I consider myself an equal opportunity vintage lover.
I am quite happy to wear clothes from any decade, although I confess the late 1960s/early 1970s have my heart.
But I am a big fan of dresses from the late 1970s/early 1980s too, like these two beauties.
They remind me so much of my mid/late teenage years, and the 1950s revival at that time.
Grease, Happy Days, and the inexplicable success of Showaddywaddy, Darts and Shakin' Stevens - you remember, don't you?
1980s C&A dress - Ebay
Belt, shoes, sunglasses, bangles - charity shopped
I love this dress - it has a built-in net petticoat and a fabulous print.
1970s dress - Ebay
Belt, bangles and necklace - charity shopped
Sandals - retail (sale)
Fashion always references earlier styles; I'm no purist, I am as happy wearing a 1970/80s-does-50s dress as a 1950s original.
But I'm adding a little 1950s authenticity with my delicious Marie Moore brocade jacket...
which has the loveliest beaded buttons ever!
Owen and I headed out for a quick food shop, cafe stop, and charity shop browse yesterday.
The local hospice chazza had some fabulous vintage stock; I suspect it had come from the same donor, since it was all the same size. Great labels, and great style - whoever owned these clothes had excellent taste and the budget to afford some classy labels.
I didn't actually buy any of it, although I enjoyed trying it on; the aqua Berkertex maxi dress was a temptation, but I just couldn't see myself wearing it.
Owen (sitting on a stool outside the changing room waiting for me) rolled his eyes and said it's a bit revealing, Mum. He wasn't wrong, I would have needed to fix the neckline so I didn't flash my bra...
I didn't buy any of these either, but I thought they were fabulous.
I did buy a 1970s copper pendant, and some thread and zips.
£2 the lot.
Hey, Big Spender.
At some point during our excursion, I started singing Trouble by Elvis Presley. More to myself than to Owen, I wondered what film it was from and guessed (rightly) that it featured in King Creole.
Owen said Elvis made films?
I forget that he hasn't had the experience of all those Sunday afternoons and Christmases when Elvis films were shown; you never see them now.
We discussed the birth of rock and roll, the shock of the new, Col. Tom Parker, selling out, and whether we would play safe - take the big money, or take a risk.
I don't object to clothes which are influenced by earlier styles, and I am also happy to acknowledge that music cannot be produced in a vacuum either.
But I do like to go back to the original source sometimes.
I showed this clip to Owen when we got home; he laughed (he may have thought I was making the song up), commented that it was cool - for an old film, and marveled at the fact that my brocade jacket is about the same age as the film (1958).
They're all tied up together, aren't they, clothes and music?
But I refuse to be a vintage snob about either. If you like it, wear it, and listen to it.
Preferably sing along too!
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