zondag 29 maart 2015

Tea time: outfit & inspiration

 Yesterday I had a 'high tea' at a wonderfull location in Amsterdam: the teapot museum. The room was filled with all kinds op teapots and other kinds of antiques.  I was with a group of stylish vintage loving ladies so all the more reason to wear as fabulous as possible an outfit.
So what do you wear at tea time? I took my inspiration from some 1930's magazines and the spread above struck me as very appropriate as it features some ladies having tea. You can see they are wearing outfits that are quite dressy.
Another page from a magazine shows dresses  and a hat for 'het thee-uurtje' (the tea hour), a fixed time at the end of the afternoon. In books from the period they have even made drinking tea into the verb 'teaen', which would translate a tea-ing.
The dress I choose for tea-ing yesterday is a long time favorite: a late 1930's plum dress made of lace. A lace dress seemed appropriate for having tea as  several of the pictures above feature lace dresses.
I bought it in a vintage shop in Antwerp about 5 years ago.
I wore a pale pink silk slipdress underneath because it shows off the pattern of the lace and the way the dress is contstructed. The fabric is quite unusual, not a traditional lace fabric.
Below are some more pictures from vintage magazines, featureing lace dresses, that inspired me:

In the last picture one of the women is carying a fox over her arm. You often see fox fur used as an accessoiry like that. Foxes were not really worn for warmth in the 1930's they were more of a status symbol, that could easily be combined with a thin summer dress. Most of the time I wear mine over one  or two shoulders. This time I wore it over my arm, the most impractical way ever.....but hey everything for the right look. 
I bought the fox at the Waterlooplein flea market in Amsterdam. It has all its four legs and is lined with crêpe fabric.   

So then there is the hat, hats were not worn at home but when visiting or going out it was common (although young women could go out barehead for less formal occasions). Hats got rather quirky in the mid 1930's. The hat I wore is a shining example of thos. It matches my fox as it has a piece of fox fur attached to it. I'm not 100% sure I wore it the right way. As there is no label or other indication of what is front or back I tried it in several ways, this seemed to work best.

Next to the fox fur the hat has a big felt bow. The side has two horizontal slashes that are reattached with decorative stitching. A very quirky hat indeed. I found it on 'Markplaats' (the Dutch equivalent of Ebay, sort of) and had to have it.

Another favorite piece of this outfit is the leather purse. It has an eveloppe shape and has to be carried in your hand. Together with carrying around a fox you can hardly do anything else as you don't have a free arm left. Si perfect for pretending to be a lady of leasure with nothing to do but go and have tea...(do note the pretending, keeping up appearances is key ;))

The purse looks very simple and rather timelessly modern but also very Art Deco.

I always love matching little purses!

Gloves of white kid leather, only for show, as soon as you eat or drink you should take them off (they did not really eat with covered fingers even then...)
One last impression of the entire look. Here the curls were more or less intact.... as it was raining outside they did not stay as perfect as I would have liked.

Lets hope for Sunny days!

7 opmerkingen:

  1. You look great! I really need to go again to Amsterdam!
    And everybody seems to find amazing vintage clothing in Belgium except for me...

  2. Thank you! Do come to Amsterdam, it is great for finding afordable vintage and high teas! I'm only too glad to give you my fav adresses in town :)
    I used to be very lucky with vintage finds in Antwerp a few years ago (when there was still the best Episode ever) but lately not so much.

  3. You looked so stunning at the high tea ;-)!

  4. So did you! Loved the little hat you were wearing :)

  5. Hello!
    You looked amazing at High Tea (seen pictures on Linday's instagram) :)
    I just poped up to say: I love how you style your fox - it's still a dream of mine, to have one of my own.


  6. Thank you! Can imagine you dreaming of a fox :) I bought mine at my fav flea market stall last summer after finishing my thesis on the wardrobe of a lady who owned a magnificent fox stole she kept wearing from the early 30's all the way through the 70's. It was a present for myself for graduating as well as a tribute to this lady. I'm planning to write a blog on her as there's now an exhibition on her at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam that I curated. Wearing my fox always makes me think of her :)