Thursday, 12 December 2013
another of my very first vintage dresses, peter pan collars, and the laneways of the early days
Lately I've been mindful of wearing my older vintage dresses – as in, the ones I've owned the longest, not necessarily the oldest ones. You know what I mean! I love that I still love so many of them. In the early days of me buying vintage, I used to really think long and hard about a purchase. I still do now, but it's different, too, in that I know what I like these days, so the decision is in that way easier to make! Back in those days when I was just "starting out", I wasn't sure yet what would really work for me, so there was a bit of risk, and trial and error, involved. And I am chuffed that it often worked out well! I've had a thing for peter pan collars for years now, and used to use it in my vintage etsy searches. This blue sheer dress is one of the first ever vintage dresses I bought, as in, it's in my top three. I remember loving the collar and the details on the cuffs, and the tiny red glass button. It wasn't in the greatest state when it arrived – it stank of cigarette smoke and was filthy – but a good soak took care of that. It's funny that back then, even washing it was new, as I had no idea of how to wash these fragile old dresses and I was scared I'd ruin it! It's amazing how much you learn over time without really noticing the info sinking in. Anyhoo, I wore it the other weekend to see my friend who was selling her flat. John and I used to live in the flat upstairs and that's how we all met. We have some lovely, very loud and very funny memories of living there... Actually, that was the flat where I bought this dress! The shoes are Target and the bag is asos. Still wearing the flat shoes a lot. I LOVE it. Still love my heels too, of course, but it is so nice to be able to walk and walk all day and not give it a second thought. Oh, and I started the blog from that flat, too, and took all my photos in the laneways around it that gave the blog its name. It was funny, and nice, to be back, even if for just a few minutes!