Miami Style Map: Having an 80’s Flashback in Grand Estates

Did you think I would spend a day on the beautiful Viscaya grounds and not take full advantage of wardrobe changes?! It’s not everyday you have a Versailles-inspired palatial villa in your own backyard. 

If you remember a few months back, I posted some jaw-dropping photographs wearing a black and white vintage dress that I had scored in Baton Rouge. Oh, they were so divine- they were very reminiscent of Dolce and Gabbana’s ‘La Familia’ ad. 

This time around my super photog Elizabeth from Ra-Haus, and I changed things up. We went from retro to rad in a different kind of vintage- a sweet 80’s throwback that’s all sorts of tubular. I scored this mellow yellow number at the Wynwood Street Market. I initially planned to wear this black and yellow shirt with some pants but as I was changing, I realized that I loved it more as a shirt dress! Granted, I can’t be bending over so freely because I’d be showing my lady parts to the world. So I have to remember- prim and proper, Kathy. Prim and proper! 

And keeping with that 80’s trend of geometric prints and cubism, I love the triangle cutout on the back of this shirt dress. It’s details like these that give a particular piece of clothing a  specific sense of character and design. I can’t get enough of milkmaid braids. Seriously, I think this has become my go to hair in Miami. Its such a chic way to beat the heat!

Here’s an up close and personal look at the black and yellow print on the dress. I spruced up the vintage element and kept going with the shape motif by adding my mother’s black and silver necklace. Even though it’s a chunkier piece of jewelry, it compliments the shirt while remaining subdued. The necklace also comes with earrings but in this case, it would have been too much. 

This necklace always puts a smile on my face. It’s like a piece of my mother is coming along on my fashion adventures. As a little girl, I remember my mother standing in front of the mirror in her bedroom putting on this necklace with a long black dress and then when she was done with it, I would rummage through her drawers looking for it and trying it on the same way she did. When she passed, there were very few pieces I kept for myself. I wish I would have kept more, but at 16, I think the last thing you are thinking about after losing your mom is sorting through clothes to build your fashion closet. But I did keep this necklace and a few other gems that constantly keep me connected to her. After all, she continues to be one of my biggest fashion inspirations! No one rocked a pink lipstick and a blonde bob like her. 

And there you have it! I hope I’ve inspired to lose the pants and have some fun the next time you dress up! Liz and I have some cool stuff coming up and I can’t wait to share some more of that Miami history with you all! In the meantime, my Squeezers, have a beautiful and adventurous weekend! 

On Me: 
Shirt Dress- Vintage Majal
Glasses- Forever 21
Booties- steve Madden
Necklace- Vintage
Purse- H&M 

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