OOTD :: of black and yellow and feeling vintage

10.30.14

10.30.14

10.30.14

This is the penultimate day to Halloween, and I’m still waffling on whether or not I shall be costuming it up for work. Usually, I go all out, if only because the holiday allows me to cosplay with impunity. But I’m feeling decidedly lukewarm about festivities in general this year, and since we’re not doing a Spirit Week to lead up to the big day like we usually do, I think I’m passing on dressing up.

While I debate, here’s my Thursday marigold outfit. I really love this dress because it’s got a vintage flair without being vintage itself. Not that there’s anything wrong with truly vintage clothing, but I find my self-esteem drops significantly when I try on clothing from previous decades. They were much smaller back in the day, you see, and my current size 10-12 self finds it difficult to squeeze into fab dresses from the forties and fifties.

Anyhow, I’m really glad I’ve gotten over my phobia about looking like a bumblebee when pairing black and yellow because this ensemble would not have come together otherwise. I also think the gold adds to the retro flavor, as well as being theme compliant.

I love it when a plan comes together.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Ross
Cardi – Modcloth
Pumps – Janine @ Payless

:: Linking ::
Style to Inspire @ Rhea Etcetera

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19 thoughts on “OOTD :: of black and yellow and feeling vintage

  1. Your dress is so pretty and feminine! And a bumblebee, you are not…I’m glad you paired the yellow with the black and white. It looks great! I’m kind of with you on the Halloween feelings this year. I have a great costume ready for the party I’m going to tomorrow but I’m just not that excited about dressing up in general. Normally I research make-up tips and buy the products I need and I really think about how my hair will fit with my costume…but I’m just too tired this year to worry about it. Oh well. There’s always next year!

    • I wonder if it’s the whole starting the school year in August that’s making me feel so drained and meh this year? Or perhaps it’s just because we’ve had some major shifts in staff and I’m a bit out of sorts. Ah, well. There’s always next year indeed.

  2. I loooove this! I’ve had my eye on that ModCloth cardigan – would you recommend it? I’ve actually never ordered from them, despite stalking many things online…

    • Well, good! But I think Selah’s right – from afar, the dress reads grey since there’s more white than black in the print which mitigates the potential bumblebee-ness of it all.

  3. I know that up close your dress is black and white, but from a distance it looks grey. I love grey and yellow together!
    I always put my energy into making my kids’ costumes so I don’t bother for myself. Also, I’ve never been invited to a Halloween party, so I’ve never had any real reason to dress up.

    • I have 5-6 outfits in rotation so my students don’t see the same one twice in their 4-year tenure at our school. That said, I’m just feeling really “meh” about it this year, which is weird since I went all out with our window decorating contest this year. Our theme was “American Horror Story; Freakshow”.

  4. I’m so glad you broke the rule, too, because you look excellent in this very pretty dress (plenty of punch all on its own!) with that great cardi. I go on about how these sweaters can look elderly, but I’m learning that they don’t need to at all. Bright yellow works that way perfectly … have always loved it with black.

    No costuming here, either. It’s a religious holiday for me, if that can be said of the way modern pagans celebrate and see the old festivals in modern context, but I can’t begrudge folks the fun of dressing up, ever. Just too busy that night!
    Hope you have a fun one with your kiddles at home and at work!

    • Oh, I embrace the whole elderly cardi vibe by pairing it with an overtly contrasting genre to minimize the frumpiness. Funny how I used to think I couldn’t do cardis because of my shoulders and swore by blazers instead. Now I wear both equally and love me some layers. ;p

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