Our newest Makeover Story has a fun twist! Jen, a friend of mine from high school, asked me to take some maternity photos of her. She wanted to experiment with vintage styles. What better way to experiment with new vintage styles than to be featured in Makeover Story! I'm so happy she loved the idea because we had a super fun afternoon together trying new looks!
If you aren't familiar with Makeover Story, it's a feature I started this year that introduces women to the vintage lifestyle! I look for different types of women with one thing in common: They love the idea of vintage but haven't yet incorporated it into their wardrobe. They get two outfits from Red Velvet to keep, a styling session and a photo shoot modeling their new looks. You can see my previous Makeover Stories Here, 184.108.40.206. ♥
Before the makeover, Jen was wearing a weekly rotation of repeat maternity outfits. She's a natural penny pincher and didn't want to spend a fortune on maternity clothing that she was only going to wear for a short time. One of the reasons that vintage appealed to her was that the dresses she wore were not actually maternity clothing and can still be worn post-pregnancy! Many 1970s styles, like maxi dresses, are naturally roomy and can be belted differently to make room for the baby bump. Since Jen is a bargain shopper, vintage is a great option for collecting a larger variety of dresses on a budget.
When we styled Look One, I wanted Jen to feel pretty and feminine. We made a daisy hair clip for her. Another important styling request was to create quick looks that she could style at home in 10 minutes. Since being pregnant, Jen treasures her extra sleep and doesn't want to wake up too early to get ready in the morning. We tried some simple hair styles with a little extra curl on the ends.
During pregnancy stretchy belts are a great vintage piece to collect. We used one in each of Jen's looks. Belts worn high are the perfect accessory for expecting ladies. (I learned this from Rachel.)
Look Two is breezy and light. Jen looked amazing in a peachy 70s vintage dress with layers of necklaces and a stretchy gold belt. My favorite thing about this look was the way the sheer pleats framed her baby bump. I also love this tiny journal necklace by Moorea Seal that she wore. I'm very fond of the peach and gold color combination this season!
Jen told me that her makeover made her feel pretty and that she tried some things that she wouldn't have normally tried, and liked them! She was surprised that (non-maternity) vintage dresses could be such a perfect fit. I had such a wonderful time working on this story. It's amazing to see women fall in love with vintage! At 33 weeks, I have to say, Jen was absolutely glowing and beautiful!
Thanks for taking a peek at our newest Makeover Story! Have a lovely day…. Elsie
Wanna look at our past Makeover Stories? Here you go…..