red of tooth and claw

Funny how you don’t realize you’re in a rut until you’re out of it. My color palette has been remarkably confined — or shall we say curated? — lately: orange and blue, green and oatmeal, burgundy and gold. Burnished autumnal shades that look best in rayon and wool. Bright red seemed almost too garish, which is an unsettling thing to realize about a color that was once your favorite. Perhaps it’s just the contrarian in me: red is the most stereotypical “vintage” color, so of course I’ll find it passé.

But this coat had such a marvelous shoulder line and was only $35. I decided on the spot I was going to make it work, even if it clashes — and not the power kind — with most of my outfits.

And, well — I don’t believe in soul mates, but this rayon dress has me reconsidering. Such a perfect match for my red coat! The dress’s print is so busy and so unique that it would clash with a more textured topper, so the coat’s relatively understated material works great. And brown goes with everything. I bought this hat at a flea market last summer in Maine, and I’ve been eager for a chance to blog it. The collar, of course, is a winter staple.

The button on my left glove broke off as soon as I started shooting, so you’ll notice the hanging strap. I don’t mind, though. I like my shoots to look like real outfits people actually wore; imperfections help drive that home.

A happy December to you all, and a vow to blog more often this month. My semester ends next week, and I am giddy at the prospect of kicking back with hella Greek pastries. Fat with anticipation of being fat.

Coat: ’40s, Wyoming Vintage

Dress: ’40s/’50s, eBay

Hat: flea market

Author: skye

I aspire to be a bright-eyed girl in a big city, even though I wear glasses and live in what amounts to a hole in the ground.

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