//Confessions of a Fashion Blogger// Collection of Reactions


Happy 2nd day of FALL dear readers! I hope the crisp autumn weather has found you in your little corner of the world. As much as I regret saying it, my fist day of fall was not quite as crisp as I had hoped for but that didn't stop me from smiling every time a glistening golden rays of sunshine hit my face and melted me all the way to my toes! The sun was shinning high in the sky as if to say hello and as faint as the smell was...if you concentrated you might just be able to make out the waft of autumn in the breeze:) I am afraid you all might find me a little to obsessed and in love with fall but it is by far my all time favorite season in the history of EVER! 

However, enough with my exuberation of the coming season and on to today's exciting post and the premiere of Confessions of a Fashion Blogger II. When I first announced bringing back this series I asked you all for questions you would like answered or things you have wondered about. Therefore, in today's post and the first post of the series I will be answering a question submitted by the lovely Naomi Bennet of Wonderland Creek, talking about the reactions and comments I have received from people over the past couple of years in regards to how I dress (some of them are quite interesting an entertaining). 

#1 - For those of you who watched my first Q&A I told you all a very interesting/funny story (min. 8:34). In short, one day a guy walked past me at college when I for class and asked if I make my own clothes. He then went on to say that he always noticed me when he was leaving class and really liked how I dressed (in all honesty it was a little strange....hehe). However, the crazy part of the story comes a semester or maybe even a year later when I was at the college involvement fair and there was a guy sitting at a table and he said "I know you!" of course I was like "Who are you crazy person?" (I said all of this in my head of course...).....out loud I really said "Oh really?" and he was like "Yes....you are the girl who always wears vintage!" Needless to say that guy somehow remembered who I was over a year later simply by how I dress! Weird or cool??? Not quite sure:)

#2 - " You look like a teacher....are you?" I don't actually remember where or from who I heard this from but it is pretty accurate for me because I will be a teacher one day:)

#3 - While eating lunch at our local tea room with my mom a lady told me "You look like you are going to school on the east coast!" Strangely enough, even though I was wearing a skirt that day I somehow managed to put together an ensemble that was quite preppy in itself and thus I would have to agree that I looked like someone who would be going to school on the east coats...hehe.

#4 - This one is REALLY interesting and I toyed with not including it but I thought it was just way to out there not to share so here goes....someone actually used a bad word (because the average worldly college student can't seem to have a normal conversation without using them) in exclamation to how much they loved my outfit.....strange I know. 

#5 - While waiting in the Subway line my first week of school a girl came up to me and said "You just look so fabulous and I wanted to make sure that you knew that"....of course I am not the best at responding to compliments so I just said "Oh....thank you (with a smile)."

# 6- My RA at college this semester told me " last semester whenever my friends and I went to grab dinner at the dinning hall we would always notice what you were wearing." I am pretty sure a lot of people in the dinning hall notice the girl who walks around looking like she stepped out of the 40's / 50's but that is what makes like exciting:)!

#7 - By far my favorite comment I have received was from an RA visiting from a different dorm that was coming around to all of the rooms in our residence hall and asking us a question for something. Anyways, when I opened the door her first response was....."Oh my gosh....you look like a presidents wife!" I couldn't help but smile and laugh at that one:) I was actually wearing the capri outfit from my Trudy Cooper post. 

#8 - This one is actually a compliment that I received just today and knew I had to include it. I was walking back to my dorm after meeting with one of my professors and I passed this guy on the sidewalk who turned to me and says "You look beautiful.....I really like what you are wearing." Now, some people might beg to say that his intentions were not the best but you can tell by how someone says something, what they mean, and he was quite sincere. Plus, in my opinion, when a girl is dressed modestly and classically in a skirt (like I was) a guys complement on your dress has more to do with him appreciating how you care about your appearance, and the dignity with which you carry yourself, rather than trying to get your attention in a bad way. Quite honesty, I have had a couple of guys compliment me on what I was wearing when I walked by them and it always renews my hope in society that guys appreciate a girl who takes the time to look nice but who also cares about dressing modestly. In such a modern world, most guys response to girls is that they are cute or hot, but when a guy says you look beautiful (or maybe even nice) it has to do more with a since of dignity rather than attracting the wrong attention. 
Blouse: Forever21
Skirt: Minnie's Menagerie
Sweater: Thirfted
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Sperry's
Necklace: Target spring '15
Lipstick: Rimmel London 01
*Pictures by Me & Betty (my camera)*
In conclusion of today's post I would have to say that for someone who dresses vintage, receiving compliments from people is quite encouraging as well as many times amusing. While I often joke about people looking at me and thinking I am an interesting, different, and sometimes quite a weird person, most often people look at someone who has defined their own style and respects them for it. For those of us who dress vintage, or even for those of you who choose to look nice and put time into what you wear, it is not so much that you dress differently, but that you don't care what others say or think about you. Quite honestly, I think it is refreshing (especially for older people) when they see someone dress like we do because it reminds them of what life used to be like when women took the extra time every day to appear put together, instead of throwing on a tshirt, sport shorts, and head out for the day. The way that a person dresses says so very much about them as a person, and dressing modestly or in vintage truly sets you apart as someone who cares about their appearance and who also has a high since of dignity about them. 

Therefore, I hope this post encourages you to laugh at the funny and interesting comments or remarks that you get from people, as well as to also cherish the sincere comments that come your way. You wear the clothes that you do for a reason and NEVER let anyone try and persuade you otherwise. Embrace your style and wear it with confidence and dignity! 

Which of the reactions I shared is your favorite and why?

Have you ever received and interesting reaction?

What do you think about my idea of looking beautiful and carrying yourself with dignity?
















26 comments

  1. You do look very, very elegant in this outfit -- I'm not surprised this sort of self-presentation would elicit compliments in earnest! It's a gorgeous look.

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  2. That was a entertaining post! I would probably always notice your adorable vintage style if you went to my school! I totally agree with what you said about wearing your style with dignity, I think that is very important to remember. You always look fabulous and you are such a fashion inspiration, keep wearing what you love!

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    1. Oh, thank you dear! That means so much to hear :)
      -Madison

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  3. Lovely outfit! This is exactly the style of fashion that I love! :-D
    You want to be a teacher too! *Hi 5's* I do also!
    ~Evie

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    1. Yay....teacher buddies:) My minor is education but I am hoping to teach my major when I graduate!
      -Madison

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    2. Yay! and oh cool! :-)
      I'm doing another degree first then majoring in Education to hopefully teach my majors xD

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  4. I absolutely loved this post. There is something to be said for dressing with intention. I once read, "First know who you are, and then dress accordingly." To not care what people think of you (in the best sense of course) is an admirable trait to have. I adore your wardrobe; I don't have that many vintage or vintage inspired ensembles, but I'm working up to it! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I absolutely LOVE that quote Skyler, thankso r sharing. How exciting that you are beginning to build a collection of vintage and vintage inspired pieces:)
      -Madison

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  5. What a deeply lovely post and outfit. The classic silhouette and elegant separates here are truly pretty.

    Many hugs & joyful start of autumn wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jessica....as always :)
      xo
      -Madison

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  6. You look so beautiful in this outfit, totally lovely for a Fall look.
    Natasha
    A modest fashion blog: www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

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  7. This is a simply lovely outfit, and the stories you shared are so fun!
    I loved the subject of this post. I adore vintage, feminine clothing but, for me, it's a learning process of finding what I can wear confidently and comfortably without feeling self-conscious. (plus finding pieces that, even if they aren't necessarily vintage, are my style, affordable, fits well...the list goes on. ;))

    I especially loved what you said in #8. "In such a modern world, most guys response to girls is that they are cute or hot, but when a guy says you look beautiful (or maybe even nice) it has to do more with a since of dignity rather than attracting the wrong attention. " That is so true!
    I also loved your last paragraph so much. Thank you for being an encouraging inspiration to those who want to dress similarly! :)

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    1. So great to hear from you Natalie! I am so glad you enjoyed the words and stories of this post....loved sharing this part of me with everyone:)
      I totally understand about the learning process of wearing vintage and vintage inspired! It is really just about creating your own atyle through the vintage inspiration and being confident in it:)
      -Madison

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  8. Oh and in reply to your message, yes yes yes!
    We should definately be blogger buddies! :-D That would be great!

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  9. I love your style and would compliment you every day if we went to college together! I love to give compliments to people on their appearance because it lets them know that I notice and care. You style makes me want to spend the time to find some more cheap vintage-inspired pieces for my wardrobe to wear now that I have to dress everyday for college.

    The reactions were quite fun! Personally, I liked the last one the best because it reminded me that when girls act like ladies, guys are more likely to act like gentlemen. I usually get the comment that I look like a dancer (which I am), and that happens more when I put my hair up in a bun, hehe! I can't wait to read more of this series!

    Hannah ~ Grace in Everything

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    1. Thanks for you comment Hannah! I loved what you said about "When girls act like ladies, guys are more likely to act like gentlemen." That is soooo true! I have actually gotten the dancer comment before, but you definitely look more like a ballerina than me:)
      -Madison

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  10. I think it's so lovely wen people comment on what you wear! I remember the first compliment I had about my style and it made me so happy! One lady was so lovely and said she wore clothes like mine when she was growing up. She loved the idea that people wanted to dress like that now. This post has reminded me of all the lovely comments I've had, so thank you!

    www.pearlsandpurlsvintage.blogspot.com

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    1. Compliments make the day better! I love it when older ladies comment on what I wear because just like you said they wore that when they were growing up:)
      -Madison

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  11. Compliments are always so nice to get! But it's very rare here in Finland, people are quite withdrawn and don't have courage to come to talk though I get lots of friendly and admiring smiles especially from older people :) You look lovely and I do like your style, I checked out your previous posts too. I'm definitely going to follow your blog ^^

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  12. you look lovely in this outfit!

    xoxo

    www.thatpinup.com

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  13. I think #7 is hilarious. :D What a compliment!
    I actually received an interesting comment today when I was in an antique store. I was looking for my Mom and sisters who were in another part of the store, and as I was doing so, I ran into an older lady. She looked at me, and then she looked at me a second time and said, quite earnestly, something along the lines of "Young lady, you look so lovely". It was sort of interesting, how earnestly she said it. And I totally know what you mean about not knowing exactly how to respond to such comments. Usually I too just smile and say thank you. :D

    I love your outfit, by the way!

    Blessings,

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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    1. Wasn't #7 great! I loved hearing your story Brigid:) Glad to know I am not the only one who doesn't know how to respond to comments:)
      -Madison

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  14. I love this post, Madison! The photos and your outfit are beautiful as well. I love to wear "old fashioned" mostly "Anne-style" and 40's) clothes, but the thing that holds me back is wondering what people will say. (Not just any stranger, because I really don't care what strangers think - they'll never see me again! But mostly my family and people I know.) I've always lived in a different world in my head, and I don't want them to think, "Here she is nineteen and she still dresses as if she's still in dreamland!" If that makes any sense...also I don't want to appear "too" old-fashioned; it could get frumpy if I'm not careful to find the right balance between old-fashioned and classy. So anyways, this post was inspiring to me. Thank you!

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    1. I so loved hearing your thought Audrey! I must admit that at times my family still looks at me inquisitively wondering chow they came to have a daughter and or sister so odd and oldfashioned, but they know that is who I am and they support me in it and in my individuality I guess you could say:) I totally understand how it can be scary and risky to dress old fashioned, not wanting to over do it, but that is where you learn by trial and error and pull inspiration from other vintage lovers and old fashioned dressers that you look up to!!
      -Madison

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