Having grabbed this dress out of the wardrobe as the only suitable frock I could see which didn't need either ironing or sewing (I was trying to get ready in a hurry) I cast a glance around the room for accessory inspiration. My eye alighted on the leopard pillbox hat I made back in January, and I thought "why not?".
It would never normally have occurred to me to put leopard print with this powder blue, but I'm trying to be a bit more 'out there' with my combinations. As it turns out I think this actually works really well.
And apparently the good people of Chichester agreed; I got told several times "I love your look". I never get complimented so much as when I'm wearing a hat - it's like a hat is an instant passport to style. So there you have it, if you want to be admired wherever you go, and made to feel like a million dollars, the answer's simple: wear a hat.
And have you spotted the record clutch bag? Made on exactly the same principle as the original record bag, but using just one record. I've made some with a ribbon-tie closure like this, and some with a clasp of a vintage button and elastic loop.
1940s cotton tea dress (there's actually a matching belt but I have to make it smaller), ebay; Leopard pillbox hat, made by me from a 1940s pattern; Leopard print bangles, Accessorize; Bakelite bangle, ebay; Shoes, Marks & Spencer; Belt, charity shop; Recycled record clutch bag, coming soon to my shop.