Today's outfit was shopped from three of my favourite places, a music festival, Colaba Causeway in downtown Mumbai and the Thursday morning car boot sale.
I spotted the dress hanging up outside another vintage stall at the End of the Road festival. It was Sunday afternoon, we'd had a crazy busy weekend and it was virtually the first time I'd ventured further than the Portaloo since Wednesday morning. I'm not generally a wearer of 1980s clothes (I started wearing vintage back then as I didn't like the choice of clothes in the shops) - or am I a fan of knitwear - but the sparkle of those emerald green sequins in the September sunshine captivated me and I had to buy it.
It's hand-made and came from Verona, where the seller found it at a flea market. Neither she nor I could understand why it hadn't been sold over the weekend but I'm happy that it hadn't. The Kutchi waistcoat was bought from a little boutique on Colaba Causeway in Mumbai in 2016 for around 700 rupees (they were still in stock when we went back earlier this year) - there's several unscrupulous Etsy sellers describing them as "vintage" and charging silly money for them, be warned. The 1960s-does-Victorian lace up leather and suede boots were £1 from the car boot sale.
Here's what I wore on Wednesday. The embroidered tunic was one of Tuesday's chazza shop finds - it's modern, long enough to wear as a dress and will make a great beach cover-up - but, as impatient as ever, I wanted to wear it right away so teamed it with my vintage Tarantella of Walsall suede skirt and a charity shopped hat.
And what else have we bought from the charity shops over the last week? Loads!!
|Clockwise from top left: Planet wool midi skirt; Mondi of West Germany leather moto jacket; Chinese Brocade maxi dress; 1980s Peter Barron of London pure new wool day dress; Jacques Vert embellished satin blouse; 1970s Acrylic knit|
|Clockwise from top left: Tootal suede cardi; Smoking jacket; Hardy Amies wool blazer; Harrington jacket; Gabicci casual shirt|
We're trading in wonderful Walthamstow tomorrow - our penultimate fair of 2018, do come and say hello if you can! As usual we did a trial run before we packed the van but, as the weather wasn't playing nicely Jon used the Kinky Shed and I took over the lounge. Here's what you'll find on our womenswear rails. The 1960s purple kaftan (made in England) was another of this week's finds - if it was smaller it would have been mine!
As we've got a 5am start I've already got my workwear sorted.
A 1970s-does-the-1930s maxi dress by Can Can, London - scored for a song on eBay last week as it had been listed in the wrong category. I love it when that happens!
See you soon.