What I Wore: Petticoat Parade

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


What I Wore: Petticoat (David Bridal), Tights (Target; Similar Here), Shoes (Old Navy), Dress (Flea Market in Paris; Similar Here), Sweater (Similar Here), Belt (Vintage; Similar Here)


I'm going to level with you- this outfit is actually one I wore a few weeks ago for church. But though I've been so excited to share it with you, I'd been waiting for the perfect backdrop (you would be surprised how many conversations in your house revolve around where we will be shooting- is the lighting right? What about he mood? Is it too windy?) and then, last weekend, when we knew bad weather was about to plunge us into negative temperatures, we went on a photoshooting spree to get outfit shots to last for the next little while. So how lucky was it then, that the perfect backdrop should appear, right? It's a vintage mural for a vintage look, but keep reading to see how it was a Goldilocks moment (Just Right!) even beyond the obvious!

Now, I love petticoats (as can be seen here at our wedding). I also love not having to wear them everyday; driving in them means a poof of epic portions under the steering wheel. But they are so utterly ladylike and make the day feel like a Special Occasion when you wear one. They also remind me of winter. Maybe it is because they are an extra layer (albeit one we don't usually see), but they give a skirt such fullness.

Add my vintage dress I picked up at a French flea market on our honeymoon, and a vintage belt from my grandmother, and it all felt very fifties indeed! Likewise, I also felt very...wife-y in this. Not only is the dress a gift from The Boy on our honeymoon, but the petticoat is the one I wore at our wedding and Coca-cola bottles played a very prominent part in our reception. Which is where it all comes full circle- a perfect backdrop, indeed!

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  1. This dress is so gorgeous and full! It looks great with the sweater over top of it, such a great retro look with the petticoats :)
    xJennaD

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  2. I think I remember you posting this dress after your honeymoon and I absolutely adored it because of the pretty color and pattern. It looks fabulous with a black sweater because the colors just pop off the dress. I love petticoats as well. I'm trying to find one that is the right length however, I have one that I thrifted but it's a bit too short and makes my dresses look odd, hence I haven't really worn it which is a shame! At any rate, this one is perfect and the scalloped detail around the hem is really fun.
    I love finding the perfect backdrop!

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    1. Online they are SO hard to find and expensive. I got my first one (a black one) at a costume shop in Portland. Weirdly after that, I kept seeing them in every. other. store. we went into.

      This one was from the same place I got my wedding dress, so...

      Can't wait to see you in a petticoat!

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  3. How cool that these pictures have symbolisms for you. Love your tights and the background is really neat.

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  4. To reply to your comment on my blog - I'm so glad you like Doctor Who too! I didn't see many bloggers commenting on the big anniversary, so I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think it was Moffat on top form. I also think I could watch it again on a cosy afternoon.

    I love that you found the perfect back drop for your photos. How do you find things like that? I like to imagine that it was a bit like one of those magic shops in fantasy books where maybe you walk past it every day and then only when you most need it does it appear. heh. I wore a petticoat for my wedding and want to wear it again but all my skirts are way too short for it. *ahem*

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    1. Mmmm, I didn't see that many bloggers talking about it either, but then, I didn't talk about it because I try to limit the topics I write about on this blog so ppl kind of know what to expect and al, so... (says the girl who writes about a million things...)

      Also, your description of this wall is the most delightful thing! Like something out of a novel! To answer your question though about finding backdrops... I keep my eye out for them all the time and keep a running list in my head. There are several places we go back to repeatedly and I always consider those, especially when, like with this backdrop, it is in another town and/or a day we are shooting several outfits.

      Wedding petticoats are really long. This is too long too. I actually didn't realize the petticoat showed and was a bit bummed by that!

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  5. That backdrop is Uh-maz-ing! Love this! Alex

    tobebeautifulingodseyes.blogspot.com

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  6. Ooh what a pretty dress, and of course, I love a good petticoat. I love how you've actually managed to make this look a little more casual with the sweater on top! And what an awesome backdrop!

    xox Sammi
    www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

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  7. that backdrop is absolutely completely perfect for this outfit indeed! what a lucky find for it. goes just great w/ the vintage dress + petticoat and i completely enjoyed seeing this gorgeous dress remixed for fall/winter. and a petticoat, i have never worn one, mainly since i dont have a car and bike everywhere I've never thought to purchase one. they always look so dainty though.
    Cuddly Cacti
    Mitla Moda

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    1. oh also Kristian, i might have missed it but i didnt see the link to your wedding posts, just wanted to let you know because it was so beautiful newer readers should def see it!

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  8. The bright white and orange really steal the show <3 Love that dress!

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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  9. So pretty and so unusual paired with the black.

    I agree…petticoats add a whole other layer of warmth. Not so great for dancing…but great when it gets cold outside.

    Love the backdrop too.

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    1. I was surprised too at how cumbersome they are on the dance floor.

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  10. Such a pretty dress! I love the petticoat with it :)

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  11. oh my goodness, that skirt is so fabulous. You look stunning, love. If you get a moment, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. :)

    www.fashboulevard.com

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  12. The skirt and petticoat underneath are simply gorgeous!

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  13. I love the addition of the petticoat to this already adorable outfit. I definitely feel you on the driving thing, it was so hard to get into the car on my wedding day because of the petticoat!

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    1. Ha! Me too at my wedding. But still fun to wear, right?

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  14. This is such a beautiful outfit Kristian. That vintage dress is really pretty, I remember it from an earlier outfit you wore it with. xo

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  15. the print on this skirt is so fab! ans the petticoat addition is so you. I love everything about this outfit!

    xo,
    katrina
    thedemuremuse.com

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  16. the print on this skirt is so fab! ans the petticoat addition is so you. I love everything about this outfit!

    xo,
    katrina
    thedemuremuse.com

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  17. I so much prefer floral print in the colder months and your skirt is the perfect pop of colour! You sweater looks great layered over top with the belt. And that is a pretty awesome backdrop!

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  18. Most perfect dress. You always look so amazing in this one!

    Rachel

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  19. You kind of remind me of Tavi Gevinson! Looking gorgeous in this dress, haha I laughed when you said it's very 'wifey'!!

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  20. Just right!
    Such a pretty print. You are a pretty wife!

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  21. This has got to be my favorite outfit from you, it's so perfect in every way!! I'd wear it from head to toe, and now I really need a petticoat haha. Also, I love how helpful your husband is with your blog, what a sweetheart :)

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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    1. I'm super lucky indeed!

      I feel like a petticoat evangelist, but yes, you do need one! So much layering fun :)

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