When it comes to vintage style my preferred eras are without a doubt the 1920s through 40s, but I'm quite fond of the 1950s and early 60s as well. My favorite thing about mid century fashion, and indeed vintage fashion in general, is the wit and whimsy in the styles. People just seemed to have had more fun with their clothes. No where is this more evident then in the novelty prints and jewelry of the era. Novelty prints are particularly suited to Spring and the Easter season when images of lambs, and bunnies, and baby chicks are every where. Indeed Easter just seems to have peaked in the mid century era when frilly pastel dresses and adorable adds for candy abounded.
That's why I was so excited when I saw this amazing novelty print blouse on sale in one of my favorite vintage etsy shops Fab Gabs. I know from years of experience vintage shopping that novelty print items tend to be too small for me, but this blouse was just my size. I knew immediately that the charming bunny and carrot print
Had to come live with me and my 1950s Easter bunny barrette.
A few months later I saw the What's Up Doc? Carrot brooch from Luxulite and new it would make the outfit perfect.
I wore the blouse, brooch and barrette for the first time on Sunday with my 1940s reproduction overalls from Nudee Dudee and I really like how the outfit turned out. It's the kind of casual vintage outfit that's perfect for lazy days and that proves that vintage style isn't all about dressing up. Sadly my I-phone pictures really don't do it justice.
The brooch really looks like it was made for the blouse.
This is my second Luxulite brooch and I just love it. They are such fun reproductions. I really encourage vintage lovers to check out there etsy shop and Instagram. Incidentally if you are on Instagram and have yet to check out the hashtag #noveltybroochfriday then stop reading this and do so immediately. It's novelty brooch heaven.
I also wore two of my Bakelite bangles. I only have a small collection of Bakelite, but interestingly these two bracelets matched the blouse and brooch perfectly
I guess it was vintage kismet when I bought them last year. I wore the entire outfit to hang out with my favorite Easter Bunny: