Updated: Oct 31
ZOOM/ GOOGLE MEETINGS MEET VINTAGE MIRAGE Elinor Coleman’s Blog OCTOBER 2020
Vintage Mirage offers to you, our vintage and designer loving customer, more than 100 Consignors’ wardrobe taste buds and items of Clothing, Accessories and Jewelry from which to choose. What a wonderful and expansive world of fashion we offer to you, all in one location for the brick and mortar store, plus now on line as well, visit our new online store here: https://www.vintagemirage.com/shop.
Well readers, here we are in October 2020, contemplating the current focus of Zoom and Google meetings instead of going into the office or travelling to conferences. How will such a forum effect your wardrobe choices?
So taking notice of the media requirements and above the waist formatting let us banter around some inspirational thoughts for expanding your wardrobe for the above the waistline perspective.
Each of you has a familiar and known style of work wardrobe sense for business attire, which matches
your level of comfort and professional dress code.
VARIATIONS ON THE TRADITIONAL SUIT LOOK
Begin with body neutral under garment. Camisole or Sleeveless top.
Strong Solid color blouse with long sleeves.
Purple, green, yellow, pink, blues or Pastel colors or neutrals
Add a Kimono, shrug, buttonless wrap Suit jacket with single, double breasted buttons
Contrasting colors from top Greys, Navy blue, Tans
Add a large scarf with brooch to hold the knot in place, because you do not want the scarf to swing in the camera. The brooch/pin can be vintage or contemporary including crystals, silver or gold tone with pearls.
Or instead of a scarf, add a necklace
VARIATIONS ON THE THEME
Patterned or lacey camisole Lacey or patterned blouse neutral colors
Flowered jacket , velvet jacket Tweed jacket. Add an enhancing color compared to the jacket.
Beaded jacket or sweater Two tone jacket, herringbone jacket, Mix and match the colors, layers. Add a large brooch to the lapel of the jacket
Large chunky necklace & earrings Delicate look- silver, gold chain necklace,
No scarf needed for looks with necklaces.
Embroidered blouse & sweater Solid color coat dress.
Please note that I did not mention black jackets nor bright red jackets, as in the camera world
those colors come out looking the same- black. And in addition, a stark white outfit may recede into the wall, if that wall is painted white.
The combinations of mixing and matching pieces of clothing are endless. Have fun trying different combinations.
In order to highlight your sense of style and enhance your profile, create a photo studio right in your house or apartment. Find a brightly lit neutral color- cream, grey, white, pastel wall or corner. Sit a little distant from the corner or wall, so that you can light the area behind your laptop screen, in the room in front of you, and also add a lamp to one side of where you are sitting, right behind you.
Turn the lights up in the room as much as possible, this will light up your face and accent the colors
of the outfit you are wearing. The lamp light behind you and to the side will add depth of field for you and enhance your contours. This contour light will accent your face and bring you out from the wall behind you, which is your background.
We realize that you cannot repaint your walls according to your outfit choice.
The use of cameras and lighting can transform colors and your looks in many different ways as compared with the visual look in person, and how our eyesight perceive colors. Note that the pastel walls which to the eye seemed neutral may look like a stronger shade of background if you wear that same color outfit.
So the above ideas of certain colors can alter your look completely, depending on your environment- the lighting and wall tones, as compared with the skin tones and your own personal range of coloring.
So take the time to test run your looks by viewing your looks live or zooming a friend and showing your outfit; tweak such combinations in advance. We want you to look your best.
In closing, please come visit us at Vintage Mirage for additional looks, garments, scarves, belts, necklaces, earrings and brooches!
We are diligently following Phase 3 of the Alexandria Health Department and the Pledge Program, which promises additional attention to sterilization of the interior of the store and merchandize and surfaces, mandatory face mask wearing of staff and clients, and limited capacity of customers at any one time.
Vintage Mirage is open Tuesday thru Saturday 12 noon to 5pm. We are closed Sunday & Monday.
We now offer you 24/7 opportunity to purchase merchandize online.
Please visit our new online store here: https://www.vintagemirage.com/shop.
You can also call us during store hours and purchase an Instagram outfit 703-535-8200.
We also offer private appointments on Tuesdays during store hours, booked the week previously.
Stay Safe and Healthy!
Enjoy Vintage Dressing!
Elinor Coleman and Tartiana Davis