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This is Becoming a Pattern: Vim Shops for Bustle

Vim Shops for Bustle

Hello, Dear Readers! I've just started a new job, which is exciting, but also intense. So let me introduce you to one of Vim's stress-relieving, coping mechanisms - imaginary shopping! It's fun, but less stressful than actual shopping, because you're not spending any money.* Also, you don't even need to leave the comfort of your home, because - the internet.

You know that thing that happens, when you're shopping for a gift for someone, you always find something for yourself? But if you're shopping for yourself, you inevitably find things for other people? Well, that's been happening to me a lot, so I present to you (and to her) Vim's Top Finds For Bustle! (Sure, these ideas may have been inspired by Bustle, but I think you may just find a few things you'll want for yourself).

Bustle's favorite pattern is houndstooth. She's also been known to sport quite a bit of plaid. AND, she is also the only 13 year-old I have ever known to brave, and nay, rock, a tweed. (Bustle and I have known each other a loooong time). Such is her preppy power. So the following dresses just cried out to me.

It's the holy combo of t-shirt and dress! Comfy!

Houndstooth T-shirt Dress

She's from Downton Abbey, it's too hot for sleeves, and she means business!

Tweed mini-dress

I own nary a speck of tweed myself, but honestly? Would wear. It kind of reminds me of when Kristin Stewart wears Chanel.

J crew tweed dress

This one really leans into its houndstooth-iness - very cute!

houndstooth fit and flare dress

And now, for something completely different.

Leopard shirtdress

But you can't live on dresses alone (though I've been accused of it). So, here are some kicky tops!

Pretty! And with a hint of plaid.

Plaid floral blouse

Sometimes Bustle likes a little edge with her prep.

Grommeted sweater

And sometimes she leans a little bohemian.

Embroidered blouse

And she legitimately owned this shirt in the 80s, I'm pretty sure. Bustle, if you're feeling nostalgic, it's back.

Green houndstooth shirt

Everyone needs this skirt, don't you think?

Leopard Skirt

Did I mention her penchant for PLAID? I also want this coat for myself.

Plaid coat

Kerchiefs are back, y'all! She's one of the few I know who could pull them off. Nordstroms has LOTS of kerchiefs.


At some point I told her what I was doing, and asked if she had any special requests. She wanted an Easter dress and some leopard heels (LEOPARD! IT'S LIKE I'M PSYCHIC). I deliver!

So Sunny!

Floral Gingham dress

Demure and classy.

Floral surplice dresss

Let's get this egg-hunt started!

Floral shift dress

If you just can't pick a pattern.

plaid and floral shirtdress

At your request, Madam!

Leopard Heels

To conclude, I have enjoyed styling my best friend, as though she were my own personal paper doll. (And kind of hope she follows up this post with one where she styles me!) . My childhood whimsy is clearly still intact. I'm just dangerous now, because I have a credit card.

*(Note: imaginary shopping can occasionally lead to actual shopping).

** Another note: for a few of these items, we are using affiliate links, and get a small commish if you purchase from them. :)

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