Historically Dressed

Frocks & Fiction

Hello, friends! I’m starting a new adventure over here where I will be showing my outfits of the week and sharing what I’ve been reading. My hope is that you feel inspired by the outfits and hopefully discover some new books to read along the way!

If you are new, I would describe my look as vintage street style. I love the juxtaposition of mixing old from older styles with a bit of edginess from something new. Oh, and I’m a huge fan of hats!

I like to focus on eco-friendly, second-hand, and sustainable pieces. As much as I love to support some of these amazing new companies, there is that pesky thing we all hate… a budget. In order to get the look I want and the PRICE I want, I often shop second hand. I have scored some major deals this way! My goal is to share some tips and tricks I’ve learned in order to help you create your own unique style. Thanks for coming along for the journey.

Doen Bridger Top

I’m starting out the week reading A Modest Independence by Mimi Mathews. This is the second book in the Parish Orphans of Devon series. So far everything I’ve read from Mimi has left me gushing to friends that they must read her books. I have no doubt this will live up to my high expectations.

Doen Dress

One of the biggest changes I’ve made to my wardrobe this year is wearing dresses again. When I was growing up, I had to wear them quite often to attend church. I guess the rebel in me didn’t want to wear them anymore once I became an adult. I was inspired to give them a try again after seeing a few other bloggers wearing the beautiful dresses from Doen and Christy Dawn. It was love at first wear. I now find myself reaching for every week. I feel so lady-like every time I wear them.

One book finished for the week. I love the visual aspect of all the travel but for some reason, I had a hard time connecting to the characters. Next up, I’m going to be buddy reading Persuasion. I grabbed the annotated version to read this time around. Is there anything more swoon-worthy than Captain Wentworth’s letter? I say, no.


Summer is definitely here and I’m feeling all the Victorian vibes. Give me sheer white cotton with all the layers and frills -with a side of practical linen pants to endure the 90 degree heat.

All Secondhand Items

It’s time for a little side romance while I continue reading Persuasion. To Tempt An Heiress by Susanna Craig is calling to me. I’m excited for an adventure in 1796 on the high seas. It’s been quite hot here this week so I’m keeping my outfit lightweight and airy. The scallop detail on this blouse really makes it special.

Blouse Found On Thred Up.

It’s almost the weekend! Do you have any 4th of July plans? We are going to hanging out at home drinking root beer floats and making smores πŸ™‚ I wanted to wear something light and cheery. This Christy Dawn dress has been one of my most worn dresses of the summer. I wear it every week on repeat. Just imaging walking around in cute pajamas all day. That’s what it feels like. It not lined and can be quite sheer so I decided to try layering another light cotton dress underneath. Much to my surprise, it worked! Have fun with what you already own and see if you can come up with new pairings!

Layering Dresses
Sipping Tea & Making Lists

That wraps up my outfits for this week. I truly hope you feel inspired to go into your own closet and see what outfits you can come up with. Please leave me a comment if there is anything specific you want me to share about how I create my wardrobe and outfits. Don’t forget to subscribe so you catch all my latest posts. Click here to see what I read in June. Until next week… Happy Reading!

Melissa has been in love with books since she was a child. As a young girl, in her Holly Hobby decorated room, she would sit and tape scraps of paper to her books so that she could organize them by the Dewey Decimal System. She is a huge advocate for helping children learn to love reading. Along with hosting an online Regency based book club and a book club at her home, she started a book club for kids at her son’s school. These days, Melissa can be found at the library writing a book review or tucked in some quiet corner having a love affair with a newly discovered romance novel.


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