Guest Blogger: Elspeth Suber

Rompin' in Charleston

What makes a garment work? Is it the color? The fabric? The shape? The texture? Maybe it's a combination of the elements. This romper's crisp, double-breasted top is reminiscent of the businesslike, structured nature of menswear, while the modest yet flattering shorts keep it feminine. Not only do the juxtapositions of professional and casual, masculine and feminine, combine to create a great garment, but the juxtaposition of modern styling and a vintage base also combine to perfect this little black piece.

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The magic of a vintage garment like this one is that its age gives it the ability to connect with each of its wearers on a different level. This piece may remind you of an old photograph of your eclectic aunt, while it transports me to a scene in my favorite movie. Each wearer can interpret this garment in her own way. I'm so glad that i have the privilege of speculating how the previous owners of this romper worked the juxtapositions of masculine and feminine, businesslike and casual into their personal styles. I’m always in favor of art that transports my mind to the stylish decades of the past, especially the 1970s. That's why I love vintage fashion.

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Thank you to Gladiola Girls for sponsoring this post. Thank you to my uncle for taking these photos in the Charleston heat.

Guest Blogger: Elspeth Suber

Atop Spy Rock

This dress is a vehicle that transforms me into a mountaintop goddess. Clothes are not simply garments we use to cover ourselves; an outfit is an artistic creation with the power to evoke a feeling in its wearer that can transcend place and time.


When I first saw this dress, when I first ran my fingers through its blue chiffon pleats, my mind was transported to the mountains. The thought of how beautiful this dress would look blowing in the wind brought to my mind the image of a bird soaring above the Blue Ridge, its blue feathers complemented by the mountains and the sky.


Of course, this dress is by the brand Free People. Their style is classic, bohemian, and expressive. They love to play with different prints, textures, and silhouettes in their beautifully made clothing. The Free People girl is confident and adventurous, and this dress captures her spirit perfectly.


A garment evokes different images, associations, and feelings in each person. Everyone has the ability to work a garment into her own unique outfit that captures the essence of her own fantasy. When I wear this dress, I become a mountaintop goddess, ready to take flight.

Thank you to Gladiola Girls for sponsoring this post. Visit them in downtown Lexington right next to the Robert E. Lee Hotel!