Monday, February 28, 2011

proof of thrift

Fuzzylizzie, whose The Vintage Traveler blog is always full of wonderful vintage eye candy and information, made a thought-provoking post on Friday about the sizes of women's wardrobes through the years. It got me thinking about my grandmothers', mother's, and my own wardrobe.

My own wardrobe is rather large--larger than I'd like, frankly. (Poor Andy would agree. His clothing is relegated to the spare bedroom closets.) My closet is nearly entirely full of vintage and/or pieces that have been thrifted. Nonetheless, it's overdue for an editing session (i.e. spring cleaning), and, I'm embarrassed to admit, contains multiple pieces that have never been worn (many of the "this almost fits and I'm sure it will one day" category). But it's mostly pieces I've worn again and again, and will continue to wear, again and again. Here's proof.

Me, last Thursday.

Nearly identical outfit. The sweater and belt are different. The haircut, too (still believe the shorter hair suits me best).

The occasion for this outfit was a night out on the town with Andy. We were headed to the Viceroy to see the Kent County String Band. Even though it's really dark, I love this photo of Andy in the bar with the old photograph and antlers behind him.

The band was really fun. I don't think you can go wrong with all-string versions of "Mack the Knife" and "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning"!



  1. It's okay. My husband only has about 10% of closet left before I fill it and make him move to another room. Love the dress and your little helper there :)

  2. Gee, Karen, you are making me blush! Thanks so much for the kind words and for the link to my post.

    Funny, but ever since I wrote that post three days ago, I've been weeding out my own closet. I'm determine to get rid of anything that is just taking up space!

  3. like a fine wine, you are only getting better, i agree the short hair is very much cute.

  4. right now i have the exact opposite problem - i JUST cleaned out my wardrobe so i have a paltry, pathetic amount of clothing left. i need to restock! maybe i could come raid your closet...? haha

    and, goodness, i do love that short hair on you!

  5. Oh wow - that is an incredible dress. Just about perfect. And your post is timely - I am hoping to clear out a bunch of stuff from my closet this week.

  6. Well what can I say: I'm a shopaholic.
    I think it's time to organize my wardrobe.
    I have 2 closets and I can't find anything. That makes me feel like I have nothing to wear and I keep buying new things.
    Hope it makes sense because my English is poor.

    Like your dress and your shorter hair.


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