Thursday, March 24, 2011

Buttons & Bows

What-ho, blogland!

I got back from Melbourne on Sunday but have been busy with one thing or another, since then, and haven't had the time to blog. I didn't take many photos on my trip (but you can see a few in this set, including this very lovely shot of Marianne) and the photos I did take aren't exactly holiday snapshots. I will say that I had an amazing time and have to admit I was a wee bit sad to be heading home on Sunday, despite being quite exhausted.

Anyway, I bought this lovely dress from Simplicity Bliss a little while ago, now, and I've been longing for the weather to cool down so I could bring it out and wear it. I had originally thought it would look cute with black stockings and my black oxfords with a little heel but, after quite a lot of walking in Melbourne, I thought I'd best stick with my flat, comfy, reliable saddle shoes. 

Simplicity Bliss Dress

I don't usually like to edit my photos this much but I've been playing around in Photoshop (also known as procrastinating) and I just rather like changing the colours, etc.

Simplicity Bliss Dress2

I'm also looking for a little black bonnet-esque hat to go with it but the beret will do, for now. But if you can think of anything you think I might like, do let me know!

Simplicity Bliss Dress3


These close-up shots were taken from the original listing by Simplicity Bliss.

One of the things I love about this dress is the button details - not just at the neck where there is also a darling bow but these three buttons on either side of the skirt (pictured right). Aren't they just adorable? Speaking of buttons, there is a whole row on the inside of the neck but I can't figure out why - perhaps there was an extra collar or a hood attached originally? Can any vintage fashion experts help me out on this one? I just can't imagine there would be buttons there for no reason at all.

And, for good measure, a couple of shots of what I wore around Melbourne (last time I lamented my lack of variety in what I took, this time I took more and only wore two or three different outfits!):

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Left: beret - mum's; singlet - Target; '50s cardigan - etsy; belt - gift; leopard print capris - Miss Hussy. Right: 1950s plaid dress - Simplicity Bliss vintage.

I wore my Miss Hussy pants more than anything else and I'm glad I did - I ran into Peta Pledger (another lovely, talented Australian designer) who noticed my pants first and recognised me by them!

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

P.S. I've been wanting to use this title for a while now because it's one of my favourite songs; I think the image of buttons and bows somehow calls to mind a rather more frilly outfit but this has buttons and it has a bow, so it fits!

16 comments:

  1. I love, love, love that third photo!! So beautiful!

    I'm the same way with flats/heels. I always want to wear the heels when I go out, but if I'm going to be doing basically any walking whatsoever, I stick with my flats :( I wish I was more comfortable in heels because they just look so pretty!!

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  2. oh I love your new "mountain" dress and that plaid dress, too! As for the buttons, I have had a couple of those before: my guess is that there was once a detachable collar to be buttoned off, cleaned separately from the dress (i.e. a white cotton collar that could be soaked or changed up for a clean one?). That's my guess??

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  3. aaah i'm so glad you mentioned that song. i love that song too.
    also this dress.

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  4. Super cute honey! Have a great night!

    Did you hear about my good news? Kori xoxo

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  5. That third picture is *gorgeous*!! It could be an ad or editorial in a mag.

    I'm really digging this song now, too; Dinah Shore is just too adorable!

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  6. Glad you had such a lovely trip! Your outfits are lovely as usual. :)

    I have a '60s nurses uniform with buttons in the same spot that were used to attach a collar. They had detachable collars so that they could clean them and keep them pristine white & also because as they went up in ranka s nurses, they had fancier collars to symbolize their status. So - possible a collar stay?

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  7. lovely outfits. I really like what you have done with the editing of the photos. Colours look fab. x

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  8. ohh i adore that dress...you look gorgeous

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  9. Some lovely pictures there and I agree about the dress, that's one of the things I love about vintage clothes of that era, the detail!

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  10. Love all the outfits, I do believe you cannot go wrong with a beret

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  11. Love the leopard pants! have a look at the black astrakhan topper on my latest blog post, I think it'd go well with your dress.
    www.KittysVintageKitsch.blogspot.com

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  12. Love your latest outfits! That plaid dress is very pretty on you!

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  13. Girl after my own heart! I just stumbled upon you! Lovely post and lovely blog! I just oooo'ed out loud to my cats at that dress in your last post! Looks like the perfect fit! So flattering! Have a great week! xxx

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  14. Lovely outfits - the dress is one gorgeous find and those pants look fantastic on you! :)

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  15. I absolutely love all your outfits, your attention to detail is wonderful x

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