Bargain 60s suit

 


Well, it's been a bit longer than a year since I switched to working from home full time. Despite not going anywhere, it's been quite an experience. While we've been cut off from the good things about other people – the casual laughter, the easy venting, the fun of lunch and a chitchat, the conversations about shared passions – I've kind of enjoyed being cut off from the day-to-day expectations of other people. That's particularly applied to clothes, because often I feel the need to dial things down in order to look appropriate or at least not attract any attention. Free of other people's expectations I've been... mostly the same in many ways. But if I want to wear some gaudy psychedelic print or dress like an acid-trip Hobbit, I'm going to. 

That said, my most recent purchase is exactly what you'd expect: an amazing 1960s turquoise cutwork dress suit. I'd been reading Vix's blog and she'd mentioned updating the Kinky Melon eBay listings, so I had a look, then did a more general search for 60s stuff in fatgirl sizes and this came up. For £20. "There's got to be something wrong with it," I told myself, "But at worst I'll have some nice fabric to reuse." Amazingly, I haven't spotted anything wrong with it. It needs a press, but I couldn't see any rips in the fabric, which is what I'd anticipated. Bargain. The jacket appears to have been shortened slightly to match the dress exactly, but from what I can see it's just been turned up, so I might unpick the new hem and see if it can be taken back down or if the fabric's got faded along the fold and needs to stay as is.

Buying stuff seems to have been the most interesting thing I've done lately. Work's been full-on again – I took most of Friday off after working till 10pm Monday-Thursday; I'd put in my contracted hours and them some. I find I either comfort eat or comfort-shop, so I'm channelling the latter impulse into being really organised when it comes to birthdays. My present-buying game has grown strong on lockdown. Here's hoping work slows down by the time we're all able to get out and do stuff because I'm not going to want to be working those hours when I could be out and about. And if you do see an acid-trip Hobbit, give me a wave!

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  1. I absolutely love the new outfit. It's a beautiful colour which will look stunning with your gorgeous hair and I love cut work clothing. What a brilliant bargain; a dress and a jacket for 20.00! If I'm searching for something in the clothes line I have a maximum budget of 25.00 and have been quite lucky so far and been able to buy things I like and stick to the budget.

    Won't it be fabulous to go somewhere and wear your lovely outfit!
    xxx

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    1. I'll spend on something I really want, but I do love a good bargain. 60s/70s stuff really seems to have gone up in price nowadays.

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  2. An Acid-Trip Hobbit? That made me laugh!
    That suit was a right old bargain, I love the colour. I bet that dress would look fabulous with a denin jacket if you don't get round to fixing the hem.xxx

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    1. Yeah, I really love things like my tweed trousers and cardigans, but I love things like oversized 60s prints too. Maybe I just need more colourful tweeds to bridge the gap... *Eyes Dylon*

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  3. What a gorgeous fabric and colour your £ 20 bargain suit is! I hope we can see you wearing it on the blog soon! I haven't been buying as much as I used to, due to not spending my lunch breaks browsing Think Twice. It's just not much fun having a rummage in Covid times, even if I'm still going charity shopping quite regularly. Well done on taking some Fridays off to compensate for all the crazy hours you put in. I can't imagine going back to work full time again, now that I'm used to have so much freedom, which I do realize was quite a privilege! xxx

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    1. I don't think it quite fits yet. But back on the salads and the gym should reopen in April, so hopefully it won't be too long before it's wearable.

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  4. Very nice! I love the colour. I remember buying one similar and I'm ashamed to say binning the dress because I only wanted the lace coat. My mother hated it and deliberately shrunk it in the wash.

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    1. I hope Santa brought coal for both of you that year! LOL...

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  5. You definitely scored well with that suit. That colour will be great on you. After all this staying home we're all going to look like acid trip hobbits at every opportunity.

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  6. What a stupendous suit, Mim! I love the colour! Are we going to see it on you? I would love to see it!

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  7. So lovely colour and shape, even the label is fabulous!, and it's a real bargain!. Looking forward to see you wearing it and looking fab!.
    Your acid-trip Hobbit style looks like my kind of thing!
    besos

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  8. That is a glorious suit! what amazing fabric it is. I hope we'll get to see you in it, Mim!

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