calivintage: simplicity

wore this outfit to a bbq at a friend’s house over the weekend. i kept it super simple because i wanted to let the huge a-line skirt take center stage. seriously, i might just be mildly obsessed with the shape of it. and it was the perfect thing to wear while lounging around in their expansive back yard eating grilled veggies and hanging out with the chickens and goats. they just bought the house a couple of months ago, and are the first of my friends to buy a house. the bay area is one of the most expensive places to buy real estate, even with the market bottoming out, so it’s pretty cool to see them move into their own little space, and makes me wonder if buying a house will ever be in the stars for me…

in other news, my hair is long enough to pull into a ponytail. when did that happen? i actually met with my pal shannon at revamp salon the other day to get a much needed trim and he convinced me that i should let it keep growing so i can try some fun up-dos. the only other time i had long hair (about 3 years ago), i just ended up wearing top knots like this every day, so i’m excited for him to show me some new styles as it gets long enough to do so!

top: old j.crew tank top
skirt: vintage denim wrap skirt
shoes: kork ease bette wedges
sunglasses: karen walker von trapp
lipstick: nars heat wave

calivintage: simplicity
calivintage: simplicity
calivintage: simplicity
calivintage: simplicity
calivintage: simplicity


43 Responses to simplicity

  1. Andrea April 23, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    i like simple looks! the skirt is great!

  2. jenloveskev April 23, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Erin! You look super cute with your hair up!

    • erin (calivintage) April 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      thanks jen! now i just have to resist the temptation to do it like this every day. determined to get a bit more variety this time around!

  3. Joy April 23, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    cute! i’m growing my hair out slowly as well!

  4. zoe, lion heart vintage April 23, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Loooooove iiiiiiiiiiit!

    PS If I could have fit some more O’s and I’s in there without getting ridiculous I would have :)

  5. Lady à la Mode April 23, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    regardless of how simple this outfit is, you look uh-maze (as always!) love those sunnies too much!


  6. Jennifer April 23, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    The skirt is lovely. I love how the shape is so prominent. And the top knot totally works!

  7. Shana April 23, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Cute! I go to Revamp too!

    • erin (calivintage) April 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      oh how funny! shannon is my man. he’s been cutting my hair for the past 3 years and he is the best. :)

  8. Megan April 23, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Aw, your hair looks so good! :D

  9. kitsune-kun April 23, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    you look so much like anne hathaway in the one with your glasses off! I really like your skirt- cute cute, and you look great in round glasses:)

  10. Jenn April 23, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Cute skirt, and cute look! It has that ‘go anywhere’ feel to it (a picnic in the park, the grocery store, a flea market, shopping), but the lipstick brightens it up and gives it oomph! And those circle sunglasses: favorites for sure!

  11. olive green anna April 23, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    looking splendid as usual!!!


  12. Fen Frances April 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    perfect and gorgeous as usual erin :) I absolutely LOVE the skirt – I looked at the first pic and was like OMG I MUST OWN IT and then my heart sank when I saw it was vintage… xx

  13. Samira April 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    i love this look!!! lovely skirt!!!

  14. Megan Embrey April 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    love your shades!!

  15. steffy April 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    this is the perfect BBQ outfit erin! i love those sunglasses on you :)!!


  16. monkeyshines April 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    cute high waist skirt!


  17. Sierra April 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    You look so different with your hair up! I thought someone was guest posting on your blog, haha. Still super lovely, though. My hair also just got to the point where I can do a few different updos with it, so that’s been a bit of an adventure. Can’t wait to see what other hairstyles you go with :)

  18. aimee lynn April 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    i LOVE your skirt! you have the cutest style.

  19. kater April 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Lady, you are the cutest!

  20. Lydia April 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    The first thought when I saw a photo from this post was: ERIN’S HAIR IS LONG ENOUGH FOR AN UPDO?!?! I’m definitely excited to see your hair raising adventures (har har) in a longer length.

    You look wonderful here, a super inspiring casual look. As someone who find casual, laid back outfits the most intimidating, I always need more inspiration!

    • erin (calivintage) April 23, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

      haha, that is awesome. i feel like you might be one of the few girls out there who remembers me from my chictopia days… i had long hair and wore the topknot for a few months before i chopped it all off. it’s gonna be fun to try again!

  21. Jo - Lost in the Haze April 24, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    Your fringe is looking so pretty here! And so so so exciting that you can tie your hair up now!

    Lost in the Haze: Fashion Blog

  22. Dulcie April 24, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    Ah I love your little top knot, it’s soooo cute!! That said, I also love your bob so maybe bear it in mind for the future again :) I’m currently growing out my fringe so I can play with more 50s and 40s hair styles. It’s going to be difficult because I love my fringe so much but it is such a ‘style’ of its own you really have to sacrifice it for the sake of earlier vintage styles. I will definitely be getting it cut back in for Autumn though!! xx

  23. Sweet Harvest Moon April 24, 2012 at 4:03 am #

    LOVE your hair :)

  24. Fabiola "Fab" April 24, 2012 at 5:09 am #


  25. Katrina April 24, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    This is how I aspire to dress all summer long. Simple & chic! Looks amazing.

  26. Brandi April 24, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    I really enjoy reading your blog! I would love for you to stop by and check out mine! Thanks a bunch!


  27. Jo April 24, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    Your hair + those glasses + red lips = perfection. LOVE.

  28. Emily Burke April 24, 2012 at 11:04 am # < My blog < my tumblr
    Sorry i felt the need to post both,
    I am IN LOVE
    with your blog <3

  29. Anette April 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Love the skirt. And the pose;)

  30. asha April 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    WOWOW erin, you look great!!! i always wondered how you’d look with long(er) hair, i think you look super cute! Love the skirt, had just bought a similar one on ebay :-)

  31. Little Red Book April 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    The a-line skirt should alwyas take center stage. Love this denim on denim look!

  32. Novi April 25, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    lovely <3

  33. April April 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I LOVE this, and yes, the simplicity of it! the contrast of the shirt, against your skin, with those sunnies, and lipstick is perfection! you always look awesome : )

  34. Cortnie April 26, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Darn! I was hoping your skirt wasn’t vintage so I could snag one too! It really is the perfect shape for lounging in warm weather. :)


  35. Jennifer April 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Look how totally cute you are! And you are rocking those shades!

    xo Jennifer

  36. Joey April 26, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    Love your bun!!! So cuteee of you!!! And your glasses are nice on you!!!:D

  37. Eveline April 27, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    Cute ponytail!!
    This skirt reminds me of one from Summer, Zooey Deschanel character on 500 days of Summer!

  38. mariebayarea May 3, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    I need to get myself a version of this outfit. I love it!

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