Last Sunday dear Reader, we went to the Sutton Vintage and Arts Fair. It was great fun and I found some vintage treasures to add to my collections. I hope you have had a great week. Here in the UK the rain kept off on Sunday and the day was warmer as the wind had dropped. It was a relief as we have had so much rain last week. When it rains I have to choose shoes that can take getting wet.
My choice of shoes often influences the whole outfit, do you find this too?
It is always a nostalgic experience going to this particular vintage fair because I am constantly seeing items that I remember from my childhood that were “new” then and are “vintage “now.
I think I could describe myself as gloriously vintage!
The treasures found were lovely, especially the Trifari Treasures. As you know dear Reader, I love Trifari jewellery and collect it. Finding new pieces is marvellous fun. If I can find a piece to compliment a “set” that is good. Occasionally I have found something that matches some pieces in the collection.
I do enjoy this Fair because I go regularly and am getting to know some of the vintage sellers and am always excited to meet new ones. Parked outside Sutton Town Hall were these fabulous cars from Kiss Rides.
Here is the ultimate in styling – a car to match my outfit!
This mini is so sweet – I was a child when the first minis appeared.
This made me think of a lovely picnic! I would take a much bigger hamper!
The other main attraction last Saturday was the performance of one of my favourite girl groups
They sing in the style of the Andrews Sisters and more recently The Puppini Sisters and I just love to watch them perform.
Live music is wonderful as it surrounds and involves you so much. My feet were tapping and I so wanted to dance! However British reserve and a lack of space stopped me! It is my desire to have a party where the Glamophones entertain us. A dream I want to make come true in this 60th decade.
There was a chance to buy a CD with some of The Glamophones songs and I bought a calendar of their photographs for the rest of the year. They signed it for me! I have put it to good use recording my posts on Gloriously Vintage. There was time between their sets to talk to the girls.
They wore black dresses with white polka dots and black and white petticoats underneath. The 1940’s-1950’s style was set off with victory rolls in their hair and lovely red lipstick.
It was marvellous.
I went straight to Rob Caldwell to see if he had any Trifari jewellery. I have bought from him before and have greatly enjoyed the pieces I have. Sure enough I found two delightful bracelets a brooch and a demi parure I just fell in love with.
The pearl and diamante brooch is an early Trifari possibly from the 1940’s.
When I see the jewellery in my mind’s eye I am working out how to wear each piece and thinking about the collection I have it will add to and what outfits it will go with. Really this outfit planning is what I love to do.
This 1930’s bracelet needs some TLC as the safety chain is broken but will match another “set” I have with the same pink stone.
I bought this aqua clutch bag which is 1980’s does 1950’s.
It has a detachable shoulder strap and is a great match with the skirt from Summer Styling.
I will wear this bag with contrasting shoes and also where it can be matched to the colours in a scarf. Accessories like this give a feature colour or a pop of brightness to a plainer outfit.
I could not resist this red handbag.
I had this bag in taupe leather in the 1980’s and loved the simple shape. Rounded bags are good because they add softer lines to a tailored suit or jacket. This is a mix I love to experiment with. Details like shape, curves, colour and size can make an enormous difference to the finished outfit.
Yes dear Reader, I found a scarf!
It is silk and I will wear it in the A/W and enjoy the rich tones.
Let me show you the outfit I wore.
Red Court Shoes Dorothy Perkins
Red Viyella Pleated Skirt Charity shop
Cream V Neck jumper Marks and Spencer
White 1950’s Handbag Diane Ashman
Silk Square Scarf Diane Ashman
Gloves Charity shop
Pearl cuffs Dorothy Perkins
3 Rows of Lotus Pearls
Red Demi Parure Chronically Vintage Etsy Shop
Red Bobbi Brown Pencil + Revlon Red+ Dior 999
I love this demi parure from Jessica at the Chronically Vintage Etsy Shop.
It is the first time I have worn this jewellery and I am thrilled the earings were really comfortable and did not pinch!
I love to match the shoes to the skirt in the summer particularly, but in the A/W too with grey, navy and black shoes. Here I have red shoes that are a good match with the skirt. I have tied the scarf onto the bag with a square knot. The pearl cuffs extend the short gloves. These heels are comfortable to walk around in. Many of my beloved heels are “short walk” shoes!
Having seen Jessica on chronically vintage so often wearing amazing hats, I am bringing hats into my outfits more and love the way they pull an outfit together. I am rather traditional in my style as I love sinamay or straw in the S/S and felt in the A/W. This comes from many years of wearing a hat everyday as part of my school uniform. We had large hats with a swept back, upturned brim in brown felt for the winter terms and the same shape in cream straw for the summer term. These hats were worn on the back of the head and were referred to as “halos” as they produced a halo effect around the face. They were very flattering and set a pattern of personal preference that has lasted all my life!
May I introduce you to the gorgeous red hat?
Last Sunday I met Alice Mary Ball the designer and maker of this wonderful hat. Do look at this link and see her work. I was tempted to try on some of her hats. They were mostly tilts and perchers to be worn on the front of the head.
The felt ones were all lovely, but I chose this gorgeous red straw hat because I do not have that many S/S hats. Yes dear Reader, it is an occasion hat, and I am going to enjoy it creating a number of glamorous outfits!
I love the arrow turkey feather!
After a busy week, working hard, it is bliss to go to a Vintage Fair and revel in looking at the many varied items for sale and picking out some new treasures.
Thank you for visiting Gloriously Vintage, do chat in the comments about your special finds, I would love to know about them!
Photographs taken by Glenn, thank you for all your help with this post.