Hello! Welcome to Gloriously Vintage, I hope you are, like me, making the most of the remaining weeks of the summer! It a season that is all too brief and passes by so quickly in the UK. One of the best things about it for me is not needing a jacket or a coat. I adore jackets and coats and love to wear them, but it is a luxury to be in temperatures where they are not needed.
What do you think? Do you feel like this about the summertime?
It feels great to just be ready to go out in a dress or separates. Scarves really come into their own as they can add so much to the finished look. Wearing lighter fabrics and brighter colours make Summer Styling completely different to the A/W styling. As we move towards September and the evenings are getting a little shorter I am starting to feel that I must make as many opportunities as possible to enjoy my summer wardrobe. It is in September, rather driven by the weather – but usually mid September that I work on the Big Seasonal Changeover again, only this time it is white shoes that are sadly going to be put away, rather than as before, brought out with such anticipation.
I want to share with you the outfit I wore for my Mothers 92nd Birthday Family party which was held at our favourite hotel The Stratford, in Stratford upon Avon.
This was a very happy occasion and called for a bit of sparkle! I particularly like to wear Aurora borealis jewellery when I am going out in the evening for a dinner party like this.
My mother has lived a long life and I personally feel that every birthday after 90 years old is a great achievement and should be treated as a special celebration.
Mummy enjoyed opening her presents, here she is with her perfume, Kenzo, Flower
I was delighted when she said that she had enjoyed this year’s Birthday as much as her 90th, for which she had a bigger party for family and friends.
My two children joined us for this Birthday meal and getting together with them is always very special for her.
Styling the Outfit
To begin with I was not sure what to wear for this occasion. I checked in my Style Book to see what I wore last year and did not want to appear in the same outfit again. When you keep your clothes for s long time this can happen sometimes – though the style book is a great help here!
I wanted to have my anniversary scarf somewhere in the outfit – last year it was a main feature – it is lovely to wear in August. So I decided to tie it onto my everything bag.
Dear Reader this worked very well with this scarf. The scarf is a large square and is very fine silk. I used a bias fold leaving the scarf quite wide for a floppy bow. Pulling the loops of the bow out helped to stop the silk from slipping and falling off.
The bow came out into a good shape first go which was a great help! Sometimes four or five attempts are required to get the finished bow that I am happy with. The colours in the scarf are so summery.
My next thought was the jewellery that I wanted to wear. I wore the turquoise “set” last year so settled on the Aurora borealis set for 2016. I have a number of earings in the set
The ones I chose were the little flower shaped ones because I love them with the brooch. The shape of the stones complements each other even if they do not match.
Some vintage clip earings are definitely “handed” and are better when worn in a particular way. These are not strictly handed but I always wear them this way round.
Having tried them on both ways I settled on the small stone at the top of the design pointing towards my face. This looks best on me. Do you have earings that have to be sorted out like this? Simple round and oval designs do not matter which way round you style them.
Trying them on the two ways is the answer – the way that suits you best will be very clear. You will know straight away!
This 2 row necklace is a comfortable length. It sits well in this V – neck and compliments the brooch on the shoulder.
This is one of my favourite bracelets because it is part of the set I have chosen.
Separates and Shoes
Out of all my summer skirts the taupe one is my favourite. I have had it for 17 years and it goes with everything. So I opted for that one and then puzzled over the top to wear. I have tops that will take a brooch pinned on and others that are unsuitable to have holes made in them. That narrowed the choice a little.
The deciding factor was the shoes.
I refer to the shoes in this outfit as my party shoes as they have been to some amazing events and made me feel wonderful every time. I feel a close association with the lovely times that I feel so strongly when they are on my feet!
Not bad for a pair of shoes to give so much? Do tell me about your favourite shoes!
This top is jade/emerald green depending n the other elements of the outfit. Here it is more jade coloured. In the A/W it can look more emerald worn with emerald green tones.
I actually had two handbags. You know I love my bags and often have a clutch and an everything bag. My everything bag that I bought last year from Oxfam for the family wedding I went to last August has been a most useful bag. It cost £6 and is actually a giveaway bag from Lancôme. The cream sparkly bag with gold handles has been my go-to summer everything bag especially when I style a clutch bag with my outfit.
The bag I chose for this outfit is my “Malta clutch”. It has this name because Glenn bought it for me in Malta about four years ago.
It came from Accessorize. I had felt sad before that holiday as that bag had sold out on the UK website and I had missed the chance to buy it. Visiting Valetta there is an Accessorize there. I could not believe my eyes when I saw it. Originally it has a large tassel attached that rather tied it to a specific colour.
My jeweller kindly removed it and fitted a lobster clasp to make it an optional extra. They also put lobster clasps on either end of the chain handle – again making it easier to use.
This bag is a delight because it goes with so many colours –
I always take this bag on holiday to use in the evenings. It matches many items from my summer wardrobe.
Dear Reader, it does feel good when you find a bag that goes with a lot of outfits. I am sure you have bags that do this. They are such a good find.
My bag is forever my “Malta clutch” and is lovely reminder of that holiday and being on holiday. A feeling that greatly adds to the pleasure of wearing it.
You may be thinking –
What does she put in the everything bag?
Well it is a mixture of useful things. ~in the summer months I carry a cream lace fan to cool myself in hot moments. The camera is usually in there too. I carry tissues and hand wipes and napchains and damask napkins in a small zipped pouch, our sunglasses and a pair of ballet flats to change into if there is any walking to do and my heels are too high! I also can put my wrap into it until I want to use it. All this would never fit into a small clutch and I am not Mary Poppins with a bottomless bag that holds all manner of things!
We have a family tradition that makes us all laugh – we use napchains to keep our napkins covering the front and the lap.
What is a napchain I hear you say, dear Reader! It is a chain with a small clip on each end. You can attach it to a napkin either along a straight side or on a corner. The chain goes over your head and keeps the napkin in place.
I originally got these for the 5 of us to use for Christmas 2012 to protect my mother’s clothes from spills as she is partially sighted.
Rather than single her out with one I decided we would all have one. However, I found it so helpful as I often wear scarves that now Glenn and I always use then when eating out and take our own damask napkins too. Sometimes I am asked where I got them from! (I bought them on Amazon)
They are now always used when the family gets together for Birthdays and Christmas and have become a tradition. A celebration meal is incomplete without napchains!
Jade green and gold peep toe platform heels Dorothy Perkins a few years ago
Viyella taupe pleated skirt Bought at a Dress Agency in 1999 (no longer trading)
V neck top with bracelet length sleeves Marks and Spencer
Fabric clutch from Accessorize in Malta!
Cream and gold bag Oxfam on Line
Large square silk scarf from Accessorize tied onto bag
Cream wrap Marks and Spencer some years ago
American 1950’s Aurora borealis brooch
2 Row necklace of Aurora borealis beads
1950’s Aurora borealis clip on Earings
Pearl and Aurora borealis spiral Bracelet
Bobbi Brown Red Lip Pencil + Revlon Red + MAC Lady Danger + Revlon HD Lipstick in Poppy
Thank you for joining me today on Gloriously Vintage. I hope I will be as spry as my mother when I am 92 years old! Do get in touch – it is great to hear from you – say hello in the comments!
A big thank you to Glenn for taking all the photographs.