Wednesday, 29 July 2009

That most joyful yet depressing of things: The Wish List! (Part 1)

At the moment I am unemployed and very poor. Hopefully this will be relatively temporary. But I'm planning to do a full time MA in September so don't think I'll be swimming in money...

Whenever I'm without something I can't stop thinking about it, one example is missing out on a pair of shoes I really wanted and being haunted each time I get dressed imagining them looking lovely with my outfits... Actually to deviate slightly if anyone has these Office shoes in a size 6 or 7 I would be happy to take them off your hands ha ha

Anyway to get back on topic, the reason for this post is to show my current wish list whether I'd be able to purchase these items or not they're going on the list... and while I carry on thinking about my chronic lack of funds this wish list will serve to feed my obsession even more! I doubt this is a good thing but never mind!

OK to start with: Underwear/Hosiery!

All images and products from What Katie Did Lingerie

The bra and stockings are from the CC09 range. The stockings are much higher denier than normal stockings and are therefore much more wearable for everyday. I do like stockings but I ladder everything so I'd be willing to try these.

The corselette and girdle are from the Glamour shapewear range. I would perhaps get the corselette in black but the peach is seducing me at the moment!

Right onto Reproduction Dresses!
I almost sold my only stop staring dress the other day but changed my mind and ended up wearing it to my graduation!

These are all from Bettie Page ClothingThis one is from Stop Staring

This is just a small selection, there are many from both these companies that I covet!

Ok that's part 1. Part 2 to follow soon... (most likely actual vintage dresses and shoes)

Friday, 24 July 2009

More shoes... 1950's style this time!

top to bottom: Ethel Noble , Yarra Lace and Yarra Valley all priced at £59.

These shoes are all from the Clarks Originals range where they plunder their extensive archive and make shoes based on old designs! These ones are all 1950's inspired, I really like the crepe sole and slight platform, they really do lend a vintage edge!

These could be a good alternative to purchasing actual vintage shoes which are v hard to come by in decent sizes! Rocket Originals also do some great styles which I'd really like to invest in soon, There isn't much on the site at the moment but I know they are introducing a new Wedge style very soon, exciting!

That's all for now. I really need to stop looking at online shops as I have absolutely no money :-(

Related to that, please check out the items I have on ebay at the moment: see here

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Decades of fashion: the 1930's

I've been thinking over the past few days how I seem to become enamoured with a particular decade and then switch to another seemingly on a whim! I have been dedicated to 1950's clothes for quite a while now, particularly for the summer as breezy 50's cotton dresses are relatively easy to wear! However I seem to be drifting backwards again first falling for 1940's summer/house dresses which I find very charming for some reason...

Now I've been tempted back even further to the 1930's, this has been prompted by my seeing the film Public Enemies last night (well worth a watch for a big Hollywood film, and not just for the clothes!)

I like the cut of these clothes and the lovely portrait collars, the hem length also is appealing to me. In the summer I think long hems are harder to wear than in the winter but that still hasn't stopped me thinking about trying to wear more 1930's styles.

So this leads to the issue on where to find 1930's gems. Looking on US ebay led to a few possibilities but prices are high and condition understandably not perfect. However I then remembered a dear old internet friend, Revamp Vintage . This site makes reproduction clothing from many decades, here are some of the 1930's designs

from the top: Hope, Pepper and Daisy dresses. These are all around the $150 -200 mark :-( Pricey but fantastic. I think they'd be worth saving for!

I'll keep checking ebay to see if I can come across any bargains though....