Hello, and happy Easter Monday! Since beginning my blog four years ago, I've made it a habit to document my Easter outfit each year. It's no secret that Easter is my favorite holiday; in addition to the celebration of all things lambs, chicks, pastels, and candies, it has traditionally been the gateway to Spring at home in New England, although this year Winter is still dragging its heels. Here's this year's look, taking some inspiration from Japanese dolly kei girls and 1920s silent film ingenues!
1940s sheer plaid gown
1920s wax blossom wedding headpiece
Vintage millinery blossoms
Antique black silk velvet ribbon as belt
Dr Martens Darcie boots
The past year or two, I have really stopped documenting my wardrobe, but I've actually never been happier with it. I might try to catch a few more outfit snaps in the future, especially as my vintage wardrobe leans mostly towards Victorian and Edwardian pieces these days--pieces which are ephemeral and forever on the verge of decay, and which I really would like to thoroughly document before they are unwearable.
This dress, though "only" about seventy years old is actually in pretty rough shape, with tearing at the shoulders and a few snags throughout the fabric. Because it's large on me, I can still wear it pretty well without stressing the fabric too much. I do retire garments when they get too close to breaking down, then relegate them to wall hangings or cut them up to make new garments or doll clothes. But I never really throw them out, and I am interested in watching the way their forms change. It's so interesting how an old dress still evokes the era it's from, but yet is never quite the way it was originally, be it a white cotton taking on an aged ecru shade or a calico pattern becoming faded and patched from decades of wash and wear. No antique garment is truly pristine and untouched, so I no longer feel guilty if I hurry it to its next form by wearing it to shreds :)
(And of course, most of my clothes are the cast-offs of farmer's wives and country girls...not priceless couture or anything)