I still own quite a lot of the things I've been photographed wearing. That surprised me as I feel as though I've changed the way I dress quite radically over the past five years – I haven't been to any steampunk events for a couple of years, and I've come to realise that the period that suits me is later than that preferred by most of the vintage bloggers I started out following (and who, along with the films I loved, inspired my early purchases). However, the photos are of blog-friendly clothes. I haven't replaced many of my 1920s-40s vintage/repro pieces, I've added 1950s-60s bits to them, so I've got a great proportion of later vintage to choose from now. Also, you don't know the more modern pieces I've worn out/got rid of as you never saw them in the first place.
|You can't beat a good woolly.|
Here's my first outfit photo. I made that green jumper, and I still wear it. The brooch lost its pearl in a trip through the washing machine, but I plan to fix it when I can find a non-drilled pearl bead. Some other clothes from around the same time are still favourites too: the jacket from my tweed suit gets regular outings, and I still love my black skirt and jacket. I will be genuinely bereft when my beloved purple tweed dress becomes unwearable, because it's soooo reliable for work and the pleated area at the neckline is perfect for showing off a good brooch.
|From 2013. Jacket, brooch dress and bag are still favourites!|
A lot of the garments I show you here don't get many outings in real life. Some are too fancy for everyday wear, such as the brown lace suit. I'd already worked that out from my spreadsheet, and have been buying more 'everyday' clothing this year. The other reason quite a few things I own don't get worn is that they are now a tad too tight, and get left in the wardrobe more often. I need to decide whether to shape up or ship those clothes out.
I've never shown you some of my favourite things. Possibly it's because they're not 'special' or 'vintage' enough to warrant a photo shoot. My navy and white polkadot jersey dress, for example. And I always wear trousers on Sunday as I have to walk to and from my burlesque class and I feel safer and less noticeable that way but I never show you my Sunday clothes. My me-made navy cardigan is probably the item I've worn most over the past couple of years.
|I wear this dress/cardi combo all the time in summer.|
If you've got a blog, do you show your everyday clothing regularly? I know Vix, Curtise and Goody do. Perhaps I should take a leaf out of their books...