I realised the outfit posts on this blog are becoming as much about the ridiculous UK weather as vintage style recently, so today I’m going back to what we’re all here for (unless you really do enjoy me complaining about the wind) – the fashion.
And what better way to do that than to share the piece that kicked off my vintage-inspired wardrobe? This Tara Starlet top, while not true vintage of course, was the first item I remember buying that was distinctly vintage style. It was part of my determination to create a more grown-up work wardrobe for myself back in my early 20s and, as you can see, it fits like a glove. I don’t really know why I was drawn to it particularly, other than the photo of the model really sold it to me (quite likely it actually was Tara back then as she used to model a lot of the styles herself in the early days of the brand). I also knew it would be versatile and that I’d never find anything like it in modern shops.
I still think it’s one of the most special separates I have and I love it all the more because it has such nostalgia attached to it. Where would I be without how great it made me feel? I could be sitting here wearing those chunky heeled sandals you see every girl wearing and… the 90s. Neither of which would look remotely good on me (the latter I know from copious photographic evidence). So there you have it, the piece of clothing that started it all.
There’s actually another first in this post – it was the first time I’d ever worn flats with a full skirt. I know, it’s all groundbreaking fashion all the time on this blog… but you have to understand, I’ve been convinced this was a no-no for my height for so long it was a shock to find it didn’t look all that bad after all. And it was all the better for walking around the Norfolk coastline on a very brief trip this year.
So… this isn’t my best set of photos of all time (note to self, on a sunny day wear sunglasses to avoid squinting in 98% of photos and just give up in 40mph wind already). I couldn’t quite bring myself to delete them though – the seaside location and stormy clouds (surprise surprise, it rained relentlessly a couple of hours later) were too lovely.
Glasses: Ray Ban RX5226
Top: Tara Starlet (veeery old)
Brooch: c/o Eternal Collection
Belt: Marks & Spencer (similar)
Skirt: Peacocks (similar)
Shoes: H&M (last year’s)
I would love to hear what kicked off any of your vintage style collections too?