Friday, June 3, 2011

Edwardian Underwear (not really though).


When I first saw this dress I said aloud, "I have to have it right now! It looks like Edwardian underwear!" Sometimes I forget that I am not surrounded by people who understand this kind of statement, and so I am not entirely sure anyone else in the vicinity saw the appeal of this.

Ouftit details: Dress: J. Crew, Bag: Vintage, Ring: Mom, Shoes: Urban Outfitters, Slip: Vintage

I hoarded it, I think I might have worn it once, until today. I was originally saving it to go visit a 1700s house downstate, but the rain thwarted our last plan to visit it, and I figured today was as good a day as any.

The thing is, I've been looking for all kinds of Edwardian things lately. It's part of the whole Jane Eyre thing. I know that isn't Edwardian, but the little lace collars and bits poking up from the tops of dresses made me think of it. I lost out on a lawn dress with not buttons on ebay (it ended up going for 17$. I forgot about the auction and watched Parks and Recreation. I'm trying very hard not to think about this tragedy), but most of them go for higher prices or have really tiny waists. Nevertheless, when something latches on to your brain there is little to stop yourself until you get the thing you're looking for.

And then, on the day I decide to wear this dress--not vintage, but decidedly antique and vintage inspired--I found a really quite perfect Edwardian-ish (I'm not entire sure on the time frame for it, maybe 20s) cotton nightgown with lace sleeves and neckline, complete with a tiny yellow bow. Happenstance made it all come together, rather inexplicably!

The bag is from my mother. She had it for years, and I think I borrowed it a few times, but always had my eyes on it. One day it was on my stairs, waiting, and I grabbed it and scurried away. Since then we have scarcely been parted. The ring was also mom's, but when it didn't fit her it became mine! She had it engraved with my grandmother's initials. I wear it on the opposite hand from the pinky ring that has my initials, and I'm pleased to have this tiny collection of them now.



Of course, this dress being white and my coordination skills and nervous energy being what they are, I've already blessed this dress with some tea stains. I'm certain that they'll come out, but if they don't it's to the tub with this one, to get some new color.




Pictures taken by John M.

44 comments:

  1. You look awesome! A little bit Mary from Secret Garden and a little ghostly girl from A Turn of the Screw. I'm sorry that you missed out on one bidding (happened to me to; with an episode of Modern Family) but this particular outfit is beautiful so must have been fate!

    Arianne from A + B in the Sea

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  2. What a wonderful find! It seems so light and airy. Perfect for the current weather (that is, here where it's already reaching 100 degree weather ;D).

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  3. oh i would have to have this dress too! it's gorgeous!

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  4. Love this! You always look so sweet and this is no exception. And I totally get whole "oh I must have this because it reminds me of " and everyone being like "ummm okay?"
    Also...so sad about your ebay disapointment. As a total ebay newb, do you have any tips for hunting down vintage on there? I'm never sure what to search for, any keywords or sellers you'd reccomend trying? Thanks ever so much and keep up the awesome blogging!

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  5. i love that your gorgeous outfits and photography and accompanied by thoughtful, well-written bits of info. delightful! the dress is very pretty, too.

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  6. Oh it really does look like victorian underwear! Also, love the bag, way jealous!

    xoxo
    Solanah

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  7. This dress is so pretty! It looks breezy and comfortable in warm weather.

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  8. I love the dress if I could go around in long edwardian likish dresses and parasols everday I think I'd be happy!

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  9. Such a gorgeous dress, you look wonderful! I'm starting to crave Victorian/Edwardian things myself, all because of watching Downtown Abbey :P

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  10. Im quite enjoying this dress you're wearing! I LOVE the first picture

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  11. I think your dress is really lovely, and I know what you mean about making mental connections with things, especially clothes, that no one else seems to see.:) I also love the story about your rings; it's so sweet. xx

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  12. Haha, I love your description of it! It is such a beautiful dress, it suits you to a tee! It's a shame that your trip out didn't work out, but honestly that dress looks good anywhere!

    x
    www.lostinthehaze.com

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  13. This is absolutely the dress of my dreams. White, sleeves, Edwardian -ish without being too lacy. Of course the tea stains will come out; please don't even think of colouring it!

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  14. You look so lovely and pretty! I know what you mean with the mini edwardian thing, I wish all our male counterparts would dress up as victorian gentlemen for a week or so. :D Panda xo

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  15. Oh my god, Katie. You look gorgeous and I'm so endlessly jealous of that dress.

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  16. You look beautiful! That dress is absolutely stunning. I once spilled a whole flask of coffee down a cream silk blouse I own (and scalded myself something awful!) but it came out easy as pie so hopefully your dress will be fine!

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  17. The dress is so beautiful! It looks gorgeous on you! Not at all like underwear ;)

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  18. Perfect dress, perfect bag, perfect ring.

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  19. I love your dress!! I think it's very important to choose clothing on the basis of it looking like Edwardian underwear-that is how a few things have got into my closet recently.
    These pictures are just beautiful!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  20. As a total ebay newb, do you have any tips for hunting down vintage on there? I'm never sure what to search for, any keywords or sellers you'd reccomend trying.

    BuyGiftsItems

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  21. That dress is perfection! I too have an awkward habit of getting abnormally excited about anything that looks remotely like historical underpinnings. But really, I will get abnormally excited about anything Edwardian.

    But really, this dress is lovely and suits you so well!

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  22. Beautiful dress. I'm on the lookout for a perfect white dress.

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  23. The Edwardian period is woefully neglected in fashion. You look wonderful.

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  24. Lovely elegant dress. I know what you mean about being nervous about stains! I am terrible with white!

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  25. That dress is simply beautiful! Such a wonderful find! you look lovely in it.

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  26. I love everything about this. The dress is incredible. And I love the ring too!

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  27. That dress is beautiful! I have a white dress at home but it's too big and bunches up to make me look pregnant XD It's nice to know I'm not the only one hopelessly staining my white garments heh, even if it's not a good thing!

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  28. wow! wow so beautiful and the fit is very flattering on you :)

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  29. "it ended up going for 17$. I forgot about the auction and watched Parks and Recreation. I'm trying very hard not to think about this tragedy" - Hehe, I know *exactly* what you mean about this! Also, your dress is gorgeous, very ladylike. I have a similar white lace one and I sometimes wear it with a black slip underneath and a black waist belt, just a new way to wear an old favourite of mine.

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  30. oh my gosh this is the prettiest outfit ever.

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  31. You are absolutely beautiful!
    So funny--- just the other day, I bought a dress and exclaimed 'This looks like I could be a castmember of The Mary Tyler Moore Show!'. The gal behind me at the dressrack stared. Good times!

    xo

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  32. This dress is gorgeous and the bag is beautiful too! I understand why your mother wouldn't let you take it ;)

    http://lifeisaromanticpoem.blogspot.com/

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  33. Lovely!
    I went through a bit of an Edwardian phase myself. The clothing (and undies!) are so pretty.

    I love that dress though. Perfect for summer :)

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  34. you do make a lovely edwardian girl. that dress looks amazing on you. i also say weird/inappropriate things about clothing around people who have no idea what i'm saying.

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  35. I think the Edwardian period is my favourite, I try to watch as many movies as I can based in that period and read books written then. E. M. Forster is one of my favourite authors... 'Maurice' is incredible, as is the adaptation. My love affair with the Edwardian period began in 2005 when I was 15 and I watched 'A Room with a View' transfixed in a classroom of mostly disinterested girls.

    I love this dress on you, the back detail particularly is gorgeous. I love that you bought it because of what it reminded you of! I'm always drawn to outfits like that :)

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  36. I want the dress! It's so pretty!

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  37. That dress seriously looks so flattering on you. With your skin tone and dark hair, it looks amazing!

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  38. This dress i just too beautiful. I am so terribly envious! And I loved it so much I featured you for this weeks Style Crush! http://www.holland1945.com/2011/07/style-crush.html

    Thanks Kate!

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  39. "I have to have this, it looks like Edwardian underwear!"-- that is the best sentence ever! Haha!
    I covet this dress. Lovely!

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