It was a friend's birthday on the weekend and he decided to celebrate at our local pub. It has been raining non-stop in London so it was a bit of a conundrum deciding what to wear as the state of our bedroom attested to after I got dressed. Does anyone else do this whilst getting ready for a night out? Pull out item after item in panic and toss it on the floor/bed in haste after trying on and rejecting it, leaving a big messy pile of clothing to be sorted out once you get home? Make that - once you get home really late, slightly tipsy and just not in the mood to hang anything up to boot. Is it just me??
I finally decided on a bit of retro glam clashing the thirties and the seventies. I realised I hadn't worn this vintage bolero jacket in years. I saw it in a vintage clothing store in Bath and it was love at first sight! I wore it incessantly at one point, and took it with me when I went to live in Spain where it somehow looked at home, like a cousin of the richly embroidered shawls worn by the Andalusian women to attend wedding ceremonies. It was all I needed to cover up my bare shoulders on a hot balmy evening and to turn an ordinary outfit into something special.
On my return to England, a series of poor summers and bitter winters relegated adorning oneself as being less important than keeping warm, and it soon became a forgotten item. It's too good to be left languishing in a drawer so I decided to go a bit more dressed up than I normally would to the pub and give it a long overdue outing.
I also managed to wear two unworn items from the wardrobe, the jeans and the shoes. These black denim flares are too long for me so I paired them with these Wisteria wedges from Topshop which seemed like they would be high enough to do the trick of lifting the hem up. Even with the shoes on I had to spend ages safety pinning the hems up even further and yet I'm still managing to do that Rachel Zoe flared-hem-to-the-floor look. The hoops one has to jump through when one is short!
This jacket was sold to me as being from the thirties but who knows what its true vintage is. I'm certainly no expert and would be happy to hear opinions from the vintage clothing gurus out there! It is made out of a soft crepe and the intricate embroidery is done in a multicoloured thread (ranging from yellow, apricot and pale pink and blue) and actually looks like it was sewn by machine rather than hand. It has a metal hook and eye and a metal press stud to fasten it closed.
Now I've rekindled my love for this bolero I feel like wearing it again! I'm quite pleased I managed to combine this peice with items I haven't worn it previously - I feel like I've activated an unused pathway in my brain. Now I see why the 30 x 30 outfit planners enjoy the game so much. Anyone else recently rediscovered a gem lurking in their wardrobe?
1930's embroidered bolero jacket: Vintage to Vogue; Belt: Vintage; Pendant: Wallis; Earrings: Warehouse; lace insert camisole: Mango; Draped cowl neck top: Tokito; Black flared jeans: JBrand for Topshop; Chiffon tie platform shoes: Topshop