Friday, 14 May 2010

Old Hat

Yeah, you guessed it, I was far too excited not to wear one of my latest car boot finds for my weekly trip into town. As it was peeing it down with rain this morning I reckoned this wide-brimmed hat would be a nice alternative to my range of  trusty vintage brollies.


The outer part of the hat was a bit dusty so I gave it a good going over with a clothes brush and then held it over the steam of a boiling kettle to knock it back into shape.


I live in a down-at-heel working class town in the West Midlands where the majority of women slob around in Ugg-ly boots, sportswear and ill-fitting denim. It always amazes me when people say they wished that they had the nerve to dress like me, what the heck's stopping them? Dressing up is fun and gets you noticed. If I get funny looks I can't say I notice. I feel good and that's all that matters.
 


I'm wearing my new hat with a fishtail hem striped jacket (Fashion sample stall £1.50), some vintage men's evening pants I revamped into shorts (Salvation Army 50p), Patent bag (Xmas pressie from Jon a couple of years ago) and some leather ankle boots (Miss Selfridge sale £20)

My neck scarf was from the same man who bought the hat from, he let me have a case of 17 vintage scarves and 22 embroidered ladies hankies for £4, what a sweetie! In fact, I bought loads of beautiful things from him.....I'll share more finds very soon.
Right, I'm off to do battle with my wardrobe and select an outfit fit for a night out on the town....wish me luck.

Have a fabulous friday night, whatever you're up to!

25 comments:

  1. You are looking fab!! I am one of those that has some wonderful clothes and I get all dressed up and change 5 times before I leave the house and end up in the safe outfit, I must stop doing that and just go for it!! You are an inspiration.
    Kandi xx

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  2. Love the hat, and thanks for the steaming tip!
    Yes i always wonder when someone says something like that, just wear it people!!

    xxx

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  3. You are so right about people making more of an effort - there is nothing to stop them! Great outfit, love the hat. xx

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  4. Wow you got a right bargain with the scarf's, they are my weakness everytime!

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  5. "what the heck's stopping them?"

    exactly!! I always wonder that myself! Confidence, perhaps?

    adore the top. this is a great look for you. Oh, all those scarves! you should do a pick of where you keep your clothes one day. And by "where" I mean, "what entire room/extra house built for the sole purpose of housing your clothing". ;-)

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  6. I love your jacket. Hope you have a great night out! xxx

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  7. I really like how you've put this outfit together. The shorts look great with the tights. xxx

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  8. Old hat or not, it still looks awesome on you, in fact your whole outfit does!
    People don't wear enough fabulous hats in my opinion...beanies & baseball caps don't count, too bleeding pedestrian, a bit like the mUGG boots & tacky trackies.
    Have a lovely night out on the town :)
    ...xXx

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  9. Have a great night!!! Love the hat and entire outfit!!! Thanks for the steam tip. What a great purchase with the scarves! Yipee! I too used to always hear "I wish I could dress like you" and I wondered why not? The usual answer was my husband wouldn't be seen with me. I thought "what a crappy husband!" My hubs only says "you look so much better than I do"- such a sweetie. Have a great weekend. When I make it to England, I am gonna look u up for some car boots sales. Sounds like my cup of tea!!!

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  10. I adore the hat! I want a summer hat with a big floppy brim like that - ideal for keeping the sun out of your eyes and then when the rain starts you're safe from that too!

    xx

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  11. Looking fab as usual. Coventry is very similar in that ugg-ly boots and sportswear seem to be order of the day... however at the pub the other night I spotted a whole handful of well dressed vintage looking ladies... perhaps they were tourists lol!

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  12. I absolutely love your spirit and sense of style! Gorgeous hat!

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  13. You look really great in that hat, I can tell you're a hat person!

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  14. I am so jealous you suit hats so well!

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  15. LOVE your hat, Vix. I agree, the English countryside is normally not a place for adventurous dressing. So happy you are setting an example for stylish and fun clothes!

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  16. Love the hat. But love the shorts even more. xx
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  17. love the jacket and hat! very fun outfit! have a great weekend!




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  18. How fab do you look in that hat!!! More bargains you've been getting. I do love that bag as well, good job Jon! x

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  19. You look so freakin smooth,darl!Love the shorts idea.....My goodness,your bargain beacon has been working overtime!!!Can't wait to see the rest of the goodies.I'm seething with jealousy as it is!!!
    I wonder what you wore for your night out....HOT STUFF!!!
    LOVE Helga!XXX

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  20. That hat is to die for and I'm thoroughly smitten with the jacket as well.

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  21. Oh. How did I miss this post??? Love this outfit!

    I hear you re the "what the hell is stopping them?" Mediocrity. People find such comfort in being the norm.

    I'm so glad you're not. you are 21st century Vintage Vixen!

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  22. I love this look SO much :)
    Especially the jacket!
    And seeing Helen as your header picture, totally has me grinning! =D
    See you around lady.

    xo

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  23. Love the whole thing. Shorts are amazing. I am NEVER going back to trousers and I'm proud to say I've always hated jeans.

    Why don't I wear more hats? I used to be crazy about them in the 70s!!! You have given me some ideas here, m'lady.

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