17.6.11

a casual friday



(1940s western shirt; 1950s capris; Keds)

I know I've shared my flannel-lined jeans with you; now here is my summer-friendly version. These, too, are vintage '50s jeans, only they're super light-weight clam diggers with adorable nautical-esque striped details! I found them at a consignment store for $15, not such a bad price. I'd been dreaming about a pair of Freddie's for ages, but the ol' student budget wouldn't allow it... and now I'm all set!

Even though I prefer to wear dresses and heels when I go out, I live in rural Vermont, and such outfits are really impractical for everyday life. I have outdoor chores, horses to care for and ride, long hikes with my dog through the dense forests and boggy fields... not something I'd like to subject my vintage frocks to!!


Isn't this Victorian girl portrait the best?? I got it for free! Unfortunately there's no room on my bedroom walls for it, and my dad won't let me put it in the living room. So for now she lives in our garage-turned-workshop.



This 1940s classic gabardine Western shirt is one of my very favorite items of clothing; the embroidery is of acorns and oak leaves, sewn with silvery thread!

♥ Have a great weekend!!! ♥

32 comments:

  1. I adore this outfit! So cute :o)

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  2. a really gorgeous shade of blue. i am adoring the embroidery!

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  3. Totally cute! I know what you mean about impractical, I have the same issues. :)

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  4. That western shirt is the coolest! Lovely post : )

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  5. I think you could be an honorary Okie :) that outfit is just too adorable! And I love spooky/creepy old photos like the one you got! Her expression is just hysterical, I imagine she was giving her mama some attitude when it was snapped. I have a super spooky big photograph in a crusty black frame in my bedroom. It has two little girls in it. I think when the subject is children, it balances out the spooky with a little sweet. Wedding photos are also some of my favorites.
    Have a good summer tramping through the woods! Sounds like fun!

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  6. Have to add another "wow" for that blouse! Fantastic!

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  7. Aaw you always look so breathtakingly gorgeous, the shirt is so cute! x

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  8. I love your hair! It makes me want to weep.

    Arianne from A + B in the Sea

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  9. Those clam diggers are fabulous!!!! What a find! You look fabulous as always!

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  10. Those jeans are a wonderful find! What a lovely outfit.
    And I love that portrait! xx

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  11. We have a couple of those 'crayon enlargement' photos here- of my husband's ancestors :) In fact one of them has a twin to that frame :)

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  12. This is such a cute casual look I really like it!!

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  13. Excellent casualwear, loving the embroidery! :)

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  14. Gorgeous outfit - that portrait of the girl is rather haunting x

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  15. Adorable! The jeans are fantastic - I love the cute stripey detail. The little western shirt is darling, as well, and you wear it well!

    That photograph is just brilliant! I love her funny sullen expression. The frame is beautiful, as well!

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  16. I love the outfit, your pictures are gorgeous as usual.

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  17. Thank you, ladies!! <3

    Isn't that little girl's expression the best? It reminds me of pictures of myself when i was little-- I hated being forced to smile! That stiff collar and little head cap couldn't of been much fun to wear either; no wonder she'd in a bit of a mood!

    Spineretta, I'd never heard the term "crayon enlargement" before; that's really neat! Thanks for the info!

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  18. You are as beautiful as always, those jeans are such a great find. So cheap ( things like that are so expensive over here in the UK). I'm so envious of your beautiful scenery.. it is all so picture perfect. xx

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  19. you look so beautiful, and comfortable! which is a must in vermont summer weather :-)

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  20. Ohhhh D.W., why can't the world just be made with girls like you. ♥

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  21. I am loving your hair! And those capris are amazing!

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  22. The details on this shirt are amazing! You have such luck finiding vintage casual wear - I never seem to find anything that fits.

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  23. You find things that I havent even heard of and again it suits you so well.Did you see my collar finds the other day?
    I am not loving that girl but I did spy a lovely framed horse pic behind you in the shed.

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  24. oh my i have to admit i have been following your blog obsessively since i discovered you! the haircut worked out perfectly by the way! its very adorable silent film star like. and your outfits never do dissapoint!

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  25. Awww ... what a shame about your lovely Victorian portrait not having a home yet. Hey, I'll look after her!;)). The shirt is so beautiful with your beautiful jeans - what a bargain!! Loving your make up today and I love hearing about life in rural Vermont. xo

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  26. I love the striped detail on those capris! Attention to detail is one of the things that first drew me to vintage and it still makes me smile every day. We're having perfect weather here in New England right now, aren't we?

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  27. This outfit is just so cute! :) I especially love the blouse; lately I've been looking for a western-style 40s blouse. Your's is just perfect! :)

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  28. gorgeous blue blouse. love it's details.

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  29. Soooo cute and vintage! I LOVE that color blue on you and the piping on the pants is a great detail! Loving your blog!! Follow each other?

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  30. freddies pants are really great. Your pants at the price you got them for are even nicer though, I think! You look great in this outfit. The blue is amazing. I love Victorian portraits so much. I always want to wear all their hairstyles.

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