I find it difficult to accessorise these 80's-does-50's dresses as they don't quite work with a crinoline or a wide belt. Still, when I spotted this last weekend at New Life Thrift for $1.97, I knew I was bringing it home. The cotton is very nice, and the bodice is lined (though the skirt is not). There are snaps to hold your bra in place, and all the features I would expect in something made for Talbotts-but then they put in a cheap, flimsy zipper! If I keep the dress, I will replace it, but I'm not sure this is really my style. I seem to be on a quest to buy clothing that is unflattering for my body type. The skirt could be shorter, that's for sure. It is probably obvious by now that I favour the 70's fashions but I'm willing to wear (just about) anything. Why not? At a couple of bucks each, I can afford to experiment. What's the worst that will happen...looking out of the ordinary? Good heavens, that's a bonus!
Still, I'm generally more interested in the clothing than how it makes my body look. If I limited my wardrobe to only that which makes me look tall or slender it would be a rather boring activity getting dressed each day. Skinny jeans and oversized jumpers get boring-quickly! That's practically the uniform around here for women my age (perhaps adding in yoga pants and big tee shirts in summer) *Shudder*.
Talbott's 80's dress-New Life Thrift
Old Navy Shoes-Goodwill
Other bangles-all over
Venetian glass earrings-retail, decades ago
Purple leather belt-Goodwill
Purple straw 70's handbag-Goodwill
Purple ring-K Mart
60's enamel flower brooch-Hand-Me-Ups
Fragrance-L'Air du Temps
The plant in the pot at my feet is a bay laurel. This is the second laurel we've owned (the first one died after a few years) and so far (fingers crossed) it seems happy being outside for the spring. This has to be the most practical plant we have, as bay leaves are always called for in soups, sauces, and the like. Being able to go pluck one from my small plant is a real treat. Supposedly, insects don't like it so having bay leaves in your house helps protect from clothes moths and carpet beetles. I guess it couldn't hurt to stash a few leaves in the pockets of winter coats.
The book sale was great, and we all found something interesting to read. They had a good crowd as it was raining buckets and the downtown summer arts festival was probably a less attractive activity. We're under the threat of severe weather again this evening, but I do hope it misses us-the nasturtiums have just started to bud! Nasturtium tempura, anyone?
I hope your weekend is treating you well.