Saturday, October 1, 2011

Miss Prim

This dress is modern, but almost a classic in its own right. It's from Boden circa 2005, when they were spearheading the revival of the 1940s-styled tea dress. The tea dress has since become ubiquitous on the high street, albeit mostly in itty bitty, thigh-skimming mini lengths.

For the outfit, I went for proper, all-out vintage chic with demure crochet gloves and cherry hat. A fairly simple outfit overall, but apparently effective: I don't think I've ever had so many compliments on my outfit! One older gentleman stopped me as I was walking to Joanna's and asked, "am I young again, or is this the new fashion?" "It's the old fashion!" I told him. He laughed. Another told me I reminded him of how his older sisters used to look. Various ladies - young and old - also stopped to comment.

I don't know whether it's Chichester (maybe because of the Revival, folks here 'get' vintage?) or if it's a general rule elsewhere, but I have to admit I've never once had a negative reaction to the way I dress. At least not one that was expressed strongly enough to enter my consciousness (I did once hear some schoolkids call out sarcastically "the 1960s is that way", but I have no idea if it was actually aimed at me, since I didn't look).


Dress, Boden; Shoes, purchased in Thailand; Necklace, car boot sale; 1950s hat, ebay; crochet gloves, can't remember; Handbag, ebay.

6 comments:

  1. Oh Charlotte, you look so pretty!! I'd stop and tell you how pretty you look if I was in Chichester! I do love your little hat! I have to say, I'd agree with that, I've never seen anyone react negatively to vintage outfits, people are always admiring!

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  2. You look so lovely, every piece of your outfit goes so well together.

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  3. This outfit is lovely! And I love your little story about the old man stopping you to comment. I do find that I've had a number of older men say nice things about my vintage outfits - perhaps it's for the very reason that it makes them feel young again because that's what young ladies wore in their time, which I find such a lovely thought, if we can take the older generations back to their youth momentarily!

    And I absolutely agree - I always get positive reactions to my outfits. I get some funny looks but usually from young people who don't get it because it's not conventional and fashionable. But I definitely get more positive than negative response.

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  4. the whole outfit is amazing but I am green with envy over that hat.So darling!

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  5. Looking lovely as always. It is always nice when people pay a compliment. On the rare occasion I have had comments - they have always been nice and friendly!

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  6. You look fantastic! I (being 'dumpy') always look frumpy in Boden, you look delightful - it really suits you!

    I'm lucky in that I live in a very varied cultural area, so people don't bat an eyelid whatever I wear! I used to live in a more judgemental 'everyone's white, posh people wear M&S, less posh people wear Primark: choose one or we'll stare' area and HATED IT.

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