What’s old can be new again, with vintage clothing! So many clothing styles out there today can look the same, and wearing vintage clothing can be a great way to stand out and have a unique look. The trick is to keep it classic and mix in some modern accessories. There can be many benefits to wearing vintage, it can be cool and creative also the fabrics and craftsmanship will possibly be of much higher quality, and wearing vintage embraces sustainability.
For vintage clothing collectors the thrill of the hunt is half the fun and the best part is finding real treasures that you love….. clothes that have history and soul.
The dress above is a style from the late 80’s or early 90’s, the cut is classic and the colour really stands out. Pairing the dress with more modern foot wear really brings the whole outfit together.
Mod with a pop of colour, this dress is fun and has a very 60’s vibe. A great way to tell if clothing is vintage is to look at the labels, if there is a union tag or there is a “lot’ or “style” number on the label it may be vintage. Other ways to tell if clothing is vintage is to take a look at any zippers and exam the sewing job and style. There are so many great resources online, including the Vintage Fashion Guild. (https://vintagefashionguild.org/)
Little black dress with a touch of glamour. This dress may have been homemade and has a 1950’s vibe, very feminine with a flared skirt. The Black Michael Kors heels add a perfect modern finishing touch.
We love the whimsy of vintage clothing and it comes across in these pictures!
We have so many more vintage pieces to showcase in the future, so stay tuned!
After a mini break prepping for the 3rd anniversary party of Sarah’s store, Room 152, and the official launch of Hollis + Jane, we’re back! We’d like to thank everyone who came out last Friday night to celebrate with us! It was so great to meet all of you, and we’re ecstatic to hear that so many of you have been enjoying the blog so far :D!
With that said, let’s talk LAYERS!!!
As sad as it is to say goodbye to yet another beautiful Summer, we’re just as equally excited to head on into Fall. The crisp cool air, gorgeous tree colours, and endless outfit possibilities make this one of our favourite times of year! One of our absolute, hands down, most loved looks is LAYERS! Big or small, by adding a couple of additional pieces, you can turn a simple look into something so much more. We’ve heard many times that attempts at layering can be intimating, confusing, and is only for the creatives types. We say hogwash! Anyone can layer! No need to rush out to buy all new clothes, you’d be amazed with what you already own. Start small with the basics, and ease your way up to the major leagues. Tank tops, simple sweaters, oversized coats, necklaces, scarves… just layer those puppies!
Here are a couple of step by step ideas to help inspire!
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Styling tip: A key staple in our closets is the Sèvres Blouse from Aritzia (link in the photo comments), which can be worn under tops and sweaters to create an effortless layering look.
As the crisp, cool air of Fall approaches, we’re giddy with excitement at the prospects of busting out our favorite pieces that will keep us warm, yet oh-so stylish. If we had to choose three key pieces, we would hands down head for the leather jacket, ankles booties, and a (can it get any bigger?) blanket scarf. Most often, this power trio will pair with any look, whether you’re dressing it up or aiming for casual. For added warmth, throw a cozy fur vest under the jacket for a layered look that will carry you in to the early winter months. Swoon!
We’re completely smitten with beauty products! It’s fair to say that we’ve each spent a pretty penny testing the latest and greatest, which guarantees to cure what ails us. Many products (high or low) fall short of their claims, but here are some of our staples that we think have nailed it!
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Emily: If I had to choose only three products to take on vacation they would definitely be moisturizer, mascara and lip balm. These are my can’t-live-without’s! I love trying new products regularly, and switch between brands often. These are the three I’m loving right now. Aveeno daily moisturizer is a nice light moisturizer with an SPF of 15 (great for summer time!), available at most drug stores and is incredibly affordable. Better Than Sex mascara by Two Faced adds volume to lashes, creating the full, thick look that I love. It’s great for a played down day look, or can be layered for a more dramatic evening look. Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm by Fresh is my current go-to for lips. It’s deeply hydrating, feels silky smooth and smells incredible! Completely in love!
Sarah: I sometimes feel like I’ve been blessed with the worst-of-the-worst hair type: Thick, fine, and oh-so limp. Combine that with those pesky greys, and you’ve got a hot mess :(. But that’s OK! With a little help from my stylist and some pretty fantastic products, I have finally beaten my flat hair woe’s. Puff. Me gives incredible, long lasting volume (that actually works!), BB Color Stick covers the grey and freshens roots in between color, and Blacklight Shampoo prolongs color life. Perfection!
It’s September 1st, and it’s beginning to feel a lot like Fall here on the East Coast! Time to start thinking about putting away your Summer go-to’s, and breaking out those cozy knits and pants. If you’re a bit stressed about the damage a whole new Fall wardrobe will have on the bank account, don’t fret! We’re convinced that most summer pieces can be transitioned into the colder months with a couple of quick add-ons! Throw a cardi over that tank, or pair booties with that dress for a new look fit for Fall. You’ll prolong the wear time of those Summer favs, and get a big high five from wallet while you’re at it! Below are a couple of our favourite transition looks to give you a little inspiration :).
It’s sad to say, but another summer is just about to come to a close. Soon it’ll be time to grab some knits, slap on those boots and LAYER! We’ve had a really great summer here on the East Coast, as they typically are. We especially enjoyed the times when we were able to shoot some of the pretty incredible pieces that made their way to Sarah’s store. Here are a couple of our favourites!
Welcome to Hollis + Jane, a lifestyle blog by Sarah Kingston and Emily Hammer! We’re excited to share with you our weekly posts on styling tips, beauty recommendations, favourite recipes, and so much more.
Let us introduce ourselves!
Emily is a Dartmouth based blogger and photographer, who has a background in fashion, specializing in vintage clothing. Along with blogging for Hollis + Jane, she is currently pursing her Diploma in Holistic Nutrition. One of her favourite movies is The September Issue. Emily is excited to be a part of H + J, and is excited to share creative ideas that will inspire!
Sarah is a Halifax/Dartmouth based blogger, with a background in styling and high-end retail. Her favourite fashion labels include All Saints Spitalfields, Rag & Bone, Alexander McQueen, among many others. A self described minimalist and clothing junkie, her key staples are black ankle boots and a long pendant necklace…as she says, they tie most anything together! When not blogging for Hollis + Jane, Sarah stays busy running her designer consignment boutique, Room 152, in Downtown Dartmouth.
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