|Vintage hat I bought last year at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show|
|An array of hats at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show|
And anyway, there was so much more to admire than hats. The Victoire booth had some beautiful stuff. Including this white dress. And this lovely young lady working the booth who allowed me to take her picture. Her striped knit mini-dress is vintage. And looked adorable on her with those black tights and ankle boots. Everything at this booth was under $50.00 she said.
Yep, there were deals to be had. My friend 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|
But I wasn’t seriously looking to buy anything this year. Sometimes I just love to look. Soak up some of the glamour of days gone by. And watch other people discover treasures. I had to wade in a couple of times with comments when I spied people trying on items. I couldn’t resist. One girl, as I passed, was pulling on a black sequinned, scalloped-edge top over her tee shirt, and she looked so cute I had to say something. I mean she might pass it by otherwise. She thanked me because, as she said, she was shopping alone and really needed a second opinion. I was only too happy to oblige. She went home with a top that I assured her would look equally awesome with a blazer, jeans and boots for everyday… or with black tuxedo pants for a festive party. Sigh. My work here was done. It was time for lunch.
|Glamorous looks on vintage postcards.|
Then this morning it dawned on me that my new Max Mara coat might be pretty awesome with one of my vintage hats. So I tried my fuchsia coat, with a white ruffled blouse, my black Vince leggings, my new Stuart Weitzman lace-up ankle boots, a burgundy scarf. And this burgundy vintage hat from the forties. Oh my. That hat and coat… they could have been made for each other.
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.|
You know, vintage is a perfect way to jump on the “slow fashion” bandwagon. Previously owned and loved garments, treasured by someone new, and carrying on their new life in someone else’s closet. That’s pretty much the antithesis of fast fashion, I’d say.
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|