Friday, February 18, 2011

Life Ain't Easy for a Boy Named Sue

I'm in love with Johnny Cash and adore men's vintage clothing so this is my tribute to both.
This 1920s tail-coat arrived during the week after a thrilling eBay bidding war ... you know the kind - "You shall be mine ... oh yes, you shall be mine".
I love the splendid details of men's jackets and pants - they have secret places and pockets within pockets, within pockets.
This is my take on black-tie dress-ups - the Phoenix took one look and said "Right we're going out babe";).

Well the colours are simple but there's quite a bit going on here.
From the top, I'm wearing a 1950s black veiled fascinator and white cotton collar, which were worn to decorate plain sweaters.

I tucked a pair of old white crochet gloves into the top pocket.

I popped a 1930s pinky-peach camisole over an Asos black bodysuit and you can't miss my favourite Liquid leggings from Black Milk - now that's what I call a wicked pair of "tuxedo" pants;).

The Stylist attacked my toenails while I was dozing - I like them!  The Vivienne Westwood Wings have a mind of their own.

This silk camisole gets so much wear - I need more!!  I'm working on it:)).

The clutch is a 1920s or 30s embossed leather number.

Aren't old labels so beautiful?  I've heard some people remove and collect old labels from vintage clothing (!?).

I wonder if the Man in Black would have approved.

 D xoxo


  1. There are no words to express what I am feeling at the moment... Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, such a fantastic ensemble...
    I must have a pair of V. Westwood sandals inmediately if not sooner.
    Love everything, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  2. Yay - another very cool outfit! I adore tailcoats! I want to have a tailcoat! Sadly I'm petite and short and so none of the male ones will fit me, not to mention that they'd probably make me look like a penguin with the tails hanging too low. Maybe one day I'll find a tailcoat made for a boy, or for a circus monkey, that will be small enough. :)


  3. You are amazing! This outfit is so creative! I am especially enamoured with the westwood wings!

  4. FAB! U! LUSSSSS!!! Johnny Cash would soooo approve! I just love the 20s!! That coat is AMAZING! ~Serene

  5. Totally and utterly fabulous! You have the beauty and style to carry off anything. That tailcoat is gorgeous, were your palms sweating when you were bidding?
    I do love a vintage label but I couldn't possibly remove one from a garment, that would be sacriledge! xxx

  6. Where do I begin to tell you how enamoured I am. It's not just your attention to details, the lovely details, the energy you put behind it. .

    oh goodness. I'm speechless x

    Love it all
    I bet you would love the steam punk fashion
    I looked at some of your vintage pictures on the side bars, my favorite is Louise Brooks, I just love her

  8. I love that Johnny Cash song! You look awesome and I love the liquid leggings as tuxedo trousers. I love mens tailcoats and you've scored yourself a real beauty there!

  9. This. is. perfect! My favorite details are the gloves in the pocket, and then the pale pink camisole, and then the wings. I gather that they are like ankle bracelets.

  10. YOU are a star!!! Holy shit!! No-one does it quite like you do,darl! Every detail is amaaaazing!!
    I'd take you out,for sure!!!

  11. aaaaaa! i am simply amazed! gorgeous and inspiring look!!!!

  12. this is so cool. i adore this tribute-to-johnny-cash-look.
    the camisol is just perfect. i'd love to have it in my wardrobe.

  13. i'm following your amazing blog now!

  14. Fascinator. Love that. And how cool is it to have the netting? Not that YOU need to hide anything! (am thinking Sunset Blvd)
    You can pull of anything with style, Desiree!

  15. Wow that is a fantastic styling. The combination of tailcoat and leggings is awesome. Love the fabric of the leggings by the way, that is latex shiny.

  16. You look fabulous, as always. :-)


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