Clothing Items as Art

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Clothing Items as Art with VIPme

I’m not an artist and I don’t even play one on television. However, I can certainly appreciate the beauty of gorgeous paintings! As I’ve said many times, I’m always on the lookout for great clothing for us older women that look great and are within a reasonable price range. When I was reading Kileen’s blog post back in June, I fell in love with the print of her dress. And I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered it wasn’t super expensive.

As I looked through VIPme’s website I ogled over so many of the items because of the prints and materials of their pieces. It was obvious that they do not market to us older women when looking at the age their models. But that didn’t deter me! I think so many of their items would be fun, not only for the youngsters, but also for us oldsters!

I really was trying to analyze why I was so drawn to many of the clothing items on VIPme’s website. And then it came to me….many of the prints were like artwork. It made me think of beautiful canvases with lovely colors and scenery. Since many of us are in the second half of our lifespan, I think it’s wonderful to find options ways to set us apart from the masses. I feel that one of those ways to do that, is to wear unique and artsy pieces of clothing. Have a look at their site and tell me what you think below in the comments!

How I got involved:

So, for the first time, I actually reached out to a company to see if they would want to work with a more mature crowd (the three of us!!). What that means is VIPme gifted us these three dresses for us to review. And I’ve been allowed to offer my readers a discount of $5 OFF on Orders Over $50 with the code SIJodie56. This offer runs only for a month—so don’t delay! They also have some fabulous handbags, jewelry (don’t tell my mom about the cute owl necklaces—she has enough of them) and even home goods on their website! One nice thing about these items, are they are only available for a limited time. Thus not everyone will have the same things you do!

If you are looking to purchase clothing, let me give a hint or two. Don’t be put off if the item says mini dress or seems too short for your comfort—it can always be worn as a tunic with leggings, jeans or a skirt underneath it. I also realize that the sizing can be problematic when looking at a new site. Some of VIPme’s clothing do not yet have actual measurements listed with their S,M,L sizing chart. This will change very soon though, I was assured. Thus, to be safe, I would only order items you can be sure will fit since returns are accepted but the return postage is paid by the customer.

Another important fact about the measurements. My experience with these overseas companies is that their measurements are the exact measurements of the area of the clothing. I think in the States, when you order an item with a 35 inch bust, build in an allowance factored depending on the cut. This is not the case in this clothing. Thus if your body measurement is 35 inches, you will want to size up. Unless, of course, you want it to be tight. I would say, it’s easier to go up a size and if needed have it taken it or altered. It is much harder to make something bigger than it is to make is smaller.

Outfits:

So onto these “dresses”—and I say that in quotes to show how we wore them differently. I wore mine as a dress, Nancy wore hers as a tunic and mom wore hers as a covering.

VIPme dresses. VIPme dresses.

Jodie’s (50’s) Dressy Outfit: The green of this dress is what drew me to it….I have nothing like it in my closet, so I felt it’d be a good challenge! They have the same dress in yellow, but I already have a yellow dress! I had a couple options for shoes to wear for the summer months. These sandals are my go-to in the neutral category, but I also could have worn my white sandals or my blush patent sandals. For the cooler months, I could substitute my sandals with black or grey pumps!

The dress comes with a slip that is attached throughout the body of the dress making it quite modest. The sleeves are sheer and I love the trim on the collar & sleeves.

Dress: VIPme.com (here)~~Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

VIPme dresses. VIPme dresses.

Jodie’s (50’s) Casual Outfit: For the casual look, I could have easily thrown my denim jacket over top, but I didn’t want to take away from the dress itself. Thus I threw on my brogue shoes instead and grabbed my fringe purse! Another option would have been to wear my silver sneakers or even my dark brown sandals (which is what I ended up wearing the rest of the day)—I tried them all and was pleasantly surprised at how many options I had!

Since this is a shift dress it’s very loose which is nice for the hotter weather. When it’s over 100 degrees, the last thing I want is a tight fitting article around my body!

Dress: VIPme.com (here)~~Shoes: Aldo (similar here-a little darker but a nice price)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

VIPme dresses. VIPme dresses.

Nancy’s (60’s) Dressy Outfit: I’ve always thought that the dresses with the different colored panels down the sides are so flattering. And that’s what this piece reminds me of with the portrait in the middle. For this dressy look, I had Nancy wear a pencil skirt under it, but you could also layer it over a shift dress.

This printed tunic is extremely popular, and we were  lucky to get one! Since it is sold out at this moment, I still recommend taking a look at their site and to find a similar style like this black mini dress—it’s the same pattern, it just doesn’t have the rushing or elastic on it (that I show below).

I tried to get a closer view of the print because the flower at the woman’s nose has beading on it, and the yellow flower under it has sequins. This is one of those pieces that would be perfect for those of you who do not love to accessorize. It certainly doesn’t need a necklace with the interesting picture on the front. So all Nancy wore for these shots was earrings!

DressVIPme.com (here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

VIPme dresses. VIPme dresses.

Nancy’s (60’s) Casual Outfit: Then for the casual look, we added leggings! I realize that Nancy probably wouldn’t wear her leggings in the summer because hers are a heavier material. However, I know there are lighter weight leggings out there. Besides, I’ve seen many women wearing leggings in the summer.

Thus we added in her new sandals to keep the outfit somewhat summery. There are other interesting details about this tunic besides the bling on the front. It has an elastic band at the waist in the back which gives it a little shaping. It also has some ruching in the front!

DressVIPme.com (here)~~Shoes: Steve Madden(similar here)~~Leggings: Coldwater Creek (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

VIPme dresses. VIPme dresses.

Charlotte’s (70’s) Dressy Outfit: I picked this dress for mom, for a couple reasons. I love that it buttons down the front, so it could also be worn as a duster!  For the dressy look, I had mom wear a black skirt & black tank. Mom could have also layered this piece over a dress! The details I love so much about it, is, of course, the print, but also a couple of other things. The trim down the button panel is a ribbon like material. This trim is also around the armband hems. It’s a hi-lo hem and thus hangs lower in the back. And then it has the beige panels of material on the side to break up the print.

This particular piece is very sheer, so I doubt you would wear it by itself. Then again, the sheerness is cooler for the hotter weather. It could be your kimono, or jacket when going to an air conditioned place. I left the sleeves down which is just below the elbows for those of you that prefer a little longer coverage. The material is silk, so a good reminder is that it doesn’t have stretch in it…another reason to go up a size. We buttoned just the top button, so we’d have the black line of the outfit continuing down the front for contrast. Since it’s summer, I had mom wear the beige shoes for a lighter effect! But black pumps would be fine also.

Dress: VIPme.com (here)~~Skirt: Mom made (similar here)~~Tank: (similar here)~~Shoes: Nine West (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

VIPme dresses. VIPme dresses

Charlotte’s (70’s) Casual Outfit: I wanted to show how the same piece could work in a more casual setting! There are so many colors in this print, that you could probably pair it with anything muted. I really wanted to show off the loveliness of this dress thought, so I kept it relatively neutral with navy capris & a white tank.

This time we buttoned the middle buttons, added sneakers, and a necklace. The dress has the tabs in the arms so you can roll up the sleeves. Since it was warm out, we did that this time. Mom grabbed her artsy wristlet bag and we were good to go!

Dress: VIPme.com (here)~~Pants: Fabrizio-Gianni (similar here)~~Shoes: Keds (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Wristlet: (similar here)

Lo, and behold, I also found out that VIPme is hoping to empower all women no matter their race, religion or age in their #UniquelyME campaign—see the non-commercial video on Facebook here—it brought a smile to my face–tell me what you think?

And if you have a smartphone and like shopping the mobile way, you can even download their app: for IOS: https://goo.gl/KXOmDY,  for Android: https://goo.gl/TBqPcP

Again, I thank you for your support—it’s been so fun to find these different companies that could work for any ages!! 

The link up parties I participate in can be found here.

This week for styling our 3 generations, we’ll be each wearing a jumpsuit! I must admit, I thought those words would never come out of my mouth, but, never say never, right?

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Your dress is gorgeous – you should have gotten the yellow one too! (I always do when I love something.) Nancy’s tunic is cool – I like it with the leggings and think it would look great with white skinny jeans. Charlotte’s duster is dreamy – I want it to wear with khaki skinnies and navy and white – I just want it. Looks nice over the dress too.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really think this site has some stunning pieces!! The materials and prints are just so different than what I see state side.
      In fact, I have a package coming next week from them with some new offerings!!
      🙂

  • These pieces are bold and pretty – I also really love the shoes you are wearing. Looking forward to the jumpsuits – I had always been a big fan of lovely comfortable jumpsuits!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gilly!!
      I have to admit the jumpsuits were not on my list of something I needed, but I’m warming up to them!!

  • ADA

    You all look like pieces of art in all your watercolor florals. =)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they such nice pieces, Ada??
      Thanks for the lovely compliment!

  • Charlotte Miller

    I will say that I got a lot of complements when I wore the dress to church. It was over tje rust colored tank.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well…it is lovely!!
      🙂

  • You all look fabulous. I love the collar and cuff detail of your dress, Jodie. They give the dress a youthful vibe that suits you well. Thank you for adding your post to my Fine-Whatever link up.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rena!! I was really pleased with how vibrant this dress is in person!!

  • Love all these options! They are great!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rania!!

  • Keri Roberts

    All these outfits are so pretty! Like you said, they look like art and it makes these pieces unique and beautiful!! I like the cut and color of your dress, the uniqueness of Nancy’s, and the dark and light color combination of the outfit along with the cut and print of your mom’s dress. You all look so beautiful!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Keri—I really appreciate the nice comments!!

  • They are all great, but I have to admit I love your mom’s the best. I could see me wearing a number of ways. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Audrey!!!

  • Very pretty, unique and an expression of our tastes and self-expression.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    These are absolutely lovely. I like all three of them. I went over to their site and I see what you mean about the artsy vibe it has. I saw a number of things I would love, but I am on a spending hiatus right now (trying to help our single mom daughter get through after being laid off at work, until she starts a new job next week). I love the green color of yours and like you, I don’t really have anything that color. Nancy’s is the perfect Asian inspired dress and your mom’s…I love the way you chose to style both the dressy and the casual. Very pretty! Great looks and thanks for introducing us to a new place…not like I need another place to shop….ha, ha. ha. – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I need to be on a spending hiatus—but it’d probably be like trying to restrict my food intake….if I’m not allowed something, that makes me want it all the more–ha ha!
      But don’t they have such pretty things? I mean, I love shopping at Banana Republic and Loft too—but sometimes I get bored of their items!! It’s nice to throw in some variety!
      Thanks for such nice compliments, Amy!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Love the dress as a duster…I do that often! All three are super pretty. And your tips about the overseas sizing are spot on. I regularly work with Shein and I do typically size up. It’s much easier since I’ve been dealing with them for awhile because I now have an idea of how the various sizes run.
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Debbie!
      I think once you get their sizing—it’s all good…because in reality who cares what number the clothing is—as long as it looks fabulous!!

  • Such gorgeous pieces! They do look like art!

    http://michellespaige.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle!!

  • Really lovely items, they do all look like works of art! Gemma
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • I think our posts were along the same line this week. Love the dressed.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You know what they say—-great minds!!!

  • Katie D

    I am also not an artist, but I love the idea of using clothing as art. It’s definitely a great medium to express yourself and your personality! I love the dress you selected. The fabric is gorgeous and definitely qualifies as a work of art!

    -Katie
    http://hellokatiegirl.blogspot.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Katie—I really can’t wait to wash it so I can wear it again—I felt so pretty in it!!

  • Kristin & Megan

    Your dress is stunning and I love it with those shoes!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much—even my husband was in love with the color of it. I don’t have much of this green in my closet and even he said I should get more since it looked so nice on me—I call that an invitation to go shopping, right?

  • I like that the print and palette of your dress is sophisticated, but the peter pan collar is sweet. It’s a really interesting dress, and like you said, a work of art. Some garments truly are works of art, and since I consider myself a curator of my closet, it makes perfect sense that clothing is artistry.

    I also like your point about not being deterred by the age of the models. Yes stores have target demographics, but that doesn’t mean the clothing isn’t accessible to women outside that demographic. I shop at juniors retailers and more mature retailers, and I’m not the target consumer for either. But I like to have options, and thankfully, I can picture the style and fit of the garment on my body, regardless of how the brand styles it.

    <3 Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My mom’s first comment was about the peter pan collar. She was always taught that once you’re over 25, you didn’t wear that style anymore. Geez o’pete—I’m so glad I don’t have to remember all those silly rules anymore!!
      And learning to shop anywhere, has only happened to me since retiring. I would never have stepped into Forever 21 before blogging—another silly notion!
      Thanks for the love, Liz!!

  • I love all of them, but your mom’s dress is so flattering on her!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it gorgeous??
      Thanks Brooke!!!

  • Your Mom’s piece is so wonderful.

    I am often drawn to patterns or pieces that would be considered wearing art. I have also painted my own sweaters, jeans and jean jackets in the past. Walking around like a moving canvas is awesome.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think that’s because you’re incredibly creative—that’s why you like pieces that remind you of artwork!! (My theory, at least!!)
      Besides it’s way more fun to be noticed for my clothing instead of my unruly head of hair—ha ha!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Well, I am totally in love with everything you’ve shared today — the dresses, the creative way you’ve styled the dresses, the philosophy of the company, the idea of wearable art! So so so cool! I don’t have a favorite of the three dresses — they’re all my favorite for different reasons!

    And, Jodie, you’re not going to believe how in-sync we are — I’ve been researching wearable art in the last few weeks for one of my posts about a designer from the 30s who was all about wearable art, so much so that she worked with Salvador Dalí to create some fun fashion! Your post takes this idea to the next level and gives me ideas on how fashion continues to be an artistic expression! 😍❤️😍

    – Sherry
    http://www.petiteover40.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      The other in-sync thing is that this is a jumpsuit—and we’ll be wearing our jumpsuits this week!! Now that’s impressive!!
      Doesn’t this site have some interesting items? I really just fell in love when I first saw the choices!!
      🙂 🙂
      Ps…how’d you get the emoji in the comments?

      • PetiteOver40

        I cannot get over how in-sync we are!! That is so cool you’re doing jumpsuits this week!!

        The site does have very interesting things! I’m going to have to spend more time there and play with the ideas you’ve given me!

        As for emojis, I am working in the Safari browser, so I go up to Edit on the Menu Bar and select Emojis & Symbols. Then I click on whichever emojis I want to use. You may be able to do this in other browser as well. Some may have a menu item called “Insert,” as in, “Insert Emojis or Symbols.”

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Hmmm….So maybe I can’t add emoji when I’m responding or else they aren’t in Chrome? Not a biggie—just thought it was cute!!

          • PetiteOver40

            I fluctuate between Safari and Chrome because some websites work well with one or the other, but not both. I checked Chrome and, theoretically, if you go up to your Menu Bar and click on “Edit,” at the very bottom of the drop-down menu should be “Emojis & Symbols.” Click on that and it’ll open a new window with emojis.

            I work on a Mac, so if you’re on PC, there may be differences. I’m not sure!

          • Jodie Filogomo

            Thanks…I’ll have to check it out…I don’t see mine where yours is but I can probably google it, right? What did we do before google?

          • PetiteOver40

            I know! I’d be lost without Google!

  • I love it all!!!!!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene!!

  • I think they’re all absolutely beautiful outfits but my favourite is definitely your dress, Jodie. That colour is simply stunning, especially on you! What beautiful art. Really lovely 🙂
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Suzy—I just think the site has some exceptional pieces!!

  • Judy Gramith

    What a unique posting. Charlotte’s coverup/kimono is my favorite. I think the mix of colors are really unusual and beautiful.
    The large portrait on Nancy’s dress is lovely but I think it overwhelms her a bit. This is the kind of top that would cheer me up on a gloomy day.
    There’s something about the style of your dress Jodie ; it seems to complement your personality!! GREAT color on you for sure.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jude!!
      Mom even found a rustish tank in her collection that she plans to wear with it sometime this week! It’s such a nice sheer piece that it’s not so hot even though the temperatures are high!
      I can see what you’re saying about Nancy’s tunic—but it is definitely unique!!

  • I love your dress!!! What a cool idea!!
    Jaymie

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jaymie!!

  • Mother Daughter

    O my goodness I love all of these dresses. So pretty and versatile. Jodie you did a wonderful job styling all of them.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think that’s the ease of some dresses—you don’t have to do much to them in order to look nice!! Thanks for the nice compliment!