Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ways to wear Leopard Print #25

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.

5 comments:

  1. Wow that really is a fantastic combination - and that's such a gorgeous blue :-)

    Hats are indeed very awesome also. I've collected a few already but haven't been game enough to wear them outside as yet. Mostly due to the fact I have a very modern haircut and not sure how to style my jaw length hair to fit a hat. Would you know where to look for this kind of information?
    I've always been pretty crappy with doing my hair!

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  2. I too adore the powder blue and leopard combo. I think it's a bit naughty and nice and that's why it works.

    @Esz, I too have jaw length hair and I do either finger waves or a Marcel wave in the front and just curl the back. Having at least a vaguely period hair does make hats look way less odd. Here's my fingerwave tutorial if you are interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWl2tQkltF8

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  3. You are so stylish!!! Love your outfit!!!!
    I agree with you hats are the passport to be be really outstanding even with a simple coton dress, that's why I love large hats or quite crazy hats!!! I have so much of them it's quite hard to store them now and mainly knowing where they are when I'm searching one....

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  4. Wow Chichester will miss you when you make the big move :) Lovely look, powder blue and leopard go well, who would have thought! Well done :)

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