A Nautical Touch

the artyologist- image of vintage US sailor's middie WWII uniform

Wow, I seem to be on a 40’s kick lately, judging by the outfits I have been wearing lately. This may or may not be directly related to the fact that I have been watching a decent amount of Foyle’s War lately. (The 2nd time around!) I love period films, and the costumes in that show are on point!

Do you ever do that? Match your clothing choices to whatever outside influences, such as films or books, that are inspiring you at the moment? Right now, for me, it’s the 1940’s war years. Before that, I was reading Sense and Sensibility and I wanted everything to be soft and romantic. Before that I was watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and I wanted to wear only silk, feather trimmed robes, coordinating cloche hats, beaded evening dresses and outrageous furs. (The fact that I do not own these things, made it a tad more difficult!)

I am so glad that I live in this era. I think we have it best: we can pretty much choose whatever style we want to wear, from any era, and incorporate it into our dress. Vintage dressing is, after all, just as varied as the people who lived before us. There is not, and never will be, only one particular way of dressing, because even within the fashion trends, style dictates the ability to wear it the way we want.

the artyologist- image of detailed front on WWII sailor middie

So regarding this outfit, I found this WWII sailor’s uniform in an army surplus store. They have the greatest things in old surplus stores! It’s in great condition, missing only one button, which I replaced, and it is great to wear in the winter as it is a very warm wool. What a great testament to quality, that a garment that is at least 70 years old, is still being worn today! I love the craftsmanship that was shown to even a mass produced item: the meticulously sewn white ribbon detail, the star embroidery on the back, the bound edge on the pocket, and the fact that it still has the manufacturing label intact, which makes it all a bit more exciting to realize that some young man was fighting for his country!

the artyolgist- image of vintage WWII US Sailor's uniform detail

the artyologist- image of vintage outfit with WWII sailor's middie US uniform

the artyolgist- clarks UK brogues

the artyologist- image of vintage outfit with brown twill skirt, leather clarks oxford shoes and WWII sailor's US uniform

the artyologist- image of back embroidery detail on WWII US vintage sailor uniform middie

the artyologist- image of the manufacturing tag on WWII US sailor middie

the artyologist- image of vintage WWII sailor's US uniform

A Glimpse of Spring

the artyologist- dramatic portrait of hyacinth

Spring is on it’s way now, as evidenced by the fact that forced bulbs are showing up in the grocery stores. We got this beautiful hyacinth for my mom the other day, and it is such a lovely spot of colour when winter seems to have no end in sight. the artyologist- image of hyacinth in spring
the artyologist- image of artistic hyacinth portrait

the artyologist- image of purple hyacinth

Vintage Vogue Covers

the artyologist- profile portrait in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

In the spirit of vintage Vogue magazine covers, I decided to do the photos of what I wore on Sunday in a rather artistic manner. Thanks to my sister for the lovely images- these are straight out of the camera no photo editing required!

I received for Christmas a few years ago a copy of “Vogue: The Covers” edited by Dodie Kazanjian, and have consistently been impressed by how completely artistic the covers of Vogue used to be- not glamour shots of famous celebrities, but rather dramatically composed canvases in which to showcase fashion and style.

For these photos I was inspired by the image of the hands from 1939, and since I was wearing an early 1940’s style outfit, the mood worked perfectly. (Except for the part where I was trying to make the hands not look like a murderer reaching out to strangle someone! It’s harder than it looks!)

the artyologist- image of vintage vogue magazine covers 1939

the artyologist- image of hands and brass indian jewelry in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

(The strangler is coming for you!)

the artyologist- portrait in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

the artyologist- image of clutch done in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

the artyologist- portrait in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

(The hands slowly reach around her neck.)

the artyologist- image of hands and brass jewelry in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

the artyologist- image of cream clutch in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

(She’s a goner. Feet in the air.)

the artyologist- image of shoes in the style of vintage vogue 1939 cover

An Everyday Style

the artyologist- image of a 1940's vintage everyday look with a trenchcoat, rayon dress and beret

The 1940’s is one of the easiest era’s to wear everyday.

When I used to work in a hardware store, I consistently wore early 1940’s style clothing, so I could get that vintage look without the delicate fussiness of the 30’s and 50’s getting in my way. I think this style is so easy to wear, because the workwear of the war years was designed to be hardwearing, simple, and not get in the way of your work- whether it was efficiently typing out reports, planting a victory garden or welding together a ship! There was a war to win, and it was not the time to fuss about full ruffled petticoat!

So, for day to day, 1940’s it is.

This is a mildly vintage 40’s casual look I wore the other day to town. I say mildly vintage because none of it is actually vintage, but is inspired by, and makes me feel like I am in the era:  A printed rayon dress I got at a flea market, which started out as a ghastly 90’s housedress, transformed with some darts and shorter hem (make do and mend?), layered with a puffed sleeve cardigan (for the strong shouldered 40’s silhouette), a utilitarian trench coat, a no nonsense cross body purse (it reminds me of a binocular case, which are perhaps needed to spot enemy invasion), low heeled boots for ease of walking, and a leopard print beret (the requisite winter toque, but with a bit more flair).

the artyologist- 1940's inspired leopard beret and yellow scarf

the artyologist- image of a 1940's inspired everyday look with leopard hat, floral rayon dress and cardigan

Practicing the fierce model look.

the artyologist- image of an everyday 1940's look floral rayon dress

the artyologist- image of a 1940's inspired everyday vintage look with leopard print beret

Please excuse the lint. I think it came from the scarf. 🙁

the artyologist- image of a vera pelle italy binocular case shaped purse

the artyologist- 1940's inspired look leopard beret