And I must say, I love having some more black hanging on my colourful racks! I think we all have something that we mean to get more of but never quite make it to the top of our spendy lists. I tend to pass over black clothing, as it can look too faded for my liking, and anyway it just doesn't jump out at me in the same way when I'm looking at a zillion things online. Also, having a very fluffy, predominantly white cat makes for many extra minutes with the sticky roller if I wear black! That said, I do have a few pieces and got a few more things over the end of last spring, and I loved wearing them – and look forward to plenty of noir very soon.
Thursday, 20 March 2014
vintage black velvet
So this is the vintage beauty that my friend's mum very kindly gave to me – an amazing later 1920s (or earlier 1930s) black velvet coat. I have to come clean and tell you that this is the second lot of photos I took of it. Photographing black velvet is like trying to photograph a deep black hole. A nice testament to the amazing quality of it, though, I think! It is a straight fitting shorter jacket, finishing at about my hip bones, with a decorative clasp to close at the bottom. It fits me perfectly (lucky or what!) and will look amazing with pencil skirts. It will be a change from my usual cinched-at-the-waist silhouette, which will be fun, if a bit strange at first. It has a wide, detailed collar which will feel nice and soft on my neck. I never thought I would think this, but I've come to love vintage fabrics as much as the styles. They just have such an amazing feel, especially as you go back through the decades. This velvet has that particular inky, liquid, incredibly soft feel that you just don't get with velvets now. Well, not in my price range, anyway! Absolutely lush. The sleeves are bracelet length (at least, they are on my monkey arms) and flared quite wide which I love. I think they will show of some elbow length gloves nicely wrinkled down around the wrists. And of course a bracelet over the top if I'm feeling glam.