Friday, 20 June 2014

poppies, ribby tights and platform sandals, borrowed cardigans (and dumplings)

poppy-dress a Somewhere between the massive wardrobe culls I've been doing this year, the realisation, when travelling, that there is only so many clothes I am especially attached to, and a very conscious decision to get as far away from last winter's style rut as possible, I've decided on two things. One: to finally wear those things that survived my brutal sheddings – if they are still here, it's because they are still loved and should not be so cold from no use, and two: to put the things I want to wear on the one rail and make a sort of capsule wardrobe, so everything is visible and nothing is forgotten.

And so far it is going pretty well. Not to mention how much fun it has been.

It has forced me to be a bit more creative, too, and to put new combinations together, and actually add all the things (scarves and so on) that I dreamed about doing all summer and can now finally do. It has also been a bit of a trip down memory lane in some cases, with certain things reminding me of how I might have worn them back when I got them, which can change over the years – sometimes that's good, of course (slouchy knitted beanies, anyone?) and sometimes they still feel right.

poppy-dress c Case in point: this floral, sheer black floral dress. I bought it from an independent op shop on my local high street, the kind staffed by dear old ladies who want to halve the price tag for you, with loads of goodies hidden among the usual dross. (It moved a few doors down after a year or two of me living here, and I think now it might have actually gone altogether). I even remember seeing it, leaving it behind, and then turning around on the street about 100m down the road to go back and get it.

I love everything about it: that 1970s-does-1930s style, with the sheer, calf-length skirt, the poppy print, and the knotted sleeve detail, which of course is completely hidden here. (That means I'll have even more reason to wear it again soon and show them off!) But for some reason, partially due to habits and restrictive ideas (mine) about vintage, I hadn't worn it for ages. poppy-dress e poppy-dress d Tights, preferably thick and ribby ones, under peep-toe platform sandals has always been a favourite of mine, especially with a floral dress. The shoes are still new, in my mind, bought last spring and worn all through the summer and diligently put away (as in, on one side of my shoe shelf) not to be touched until next spring, but I like them too much to not wear them now. And now, after years of effort, all my cardis are cropped vintage ones, and this called for a longer line. This green one, pilfered from John's wardrobe, did the job. poppy-dress g I even remembered to wear a bracelet. This one is (again) from a few years ago, and matches the dress perfectly. It also made my hand feel cold where the metal touched it, which could be why I "forget" to wear these things in the first place. poppy-dress f These were all snapped in a hurry before going to the Urban Kitchen event at Melbourne's Emporium, with John and two friends (who were also on the list). I think a dark antique gold necklace would have been good with this as the neckline is very plain – plus necklaces won't make my hands cold! Wearing dark colours turned out to be a very good thing when eating dumplings, wielded on unsteady chopsticks and first dunked in little bowls of soy sauce, after a few glasses of champagne..! *Splash*

Of course, it all went under my dark green vintage coat with the little cape over the shoulders and the black trim, which was happily worn for the first time this winter as it is now fuh-reezing cold at night. And, full confession: I forgot to wear the planned-on hat. It was a wonderful night, even sans hat, the kind where you see lots of friends in the crowd, and even bump into familiar faces on the tram home – the kind of night that reminds me how fun Melbourne really can be. A bit of reminding is good for more than just old dresses! poppy-dress b

14 comments:

Kristina @ Eccentric Owl said...

I so need to do a good wardrobe purge!! I have so many dresses (over 50) and skirts (probably close to 50) and I know I won't wear some of them again, despite the beautiful colors and cuts. I hate getting rid of clothes, though!
This dress is so beautiful! I love the twirly-ness of it, and the pretty pattern!
xo
Kristina
www.eccentricowl.com

Bianca Esposito said...

That dress is so beautiful! I love the colors of the flowers and the floaty sheer fabric, what a great choice to pair it with the forest green cardigan too! lovely outfit all around :)

Theresa W. said...

Ha! I loved running into you two on the tram, too!

Love this city and how small it can be.

Kizzy Von Doll said...

Such a stunning dress, I like how it moves and flows. Very lovely find. xx

Jessica Cangiano said...

Gorgeously lovely outfit. I adore the pairing of pine/forest green and black together. It's elegant and timeless, and so very evocative of the coldest months of the year for me.

♥ Jessica

Lorna Sharp said...

Oh my god thats so pretty. One of my fave outfit you posted I think.
Love the prints and those shoes are just perfect. I Love how you pût tights under too.
Xxx

Love From Paris,
Lorna

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Jessica said...

You know, the moment I start really gearing up for summer and getting into a style groove, my favorite Australian bloggers show up looking gorgeous in fall clothes and I. Just. Die. Is it cardigan season here yet?
Love the dress, the print and style are so lovely on you. I like how the pattern of the bracelet mimics it so closely - it's a really beautiful detail once you notice it.

Gaby Balls said...

This looks lovely and you look beautiful, Cant I have your wardrobe please?

Gaby x

theglamdottylife.blogspot.co.uk

esme and the laneway said...

Kristina @ Eccentric Owl : oh it;s so hard, isn't it. But if you think they're beautiful, maybe they're worth holding on to? Unless they're beautiful but for someone else... it can be hard to work out which it is, sometimes. Mx

Bianca Esposito : thanks v much – it's the kind of thing I'd wear a lot of the time, if I had more versions of it! Mx

Theresa W. : it was so nice! Yep. this city is small, but mostly that works out pretty well :)

Kizzy Von Doll : thanks :) I'm definitely chuffed that I went back for it, and then held on to it!

Jessica Cangiano : thank you!
Mx

Lorna Sharp : me too, I think :)

Jessica : haha well I know that feeling! And thanks v much, I am at my most comfortable/feel at my best in this Mx

Gaby Balls : thanks! But my wardrobe of old discarded dresses?! Mx

esme and the laneway said...

Kristina @ Eccentric Owl : oh it;s so hard, isn't it. But if you think they're beautiful, maybe they're worth holding on to? Unless they're beautiful but for someone else... it can be hard to work out which it is, sometimes. Mx

Bianca Esposito : thanks v much – it's the kind of thing I'd wear a lot of the time, if I had more versions of it! Mx

Theresa W. : it was so nice! Yep. this city is small, but mostly that works out pretty well :)

Kizzy Von Doll : thanks :) I'm definitely chuffed that I went back for it, and then held on to it!

Jessica Cangiano : thank you!
Mx

Lorna Sharp : me too, I think :)

Jessica : haha well I know that feeling! And thanks v much, I am at my most comfortable/feel at my best in this Mx

Gaby Balls : thanks! But my wardrobe of old discarded dresses?! Mx

Anonymous said...

Pretty! What is that blush? My paleness could do with it.

esme and the laneway said...

Anonymous : Illamasqua's Lover (matte orange) and Essence's Secret It Girl is a good cheap alternative, although it has some shimmer (in a good way though). x

Natalie_vintage_girl said...

I love those colours together and the blush/bronzer you are wearing is devine! I love anything calf length and chiffon to be honest. It's such a lovely fabric (I swear like half of my wardrobe is chiffon now) and such a practical length

Anonymous said...

I bought this blush on your recommendation. It is so pigmented and lovely - thanks!

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