Two weekends ago, Ed and I spent our Saturday afternoon exploring Historic Downtown Bryan, which has a handful of antique and vintage shops, cute boutiques, and nice restaurants and bars. It’s a small town, but the shops — especially the antique shops — are pretty impressive and quite nice. Needless to say, I bought another vintage hat to add to my collection. Yes, I will eventually feature it here. I just can’t seem to stop myself from buying awesome hats!!! Sheeze. One day all my overstuffed hat boxes are going to fall on me and kill me. HA!
I decided get “dolled up” for a day exploring my new town. I wore fancy, wide-leg trousers and a silky blouse; both are modern pieces that “mimic” the look and cut of 1920s clothing. The coat is a light-weight wool, vintage piece that I bought from FabGabs last year. It’s a late 1940s coat that can easily pass for a 20s piece.
Those of you who have followed my blog on blogger know that I tend to buy contemporary clothing that has the same cut and style as vintage clothing. I’m a 6 foot tall, athletic woman who has a wide back from swimming. I have trouble fitting into vintage clothing, so I will specifically look for vintage cuts in modern clothing or will make my own clothes. However, every once in a while I get lucky and find a vintage piece that fits me perfectly. I always think about the woman who wore these pieces — was she an athlete like me? Did she have Julia Child’s build and physique? Did she tower over her friends? Did she throw her head back when she laughed, not caring whose delicate sensibilities she offended? I can envision a tall, Glamazon walking down 5th Avenue towering over everyone, head held high and with confidence in her step … my tall, vintage Fairy Godmother.
Believe it or not, I’ve been wearing my summer hats here in Texas. Every so often it’s cool enough to break out my wool hats … rarely. I need to start building a “warm weather” hat collection, that’s for sure. Good grief! I desperately need a haircut. It’s way too long for a proper 20s bob! When I can make a ponytail and Victory Rolls, you know it’s time for a shearing. Maybe this weekend?
The Run Down
Trousers: Lord & Taylor
Hat: Hats in the Belfry