zaterdag 1 april 2017

Trip to Bavaria: outfits & packing with a color scheme



So it has been a while since my last post. Though I fully intended to do a 'new to me' blogpost I had other things on my mind lately that kept me from sitting down for it. I will write that some time soon but here's a quick recap of last weekend's outfits (there were many). I went on a trip to Bavaria (or actually Frankonia) with a group of vintage enthousiasts from Germany. In the pictures you only see two of them, the ones I know are OK with pics being posted, so you can enjoy their lovely outfits too :) 
(if you'd like to see more of them check out their Instagram accounts @20_2_40_style and @jg_photographica_)


Packing:

Packing is always tricky when you have to carry you own luggage when switching trains etc. This time I had a color scheme and stuck to it. Normally it is only an intention to pack totally color coordinated and I'll fail but this time it worked. The basic color was brown with easter-y pastels to brighten up the palette. This way everything could be combined with everything, in theory. Above you see most of what I packed.

Not in that picture is this jacket. I'm in love with it at the moment. I don't usually think straight silhouettes look good on me but this has such a good shoulderpad game going on it is very flattering.

For travel I wore a skirt-suit I bought for an upcomming tweedride, but I figured it'd do very well for this occasion too.

This is a first attempt to capture our outfits with selfie mode. That is what Instagram does to you ;)
Someone else cought us posing.

Luckily there was no need for selfies for the rest of the weekend. So finally some ouftit pictures that are not so horribly posed (well still posed but more natural than usual)
I wore a dress and hat that already featured in another blogpost but finally with the right shoes (last time it snowed...). My first pair of vintage shoes, and probably my favorite.

We wore coats too, such a color splash! Such warm sunlight!

I enjoy dressing up even more when I'm not the only one doing so. When you're in a group where everyone is wearing vintage you can just be you dressing in a pretty frock.

SPRING!

Our color combo's reminded me a bit of some pictures from French Vogue of 1938. Not exactly alike but the idea of a group of three ladies in bright colors.





The next day we went for a walk (see the first picture of this post too)
This is so dreamy, it truly captures the escapist aspect of a trip like this, away from it all ;)

And also the magic of early spring, when the warm sunlight is something special. 

My ouftit of that day: That jacket, 1930's/40's celadon green dress with yellow ajour embroidery, yellow late 30's rayon crêpe hat with burgundy ribbon, burgundy gloves with yellow stitching, sensible shoes.

What we wore underneath.

We changed for dinner/the evening. I wore a dress I bought myself as a birhtday present last year. It's made of a liquid silk velvet. Because of the bias cut it clings beautifully/unforgivingly to the body, a thing I love and loathe at the same time.
Such a good hairday too, dit not have to do anything to it after a day with a hat on in the open air.

One of the best things about 1930's eveningdresses: back-cleavages

Another day and some new outfits. I'm wearing a cute embroidered 1940's dress & pretty shiny rayon stockings in a matching tone. But just look at the outfit of outfits next to me!

Because we visited a cave in the afternoon we changed into more sturdy wear. I wore my skirt-suit again.

Inside the cave.

We could join a tweedride dressed like that.


And then a third outfit of the day. This would have been my girlhood dream: dressing three times a day (maybe it still is ;P) !

This year's birthday present to myself: A pink pastel, ruffle ridden, puffy sleeved petit four of a dress.

This pic taken in my kitchen a few weeks ago gives a better idea of the color.

And that concludes the cascade of weekend outfits. My next post will probably be a new to me post as I've found some lovely things lately. I've sold quite a few dresses since the beginning of this year and there was also a kind of 'flea-market' during this trip. I took 10 extra dresses I could let go of and 9 found new homes, but I also took some new things home.
Here's just one of them:
This is actually man's coat but it fitted me quite well, a little oversized but I like it that way. Only tried it on for fun but as I've been looking for a grey coat to add to my collection I bought it anyway. Don't think that many people will notice it buttons on the wrong side, and also: who cares if it works.


Birthe

zaterdag 11 februari 2017

Winter Outfits: Classic Black & White vs. Glorious Technicolor

Just a quick update post with lots of outfits and pictures.
It was my intention to wear a lot of color at the beginning of this year. But I also wore some black and white dresses/ combo's because they are just so classic and always good! So hence the title of this post ;)

Black and white:
The dress above is from the mid/late 40's. It had been laid out at some point in its life, but I decided to put the darts at the front back in, such a tight but good fit now!

The dress I wore on Christmas Day with another slip.

This was an off day really, hence the black stockings. But the dress is fab.

Just recently got this picture of when I was candygirl at Tuschinki. Love that it is such a candid shot and not a selfie.

Not technically black but it befits the simple always good style. I wore this dress for filming at the Openluchtmuseum in Arnhem. I was to depict a middle class 1930's housewife.

Technicolor:
I posted this picture in my newyears post as dresses I was planning on wearing. I have worn them all :)
Plaid wool dress I bought in Brussels in December.
Just such a lovely daydress with great padded shoulders.

Oh this blue dress! I adore the color and that it is so simple and clean. Last time I wore it was at the Tweedride Rotterdam in 2015 with that same cardigan. I fell and hurt my leg rather badly. This time the outfit was not so unlucky.

I wore it in the beginning of January when my fahter came over for a visit, we both had a bit of a post-Christmas blues and we decided to have a trip down memory lane to battle it.
We visited all the addresses I lived in in and around Amsterdam since moving out at 18. These are just two of them.

Then we went to the beach.


And had poffertjes (Dutch mini-pancakes)

This dress in technicolor pur-sang. And those sleeves! It is wool so nice and warm for winter.

Like every year we had a newyears meeting of Club Interbellum. I wore a new to me dress I found the week before with a cardigan my mother knit from a 1939 pattern.
It was rather cold so I was glad the skirt was made out of thick cotton velvet.

Woolen stockings and boots, because of the expected snow/rain ;) I would have had some lovely 1940's suede shoes to pair with this outfit but I didn't want to expose them to winter weather.

The ladies from Club Interbellum in Amersfoort where we had our meeting this year.

Afterwards I had drinks at Amsterdam Centraal with some of the girls. You can see I paired my brown coat with a fur capelet.

The week after my birthday we had a shopping weekend with some vintage girls. A few were also staying at my place for a sleepover.

I wore this 1930's lace dress. A long time favorite of mine I bought in a shop in Antwerp.
My curls turned out very good and very short that day.
I used spongerollers with a strip of fabric instead of the plastic.

This is what it looked like before the brushout. Rather pretty in a way but a bit too Annie/Shirley to be taken serious ;)

Shopping with Marjolein, Jip and Willemien (who looks so tall next to the dwarfy rest of us)

Having lunch at the Waterlooplein.

In the evening I had a closet sale and sold a lot of dresses I didn't wear anymore. It had not been my intention to buy anything during the day but I found this salmon pink party-dress at Episode I couldn't resist. It's so sweet, I might as well wear it while I still can! Could imagine this being a dress for a young girl, mabe a first formal gown.

I also got some belated birthday presents. Annemarie gave me the cutest boudoir slippers and Martine gave me a dress. Both are so me, it's such a pleasure to have friends that know my taste so well!

I wore the blue dress for the first time last Saturday when going out for a coffee with a friend.

On Sunday I met up with Noortje to do some sewing an talking ;)
This is a dress the skirt is attached. The 'blouse' has a very interesting novelty print of what looks like coats of arms that are fantasy though they do bear some resemblance to coats of arms of some Dutch provinces.

The dress I mended makes me long for spring. I got it for a mere 10 euro's but it was a wounded bird, the fabric underneath the arms was worn and thin so I backed it to prevent holes.

Noortje behind her sewing machine.

Another very bright dress worn for going out to see a few movies (so rather a waste given that I was sitting in a dark room). I kinda forgot about it eventhough I put new shoulderpads in it during the summer. But it is quite amazing. I'm wearing a black turtleneck underneath because it is cold!

And to end this post some very wintry new additions:

Ski-pants, probably from the 1940's though it could be earlier or later.
They are Hungarian and a friend found them. It is rather small so I was affraid it wouldn't fit me.


But it did!
The back has a lot of room for movement. Might not be the most flattering of cuts, but I think I can just about get away with it & I can still touch my toes ;).

Also got this American 'sports' jumper.
So I'm ready for walks in the cold, or lots of snow!


Hope to be back soon,
Birthe