Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blue Room

More turquoise today.  I'm wearing a 1960s cocktail frock that I bought from the Salvos for  $6.
The previous owner had hemmed it quite short but I prefer my lady-frocks to look rather demure and just below the knee.
There was barely enough fabric to do the job.

Er, notice how those early sixties frock were constructed with darts that cleverly gave a woman some shape?
In other words, nice rack!  hehe:).
I love the bow and wide neckline.

Another thrifted bag.
This one is from the 1930s.
It's got some weight to it as it has a very sturdy metal frame and is made from embossed leather which has been painted.
It's lost its strap which would have been leather, but I use it as a clutch anyway.

Inside, you'll notice how times have changed in the past 70-odd years.
There's absolutely no room for much more than some change, small comb, lip pencil and a key.
No mobile phone would ever fit in there.
I love that shade of peach satin.

The flip-side has a couple of worn bits on the edges.
I'm amazed I found this little marvel of history - and for just $12.

You can tell from this pic that I don't have a camera yet, but the Phoenix lent me his new iPhone to tide me over.  Sweetie. Mwah!

My absolute favourite 1950s cocktail headpiece.

Lots of vintage brooches, purple fence-net tights and satin leopard-print cut-out wedges and I'm all set.

I love the colour of the tights, they're a soft mauve. 
I never thought I'd wear tights in 27 degrees but I'm sold on fence-nets for summer.
They don't quite scare away the mosquitoes though, I'm covered in bites!!!


minnja said...

I love it! So beautiful!


November Grey said...

That purse! Gorgeous. And loving the tights.


November Grey

Pixie Needle said...

Ugh that purse is AWESOME! Love the dress, too. Show off them legs, lady- you got 'em.

Joanna said...

You look just fantastic in that dress. And the tights are such a great match for the headpiece!

fashionoverfifty said...

Where do I begin? Love the flattering shape of your frock--and the color is just gorgeous on you. They (50's and early 60's) had it right on in dress shape, no? The inside of that bag is just dreamy--as is the outside. Oh, and the netting on the hat? Reminds me of Sunset Blvd, when Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) wears the veils to disguise her age to a younger lover--tee hee. Not that YOU need it! Paula

April said...

i decided today that my new years resolution would be to step up my game when it comes to putting together outfits - i was looking back at my old ones and i almost died of boredom! - so GURLL, you are an inspiration. I could never get bored of your outfits! fabulosity. :)

Helga! said...

Ah,fence nets! I've also heard them called whale nets! I love 'em for summer!!! Any nets will do!
Pretty purse,but I'm really drooling over the frock!!!GASP!To DIE for hotness! I like the rack enhancing darts,they make my big rack look rather classy,I feel!
Yowza,baby,I'm inspired!

Vintage Vixen said...

That dress is divine, Darling! You're right about those darts, they add a little oophh to even the most flat of bosoms.
The bag is a beauty and don't even get me started on the hat...envy! xxx

sacramento said...

I think I have told you before, blue goes so well with your skin..., and that shape dress fits like a glove, and makes you look even more beautiful.

Janelle aka AussieJ said...

Great score and sutits you so well Love the clutch too I would have bought it all as well.

Marta said...

this is such feminine outfit! and the color of your dress really suits you! perfect!!!

Franca said...

You're so lucky to find such treasures for such a price! it looks great!

Terri said...

What an excellent find on the purse and the dress fits so well. The darts reminded me of my Home Ec classes circa mid-60s.

Misfits Vintage said...

Lawd awmighty you look divine as ever and the frock is lovely and the hat is beautiful and the bag is fab but hello, the shoes! THE SHOES! LOVE!

And the beautiful turquoise colour of the frock - ooh, that's my second fave colour and I am in fact wearing it today - it's the colour of communication so you'd think I could write a better sentence that doesn't end in an exclamation mark but I can't because you look so FAB!

Sarah xxx

RETRO REVA said...

Oh such a yummy clutch!!!!
I need to pull out my lovelies more this year!
I love old cigarette cases with the mirror and lipstick spot. You look so lovely in Turquoise!

Folhetim Cultural said...

Olá lhe desejo um bom fim de semana. Lhe convido para participar de meu blog neste sábado escrevo minha coluna poética ás 09 horas ás 13 horas uma homenagem a Ayrton Senna e ás 17 horas chá das 5.
Conto com você lá.

Magno Oliveira
Folhetim Cultural

Comtesse de ferveur said...

Oh gosh I love everything about this outfit but most of all, hello beautiful vintage bag! The blue is perfection on you xxx Comtesse xxx

Francesca said...

hahahah "nice rack" hahaha. thank you for your comment lovely! i wish i could rock vintage. love your looks! and yes that clutch is amazing but definitely isn't built for a mobile phone :P but maybe an iphone-air in the future.. LOL!!

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Vanessa said...

The hat is my favorite part, too! But really, it's like asking a mother who her favorite child is, because I love it all... the dress (especially that neckline, beautiful) and the fantastic clutch!

Sabina said...

Hey there. Love the blog and love the outfit. I love that you paired the vintage dress it with that beautiful headpiece, too. I own a couple of them and yet I never wear them because... well I don't know why. Thanks for showing that fascinators are in fact wearable and hot.

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