Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Heat of May Days.

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

You know how you save outfits? I don't wear a lot of my vintage, or more precisely antique, clothing because I'm afraid sometimes (if it's in near-perfect condition) of tearing or staining it. So I don't know that I normally would have worn this top from my last post for weeks and maybe months, but we've had a heat wave in this last weekend of May (the same as three years ago, a summer that is particularly golden in memory. I remember especially this exact weekend being just this hot) and I had a day off from work, a new (to me) skirt and this newly mended little corset cover type thing. 

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

I didn't even worry about it too much while wearing it. I'm hard on my clothes. I try my best to be careful, but somehow I always end up with holes in everything from the toes of my stockings to the elbows of blouses and sweaters. My shoes are all hard-worn, scuffed toes, heels flopping off, so that there is a permanent rotation of shoes on the floor behind the driver's side seat in my car to go to the cobbler. I was careful today not to carry my bag on my shoulder too much, afraid the lace would tear, which is nice because I always think about those articles on how you shouldn't carry a bag a certain way because it will damage your shoulders or posture. 

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond
Top: Vintage/antique, Skirt: Vintage (thrifted, stained, oops), Shoes: J. Crew Cece Ballet Flat, Bag: Vintage (thrifted), Glasses: H&M (current season)

I'm starting to feel a little bit more distilled in my personal style. I'm getting better at loving things but leaving them behind not because I won't have occasion to wear it, but because it's not the kind of thing I'll feel myself in. 

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

Anyway, I love this little top. It's one of those things I couldn't believe I was lucky enough to find. So often I get this, I'm not sure what to call it exactly, a kind of vintage hoarder's envy? It seems like the big sellers who have been at it for ages have access to the best estates, or live in areas with less dealers in general, or just have a larger collection have lots of stuff like this. This was a dirty little rumpled up napkin of a top when I found it, but it soaked beautifully with almost no problems. It has that full front Edwardian thing happening, where without the proper corsets and such I don't exactly fill it out, but it keeps the whole thing breezy and easy in the humidity for which we were not prepared. 

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

Victorian corset cover @ buckingham pond

Thanks to this guy for taking these pictures:

Boyfriend.

Because it's really hard by myself with a tripod <3 div="">

6 comments:

  1. I love your blouse and I know exactly what you mean about vintage envy. I'm always so amazed at what the dozens of other people manage to find at thrift stores/estate sales/etc. All of these rare and beautiful and valuable and antique pieces. I only recently became a seller but have been going to estate sales for years and have never found like 30 1940s dresses at one estate sale or flea market or 1930s beach pajamas or anything like that. The closest I've come is recently at an estate sale I found around 10 good edwardian pieces and a bunch of VERY stained as-is pieces. Sorry about the word vomit, I was just really excited to see there was someone else with same (admittedly trivial in the grand scheme of things) problem/feelings.

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    1. I mean, I have gotten extremely lucky during a few sales but for the most part I know I'm getting the leftovers! There several well-established dealers in my area who get first dibs, not to mention that thing that happens on Instagram where it seems like everyone else is living these fantastic lives--it's like that but with vintage! Thank you!

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  2. This is honestly so lovely. You look like a fairy-tale character, in the best way. And I'm the same way with clothes. I'm too hard on them, so my favorite pieces aren't worn as often.

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

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  3. Such a gorgeous outfit. That top and skirt pair so nicely together.

    Janelle x
    http://www.roseryapparel.com/blog/

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  4. I love how much this reminds me of India Stoer from the film "Stoker" <3 Beautiful

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    1. Oh man, this is the best comment, thank you! Haha!

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