I've had this topic for a post vaguely on my mind for some time - a little background on my love for vintage.
Funnily enough, I started selling vintage clothes before I got into actually wearing them. I decided a very long time ago that trousers don't work for my body shape, so I've lived in skirts most of my life. I've also had a lifelong interest with fashion history, ever since the fascination with Victorian dress which started when I was nine.
I started out selling vintage on ebay with my Mama. She used to run an antique shop, and when she closed the shop (to look after my grandmother) she still had a lot of stock. This was mostly homewares and curiosities, but also included some clothing and accessories.
Although by then I had long loved the 1950s look, and had developed a vaguely retro influenced wardrobe, I didn't have the confidence to dress in vintage. I even sold some pieces which would have ended up in my wardrobe today (nothing so spectacular I regret selling them, thankfully!).
Gradually, though, my style absorbed more and more vintage influences, until eventually (inspired in part by various vintage bloggers) I decided to ignore my inhibitions and follow my heart to 'go vintage'. Since then, developing my vintage style has coincided with huge personal development. I've gained confidence, and feel more settled than ever before; I feel like vintage has helped me to find a clear direction in life. Without wishing to gush that "vintage has given my life meaning," it actually kind of has!
So anyway, on to the outfit! I went full-on late 40s with the dress, hair style and sandals - then mixed it up a bit, adding a cheeky touch of kitsch in the pink retro TV earrings.
40s two-piece dress, TMHL on etsy; Earrings, purchased in Thailand; Shoes, M&S; Hair flower, H&M.