Those who follow me on Instagram saw this photo pop up on my feed about three weeks ago. My good friend, Diana and I were up shopping in Kansas City for the day and one of our stops was Donna’s Dress Shop in Kansas City’s Westport area. It was love at first sight for me and this hat. I have no idea what style to call it or any idea how old it is. But it balanced out that round face of mine and I just knew styling it would be a snap.
Ha! It turned out a lot harder than I thought. We didn’t even take a picture of my first attempt which prompted Michael to call me Clin-teresa. And yes, it looked like I was going to hang them high with a fist full of dollars! Back to the drawing board I went, as they say.
I ended up pulling one of my favorite pieces of vintage: a jacket from the ’40’s. I think the ’40’s because of those incredible Joan Crawford shoulders. I lucked into this baby back in the early ’80’s when a local women’s group had a thrift shop. This jacket came in on a donation, I snapped it up, and even made a skirt for it. (Alas, I can no longer fit into the skirt but it is in my “think about it” pile for alternations).
I have a big hat, big shoulders and even bigger lapels working for me. This jacket hasn’t seen the light of day for years but maybe it is time to start wearing it again. I think that you can get away with a lot more when you pair things with jeans, which in this case are my faithful and much seen on here Madewells.
Am I seeing all this through rose-colored glasses? Does anyone think I am crazy?? (Oh well, he doesn’t count: he still loves me). I love this jacket though it screams very vintage. Usually, I try to keep vintage items to just one per outfit. I see have four. Oh well…I just like how this whole thing works.
I wish I could put a date on the jacket, but it doesn’t even have a label to give a clue. Its silhouette just seems to say ’40’s to me.
There’s a few accessories I should probably mention. My scarf is by Elaine Gold. Elaine Gold worked for Vera Neuman before branching out on her own. I’m fascinated by these two early pioneering female accessory designers and have been collecting their scarfs for a while.
My bag is vintage Rodo (eBAy) and my first Rodo. When I got it in my hands, I had no idea of the obsession that hit me when it came to vintage bags. I’m pretty sure the beauty and uniqueness of this particular one caused it.
The brown suede booties, by Söfft have been on here a lot during the colder seasons and again, I am wearing one of my Chi Chi NYC layering shells. Later, I am going to try something dark brown under the jacket because I think that would work really well too.
That sums up what I put together for this edition of my 2nd Loved 1st Friday. I just let my vintage love fly–plus I just really love this hat. Maybe, maybe I can find other ways to wear it…
Now to the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup. For inspiration, I’m am again kicking it off with a collage of the wonderful slow fashion stylists that linked up last month. Our little community is growing. This month eleven bloggers linked up at least once, sometimes more than once. I now give you…
Last Months Slow Fashion Stylists from the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup
Starting from the top left and moving clockwise, here are this month’s featured slow fashion stylists. Please go and check out these ladies. I’ve linked their blogs and Instagram accounts.
- Athena of Minerva’s Garden
- Gail of Is This Mutton? – her IG is Gail.Hanlon
- Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish-her IG is elegantlydressedandstylish
- Jodie of http://www.jtouchofstyle.com – her IG is jtouchofstyle/
- Kate of Time Travel With Kate Kitsch – her IG is kateskitsch
- Laurie of Vanity and Me – her IG is vanity_and_me
- Maggie of Thrift Shop Fashionista – her IG is thriftshopfashionista
- Mary of The Pouting Pensioner -her IG is thepountingpensioner
- Nicole of High Lattitude Style – her IG is highlatitudestyle/
- Sally of Spicy Philosophy
- Trina of Tipey Heelz-her IG is tipseyheelzblogger
I would like to thank everyone who participated in last month’s linkup. To be in the collage, the link title or in the blog, you have to mention what was pre-loved (second hand), even if it’s a daughter’s piece of ribbon that was transformed into a choker. I hope to see you at the October Linkup!
The link up button is now on every post that I publish to make it easy for you to link up.
That wraps it up for this week. Thank you for stopping by. I’ll have another blog bit next week. You are certainly welcome to leave a comment or two or three. I love to hear from you.
I link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.
Husband Michael gets credit for the photos of me and does a bit of editing from time to time.
Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..
Time for my usual link-up blurb!
It’s time for the October 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup which stays open until September 31st.
Any post on a blog, Instagram, Facebook or the like can linkup to this style celebration. If you can copy and paste the URL in the Linky box, you are good to go!
One item is quite OK—a hat, skirt, pants, shoes, purse, or a piece of jewelry. That item (or items) can be from a thrift shop, eBay, consignment shop, vintage boutique, one of the online consignment shops such as RealReal–or even something a friend gave you because they didn’t want it anymore.
When you do post, I would appreciate a description about your 2nd Loved item (or items), what type of shop you found it and what drew you to it. Tell as much or as little as you want. To be featured in my collage, which I will put on Instagram along with your links, you have to say what item is second loved. That is a “have to”.
If you have never participated in a linkup before, no fear. Go to Linkup 101 guide that is found on my 2nd Loved 1st Friday linkup page (also found at the top in the tab section).
Just click the frog below to link up and join the fun!