Last week my husband and I hosted our annual ‘nieces summer visit’. Each July, for one week, we enjoy the company of Hannah and Olivia, now ages fifteen and thirteen. When they visit, we often think “What would they like to do, and how should we plan?” Being they are teenagers now, maybe their interests have changed?
Each night we went through the Netflix queue to find age-appropriate movies we could watch together. Al came across the John Hughes section and we decided on Sixteen Candles. Either it would seem horribly dated, or they’d love it as much as we did. Seems we hit the jackpot! Since they enjoyed it, we decided to take them to the historic, Tampa Theater, for a one-day viewing of Pretty in Pink. Not only would it be cool to see but even better seeing in this historic venue.
Watching it again made feel nostalgic for the eighties; the clothes, the hair, the music! Who couldn’t relate to Molly Ringwald’s character Andie? A poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Beautiful in a non-conventional way, with fiery red hair and porcelain skin. Not only are her looks unique, Andie has more talent in her little finger than all of the snobby, privileged girls in her graduating class. Yet she longs to be like them, desperately wanting to fit in.
After realizing she isn’t going to win her classmates over, she knows she must be true to herself and loyal to her close friends. Compelled to attend her high school prom, Andie deconstructs a thrift store dress and a vintage prom dress to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece she calls her own. This dress not only highlights her talents but also reflects her strength and beauty.
It was at that point of the movie that I had my inspiration for this blog. Friends and clients know I enjoy shopping at the occasional thrift and consignment store. Since there are many versions of the same concept popping up all over the Internet, I thought “Why not make a few masterpieces of my own, while navigating resale on-line boutiques?"
Shopping on-line can be just as fun, right? It was as if I were going through the racks in a local store, I scrolled through page after page, searching for just the right pieces to put together. Some were from high end sites like The Real Real and Tradesy while others featured lower-end merchandise, found on ThredUp and Swap. I was happy to find that Poshmark sold an assortment of both. My goal was to find fabulous (pink) pieces and work them back to create a color story that will take your wardrobe effortlessly into Fall 2016. Pinks, plums and reds. I believe Andie would approve!
Below, are some styling ideas that will keep your look cool and contemporary, whether on a budget or not. Don’t be afraid to mix florals with stripes, plaids with pinstripes or a combination of unexpected colors.
If you do it right, you just may hear the voice of Duckie exclaiming to Andie, “This is really a volcanic ensemble you’re wearing, it’s really marvelous!”