Here is the 1940's suit that I have been speaking about for the last couple of posts. This suit is what I feel to be a hallmark early 1940's suit so I am a happy to present this suit, to you my dear vintage readers. I do feel like I have to find a couple of better accessories to go with this suit. I'd like a better hat and some dark brown gloves. It may even be nice to explore the straw hat and clutch route. I do feel like this outfit screams "accessorize me with a clutch" lol.
I believe that in having a vintage wardrobe I open myself up to criticism. I guess it goes with moving away from the crowd. We can't expect to have every outfit loved or everything we wear understood but it doesn't deter from some of the disappointments we may encounter.
Have you ever gotten your hopes up about an outfit and had them dashed by someone else's opinion?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one.
I still very much like this suit but my brutally honest husband doesn't. Does it make his opinion absolute? No, I really can't expect him to like everything. I was caught a little off guard as I really like the suit. I guess it was the extremeness in him not liking it vs. me really liking it a lot that has caused my reflective state.
I think this is part of the learning lesson for me. Do I want to stay in conformity and live in a world devoid of criticism or limit myself to compliance to others? No, of course not. I'd get criticism of modern day apparel too. Of course, I would always love absolute positive feedback but it's not going to happen. I can say as a final thought that this is a personal journey and it's about seeking inward satisfaction from what you are doing.
1940's Suit -ebay. I'm thinking this was custom made. I don't see a label but there are a couple of small pin pricks where a label may have been. It's difficult to determine. Either way, it's a very quality made suit with weights, pleats, and detailed stitching.
Bag - Surrey -I'm thinking late 30's on this one. This bag is so cute and well made. This was one of those items where I stroll through the pages of vintage magazines admiring the ads and seeing if I can find this brand floating around the internet. In a future post, I'll post an image of the magazine ad I found from an early 1930's vintage Vogue from Surrey bags that got me hunting for this one. It isn't an exact match but I then knew which brand to look for and knew it would be a quality bag. I paid $25 shipped for this lovely bag that is barely worn. I think what I like the most about this bag is actually the brass colored knob. The pattern is Chinese dragons. Interesting.
Hat - ebay purchase. I love ostrich feathers on hats so this one was priced rather cheaply that I thought I'd give this hat a shot. I'm okay with this hat but I'm not thrilled with it so I may end up passing it on. I think the idea with a straw hat and clutch might be a nice idea or a brown tilt hat.
Shoes -ebay purchase around $30 I believe.
Earrings -vintage filigree
Scarf -vintage chiffon
Umbrella (brass handle) -vintage ebay- this one was interesting because it had an unclaimed baggage ticket attached to it from the early 60's. But, I'm still thinking it was originally made in the 50's. Isn't it funny that this umbrella hasn't been used since the early 60's?
Aren't these buttons just awesome? I think I really need to test them to see if they are Bakelite. I haven't done this before. They have a heaviness about them and I'm betting they are.
Here's the dress from the ad so you can see how the outfit had a light mustard hue to it. It is interesting how things in person can differ when you get them just do to lighting. Still love it either way.