Sartorial Saturday–“Die Heimat”

You didn’t think I’d stop at just one dirndl, did you?

When Ryan bought me my very first dirndl as an early Christmas present, there were two options that really stood out to me…the beautiful purple floral dirndl he ordered, and “Die Heimat,” a dress that features a gorgeous suede bodice and comes with an apron that has a lovely print of deer and old script. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I decided to save my money and go ahead and add a second dirndl to my wardrobe…let’s call it a gift to myself for my (almost) 100 day streak of German lessons with Duolingo!

As always, accessories are everything. I added a fierce-looking Hirsch necklace from Rare Dirndl to go with the outfit, and on Black Friday, I got this beautiful lace dirndl blouse for a steal! I added my edelweiss clip to a grey fedora, and a pair of dirndl-style shoes and some nice warm tights that aren’t quite the right color depending on which part of the outfit you compare them to, but let’s just overlook that, shall we?

One of my favorite details of this style, and something that I think makes it extra special, is that there is both a ribbon and a chain for lacing. I’m not going to lie…trying to figure out how to lace them both without getting them tangled was a challenge, and I was pretty slow at it, but I think I’ve maybe got it figured out now, and it looks so good!

I feel Austrian when I wear this!

Stay tuned to see how I style this dirndl for Christmas!

Sartorial Saturday–National Dress

Today I’m taking a look at something completely different!

I have always loved national dress, from Norway’s bunad to the sari of South Asia. And I have long lamented the fact the the US really doesn’t have ethnic dress, unless you count jeans (which I don’t). But my ethnic heritage (Austrian and German) does have a traditional garment for women in the form of the dirndl, something I have long wanted to add to my wardrobe, and Ryan bought me a purple and floral one for an early Christmas present!

This beautiful dirndl is from Rare Dirndl, a small business located in Chicago (where else?!?). It consists of a purple dress and a gorgeous floral print apron, and I’m wearing it with a Rare Dirndl puff sleeve, lace-trim blouse. Also, the best clothing designers know that women want pockets in their dresses, and Rare Dirndl is no exception!

The details on the dress are amazing (look at the pleated trim around the neckline and the piping down the front!), and the workmanship is outstanding (check out how well the hooks on the front are sewn on, and with such a beautiful color of thread, too…it almost looks like they’re set with gemstones!). The print of the apron is fantastic, too…it has a metallic sheen, and the colors are so vibrant…and the strings are actually long enough to fit me properly, which was a huge concern of mine. It is seriously the most well-made and best fitting dress I have ever had (and I have a lot of dresses!).

To accessorize, I added a purple fedora and a petticoat with a lace edge meant to be seen:

I added a leather Edelweiss clip to my hat (also from Rare Dirndl), and then moved it to my hair, just for fun. It can also be worn as a brooch…I love a versatile accessory!

Here’s a look at the whole outfit sans hat:

Rare Dirndl also offers some lovely jewelry, and many of the pieces feature Edelweiss, a flower often associated with Austria. The scalloped necklace is so delicate and beautiful, and I love the pop of color of the wrap bracelet! (I added one of my Lake Michigan HOMES bracelets in a coordinating color, since I’m celebrating my heritage.)

I’m ready to twirl my way through the Alps!

This is my first dirndl, but it won’t be last…I’m already waiting for my second Rare Dirndl dress to arrive! Erika was such a huge help in answering all of my questions and making sure I got the dirndl of my dreams, so I’m really excited to support her small business again! It’s really not a jump for me to go from retro dressing to ethnic dressing, because they both include a nod to the past in a new, modern way, so I feel comfortable wearing this outfit not just to German events (I can’t wait to style it for Belleville’s Christkindlmarkt in a few weeks), and it’s definitely not a costume item to me. I’m looking forward to sharing more photos of my national dress(es) as I style them in different ways throughout the seasons!

Sartorial Saturday–Toujours Élégant

Time for a look at one more item from the Miss Candyfloss Toujours Élégant autumn/winter 2021 collection…the lovely Minette-Lou tartan swing dress!

I feel like I’ve been waiting for this dress forever. It was one of the very first pieces to catch my eye when I initially scrolled through the lookbook. It’s kind of funny, then, that it’s the last piece on my wishlist to be released, but at least it’s finally here!

Accessorizing was fun…I chose my pillbox hat, black lace gloves, a grey and yellow stack of Splendette duchess bangles, and my Erstwilder brooch that has become a wardrobe staple:

This dress is so lovely and easy to wear. It has tons of twirl, and I love that it looks like a jacket and skirt. The plaid accents on the collar, cuffs, and buttons are lovely additional details, too!

I have to admit, there’s almost a sense of letdown now that I have all the items I was dreaming of from the autumn/winter collection…it’s seems like a long time before I’ll get a glance at the spring/summer 2022 lookbook!

Sartorial Saturday–Tartan Shirtwaist

Thanks to Miss Candyfloss, I’ve discovered how much I love a shirtwaist dress, and I’m so excited that I now have the lovely Isolde-Sun tartan print in my wardrobe!

I’ve always loved the combination of grey and yellow, so this dress is perfect! I love that even though it’s a fall dress, it still has short sleeves, which come in handy around here as the temperature bounces up and down and back again.

Of course I added grey and yellow accessories, too, with a stack of Splendette duchess bangles and an Erstwilder brooch:

I especially love the full skirt and the pockets, and the fact that the buttons are covered in the same plaid!

There’s one more dress from the Miss Candyfloss Toujurs Élégant autumn/winter lookbook I’m hoping to order, and I hope it’s available soon!

Sartorial Saturday–Swinging into Fall

Time for a look at the Miss Candyfloss swing dress I almost didn’t order..the lovely Jolene-Plum!

I’m not even sure why this dress wasn’t originally on my radar, because the cut is beautiful, and I love the colors for fall, but I’m glad I decided I should give it a try, because it fits like a dream, has a great twirl, and is perfect paired with a cardigan as the temperatures get cooler!

I paired it with a navy hat, a plum and burgundy stack of Splendette duchess bangles, and the Slothertons, a pair of adorable Erstwilder brooches:

I love this whole look!

And since it’s not really fall quite yet, here’s a look at the dress minus the cardigan:

I’m already working on a plan for another way to style this beautiful dress once it cools off even more!

Sartorial Saturday–Inspired by Downton Abbey

“I am not ‘miss,’ I am Lady Mary Crawley.”

Most of my wardrobe consists of retro fashions, and most of those represent the 1940s-60s (but primarily the 1950s). There’s something about today’s look, featuring the Melania-Abalone blouse and Becky-Bo skirt from Miss Candyfloss, that just screams Downton Abbey and the 1920s to me, though!

I love the bishop sleeves on the blouse, and the skirt is so soft!

I think the paired hat, which I’ve had for years, but looks like it was made to go with the outfit, is a big part of the look. So is the Art Deco brooch from Erstwilder and a long string of pearls. And the details on the blouse, including the sweet bow and lovely buttons, also add to the opulent feeling that reflects that time so well:

This is my first pair of separates from Miss Candyfloss, and to be honest, in a reversal of my usual concern over fit when buying a dress for the first time, I was really worried about how these pieces would work. I followed the size chart, which recommended a size larger than my usual in the skirt, and I’ll be honest…that was unnecessary. The skirt is quite big in the waist, and I’ll need to have it tailored eventually. For now, though, a pin in the back was enough to adjust the fit. The blouse, on the other hand, fits perfectly, and I couldn’t love it more!

I love this color palette and these fabrics for fall, and I’m looking forward to finding different ways to wear these pieces!

Sartorial Saturday–Awaiting Autumn

I am so ready for fall!

Actually, I’ve pretty much been ready for fall ever since our first hot summer day, but now that school has started again, I’m really ready. Fortunately, Miss Candyfloss also appears to be ready for autumn, because not only have they released their new autumn/winter lookbook, Toujours Élégant, they’ve also already made a few of the pieces available! And one of my favorite looks, featuring the Phoebe-Amber tartan swing dress and Elke-Amber short blazer, was available in the very first release!

Don’t you love the fun sleeves on the blazer?!?

I love the color of the jacket (one that’s fairly unique in my wardrobe), and the lovely plaid.

Let’s be honest, though…it’s just not blazer season here yet, which is ok, because the dress is gorgeous on its own…the neckline is especially lovely:

The coordinating belt adds a nice extra pop of color:

I accessorized with a hat that is absolutely perfect with the dress, an Erstwilder brooch, and a fall-themed stack of Splendette duchess bangles:

I love every Miss Candyfloss dress I receive even more than the last, which is really saying something, because every piece I have ordered has been special and made me feel fantastic!

Sartorial Saturday–The Mad Hatter

Time for a look at my hat collection! I’ve come a long way since I bought my very first non-winter hat about nine years ago (it’s still one of my favorites!), and I now have hats in several different styles and multiple colors:

Do you have a favorite style of hat?

Sartorial Saturday…On A Sunday–Fashion for the Fourth

It’s been a while since I shared an Independence Day outfit! I’m really happy with the look I put together today, featuring a red Harley top and blue harlequin circle skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing and a red, white, and blue Splendette duchess bangles stack. The Starlite necklace from Meteor Jewelry and star brooch from Erstwilder are also a perfect fit, and let’s not forget a bright blue mask, because there’s still a pandemic going on. My favorite part of the outfit, however, might just be the red and blue PUG hair flowers I added to my Unique Vintage bonnet.

Happy Fourth of July!

Sartorial Saturday–The Ingenue

Every once in a while, you get a second chance on something you missed out on.

The first time this beautiful blue floral Ingenue dress from Vixen by Micheline Pitt was available for pre-order, I wanted to get it, but since I fell directly between sizes, and it was a new dress without reviews about fit, I was reluctant. In the end, all the pre-orders sold out, and I thought that was that, but every time I saw a photo of someone in the dress, I felt like I had missed out on something special. And then a second run of the dress popped up, and after reading the reviews and asking some questions, I decided to just size up and hope for the best.

The fit is great! I probably could have sized down, but I really like being able to take a deep breath and eat, so I’m glad I went a bit larger. Strangely, the part of the dress that is really too big is the belt…even if I use the farthest notch, it’s still not remotely fitted, which is not something I’m used to.

I also ordered this beautiful sun hat in a lovely blush pink color…I love how it looks with this dress, and it really comes off as a neutral, so I know I’ll be able to wear it with lots of other things, too! Of course I also have a great Splendette stack, and my pearl and floral necklace from Talbots is a perfect match!

Isn’t it a lovely look?

I’m so happy to have had a second chance at this dress!