State of the Vintage Wardrobe
|Trying to put a bit of glam into camping...|
Office-wise and for smart daywear, I go midcentury. There's no way to ignore it. I love the jazz age, its music and art and movies, and always thought of myself as more of a jazz baby than anything else, but when it comes to work it's Hitchcock Heroine or Woman of The Hour all the way. A fitted dress in a block colour or smart skirt and jumper are always winners. I kind of let things down by sticking to deco-style louis-heeled shoes, but that's what I like so that's what I'm going to wear. Anyhow, I'm pretty much sorted for workwear. All satisfactory, move on!
|This 1950s dress was bought in 2013, but got its first outings in 2014.|
I also bought a couple of very 1950s-feeling dresses from Boden; I feel they capture the midcentury vibe every bit as well as many repro ranges. There are an awful lot of 'repro' ranges out there nowadays which, well, aren't particularly accurate. Pin-up, yes, or vintage-inspired, but probably not massively like actual vintage clothing. So I won't apologise for wearing Boden. My 'Nancy' dress, which has a fantastic midcentury-looking print, got loads of wear, and I believe they're bringing it out in some new prints for spring 2015.
|I do love the print on this dress!|
On the AUGH! accessory front, moths got in my hats! I am SO CAREFUL to keep mothballing my wardrobes and jumper cupboards, but never thought of my hats in a corner of the dining room. Of course, it would be the furfelt ones that got nibbled. They're not badly damaged, there's just a couple of tracks in the pile, but it annoyed me no end. They're now stacked with Zensect balls between to prevent future problems.
|I won a Debenhams voucher giveaway on retrochick.co.uk and |
got penny loafers and a super-soft dressing gown.
Halfway through the year I made an attempt to remedy this, dyeing a pair of pale grey cropped jeans and a short-sleeved blouse that was a dreary shade of beige. They are much cheerier in apple green, and are pleasingly 50s in style, though they look a bit mumsy on my matronly figure. That's not really the fault of the garments, though, more a reflection of the way I'm shaped. I also bought some custom-made 1920s beach pyjamas, which are brilliant for loafing in. They arrived late in the year, so I expect they'll get much more wear in the coming summer.
|New blouse: starting 2015 in style!|
And finally, there will be a little targeted shopping, mainly aimed at replacing my slobwear with something nicer. I've already made a start, ordering this bow blouse in Heyday's sale, which arrived yesterday, the day after I ordered it. And, erm, I ordered a midcentury fitted dress in a sale on Etsy. (Did I say I was all sorted for workwear? I really am now!) I also want some more stylish shoes, and if you can point me at a range of vintage-repro lingerie that goes up to a GG cup, I'd love to hear about it.