9.09.2009

Going Green


I used to hate suits. Having a square jaw and shoulders I always stayed away from any type of suit, but last year at work I decided to try on this one. And how lovely it was. Since then I've collected three other 1940s suits, and am on the lookout for a 1930s one. The ultimate find would be a New Look Christian Dior suit, but that may take a lifetime of looking (and savings). A green suit has been on my wish list for a while as it looks so militant, and over the weekend I got this one at The Red Light. It fits like a glove, and I LOVE the nipped in waist.

Today I put on one hat, left the house with another, and got to work and found this one (and two others, ahem) waiting to be put out on display. Needless to say they never made it out, but instead came home with me to my hat farm, where hats play all day until it's showtime.

Dress: The Red Light

Hat and purse: The Urban Eccentric

36 comments:

Leilani said...

I usually avoid suits too as I'm not sure when I would wear them... they seem rather 'smart' for everyday wear but you pull it off quite well. Love the colour and shape of this suit and the hat works wonderfully with it.

Frances Baker said...

That is the best suit ever! I just love the shape. I usually avoid suits because I feel a bit 'stiff' in them, but you pull it off so perfectly!

Angel said...

Can i adopt some of your farm hats?

I love the suit i would love to find one similar!

Andi B. Goode said...

What a gorgeous suit. It looks fantastic on you.
-Andi x

Pretty Pirate said...

Lovely! I love hats and have a hat collection too. That suit fits like a glove and looks amazing on you! Nice find!

zog_etiquette said...

you look seriously great in this. I wish I could pull something like this off. I'd wear pencil skirts and pumps everyday of my life.

;)

reilly said...

So gorgeous! I've started dipping my toes into the suit-water, haha. I think I've seen too many 40s movies with ladies who look so good in suits not to want to have one of my own!

I love the hat as well. :)

Kitten said...

I SO wish there was a bit more vintage available where I live, coz this suit you're wearing is just so amazing...!

KittyMeow said...

Lovely suit! You wear it so well. And I just love the hat :-D

Hannah Marie said...

Oh I just love that suit! It fits so beautifully.

Leanne said...

You look lovely :)
where do you work? ox

hasoon said...

GOSH that's a fine suit. Of all your fabulous garments, the suits are what I'd like to pinch the most.

Lisa said...

Great suit!

The world is a funny place you know, I just named a post on my bolg "Going Green" last week.

Here's the address if you're interested:

http://myvintageobsession.blogspot.com/2009/08/going-green.html

Kelley Anne said...
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Kelley Anne said...

Wow, you look amazing! I think I might consider vintage suits now:) I know what you mean about the hats too...your collection is most likely much more diverse than mine, but sometimes I feel like I'm holding a hat party in my bedroom.

Amanda said...

Adore the combo!

Erika said...

So beautiful! I also used to feel that I couldn't wear suites 'cuz of my jaw and shoulders, but now I like them. At least when they fit like yours...

Since I'm new at wearing vintage hats, I was wondering if I could ask if you have any tips on how to fasten them with hat pins? Would be ever so grateful for some help and advice =)

Cheers!

Lizzy said...

Lovely suit! and I see yours doesn't have shoulder pads, I mean the ones in the other pictures have them, I like more how it looks without them.

sarah said...

I usually shy away from suits too, mainly because they're a little too dressy for my lifestyle and I feel a bit too 'buttoned up'. But this one is lovely on you! The cut and colour are amazing.

Oh dear, "hat farm"! I know the feeling! Every time I swear off buying more hats, I end up... er, buying more hats. ;)

Penny said...

wow wow wow! stunning!

Ms. B said...

That suit is just gorgeous on you and I love the color!!!!

Shell said...

I hate suits too. Maybe I need to find the right suit to fit my body, like you did. You look very lovely, like you fit in a Bette Davis movie.

Maria Confer said...

Gorgeous green suit. Being big busted, I tend to avoid suits as well.

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Toosdai said...

okay, hold up. we have Red Light in seattle, two whole locations, and i have found maybe ONE thing that is even comparable to the last two finds you posted. well, i am stamping my foot and hitchhiking down to portland! i will be making a hajj for all girls like me, still flipping through racks of pieces we have tried on and tried out! viva vintage!!

and end rant.

Paige Turner said...

ADORABLE! I used to have to wear suits to work some days, and I think that one is much nicer than many of the modern ones floating around out there.

Cheers!

little my said...

That suit is simply gorgeous! I'm usually put off by suits, especially those awful '80s one everyone seems to keep wearing around here... You look like a film star in it and that shade of green is so autumn-perfect <3

Kathryn said...

That suit is spectacular on you, great find!

Le Tasché said...

You really look gorgeous in your today outfit!

slovly said...

Love it. Not manly and square like some suits. Very feminine and smart looking!

Diva said...

I love suits! But sad to say I weigh a little to much to fit into most of them. So I usually end up buying just the jacket since it works buttoned up. You look VG (vintage gorgeous)in that green suit !

Dizzy Dame said...

I have two Dior suit coats,and the sad thing is.. I never wear them.. i know i know....

Della said...

What shoes are you wearing? I saw a hint of green! :)

I don't usually fit suits- especially vintage suits. My shoulders just don't like them. :)

Solanah said...

Erika, I'm actually working on a post on how to wear hat pins! So stay tuned ;)

Leanne, I work at a local vintage shop.

Kelly Anne, yes! A hat party, I love that!

Dizzy Dame, shame one you! ;)

Della, they're modern but with a 30s feel, my legs hurt like crazy this morning though, I need insoles.

Hehe, Lisa, how funny!

Mary said...

That suit fits you perfectly! I can't wait to visit Portland for some vintage shopping!

Jessica Cangiano said...

Absolutely love this suit...the dusty pine hue and tailored cut are so wildly sophisticated. You look amazing - don't shy away from suits, honey, I think they work wonderfully on you!


Have a gorgeous Monday!
♥ Jessica

casey said...

I tend to shy away from suits too. I always feel too "matronly" in them, despite trying to pick out ones that are more curvy. Maybe I just haven't found the perfect suit yet? That being said, I'd still love to find and own a smartly tailored 40s or 50s suit; something in a classic fabric (tweed or a lightweight wool are my dream fabrics!), that is a flattering cut. I've seen a few that come close, but are usually too pricey for me, or totally the wrong size. ;) lol!

You look fantastic! I love how you've softened up a rather "militant" shade of green. And that hat is too cute!!!

- Casey
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