A few days ago, I stopped by my local Goodwill just because we were in the neighborhood and I have not checked them out for a long while, and guess what happened... They had just restocked their dresses rack, and I found so many beautiful dresses in perfect or nearly perfect condition from the 1980s and I think from the 1970s and even earlier, though I am definitely no expert and can't say whether a couple of dresses were originally 1970s or they were made from vintage fabric recently. It's hard to tell when you are clueless. There were also a couple of modern dresses (one was a designer label for a department store), really pretty! The problem is... I don't fit any of them. I love them, but I can't wear them. On the other hand, I could not leave them behind either. It is extremely rare that I find any vintage clothes, and since it came in the form of a beautiful mini-collection, literally falling into my laps, gosh I just couldn't leave them. I had a little money and decided to buy those of them I especially liked. I was surprised that Anna expressed interest in one dress (the oldest of the bunch, with tons of wonderful details). I don't know what I'll end up doing - I'm contemplating selling them on one of the marketplace sites - I used to sell on ebay a little, though it was ages ago. We'll see.
The only one thing that fits me is this vintage skirt which is probably from the 1980s, maybe earlier judging by the style. It's Frank Usher, made in England. It's a little big for me, but I was curious to style and wear a vintage piece, so I just belted it - it works since I am wearing a loose layer over it. Anyway, this all is new to me in so many ways... I wanted to wear another skirt with this outfit, but I thought that I'd give this vintage one a go for our family walkabout in downtown Tacoma today. I have these cravings from time to time when I feel like wearing only truly unique clothes. Not just okay kind of designs, but truly wonderful, and if not one of a kind, then at least something interesting and less common. When I feel like it, I always think of either making my own clothes (which I did many years ago and was pretty good at it, actually), or shop thrift shops mainly. The problem is, for whatever reason, I just don't find many pieces that I like which fit me. Such a bummer.
This little purse is another find from the same Goodwill, and both the skirt and the bag were $5.99 each. I was attracted to the color of this bag and its handy shape and size, and noticed how well the hardware was done (something I really appreciate in purses). I already decided to get it, and just out of curiosity asked Justin to Google the brand name. As it happens, a new version of this purse runs for about $400. I am not a snob about brand names at all, and I would never even consider purchasing a purse that expensive (I don't think I have anything that expensive in my wardrobe, to tell the truth). But it was interesting to learn what kind of things you can find in a regular thrift shop. The leather shows some wear (which I actually love), but otherwise it's in perfect condition.
As I looked back at my pictures tonight, I thought that I probably went against all the rules in this outfit. But I liked what I created - it was spontaneous, and I probably won't wear this outfit again, but it actually was fun to stroll in town in such unexpected attire today. Only later I realized that I subconsciously (or unconsciously?) was inspired by some of my most beloved blogs - I'm sure you all know these talented, warm, witty, wonderful ladies. Before I wrote this post, I went back to their blogs and found some photos which inspired me in the past, and then I sort of internalized the information and forgot about it, do you know how it happens? You know what strikes me - if you Google poncho outfits (go on, Google right away), the vast majority of them will be with pants, not so many dresses or skirts. And when you see all of them at once, no matter how unique the poncho itself is, it sort of becomes a uniform look, you know? I really wanted to see how other women wear ponchos with skirts, and found only a couple in my search. So that's when I thought of my dearest blogging friends and searched their blogs. Now if you are looking for a more feminine (and vintage!) poncho inspiration, do check these amazing blogs out!
The rest of my outfit is familiar to you - I still love my burnt orange coat, and I had a good fun wearing my new accessory - the floppy wool hat. Every girl has to have one in her wardrobe - now I am convinced!
Skirt and purse - thrifted (Goodwill)
Coat - Land's End
Poncho - Chico's (few years old)
Hat - Lane Bryant
Boots - Aquatalia
Ring - Justin's gift (jewelry boutique in Gig Harbor)
Earrings - Russian enamel and filigree (years ago on ebay)