Day 19

August 23, 2009

Such a glorious day. I spent the morning gardening and the afternoon basking in the sun and reading. This playsuit is perfect for lazy sunny Sundays. My Godmother gave it to me, along with other treasures, about two years ago, she had had it since the 70s. Thank goodness for people who hold onto clothes and take care of them. Blessed be the hoarders.
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Vintage 70s Peach Terry Playsuit – Robes Of California via Gift
Vintage 80s Red Sunglasses – Unknown via Car Boot Sale

This morning, I opened up my email to find a message from Avant Gaudy inviting me to take a look at their site. Normally I click the links, click through and click off again after getting bored and not finding anything I like but this site is different. There is a lot to love, well, with a name as great as that, there has to be.

First is that everything is displayed in a gallery rather than a bombardment of information on items you don’t want to know about. Then, you click on the items you like and all the information comes up, including measurements. Measurements are so important with vintage;  dress sizes have changed over the years, generally getting bigger,  there is no way you can wear the same dress size in modern clothes as vintage ones. Gauging what vintage size you are is tricky. Many online vintage stores also only refer to sizing in S/M/L which is also totally pointless as many also don’t offer returns meaning you’re stuck with something if it does not fit. This one does.

Secondly, the prices are actually really reasonable, which is something of a rarity with vintage boutiques.

So those are the practical parts, now to the goodies. These are my favourites from the site.
Avant Gaudy Amazon They give all the clothes names, an idea I really like. This one is called Amazon and is my absolute favourite from the whole siteAvant Gaudy Tango Tango is great too, I love red and black together, especially as polka dotsAvant Gaudy Zum Zum Zum Zum is the kind of dress that I don’t own, elegant and simple. The sort of thing everyone will need for an occasion at some point. If my waist were that tiny, I’d be very tempted.

This cardigan, Catchism, is just wonderful, it’s the sort of clothing I would wear to death if it were mine. Avant Gaudy Catchism
Avant Guady Ooh La Lame Favourite name so far – Ooh La Lame.

Contender for 2nd favourite item on the site is this Bill Blass cape jacket, it has giant batwing sleeves and the embroidery carries on over the shoulders on the back, it hangs so nicely, I wish it was mine. Avant Gaudy Bill Blass

They also have a good menswear section and plenty of accessories plus a whole section dedicated to playsuits, which is something all shops should consider having. Thanks Sarah for the email and good luck Avant Gaudy!

Day 5

August 9, 2009

A late post today because of a late night. We made last minute cinema plans to see the amazing Home. Cinemas have a tendency to be overly air-conditioned, so despite the muggy evening, I had to cover up. I also have a tendency to fidget so sitting still for two hours requires comfort. Roll out the leggings. The jacket had shoulder pads which I took out and now wish I didn’t as it makes the shoulders sag. I could not decide which of my new necklaces to wear, so wore nearly all of them which is always a good solution. I had to get a shot outside the pub with plenty of people around, hence the awkward pose.
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Today I was entertaining, so am just about to wind down for another working week with a barbecue and polka dot playsuit that is so comfortable it feels as though you could well be not wearing anything, which isn’t a great idea at a barbecue.
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Leggings – Zara
Vintage 80s bolero jacket – unknown via Jumble Sale
Zebra Print t-shirt – H&M
Vintage 80s polka dot playsuit – Miss Selfridgevia Jumble Sale