Monday, 19 October 2009

Elementary, my dear Watson

It's such a miserable day I've just had to make a bit of an effort this morning to cheer myself up. I've teamed this vintage coat dress with grey opaque tights and black lace-up patent brogues (Primark via a charity shop) and topped it off with a black angora trilby (car boot sale £1) accessorised with an inherited Victorian Whitby jet mourning brooch. My pièce de résistance
is a white leather handled 1960's magazine cover umbrella found at a boot sale for 25p.

I like to call this classy little 1960's number my "Sherlock Holmes dress".
It's made by "Cresta Couture" and bought from a vintage clothes fair last winter. I was overjoyed when I discovered it marked up as £5 in amongst a rail of otherwise expensive dresses.

If you haven't been to a vintage fashion fair they are definately worth checking out with anything from Christian Dior couture gowns to cheap and cheerful 1960's lucite dress rings. Blind Lemon Vintage are one group who regularly stage events throughout the UK.
Heres a link -

Take a girlfriend, a vintage motor car and dress up for the occasion, there's always pots of tea and cup cakes available.


  1. My friend and I just popped the next vintage fashion fair in Leeds in our diaries - I love them, although I rarely buy anything! I find full-on vintage a little intimidating and it's hard to know what's good and what's tat... but with your blog as my bible, I think I'll do better this time!
    ADORE the brolly. I have a curly handled cloud print one that I love to twirl while splashing in puddles. :)

  2. Sounds gorgeous! Lets see some photos please XXXX

  3. Wow, the coat dress...perfection.

  4. Hello Vix from 3 years ago! I was googling about a dress and you came up in the search terms! Wow, do you still have this Sherlock homes coat? It's amazing amazing amazing, I wonder if you can still find these- do let me know if you come across another one!?
    Your blog was just as brilliant then- love it!


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