Ever since I bought this jacket I’d been looking forward to making it work with a more ladylike, perhaps you’d say more authentically vintage outfit than how I styled it in this post, which was quite casual and more modern. In all those wonderful Pendleton 49er adverts from the 50s you see women layering over skirts and dresses and it seemed like a great idea, in theory…
While I think I like the way the outfit turned out in terms of its general components, the more I look at the photos the more I feel like it doesn’t quite work for me. Or maybe I’m just not used to seeing myself incorporating this much of a vintage influence? Whatever it is, it’s not one of my favourite looks so I’m interested to see what you all think – is it in my head or is something not quite doing it here? I tend to use most of the outfit photos I take (so far there’s only one set I’ve decided really didn’t work), as I don’t have many opportunities to get out and snap them, but I really debated with myself on posting these ones…
I don’t think it helped that I was having one of those days where my face went wrong in nearly all of the photos. One eye shut, hair in it, lips caught oddly on braces, dark shadows making me look 20 years older, double chins everywhere… So in short, I saw a lot of dreadful photos before I picked these ones and I don’t think it did my confidence any good!
But of course, this was the day that B wanted to try out taking another video (below), so I felt extra bad about not using the accompanying photos! In the end, though, perhaps it’s ok for not every outfit post to be my favourite…?
Scarf: vintage (via eBay)
Jacket: vintage (via Rokit)
Belt: vintage (hand-me-down)
Gloves: ASOS (old)
Bag: via Top Vintage
Tights (fleece-lined): Primark
Shoes: Clarks (old)
And here’s the video… It was shot on my DSLR and then converted by B into a Super 8 style film using software. Pretty neat, huh? Although I hope you like shots of me walking about… I’m sorry to not be more exciting than that, but while I’ve just about got comfortable with having my photo taken, it’s a whole other thing being a video star!!
Back to the outfit, though; should I stick to my more subtle vintage influence?
PS Don’t look too closely at the hem on this skirt – this was the first (and so far last) item to feel the wrath of my new sewing machine and appalling minor alteration skills. The only good thing I can say about it is at least ended up the length I wanted…