Perhaps this is another one of those so-wrong-it’s-right finds, but I have a bit of a thing for this cornflower blue and white patterned 1970s dress. I found it in a Goodwill (surprise, surprise) and although it’s my dress size, I think it’s actually a petite version, as when the sleeves are rolled down they only just reach my wrists. But it’s such a fun pattern and it has pockets – how could anyone say no to a dress with pockets?
I didn’t initially follow my instincts when it came to styling this vintage dress – do you ever get that way with an outfit before you leave the house? We were going for a stroll into town and I knew that I wanted to pair it with my silver brogues, mustard yellow tights and a bright pink lip, but part of my brain was telling me ‘that’s too loud. You’ll stick out too much’. I then spent the next half an hour trying on more modest shoes and different, less shouty lipstick before going back to the original plan.
I guess that’s the thing about moving somewhere new; I could be anyone I want to be but perhaps the scariest thing of all is being myself, which sartorially translates to clashing floral prints, wearing several contrasting colours at once and generally involves either no make-up or blindingly bold lips.
Carrie touched on it in her alter egos post, but it can be a tricky thing when your personal style embodies not one set in stone ‘look’ but several in one week, or sometimes all in one outfit! I guess the fun thing about fashion is that picking a person to be for a day, from 1930s librarian to a 60s inspired lady-who-lunches doesn’t change who I am *cringe* inside.
Blue and white patterned dress – Goodwill / Mustard tights – Primark / Oak ‘Effie’ bag – Mulberry / Silver brogues – Office