A few weeks back I was on my way to pick up the office’s stationery order when I passed the local Red Cross shop. In the window was a gorgeous long-sleeved vintage 70’s dress in the most lovely shade of purple. It was a fairly simple design, a straight skirt, boat neckline and button detail, but my eye was instantly drawn to it. The following day I made the decision to go to the shop in my lunchbreak and pick up the dress.
Alas, when I arrived it was no longer in the window. My heart sank when I realised that it had probably been sold, and I resigned myself to taking a quick look in the store to see if I could find a consolation purchase. And there, on the rack with the other dresses, was my purple marvel. Silly me! It hadn’t been sold, they’d just changed the window display! I snapped it up for $5 and walked gleefully back to work with my treasure.
I am wearing:
- Royal purple vintage dress (thrifted)
- Black boots from Ebay
- Mrs Doubtfire pin from Amy Blue Illustration
- Celtic knot brooch (gifted)
- Art deco earrings (thrifted)
I wore this particular outfit for mother’s day brunch with my family. I chose my jewellery carefully. These two brooches are to pay tribute to two mothers who are important to me but who weren’t present for Mother’s Day this year- my late Nana Dot and my ex-mother-in-law-now-friend Judith. The Celtic knot was a gift from Judith and I always think of her when I wear it. I chose Mrs Doubtfire for Nan because it was a film that she loved and we used to laugh our asses off watching it together.
I’m thrilled with this dress. I have very few long-sleeved vintage dresses, so this was the perfect addition to my winter work wardrobe. The colour is superb and the slight stripe texture makes it a bit more interesting than just a block colour. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this now that winter is here and the temperatures are dropping.