Outfit love from the past

Photo by Vivian Maier

Photo by Vivian Maier

I just came upon this image on the net, and I was immediately taken by it. Especially by the women on the right. I was draw by her outfit; the pretty sheer lace blouse, the floral pleated skirt, the plastic embroidered purse, her cat eye glasses and her pretty waved hair with her fringe slightly pinned to the side. What is not to love?

This is the type of outfit I would love to wear everyday. This photo reminded me of this. Although I would love to wear this type of outfit I would fear ruing it,  as being an artist, I would get paint on it. So a girl can still dream!

I also love Vivian Maier’s other photographs as well. They capture life in another era with a different eye and emotion. It seems like street photography is such a new phenomenon, but it shows you people were doing it before it was cool. And thankfully they did. Otherwise we wouldn’t have seen how life was, and I wouldn’t of seen this lady’s beautiful outfit.


Do you have any vintage outfits you dream of?


Vintage sale finds

A while ago I went to Melbourne’s Vintage Clearance Centre sale. It was my first time going there and it was awesome! There were so many clothing, shoes and accessories to choose from. All dresses were $15, sequin tops were $20, tops and skirts were $5, boots were $20, and bags were $15. The hall that the sale was held at was huge! I didn’t realise how big the sale was going to be.

I was hesitant at first as there were so many people trying on and looking at all the clothing, so I started to look in a section that seemed more deserted. There were no change rooms at the place so you had to improvise a bit. Many people were just trying on clothing over the clothing they had on, which is what I had to do too.  I wore a thinner type of dress with an A-line style, so I could easily try stuff on. There were no mirrors what so ever, so you can imagine how hard it was to pick a dress, without any way of knowing how it looked on.

Checkered dress

I tried on a lot of dresses, but settled on two. This checkered 70s/80s does 50s style dress, which has pockets, and covered seams. And this semi sheer floral 50s dress. I’m assuming it is a 50s dress as it has a metal zipper on the side, looks hand made and is quite long. It is a bit big, but I love the print. The checkered dress fits quite nice, and I’ve worn it quite a lot, I haven’t worn the floral dress yet.

Sheer 50s dress

Sheer dress belt detail

I took a few photos of some other dresses, that sadly didn’t fit me. I was excited to find so many 50s dresses priced at $15.

I though this 70s/80s dress was designed by Diane Freis, but I looked at the label and it wasn’t. I think her style was quite popular and was copied in her time.

70s blue pattern dress

The rest are all 50s dresses. This aqua number was simple, and I quite like the small waist ruching.

50s aqua dress

I liked the sleeves and diagonal pockets on the 50s blue dress.

50s blue dress

This brown shift dress was particularly lovely, with the floral textured fabric, and the cute pussy bow tie.

50s brown floral dress

This light lavender dress felt soft, I love the neckline, and love the overall dress shape. I love sleeves on dresses!

50s lavender dress

This 50s silver number, I think is particularly special. The material was quite satiny, and had horizontal stripes, and a lovely square neck line with a pretty bow! I do love bows on dresses!

50s silver striped dress

I really wish these dresses were in my size, as I would have bought them all! How could you not with prices like $15! At least I have photos of them to admire.

It was a great day, and I didn’t go too crazy with my purchases. There were many dresses to choose from and can’t wait to go to the next one! Maybe I’ll find some 50s dresses in my size!

The next sale is on the 4th of May, if you live in Melbourne you should go check it out!