Making Retro Look Modern

Making Retro Look Modern
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Making Retro Look Modern

Before you ask, no I didn’t mean to wear the wallpaper.

I had such a laugh when I walked into the new donut shop in town and my dress perfectly matched their gingham wallpaper. How coincidental! 😂 Hot Diggity Donuts is the cutest sourdough donut shop that serves cocktails along with their freshly-made sweets. There was no way I could miss the opportunity to take pictures in their retro, diner-esque store! I’ll get more in-depth about the outfit, but I just want to say that this eating experience was fantastic. Everyone on the staff was lovely, the food was divine, the cocktail was supreme, and the atmosphere was so much fun! I can’t wait to go back and try all the other handmade donuts and drink concoctions!

My original plan was to be a total Betty with this gingham midi dress from Chicwish, but I certainly Veronica-d it up with the jewels and heels. Alright, so I haven’t been keeping up-to-date at all with Riverdale, but I’m thinking I did a pretty okay job depicting their quirky fashion choices. A little class and a little sass – which is definitely the best of both worlds! That’s what you’ve gotta do when you’re trying to make something inherently retro a bit more modern!

Outfit Details // dress c/o Chicwish | necklace c/o Sugarfix | earrings c/o Sugarfix | heels | similar bag

Photos by Meredith Anne Photography

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If you haven’t been following along on Instagram, I got a bit of a hair upgrade – which really helped pull my outfit together! The color is definitely more Veronica. (Ah, okay. I need to stop talking in Riverdale terms before I buy my fiancé a Jughead hat and call it a day!) So instead, let’s talk about how I modernized this retro fit!

The dress was made to have a giant bow waist. Instead, I tucked the tails of the bow under themselves and created a slimmer middle with just the knot. Rather than reaching for a classic pearl necklace, I opted for this chunky fuchsia one that matched my cluster earrings. The bold color draws the eye. Rather than focusing on the midi length and more modest shape of the dress, I wore a pair of heels to give a more flirty vibe! Oh oh, BUT I love the dress! It’s the print of summer, the length is perfect for my build, and it’s incredibly comfortable. These are major perks for me when it comes to a sundress.

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How do you feel about making retro styles more modern?

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Making Retro Look Modern

Photos by Meredith Anne Photography

Outfit Details // dress c/o Chicwish | necklace c/o Sugarfix | earrings c/o Sugarfix | heels | similar bag



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    July 13, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    You look so cute!! I love that dress on you. xo ~ Megan

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    July 13, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    That dress is really pretty and it looks like it was custom made for you, the fit is perfect!!


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    Helena Marz
    July 13, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    This dress looks super cute and perfect for that place! Retro vibes❤️

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    Helena Marz
    July 13, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    This dress looks super cute on you and it definitely has a retro vibe to it ❤️

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    July 13, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    And looking good at it! Loving the styling and the location.

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    Renee || Getting Fit Fab
    July 13, 2018 at 8:24 PM

    This is such a fun look that looks modern. It fits perfectly with the store even with matching the wallpaper lol. You look gorgeous in this dress!

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    Sarah Lennon
    July 13, 2018 at 9:26 PM

    I love the pop of pink with your gingham dress! I am all about color!

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    July 13, 2018 at 10:06 PM

    I love the way you wear this! I tried on a similar dress and while it was really cute, I kept flashing back to old TV shows and decided it wasn’t for me. If I had your sense of style, I probably would have bought it.

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    July 14, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    I love the idea of doughnuts and cocktails! Talk about fat kid fun! Your look is gorgeous and your dress is so classic and chic!

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    Kenzi || Life of a Sister
    July 14, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    I am loving the retro vibe that this dress is giving off, it’s so beautiful! The fit looks amazing on you!

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    July 14, 2018 at 1:50 PM

    What a cute photoshoot! I love this gingham dress and those pumps are so classic! I know you will get a ton of wear out of both of these pieces!


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    July 14, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Could you be any cuter!?! I am loving this fun dress and your heels. You make retro look so good!

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    July 14, 2018 at 6:51 PM

    I love this dress babe! You look gorgeous and your skin is glowing 🙂

    -xo, Azanique |

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    Jean Exum Sauban
    July 14, 2018 at 8:39 PM

    You look like you’re having so much fun in that doughnut shop! And I love your dress pattern…it is NOT wallpaper…and love your quilted crossover bag as well.

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    Julia Comil
    July 15, 2018 at 2:24 AM

    Love how you modernize this look! Pink blush is so beautiful with gingham!

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    July 15, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    That dress looks so good on you! I love it!

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    Sharon Wu
    July 15, 2018 at 2:43 PM

    such a cute donut shop!! and how funny that you coincidentally matched with the wallpaper. i love gingham for summer and that dress is super cute on you! xo, sharon

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    Jasmine Vargas
    July 15, 2018 at 2:53 PM

    That dress is freaking adorable and I love how you styled it with a bright pink necklace.

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    Jamaria Johnson
    July 15, 2018 at 9:46 PM

    You’re adorable! That dress is super cute and that donut shop looks totally cute too! xo

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    July 15, 2018 at 11:07 PM

    That dress is super cute. I love how you styled it and the heels look super comfortable.

    Xx, Nailil

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    July 16, 2018 at 1:35 AM

    love this gingham dress on you babe! so cute!


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    July 16, 2018 at 6:08 AM

    You pull of retro style SO well. Looking absolutely gorgeous in gingham! That bar also looks so cute!

    xx Mollie

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    July 16, 2018 at 8:29 AM

    Love your dress and this cute little shop!

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    July 16, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    I am ALL about gingham. It is such a retro print but so much fun!
    xo Jessica

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    Ashley DTKAustin
    July 16, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Oh my gosh this is such a fun post!! You look absolutely amazing! I am in LOVE with that gorgeous dress!

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    July 16, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    There you go again being the cutest ever!! Love this dress!

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    Becky @ Disney in your Day
    July 16, 2018 at 6:34 PM

    That is too funny that your dress matches the wallpaper almost perfectly! I also love that dress!

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    July 17, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Girl, you did an amazing job making retro look modern! This is tooo adorable! And I love the hair upgrade! So cute!

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    Tara Fuller
    July 18, 2018 at 2:10 AM

    i love the look – but i can’t stop laughing at the wallpaper comment 🙂

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    July 20, 2018 at 12:34 AM

    I just adore this retro look on you, and what a darling little drink spot!

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