Sometimes simplicity is best. Most of the time though, I tend to ignore this sage advice and instead crash my way through the wardrobe, putting ridiculous over the top pieces together in a frenzy as if I'm some hybrid version of Taz Devil from Looney Tunes mixed with Fran Drescher (who by the way, was totally my childhood hero). In an attempt to reign in my crazy on occasions that call for a more understated casual outfit, I limit myself to one "hero piece" and on many occasions, it's been an easy choice to select from one of my many vintage treasures collected over the years.
The decision to start buying and collecting vintage clothing was for me, borne out of necessity. At 18 years of age I was like a lot of uni students interested in fashion, in need of cute outfits but desperately short of funds to afford a lot of what I saw in stores. Buying vintage was a way to express my fledgling individual style but also have well made pieces that stood out in a sea of flimsy fads. A lot of vintage that I've bought over the years had been through several homes already but still had life to give. When I had added to their history and their time was done, I would re-sell to a new loving owner. It's the circle of (fashion) life.
This particular floral print kimono style bed jacket had caught my eye at a large market/festival day spreading across a whole suburb in Sydney's east. I had been looking for something super relaxed and a bit feminine, something I could throw on and feel really pretty in. It had been upcycled, maybe from an old blouse or dress by the stall holder and just caught my eye with its pretty colours and soft pattern. I bought it straight away and never looked back. I always get compliments on this piece - maybe because it's so super feminine and flowy and a flattering silhouette, but that's what a good hero piece of vintage clothing should always do; get positive attention and inspire others to try your look. It's so eye catching on it's own that it makes perfect sense to team with a pair of my favourite slimming high waisted jeans, a plain greymarle tank and some nude platform heels. I had a little bit of extra fun with my vintage inspired sunglasses and cheery manicure but this is otherwise, an outfit where the hero piece does all the talking for you.
(jacket: vintage floral kimono - similar here, top: Cotton On , jeans: Paige Denim, shoes: Rubi Shoes - similar here, bag: Colette - similar here, sunglasses: Mink Pink - similar here, rings: Lovisa - similar selection here, here and here)