Hello, civilization. Nothing like a 3-day holiday to make your Google Reader count climb to dizzying numbers. This is the last in this mini-series on Sabbath/holiday wear. Hope you've enjoyed this sneak peek into my formal wear!
-black patterned dress, vintage
-black suede peeptoes, Seychelles
-shell belt, H&M
-black felt hat, Ophelie Hats
For those of you who, like me, struggle to find clothing that can be worn without constant layering, I wholeheartedly suggest you comb your local thrift stores, vintage stores or visit ebay or etsy. Clothing worn by women in generations past certainly covered a great deal more of the body, and I've had some great success finding longer lengths (both sleeves and hemlines) by looking to the past. This dress is one of my favorite examples-- how often do you find a 3/4 sleeve, knee-length dress for an affordable price in stores today?
To amp of the vintage vibe, I paired the dress with my favorite black peeptoes, also an ebay purchase, and this black pillbox hat. As I mentioned, I tend to favor vintage hats for size and inexpensiveness, but I pretty much adore everything made by Ophelie Hats. Their styles are vintage with a contemporary twist, and their prices won't break the bank. If you're looking to invest in a quality dress hat, I highly recommend this brand.
Thanks to those of you who noticed the blog makeover- I had lots of fun making the header and blog buttons from vintage pattern book sketches (thanks, Google Images.) While I don't consider myself a dogmatic vintage devotee, I certainly look to styles of the last century for inspiration, particularly as a skirt (and now loose trouser) wearer. Women of the '30s, '40s and '50s made modest style look effortless and classy, and I aspire to do the same.