|Assorted fifties frocks at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show|
Doesn't that white dress, above, look a bit like the one Marilyn Monroe wore in Seven Year Itch? And even more like the one Elizabeth Taylor wore in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? I love Taylor's movies, especially that one. Because...uh... Paul Newman. But also because I love Tennessee Williams' plays, deeply depressing though they may be. And seriously, no one could rock a white dress better than Liz Taylor. Not even Marilyn.
But the Vintage Clothing Show was about more than dresses. I saw lots of interesting little jackets that could turn a simple pair of black cropped pants into a fab party outfit. And there was even an Hermès booth this year that would have had my friend Barbara shedding some cash. She is an Hermès scarf aficionado. This blue one was lovely, if a bit too pricey for me. And of course there were piles and piles of jewellry to be sifted through.
|Two jackets, one fab scarf, and assorted jewellry at Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show|
I snagged myself a bracelet for ten bucks at a booth that was having a "Going Out of Vintage" sale. That was a find for me; I'm a hard fit. My wrists are really thin, and most bracelets simply fall off me unless I keep my arm bent. Maybe I should take up smoking again? I bet Lauren Bacall never had any problem keeping her bracelet on when she was holding her cigarette. Still there is the whole health thing, and the anti-social thing. And it will be thirty-one years next week since I quit. So... nah. Forget I said that.
|Just messing around with my new ap on my i-pad. Trying to up the cool factor...Ha!|
But the best thing about the Vintage Clothing Show for me is always the hats. I'm crazy for vintage hats. I already own several. Some are quite dressy, one might even say a bit showy. Some are more casual like my brown beret from the forties, below. I love my beret. Especially the Bakelite brooch that came pinned to it. At under ten bucks, this was a find, considering what one has to pay for Bakelite jewellry these days. When the hat falls apart, I'll remove the brooch and wear it on its own.
|My brown beret with the Bakelite brooch, Holt Renfrew scarf and Gap sweater.|
And this year, I managed to snap up another great hat for my collection. See. It's an odd little thing, really. It has a puffy brim, and pears and leaves appliqued onto the crown and covered in netting. And a sweet little brown feather.
|My newly acquired odd little 50's beanie.|
It's part 1950s' beanie.
Any ideas? High tea with the Governor General's wife? A winter wedding in old Quebec City? Roller skating? I need some help here, people. Where does one wear vintage headgear these days? I mean besides the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show, that is?
Linking up this week with:Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, #IwillwearwhatIlike at Not Dressed as Lamb, What I Wore at The Pleated Poppy, Passion 4 Fashion at Rachel the Hat, Fun Fashion Friday at Fashion Should Be Fun, Friday Finds at Forage Fashion, Casual Friday at Two Thirty-Five Designs, and All About You Link Party at Mama and More .