Monday, January 18, 2016

La Mode Millinery







This hat is pretty wild right? I don't wear it often, for sadly few occasions call for such fabulous frippery as this ridiculous hat! I made it several years ago and piled on the ostrich feathers and ribbons. Somehow it may be more suited to a bustle gown than 1940's fashions, but the 40s saw some pretty crazy tilt hats so I think I can get away with it.

This black dress was also made several years ago, as I made it to wear to my university graduation ceremony under my voluminous black graduation gown. There are things I would change about the dress for sure, mostly the shoulders/straps/sleeves area. One day I may lower the hemline too as there is plenty of fabric folded into the hem to do so. Still, the cotton sateen is nice and I like the silly side drape. I kept the rest of my outfit monochrome as to not distract from my hat, choosing a black belt, gloves, and shoes. The necklace is one of my favorite vintage finds ever and is dreamily renaissance inspired mid-century goodness. My ultimate dream would be to find matching earrings out there in the world someday!

I've just noticed my hair looks so short here! It's just because I used a small sized curling iron producing tighter curls. I'm still practicing more 40s-ish styles, and the front of my hair is actually pulled up in a bit of a poodle underneath my hat here, though you can't really tell in these photos. Luckily it was an overcast day (yes, I long for cloud cover) meaning for once I am not squinting! Small victories :) This is a lot of hat to wear out in public here in suburbia, so tell me-- what is the craziest "vintage" item you have worn around town?

Dress, Earrings & Hat: Made by me
Necklace: Vintage
Shoes: Modcloth
Tights: Target
Belt & Gloves: Vintage

11 comments:

  1. I had a feeling when I started reading this blog that I would resent my lack of craft skills even more than I already did... So impressed! I can't think of anything that I've worn that was particularly 'crazy' - well, by modern standards at least. Half of what I see the youngsters wearing looks mad to me, though, because I am now very old ;)

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    1. I suppose youngsters do wear some pretty wacky things these days, but mostly it's just the super casual look around here. No one bothers getting dressed anymore! Hopefully hats will make a come back one day :)

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  2. A gorgeous look and the hat is amazing. I love your hair in these photos too. Kx

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    1. Thank you! My new 1/2" barrel curling iron makes little curls like this a breeze!

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  3. That hat is arrestingly stunning. Love, love, epicly love - and would wear faster than you can say "chapeau"! :) Your millinery work is off-the-charts awesome, my sweet friend.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jessica! I do wish I had even more time to devote to millinery, in another time I would certainly have worked in a hat shop! It's just too bad there are rarely such things as hat shops anymore!

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  4. This is a fabulous hat and I think it looks wonderful paired with this dress. Love the flash of tartan ribbon.

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    1. Thank you Kate! I'm glad you noticed the plaid ribbon :)

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  5. Oooh... The ribbon and the opulent feather just go straight to my heart! This is gorgeous and I'm so glad you decided to style it and show us! ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Thanks Bonita! Opulent feathers are always a good thing :)

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  6. I love your post, the colors are beautiful! I'm a designer and currently working on a hair accessories collection called The Butterfly Effect, made with real butterflies, I feel like you would like it : http://goo.gl/fdLwAj

    Keep up the good work!

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