Thrifted silk blouse (similar at 50% off) & wool skirt, Manolo Blahnik BB pumps, green suede was 30% off
(PS - free overnight shipping on most Nordstrom items ordered by 3PM EST 12/23, awesome for last-minute gifts)
I love browsing thrift stores for quality pieces from the past. I came across this skirt many months ago and had to wait patiently for Christmas season. It's one of my most special finds - made by a Boston label circa 1950's, beautiful craftsmanship and quality wool, plus fit perfectly without any alterations. And did I mention it was $2? You can sign up for emails from Savers / Value Village to know about 50% off clothing days, which may help offset the costs of dry cleaning and potential tailoring. It was also during one of these sales when I found this beloved Lauren by Ralph Lauren silk blouse for a steal (read about alterations here).
I've shown many holiday outfits suitable for cocktail attire, but this one is perfect for a more cozy gathering (photos were snapped while at our friends' lovely home) or possibly the office. To keep the ensemble from being too old-fashioned, I added a pair of heels with a more modern silhouette. I used to own a vintage pair in this color, but to my dismay, the heels broke off and crumbled beyond repair - perhaps due to age?
In the realm of classic pumps, Manolo Blahnik hit the nail on the head with his BB design. They have a narrow fit with clean, sleek lines and show just a bit of toe cleavage. I've been eying the style for ages and finally ordered during Nordstrom's first designer pump markdown - last year's experience taught me sale BB's go fast. The sales associate I spoke to was helpful in searching store inventory for sizes not available online.
A note on sizing - my only other pair of pumps by this brand are a 34.5 and not snug (I typically wear a 5 to 5.5), so I went with the same size for these. They run noticeably smaller than the Lisane bows, so a 35 would've probably been ideal for me. I would recommend going with your usual size to at most half a size down. As with the bow pumps, I noticed these are marked hand made in Italy with leather upper, soles and lining. Here's a few other MB styles at Nordstrom that I love:
Wishing each of you happy holidays with your loved ones! Thank you, as always, for stopping by!