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Sunday Style: Peacock Plumage and a Velvet Bow

the artyologist image of new vintage wool and hat with velvet bow
Just in time for Spring I recently acquired three winter hats. Of course, even though they are now out of season, I had to wear at least one of them before I put them away for the winter! I am getting a little tired of wearing my cold weather clothes, as that is pretty much all I’ve been wearing for the last few months, but now that I’ve got these new hats I want to wear them all! Sigh. I think that this hat will be a good winter staple, as it is a simple shape made of wool, adorned with just a nice soft velvet bow. I guess I’ll just have to wait until next year! Patience. . . This will be the last cold weather outfit I’ll wear until fall, even though it’s always a bit tricky to wear spring appropriate outfits when the weather doesn’t seem to cooperate very well- I will persevere! The cold and snow will not stop me!

I wore the hat on Sunday, and paired it with my vintage peacock plumage patterned pleated wool skirt, (wow that is a tongue twister if I ever heard one!) and black velvet blazer. Sparkly earrings and a fish brooch dressed it up a bit, and my favourite mary jane’s completed the look.

the artyologist image of vintage peacock skirt and black velvet blazer

the artyologist image of vintage fish brooch

the artyologist image of baby's breath flowers and portrait with velvet blazer and vintage hat

the artyologist image of vintage hat and peacock skirt

the artyologist image of vintage red rose teapot knick knack

the artyologist image of vintage wool hat with velvet bow

the artyologist image of velvet blazer, hat with velvet bow and mary jane miz mooz shoes

Happy Spring

the artyologist- image of a spring outfit with a white faux leather coat and vintage 1950's dress

Happy First Day of Spring! Although the weather may not realize what season it is, knowing that Winter is officially over makes all the difference don’t you think?

And now it is time for the sundresses! Which I am very glad about, as my winter wardrobe was starting to feel stretched a little thin (“like butter scraped over too much bread”- as Bilbo would say).

This is a great dress I found in a thrift store last year. That was a lucky day- it was like a vintage blogger had just cleared out their closet, there were so many wonderful dresses. Not all of them fit, but I found this lovely gem, which fit as perfectly as if it had been made for me.

Paired with some black tights, boots, and a white faux leather jacket- it was a perfect ensemble for a warm day we had last week.

the artyologist- image of spring outfit vintage 1950's shirtwaist dress

the artyologist- image of vintage 1950's dress and riding boots

the artyologist- image of spring outfit vintage turquoise 1950's shirtwaist dress

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the artyologist- image of vintage 1950's turquoise dress and boots

the artyologist- image of spring outfit vintage 1950's shirtwaist dress

the artyologist- image of spring outfit vintage 1950's shirtwaist dress

Hopefully it is starting to feel like Spring wherever you are- and you are able to enjoy the coming season!

the artyologist- image of spring outfit vintage 1950's shirtwaist dress

Machinery

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I am not really interested in machinery, engines or vehicles. . . except as a subject for photography that is! While visiting my Aunt and Uncle this past weekend, I took some pictures of this old, worn out Massey-Ferguson tractor, that has seen better days. I have no clue what any of these machinery parts are, but I love how they look, with the rust creating a unique patina of colour across the surface of the metal.

the artyologist- image of rusted old massey ferguson tractor

the artyologist- image of back of rusted massey ferguson tractor

the artyologist- image of vintage massey ferguson tractor

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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!

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

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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

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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.)

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