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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hopping Along The Bunny Trail: A Vintage Outfit Post

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:



  1. I luffs Easter bunnies
    The fabric on the bunny blouse is amazing, Mum's drooling over that!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. Aw those are all good mom loved Easter as a little girl.
    stella rose

  3. Love the vintage ads, they make me feel all warm inside. Very cool you assembled such a great outfit from disparate sources--the pieces do all go together!

  4. Those ads are great and love your broach and bangles. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. Seeing your vintage style outfits and accessories, I agree that people had more fun with their clothes! I love that bunny and carrot print very much. So pretty!
    Bob is such an adorable Easter Bunny :-)

  6. SHE remembers those dresses (girls').....though would have preferred the dungarees. Love your special Easter Bunny.

  7. Cute bunny print. I have a baby blanket from when I was little that has a similar pattern. I'll have to send you a photo. Also, I must say it again, your new hair color is just so very flattering. You look great!

  8. What a splendidly cute post! I agree with you 100% about people wearing more whimsical, playful styles in the past. Sure, we still see some today, but not to the same degree. That carrot dangle brooch is soooo cute!!! I've been covering her offerings for years now. I really, really want 2015 to be the year I finally splurge and purchase my first Luxulite offerings.

    I'm so happy that spring is here (if only on paper) that Easter is just around the corner. I have my outfit for it all lined up and ready to go as soon as the weather and my health want to cooperate for a shoot.

    Have a fabulous holiday season, dear Kate!
    ♥ Jessica

  9. Cool post - and love that carrot brooch!

  10. The bunny adverts are so cute. Love your carrot jewellery!
    Lynne x

  11. The blouse fabric is very sweet and your carrot brooch goes so well.

  12. That novelty print is awesome! I love everything about this outfit, and the cute bunny too :)

  13. When I was younger Easter was my all time favorite holiday! I loved seeing all the bunnies everywhere! I love this blouse!!! The novelty print with the rabbits is so cute! And it goes so perfect with your rabbit barrette and your carrot brooch! Love seeing your more casual vintage/retro outfits <3


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