Thursday, February 21, 2013

Think Pink


Oh yeah, so I have pink hair now. I had actually envisaged a more pastel pink shade, but I wanted it done for the Vintage Mafia Valentine party at the weekend and didn't have time to order online, so I thought I'd give this shocking pink a whirl since it was what was available on the high street. I confess I'm not altogether convinced on the wisdom of the idea - I think I may have gone a bit overboard on the size of the section. I suppose I had hoped it would give me an instant effortless cool. It hasn't. But I think I like it all the same.


This is one of my very favourite dresses, and I've shown it here a few times. Sadly the delicate rayon fabric is starting to show strain at the shoulders. I've reinforced it with iron-on interfacing and darned over, but I try not to wear it too much - tough when it's so damn adorable! Unfortunately it's one of the major problems with vintage clothing, and aficionadoes are faced with a dilemma, our loyalty divided between a duty of care to preserve vintage and antique clothing, weighing against a desire to wear them and enjoy them and bring life to them.


1940s dress, ebay; Sash, made by me; Necklace, car boot sale; Gloves, Spitalfields vintage fair; Crochet tights, New Look; Shoes, Clarks via charity shop.


So... what do you think of the hair? (another outfit post coming soon)

And how do you feel about wearing delicate vintage clothing?

20 comments:

  1. I think your hair looks cute but I understand being indecisive about the outcome when you settle for a color you didn't originally want but was just there.


    As far as delicate vintage....*le sigh* its a dilemma.I believe its meant to be enjoyed and to the ground if you must.If its a very collectible designer piece I could understand just leaving it for display but otherwise I keep a "till the wheels fall off" mentality about it.Many of my dresses that start to fall apart of me end up house dresses that I don't mind getting dirty in.

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  2. Your hair is kind of bright to me and looks red not pink. I love the outfit and the whole look. If you like the hair then keep it, if not change it.

    hugs,
    Gail
    HeartnSow.com

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    1. It does look red in the pictures but I promise it's a very definite pink (not far off the colour of the necklace) in real life. I'm looking forward to seeing how the colour develops as it fades with washing, and I'll be ordering a pastel pink dye online for the top-up.

      xx Charlotte

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  3. like the hair - but maybe you put all the pink on just one side?

    for the old dresses: i have this dilemma mostly with my good/evening dresses. would like wearing them on partys but i fear someone will drop red wine on me or a child come with chocolat fingers........the horror.

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  4. Ooooh, your hair looks brilliant!! I love it and so cute with the dress! Ooh, can I ask you by the way, would you have any idea of the date of a skirt I bought- it's in my current blog post- it's an Aquascutumn skirt, khaki button up- I'm intrigued to know how old it might be!x

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  5. Everyone should have pink hair at least once in their life!

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  6. I can see your point about the duty of care thing, but on the other hand, unworn pretty dresses make me sad. I tend to wear my favourites until they fall apart and then use them as patterns for future dresses. Though it will come as no surprise to you that I don't own a large number of superfancy vintage clothing...

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  7. Your hair is lovely! It has a cool Rogue from X-Men vibe and looks very feminine but kind of crazy and fun at the same time!
    As for the ethical dilemma regarding vintage clothing, I sort of believe in "loving things to death" as far as clothing goes... Or if something gets TOO delicate, saving it for some kind of photo shoot or to use it as a pattern to try and re-create it!
    Charlotte
    http://abelleofthebluegrass.blogspot.be/

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  8. I'm having the same dilemma about one of my early 40's frocks, too. Poor thing got so beat up when I first bought it because I had no idea what a true gem it is. If you want to shoot for more of a pastel pink, it looks like you are going to need to bleach and tone your sections more. Pastel pink does not like coming out unless your hair is bordering white and has no brassy tones to it. Hence why your pink may look a little orange/reddish. Bobby Pin Blog did a fantastic segment on experimenting with different concoctions to achieve pastel hues, I would check it out if you can. She's the author of the oh so ever famous Vintage Hairstyles book! :-)

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    1. I bleached the heck out of it first, so I've definitely got a light enough base to start with! I just used a very bright hot pink dye, so unsurprisingly my hair came out bright hot pink. Next time round I'll probably try "La Riche" dye in pastel pink, which looks more the shade I had in mind.

      xx Charlotte

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  9. Oh my gosh I'm LOVING the hair! How fun!! I had pink hair once upon a time for many years in a row and I always loved it. I just don't think you can look in the mirror with pink hair and have a bad day :) As for vintage, I have a bunch of dresses given to me by my uncle's wife (they belonged to her grandmother!) that I wear occasionally but always feel like I spend the day walking on eggshells just dreading that I'm going to spill coffee on myself when I wear them out! Vintage is just so precious, especially when there's a family tie involved. But, at the same time, the dresses were given to me because I love vintage and my aunt knew I'd give them the love they deserve! That's the great thing about blogging: you can wear and photograph the outfits without wearing them ALL the time because they're still getting the attention they deserve on your blog :)

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  10. I must tell you that I prefer your hair in a natural way.
    Condition of vintage clothes is a big problem. My first rule is to buy only vintage clothes in excellent condition! Second rule, having a huge wardrobe to wear each pieces only a few time in year!!!

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  11. I love pink hair and Im sure it will fade to a more pastel pink. I love seeing light pink hair, I so wish i could go for it but my job won't allow it. :( As for delicate vintage I just try my best to only wear it once in a while but it so hard. I have a favourite dress and it seems sturdy but just taking it off the hanger one day the shoulders ripped. :( Such a sad day, I quickly got it fixed but am extremely careful taking anything off the hanger now.

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  12. I love everything pink, so I LOVE the hair!!! I think it looks wonderful :)

    Sylvia
    www.sylvialovespink.com

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  13. Super fun! I love your pink highlights! Sometimes one just has do something outside-the-box with their locks. Wonderful outfit - I totally adore the colour of your gloves and handmade sash.

    ♥ Jessica

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  14. Love the swatch of pink hair!!! :) I think it's fantastic when one does something wild and unusual with their hair (mostly because I'm an utter creature of habit with my hair. haha!). That dress is gorgeous too!

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  15. lovely dress. it's print is so simple but grogeous. i have the same problem with my fav 40s dress and one of my favfavfav 50s square dance style dresses. i adore both of them so much but i try not to wear them that often. sadly my closet isn't a museum.

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  16. I am happy to tell you that you don't need a special pastel dye to get light pink hair! Mine is a soft cotton candy pink at the moment, and i just lightened my hair to a white blonde, then put a violet "toner" over it since I had some yellow tones I wanted to eliminate (if you don't have this problem, you can skip this step!). The next day, I washed my hair but did not condition it. Instead, I mixed my pink dye (Special Effects "cupcake pink") with a cheap, white colored conditioner (a lot of girls use TreSemme, but mine was just an off-brand bought at the discount store). I applied it to dry hair with a tint brush, let it sit for a couple hours while I did laundry, and rinsed it out! To maintain it I just keep a bottle of my dye/conditioner mix in the bathroom and use it like a regular conditioner after every shampoo - works like a charm! Good luck Charlotte, you look great!

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  17. I've been a huge fan of your blog for years but don't often comment, but want to say that I love the pink hair on you so much! You always look so effortlessly chic and I love that you still do but with a fabulous pink streak!

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