Thursday, January 12, 2017

Vintage Velvet










So much vintage clothing lately! It's just not like me! I wrote about why I don't have much #truevintage clothing back in 2015 (also that post reads a bit bitter now, I was a bit sore about not being able to afford vintage!) and I still agree with many of my original points. Vintage is harder to find in a 30" inch+ waist, vintage is pricey, and I am forever afraid things will shatter to shreds on me, but I have been so so soooo lucky to find some amazing suits over the past year that have me changing my tune. Of course having a much better job and therefore more of a budget for vintage helps heaps too, the good stuff just isn't cheap! (except for the time I got that great 40's suit for only $75 bucks which I still think was a steal since it's in such good nick!).

So enter my suit collection, and now a few lonely jackets too, including this new-to-me velvet jacket from the ever wonderful vintage shop Over Attired. I just love the cord trim around the shawl collar and the faceted glass buttons! Plus a 3 button stance is better for my shape, so this jacket turned out to be a perfect fit! The good thing about a black velvet jacket is that I can always make a matching skirt and have the two pieces match up quite well. Not much has changed about black velvet in the last 60 years! For its first wearing I paired the jacket with my peacock feather brocade skirt and black sheer back-seamed tights. Black shoes tied in the jacket, but I wore gold and teal jewelry to spice up all the dark tones. The rayon corde clutch seemed like a great match for the cord trim on the blazer so that was the final finishing touch.

Also, can I just say trying to get decent lighting in winter is a pain? Why winter! Harsh sunlight and blinding snow, then an early sunset, goodness! (I complain a lot, so sorry) This may have been too dressy a look for a Sunday afternoon, but after the first week back to work we could all use a little glamour right? Plus they always give me the best funny looks in the Starbucks drive through ;)

Jacket: Vintage (Over Attired on Etsy)
Skirt: Made by me
Tights: Hanes (Amazon)
Shoes: Amazon
Brooch & Earrings, Bracelets, & Clutch: Vintage (Etsy)

12 comments:

  1. This combination is so lovely. I love the contrast of the black and peacock blue/green, but also the contrast of textures between the velvet and what I assume is a silky brocade. It looks just right with black tights too. Fabulous inspiration! Karen x

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  2. Beautiful jacket and I definitely agree with you on the winter light, it's such a pain.

    I recently purchased an original 1930s velvet jacket for £3 (about $4)!! The guy clearly had no idea what he had and honestly I thought it was 70s does 30s when I bought it. It wasn't until I went home and had a good look at it that I became convinced it was a genuine 30s piece. The only problem is I have no idea what to wear it with! xx

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    1. Thank you Cate! Darn winter, the cold is bad enough but the darn lighting is just a pain. The bargain jacket sounds like such an amazing find!

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  3. I like this a lot! I had a velvet jacket for Christmas, not vintage, but a classic style. Yours is a great fit on you x

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    1. Thanks Porcelina! Velvet jackets are such great classics <3

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  4. That peacock skirt is just stunning! I think the black velvet jacket works with it really beautifully, standing on it's own as a gorgeous piece without competing with the skirt too much. You really can't go wrong with a well fitted black suit jacket, and who could pass one up in velvet?

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    1. Thank you Jessica! My thoughts exactly on the jacket, plus it was on post-holiday sale!

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  5. I love that peacock feather skirt! The fabric reminds me of Liberty 'Hera'.

    I don't struggle too much to find vintage in my size (36 waist) but then I shop a couple of decades later than you, and I still do often envy the more slender ladies their wider range of choices. A jacket is a good buy as they don't get as much stress put on them as skirts.

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    1. Thank you Mim! I love Liberty prints so I am happy you are getting that vibe from the brocade <3 I usually stick with suits when buying vintage, I have but one vintage dress! I would fear ruining a 1940's dress, all that delicate rayon and such, and the item would obviously be so old I wouldn't want to be the one to ruin it!

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  6. Lovely photos. I love the velvet and the peacock feathers together, it looks so sumptuous.

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