While shopping with my mom this weekend, I overheard her talking with a sales representative about how '70s fashion was coming back in the form of peasant tops, bell bottoms and fringe bags. Later at the historic Churchill Downs, I was inspired by outfits and hats on display from past Kentucky Derby races, and got to thinking about ways to incorporate some of my favorite styles from the past into my wardrobe today. And while I like vintage pieces and some remakes (high-waisted bell bottoms, for example), the style that I’m really excited now is a fusion of both past and present– and today’s Fashionista wears it so well.
Her white sundress, with its soft floral print, is a wonderful choice for summer days (and nights!) and reminds me of Marie Antoinette and her exquisite colonial fashions. The empire waistline, sweetheart neckline and A-line skirt give the dress a lot of shape and create a form that is my idea of a modern take on traditional colonial dresses. My favorite part of the dress, however, is the puffy sleeves. This is a style that has stuck around through the ages, and that when done right like it is in this case, can be a nice detail that adds volume and texture to the outfit. This is a difficult look to pull off, but today’s Fashionista makes it work by leaving her hair down to balance the excess fabric on the bodice. She completes her outfit with a pair of braided sandals in a neutral brown hue that give them a wonderfully natural, earthy feel.