Deck Fashion Reimagined in Old San Juan

I love dressing. I love the visual expression. I love the way a t-shirt can be styled differently – rolled sleeves, tucked in and belted one year and a cut out neck hanging off my shoulder and knotted at my waist the next. But I also love the story behind each piece of jewelry, each thrifted blouse, every designer pair of jeans scored at a discount store. I love the hunt as much as the styling. This new blog series aims to expand the images from my Fashion Friday posts into the full stories behind the treasured pieces that make up each look.

Upcycled Ruffle Neck BlouseUpcycled Ruffle-Neck Blouse

I happened upon this floral ruffle neck blouse while thrifting with my mom. The color and print were perfect but the sleeves which used to be attached took away from the ruffle. I wanted the ruffle to be the focal point, so I had the sleeves removed.

Flare Mini SkortFlare Mini Skort

This flare mini skort was a lucky Gabe’s (Gabriel Brothers) find and has been a staple in my warm weather wardrobe for at least 3 years. The hidden shorts underneath make for less scandalous Marilyn moments when the breeze catches and allows for flirtatious yet appropriate workwear.

Vintage Jordache BeltVintage Jordache Belt

The gold horse charm belt! Is it a vintage Jordache? Probably. And that nice burgundy tone completes so many looks. The cracks in the leather add character. Great thrift find.

Bekkie Open-Sided Leather BootBekkie Open-Sided Leather Boot

The shoes are Fluevogs. I either love or hate Fluevog designs, this pair was love at first site. Ridiculously comfortable and versatile.

Handmade Coral RingHandmade Coral Ring

I was already dressed today, roaming about Old San Juan, my temporary home for the next two months, when I found an accessories and leather boutique, Colonial Hill Boutique, filled with designs and creations from local artists. This ring called to me. Not only did the tone of brown vibe perfectly with my blouse, but it fit my center finger without any resizing, which is rare. I’m a sucker for bronze and so made a guilt free (support local artists!) impulse buy.