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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Pin's and Pinafores-A Valentine's Day Vintage Outfit Post Two Ways

Valentine's day may be a much maligned holiday, which I do understand, even if I myself kind of enjoy it.   I'd personally never want to brave a restaurant on Valentine's Eve, and I'm not too interested in flowers or candy.  No, what sets my heart aflutter is a Valentine's appropriate vintage outfit.  By which I of course mean something red, or pink, preferably with hearts involved.  Last year I made my Valentine's outfit wishes come true with a copy of one of my dream dresses, the heart and arrow dress Ginger Roger's wore in 1938's Care Free, you can see it here.  

I love my Care Free dress but this year I began thinking I wanted a more casual vintage inspired Valentine's outfit.  I thought a 1940s style pinafore would be a good idea.  Warm and idea for layering pinafores are a great practical winter clothing item.   I went to the vintage pinafore expert, Deborah of TheBlackPinafore on Etsy, and told her my idea.  My inspiration was the pinafore set worn by Betty Garett in the 1949 film Neptune's Daughter. 




I asked Deborah to make me a similar vest topped pinafore in a darker red with a blouse and collar tie to match.  She did an amazing job and I couldn't be happier with the results.  


It's exactly the kind of vintage outfit I most enjoy wearing, comfortable and practical and it will work equally well in winter or spring. 



I paired my pinafore set with a blue wool beret (you can get them on Amazon for ten dollars or less), red 1960s nylon gloves,  and a 1940s celluloid novelty brooch.










I was also pleased to see that the pinafore goes great with my 1940s style  horseshoe and arrow sweater from Vintage and Cool Knitting by Regiane Trainotti and my Merriweather lucky horse shoe pin:









These two vintage style Valentine's outfits will definitely have me feeling the love this year.  Happy early Valentines!

18 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful outfit, luffs it!
    Mum went looking for material wiv hearts on it yesterday, not a thing, she's very disappointed but might use a plain red 'cos your outfit looks great
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  2. We loved that outfit so much...you always look so put together, and then your little broach just finishes it off........great!!!!
    stella rose

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  3. Love both of these outfits! Both are really amazing! I also love Valentine's day for the excuse to dress up :) Any reason to dress up in my book :) Love both of these on you and the vintage Valentine's brooch is too cute!

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  4. That is a fantastic outfit! Love the collar tie and beautiful red color of the dress.
    You look very pretty!

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  5. That's a wonderful outfit! You look lovely in it!

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  6. Your outfits look so nice, the pin goes beautifully!
    Lynne x

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  7. Love that outfit! And love that you can change it up!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & mabel

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  8. Many thanks for giving me mentioned, it was nice to make this dress, and I really like the versatility of it ;)

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  9. Fabulous darling fabulous. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  10. I love both of the outfits. This year's and last year's. They both look great on you.

    I can see the versatility with the pinafore though, you can practically wear the same outfit every single day and just very it slightly.

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  11. You look great in red! Love that sweet deer pin too.

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  12. This is so fabulously, timelessly lovely! Vests are actually one of my favourite garments and I wish they they saw more play amongst vintage fashion fans these days. This is really a beautiful bespoke ensemble and one that looks absolutely marvelous on you, dear Kate.

    ♥ Jessica

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  14. Wonderful outfit! It turned out perfect! I also adore that valentines day brooch, too cute for words. Have a wonderful Valentines day :)

    Liz

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  15. Wonderful outfit! It turned out perfect! I also adore that valentines day brooch, too cute for words. Have a wonderful Valentines day :)

    Liz

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