Friday, February 3, 2012

Bluebirds of Happiness

This 1950s dress was one of the two bargain knit dresses I found on etsy in the autumn and has become my absolute go-to this winter: I've been wearing it a lot, and you can expect to see more of it. It's super comfortable, nicely fitting, cosy warm wool, and so easy to wear - just pull it on and grab a couple of accessories (or a lot of accessories - I don't do minimalist - Coco Chanel would not approve) and I'm good to go. If only it had three-quarter length sleeves it would be perfect. It's not actually a V-neck (it's almost a sort of soft nehru collar), but I've tucked the collar inside to turn it into one.

I teamed it with a 1950s felt picture hat in navy blue (hat hair: braided updo - my usual default of a bun doesn't work for this hat as it sits quite far back on the head and the bun interferes with the placement), which I decorated with my Now Voyager blue bird fascinator, clipped onto the hatband.

Also, I must share my wonderful jewellery with you. I bought myself this set absolutely ages ago, but it's never made it into an outfit post. Reverse-carved lucite jewellery was wildly popular in the 50s, and flower brooches are pretty common - my mother has quite a collection that she amassed during her years as an antique dealer. However, to find a motif other than flowers is more unusual - so bluebirds? Awesomeness. A matching set, what's more, is quite a find. And at a budget-friendly price, I couldn't resist.


It's absolutely bally perishing out, so while I would have preferred to take more pictures I'm afraid I had to call it quits after about ten, of which these were the ones that turned out acceptably (that is, the ones in which I look least like I ate all the pies).

1950s knit dress, etsy; Reverse-carved lucite jewellery set, etsy; Vintage belt and scarf, both from Mummy via my sister; Hat, Pineapple Vintage; Bird clip, Now, Voyager; Gloves, can't remember; 1950s handpainted basket handbag, etsy; Shoes (Clarks), charity shop.

19 comments:

  1. Gorgeous outfit. Love the dress and the jewellery <3

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  2. Brrr- brave coming outside for this outfit post!

    That shade of blue is delightful.

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  3. Wow! You look stunning! I love that blue

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  4. Well color me green with envy! What a wonderful outfit, especially the jewelry. Fabulous and you look amazing.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

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  5. Blimmin 'eck lady you must have been frozen out there! Jealous of your bluebird lucite though

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  6. Amazing blue outft.. Love the lucite brooch w ear rings :)

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  7. LOVE the outfit. I'd really like to snap up a dress like that for myself. Stay warm!

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  8. What a gorgeous outfit, and the bluebirds are just adorable. Hope you are keeping nice and warm :-)

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  9. Great outfit and oh how I love the bluebirds!

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  10. You look just fabulous in this outfit and hats are for you. I love the leopard one below worn off to the side, stunning on you!!Nan

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  11. Ooooooh!!! It is ALL sooooo pretty!!!!

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  12. The hat! The earrings! The color midnight blue! Great outfit.

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  13. Beautiful as usual Charlotte! I love the addition of the bird! I've often seen these and fancied one!!! The bird accessories are amazing!!

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  14. Gorgeous outfit, the bird look brilliant on the hat!

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  15. Oh, I LOVE this! I love this "true" shade of blue (but it looks horrible on me--you however, look DIVINE!). I'd wear this dress all the time too, if I were you!

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  16. What beautiful jewelry- I am insanely jealous! I love anything birdy, especially blue, and the diamond shape- just darling!

    I had heard of/seen reverse-carved stuff before, but your post inspired me to do some, er, serious spending. Take a look at my latest post if you're interested! http://that50sgirl.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-latest-love-reverse-carved-lucite.html

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