Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Non vintage frock love - outfit post.


There are fewer things that make me as happy as a nice frock. I own few pieces of real vintage frockery, so I mainly make do with what I find in charity shops or the likes of Etsy. Frocks that I think look the part and contribute to the 1940's look I try to create. 
 
There has been much grumbling in blogland over "real" vintage of late. That you cannot claim to be "into vintage" if you do not wear real pieces from the era. A grumble, I personally, could not give a hoot about. The fact that I do not own a lot of actual vintage has yet to make me feel as though I should not be part of the scene. And long may that continue.  


Jeepers -  I was about to enter rant mode. But shant. I am here to show off a cheap as chips dress I found in a charity shop. For under a fiver. And not only that. The wedge sandals I snapped up for £8. They are Clarks, no less, and I would like to shake the hand of the person who donated them, for they are the most comfortable things I have ever shoved my plates into.

The dress is by Eastex, an old lady brand similar to Bon Marche. So, not vintage in the slightest. There is that "me not giving a hoot" again. Ho hum. It is light weight, but not so light it shall reveal my bloomers should there be a big gust of wind and I love the fact it has the matching belt. Win! Being modern, it means that I can whack it in the machine. Double win!

I am looking forward to more sunny days and ice cream nomming, accompanied by this outfit!

TTFN


36 comments:

  1. I love that dress, it really suits you!

    I spend most days in non vintage as I don't have to worry about it bursting open a seam and revealing my under crackers to the world, as has recently happened to 2 of my favourite vintage goodies *sob*

    I like a certain look. I wear clothes I like, and I don't give a flying hoot what decade they were ACTUALLY made in!

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  2. You look great!
    I think real vintage is fab but have no problem with me or anyone else for that matter wearing newer items in vintage style. For a start, it's hard and darned expensive to find "real" vintage, especially from the '40s and even more so if you are not built like a stick insect. Just treated myself to some new "playshoes" from Rocket originals, will show on blog soon as they are to die for!
    Hen x

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous. Wish I could find something as nice in my local charity shop - must go rummaging more often.

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  4. Also, yes, it's true, you do worry about real vintage stuff falling apart, I have just re-inforced the seams in my fave vintage dress today so I keep them for special occasions, not for every day.

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  5. I usually keep my best vintage wear for special, I hate the idea that something has lasted 50-60 years and then dufus here rips it cos she chooses to wear it sat at her desk!

    As you know I make a lot of my own too, which always raises the question is it vintage if it's made out of vintage fabric & to a vintage pattern!! ha ha!

    I don't go along with the vintage snobbery, I am of an age when I started going to clubs in London where you were likely to get beaten up or at least snubbed if you were wearing the wrong thing, ridiculous, especially when I look back at the pics & those bullies were not exactly spot on! I say wear what you want and be proud, if you want to wear genuine 40s/50s stuff every day fine- of you can afford it, if you want to make your own fine, if you do what you do fine!

    You always look lovely anyway and you're a lovely lady so, poo poo to the vintage snobs, pah what do they know!

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  6. oh dear mine turned into a bit of a rant too ;o)

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  7. I think you always look beautiful, and very 1940s too.

    People who expect everyone else to dress in authentic vintage are living in some sort of privileged la-la land, imo, where everyone has enough money to be able to afford such things AND has a body type thin enough and regular in shape to wear what's available. Heaven help the vintage-loving little person, plus-sizer, or person with another unconventional body shape. That's my main gripe with that 'only authentic vintage counts' attitude; it automatically excludes people on limited budgets, people with disabilities…

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  8. Looking stylish indeed!

    'You can't be vintage if you wear repro, you can't be vintage if you're 60s-80s, you can't be vintage if you put a twist on your look...'BLAAH! What-ever. That's why I avoid describing myself as vintage, alt or whatever, too many nitpickers out there.

    I was always of the impression that we were humans who dressed in 'vintage', 'modern', 'high fashion', 'goth' or whatever. What is a 'vintage' anyway? Does it mean you live in a wine bottle...?

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  9. It seems that the vast majority of the 'vintage community' couldn't give a flying monkey about whether it is real vintage or repro, and it's just a handful that have to impose a snobby view on it! Personally I think it's because vintage has got more popular in the recent years and they don't feel so unique and special - plus their clothes would be so much more expensive!

    As long as the clothes make you happy and they create the look you were intending, then that should be enough!

    The shoes look great by the way! They have a great classic vintage look about them.

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  10. You look lovely. Now you see I see things like that dress, put them on and instead of looking chic like you I look like I've stolen a dress from an old lady.

    Oh and now I want ice cream bah.

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  11. You look fab and loving those sandals too. I agree with Miss Magpie, if I wore something like that I'd look like an even older biddy than I am already.

    I can't be doing with people obsessing about authentic vintage. Wear what you feel good in and let that be an end to it is what I say!

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  12. Ducky you make a very handsome forties gal- Perfectly clad!
    Sorry this is so long!
    I’m on a budgies budget so I really have to rummage around for the bargain originals and when I do find them I’m ever so precious about them so I only wear them on days out, and when I just need cheering up! In the mean time I wear clothes made by ma or myself or modern clothes that look the ticket. I personally don’t think it matters- it’s how you wear something and the way you style and accessorise yourself that make something look like its from your chosen era. I have the same sort of comments ‘oh I love your forties look’ etc, from people when I wear both original and repro/modern clothes! As long as I have my curly top I feel like a forties gal- Other people wear vintage/ V style for different reasons so the hair and makeup is not as important to them.
    My sister wears a mix of modern and vintage but doesn’t try to look authentic or stick to an era- she has her own style and I like it just as much!
    The only time I am snobby is if I’m at a ww2 re-enactment event and somebody is wearing a complete 50’s stylised outfit, or a orig 40’s dress with modern make up and hair - and I’m only snobby because it’s a false representation of the era and gives the wrong impression to the visitors- on the other hand wearing a modern dress but in the 40’s style with the right makeup and 40’s style hair is more than fine because it looks more authentic- does that make sense?
    Well I’ve said enough and I hope I haven’t offended anybody- vintage clothes and the vintage style is something to enjoy and not something to get all het up about what other people think on what is right and wrong- there are too many personal attitudes on vintage style- and this is only mine…anyway wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same! Tups xxx

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  13. Bah, sod 'em all.
    Why the need to have labels and criteria for applying those labels anyway?
    Like me, you're into the 1940s in a broad way - films, music, literature. There's more to interest in an era than £6k worth of wardrobe.

    And I love the sandals. Figures they're Clarks - I seem to have a problem with buying shoes anywhere else. Congratulations on the massive bargain!

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  14. I wear what I look good in - & sometimes what I don't! I wouldn't say I was vintage, I dont like labels. I don't own any original vintage - I'm too big :-) also I never see anything nice in charity shops! North / south divide maybe? Liverpool's vintage is shell suits *sigh*
    any way you look fab whatever decade your frocks are made in, without undressing you who'd know! You rock granny chic! I've just had a spree on vintage looking high street - primarks got some bargains at the mo. X

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  15. Hi, I just found your blog and I am totally hooked!! I am loving everything, specially your outfits!! :)
    xx

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  16. Love it. Looks great on you.xxx

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  17. Looks fab wish i didnt give a 100% to what ppl think i think everyone should be make do and mend

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  18. Eastex counts as vintage, they've been around for yonks ;) x

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  19. Lovely dress, Land Girl and the sandals look good too.

    On the subject of vintage versus repro: its fine and dandy if you can afford to buy vintage outfits (lord knows how expensive they are now!) and can fit into them, but its how you interpret the look that matters.

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  20. What a beautiful dress! It really looks lovely on you..

    The whole vintage argument annoys me too, but really I'd say anything 80's and older is vintage, seeming we're in 2011 now. But Eastex definitely is vintage, I have items from the 50's by them :)

    xoxo.

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  21. Great dress, what a find! I hardly have any genuine vintage, only bits and pieces really, but now I've "got my eye in" and can pick out pieces on the high street, in outlets or charity shops, I hope I have managed to put together a 30's/40's wardrobe for myself, which is not too precious to wear, and that suits me down to the ground!!! (The hair and make-up really are the finishing touches) X

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  22. Thanks for the comments folks. I know that Eastex is an old brand - but this frock isn't in the slightest :)

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  23. I love how you rock that dress Mama and with a flake ice cream cone, even more loveable amor.
    the pattern is awesome, I could care if its vintage or not. I always tell my Buddy." I make this look good" - Will Smith from Men in Black.
    arent Clarks so comfy, I own a pair and they are a dream since I hate walking.

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  24. I just did a post where I mentioned all this vintage snobbery that seems to be rife in blogland recently...bugger them!
    The dress is lovely, and as you said, you can stick in the washing machine so this is definitely a win. I love accumulating vintage pieces, but as we all know, a good 40's piece can be very hard to find- usually full of faults, tiny, or with an almighty price tage when you do find em. I have a few bargain 40's finds, and the rest of my stuff is just stuff I pick up from chazza shops and carboots and the like. From all sorts of eras and places! Who cares if it looks the way you want it to!
    xx

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  25. Ps of COURSE the wonderful shoes are Clarks!
    Clarks are delicious. I just ordered myself another pair off of ebay as my feet have grown accustomed to such comfort. x

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  26. Those shoes look v similar to my Clarks ones I just stole off my mum and wore in my outfit post the other day. They are sooo comfy. Love.

    You look gorgeous in that dress, vintage or not. Honestly, who are these people who care so much about the provenance of clothes? I do enjoy having some real vintage pieces, but it certainly wouldn't be practical for me to wear all vintage, as A) I don't have enough B) sometimes I want a modern outfit and C) I have small children and would be worried about wrecking my clothes. If you're going on a zip wire in the park you need jeans and a T, not a tea dress!

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  27. You look lovely and it works because you have the hair style and make up to make it do so, pushes it into a historical look whereas modern hair etc, would make these type of dresses look just plain old grannyish. I know, I experience it with my own wardrobe, especially on my self hating days!
    As for "real" vintage; how many of us can afford that these days? You'd have to be extremely well off or very lucky, to have a haul you bought in the past or left you by a relative or something.
    Besides, even when I was in my skinny days I still had big boobs and most of it wouldn't fit me. Oh, the misery of trying to get into a lilac brocade, 50's party dress at fifteen; my mother pulling at the back and no go. It was just too little across the chest, and I really, really wanted it. Ladies, it was a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Or it would have been had it fitted.
    That was in the early 80's and it was fifteen quid...fifteen quid!....seems so cheap now but it was a lot to me then, we were looking for a dress for my school Christmas dance.
    I like to see total authenticity for film and stage and re eanctments because they need to set the correct feel and anything else offends my inner historian but not for every day wear.

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  28. Good for you, this real vintage thing is so silly. You look great, I LOVE this outfit, and it looks so vintage-y to boot! x

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  29. You look very pretty & it is a lovely outfit :) Sometimes I find myself feeling a little bit envious when I read other vintage blogs because some ladies seem to own oodles of vintage frocks, and I have very little spare money. So it is lovely to see you recreating the 40s look on a budget like mine!
    xxx

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  30. You look beautiful. Good find with the shoes as well. I love love love my Clarks Originals, crepe-soled saviours of sad and weary feet that they are.

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  31. You look great - as others have said it's how you put a look together that counts, not the authenticity of the items for everyday. I personally think that so long as you're comfortable and happy in what you're wearing, that's the most important thing - it applies to 'modern' clothing too x

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  32. you look fab dabby dosey babe! and here here sweetie. i dress vinatge most of the time. i dont stick to an era, depends on how i feel and how much i weigh... yo yo girl they call me! ha ha. i like to buy vinatge clothes and have over the last 20 years. they are getting more expensive these days. some of the new stuff is great - and like you good to stick in the wash! i get spat at all day at work, so dont wear anything too precious or dry clean! i agree with other. if happy and in the style you love and are happy in - then boo sucks to the moaners! xx

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  33. I love it! You look fab.
    My boobs (or the rest of me for that matter) rarely fit into anything that one could describe as real vintage.

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  34. You look fab hun :) you know lm in your camp on the clothing thing xx

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  35. Just found your lovely blog - gorgeous lady talking a whole lotta sense!!

    I dress how I want because its FUN! These heavy debates don't float my boat. Life is for living - preferably in a pretty frock - who cares where it came from! :)

    Im off to do a bit of blog stalking and read your older posts! :) xx

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