrow. Maybe a victory roll if i can manage it, but we’ll see…



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16 responses to “Dress like Dita: peachy keen

  1. Steph

    I love this outfit. Very cool. You need to go out after work to make the most of it! Although at least we, your workmates, appreciated it.

    • Ugh, I actually have a headache and feel sick, so I won’t be going out and making the most of it unfortunately! But I guess I apparently have a week of it, so can take the opportunity another night.

  2. Christel

    Wow, fab outfit Ing! Perhaps this is also the sort of thing that the more you do it the quicker and easier, and more natural, it becomes to do!

    • Thanks! And yeah, here’s hoping. I’ve seen hairstyles on other people’s blogs that are all ‘this is a five minute hair-do’ and I definitely don’t think I could do them in five minutes, so maybe it is just practise.

  3. What a fabulous project! As I said at work, you looked like you should have been on a movie set. The entire look is extremely glamorous, but I particularly love the coat. I’m looking forward to seeing the sequel tomorrow.

    • Thank you! The coat was an impulse buy on the weekend, which I now feel is totally validated. And I just checked out your blog – it’s so great! Can’t wait to spend a bit of time reading it. I’m very impressed with the amount of writing. I find it so time consuming.

  4. Lisa

    Ohhhh I love your hair!!!!

  5. Sara

    Hi Ingie,
    Fab blog! You look amazing in these pics, wicked style and your waist looks so little. You go girl!! I just adore that style but it doesn’t seem to work on me. Instead of looking vintage chic I look like a girl who has escaped from some mormon compound or something! I look soooo conservative, but not in a vaguely vintage, cool or sexy way. argh!! But seeing your pics has inspired me to experiment some more with this type of look. xxx

    • Yeah, I was reading an article by the costume designer of Mad Men and how to incorporate vintage-style clothing into a more contemporary look, as that’s the thing, otherwise you can look a bit conservative or grandma, which I’m sure some people thought I looked today! She said to try like a ’50s blouse with skinny jeans, which I think you could totally rock.

  6. Jen Vegas

    awwww I love it!!! You look amazing! Can we please one day save up a little bit of spending money and do a “Tour de Auckland Op Shopping” spree?!

    I’m already thinking of a route,
    Tattys’ in Ponsonby
    Paper Bag Princess/Cheap As Chips on K-road
    Recycle Boutique
    and then Finders Keepers in Newmarket

    Ahhhhh, it’d be so fun, yet so $$$ tempting


  7. Roger Lauder

    Stepping out in style all looks great

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