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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Happy Belated Birthday Lulu and A 1920s Day Dress Vintage Outfit Post

November 14 marked the 109th anniversary of the birth of flapper icon Louise Brooks,

while she isn't my all time favorite flapper, I prefer the mad cap fun of Clara Bow to Louise's cool elegance, I do love her style. Lately, she's been a big inspiration. My latest bob is the most Louise like one yet 

And I recently got a ver Louise-ey 1920s day dress from Etsy seller Sew Vintage Seamstress. This dress is a repro made from a vintage pattern and it looks totally authentic.  

The inspiration was partly this simple dress worn by Louise in The Show Off.


I ordered the dress in July, being talented Sew Vintage gets lots of orders, so I've been planning the outfit for months and putting the various elements together for awhile.  The shoes are from American Duchess and very comfy and just like the 1920s originals. 

The gloves and bag I got from Adeline's Attic and they are authentic 1920s. 

I also git a really pretty velvet cloche from her that really only works with a Louise type Bob. You can't have a lot of hair under this hat.

And since every outfit needs a canine or feline element a vintage poodle pin from fellow vintage blogger Chronically Vintage's Etsy shop. 

If you've never seen Louise's films then due yourself a favor and check them out. Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl are available on Hulus criterion collection and many clips, and even whole films, can be seen on you tube. Here's a clip from The Show Off: 


  1. Beautiful! from head to toe! I'm so glad to see you back, and looking great.

  2. LOVE the bob, love the color, love the dress, LOVE the poodle pin!! Nice to see you again :-)

  3. Your bob is perfect! As well as the rest of your outfit too.

  4. Wonderful outfit! I can tell the seamstress put a lot of care and attention into this dress! I love it paired with those shoes, gloves and hat! So great! I love your hair cut that way too!

  5. Looks great. SHE's not a hat wearer, but SHE just might wear that hat!

  6. I fell in love with this dress when I saw it on your Instagram, it's absolutely stunning and looks so authentic. Sew Vintage Seamstress is a very talented lady.

    That cloche is so gorgeous and really suits you. I keep looking at them on Etsy but think I may make one first before taking the plunge of an original one just to make sure they look okay on me.

  7. Love the whole look - especially your new bob and the dress. I've always wanted to go with a short bob, but usually end up backing up at the last minute.

  8. Great outfit! Cool how you put everything together.

  9. I prefer your bob to Louises'.
    Your outfit is amazing, you carry it off so well.
    Lynne x

  10. What a fabulous outfit! Love that dress!

  11. That haircut is fabulous and so is the outfit - all the perfect period details! Love it :)

  12. It warms my heart immensely to see that adorable vintage poodle brooch as part of this gorgeous ensemble. You look terrific and I just have to say how much I like your current haircut. It's my favourite cut you've shared with us so far.

    Big hugs & tons of thanks for the thoughtful mention of my Etsy shop (I really appreciate it!),

    ♥ Jessica

  13. I am so glad to see you again. Mum would periodically go to your blog and we were disappointed when there were no new posts. Welcome Back

    ttfn and toodle pip


    p.s. LUV LUV LUV your haircut -- mum wishes she had hair that would go into a bob without having to mess with products and thehairdryer -- she needs "wash and go" hairdos after years of having to mess around plus the problems she has with her hands/


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