Friday, November 1, 2013

Witchy Woman

Happy November y'all!

Halloween has come and gone. I am not huge into Halloween, but I did attend a party that was pretty fun. In case you are curious, I was a "Vintage Cigarette Girl", only I didn't have enough time to make my little tray, so no one really got it. Oh well. These things happen.

Over the past 2 months or so I have become increasingly infatuated with velvet. I am not talking about that horrible stretch crap that was super popular in the 80's and 90's, but real, honest to goodness soft, delicious velvet made of rayon and/or silk. Every time I go to the thrift store I keep my eyes peeled for velvety stuff and have begun amassing a collection for myself.

I wore two of my newly acquired velvet items the other day, and it ended up looking very late 30's film noir-y.

Please excuse my face in that one.

I am super obsessed with this miraculous fabric. It's incredibly soft an delightful and wonderful and amazing. You know what I would absolutely and entirely love? 1940's style pajamas made out of silk/rayon velvet. I know you're probably thinking, wow that sounds incredibly hot (as in temperature) and uncomfortable. Well, no, it's not. I accidentally fell asleep wearing this skirt which is nearly full length, and I slept wonderfully and woke up in a state that was neither cold nor hot. It was just right.

Being a proper 30's woman, I must have fur, and a hat!

I believe this skirt is 18% silk and 82% rayon, and the blouse/jacket is pure rayon. While they aren't a matched set, they look like they could be a suit. Both pieces are pretty modern. The skirt is cut on the bias, and the blouse has really awesome Victorian-ish looking details. There are a ton of pintucks, shirring, it buttons up the front, and has a cool drawstring lace collar. I wore it with really low wingtip heels that look 30's, but are also modern and vintage back seam stockings. Stockings which require a garter belt.

Can I just say that I kind of hate garter belts? I am not a fan. Perhaps it's because I have an ill-fitting one from Victoria's Secret that is really flimsy. Or perhaps it's because I'm tall, so I feel less secure in one. But it's probably just because they are annoying, and take forever to get all hooked into. Maybe I should look into getting another one. After all, I can't really wear back seam stockings without one, and I do love back seams :).

 In addition to these two items, I have also acquired another skirt, 2 jackets, and a pair of wide-legged trousers that are really short on me...drat my long legs! FYI, the pants were originally from Ann Taylor and still had a tag on them and retailed originally for $168!...I got them for $4!

So far everything I have is black, but that's fine because it's a basic color. I would really love to have some deep burgundy or forest green velvet items though.

Anyway, that's an outfit that makes me feel like I could be a really good sleuth. Which is a perfect feeling fitting for a breezy autumn afternoon.

I hope you had a lovely start to your November!


  1. Just stumbled upon your blog and - wow! - you went as a cigarette girl for Halloween!! I've always wanted to do that!

    If you're looking for garter belts - try What Katie Did. You probably know of the shop already but, if not, they're a UK based faux vintage lingerie company which has an online shop. When I first started wearing stockings, I had a rubbishy flimsy belt from a department store but I now wear the Cabaret belt from What Katie Did and it's awesome - it does not move! I'm only 5'2 though so don't know how it would be for a taller lady but they do have adjustable straps.

  2. Thanks so much for the comment, it means a lot! I have considered getting one from What Katie Did, but just haven't taken the plunge!

  3. Be still my fellow vintage velvet loving heart, you look magnificent! There is such class, elegance and sweeping beauty to this chic ensemble. It's very cool that you've been thinking about velvet lately, because it's been in my thoughts, too. I have a little (such as my beloved 1950s velvet pencil skirt and a great vintage appropriate modern black velvet blazer), but really need more. With autumn's return, it seems to be the fabric most on my mind lately and I've been thinking that if I can swing it budget wise, I may treat myself to a vintage velvet dress this Christmas (I haven't had a head-to-toe vintage dress in years, it's high time I remedied that! :) ).

    Tons of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica