One thing I love about thrifting for designer fashion is discovering all the new brands I've never heard of, especially ones by designers who are closer to my age, having graduated from fashion school and successfully launched their own label. That's precisely what Ace & Jig is all about, a brand by two friends who had a love for quality textiles, and made it into a fun boho-chic brand that's right up my alley. I just had to find a creative way to style this beautiful yarn dress of theirs.
The clothing on their website ranges $300-$350 for dresses (for example), the cotton is organic, and the yarn for the fabric along with textiles designs are a collaboration of the designers and their fair trade certified partners in India. It is said, some of the fabrics take over years to perfect. You can read more about their mission and resources on their website here.
Knowing what goes into each garment truly makes wearing it all the more special to me.
Styling the Yarn Dress:
The drop waist on the dress is cute but I really wanted to feel cinched on this particular day so you can easily fix that by tossing a vest over top of any dress and cinching it with a belt or harness as I did here. I also think a denim vest would be cute with this, which is something I will need to keep an eye out for at the thrift shops since I realized I don't own one!
I don't know when I will tire of the harnesses but for now, it's still very much my favorite even more than a waist belt which I've cherished and worn for many years. You're either a waist belt gal or you're not and I'm certainly always looking for classic ways to give my waist some shape.
The shoes were gifted by a sweet friend of mine. These vintage Givenchy heels were just too cute to not style with this outfit but in all honesty, vintage shoes are so small and narrow I can only muster about 30 minutes in them before I had to rip them right back off my feet. They make great shoes for photos or somewhere I plan to sit mostly, but hey- that's actually me in all heels anymore. I'm definitely a flats wearer 99% of the time but, I do love the look of a heel sometimes. I found a link to a plethora of vintage heels including Givenchy if you'd like to find some similar here.
Makeup and accessories include my go-to straw hat, big silver hoop earrings, and for the makeup- I went full coverage this time and a pop of orange on the inner part of the eye. This illuminates the eye color especially if you have blue eyes, it's also a fun way to implement color without going too overboard. Lips are lined with a brown tone and topped with a nude gloss. The final touch is a spritz of Carolina Herrera Perfume which I like due to its floral but woody and soft layers. Here are the exact details of the notes:
Top Ingredients: Rose, Jasmine, Praline
Olfactive Family: FLORAL Chypre Citrus
Top Notes: Bergamot & Grapefruit
Heart Notes: Bulgarian Rose & Jasmine Sambac
Bottom Notes: Patchouli & Praline Note
If you know me you know I like to share receipts and talk budget. For a dress that was incredibly thoughtfully designed and crafted at likely $300-$400 originally, this is what I paid for it:
Here is a list of Ace & Jig clothing available to thrift on the RealReal.
I don't know how I would've ever discovered the brand had I not gotten an opportunity to try it at an affordable price first. Now I (of course) had to follow them on IG so I can shop/lurk/and get inspired by their designs. I'm a new fan that's for sure!
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