That Retro Vibe

Well, you may go to college,
You may go to school.
You may have a pink cadillac,
But don’t you be nobody’s fool


Elvis Presley knows where it’s at. I think a pink cadillac would have been a great addition to my recent retro outfit on a lovely day out! There’s just something about retro chic that matches my personality and makeup look. I can’t leave the house without a cat eye and red lips. It just doesn’t happen. I think Elvis would have appreciated that. In a past life, I must have been a huge fan girl. You know, rocking along and crying in the front row when he did his groovy moves.


That Retro Vibe | The Petite Bijou

Blue and White Polka Dot Top (similar here) // Tulle Skirt from Shop Ruche (similar here) // Oxfords (here) and (here) // Retro Camera // Sunglasses (similar here)

It’s the third day of the Style Collective challenge and today’s theme is pattern mixing. Now, I don’t  really consider myself an expert at mixing patterns. I love to keep things simple and usually wear not too many layers. So when I see those pattern mixing tutorials on Pinterest – I’m mortified.

Like, no thanks. I’d rather not wear a striped button down shirt with a checkered sweater and polka dot pants. I’ll just stick with my lace dresses.

But in the spirit of community, I’d thought I’d give it a shot. And I’m so glad I did.

That Retro Vibe | The Petite Bijou

I’m wearing a lovely lace tulle skirt from Shop Ruche, one of my favorite vintage inspired stores. Unfortunately they will no longer be in business. Hop on over to their site and check out their sale. Everything is 50 – 90% off! I will definitely be missing them and I am so saddened to hear of this news. We’ve had many good times, Ruche – good times. For a similar skirt, check out this one!

Have you checked out H&M’s basics section? It’s where I got this lovely polka dot top from! I also got one in stripes, plain black, and plain white. These kinds of tops are perfect for tucking into skirts and pairing with cardigans. For a retro look, you can literally just pair a colorful skirt and polka dots. That’s it! Check out a similar shirt here.

A Retro Vibe | The Petite Bijou

A Retro Vibe | The Petite Bijou

Have you seen this cute accessory I’m carrying around? It’s a Kodak Duaflex II. It was produced between 1950 and 1954. You actually capture the image by looking down into it and releasing the shutter. It’s pretty neat! I love antiques and collecting theses types of camera’s. I have them on the bookshelves next to my other vintage items (and medical oddities). This camera actual works too! Isn’t that neat?

For an added vintage vibe to your outfit, make sure you are wearing sneakers, converse, or oxfords. It’s a bit “bowling alley” with the poodle skirt affect but looks so cute! This outfit would be cute for a dinner date or milkshakes with friends. This look was really fun and it’s something I usually like to style. I’m such a retro inspired gal at heart and love taking inspiration from the past!

And let’s not forget a soundtrack to this awesome outfit:


Hope you enjoyed this retro look and are “all shook up”! What’s your favorite Elvis song? Share it with me in the comments below! 

xo Mariam

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  1. kat wrote:

    This is my favorite look! Great shots and great outfit
    much love,
    Kat | Delirium Style

    Posted 4.16.16 Reply
  2. Gunjan wrote:

    This is so, so, so YOU! I love it. The camera adds the perfect retro touch — beautifully styled shoot 🙂

    Gunjan |

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  3. Ruthie wrote:

    I am fully feeling the reto vibes through these photos! You are one of the most creative well-knowledged people I have ever met xo

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  4. Jen Frick wrote:

    You are just absolutely darling!! I love how you took pattern mixing and made it completely your own! I’m constantly inspired by your style – keep posting! 🙂 xoxo

    Jen |

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  5. Samantha wrote:

    Seriously LOVE this outfit! So cute!!

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  6. Corrine wrote:

    You look divine! I LOVED the Elvis music and photos.

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  7. Siffat Haider wrote:

    You look so chic, loving this look, especially the camera!

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  8. I like vintage style!
    Good choice.

    DadieB. ~

    Posted 4.14.16 Reply
  9. Sybil wrote:

    so darling!

    Have a great day!
    Animated Confessions

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  10. I love all of these photos. This outfit is perfect. –Hanna Lei

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    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  11. Aleeha wrote:

    I love those sunglasses and that skirt is so pretty! I like how you’ve styled it to be more casual with that top!
    Aleeha xXx

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  12. Lauren B. wrote:

    OHH I am so obsessed with this whole look! You nailed it and look amazing! xx, Lo

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  13. Yousra wrote:

    I love this post so much, you look so cute! Love this retro look too!

    Yousra | Mystic Tales

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  14. Very cute! =)

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  16. Esther wrote:

    So pretty! You look fab!

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  17. Audrey wrote:

    I love the polka dots and lace! gorgeous! xoxo, Audrey

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  18. You look gorgeous and this shoot is so you babe!!! Hugs, Kait

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  19. Erin Dodd wrote:

    Mariam! I am in love with how you write, and these pics are too cute! Fab choice of mini dots and the beautiful dusty rose lace and tulle skirt. XO

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  20. carolina wrote:

    i lovee these pictures! 🙂

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  21. Angel wrote:

    Lovely Smile 🙂

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  22. Anna wrote:

    Great outfit! I love the lace skirt and its color.

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  23. Dakota D. wrote:

    Loving those shades! Great style darling.

    Dakota D.

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  24. Konstantina Antoniadou wrote:

    such a beautiful look! LOVE the retro vibe and the camera

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  25. I love your outfit, so cute!

    XO Chelsea

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  26. Biana wrote:

    I’ve got a thing for Elvis I wont lie lol!! Love that pretty skirt! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply
  27. Love your retro style!

    dont forget to visit me back,

    Posted 4.13.16 Reply