Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The dream blouse

It's no secret that I am obsessed with vintage blouses, my collection seems to be ever-expanding and I am always scouring eBay and Depop for the perfect ones to add to my collection. In particular, I had been after the perfect white vintage blouse. I missed out on a gorgeous ruffled number a while back on Depop and had been pining after something similar since. Alas, I could not find something to match, however, I did stumble upon this beautiful blouse which came all the way from Canada to land on my doorstep.

As soon as I saw it, I fell in love; the giant lace ruffle around the neck, the silky satin fabric, the pleats down the front... it was the blouse I'd been searching for. Surprisingly, this beauty arrived really quickly from Canada, in about five days and I have already worn it so much since. I just picked up some cropped, kick flared jeans which it goes oh-so well with but it also looks lovely with skirts, like how I styled it for this post.

Blouse | Vintage via Depop
Skirt | Depop
Bag | Handmade by me
Earrings | Accessorize 
Hat | Depop
Shoes | Depop

On this particular occasion, I styled the blouse with a suede Zara skirt, which is very seventies and was a bargain off Depop, it fits so well and I love the popper fastening as well as the belt around the waist; at first glance, I did think it was a true 70s skirt. 

I wanted to keep the outfit quite monochromatic, so added some fishnet tights for a bit more warmth in the Autumn weather, my beloved Vivienne Westwood- style shoes, also from Depop and a baker boy hat to tie in with the retro vibes of the outfit. 

The bag was handmade by me about a month ago. The fabric was a piece my mum and I found whilst clearing out my Nan's house and I wanted to do something special with it since she's obviously not around anymore and it is such a beautiful piece of fabric. The bag design was based on the Simon Miller bags which I have seen all over Instagram; I loved the shape of them as well as the wooden circular handles, they are such beautiful bags but way over my budget. I got the handles for the bag from Etsy from this shop, although I am not sure if they have more in stock. The bag itself was simple to make, I lined it with calico to match the colour of the fabric and I am so happy with how it turned out. It may not match with all of my clothes but it is a great bag for wearing with more simple outfits to jazz them up a bit.

Holly Olivia x

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