Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dreaming of Dirndls

When I was in Florida last week, my mother suggested that she, my sister and I visit some local thrift and vintage stores. I think this was mostly for my benefit, and I very much appreciated it. There are so many little places to discover there, as well as the large, well-known stores, selling everything from 'antiques' to costume jewelry and vintage clothes. Needless to say, it was wonderful, both to spend time with them and to explore together.

I returned home at the beginning of this week with many finds, but the best of the bunch had to be my dirndl. Ever since Rebecca over at The Clothes Horse started wearing hers, I've had them in the back of my mind, always secretly hoping to see one hanging on the racks of my local thrift stores. When we went into the first store last Tuesday, I couldn't believe my luck when I spotted one not five minutes after we'd walked through the door. I wasn't sure how I was going to wear it without feeling like I was in costume, so I paired it with my short purple sweater and butterfly pin. I feel so lucky that it fits and love the embroidery along the hem and bust.

dirndl 1
dirndl 2
dirndl close
dirndl 5
dirndl 3
dirndl close 2
dirndl 4
dirndl bw

Shirt: Target
Sweater: Anthro
Dirndl: Thrifted Vintage
Headband: Steve and Barry's
Pin & Ring: Gifts
Tights: Target
Shoes: Clark's

I'm so happy to be back blogging! Thanks so much for your many comments on my last post and I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Eve.


  1. always the prettiest of pics and outfits. happy new year! (btw, i am finally working on my blog...hope you get the chance to check it out:


  2. fantastic outfit! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  3. Is that your basement? Very cool looking (and oh so scary looking.) I love the brown sweater and cute blue dress! :)

  4. love the detailing on the bottom of your dress

  5. It's lovely, and it looks great with and w/out the sweater. Your waist is teeeeny! Happy New Year!~
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  6. Is that how to call that dress? That's interesting... and it is so lovely. You gave justice to are tall and the dress looks so fab on you.

    Happy new year Kelley Anne. Hugs from Manila.

  7. Oh it is absolutely darling, it fits you perfectly. It's cute with the sweater, but I do love to see the whole dress, its so sweet. The butterfly pin is really pretty.

    My very best wishes for much happiness in 2010, really looking forward to sharing another year of blogging with you.

  8. It's beautiful and the whole outfit looks perfect! It fits you so well - what an incredible find :)

    Happy New Year!

  9. What a lovely find! They are have the most beautiful detailing, I think that's what I love most about them!

  10. love your dress, happy new year!


  11. lovely outfit!

  12. Congrats to your dirndl! You certainly found a great background for the pictures. Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Sabine x

  13. welcome back :) and i love thrift & vintage stores <3

  14. What a beautiful dress that is. I love how you styled it! Happy new year!

  15. That's so cool! Not how you imagine dirndls to be at all!

  16. Happy New Year dear Kelley! Your Dirndl is GORGEOUS... I adore the look.

  17. Happy New Year! You look wonderful!

  18. Love how you took it and made it look like something that's made for you! It could look costumey I imagine, you really do have a tiny waist!

  19. What a lucky girl you are, this dress is absolutely perfect and I love how you styled it! I hope you had a lovely new years!

  20. Is there anything cuter than a dirndl? SO beautiful!

  21. Oh, so pretty! I love embroidery and the colors are so lush.


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