I've now crossed the threshold down to what will probably become a very slippery slope.....I've purchased my very first truly vintage clothing item! While perusing through various shops on Etsy, I came across one store that caught my eye (or rather it was the combination of the stunning model (who is actually the store owner herself) and equally stunning Edwardian dress).
I was quite impressed to find her prices were something I could afford. (While I do understand the reasoning behind vintage pricing, my tiny pocketbook yearns for apparel less than $200+ a pop!) After spending a good 30 minutes scanning all the listings (and I may or may not have saved a bunch of the photos into my outfit inspiration folder. What? I've been trying to figure
out how to dress more ladylike and polished lately, but without
completely looking like I stepped out of the 1940s - vintage forms, but
with modern sensibilities. Nicole at Forgotten Muse fits exactly that! That and she has similar colouring to me with those elven hairstyles I like. So yes, I do take style notes from some very unlikely places.)
About halfway through her listings there was a most interesting hat. It was a straw hat, not too dissimilar from modern straw hats, but this one had a fanciful upturned brim on one side with ostrich plumes. I quickly clicked on the listing. Could it be? A Musketeer 1950s hat? Oh that would be too good to be true. In my price range? No way! Well, almost...if it were just a little bit cheaper I'd snatch it up. Hm...I wonder if she has a Facebook page.... (And she does by the way! https://www.facebook.com/#!/forgottenmusevintage) Dear Nicole actually lowered the price of the hat for me to fit my budget. So guess what came in the mail today....
(Although I was honestly just trying to balance my camera to get the shot, this kind of looks like an out-of-focus product placement. Hah!)
(I hate to say it but my bathroom really does have the best lighting. Though I still need to learn some more settings on my camera.)
Hat: Sandra - New York via Forgotten Muse (Etsy) Blouse: Forever21 Slacks: Goodwill