I've been inspired by black and white recently, there's some so crisp about it, Fashionable Reader.
|BW town and country paris|
So when I was packing for Pikes Peak Writers Conference I was drawn to my favorite black and white wingtip spectator peep toe shoes and packed accordingly. This sudden black and white obsession could be my cat's fault, hard to know.
|Obligatory cat photo|
Here's the outfits that resulted:
Friday; Saturday; Sunday
On Friday a black & white polka dotted dress (just an old cheap one from Ross) with simple white headband and vintage bauble necklace.
On Saturday: the black shirt I made out of a black dress I didn't wear paired with the black & white skirt my mom made for me before BEA, black hat (vintage gift), and octopus necklace (reader gift).
On Sunday: a black a-line skirt from the 1970s (gift) with white striped button blouse, H&M blazer, white belt, and black and white kerchief. The white gloves are super cute with this little bow but I think they are 1980s, not 40s as I once supposed.
That black shirt on Saturday started life as a dress rather like this:
|Jacques Fath, dress1954. Photo by Georges Dambier via theniftyfifties tumblr|
In the first two images I'm wearing a DG full coverage custom corset underneath, that's why the outfits look so good. I had intended to wear it the entire time (bras are a challenge right now) but even I, corset diva, could not handle full coverage and high altitude. Never did I think there would come a time when I would give over a corset, Colorado Springs was that time. Or should I say: that place? Note for future packing, no corsets above 3000 feet.
|1950s Timeless Vixen Vintage|
So back to black and white. I found this dress image and decided to build a whole imaginary outfit around it. Here we go...
|1945 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art|
|1930 Clip Brooch Dusausoy, 1930 Sotheby’s|
|1925 Bracelet 1925 Christie’s|
|Ring 1925 Sotheby’s|
|1920 Necklace 1920 Christie’s|
|1900 Stockings late 19th century early 20th century The Victoria & Albert Museum|
"Avoid saying any thing to women in showy attire, with painted faces, and white kid gloves."
~ The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)
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