Outfit stats: * skirt – vintage shop * blouse – people tree * shoes – clarks * bag – vintage shop in paris * butterfly brooches – one from when I was little, one from a charity shop
This is for Everybody, Everywear, where this month the theme is maxi skirts and dresses. I love this theme because it made me dig out this skirt, which has been stashed away in my box of vintage stuff that I never wear or doesn’t fit me but that is too precious to get rid of. I used to wear it a fair bit when I was in my early 20s, but I never really cracked how to remix it, and I still find it difficult to pair with stuff. Not many colours go with that orangey/brown in my mind weirdly! Suggestions welcome!
Anyway, this time I paired it with a this silk puff sleeve blouse, and the result is a something like 1970s Victorian. I also found a new photo location, a car park/derelict garden, which is nearer my flat than the warehouse building I’ve been using recently. There is quite a lot of rubbish about that place, but I think I managed to keep it out of the pictures.
On Saturday when I wore this we were going to a ‘my big fat gypsy wedding‘ themed birthday party. For those of you that don’t know, this was a documentary series about the Irish Traveller community in the UK, with a focus on the weddings, where brides are really young and have the most ludicrously massive dresses, that are often so heavy that they pull the brides’ skin. One dress weighed 14 stone! It was a big talking point and you couldn’t miss it, even if, like me, you’d never seen it.
For the party, the birthday girl actually made herself one of those massive wedding dresses, with a lace bodysuit with glittery stones sewn onto a pink bra and fairy lights in the skirt. It was quite amazing. I decided not to dress up though, since travellers are the single most discriminated against group, and although I can’t say anything about how respectful the actual programme was, I wasn’t really comfortable with the borderline racist comments it provoked, especially on Twitter, and therefore with the dressing up in a taking-the-piss way. Plus, I thought this outfit was vaguely costumey anyway, if to a completely different theme.
Have you seen the programme? What did you think?