For The Love of Embroidery
Welcome back to another blog post here at Mind Over Mango. Today we will be talking about my vintage Kathy Che Peter Pan blouse, which features an elegant detail of embroidery that I’m currently obsessed with. I’ll also talk about how I decided to style it with a few new pieces I recently picked up, along with a little DIY accessory that I created as well.
Why I Love Vintage Clothing
The best kind of donated clothing are the ones that have stood the test of time. You may eventually decide to donate some of your clothes. By choosing good quality materials, it ensures that they will less likely end up in a dump somewhere in the world. Plus, someone else would be happy to find a beautifully aged item. When I stumbled across my “new used” blouse for only $3.99 at the thrift store, I was ecstatic.
This blouse dates back to the 1980’s, one of my favorite vintage eras of clothing. Surprisingly, the 80’s had a lot of different fashion trends. People tend to associate them only with bright colors and crazy patterns. In reality that was only a fraction of what an entire decade’s fashion had held! The 1980’s saw a phase of delicate pieces that seem to have been buried with time. 2018 has been slowly adopting the born-again trend of bringing back embroidery. Coupled with a rebirth of statement collars, digging through your local thrift store racks can prove to be very trendy and well worth it!
Why Should We Bring Embroidery Back?
Embroidery has been an age-old art dating back from the 5th – 3rd century BC. Even the Ancient Greeks credit the Goddess Athena for bestowing the art of embroidery, and even weaving, another fiber art as well. So basically, it’s so old that it’s cool. Who doesn’t like wearing some form of history on their clothing? Also, embroidery has been a very undervalued art form, and has not been given the rightful attention it deserves. By sporting embroidery anything, you’re bringing light to an art form that has been underappreciated. It wants attention and it wants it now (and so do you)!
What I Wore
As you will see, an oversized and floppy Peter Pan collar takes the stage, with an intricate cut in the fabric as well. The twists and turns that the cuts and embroidery create really set this piece apart from your typical white collared blouse. It is finished off with faux pearl beaded details that carefully line the edges, making it an extremely elegant blouse that can be played up or down. I would say it was definitely a successful find of mine! Since it is vintage, I linked below examples of how you can similarly recreate this blouse on a budget.
Straight Leg Trousers
As many of you know, aside from my obsession with vintage clothing, my other obsession is COLOR BLOCKING. I can’t get enough of it. So when I brought this dainty white blouse home, I knew it needed that real POP of color to make it my own. I decided that pairing it with my hot pink trousers by Adrianna Papell would easily make a bold statement, without going overboard (let’s face it though, I love going overboard). The material has a wonderful stretch, one of my favorite qualities in my never-ending search for skinny jeans! 👖
Now, time for accessories! I threw on my Mix No. 6 mint green heels, along with my cute DIY grey faux fur puffs that I clipped onto each heel. 👡 I will make a blog post about how I made these (which by the way, it cost near to nothing to create). I find that adding a puff detail is flirty and fun; it can completely transform a pair of shoes within seconds!
Finally, I slung a preppy tartan checkered crossbody over my shoulder to finish off the look. I had bought this purse on Martha’s Vineyard one day, and finally, put it to good use!
So that about wraps up this week vintage outfit! Thank you for joining me as always and for checking out my blog. I can’t wait to show you what’s next on the fashion agenda!
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