Frugal Fashion: Vintage Style & Heartbreaker Dresses Obsession

May 25, 2012

heartbreaker dresses

Left:  Dress- Vanessa dress in Slate /  Jewlery- Tiffany & Co. /  Purse- Chocolate Handbags (similar) /  Shoes-  Ssh-oes Madeline Pump

Right: Dress- Monique dress in Elke  / Jewelry:  Forever 21  /  Shoes:  Miz Mooz via HauteLook

From time to time, we all need to channel our inner heartbreaker, don’t we?  To rock the frock you know will break necks and break hearts- to make you feel like a million bucks whether you’re going for a “va-va-voom vixen,” or a “I’m just here to have fun” kind of look.

What I love about vintage inspired dresses is that you can look hot and still feel confident that your lady lumps aren’t going to fall out of your dress- either top or bottom!    For too long I ended up with garments that were too short or designed with a stick figure in mind,  when a design has vintage sensibility you know it will fit you like a glove, accentuate your sexy curves and still cover you up just enough.  

If you’re going for haute, not hoochie, you are going to love Heartbreaker as much as I do!

Here’s also why I love Heartbreaker fashion-  it’s run by a mother daughter team in California and their dresses are made in the U.S.A.   Also, Mandie Bee (one of the owners) is a flippin’ sweetheart & I seriously wish I had HALF her entrepreneurial smarts + excellent taste!  If you want an investment dress- know you’re not just investing in your wardrobe, you’re supporting female entrepreneurs that create sustainable work here in the states.  Good, good stuff.



heartbreaker vintage fashion So…back to the clothes…

I wore the Vanessa Dress to a beer tasting night at a local restaurant and yes, the dress got some attention.  I will have to talk about the uber comfy heels I walked a million miles in to get the event (another post for another day!) from Ssh-oes,  but this dress wore really well, was gorgeous and was just dressy enough to get me some good stares without making me feel over-dressed… you know what I’m talking about?

I always want to look polished and put together when I get dressed, but never overdressed- that, to me is unwelcome attention.

The next day, I wore the more casual Monique dress in a fun and comfortable cotton print to walk Ralph, run to the store and peruse the neighborhood.   (I even pretended to vacuum in this cute ensemble!)  The item didn’t wrinkle too much and breathed well for a humid day.  I love this dress as well- just a step up above “normal” casual, but not too stuffy to look overdressed… it’s important to feel confident in what you wear, and I loved this dress!

Heartbreaker Fashion

To be honest- I’ve always been intrigued, but intimidated by pin-up style…not anymore!

If you’re as smitten with vintage fashion as I am, dip your toes in the water with some flattering dresses from Heartbreaker Fashion (and tell them I said hello!)

So, what’s your stance on vintage-inspired style?  

What fashion do you love to experiment with?


9 comments so far.

9 responses to “Frugal Fashion: Vintage Style & Heartbreaker Dresses Obsession”

  1. Tammy says:

    I am absolutely in love with the Vanessa dress. You look beautiful in it!

  2. I’m so happy pin up is back! I love the pink and white dresses in the ad, and the color of that blue one you’re wearing (looks great on you!)

    • Shannyn says:

      I love pinup style…one thing I need to work on is the hair! I never seem to have the patience to do up-dos or anything fancy but I’d love to learn!

  3. Valerie says:

    I adore Heartbreaker dresses…I really should pull the trigger and get one. Dresses are perfect for summer!

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  5. jeweliette23 says:

    You look so fab in the Vanessa dress! I like the vintage pin-up style, how it accentuates womanly curves with some sexiness w/o being overt, and some of the dresses appeal to me, but in general I lean away from that style because it doesn’t suit my body. I’m 5’2 w/no curves so I prefer shorter hemlines and such. 🙂

  6. What a cute name! the heartbreaker fashion! i love it. Definitely lovin that style!

  7. Izzy says:

    I am so dumbstruck. I have been looking for dresses like those at Heartbreaker for a year. I absolutely LOVE that style. Followed a link on Pinterest to your blog and I’m so giddy…it’s like all the moments I got Harry Potter books 2-7 put together times a million.

    Thanks for being exactly who you are and having such WONDERFUL tips for those of us trying to get a handle on both finances and fashion. 🙂


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