I still have vintage on my mind these days. I’m still trying to get lots of wear out of my vintage brooches, still pinning them onto my sweaters and blazers before I have to cover them up with a winter coat. Still mentally drooling over all the lovely frocks and coats I saw at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show two weeks ago. Fifties style dresses seemed to be big this year. See.
|Assorted fifties frocks at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show|
|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.
There were all kinds of accessories at the show, other than scarves and bracelets. Like some seriously cool sunglasses from the sixties and seventies. Okay, I will admit they looked kind of dorky on me. But still, it was fun to try them on, snap a picture, replace them, and then walk away… quickly.
|Just messing around with my new ap on my i-pad. Trying to up the cool factor.|
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.
Part Elizabethan boy’s costume. Like you might see Tybalt or Mercutio wear in Romeo and Juliet. Seriously. Have a look at this shot from Franco Zefferelli’s 1968 film … which you have to admit is the definitive R & J movie.
But no matter that I look like I might break out into sword-play… I love my new hat. And it goes perfectly with my green tweed blazer and this really old green silk scarf, that I’ve had since university. Making it vintage as well… sadly.
After last week’s post… that’s me done paying homage to vintage for a while. And hat satiated… for now, anyway. I do admit to being very well hatted, when it comes to vintage. Maybe a bit too well hatted. Maybe I had better start finding places and events where I might wear some of my hats.
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?