Those were the fifties!
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…)
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
Jewellery: pearl earrings from a holiday in Thailand
If 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.
I returned to London thanksgiving this year for a shopping weekend after one decade of not getting my feet on the island. Well, there seriously was some other business and trips so what a pity I could not make it back there earlier. Nevertheless I was really excited and was looking forward to exploring the city. Unfortunately I catched a heavy flew and even took a nap at the airport before entering the plane – it was just a mess.
I really adore this city. It is inspiring and an overcrowded place of all kinds of people you just can’t imagine.
Wearing one of my favorite ensembles, the faux leather skirt and Blouse. Comfy but stylish anyway.
Skirt: Made-to-measure (Based on Burda 7576 sewing pattern)
Undergarment: What Katie Did (Corset & Stockings and Suspender Belt)
‘What 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.
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…
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)
Did you know that only three machines are still existing worldwide to produce
fully fashioned stockings?
Check them out once you make it to London!
Ahhh, by the way: Merry Christmas to all of you!
Just found this elderly pic with my beloved feather fascinator.
Put a black screen behind me while sitting in the dining room. We really had a funny afternoon with that shoot 😊
What do you think about it?
Some more impressions from my autumn walk in the park. It was quite windy and cold and I actually start freezing immediately. But hey: pain is temporary, glory is forever?!
Inspired by my favourite band members Lady Lila and Frl.Venus from legendary “Welle:Erdball”, a german minimal electro formation, I ordered this dress from Amazon and combined it with matching underwear and accessories from over the years. The petticoat is just a cheap synthetic fibre one I found on eBay. Need to replace it soon… DO you like my flattered dress styling?
love that lipstick
sunday morning pleasure
keep on smiling
Dress: Black Butterfly ‘IRIS’
Shoes: Tamaris Evita Pumps Red
Tights: Wolford Sheer 15