Yes I've been a neglectful blogger the last couple of weeks - every so often I seem to get "blogger burnout" and have to take a little break. I haven't forgotten about the Style Me Vintage book giveaway, don't worry. Meanwhile, here's another outfit post to keep you entertained. I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring so I can get out my Spring Blossom dress. It's still really too cold for it, but a sunshiney morning (unfortunately the sky had clouded over by the time I got around to taking pictures) prompted me to pull it out.
I needed a cardigan, and settled on this one. It's not even slightly authentic, but polka dots say "vintage" to pretty much everyone, so that counts, right? The rest of the outfit sort of came together from there. I decided to add a hat and as I cast about for a suitable one my gaze landed on this cute little 50s number, a miniature bonnet style adorned with a black polka dot rose. I hardly ever wear it, but it seemed just the ticket. I finally mastered the 40s back roll (with a cheapy bun donut thing from Primark, chopped and opened out into a sausage) to go with it. 50s hat with 40s hair? Why not?
The necklace happened just because I wanted to avoid looking too prissy / Princess Anne (which is a particular hazard when I wear my hair like this) - I tried pearls first but it started to look too "classic", so I threw on a string of bright plastic beads (knotted, flapper-style), and added an armful of bangles for good measure.
So in short, I guess I ended up with another of my "mash-up" outfits - neither truly vintage nor modern, with inspiration drawn from through the decades, resulting in a whole which eludes definition. Sometimes that's the most fun.
Dress, made by me from a 1940s pattern and vintage fabric; Cardigan, Laura Ashley via charity shop; Plastic & bakelite bangles, various; Necklace, charity shop; Shoes, Marks & Spencer; 1950s hat, ebay; Leather belt, charity shop; Record clutch bag, made by me - similar in my shop; Bird brooch (you can hardly see it, but it's there), car boot sale; Earrings (again you can't really see, but they're in the shape of little black hats!), purchased in Thailand.