The Ladybug is PrePPy in vintage!

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Who doesn’t like a bit of preppy style every now and then?

I must confess that I’m not a fan of preppy but I have a couple of cool preppy pieces and today I decided to wear them all together! When I looked at myself in the mirror I really felt like a preparation school girl (except for my wrinkles!).

Basically I’m wearing vintage/thrift head-to-toe (I’d better say head-to-ankle as shoes are not vintage!): let’s start from my navy double-breasted blazer with golden buttons, a real vintage thrifted piece and also one of my favorite bargains ever. I found it in NYC at the Salvation Army and I paid it only 6.99 dollars! I still wear this jacket a lot with many different styles and it is one of my wardrobe favorites!

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I paired the jacket with a vintage tartan skirt from A.N.G.E.L.O.: I bought it years ago during the Vintage Week event in Milan, as at the time I had a thing with vintage tartan. I sold most of my vintage tartan pieces since then but I still keep this one!

The bow shirt is an old find form a vintage/retro store in Naples and the shoes are from Lazzari.

The straw bag is another vintage piece that I adore: I bought it many years ago from Opherty & Ciocci during a vintage fair in Italy as I really love straw bags (I think I need more of them in my life actually!) and 70’s long horizontal bags; so two things that I love in the same bag!

PS: I also chose a typical brownstone building in Milan for this set of pictures, just to fit the whole preppy thing!!

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The Ladybug Goes Navy Prep: Exploring the Jole Veneziani Expo at Villa Necchi Campiglio

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When I read about the Jole Veneziani expo in Milan, and more precisely at the Villa Necchi Campiglio, I felt that it was a prefect opportunity to visit both the expo and the Villa!

Jole Veneziani was the pioneer of Italian Haute Couture in the 1950s and ’60s. She was the center of the Milanese fashion scene, with her own Maison and a lot of famous followers from the cinema, the theater and the richest women of her era. This expo was promoted by FAI with the help of the Jole Veneziani archive with a lot of vintage clothes, accessories, drawings, pictures, videos, sartorial objects and fabrics. In addition, part of her viale Montenapoleone’s atelier was represented with original objects, models and pictures coming from her creative studio.

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I particularly loved the fact that in the wonderful villa, once owned by a Milanese upper middle-class family, were mannequins “giving life” to Jole Veneziani’s cocktail and house dresses… depending on the room where they are placed.

For the occasion I went for a preppy mariner style, wearing a striped Topshop dress with a navy blue cape-coat from Max&Co.

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I added my baker boy hat from the last Isabel Marant for H&M collection (the only piece that I liked that I could find in store…[sob]) and a pair of tan brogues from Shoegasm in New York.

My vintage piece of the day is this wonderful late ’70s bag from Foxy Brown vintage that I bought at the Vintagemania event in Bassano del Grappa.

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