Same but different
It's October! And that means I made it all the way through Slow Fashion Season without buying any fast fashion. To be honest, this year most of us probably got through that three-month period without needing any new clothes. The black velour tunic I'm wearing in this photo was one of the garments that got me properly into charity shopping, so I've had it some years, and it was secondhand when I got it. It's St Michael, so 1990s at the latest. (I suspect it dates from the very late 90s as I've got some other velour stuff from back then; Marks' went all-out for it.)
The point of the photo was really to show off my hair. Deprived of a trim every six weeks, it's getting pretty long now. A friend reckoned I should just go all-out pre-Raphaelite and I have to admit, I'm tempted – a bit of me's always been a sucker for de Morgan ceramics and Morris wallpaper, and at least going full-on Lady Of Shallott will mean I'll have long skirts to keep my legs warm in winter. Though how I'd manage that without buying more clothes is another matter. No, forget the Victorian romance, it's going to be a winter of familiar knits and practical tweed trousers I reckon. (I bet the Lady Of Shallott dragged out the tweed and woollies to stay cosy when there weren't any foppish poets or painters around...)
I do have some new-to-me things, though: my godmother was having a clear-out and sent me a trio of handbags. Two were modern-ish – I'd guess 1990s, which is modern to me but not to a lot of vintage sellers, it seems. And there was a brown one which is exactly the same model as an olive green one Gisela sent me, right down to the very fittings! It's a timeless shape so could have been made any time from the 1960s to the 1990s, but I don't mind – it has the boxy look I like, which is the important thing. I've never owned bag twins before. The label is A Jones and Sons.
Of course, as with a lot of my smarter clothing, my nice bags haven't been out as frequently this year. I think only one of my vintage bags has left the house since March. So I've no idea when this new brown bag will see the bright lights of the city. Here's hoping the 'rona's under control and it's sooner rather than later, eh? I do like reading everyone's blog and seeing all you other lovelies out there in blogland are taking things seriously and staying healthy, while making the most of a pretty crummy situation.
And with that, I need to go and read some of your adventures – I've got behind again; the perils of taking time off and coming back into deadline week! Keep staying safe.