This suit was one of my best purchases of 2017. Flashy rayon dresses are great, obviously, but a black suit is something my wardrobe had been missing for years. This one fills that niche with aplomb. The details are a dream all their own: the peplum, the buttons, the luscious dolman sleeves. It’s the more sedate, more adult side of midcentury, which I’m leaning toward lately. Art Deco is still my happy place, but I’m finding that a few ’50s notes are not unwelcome.
Over Christmas I dug my old knitting bag out of my parents’ attic. I hadn’t knit in at least seven years, but muscles don’t forget. I’ve been knitting like mad ever since, and one of the results is this little neck wrap. I’m still pinching myself that I found a yarn to match my hat and gloves exactly. Pantone be damned; burgundy is definitely my color of the year.
My beloved carpetbag has finally given up the ghost. I repaired it one too many times; the material simply disintegrated. I’ve rebounded with a new one from Wish.com, which is actually pretty well made for $28. The color goes with everything, and I really like the shape. I’m fond of medical bags and more masculine caryalls generally; this one has lovely echoes of that.
Finally, my second article for Racked went up this week: “1860s Hipsters Loved Old-Timey Clothes Too“. The cyclical nature of history is one of my favorite things to write about, and I really enjoyed covering the aesthetic dress movement. I’ve got another article in the hopper for next month, too. Racked is a joy to work for.
Suit: ’50s, eBay
Hat: ’30s, eBay
Stole: made by me
Brooch & gloves: gifted