Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Sunday Snag – Springtime in Winter

My Vintage Winter #vintage #winter #fashion #1940s #style

Sometimes I look at myself in photos like these and think, "Who is this person?". I feel like with every change of vintage outfit, I have a different part of me expressed. Different eras, styles, cuts, they all seem to unlock a different me. It doesn't feel like a mask or like I'm not being myself. It feels interesting, challenging, and more like me. I enjoy change. I like feeling uncomfortable sometimes too as I think it challenges my notion of myself. No, I don't enjoy that discomfort, but I do like what it makes me do, which is to think and change so that I don't let discomfort rule me or box me in. I know you all don't know me personally and I rarely talk intimately about myself here, but I'm rather introverted, anxious, and contemplative. However, if you ever meet me, you would probably never know that. I try my best to be welcoming, confident, stable, and open when with others. Most people would probably think I was quite extraverted actually. 

On Thursday, you got to see me challenge myself in a vintage fashion show (see here), but today I'm back to the quiet me. A crisp winter walk will do that. Make you quiet. It can't be helped. A cold day with no one around and the leaves crunching as you walk. It can be beautifully eerie. I was bundled up head to toe on this day as it was cold. Actually, speaking of cold, starting in January, I will start a new version of the Sunday Snag because it is just too darn cold for me to be outside shooting photos. It will only be for a month or two but mama needs to stay warm, so a change is coming! You'll have to wait and see, but I hope you like it!

My 1940s Princess Coat #vintage #coat #1940s #fashion

1940s Winter Fashion Detail #1940s #fashion #winter #gloves #coat #purse

So far, you've gotten to see two winter outerwear pieces from me, a cape (here) and a fur coat (here). This is the last of the three coats I bought for my first vintage winter. This one is a 1940s princess cut style that I got during a flash sale from The Paraders back in July. I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted for coat styles, but I figured having at least one black and one brown would be a good start. The cape seemed like a fun choice in between. My fur is quite heavy which is perfect for cold and this black coat is a medium weight which makes it wearable for fall/winter/spring. Plus, this coat is perfect for all my swing dresses because being a princess cut, it bells out like a dress. It has classic Dolman sleeves (always a favorite of mine), cream satin lining, and big white and silver buttons. I felt like the length of the coat made me look a bit short so I belted it high with a modern skinny belt to help break it up a bit and give me a waist.

The dress you've seen before but not on me. My neighbor friend played model with me for a photography student's 1940s photoshoot (see here). I got to style the shoot, so my friend borrowed this dress from me. You'll get to see the dress styled in a future Snag (when the weather's warmer). Today, it got to act as an accent and give my coat a blush of color. It is a 1950s taffeta dress with a full swing skirt and the most wonderful collar! Seemed a shame to leave it hidden so I pulled the collar out from under the coat and let it get some spotlight. The color reminds me of rosy cheeked children after they've tired themselves out in the snow. You don't usually see coral and peach used in winter, but I think it is a lovely reminder of spring during frigid temperatures.

1940s Hat Detail #40s #hat #1940s #fashion #vintage #winter

My 1940s Winter Fashion #vintage #winter #fashion #1940s #style

1930s Bracelet Detail #1930s #jewelry #1940s #fashion

Lots of accessories came with me on this outing. My hat, a lovely straw 1940s/50s piece, was picked up from My Vintage Hat Shop, in their clearance section during a free shipping sale! What a deal! I got the hat seen here from them at that same time. This one is such an unusual shape and you know I can't resist an asymmetrical tilt! Plus, there are lovely little blooms caged behind black veiling and it just made me think that they were being bundled up themselves until spring. 

The shoes you may remember from my Bucket List outfit that my husband got me for our 10th wedding anniversary (see here). They were never worn, pristine 1940s patent leather heels with grosgrain ribbon detail and they look sweet as candy licorice! Like a little piece of taffy for my toes!

My Little Vintage Birdies #vintage #jewelry #bird #brooch

1940s Cord Purse #vintage #purse #40s #fashion

There are actually lots of little reminders of spring in this outfit. I hadn't noticed until now, but my heart must have been longing for the warmth when picking this out. The scarf is a silk chiffon, coral red poppy pattern from the 1960s, my purse is a classic 40s cord purse (I have one in navy too, here), and my gloves are my first and only online purchase of vintage gloves to date. I've been too worried about sizing to order before but these were so inexpensive that I gave it a whirl. Luckily, they fit just beautifully! They are creamy white deerskin gloves with a beautiful topstitch effect.

I had three sources for jewelry today! My brooches are just the cutest and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw them buried under 1960s costume jewelry at the flea market. Two tiny little silver filigree birdies from the 1940s or earlier. Goodness they make me feel uplifted and happy! The ring is a teeny pink maple leaf, named "Adette", and is currently in my shop. My bracelet is the first real vintage jewelry purchase I've made. I've picked up small bits and pieces from flea markets and such but this piece is special. I don't normally allow myself to get jewelry because I make jewelry and also because my funds typically go to clothing and I just keep jewelry at an arm's length to drool over. However, I took the plunge with this bracelet. I spotted it on Raleigh Vintage's website when they first listed it. I thought it was wonderful! 1930s, soft coral colored celluloid, and in quite an unusual shape of flower squares sandwiched together. I put the thought away with all the other wish list items, but then I saw it in person when they brought it to EBC (see here). There it was, so lonesome under the glass without a loving wrist to care for it. I made the mistake of asking to try it on. It fit perfectly, which is hard to come by as I have small wrists. Yep, you found your new home with me, little bracelet. 

Do you have pieces like this? Where you just bond instantly and can't imagine leaving it behind? I would love to hear about them!  

1940s Winter Fashion Styling #vintage #winter #40s #fashion #1940s

1940s Patent Ribbon Heels #40s #shoes #vintage #heels 1940s Shoe Detail #40s #style #shoes #vintage #heels

My Vintage Shoes #1940s #heels #40s #fashion #shoes

Outfit Details
Coat: 1940s Princess Cut from The Paraders
Dress: 1950s Taffeta from SIB Vintage
Hat: 1940s/50s Straw from My Vintage Hat Shop
Scarf: 1960s Silk Chiffon from Macaroni Vintage
Belt: Modern Skinny from The Limited (years ago)
Shoes: 1940s Patent Leather from Honey Talk Vintage
Gloves: Ivory Deerskin from Ebay
Brooches: Pre-1950s Filigree Birds from flea market
Purse: 1940s Cord from flea market
Bracelet: 1930s Celluloid from Raleigh Vintage
Ring: Antique Maple "Adette", from my shop ChatterBlossom

My Vintage Winter #vintage #fashion #winter #1940s #coat


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37 comments:

  1. oh my gosh, this outfit took my breath away, just gorgeous

    retro rover

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  2. Lovely outfit :)

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  3. Looking lovely as always, Jamie! How wonderful to see coral and peach in winter instead of the usual drab winter colours!

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  4. I am as you Jamie, so I really get you. You look absolutely gorgeous, if tehre is a person who could pull off the the vintage outfits thats you. Your accessories are all very cute, I like the ring! xo

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  5. All these details are amazing! I think your styles keep evolving and changing and that's not a bad thing - fashion is supposed to be fun! :)

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  6. Ugh, gorgeous. Please stop being so stylish, you're giving me wardrobe envy!

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  7. Oh my god, this outfit is so beautiful! Iove every piece of it.

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  8. I love everything! Such an amazing outfit with so many details....LOVE!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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  9. The outfit is amazeballs. Gorgeous pieces. And "introverted, anxious, and contemplative" -- you sound like me!

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  10. Hi Jamie, I love the two little bird broaches and your gorgeous bracelet. I also like the way you wear the dress collar outside the coat – I’m going to borrow that idea! It adds such a lovely splash of colour to your coat.
    I don’t have pieces like this, but I wish I did. I’m looking forward to a ‘new version’ of the Sunday Snag – how exciting!

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  11. Oh, this is so, so beautiful! I think it is my favorite of yours so far. Thank you for sharing the texture of your amazing coat with us, and I love how you've brought out that gorgeous collar for a breath of sunlight.

    I understand what you mean about clothing bringing out different aspects of one's character, I think. And I relate entirely to the introverted, anxious, and contemplative! Perhaps bloggers of a type gravitate toward one another?

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    1. What an interesting thought my dear! That we might be gravitating toward each other is a rather lovely sentiment and makes me glad you found your way here! Thank you!

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  12. I love your little birds! So cute :) my favorite personal vintage pieces all come from my grandmothers. I have a slew of brooches as well as my grandma's wedding jewelry which is costume gold with purple bunches of flowers. I love it!

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  13. everything about this outfit is amazing! I just love all the accessories, those birds in particular. You look so perfect, so lady like and the hairdo is just right! a real vintage queen.

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  14. Lovely ensemble, and the shoes are especially fabulous!

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  15. This is a really greatly put together look. I bet it is fun to try new outfits and ideas!!

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  16. Such a wonderful ensemble! You always looks splendid.
    xo

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  17. You always have such beautifully styled outfits, this is no exception! Black & white with bits of pink looks so fresh & happy! Well done, lovely lady!
    -Kait

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  18. I am just floored by this outfit! I love pink and black together. Those shoes are to die for!

    And I hear ya about it being too cold! I'm tired of not being able to show off my outfits when out and about and having the world just see my coat. *huff*

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  19. Your princess coat is "ohh" "ahh" beautiful! I love that you paired it with your pink frock. I really think that the "pop" of pink and black balance your outfit so beautifully. This coat I'm going to dream about. A very lovely outfit Dear Jamie!

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  20. You look absolutely stunning! :)

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  21. You look amazing doll!! Super gorgeous xx

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  22. So romantic! Absolutely adore the coat and accessories. x

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  23. I love those gloves!! But the detail that stuck out to me was that you guys have already been married ten years?? Wow--I would not have guessed! (I suppose the stereotypical thing to say is "You don't look old enough!" but that would probably be weird for me to say because I got married when I was 19...)

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    1. Holy moly! I rarely come across people that got married younger than us! We married when we were 20!

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  24. Stunning, flat out, show-stoppingly, endlessly stunning! Every last element of this ensemble is so perfectly matched, styled and worn. You look as though you could very well have just stepped out the page (or off the cover) of a mid-century copy of Vogue or Harpers.

    ♥ Jessica

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  25. I was very surprised when I visited your blog! you are wonderful

    mary-tur.ru

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  26. You look so beautiful, love the colour contrast between the coat and dress, its exceptionally elegant.

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  27. Those shoes are insane!

    I am really in love with the shoes and the gloves but the whole outfit has a real vibe of authenticity to it.

    Can't wait to see what your indoor photo shoots will look like!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  28. This outfit is just stunning, you look fabulous my dear!

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  29. Absolutely flawless!!!!!!
    I was watching the History movie Bonnie and Clyde and I thought of you the whole time. The clothes that Bonnie wore were simply magical and it reminded me of you!

    Lanaya | xoxo
    http://raising-reagan.com

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    1. What a wonderful thing to say Lanaya! Thank you! I've been wanting to watch that!

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  30. Gorgeous look! Great detailing... I love the pale pink against classic black.

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  31. you look stunning in this 40s winter outfit. this is absolute perfection.

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  32. The whole outfit is stunning from head to toe but those shoes... omg, those shoes. I want them!

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  33. Thank you all so much for your super nice comments!! I loved putting this outfit together and have found it a real and wonderful challenge to figure out vintage in the winter. Your encouragement is just the push I need! :-)

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