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A Week of Outfits: Kelly Vittengl

A Week of Outfits: Kelly Vittengl

Vintage rug dealer Kelly Vittengl recently moved herself and her business, Frances Loom, from Los Angeles to London. As she adjusts to different weather and wording — “Right now we’re crashing at a friend’s ‘flat,'” she told me — Kelly’s style is also evolving to be a mix of everything she loves: California flea markets, European fashion, female designers and, most of all, jeans. Here, Kelly shares five outfits she wore in a week…

A Week of Outfits: Kelly Vittengl

A Week of Outfits: Kelly Vittengl

Shirt: Zara, similar. Sweater: Asos. Jeans: vintage, similar. Hat: Janessa Leone. Straw bag: Zara. Platform loafers: Stella McCartney.

“There’s no magical secret to vintage shopping — you just have to search and search and search. But one thing I always do at flea markets is make a beeline for the less obvious booths. I look for the person who has two rugs tucked under their table or a rack of clothes beside some knick knacks, instead of the big dealer specializing in one category. If you step off the beaten path, you’ll find unicorns. There’s a vintage seller named Mira at the Rose Bowl in L.A. I always stop by her booth, even just to chat. One day she pulled out these 1970s French jeans and I was like, ‘These are insane.’ I put them on and they fit like a glove.”

A Week of Outfits: Kelly Vittengl

A Week of Outfits: Kelly Vittengl

Jacket: Mango. Sweater: vintage, similar. Jeans: vintage Levi’s, tailored by Denim Revival. Umbrella: similar. Mules: Loq.

“Jeans are my all-time wardrobe staple, my uniform, my addiction. When my Italian boyfriend first saw my closet, he was like, ‘I’ve never seen so many jeans in my life. You are so American!’ For stretchy, my favorites are from Rag & Bone — stretchy jeans look really great in black. I also think new Levi’s are amazing, especially the 501 skinnies. For a while now, the company Re/Done has been reinventing vintage Levi’s and there has been such a craze for them, but Levi’s finally realized and is killing it. I love 100 percent cotton jeans without stretch. But the only catch is that they’re in no way comfortable when you’re sitting down. When I sit at a table to eat, I reach down under my sweater and unbutton that sucker. My friends and family joke that it’s a patented move.”

A Week of Outfits: Kelly Vittengl

A Week of Outfits: Kelly Vittengl

Top: Mango. Jeans: Madewell, similar. Glasses: Warby Parker. Booties: Loq, similar.

“California style and London style are different in many ways, but if I could put my finger on two things they would be the weather and the level of formality. In L.A., it’s warm and dry and casual, so you can throw on denim shorts and a vintage T-shirt, and you’re ready for the day. But the look in London is more sophisticated, experimental and feminine. One easy outfit I love right now is jeans and a pretty blouse. My absolute favorites are from Dôen. Their beautiful clothes embody everything I care about: they’re made by women; they’re modern but have a vintage sensibility.”

A Week of Outfits: Kelly Vittengl

A Week of Outfits: Kelly Vittengl

Jean jacket: Vintage, similar. Jumpsuit: A.P.C. Umbrella: similar. Mules: Gucci. Necklace: Retrouvai.

“I spend long days looking for rugs in outside markets, so I prioritize comfortable clothing at work. I even put cushy inserts into my boots! Jewelry or a hat can give a look a boost if you’re bundled up or wearing basics. A friend made this pendant for me with my Frances Loom logo on it, and the word ‘slinger,’ as in rug slinger. I never take it off. One of my goals is to always dress for myself. I like quirkiness in my outfits, even if somebody else doesn’t get it. If not for myself, then I feel like I’m dressing for all the awesome women out there.”

A Week of Outfits: Kelly Vittengl

A Week of Outfits: Kelly Vittengl

Moto jacket: Sandro. Blouse: Réalisation. Jeans: Levi’s. Sunglasses: Gucci, similar. Bag: vintage, similar. Booties: Yves Saint Laurent.

“My mom is one of my style inspirations. When I was growing up, she always looked great in her casual clothes — comfortable in her own skin. It’s taken a long time for me figure how to feel that way. I’ve struggled pretty intensely with anxiety for much of my life, particularly with panic attacks. Therapy and spirituality are important parts of who I am. I began questioning my Christian upbringing when I was 14, and read about Buddhism and meditation. When I moved to L.A., a friend introduced me to the Agape Spiritual Center. It’s a non-denominational community that promotes positivity and authenticity, and it has totally changed my life. Overall, I try to practice positive living through meditation, exercise, eating well and being kind. Something as simple as smiling at strangers can turn my day around.”

Thank you, Kelly!

P.S. An ode to non-stretchy jeans and more women’s go-to outfits.

(Photos by Julia Robbs for Cup of Jo.)

  1. I have to say I think you could post *even more* of these week of outfits! So much fun to look at it. And I love meeting the women.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yay!!!!! we have another one coming up this week!

  2. Love her style and her philosophy about style!

    xx

    bombshell-to-be.blogspot.com

  3. Jamie says...

    I love seeing all these women and their styles! I think it would be fun and comforting to feature a woman who shops on a relatable budget. Many of my friends with family budget constraints are confined to items more in the 50-100 price range rather than designer items. Although many people you feature have a wide variety of costs associated with their outfits there are always still several pieces in the multiple hundred dollar ranges. Any chance you could feature a woman on a more limited clothes/style budget?!?

  4. Jenny says...

    Love the clothes and perfect butt (can I say that without pissing someone off)

  5. Ines says...

    lovely style but I feel like i’m getting a cold just by looking at the pictures of her backless shoes in the RAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Hillary Kelly says...

    Love this one! Her use of color has me inspired to quit it with all the black and white :)

    Just out of curiosity, was the shot with all the portraits and the green sofa taken in a private home or public space? Whatever it is, I really dig it (and want to see more of it!)

    • They were taken in my friends flat that I’m currently staying in, she has incredible taste!

  7. jules says...

    She looks great and you can feel the good vibes off the screen. Personal gripe: I cannot get behind this flat loafers and mules. Excited for their moment to pass.

  8. In love with her style! This series is one of my favorites you guys do. I am dying over her crochet sweater and embroidered denim in that first outfit though – SO CUTE.

  9. Gen says...

    I love these peeks into gals’ styles. They are about 99% not overlapping with mine, however I ALWAYS learn something from them!

    • Colette Brown says...

      I completely agree! I most love reading the “week of outfits” and “beauty uniforms” about beautiful women with completely different styles, bodies, hair, skin tones, etc. from me – I always, always learn something new and interesting from them! Love these series :)

  10. justine says...

    love your style!

  11. Hi! I love this series so much — I always get such fun inspiration. How is someone chosen to be featured? I have a few friends in mind who have really fun, cool looks, and I’d love to see them here!

    Keep up the great work! xx

  12. Claire says...

    Love these outfits- colorful, fun and creative. She is adorable. Such cute shoes and boots! My favorite items were the high-waisted pair of embroidered jeans, and the high-waisted Levi’s on the bottom pic. As others mentioned, I will be interested to see any follow up on cotton (non-stretchy) jeans.
    I also had fun looking at the Doen site- beautiful! Wishing on a couple of their tops.

  13. She looks comfortable and happy with herself which is lovely to see. Especially since she has had issues with anxiety.

    I noticed the difference in fashion when I moved from NY to LA. I’m slowly weaning myself off so much black (but I still reach for it consistently). Navy is just as chic and a little bit softer. Looks better with bright colors, too. Kelly might want to invest in a new trench, but something in a fun color (like a sky blue). It’s a nod to the London style (and practical) but has some spirit.

    • Thank you for your sweet words! Wearing trench coats has been my favorite part about living in London :) I will certainly look into a sky blue one, I love the idea!

  14. Ashley says...

    “One of my goals is to always dress for myself. I like quirkiness in my outfits, even if somebody else doesn’t get it. If not for myself, then I feel like I’m dressing for all the awesome women out there.” UGH, I LOVE THIS. Some days you’re just not feeling it, but I can always muster some sparkle for all the awesome women out there.

    • Gen says...

      YES! I recently started trying to dress more “grown up” (I’m 42) then found, surprisingly, that I still enjoy random thrift/consignment finds which hearken back to my funkier dressing in my 20s! And that these louder/quirkier pieces are the ones that get compliments from strangers!

  15. What a lovely human.

  16. Katherine says...

    I love the colour palette of this whole shoot-the rich greens and reds in the background too! Also, she wears all those jeans really well.

  17. i had no idea there were 501 skinnies. i’m a little giddy with excitement over this discovery.

    • Greatest discovery ever, and I think they’re just under $100. Such a steal! p.s. I cut the bottom of mine :)

  18. shopgirl says...

    Well, those Gucci’s, Stella McCartney’ s and Saint Laurent aren’t really vintage or flea market….;-)

    • They’re not :) But I do like to splurge on bags and shoes. And I actually got the Stella McCartney’s on Vestiaire Collective, I’m always looking for the discount!

  19. Lauren E. says...

    I love her style philosophy! I’m trying so hard to embrace that spirit myself.

  20. SG says...

    Another vote for a round-up of 100% cotton jeans. I found a pair of 100% cotton 7 for All Mankind 10 years ago in a Chicago thrift shop. Since then I have been able to find 0. I just love the way those jeans fit. They never sagged.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great idea!! we’re on it. thank you! :)

    • I would LOVE a 100% cotton jean round up and also sizing comparisons on different women’s shapes. The sizing varies so much!

    • Annabelle says...

      LOFT boyfriend jeans!! Secretly amazing.

  21. “One of my goals is to always dress for myself. I like quirkiness in my outfits, even if somebody else doesn’t get it. If not for myself, then I feel like I’m dressing for all the awesome women out there.”
    What a wonderful, inspiring philosophy!! And I do love her style because I love shopping vintage and second-hand shops and quirky outfits.

  22. As a fellow jean obsessive I love this post! Fantastic style

  23. Alice says...

    I love that she said about London’s formality. As a native brit, I don’t think that it is formal… or at least I didn’t, until an American told me “if you dressed like that in California, people would be super intimidated by how polished you look”. I was wearing a stripy dress! Forever baffled…

    But yes, we do 100% have to dress for the weather in London. Currently, it’s super sunny, but it’s ALWAYS worth getting a pair of Joules Wellibobs and a good brolly for those torrential days…!!!

    • I finally just bought some cute Chelsea boot style wellies! Much needed. But the weather this week is just fantastic, no wellies needed.

  24. Lucy S says...

    Not to be that Brit, but “flat” really isn’t slang old chap. It’s just the word for an apartment and comes from the old English flett, which meant a dwelling, the floor of the ground, don’t you know ?

    Only kidding around- welcome to London and hope you’re having fun vintage exploring. Good luck with the search for a flat of your own ?

    • L says...

      I think she meant slang in the “jargon” sense, not the “informal” sense. ;)

    • It may not be slang, but it is not something we say in the States! Every time I’m back home and use the word “flat”, everyone rolls their eyes or makes some a sarcastic remark about me spending too much time in the UK :)

  25. Lo says...

    The white on white is gorgeous! I’m so glad she’s adopted the more European trend of a black bra under a white top!

  26. Ahhh, thank you so much for sharing this post – I absolutely love it. All of these outfits are amazing, my particular favourites are the first and third outfit. I’m really drawn to them :) This has given me lots of inspiration to start trawling round vintage stores!!

  27. Karin says...

    I would also love a roundup of nonstretchy jeans. I have one pair of 99% cotton and it’s so hard to find more.

  28. This series is a delight, but something she said particularly stood out to me- her discussion of the different styles of the two different places she had lived. I’d love to see a post or even series exploring that a bit. What is Portland style vs New York Style or Paris Style or Tokyo style? Why/how do they differ? I liked Kelly’s insight into the differences between London and California styles.

    • Haylee says...

      I agree! Love this.

    • ash says...

      Y.E.S!!! Excellent idea.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a fun idea!!! we have a portland week of outfits coming up, actually! would be fun to do a larger post on differences. thank you, kristian!

    • Audra says...

      Then a *fashionable city* vs the midwest, just to see how we’re all a little behind here in Indiana…

    • Jillian says...

      I absolutely love this idea! I’m from Austin and grew up there, but in the last ten years have spent a handful of years each in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco, all the while traveling for work everywhere from Seattle to L.A. to Buenos Aires to Mexico City.

      Though I’m lucky to work in a super casual tech environment where there isn’t really a ‘dress code’, I used to attempt to ‘adjust’ my style and clothing depending on the city, setting, client, etc., until one day I was in a sales training led by an extremely successful (and absolutely fascinating) man who had worked as a high-powered advertising executive his whole life. I was wearing a floor-length, voluminous white lace skirt that would’ve seemed more appropriate for walking through a field of flowers wearing a daisy crown, but was– and still is!– one of my favorite pieces of clothing. The leader of the training was giving advice on being authentic through your interactions with clients, and he said to me: “always dress like this, how you are dressed now, because no matter what other people think, because I can tell that is so very, wonderfully, deeply YOU.” I loved that, took it to heart, and now wear my ‘hippie,’ flowy, flowery, music-festival-y vintage dresses each day as when I am joyful in my clothing and ‘wonderfully ME,’ I behave more joyfully and authentically as well.

  29. Amy says...

    Was I the only one in a panic that she had those lovely leather caramel mules getting wet in the RAIN?! lol
    Great post!

    • Jill says...

      Me too!! Haha :)

    • Hannah says...

      OMG me too!!

    • I love my nice things, but I can’t say I’m the best at taking care of them ;)

  30. Amy Madeline says...

    I love her individual style and her comment “One of my goals is to always dress for myself. I like quirkiness in my outfits, even if somebody else doesn’t get it. If not for myself, then I feel like I’m dressing for all the awesome women out there.” And I also appreciate her personal spiritual philosophy. I too make it a practice to smile at strangers and typically say a friendly greeting if it’s a quieter sidewalk or path.

  31. Yup, I totally get and love Kelly’s style. I adore jeans, and especially 100% cotton. h
    Ha, I was just about to let go of a few pair because we are moving but this has changed that impulse.

    For me dressing up is jeans with cowgirl boots or some other nifty shoe a femme top, and a lovely scarf.

    I also very much appreciate Kelly’s attitude towards finding a way to feel centered.

  32. I am in love with those green suede boots! I can totally relate to the closet full of jeans thing, thankfully my job allows me to wear them everyday. My friends are not so lucky ;)

  33. I love Doen so much too, one of my favorites. She has such a cool style.

  34. jen says...

    Just bought that striped sweater–fell in love!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so cute, jen!

  35. Lindsay says...

    Love this one! She is so pretty and I really love most of these outfits! I always admire her rugs on Instagram.

  36. Those 1970’s French jeans are adorable! She looks amazing in her outfits – relaxed and fun! Inspired by her authentic, quirky style. Thanks! ?

  37. Sarah says...

    Obsessed with the crochet top in first pic. ? How to make…

  38. I love this style! Such personality and not too much or too minimal. Perfection!

  39. El says...

    Hardly related but I’d love a round up of blue jeans without stretch! I find them way more flattering and more importantly, they last ten times as long as the stretchy sort! And they wear in better, too.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great idea, el! thank you!

    • Diana says...

      a second vote for this PLEASE! I found some levi’s commuter jeans on clearance that aren’t stretchy which was exciting but I’m not down to spend $250 on premium denim for it to feel like effing leggings. Even my husband got confused at the gap the other day when all the men’s jeans were stretchy!!

  40. Sarah King says...

    thank you, kelly! the jeans look so great! {heads off to buy some right away}

  41. Kat says...

    Thank you for sharing your patented move!! I have totally unbuttoned my pants under a table before and always been like “what is everyone else in this high-waist, non-stretch situation even DOING right now?” So happy to see I’m not alone!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha love it!

    • Katie says...

      Pro tip- if you’re going out to dinner in non-stretch jeans and need a little give, wrap thicker hair tie into the button hole and around the button. Gives a little more room and if you stand up, no one can notice that you’re jeans are unbuttoned!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s great advice!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      That’s how I did “maternity jeans!” Totally works.

    • Kali says...

      Me too, me too! I’m unbuttoned 98% of the time. With or without hair tie. Goodness I love this little blog community of kindred spirits.

    • Sarah says...

      Haha- me too!! My husband caught me recently and said, “so, are you going to return those?” Um, no!
      great post as usual, ladies.

    • Hahahahaha. I have been doing that since I was in my teens!

    • Alice says...

      Yep my maternity move too!

    • Honestly, so necessary. I love my Levi’s but damn if they’re not comfortable when sitting!

    • Sarah says...

      Haha, I just gave up on jeans altogether! I’m done with waistbands digging into my tummy. It’s leggings and jeggings for me from now on.

  42. Lovely, comfortable style with fun quirky touches. You look great, Kelly!

    How awesome is the gallery wall showcasing her portrait collection?!

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      It is so awesome, isn’t it? It’s not her apartment, though. Just a friend’s place where she’s staying temporarily in London.

  43. Anna says...

    I’m sorry, but that sofa is a scene stealer! Swoon! xx

    • Best ever! My flatmate had it custom made. It’s absolutely amazing!