Style Icon/You Can: Diana Vreeland

There’s a documentary on Diana Vreeland floating around the world right now. Called Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, it was at US festivals this spring, and it’s playing in the UK this summer. I’m dying to see it. It will be in US theaters in the fall.

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How do you break down Diana Vreeland’s style? In a word, accessories. Look at how she uses accessories as punctuation marks on what are otherwise fairly classic pieces. Except when she was wearing bold, loud, allover prints. Oh, wait – also a great time to wear huge accessories.

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Let’s see if we can do an editor’s wardrobe on a blogger’s budget.

Diana Vreeland Style Updated

  1.  J Crew Tippi linen sweater; Zara dress with draped sleeves; Lacoste washed oxford shirt dress; K. Amato swirl wood bangles
  2. Betty Carre horn pendant necklace; C’N’C black leather belt
  3. American Apparel chiffon A-line maxi dress – This only counts as half a dress, since it’s completely sheer. But I know you’re creative. K. Amato double fan pendant;Made of Me double dot scarf; Diellequ long sleeve black dress

I found lots of long sleeve red gowns from the likes of Givenchy, John Paul Gaultier, and Valentino. They were all four-figures. When that kind of timelessness comes with a high price tag, it’s a good cue to search vintage shops.

For more on Diana Vreeland, visit the excellent archival site, which is run by her estate.