Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Superstition Ain't The Way



I'm not overly superstitious, I don't lock myself in the house on Friday 13th, avoid black cats, chuck spilt salt over my shoulder or any of that nonsense but, when it comes to clothes, that's a different matter. If I've had a bad experience whilst wearing something, no matter how much I love it, it ruins it forever. The clothes I was wearing when my parents & Jon's mum died all got given away. I couldn't stand to look at them even though I knew what happened would have happened regardless of what I'd chosen to wear on that day.


I've had most of my clothes for years and many, if not all, hold special memories of great nights out, buzzing fairs, girly shopping trips, amazing festivals and memories of travels in India. I wore this 1960s Indian dress & vintage majorette's jacket to Stockport on Sunday and had a brilliant day making both pieces even more special than I already consider them.


Whilst I've had some hilarious nights out in this 1970s leopard print catsuit,  I wore it to work on Saturday and we had a disappointing trading day. As much as I love it I'm scared to wear it to a fair again in case the bad luck continues. I know it's irrational but dare I take the risk?


But, every cloud having a silver lining and all that malarkey. Saturday wasn't a total write-off when I spotted this vintage Mayur dress on another traders sale rail. These Indian dresses are, to me, the epitome of 1970s nostalgia. Back in the long hot summer of '76, Mum & ten-year old me used to go Debenhams in Birmingham where block printed dresses, wraparound skirts, tunic tops and quilted waistcoats by Mayur & Phool would be piled up in boxes on the floor, newly shipped from India. Often the clothes would be trimmed with tiny silver bells (like the drawstring belt on one I'm wearing) which fascinated me. The dresses cost £5 and Mum would buy them by the armful.
  
1970s Mayur midi dress worn with floppy felt hat (20p, car boot sale), 1960s Go-Go boots (Kerrang vintage car boot, 2011), Liberty, London silk scarf (£2, car boot) 

How often do you see these dresses in charity shops? Never! I'd love to keep this one but after looking on EBay and discovering they sell for anything up to £425 (HERE'S the evidence) I really have to move it on. We're both 50 this year and have ambitious travel plans!!

Are you superstitious about clothes or is it just me? Please tell me I don't need to chuck out my Abba-esque catsuit!

Linking to Patti and the gang for Visible Monday (fashionably late).

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  1. Its not so much clothes that a bit of a jew jew with me as rings. It seems to me, but is probably rubbish really, that everytime I wear a ring other than my wedding ring (which was my mother's) something really bad happens. So I tend to keep away from them. My sister made me a lovely silver rope one and if I put it on I feel like I'm tempting fate. How mad is that.
    Your dress is gorgeous, when I was younger I had a phase of wearing that type of clothing. Hmm, maybe I should give it another whirl.
    I've had my new white jumper on two days on a run. Once with capri pants and today with my curtain skirt.
    Fantastic to see you both on Sunday.
    Much love from us both xxxx

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    1. You'd look fab in one of these dresses - if you can find any that won't bankrupt you!
      I can't believe the prices they're fetching, utter madness. xxx

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  2. You are 50 this year? No way!

    I'd like to hear more about your travel plans, I bet they're amazing.

    I'm not superstitious about clothes - I wear things too regularly to attach much importance to any one piece - though I do have one perfume I'm wary of because it seems to attract drama. Logically, that could be because I would wear it for big occasions, when people are more likely to be melodramatic, but in my head it's the perfume. Oh, and one art deco bracelet is 'unlucky' so I never wear it. Friday 13th sucks, but that's because we found out my mother-in-law had died on a Friday 13th. It's a bad day because of bad memories, it didn't cause anything in itself.

    Perhaps the catsuit is lucky for Finding, not Selling, and you should wear it for your next chazza trawl.

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    1. Good plan, Mim! I'll catsuit up when I'm out hunting on Friday and see if the leopards bring me some luck in finding ace vintage. xxx

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  3. No, dear Vix! You're not alone in this! I have a houndstooth skirt, very pretty, the first time I wore it to go to a concert in a social center of Pisa, there I met a person who I detest (it is mutual) and later that evening, I have not worn that skirt so cute but, in my weird brain, was guilty of bad encounter. But this is only an episode, there are others that I do not wear clothes more for similar reasons, even more sad ... I know that for many people it can be strange and irrational, but does well for us .. What can we do?

    Certain that the clothes you wear are all fantastic! The last then is my favorite, as well as these boots ... Beautiful!

    _*_*_

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    1. Ha! I'm glad I'm no alone in my weirdness, Serena. That skirt needs a night out when you only mix with good friends to cancel out the bad karma. xxx

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  4. I'm too quick to get rid of my thrifted clothes. I really don't have bad experiences attached to any of them.

    I was adhering to the "wear it at one point during the year" or get rid of it and I was shedding some great classic clothing.

    BTW I never see those types of dresses here in the Northern California thrift shops - must be a region specific type of attire.

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    1. No! Please don't follow the wear it or lose it rule. There's things in my wardrobe that haven't been worn for years but I know the right moment will crop up eventually and I'll kick myself if I've sold it. x

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  5. I'm not sure how I feel about being superstitious, but I've had a bad feeling about some of my clothes too. No matter how many times I'm told I look good in something, if the feeling persists, it's time to let it go. I always keep such items in a kind of "transit zone" for a while, in case I change my mind, but then I am very bad at letting things go ... That vintage Mayur dress is a great find, though. Oh, and - I guess you know that already - but 50 really rocks! xxx

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    1. Too true, if something doesn't make you feel fantastic then it's got to go. Vix's first rule of wardrobe maintenance.
      I'm excited about being 50, so many cool bloggers are inspiring me that it's a great age, you included. x

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  6. I'm exactly the same with clothes, no matter how irrational I tell myself it is it's a feeling I just can't shake! If I wear something and have a fab day, I consider the item must have some kind of lucky vibe, bad and it's unlikely to be worn again. In fact when I think on it, most of my favourite clothes aren't my favourite so much for how they look, but more so for the memories they evoke.
    You look so lovely in that dress, but I can't blame you for moving it on for a price like that!

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    1. Exactly how I feel, Freya. I've got some tatty dresses held together with pins I can't bear to chuck out just because I always have fun when i wear them. x

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  7. I will keep a look out for those dresses now lol , I am not superstitious really except for salt , We catered for our own wedding in 1978 and the night before we were filling the salt pots and i spilt salt , On the day of our wedding we had a four tier cake and the bottom tier collapsed , The photographer had his car stolen and we had a power cut , I can laugh about it now but it wasnt funny at the time , Best thing though is we are still married 38 years this yaer xxx

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    1. No way! What a dodgy start to married life. 38 years! You don't look old enough. x

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  8. I was going to say that you were bonkers, and then realised that I have similar feelings about a couple of my pairs of earrings. I certainly wouldn't wear them on a day where I needed a particular dose of good luck....so no, not unreasonable at all!
    x

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    1. I know, it's totally irrational but there's that nagging feeling of tempting fate if you decide to wear them. x

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  9. Yup, count me in as superstitious with clothes (and some jewellery!) I bought a gorgeous Icelandic cardigan / jacket 18 months ago, wore it once last winter when I got stranded one evening in the freezing cold with at least three buses not turning up (they only run once very half-an-hour at that time anyway.) Never worn the darn thing again as I've got a horrible feeling it's jinxed. Silly and irrational, I know, but I can't get the memory of that freezing cold wait whilst wearing that jacket out of my head. Maybe next winter I'll give it another go - or maybe I'll end up listing it on eBay.

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    1. That sounds like a nightmarish day, I hate being cold. I thought Icelandic knitwear was super warm, too. Get the damned thing on eBay, they sell well when we manage to get hold of any. x

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  10. Oooh look at you're lovely smiling face there! A sight for sore eyes yo are.
    Yup, I'm with you on this. I can't wear stuff I've had a bad time in or have nasty associations.
    I remember those dresses too. I had a stack of them and they remind me of childhood summers. We used to get them at Newport market and form Barry Island market of all places. I had a quilted waistcoat and wore it until it fell apart. You never do find them in chazzas, you're right and I can't believe how much they go for now!
    Hurrah for travels plans and no, you mustn't let go of that catsuit!
    Loves ya.
    xxxxxxxx

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    1. Ha! We need a girls' day out in Barry Island, that shop might still be there, we could buy all the stock up. xxx

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  11. WOW! LOVE that dress! You are a much stronger woman than I. I would have a very hard time parting with that lovely when you look so freaking amazing in it. Mind you, travel is an experience, and better than any clothing, well that is what I keep telling myself.

    I agree with the whole bad vibe thing and clothing though. It is funny how we associate so many memories with the clothes we were wearing.

    I'm saddened to hear you didn't have a stellar show. Was the whole show off? Sometimes it's not your fault if there simply aren't any buyers at the show. If that was the case keep the catsuit. It had nothing to do with it.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I've hung it up in the bedroom to admire it for a little longer, I shouldn't have tried it on. It's going to be a tough call to sell it!
      The fair was disappointingly quiet so it wasn't just us who didn't do well, but it doesn't half knock your confidence. On the bright side there's less pressure to go shopping this week! x

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  12. It depends *how bad* a day I had when wearing something before getting rid of it. I guess it is less superstition than not wanting to be reminded of the bad day. I've reclaimed a couple items I had banished to the "bad day" pile. I wouldn't get rid of the catsuit, but if you're concerned don't wear it on a trading day.

    Wait...HOW MUCH are those dresses selling for?! I bought one in a thrift in the late 80's for almost nothing. Mine's full of snags and tiny holes so it wouldn't command that sort of money but still...wow.

    Fifty is a great age to be. If you visit the US you qualify for all sorts of "Senior discounts" where they knock 10% off your purchase just for having made it this far (supermarket, fabric store, hotel rooms, etc.)You can't collect Social Security until 65, but the retail bargains all start at 50. Our son has made a point of loudly asking sales clerks if, "My parents can get the senior discount." He gets an evil enjoyment from it.

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    1. There's one listed with holes at the moment. I'll let you know how it gets on. They've started the bidding at £40!!!
      Senior Discounts, eh? The US is where we're hoping to go. How very interesting. x

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  13. I like what Mim said, maybe the catsuit is lucky for finding, not selling. Either way, you definitely shouldn't be parting company with that beauty! No, never see dresses like that in the chazzas any more. Even though you look lovely in it, the potential money is whispering of exotic climes, evenings sipping beer while listening to the ocean lapping on the beach. Where you gonna go Vix?! I love the story of you and your mum in Debs in the long hot summer of 76. Every time you talk about her it's clear you had a lovely relationship. Xxxx

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    1. Hmmm, I might try it on eBay with a high starting bid and see how it goes. It's hanging on the picture rail in the bedroom at the moment, just so i can admire it for a while longer. x

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  14. I'm a little bit like you when it comes to dresses and bad karma ...
    A couple of weeks ago I almost turned crazy, when I tried to find something in my overwhelming filled wardrobe to wear to my granddad's funeral. I remember never wearing clothes again, that I wore to a service before ... But on the other hand I felt like, I wanted to be dressed nice and safe on this occassion ... I wanted to look like myself for saying my last goodbyes to him. I found a dress I had never worn before, black with some nice red plaid details. My mum loved it so much that I gave it to her the same day.

    Another recent one ... The past week we were waiting for some test results on my Mum's health and we were awaiting the worst ... For a couple of days I found myself wearing clothes I don't like that much, because I was afraid of bad news while wearing a piece I love .... IN the end there were just ok/good news about my Mum.

    But I really think a bad trading day has nothing to do with this adorable catsuit ... If I remember right, I saw pictures of you wearing this suit on good trading days aswell. It was just a bad day, not a bad suit. Keep this catsuit! Wear it when you put the eBay listing up for the Mayur dress!

    xx
    Ms. Falcon

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    1. That's a lovely story about your Grandpa's funeral dress, to dress up to make him proud (which i'm sure he was every time he saw you in your fabulous outfits) and so thoughtful of you to pass it on to your Mum.
      Good idea about the catsuit, I shall do that! xxx

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  15. Yes, I am also superstitious about clothes. Sorry Vix, if you have bad associations with that catsuit, it must go.

    Don't worry, you are a wizard at acquiring new FAB clothing...so you will find a replacement!!

    Ooooh, love that dress! I have found a few of the drawstring skirts. And yes, the cords are trimmed with little bells.

    happy thrifting ;)

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    1. I shall give it one last go but not to work, maybe a night out instead! x

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  16. I've never been superstitious about clothes, sorry! Too bad you have to sell that dress, it looks amazing on you! :)

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    1. Don't be sorry, it's me with the irrational thoughts! x

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  17. i chuck salt behind me and knock on wood and such - but with clothes i´m not superstitious. the poor rags are not responsible for all the shit that happens! :-)))
    this indian dresses are very beautiful and very fragile - thats the reason why they´r so rare today. but i´d like to reproduce one for me - i just have to find the right fabric!
    for the catsuit - its a sharp garment for sure - but the harsch color contrast in the pattern.... you have better options in your closet IMO.....
    xxxxxxx

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    1. You're right, that's the reason I never inherited my Mum's, they all perished in the wash.
      Funny you should mention the harsh colour contrast, I was chatting about this to a customer at the weekend, as we decided a white background didn't suit her colouring as much as a brighter one. x

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  18. I'm not superstitious but i can understand about clothes and bad experiences. For me it isn't superstition it is that the clothes have the bad association and remind me of it.

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    1. You're right! I'm looking forward to wearing a new (well, new to me) dress tomorrow and hopefully creating some good memories in it! x

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  19. How wonderful to get these gorgeous dresses, and wrap skirts , for a song back in the day! I adore those prints, and still have a couple of cotton wrap skirts that were born in the 70's. I am not at all superstitious either, except when I decide to be! You look fabulous in all three looks, xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. I suppose they were the original fast fashion of the day - and lasted about as long - hence the rarity of them now! x

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  20. There's our Vix. Head majorette and leader of the band. Looking sparkling as always. Hmmmm...this is a very good excuse for keeping a large rotating wardrobe. If something has bad energy for us we can send it away. And possibly make a profit in the transaction!

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    1. That is a brilliant excuse for keeping a bastard massive wardrobe on rotation, I feel a vintage shopping spree coming on! x

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  21. Don't chuck it. Here's what you do: fill a little bowl with dry laundry soap detergent, light a stick of incense and stick it in the soap. Place this at the foot of the garment/possessed thing, put your hands together and, out loud, do a prayer-type thing asking the bad thing to please move on its way, there are better things awaiting it. O taught me this from Japan. Done. Clean. Keep it!! Hahaha! It worked for me once. Proof.
    I laughed - it's a real "leopard print."

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    1. I love this, you crazy woman! I'm off to exorcise my wardrobe and will try not to burn the house down while I'm upstairs! x

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  22. I'm the same way about clothes & perfumes. I just donate clothes I've worn I associate with bad memories. Some perfumes I can't stand anymore because they're linked with horrid events or people. I have good luck clothes & scents that work like a charm too!
    Mayur & Phool = Peacock + Flower!
    I had dresses like that with the little silver bells on the bodice as a child in the 70's!
    Looking fabulously repurposed & boho chic as always, Vix!
    xox
    http://calmlycookingcurry.blogspot.com/2016/03/railway-mutton-curry.html

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    1. I didn't know Phool was flower! You're a mine of information, Bibi!
      I only wear patchouli but certain perfumes do instantly transport me to past events - not always good. x

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  23. How can a woman have such a fabulous collection of maxi dresses??? *sigh* <3 <3 <3

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  24. OH my goodness! I used to be a Phool fan and a huge amount of my wardrobe was of this wonderful clothing - I can't believe how much it sells for now! If only I had kept it. In the 70s my best friend Gini's Pakistani family were in the rag trade, I was welcomed as one of the family and Friday nights were spent with massive bags of stock on their living room floor - I was allowed to buy whatever I liked for £2 a piece in those days so always had the latest flares, cheese cloth tops and floaty indian dresses and skirts - yes bells and all! How lucky I was and didn't know it. I understand your superstition - I do the salt, cat, ladder things and think you are right not to wear things that have had a bad experience with you - whether in the mind or not it isn't good for our karma. Betty x

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    1. Wow! £2 a piece. If the stuff wasn't so flimsy you'd be quids in now! x

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  25. I'm not sure it's being superstitious as much as just remembering (with your elephantine memory for details!) and making associations. And in your business, I guess you can afford to move along items with bad or sad associations, safe in the knowledge that another fabulous piece will come along soon! But don't - DO NOT! - get rid of that cat suit, you mad woman!
    I can't say I have any superstitions at all, I must admit. And if I didn't wear clothes again after a slow day's trading, I'd be limiting my work wardrobe in a very worrying way...
    Loving the Mayur dress, it's perfect on you and I bet you're very tempted... But as you say, holidays need to be paid for and all contributions are welcome!
    Love you! Xxx

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    1. Maybe I should just wear the dress I wore on our record breaking sales day in London back in September and sell everything else I own!
      I shouldn't have tried that Mayur dress on, it's always a mistake to try on the merchandise! x

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  26. Hi Vix,
    I assume you read all these comments even though I rarely see you answer anyone.
    I've been a reader of your blog for about two years now and just want to say I love you, your style and I want to be like you when I grow up!
    I truly admire the way you dress everyday and I want to do that as well (god knows I have the inventory for that) but my conservative husband is the reason I don't go all out everyday..but I'm slowly changing his mind though! I get so many compliments on my outfits to ignore!
    Love you!

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    1. Hello Maya! Thank you so much for the lovely comment. After 7 years of blogging I've finally worked out how to reply to comments on my blog thanks to you. I usually visit the commenter's blogs, chat to them on Facebook or email them, if I can find a link.
      I hope you convince your husband that dressing up in vintage every day is good for the soul.
      See you soon. xxx

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  27. I agree with Curtise, it's not about superstition, it's just remembering a bad moment. So I was not superstitious when I sold/donated all the clothes I was wearing when Mr.A. was diagnosed. I felt way better doing it, even if I know it's not a rational behaviour.
    And your leopard catsuit is too fabulous to let it go easily!, I should give it another try. But if you feel it's not going to be fabulous anymore, don't worry!
    besos

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    1. Great advice, Senora!! I can completely understand you getting rid of the clothes you wore when you received bad news, they never feel the same after that. x

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  28. My dear Vix,such a wonderful story writer. I get enthralled in your post and cannot stop reading and wanting more.
    Love the dress and those beautiful boots.
    I carry little things from my mum, I firmly believe she is my guardian angel.
    Much love and admiration always.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. What a lovely thing to say, Sacramento. Thank you! x

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  29. Blinkinheck Vix £425 as much as I love it on you yep I say sell sell sell :-) Cant believe your going to be 50 this year. I am not really superstitious over clothes I think and believe things are going to happen regardless of what your wearing. But if something serious happened to my family i prob would not wear that dress again, dee xx

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    1. I really don't know where the last twenty years have gone, Dee! It doesn't seem like five minutes ago when I was moaning about 30 being ancient. xxx

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  30. I was delighted to discover a better-quality Indian block print skirt at Goodwill this weekend. It's just a tad long worn with sandals; however, your magnificently eccentric boots have inspired me to direct my next hunting and gathering expedition toward the cloth boots. The dark cherry colors of your Mayur dress are a happy choice for these spring days with a nip in the air.

    I, too, promptly discarded the clothing worn at my parents' deathbeds, not as a matter of superstition but simply because the sight of them triggered feelings of sadness. Of course, at my time of life, it's only prudent to posses a few classic dresses suitable for funeral wear, usually in dark brown tones. But now that you've raised the subject, Vix, I realize I'd never wear them for any other occasion because it would feel like tempting Fate...

    The catsuit has shopping mojo, not selling juujuu. Keep it!

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    1. I'm with you on the funeral clothes, Beth. I can deal with those memories, it's the deathbed stuff that weaves it's misery into every fibre (or the fear that you won't take enough money to cover your costly pitch).
      Good find on the skirt, the export quality stuff is tonnes better than the gear I see on Indian tourist markets. Don't forget to wash them in cold water only, though. xxx

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  31. I wouldn't say that I'm superstitious about clothing, but I do often think that I was meant to find certain vintage clothes or they were meant to find me (I call it vintage kismet).
    I really love the ensemble you've put together with the Mayur dress-- the boots are incredible and so very perfect with the dress!
    I understand entirely saying good-bye to a piece if it could fetch you a pretty penny and further dreams of travel, but I'd say hang on to that catsuit-- you found it (or it found you) for a reason!

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    1. Great philosophy, Randi and lovely to meet you. x

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  32. What great memories of hitting Debenhams with your Mum and, yes, at those prices I think you have to sell the dress. I'm not superstitious about clothes, although I can understand the bad memories associated with death and funerals. x

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  33. I had to get rid of this wonderful vintage dress back in the early 80s - everytime I wore it, something bad happened. Though it could have been just me (I was err umm a bit off the charts then! )
    Man, those boots are friggin amazing!! xox

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    1. I just hope the bad karma doesn't get passed on to the new recipient of the offending article!
      I nearly hyperventilated when I spotted these boots and just about passed out when I discovered they were my not-very-vintage shoe size! x

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  34. Although I don't dismiss the possibility of bad energy attaching itself to objects, I'm not superstitious about clothing, so I would say please don't get rid of the amazing leopard jumpsuit! Try Melanie's suggestion and see if it helps with the bad association.

    I found a pair of boots similar to yours only they were a dark brown alligator print leather on the sides and a light brown suede up the front where they laced up. They were too narrow for me so I gave them to a friend but I'm wishing I would have kept them as I don't think she ever wore them...

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    1. Those boots sound amazing. I bet you're kicking yourself now. These 1960s boots are notoriously narrow, I'm lucky to have skinny feet. xxx

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  35. Oo you look fab and I love the boots! I've never really thought about the association with certain clothing, that's so interesting that you have. I do have one dress that I wore to a funeral but I just bit the bullet and wore it to lots of other occasions, so I've built other memories around it x

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    1. I think I'll have to do that with the catsuit and wear it on a night out where no selling is involved! x

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  36. As usual you look fabulous in all your outfits but I have a soft spot for that lovely blue maxi dress - if I remember you spotted it in a charity shop window, didn't you?

    I had a knee length version of those Indian dresses - in the 80s, I think, when I was younger and slimmer. I bought it in Church Street market in London.

    Both my parents were very superstitious - I think it's an Irish thing. If knives were dropped it was a male visitor, if it was a spoon it was a female visitor. My dad wouldn't cross anyone on the stairs. Itchy noses meant something as did itchy right and left hands - I've forgotten most of it now.

    I am superstitious about clothes, too, but common sense wins out in the end. The day my mum died in 2009 I was wearing a particular top. I only wore that top again recently - and blogged the photo of me wearing it!

    Rationally, I know that the clothes I wore had nothing to do with the event but of course it's the association; that's why it's taken nearly 7 years to wear that top again.

    xxx

    Veronica
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    1. Crossing on the stairs is commonsense, you wouldn't want to negotiate the ones on the way to the Ladies our Wetherspoons after a few lagers, they're deadly!
      That's good going to keep a top for 7 years. Glad you gave it another bash. x

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  37. That dress is amazing! I have a gorgeous 70's cheesecloth blouse with bell sleeves that reminds me of this- it was my Mum's! £400+ is crazy!!! I don't have superstition about clothing!x

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    1. Hold on to your mum's top, it could pay for a weekend away! x

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  38. I was born and got married on a Friday the 13th, so I see it as a day of good luck, at least for my parents and Nick, haha!

    I hope you don't decide you have to give up that catsuit because it's too good.

    i remember my mom having a blouse like your dress, that had a tie at the neck with tiny bells on it. It was in shades of blue and was so cool and comfy. I know because I loved it and borrowed it as often as she'd let me! Between the two of us we wore it right out, which is too bad.

    The dress does look very pretty on you, but of course, the opportunity to travel trumps that. Great find!

    xo

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    1. Love the Friday 13th story!
      I think those Indian clothes were so flimsy than most perished, hence the survivors commanding loads of money. We need a time machine to take us back to the 1970s so we can stock up and sell them for hundreds of quid. x

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  39. I'm not superstitious about clothes, or at all really, but I do think that if I hold on to clothes for too long I become weighed down by them. Like the past is pulling me back in someway. I like to purge my wardrobe and only keep my most favourite items, this makes way for the new things.
    Would love to hear about your travel plans (not that I can believe you're going to be 50).

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    1. The weighed down by clothes is a really interesting point. I know loads of people reluctant to part with things even if they no longer it just because they've had them so long. Let it go, as the song says.
      I promise to bore you with my travel plans when we've found flights. I've been drooling over hotels this week! xxx

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  40. You make all of these outfits shine! The dress from India is a treasure! I too have pieces that have sentimental value, which hold dear memories. An art collection that will be with me until I wear my last hat!

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    1. I hope it'll be many, many years until we see your last hat, Judith! xxx

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  41. I'm not generally superstitious about anything...I was born on the 13th and lived at no.13 for the first twenty years of my life. Like you though I have binned the clothes I was wearing the day Mum died, could never bear to wear them again. I say give the catsuit one more go. Phool! There's a blast from the past, I'm sure I had some of their gear, with jingly bits if I remember correctly.
    Well done for figuring out how to reply to comments, could you possibly let me know how it's done please! Btw didn't Mr.Dalal look hot!
    xxxxxx

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    1. Phwoar! Mr Dalal did look hot! Roll on episode 2 of Indian Summers! xxx

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  42. That dress is fantastic. What a wonderful thing to be transported back to happy times through something as simple as a dress. It must be like wearing a hug. Sorry to hear of your unlucky catsuit. I really know what you mean about associating stuff with bad luck. I am really superstitious and don't wear certain colours or things. I was once given a big antique silver ring by an ex and as soon as I wore it there was just so much drama and chaos in my life that I stopped wearing it. I am completely sure that there was some sort of bad ju-ju about it. I gave it away to someone and when I did they had a terrible string of bad luck. Coincidence? Probably, but I am so glad not to have it any more. Xx

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    1. Thank goodness you got shot of that ring. How horrible that the run of bad luck continued. x

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  43. This dress is so lovely on you, I'd keep it if I were in your (wonderful) shoes. I think you just want to feel sane - feel positive in your clothes, and that is the reason you don't want to wear something that carries ill memories. I am not especially superstitious, maybe in some small ways. But I do believe that whatever we choose to wear, to read, to watch - the feelings these things bring into our life, our mental space, are extremely important. We can create what we want to feel.

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    1. You're so right, Natalia. Sane and positive are how I want to feel at all times. xxx

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  44. Hand on my heart, I am precisely the same way. I feel like some of the negative energy of a bad/stressful/painful/scary/etc experience can get trapped in a garment and when that happens, I almost always have to part ways with it (or at the very least, stop wearing it). So much so that, I swear, if I know I'm heading into that kind of situation, I will usually wear something that I don't "sacrificing" it ultimately have to. It's comforting to know that I'm not alone on this front.

    Many hugs, my stylish friend!
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Hugs back at you, Jessica.
      I'm glad we feel the same. x

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  45. Majorette jacket is a keeper no matter what the sales are. Leopards all over your jumpsuit (can't fucking stand the word "jumper", which is a knitted "sweater" right?) - well leopards are a keeper. xoxoxoxo

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    1. I think the majorette jacket attracts the crowds, it's such a stupid piece of clothing shoppers have to gather to get a better look.
      Jumper instead of jumpsuit, it's almost as bad as calling a playsuit a romper...wrong on so many levels! xxx

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  46. I've done the same, got rid of dresses with bad associations like the one I was wearing the day Dad had his stroke, I just couldn't bear to even look at it again. I know the dress had absolutely nothing to do with what happened I hasten to add, it just made me feel sad when I looked at it.

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    1. I think that's it, you can feel the sadness when you try something on afterwards and that's just not what you need following you around all day. xxx

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  47. My mother always used to wear those dresses, with afghan coats and rose tinted glasses!

    The outfit I was wearing the day Grace died in my arms, I absolutely will not wear when going to the vet for any reason at all, even inoculations xxx

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    1. From how you've described her your Mum sounds like the coolest lady on the planet.
      I don't blame you one bit, losing a pet is terrible. xxx

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  48. Hah! I checked out that ebay link and recognised that seller - I often see it pop up with high street tat (some of which I own) listed at such inflated prices. I'm talking Topshop and Warehouse garments that cost £30-£50 originally being sold at £200-£400. I swear whoever is behind the "Theatre of Fashion" ebay store must be a money launderer!

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