An Antique Autumn Lookbook




I feel like I cheat on the present with the past on a daily basis. The past is evocative. The past is romantic. It’s a hopeless love affair that I cannot seem to quit and frankly, refuse to. I want to keep reading classic literature. I want to keep watching period dramas (Downton Abbey and Reign are highly recommended). I want to keep wearing clothes that do not fit into this century’s context. However, I want to keep my ties with my generation. I am a social media addict. I like to partake in trends from time-to-time. I like to brunch with my friends, so on and so forth. Call it two-timing (literally), but I don’t see this as an issue. In fact, eclecticism is a beautiful marriage of the past and present. Here’s one outfit that is a love child of my two timelines.

While I was in Brighton last year, I decided to put my own spin on the term, “beach look.” Brighton is not your typical beach and this is not your typical beach outfit. Well, maybe it would have been in the ’70s! The outfit revolves around two key pieces: these burnt orange culottes and vintage Oscar de la Renta scarf. The paisley detail on this thing is the epitome of retro, but as far as I’m concerned, not outdated. The orange in the scarf picks up on the hue of the trousers. I then throw in a white button down to balance out the color. A fitted white button down is such a staple, and a lovely option when wearing bottoms as baggy as culottes. For shoes, I am wearing these adorable Steve Madden Oxfords. What could be more British? My favorite accessory of all is this yellow polaroid that my friend used to capture moments spent around the pier. Nothing says vintage cool like a classic polaroid!

As I’m typing away on my computer, I am already brainstorming tomorrow’s outfit, aka a new time period to fabricate. It will probably reflect the 1920s since I’ve been binge-watching Downton Abbey lately…


Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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