Friday, August 19, 2011

Frock of Ages

It wasn't so much a parting of the Red Sea today.
When I wore this outfit, it was more of a Pied Piper reaction.
There were lots of smiley faces out there, including me.
You know, ever since I swore off jeans this winter, my frocks, skirts and suits are feeling more and more like everyday wear.
I don't feel casual, I just feel incredibly comfortable in the clothes I have always loved.

The frock is a 1940s taffeta slip that's too big for me but that's what I love about it.  
Swishy, swirly and comfortable.  Much better than jeans.
Yes it has lots of fade around the hem but I really like the effect.

It could definitely do with a wash this weekend because I've been wearing it so much.  I'll soak it briefly in Woolwash in tepid water and hang it in the shade to dry.  No problem.
The frock is slightly see-through in sunlight so I employed a cunning plan.

Safety pants!  These are 1940s rayon and lace with a two-button fastening at the side.  I love them and have quite a few pairs of these now.  Yes, I wear old knickers!

I bought the 1980s black, sequinned, silk top from a flea market for $5, the headband is from a suitcase rummage a couple of weeks ago, shoes are VW Melissa's from eBay and yes, I double-bagged again today:).

Enjoy your weekend chickies and don't forget to do your pelvic floor exercises!
Desiree xo


Vintage Coconut said...

LOL @ the ending bit Des!! Is that what you were concentrating on in the last picture? *HAHEHE*

The slip looks SOOO comfy! And the fading looks as though it was meant to be. You shine and sparkle like none other!

Misfits Vintage said...

Ha! I reckon I could crack macadamias with my pelvic floor.

You look just amazing - I also love the effect of the fading at the hem of that beautiful skirt. It's almost like tie dye.

I love that sequin top (it must be warm up there!) and all of those beautiful rings!

Hope you have a FABULOUS weekend, amor!

Sarah xxx

Serene said...

I soooooo want a pair of these little frilly shorts! They're the one thing I haven't seen on my thrifting look GORGEOUS! Hugs! ~Serene

Nelly said...

Love the Scanties but beware I have heard that they can tend to fall down when doing every day things like dancing,True story straight from an older generation former scanty wearere lol xxx

Vix said...

I adore that faded around the hem look, it reminds me of that catwork look that people were paying a fortune for a couple of seasons ago. I love faults and flaws in vintage, it gives them so much more personality.
The outfit is gorgeous, you do look so comfortable, at ease and gorgeous.
Old bras, old knickers! Hoorah! My washing lines loaded with a haul of second hand tights I scored yesterday. xxx

BaronessVonVintage said...

Oh, I LOVE that top...especially with the "ombre" taffetta! Look at those tap pants (I think those are actually wonderful).

Celynne said...

I like the fading, almost makes it look dip-dyed. Isn't it wonderful when you're finally able to wear what you want and feel absolutely normal and like yourself? Nothing worse than loathing what's on your body.

Krista said...

I too am a fan of the vintage knickers and have just started wearing them under my mini dresses, oh sexy you never know what we have on :) I dig the dye on this skirt, totally had me double taking.

Have a lovely weekend too my dear!

seƱora Allnut said...

so pretty vintage knickers, love safety pants!, and you look pretty elegant!

Lee said...

I think.....

I think I'm in love with you...?!

And this is going to sound really wrong, especially after my previous statement but... I want your knickers!


*following* =]

Mimi and Tilly said...

Ruddy lovely! I love that you wear vintage under-crackers. You look beautiful! Em xx

sacramento said...

I just adore your butterfly top and the way you put everything together, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Helga! said...

Safety pants!!!Hurrah!
Thanks for the reminder about the pelvic floor exercises,I'm doing them now as I type.
Love,love,love all this soft,flowy peacyness!MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMdelish!!!
Daouble bagging is way better than tea bagging!Mind you,anything YOU do is better,full stop!

Lea said...

Great blog!
Post a tutorial on how to do your makeup..??

Having 2 giveaways on my blog, don't miss out!


Penny Dreadful said...

It's not faded, it's 'ombre' ;) xx

La Dama said...

I am drooling over your vintage safety pants amor. I must get me some.
I love granny underwear too.
You look dazzling in your sequin top. $5 what a bargain.
You know I'm going to steal your gold melissa shoes.
skirt is unique,never seen one that beautiful.
have a great weekend!

fashionoverfifty said...

I love that you love your clothes and wear them evreywhere! The butterfly top brings back memories...and those cute little "tap" pants? perfect.

VintageSweetheart said...

I love that frock and the top over it make it so glam! I love the safety pants I need to find a pair.

E :)

triskelos said...

Love the underpants))) I've always had a thing for the designs of vintage underwear, mostly for pants and corsetry)

RETRO REVA said...

You look terrific as usual!
Ah,ha, safety pants or knickers!
(i wasn't sure what they were called)
thanks for the sentiment re: Bitty.
It means a lot. A tree,huh?
Great idea :)

wardrobeexperience said...

you look stunning in this dress paired with a black butterfly.

wait until the sunset said...

you look beautiful as always! I love the fading at the bottom.

and I'm totally doing my pelvic floor keggles right now! ;)

Terri said...

I came across another pink slip today--this was was pleated but wrinkled. I didn't buy it because I didn't trust the pleats to stand up to the washing...and now, I think I made a great mistake in passing it up.

Theeny said...

That fading on the slip catapults it from being a plain old undergarment to the heaven of closet VIPs ;)

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