Day 24

August 28, 2009

This is my last day in work before a glorious 5 days off, I cannot wait. I am fighting through the day with a boxer belt. Well, it’s not a boxer belt at all but I like to pretend it is. I bought it from a stall set up by a gospel choir at a car boot sale, they had the most amazing selection of clothes. Most of them were too big for me with too many sequins and baubles to alter but there was a fine selection of accessories. So I got this belt and a couple of fancy hats.

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This top was my mum’s. It’s not a colour I would normally go for, I like pure colours rather than tones but it is so comfortable and I like the pattern so it gets to hang out with my other tops in the wardrobe.

My skirt is actually swimwear, I have had it since the 90s, it’s a little too big for me now, hence the belt, but putting it on just makes me feel like I should be poolside somewhere. I won’t be but a break is a break no matter where it’s taken.

Vintage Mustard & Blue Top – Cacharel
Vintage 90s Wraparound Skirt – Jantzen
Boxer belt – Unknown via Car Boot Sale

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Day 20

August 24, 2009

Back in black for a gloomy Monday. These are my only trousers, we don’t get on so well, trousers and I. It just seems to me that trousers like to make themselves known, with fiddly waistbands, too many seams and fabric moving against your ankles, they just won’t let you get on with things like a dress does.
That said, these don’t follow the rules. These are men’s trousers so they are cut and tailored entirely differently making them infinitely more comfortable. Trousers are a necessity today after having scratched my legs up picking blackberries yesterday, it was definitely worth it.
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Vintage 80s Men’s Trousers – Pierre Cardin via Sue Ryder
Vintage 80s Silky Tank Top – Marks & Spencer via PDSA
Vintage 80s Gold Belt – Unknown, part of a beach set via Car Boot Sale.
Vintage 80s Gold and Blue Sandals – Clarks via Jumble Sale

Day 15

August 19, 2009

I’m half way through! By means of celebration, a dress that I actually wear all the time. This is my perfect Summer dress and I think I’ve had it about 7 years. I bought it at a Vintage stall at Glastonbury. I had seen it when I first got there but it was, as many things there are, ridiculously overpriced. So I forgot about it until the very last day when I happened to be passing again, and there it was, half price.

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People stop and compliment this dress, particularly older ladies who comment that they used to have something similar. On occasion, complete strangers have stopped me and said how they saw me in this dress at such and such a place. I can’t imagine owning anything else for so long, and I hope there is still another 7 years wear in it.

Vintage Navy Polka Dot Sundress – Unknown via Glastonbury

Day 14

August 18, 2009

Last night, a group of people seemed to be having a Hen Night at 3am outside my bedroom window, complete with New Kids On The Block blaring out tinnily from a mobile phone. This disrupted my sleep somewhat. Waking up 20 minutes before you are due to leave is never a good thing, especially when you have to take a self-portrait before you go.
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I don’t know if tiredness also gives you one giant leg but these are the things there was no time to correct.

I love this pink thing, mainly because I have no idea what it actually is. Someone has lovingly started making it and never finished, which is an all too familiar story for me. I often wonder what it would have ended up as but I do like it in its current incarnation. It makes me think of a 1930s aristo hobby artist, prancing about with gin in hand, which is a good way to make it through a groggy day.

Vintage Pink Chiffon Batwing Shirt – Home made via Jumble Sale

Vintage 80s Silky Tank Top – Marks & Spencer  via PDSA

Vintage 90s Lycra Skirt – Unknown via Car Boot Sale

Day 13

August 17, 2009

How did it get to Monday again? Mondays should be bright and colourful to give a gentle push into the working week and speed the days along. I don’t think I have anything much more colourful than this dress. My mum found it for me at a car boot sale, the woman who was selling it had previously lived in France and had bought this there when she was pregnant with her second daughter. It’s a maternity dress, there are white buttons all down one side which I suppose you undo as you get bigger. This is also very handy after a big dinner.

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Vintage French Maternity Dress – gift
Vintage White Leather Belt –Osprey via Jumble Sale

Day 10

August 14, 2009

A grey grey day. This little ray of sunshine I bought at a vintage sale back in January and have not worn it since, mainly because I worried it looked like an oversized school uniform. I rediscovered it in a storage box and, upon trying it on, realised how comfy it is. With the collar up, it’s part Rizzo and part Sloane Ranger
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The blouse from my own school uniform was a similar colour, but paler. There’s something very comforting about catching the familiar glow of yellow in the corner of my eye.

Vintage cotton shirt dress – Unknown via Vintage Sale
Vintage 80s gold and blue sandals – Clarks via Jumble Sale
Vintage quilted gold clutch – Unknown via Jumble Sale

Day 2

August 6, 2009

I’m going to dress like it’s summer proper, even if it rained for most of the night. There is nothing particularly wrong with this dress, yet I don’t wear it too often. Maybe because it’s simply feminine, no glitter or sparkle or bizarre motifs, just plain and girly. It fits nicely, is really comfortable and I love the oversized floral pattern. In fact, I love the pattern so much that when I took it up (it was below the knee, which made it a bit granny-ish) I kept the remnants and made a bird motif cushion cover. Matching patterns was a very 80s phenomenon; I remember having a matching floral nightdress, dressing gown and duvet set by Laura Ashley. If you wanted (and thank goodness my parents didn’t) you could also buy wallpaper in the same pattern. Wear the whole ensemble at once and you could remain undetected for days.

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Vintage 80s blue floral sundress – Dorothy Perkins via Car Boot Sale
Vintage 80s gold and blue sandals – Clarks via Jumble Sale
Vintage bamboo and canvas handbag – Unknown via Jumble Sale.

I am still working on the picture-taking…