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Tulip Spring stroll

Those were the fifties!

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Once upon a time girls dressed up nicely and were adequately styled as ‘perfect wives’ in a period of technological growth and discovery. As washing machines became popular and after the war it was time to express a new self-assurance to the world nowadays it is hard to catch up with all the restraints and limitations they had in that time – thank god we live in the modern age. But when it comes to style it is no secret to tell that the feminine line on dresses, tiny waists and hourglass shapes belongs to their (re-) inventions – So here is my celebration to this…

For my spring stroll I am wearing this beautiful skirt suit from heart my closet that truly is a blandishing piece you need to admit. I choose terrific brown as most fabrics from the fifties were still dominated by conservative colors like grey, brown or navy (Maybe my next dress will come in a more intense cloth…)

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As the 2017 spring again is more like a rampant weather situation in Europe I decided to pose at the botanical garden – For any rain shower you can elude into the conservatory and smell all those teasing flowers

Underwear: What Katie Did
Gloves, Hat: Reproduction of faux leather and felt / Internet
Shoes: PoiLei
Jewellery: pearl earrings from a holiday in Thailand

 

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Dovima Style

Today’s outfit is my new favourite ensemble for the upcoming spring season: A classic 1950s outfit inspired by timeless stars like Dovima using a midi length pencilskirt and buttoned hip jacket.  In a strict #liliann style this is a made to measure skirtsuit with jacket, bowblouse and skirt. I combine it with my ted&muffy classic black ‚Tango‘ pumps, a vintage inspired turban and @whatkatiediduk seamed stockings. It was tailored to my corsetted figure – puhhh it’s tight in the waist but nonetheless comfortable with full stretch lining material. Needless to say I wore matching undergarment for the total vintage completion.

This skirtsuit was completely made by honourable tailor Ibolya Steinhauser using Burda sewing patterns no. 6840 and 7248. Thank you very much for this outfit, we will come back to you with more craftsmanship soon…
Dovima and all the other starlets from the Fifties are kept as a heritage on the vintage vogue website – there you can find adorable outfits – So make sure you check out myvintagevogue.com for the original ads with Dovima and see the fascinating styling of the fifties.
Unfortunately is was storming outside so our photoshoot ended well before it started…

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Here’s another view from the back on my new outfit:

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And here you have some details of the outfit!

 

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It’s christmas time

 

svs_christmastreeIf you are still unsure what to wear for christmas, here’s my recommendation.

Rachel, who is the dress’ eponymist, from chicagochicblog.blogspot.com is truly a vintage supermodel. Not only does she model the greatest styles, she even sells her own collection. As a spin-off, Voodoo Vixen offers a special product line named after her. Coming in a dark green and black checkered pattern and being offered a pleated skirt, a flattered and a wiggle pencil dress it is just a sensational design.

Also famous style blogger retrocat.de copied that look and you can find a review at unique-vintage.com as well as with furthermore hotties.

For a curvy, classy lady like me it is not so easy to find a matching dress but I managed to grab one in Size 18 and the fit is perfect! Often dresses are too slim in normal sizing but if you go for the bigger “curvy/x-large” sizes it looks like wearing a tent! Something in the middle would be the best. That fit is really interesting as the matching skirt I ordered with it did not fit and had to be returned.

The price is sensational and the quality pretty OK. Order yours e.g. here.

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What Katie Did

svs_wkd3What Katie Did‘ – I actually love this brand as they are more or less the only ones to deliver real vintage underwear. But: In the UK, ordering from continental Europe always means ‘overseas shipping’ (Better watch out and know your size to avoid returns!) which means any discount offered will be redirected to the mail office directly. No cheap offers. Sadly. Well, I recently suffered from this shipping-shopping and so getting to London was the one and only opportunity to look for What Katie Did and try on their latest vintage underwear. That was why I paid a visit to their store. Of course there were plenty other reasons to get there as well…

The Boutique itself is a tiny (really!) but cosy little shop right under the motorway located in a small shopping mall/arcades at 281 Portobello Road . You can access it from the north coming from tube station Ladbroke Grove after passing a street market full of jamaican rastafarian souveniers. Cheeky.

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Their shop is a paradise from the first moment you open the door. Sit down and enjoy the stylish products, try on some of them or just get into a chat with their staff. But: Better forget your cash at home – shopping the whole range of products can make you poor easily. Puuuuuuh, at least ‘Brexit’ brought a nice exchange rate to foreign currencies…

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Got new full fashioned stockings  and a suspender belt there. Sadly their bra sizing ends with bust size 38 which is OK with stretching fabric but not for stiff, inflexible undergarments (Okay, their Bullet Bra series goes up in size to be honest)

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Did you know that only three machines are still existing worldwide to produce
fully fashioned stockings?

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Check them out once you make it to London!

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Ahhh, by the way: Merry Christmas to all of you!

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