It's November and in Ottawa that means frosty nights. Remembrance Day, of course. Some gorgeous sunsets on the river. And for vintage clothing lovers, the annual Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show.
|Vintage hat I bought last year at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show|
I've always loved vintage clothing and jewellry. I have quite a good collection of vintage brooches and bracelets... and I love each and every one. But my passion is for hats. And my problem is that while I buy, I don't always wear. This year I attended the show with my friend Elizabeth, and she had strict instructions to effect some sort of intervention if I even attempted to buy a hat. To use force if necessary. Which is pretty funny if you know Elizabeth. She's not actually the aggressive sort, so the thought of her rugby-tackling me in mid hat purchase makes me chuckle. As it happened, I saw some lovely hats. But, as Mr. Darcy famously says of Lizzie Bennett, they were "not handsome enough to tempt me." Or they were so similar to hats I already own, that I found the strength to resist.
|An array of hats at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show|
Yep, there were deals to be had. Elizabeth bought a fabulous leather cross-body bag, which looked like it might have been 1970's era, for $35.00. There were high end booths, too. One had wonderful Chanel pieces. And this booth below had a very cool, rusty-orange Missoni dress for $375.00. Which when you consider the fact that you'd be hard pressed to find a Missoni dress anywhere under a thousand dollars, is a bit of a steal.
|A bit pricey, but still a deal for this Missoni dress|
|Glamorous looks on vintage postcards.|
I adore this hat. But, you know, I've never worn it. Well, except for during fun role-playing activities in my creative writing class. When we used to don hats, or hold props, and write from the point of view of the person, or character, we became when we were wearing it. Why... in this hat I might be Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca. Except this outfit might be a pinch warm for Casablanca weather. Or I might be Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver, bravely surviving London during the blitz. I've always loved that movie. But... maybe I'll just be myself... in a really cool hat.
|Channeling forties glamour in my vintage hat... sort of.|
But don't take my word for it. I rarely find vintage garments to fit me, and so I generally stick to accessories... and hats, of course. So I am no expert on vintage clothing. But there are great blogs out there written by women who are much better acquainted with vintage fashion than I am. Patti over at Not Dead Yet Style is an expert thrifter. The outfits she features on her site almost always have some element that's been thrifted. And Suzanne Carillo is the vintage queen, in my opinion, with a thorough guide on her blog to shopping and styling vintage clothing, and her own Etsy shop. You can check out her blog here.
Now I'm off to try to finish my book that's due back at the library soon. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave was recommended to me a while ago by a blog reader. Thanks Laurel. And I'm gobbling it up. It's set in London during WWII... and, in my mind, the female characters are all wearing fabulous hats!
Are you a lover of vintage? Either shopping, wearing... or maybe just admiring the fashions of the past?
|November sunset on the Rideau|
Linking up this week with these great blogs: Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, #IwillwearwhatIlike at Not Dressed as Lamb, What I Wore at The Pleated Poppy, Style Me Wednesday at Shopping My Closet, Thursday Favourite Things at Katherine's Corner, Passion 4 Fashion at Rachel the Hat, Friday Finds at Forage Fashion, and Fun Fashion Friday at Fashion Should Be Fun, and Saturday Share Link-up at Not Dressed as Lamb.