At the beginning of November I set myself a challenge to wear a different vintage outfit every single day for the entire month. It was a great opportunity to wear a lot of clothes that have been sitting in my wardrobe unworn and also to share some of my vintage finds on the blog.
So far it’s been a little harder than I expected. Mostly because of the weather which in true British style has been a little unpredictable! So excuse the windswept pictures and bad lighting, but here are days one to seven. November 1st – I wore an early 60s cotton shirt dress from Ebay, with a headscarf from Laurel and Hector which came in my goodie bag at the Atypical Girl launch party. We went to Bushey Park for the afternoon and despite being very winding the sun was shining.
November 2nd – I’m wearing a cotton 70s dress which I bought at Kingston Antiques Centre, with a black cardi and a very old pair of sandals from New Look. We drove into East London to do a spot of vintage shopping. We got very cold as it was a horrible windy rainy day.
November 3rd – I wore a 1960s Crimplene dress from Wimbledon Car Boot Sale and my faux fur coat from Marks and Spencer. We went for a cup of tea at Morden Hall Park and I got absolutely soaked taking these pictures!November 4th – I wore another 70s cotton dress, I got this one in a fill a bag sale at The East End Thrift Store. I’m wearing it with a Primark cardigan, plastic and bakelite bangles from car boot sales, a belt from another vintage dress and a vintage headscarf from a charity shop. I also had my first ginger bread latte of the year!
November 5th – I’m wearing a 50s floral dress which I bought at Kingston Antiques Centre, with a 50s cardigan which I picked up at the vintage pound store at The East Thrift Store last year, along with my Hunter wellies. We went for a long walk at Nonsuch Park and I ended up getting into the pond to see how deep it was.
November 6th – I wore a really special dress on day 6. This is an original 1950s Swirl dress, which is basically a style of wrap dress which was made in the 40s and 50s. They are pretty collectible and quite hard to find in the UK. I bought this one on eBay and had it send from Australia. It is beautiful condition and feels like a brand new dress. I wore it with an old jacket from Primark.
November 7th – This was a minimum effort day as I didn’t do anything exciting, just school runs and cleaning. I wore a floral 80s sun dress which I bought on eBay ages ago with black tights and a grey cardigan from Primark.
What do you think of my vintage outfits? I hope I getting across that vintage is something that can be worn every day.
Don’t forget you can follow my challenge daily with the hashtag #vintagefrillsnovember on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Jessica CangianoNovember 10, 2014 at 10:59 pm
You’re doing a splendid job of conveying that, dear gal, and it’s a message that definitely needs to be shouted from the roof tops. Vintage does not need to be scary or intimidating to newcomers or even just those entertaining the notion of sporting it. Blending old with new, creating your own personal style, and simply trying new things on a frequent basis when getting dressed are just about all it takes to hit the ground running on that front.
mrsfoxfineryNovember 11, 2014 at 8:13 am
Well done on your first 7 days!
I’m loving day 5 dress, it’s great colours and looks fab on. The whole look really works.
I can see why day 6 dress is special, it looks really smart. Can’t wait to see the rest of the month. I thought I had a lot of dresses, I think you beat me. X
cakesandcakesvintageNovember 13, 2014 at 12:29 am
I think you’re doing an awesome job doing exactly what you set out to do – demonstrating that vintage isn’t something that has to be reserved for a special occasion and can easily be incorporated into a daily wardrobe. You look great, I love all your pretty vintage dresses.
PorcelinaNovember 29, 2014 at 9:14 pm
A really fab selection, well done on your efforts in this challenge. x