Queen of Constantinople

Updated on Nov 26, 2010
This is an entry to Impress for Less sponsored by Crossroads Trading Co..
blue lace vintage dress - light brown faux fur vintage hat
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This outfit in its entirety could describe as “the perfect vintage find”. Everything that I am wearing (except the Talbots shoes and Forever21 earrings) was purchased at a thriftstore or vintage clothing boutique.

The Dress

I found the dark blue lace dress at a local rummage sale. On the hanger, the dress looked like an enormous, frumpy colonial costume. However, the more I looked at this garment and studied its material and composition, the more I realized its potential as a stunning gothic-chic maxi dress. And who could resist the tantalizing $1.00 price tag?

The Vest

The long, burnt-orange brocade vest was purchased at a thriftstore near Baltimore Maryland, on a weekend-long visit with some relatives. I was immediately drawn to the exotic fabric and “vintage dressing gown” style of the piece, and took it home for a mere $4.00. Standing in front of my closet one day, I happened to hold up this vest next to the aforementioned lace maxi dress, and knew that they were destined to be worn together.

The Hat

Last year, I was digging through a box of old scarves and stained gloves at the local Salvation Army, when I pulled out this lovely Dr. Zhivago-esque faux fur Russian hat. Mentally jumping up and down with delight, I rushed to buy this baby for just $1.00, and have been loving it ever since.

The Bangles

Bangle-collecting has become a recent obsession of mine. Over the past month or so, I’ve acquired over two armfuls of these brightly-colored beauties. Most of these were picked up at various thriftstores for pennies; I’ve purchased a few of them at a downtown vintage clothing store for under $10.00 each.

The Belt

I bought the black and gold seashell clasp belt at a rummage sale ages ago for $1.00. It has become an important staple in my wardrobe over the years-I have no idea what I would do without it! The gold chain belt was purchased at a holiday bazaar last month for a quarter. Originally a necklace, I decided to try a little innovation and wear this gaudy dazzler around my waist for some Old-World glamour.

Mwah! Mwah!
~Hope Adela

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Comments (80)

HUCKLEBERRY
HUCKLEBERRY on March 18
I respect your swag. You MUST be an artist.
UrbanAttire
UrbanAttire on March 12
Briliant styling skills!
shotcouture
shotcouture on December 08
Love it!
PatriciaIacob
PatriciaIacob on October 19
:)
Mad_Hare
Mad_Hare on July 18
Wow... You look amazing! O_O!!!!
AnneFreya
AnneFreya on January 27
Love your vintage vest!! <33
ragsandfeathers
ragsandfeathers on January 05
i feel that people overuse the word "epic" but I think this would qualify as something that someone would wear during the events of an actual epic
Gareth
Gareth on December 30
Looks very editorial - So many beautiful things together.
killjoylove
killjoylove on December 28
always so bold and inspiring, LOVE this one Hope! That blue lace dress is so gorgeous!
cmt343
cmt343 on December 15
great hat :D
cray0lla
cray0lla on December 09
so eclectic & absolutely gorgeous!!
elena01
elena01 on December 08
omg your hat is so awesome!!!
londondude
londondude on December 07
So totally and utterly gorgeous! This has the WOW factor for sure, hope you wore this and had a great day! CHIC x
angiekje
angiekje on December 05
wow Hope, you really look like a queen here: chic!
rhemel
rhemel on December 01
That belt is very beautiful!
violetheart
violetheart on November 29
your hat is soo amazing! love it xo
patlaenz
patlaenz on November 29
very original,and I love your post it shows it s not about money to put a good look togheter
milicaaaa
milicaaaa on November 29
love the hat and gloves :)
charchelle27
charchelle27 on November 28
so amazing!
lexigancayco
lexigancayco on November 28
super chic!
starryeyed
starryeyed on November 28
this is gorgeous!! you always look so amazing... faving :)
kavzme
kavzme on November 28
brilliant....you have actually transformed the pieces into a masterpiece outfit....really really love your innovative outfit....!!
psykoKilla
psykoKilla on November 28
beautiful!!!!
inspirafashion
inspirafashion on November 27
soo gorgeous!! i am really loving the lace dress, so perfect. and the fur hat boosts the luxurious feel of the look. stunning as always girl <3.
adelinejoie
adelinejoie on November 27
WOW! That's a lot of layering. Very very very special! Loves!
anonymours
anonymours on November 27
very cool finds!
pandaphilia
pandaphilia on November 27
you do look like a queen! super chic
rizzalana
rizzalana on November 27
i absolutely love the dress. :)
lydeeloo
lydeeloo on November 27
great hat. and i love that belt so much - i want it! xoxox
shellbell
shellbell on November 27
what a great hat
lechateaudesfleurs
lechateaudesfleurs on November 27
This is so fun !
maiu_bcn
maiu_bcn on November 27
WOW! this is perfection!
AmeliaJackson29
AmeliaJackson29 on November 27
so dramatic and amazing!
taylorjonas
taylorjonas on November 27
nice
Aithor
Aithor on November 27
your outfit looks like Russian woman, is it correct?
ChildLalLaLa
ChildLalLaLa on November 27
lace dress awesome!!!!!!
DressedinVintage
DressedinVintage on November 27
wow!chic!!!
cherry8888
cherry8888 on November 27
Love this look!
WickedPlumVintage
WickedPlumVintage on November 27
WOW WOW WOW!!!! amazing look! this should be in Vogue!
FairyColors
FairyColors on November 27
ohh my, you look absolutely amazing, dear!! l'm so in love with the bohemian vibe and fall colors mix on your outfit!! those lacey dress, fur hat and vintage gloves are sooo hot put together!!!<333
chelyuson
chelyuson on November 27
love the dress!!!!:)
allaboutthestyle
allaboutthestyle on November 27
amazing !! You know how to combine !! Amazing
MegAverbuch
MegAverbuch on November 27
loveeeeee the layers and mixing and matching! fabulous!
guiaalvendia
guiaalvendia on November 27
omg this is amazing! :]
Annachiara
Annachiara on November 27
FVOLOUS!!!
alyssabird
alyssabird on November 26
that hat is soo sick! love it!!
somewhereovertherain
somewhereovertherain on November 26
great dress
vanitychick
vanitychick on November 26
such adorable look!
lafillemystere
lafillemystere on November 26
all around amazing! i especially love the hat!
caseyerum
caseyerum on November 26
Very daring!! love it!
immadi
immadi on November 26
beautiful lace dress
headbandit
headbandit on November 26
love the hat!
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on November 26
this is sooooooo cool!!!
pullyoursocksup
pullyoursocksup on November 26
You look utterly amazing - I've found a kindred soul who gets as excited about thrifting as me:). You have done it all - everything is perfect and I love how you found everything in rummage sales! xo
nennen35
nennen35 on November 26
amazing dress!! also love your fur hat!
francescalyn
francescalyn on November 26
Great look. So awesome! The vest makes this outfit. "http://www.opheliasswimteam.com/":http://www.opheliasswimteam.com/
bubbbbbbaf
bubbbbbbaf on November 26
ok this is amazing!!!
carizzachua
carizzachua on November 26
this one is awesome~
katslovefashion
katslovefashion on November 26
wow!! awesome outfit!!
mustownmore
mustownmore on November 26
This is so cool! Love the maximalism, and that you remind me of the a Narnia Queen or something. Love the stacked bangles and eveything. Faved.
roanjean
roanjean on November 26
Amazing finds make up an amazing outfit indeed!
Chof
Chof on November 26
wow! nice!
MitziBlitz
MitziBlitz on November 26
You look amazing! I love when pieces scream "pair us together!!" when they're near each other, hahaha.
thesmartdresser
thesmartdresser on November 26
all hail the queen_you look magnificent!
ChloroformPerfume
ChloroformPerfume on November 26
Oh my God you are the queen of thrifting and vintage shopping and you look stunning in the photos!
movito
movito on November 26
very "haute couture". You got it!
VixieVaporous
VixieVaporous on November 26
It's good you're standing in front of a fire hydrant because this outfit is so hot!!! ^_^ LOve and CHIC!
DeboraCorvino
DeboraCorvino on November 26
Wow Beautiful xxx Debora
maryiangge
maryiangge on November 26
love your hat!
Coconut
Coconut on November 26
Oh this is very nice !!! Fantastic ::: I this is is the best " medieval style " ever
Chaba
Chaba on November 26
You are amazing! Love this!
JennaStevie
JennaStevie on November 26
These pieces are all so unique and amazing, that vest is so gorgeous!! I love the pattern, and the layering here, so good
deathbyplatforms
deathbyplatforms on November 26
i love the vest! it's so unique! and i love the quirky, royalty styling here!
MissMeggo
MissMeggo on November 26
This is a really interesting outfit. I don't think I would ever wear it, but you definitely have the confidence to pull it off.
modgeisha
modgeisha on November 26
Amazing outfit! Love the dress and the vest! Lovely hat!
KellyJoy
KellyJoy on November 26
this is a great outfit you've wrangled together at various thrift stores! very chic look!
Annebeth
Annebeth on November 26
stunning layering, that lace dress is AWESOME
Jettica
Jettica on November 26
That's amazing. It's fantastic how you can look at something and see the potential in it. Still something I can't do when thrift shopping. Wow.
cityofbugs
cityofbugs on November 26
faving this! its amazing, that blue lace dress is stunning - i can't believe it was $1! you look absolutely gorgeous!
stickybun
stickybun on November 26
hope ya win, burbling sister! :)
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