Tuesday, 30 September 2008



After yesterday's '60s influence, I seem to have skipped a decade and landed in the 1970s. I wore my vintage 1970s dress in a way I've been meaning to try for a while, as a blouse.

Since Autumn I've been looking for skater skirts; a vintage velvet purple or red one, and a black one. I am yet to find a velvet one, but have seen some black ones around, and should pick one up. In the mean time, I remembered I had this skirt in my wardrobe.

vintage '70s dress
old witchery skirt
vintage maroon shoes


It is from several years ago, back when waistbands sat on the hips – and to sit anywhere else seemed unimaginable. Now I hate to have my waistband anywhere but on, well, my waist. To bring this skirt into line, I simply lifted and tucked and tied with the belt from the dress. Finally, I added a pair of vintage maroon heels. It suited the strangely cold day.





I was very busy again today, and only managed to get photos in the late afternoon, with the sun sinking and glowing and casting loooong shadows. However, I found this little corner of pale purple light down a lane. I don't know what these flowers are called but they are everywhere at the moment, and are very beautiful, a bit like waterfalls.


I also realised the shape of this has something quite Victorian about it... and, having seen the work of Julia Margaret Cameron (whose work I loved years ago, and then forgot all about) on liebemarlene, I couldn't help myself. [This reminds me, in a round about way, of Francesca Woodman, another photographer with lovely work.]



I did some thrifting recently and have some finds I can't wait to share – all of which skip about in different eras. How about you – do you find you prefer a particular decade, or do you pick and choose from them all? Do tell!

30 comments:

Brigadeiro said...

Your photos never cease to amaze me, absolutely gorgeous! Vintage-wise, I love 50's the most. I've always loved circle skirts, and also LOVE vintage kimonos.

Brooke said...

definite pick and choose! i somewhat follow trends, just because it is so much easier to find clothes that look good if, say, 50's is "in". mainly i love 50's silhouettes, 40's textures, 20's silhouettes and occasionally some 60's/70's layering sort of style...

pictures are fabulous as always, how beautiful is wisteria?

<3

Miss_Red said...

That dress looks great as a blouse, I would never have realised. It's such a pretty pattern, so soft and feminine. I never realised how much of the 70s appealed to me until I started reading fashion blogs, what a great era!

Blogette said...

Gorgeous outfit once again!!
I tend to stick to 50s style cuts in clothes (A-line skirts etc) as I have a bit of a curvy figure so they seem a little more flattering for me.
In saying that I love a lot of different looks, 70s hippie, 20s flapper etc.

K.Line said...

That last photo is fantastic! I pick and choose based on the piece - I have things in my wardrobe from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s (not vintage I realize, but getting there!)

leah said...

Oh how lovely! Wonderful outfit.

I find I go in phases, so I'll go through a 50s phase or maybe a victorian phase or something similar. I guess that's just because I think that each era has it's merits and I'd rather pick & choose!

Q's Daydream said...

Lovely outfit! I love the last picture, it's beautiful! I must say during the warmer months I find myself wearing 1950's and early 60's sundresses. The colder months though my wardrobe is all over the place. I wear anything from 1930's styles to 1970's dresses. Anything that looks cute with tights and sweater! :o)

Nadine said...

I totally adore your skirt! It's awesome!

Q's Daydream said...

I must tell you, for the first time today I had the time to go back and look at all your post from the beginning. Every outfit you wear is so inspiring! I was getting a little sad knowing that a long winter is ahead, but to see the way you put together all your cold weather clothes excited me to be heading into the colder months! I know when spring comes again for me I will look back to the post you are doing now for inspiration! :o)

Rhiannon said...

Aww, I love that outfit! And the dress looks so beautiful tucked in and worn as a blouse too.

I suppose I pick and choose among decades. I like the '30s best generally, but for a while I've been on a silent film kick.

yiqin; said...

Beautiful photos!!! The top & skirt is so unique!! Goes so well together :)

Sal said...

Lady, belting the skirt at your waist is a stroke of brilliance. It looks fab, as do all of these lovely images.

My husband maintains that I'm all about the 40s, but I think I hop around ...

Make Do and Mend said...

Fab combination of clothes and colours. The photograph was a delight too!

Hailey @ stylesymmetry.com said...

Such a cute way to wear it, love the volume to the skirt. Hip dresses were the worst! so unflattering!!

Louise said...

Perfect, it make a wonderful blouse and well worked with hitching up the skirt. I think there are so much you can take from each decade of the 20th century that to stick to one era is really missing out. I gave you a blog award, details are here. :-D

Skye said...

Such lovely photos and nifty improvisation! The flowers are wisteria, one of my favourites because of the colour.

I think I tend to stay mostly in the last three or four decades, I suppose because those are the ones I remember!

Mila said...

Wooow! Your pictures are always amazing and this is definitely no exception.
I am in love with your blouse..so pretty!

Love your blog, dear!

Mila.

Miss Karen said...

Such beautiful photos! I love the details of your dress here and the Julia Margaret Cameron picture is my absolute favourite :D

Lilac Stevens said...

I remember only wearing skirts on my hips all too well. Back then if you'd told me to wear it at my waist I would have thought it was a pretty ridiculous idea! Now I'd 99% never wear a skirt on my hips again!

a cat of impossible colour said...

I tend to wear things from the 40s and 50s, although early 60s sneaks in there too :)

I have given you a blog award (which I'm sure you've received a million times already)! Details are here.

PorcelainBlonde said...

Exquisite photos, so dreamy :)
I especially love the one of you standing in the laneway, with the sun behind you.

I have love for all the fashion eras, theres appeal in all of them for me :)

Caf said...

I love those purple vine flowers! (that's what I call them...) I have them coming out on my balcony, the vine is waking up after winter and the bunches of flowers look like grapes...
your photos are gorgeous :)

esme and the lane way said...

Brigadeiro: thanks! I am getting into the '50s more lately, and I'd love a kimono! I'll have to find out how to find a vintage one... :)

Brooke: me too! I know what you mean, sometimes hunting things down in vintage and thrift stores is just too hard, or impossible! Thanks – aha, wisteria, now I know! :D

Miss_Red: thanks! I love the pattern too – florals + tartan! Yay! The '70s had some awesome styles,I love them too!

Blogette: thanks very much! There is so much to like from past decades,isn't there? :)

K.Line: thank you! Me too – some styles just appeal, don't they?

leah: thanks! I do that too, ie. I really liked the '40s for the last few months – but then something else jumps in!

Q's Daydream: thanks! Cool – I'd love some 1950s sun dresses...

Nadine: thank you! :)

Q's Daydream: oh, thanks very much! I'm glad you liked it! :D

Rhiannon: thanks very much! I've been into the old slient films lately too, especially the spookier ones...

yiqin: thank you!

Sal: thank you! Ooh, I love the '40s...

Make Do and Mend: thanks! The last photo was fun, very tongue in cheek of course... ;)

Hailey @ stylesymmetry.com: thank you – it is the first time I've worn a skirt with so much volume, and I really quite liked it.

Louise: thank you! Oh, I definitely agree. And oh! thanks very much!

Skye: thanks! I'm glad I know the name (wisteria) so I don't keep having to point out the lovely-purple-water-all-thingies... haha that's funny! They are easier to get hold of I guess, too, which of course helps!

Mila: thank you so much! :)

Miss Karen: thanks very much!

Lilac Stevens: I know! Isn't it funny how things change... :)

a cat of impossible colour: yes, I see those silhouettes on you often and they always look great! Oh, thank you!

PorcelainBlonde: thanks very much! That was a last minute one as I was heading home... and I agree, so much to choose from... :)

Caf: ahh, I love that name for them! Cute! And thank you! :)

urbanita said...

Lovely pics.!!

sueper said...

Just discovered your blog: it is so dreamlike!

You look great, I often layer dresses too!

esme and the lane way said...

urbanita: thank you!

loou said...

i adore these pictures so much!
x

esme and the lane way said...

loou: thanks very much! :D

Pip said...

Lovely photos and that wisteria is just gorgeous - I wonder if it's the same one I used to walk past on my way to work...looks like it could be!

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