I’d been planning, and subsequently putting off, an authentic ’50s middy haircut for some time. I may not have the wherewithal to make an appointment, but it turns out I’m more than capable of picking up scissors in a fit of impulse. I snipped off five inches on Saturday morning, and I haven’t regretted it yet. I’d still like to get it shaped into a proper middy, but right now I’m content just keeping a goddamn curl. My longer sets looked great first thing in the morning, only to fall like a sad souffle half an hour in. Hence spending the entire summer in buns.
I’m loving this newfound bounce. Bonus: on the second day of my set, after the curls have lost some spring, they’re perfect for early ’40s elegance. October calls for kitsch and class in equal measure.
And this weekend was decidedly kitsch. I finished up this dress, thanks to a Goodwill bedsheet and my trusty Vogue 8789, and I knew it called for my most ridiculous petticoat. My red Malco Modes number suits only the fullest skirts. I gave this dress a full 120-inch sweep to show off the fabulous border print, and it just barely fit. The whole outfit screams “repro babe” – with the added thrill of knowing I haven’t paid a hundred bucks for a dress I could make myself.
Dress: made by me with Vogue 8789
Hat: vintage, via Fancy Lucky Vintage
Petticoat: Malco Modes
Gloves: vintage, via Mainly Vintage
Shoes: vintage, thrifted
Cardigan & belt: thrifted