The 1960’s and 70’s “bohemian” vibe has been influencing current fashion trends for the past few seasons; e.g. festival wear, head scarves, aviator sunglasses, colorful maxi skirts. There are a few exceptions but for the most part, I’m not a big fan of this aesthetic. I feel like I’m in the minority and I almost hate to admit it but it just doesn’t suit my style or personality to be “boho” or “hippie chic.” As a fashion blogger, this makes it tricky to find trendy looks since I generally dislike what’s trending. I prefer more fitted, structured pieces because they’re more flattering on my body type and more comfortable for me to wear. Don’t get me wrong, I love the way bohemian inspired outfits look on other people, especially bloggers who always know exactly how to style the pieces but it’s just not for me.
Instead of channeling a faux flower-child persona, I’ve been obsessing over the retro glam looks from the same era. This red jumpsuit from INTERMIX is the perfect example of “vintage” inspired but sophisticated and chic. It reminds me of something out of the movie ‘American Hustle’ set in the late 1970’s. It’s undeniably glamorous and sexy.
To keep with the retro glam vibe, I styled this jumpsuit with some vintage jewelry from an antique shop on Magazine St. in New Orleans. The necklace and bracelet set is yellow gold and very heavy, which is part of the reason I rarely wear it. This jewelry holds a lot of sentimental value since it was the first purchase I made after moving to New Orleans for a big job promotion at WGNO ABC-26. There’s something very powerful about red and gold, I love this combination because it feels regal and strong. The jumpsuit itself is full of great details like an open back and tie behind the neck, the flared pant legs with a cascading ruffle and the figure-skimming cut of the bodice with scoop neck.
The photo shoot for this look was set inside the Avant Gallery located at the bottom of the EPIC Hotel in downtown Brickell. The space is also home to LaMuse Cafe, a delicious lunch and coffee spot with fresh menu options. The gallery has the most energetic atmosphere because of the large sculptures, contemporary art hanging on the walls and the extravagant interior decor. It’s a hidden gem in the city that you could easily miss as a local and would almost never visit as a tourist. The space is available for rent for small gatherings and they’re in the process of building out a beautiful patio that will surely be stunning when it’s finished. I highly recommend both the cafe and the gallery if you’re ever in need of inspiration, great conversation or a caffeinated beverage. You can find me in the “naughty corner,” lol you’ll have to ask when you get there…
The Avant Gallery is located at 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Suite 102 at the Kimpton EPIC Hotel.