This weekend was a rare weekend where I actually had nothing planned, therefore I decided to take the opportunity to make the most of the beautiful autumnal colours in the forest that overlooks my parents’ house and take a few photos. I grew up in the shadow of this majestic forest, the only one in Britain to remain privately owned, and it has been handed down over 31 generations. During my childhood I spent many a happy summer’s day running around in the dense woods, climbing trees and having numerous family barbecues but since moving away from my hometown I just haven’t ventured back.
It was a great excuse to take some fabulous autumn photos of my new-to-me 1930s style dress, even if I looked ridiculous walking around a forest in high heels! I picked up this beauty in Oxfam in Brighton at the beginning of September the day after I had the pleasure of meeting up with fellow blogger Jenny from Frantically Jenny Francis.
It is by Artigiano, a classic Italian style clothing retailer and cost me £14.99. It’s a little more than what I normally pay for a dress in a charity shop but this one was not getting away. It fits me absolutely perfectly and is in mint condition, I bet it’s only been worn once. I also got a ‘it looks good on you’ look from a rather hot male customer who was in the changing room before me, so I couldn’t exactly disappoint him now could I? 🙂
I love the detailing on it, the very 1930s style cowl neck, the puff sleeves and the ruching at the cuffs. The skirt is a later 1930s style with a fuller look but is still cut in the gored style that was so popular during this decade. The colour actually looks a bit more vibrant in the first three photos and is much more like the one above in real life. It’s burgundy but it has an ever so slight hint of rust to it making it a really intriguing colour.
We got rather carried away with all the fallen leaves and spent ages taking photos of me kicking them about or throwing them in the air but so many of them were complete disasters. Some had me pulling really weird faces, or the tree was covering my entire face, or my mum took the photo way too soon, before I’d even thrown them, but it was really good fun and I almost felt like I did when I was a child doing the same all those years ago!
I teamed it with a black wool beret I bought way back in the 1980s, a skinny black patent belt, a pair of vintage white leather gloves I picked up at the Dig for Victory Show in Lacock in the summer, my beloved 1940s Cordé handbag and a pair of Aris Allen reproduction Oxfords. I adore these shoes, they’re a perfect copy of an original 1930s pair that were sold in Paris called the Ostrich Pump.
There was also another reason I wanted to go to forest and that was to handpick a single acorn. One thing I have always wanted is a single silver acorn pendant and my mum has offered to buy me one for my Christmas present this year. The reason I wanted to choose the acorn is because the jeweller is going to make a mould from it, so my necklace is completely unique. It is an old folk tale that if you have a jeweller do this for you it can bring you certain things that are associated with the charm and the acorn represents protection and growth, two things that are very important to me. I can’t wait to see it all finished and I think it’ll go perfectly with this dress.