Friday, October 17, 2014

Lilli Ann Stroll At The Park

Outfit details:

Suit Lilli Ann via ebay 
Gloves:  Dior purchased ebay NOS at a very good price.
1950s Umbrella ebay 
Shoes 1950s:  Rice O'Neill I did some damage to the heels of these shoes so off to the cobbler as they are a rare perfect fit.
Fresh floral accent: Gift from friend
Hat:  Vintage 1950s velvet cap style

I've had to sell a few suits recently that didn't fit well so I was very happy when I received this suit and it is exactly how I like it.   It's interesting how now that I am older and have grown a deep fondness for vintage suits vs. today's style that I prefer for them to hit below the knee.  When I do try on a suit that fits near the knee area it feels a bit awkward.  Not sure if it's age or changing style:)

One of the many things I like about women who wore vintage suits is also when they wore a fresh flower corsage as an accent.  I know this isn't practical all the time but my friend sent me some flowers and this just came in so handy to add this.  Of course, I have reference boards on Pinterest.  Lilli Ann.  Add A Flower To Accessorize. 

I found this handy mirror stashed in the vintage purse I was using.  I think mirrors are still better than cell phone cameras.  Cell phone cameras as mirrors are unforgiving.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lilli Ann Suit Journey Part I

Since fall is approaching, I've been thinking about vintage suits.   If you scan the pages of any vintage fashion magazine from the 1930s to the 1950s in the fall issues, you are very likely to find a plethora of suit styles.  There is something so special about a well tailored suit that certainly embellishes the word style and vintage glamour.  Of course, with a well tailored suit you need the icing on the cake in the form of the right accessories and hats.  I have such difficulty with hats that it is a very useful resource for me to go back and look through these fashion magazines and see how ladies of the day styled their suit ensembles.

I'm going to share more of my suit and accessories in the next post but I thought it might be fun to share with you a few images that I sought some inspiration from.

Image to right via. MyVintageVogue

Image to right from Harper's Bazaar 1954.  In this image I think the lady curtsying forward ads an element of charm.  I didn't quite capture this but fun try and it's difficult to see that I am actually holding flowers too.  I am not too crazy about how my image came together but thought I'd share the attempts too as it's all a learning process. 

Image to right via MyVintageVogue.  This image is interesting as I think putting the right leg forward ads an element of strength to the composition.  My image is more casual and not as structured.  

It is interesting how a certain position and camera angle can give the impression of strength, confidence, softness, sophistication, etc.

I also have a board on Pinterest devoted to Sensations Suits Vintage Style.

I also scanned some sensational suits from two issues of vintage Vogue, hope they can provide inspiration for you too!

I love the risk of a golden yellow hat with a green suit and red shoes.  Only in vintage color.

I'm going to try this at some point, navy suit with red shoes, why not?

Things I've recently added to my want list as a result of cruising through these magazines:

- A bamboo handled purse
-A purse in a light tan leather combination

I also recently saw an image with black toned bamboo bracelets.  These were certainly grand.  I am thinking I see some bamboo in my future:)

I'm also interested in the turban type of hat look.  I have some of these types of hats and the 50s cap hat look is growing on me.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sisterhood of the Vintage Dress -New York City

The vintage dress has paid a visit to the lovely Paper Mothball Vintage  .  Please go check out her blogpost all about it.  Laura really is vision of timeless glamour and I'm so thrilled she was apart of this journey.  I could quite see her being photographed by John Rawlings.  I love the spirit she captured in her photography of the vintage dress.  Beautiful!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Princess Coats of Vintage Bloggers

I thought it would be a fun idea to put together a look at some other lovely vintage bloggers and their princess coats.  If you also have one, I'd love to hear from you too.

This entry is part of a series I am discussing on princess coats.  If you check out the October Vintage Life Magazine, I have an article in this magazine about princess coats from the 1930s to the 1950s.  It was a great article to put together and provided kind of a source of inspiration to delve into the subject even more.

I also have a Pinterest board on princess coats.   I recently was very thrilled to add a new princess coat to my collection and I hope to get it photographed sometime soon.  It's a beauty.  It's also an off white color so I'm having a bit of a difficulty finding just the right hat.

Below are the lovely ladies and their coats.  Links below are also to their original posts.  Aren't they all so beautiful in their coats?  I've really enjoyed putting these images together.  Thank you ladies for allowing me to use your images for this blog post.  All of these coats are so very special.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Princess Coat Press Photograph

I thought I might share with you today a press photograph for a princess coat.  I'm not sure the purpose of this photograph as there really isn't any information on the back.  Just an interesting look back at an early 1950s princess coat.  What I also like about this photograph is that the model is very natural looking in appearance not really a "super model" type.  It's like you could picture her walking down a busy street in everyday vintage life. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Winners Digital Giveaway

Via MyVintageVogue

Winners are random numbers:  6,4,9 per random number generator:

Tubby3pug (Katherine)

Please contact me ladies and I will get you set up with the digital October edition of Vintage Life.

Thanks for participating!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sisterhood of The Vintage Dress Traveling To New Destinations!

After our vintage dress  left the lovely Kristen,  the dress made a stop with the very chic Whitney at LittleHeapVintage.  I love how she was able to add her personal touch to this dress.  She gave it a casual yet whimsical spin.   She paired this dress with moccasin looking boots.  She could take this dress on even a nice hike in the woods, if she choose.  Her backdrop is urban.  You know what I love about Whitney is that she isn't afraid to take chances with her wardrobe.  If you also take a look back at her other posts, you'll see a variety of wonderful vintage outfits!  She even did a take on the "bar suit", just like me.  Great minds think a like:)

After leaving Whitney, our faithful dress has paid a stop with Stephanie, of The Girl With A Star- Spangled Heart.

The beautiful Stephanie, chose to style the dress withe floral accents in her hair and black with period black gloves, belt, and shoes.  Stephanie is a seamstress so it was nice to see her take on what she saw in the details of this dress.  There is a softness to Stephanie's interpretation of the dress.   I keep being drawn back to the lovely soft purples in her hair flowers.  Her husband is a photographer so of course, her photographs are amazingly done:)  Beautiful, dear Stephanie!

Thank you ladies for participating in this adventure.  You both look so splendid in the dress and I am having such fun seeing the interpretation of this dress.  Well done ladies!

Please other readers, take a stop on by to their blogs and leave them a wonderful comment.  I'm sure they'd love to hear from you!