Monday, May 14, 2012

1940s Sailor Girl


Finally the spring-y weather has returned! The first day of sunshine in what seems like forever seemed the perfect opportunity to get my nautical on. This skirt (70s I think) is one I've had for ages and ages, but it was an unflattering mid-calf length and I finally took it up to a more 40s a-little-below-the-knee length earlier this year as part of my year of making challenge.


I've been searching for a sailor sweater for the longest time - I've had a couple on etsy in my favourites for months - and recently found this one on ebay. I should have turned round to show you, it has a proper sailor collar and everything: Perfection. The little celluloid anchor pin may be overkill, but I firmly believe there's no such thing as over-theming an outfit.


And this is the hat I bought at last weekend's vintage fair at Old Spitalfields market, from a lovely seller who I believe is going to be featured in the August issue of Homes & Antiques. It was under a tenner (may have even been £5, I can't remember now), and serves perfectly as the nautical hat that's been on my wishlist for like two years. You can expect to see more of it.


Hat, Old Spitalfields vintage market; Earrings, purchased in Thailand; Sweater, Topshop, via ebay; Celluloid anchor pin, antiques market in Chichester; Skirt, etsy; Handbag, can't remember - car boot or charity shop; Shoes, Clarks via charity shop.

21 comments:

  1. Absolutely ADORABLE! Gah, SO CUTE!!

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  2. I love everything about this look! I can't decide which I like more; the sweater or the hat!

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  3. I made a skirt just like that! Never thought to put it with red though, looks great! X

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  4. Love love love this ensemble!! :D xoxo

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  5. This outfit must be one of my favourites of yours! That skirt is just so nautical and cute.

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  6. Oh, no the brooch isn't overkill at all- it's darling!!! The sweater is to die for. I recently found a knitting pattern for a sailor sweater and I think it will be my next project. You look fantastic as always! x

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  7. I recently found your blog and I absolutely love it. Not only is it inspirational, I learn so much from you! Current fashions look horrible to me now..

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  8. So, so pretty!!!! That sweater is such a wonderful find! I've been breaking out my nautical skirt I made from the Wearing History 40s sailor pattern. Spring is the perfect season for a little sailor chic. ;)

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  9. You look amazing! That hat is just perfect. XO

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  10. How adorable are you! I love sailor/nautical fashion. I need a top like that.

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  11. I can't seem to resist sailor items! I bought a red sailor cardie in Collectif at Spitafields last week and I can't stop wearing it! You look adorable in this outfit and the hat is brilliant! I don't have one like this in my hat collection- your hat collection makes me tres envious!

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  12. Fabulous outfit. And the anchor is definitely not overkill.

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  13. Charming! And not over-themed at all, absolute perfection! The hat is just the perfect topper (no pun intended...well maybe just a little, lol).

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  14. Gorgeously charming, endlessly sweet, and oodles of timeless nautical inspired fun!


    ♥ Jessica

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  15. the best sailor girl inspiration, indeed.

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