Out of My Element

21 Jun

Starting  Castaway Vintage– almost a year ago now in concept, trial and error with ebay, until it’s full inception on Etsy about six months ago, has really broken me out of my usual personal style.  Not that I have ‘lost’ my identity, but more I’m a Taurus, and a creature of habit and have just always loved the boldness and contrast and blue with red, black with white- stripes, polka dots, plaid, and nautical themes.  These items definitely are still my favorite, but I have found myself branching out more and more as I find these great items for the shop that wouldn’t necessarily be my personal style, knowing that someone would love and enjoy them.  I try not to photograph on dress forms or hangers as much as possible and to style the outfits to show people how they can be worn and how it looks and fits and a real person.

In the process of styling my items for sale that don’t happen to be 1950’s/60’s mod, red, blue, black, white, plaid, polka dots or stripes I have opened up a whole new world of possibilities for my own personal wardrobe.  A year ago the color brown just did not exist in my wardrobe, but once I started finding amazing pieces that I simply could not pass up, and styling and photographing them- I actually really began to LIKE seeing myself in browns, or new styles that just didn’t occur to me for myself before.  I now have several pairs of brown boots and shoes, floral prints (I would NEVER….), bright colors…it’s good to get out of your element now and then and try new stuff out!

I really enjoy the outfit I have on here, which was built around the animal print sweater that I thrifted to sell- a vintage 1980’s Adrienne Vittadini.  I don’t think I would normally wear something like this but in looking for ways to style it to show my customers, it’s a piece I have fallen in love with, and a new look for myself!  It will probably be up for sale in the shop later today, if I can part with it!  Be sure to check out all the other great items up for sale now, as I put up a ton of new listings over the weekend that I can’t even do an “Etsy update” as most of them have already sold!!

Hat- Deena and Ozzy from Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses- Forever 21
Vintage Adrienne Vittadini animal print cardigan-Castaway Vintage
Black Dress- Slip from another dress
Belt- Vintage Dockers
Shoes- Cynthia Vincent for Target

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One Response to “Out of My Element”

  1. Anthea June 27, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    I’m a new reader and I am really enjoying your outfits. I’m the same in terms of the brown thing. I’m loving brown lately and I never used to wear brown. It’s nice to reinvent yourself from time to time.

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