Vintage Inspired Style – Spring 2012

Yesterday we talked to you about how much we love Michelle Williams and her vintage-inspired style. We showed you some of our favorites of her red carpet looks in which she wore current designers who have heavy retro influence in their collections. Today we want to gush over such designers who have been bringing a mid-century ladylike appearance back into style.

Now, we know the Fall 2012 shows are walking right now, but let’s just focus on the present, and talk about this spring, shall we?

SS12 Runway Vintage Inspired

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Blouse Basics

At Lise + Katina, this week is blouse week: we are featuring one every day in our shop! Every girl needs at least one or two to round out her wardrobe. Simple, modern blouses are always nice to have around as office basics and easy casual pieces, but the unique details of a vintage blouse can bring a little something extra to your everyday looks! Antiqued buttons and retro dart and seam placements can make a vintage piece feel more special than a new one, and period styles like Peter Pan collars, ascots, or a sailor’s middy can turn a average outfit into an amazing one!

When searching for a vintage blouse that works for you, we try to consider fit first (and remember that a good tailor can do wonders at a reasonable cost!), but then again, we love an over-sized blouse billowing over fitted trousers or skirts, so what you should really consider is how you will wear it, and what works best for you. How will you work it into your closet? To keep your outfits from looking dated try to incorporate only one or two vintage pieces, and keep the rest of the look modern. For example, pair a lacy high-necked blouse with a sleekly tailored modern pencil skirt, a pair of basic suede booties, and a small stack of delicate bracelets and rings – perhaps a blend of vintage and modern. This method of styling allows the beauty of your one-of-a-kind piece to shine without overpowering you with kitsch.

When needing inspiration, we have plenty of personal and street style blogs that we love to pore over. Here are a few of our favorite looks from our favorite ladies:

Atlantic-Pacific Blouse

The Stylish Wanderer Blouse

M Loves M Blouse

Vanessa Jackman Blouse

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Get creative, and send us some of your own favorite looks too!

-Lise + Katina

Blouse Week!

At Lise + Katina we are dedicating a week to classic pieces for your autumn wardrobe: blouses! Every day this week we will be listing one of these beautiful basics, and we will also be talking a little bit about how to wear them (more on that later!). For now, enjoy a preview of this week’s vintage loves:

Halston III Patterned Blouse

Halston III Cream Blouse

Notations Paisley Blouse

Notches Silver Tuxedo Blouse

Nicola Peachy Pink Tuxedo Blouse

If you have any questions about an item before it has been listed feel free to email us at liseandkatina@gmail.com.

-Lise + Katina