by cecylia on February 22, 2012

Bonjour ma cherie! How has your week been so far? I’ve been juggling work and catching up with family and friends these few days. Time spent with them are the most tresured and memorable moments. I hope you get a chance to spend time with your loved ones this week.

This is one of those practically all vintage outfits again, so I’m going to hand over more op-shopping tips. In this last post I gave you tips on buying and choosing the pieces. Today I’ll fill you in about vintage care.

Clean, wash and steam every vintage clothing you take home even if it’s been washed already by the lovely store manager, and especially if the piece is a natural fibre, like silk, cotton, linen or wool. Or else you will also be inviting a whole hoard of fabrics pests. The larvae are particularly attracted to perspiration, they eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. EWW! I know, that’s why it’s paramount that you steam them into oblivion. Hot water is their worst enemy. If you don’t have a steamer, and are strapped for time, hang your new acquisitions outside in the sun and let Mr Golden Rays offer a lending hand.

This shirt will be familiar to you if you’ve read this post. It is one of these vintage pieces even though is not made from natural fibre (usually a big no-no for me) and doesn’t even fit me, it still gets my heart racing when I see it. The amazing kaleidoscopic shirt features so many iconic fashion prints: houndstooth, bright colours, Baroque, floral motifs, even Batik! Can you recognise them? And it features all the primary and secondary colours. They do say that the first thing we are attracted to a garment, is its hue. I found some Versace shirts with rad prints for you here.

More house-keeping tips on clothing and accessories in general are that shoes and woolen garments should not be worn 2 days in a row, instead they should be rested, shoes to be dried, and woollens to be given a chance to ‘bounce’ back into shape, for 2 days before they are worn again. This means that you should only wear the same shoes/woollen every 3 days. I’ve found that my shoes and jumpers/wool dresses last much longer this way and hardly enlarge. Hope these tips are handy for you!

Where: going grocery shopping

Wear: Vintage shirt (similar ones here), sunnies + skirt, Kenzo bag, Repetto slingback booties (available on my online store)


CessOviedo February 22, 2012 at 7:51 am

wow that shirt is so vivid and colorful! love how it mixes lots of prints all in one!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Rachel February 22, 2012 at 8:12 am

Huh! I had no idea about these tips and that totally wigs me out! lol. I’m definitely investing in a steamer now since I live in England and the sun visits maybe 3 times a year. As fantastic as the shirt is I’m loving the skirt. It’s one of my favorite colors and seems like one of those fabulous building blocks every fashionista can use in their closet.

cecylia February 22, 2012 at 9:45 am

Aww London is a little UV deprived at times. Yes a steamer is awesome. I have a hand held one which I carry with me on holidays even!
Glad that you like the skirt- it’s part of a set I scored from the thrift store

Lyana February 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

So bold! You totally rocked that skirt!

cecylia February 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Thank you!! :D

Clara Turbay February 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

interesting and casual.

Cee February 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I love the bright print of your blouse, it’s so unique and fun!

Gelleesh February 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Your outfit posts never fail to impress me. Your top reminds me of the late 80′s to 90′s era. It’s just so funky and you look really cool and pretty here. :D

cecylia February 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm

lol thank you for your encouraging and kind words. Yes a little 80s indeed!

rimatambunan February 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm

i love your top, it present your style. fun but also chic!

Mica February 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm

A top with that many patters would put me off but you wear it so well and make it look so effortless! I really like this outfit :) Thank you for the clothes and shoe care tips too :)


cecylia February 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Pleasure Mica, hope you find it useful too hun! xx

Aphrodite Trends February 23, 2012 at 2:13 am

brilliant,brilliant…always brilliant!

trishie February 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

Love the great tips!

Nancy February 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

oh I LOVE your skirt! great outfit :)

Dawn {The Alternative Wife} February 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Oh I just love the colors here! The skirt is fabulous and so is the print of that blouse. Lovely vintage outfit. :) xoox

cecylia February 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

glad you like it Dawn!

alison*elle February 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Great tips, Cecylia! I’m always paranoid about things like pests living in vintage/thrifted items. I can see why you love that blouse… the print is great.

xo, alison*elle

cecylia February 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Thanks Alison! Hehehe yes we need to care for our clothes so they can serve us well :)

Jenny February 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Such a lovely outfit, love the printed shirt and all the colors! You look so pretty :)


fabliha February 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

that print is just amazing

cecylia February 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Thanks hunny! xxx

Ioana February 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm

This outfit is so nice! Check my blog and follow me if you want!


sofie February 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm

cute look, love the colours! ?

Jess February 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm

haha you are so cute! love this fun outfit and great tips, i didn’t know that!! and thanks for your sweet comment too ;)


Vivian February 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm

i love how in itself it mixes all sorts of prints, the blouse is awesome and i love how you mixed it with a colored shirt rather than going with black or something ordinary.. you look fabulous my dear.


Mitsue S. February 24, 2012 at 2:56 am

love this fun and cool look!!
thanks for your lovely words!!
Mitsue & Lay

bravoerunway February 24, 2012 at 4:35 am

I love that blouse and the silk turquoise skirt! It’s absolutely gorgeous and I think we’re getting snow in Chicago…so envious of your summer weather!

mika February 25, 2012 at 5:07 am

i love the bright colours! looks so fresh and cheerful! got a new follower, madame! hope to see you soon again on my blog! <3

xx mika

Holly February 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I love that skirt! What a beautiful colour!

Sara Romero February 26, 2012 at 2:27 am

Absolutely obsessed with the way you put together this look. I adore the color combinations and the patterns too.


Ellen February 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm

A M A Z I N G! I love it! :D

Goo,jashin February 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

specially like your blouses.\
mind following each other?

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