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).