I'm so tickled to share this post with you! I recently had the happy opportunity to keep a couple of vintage sister blouses together and very quickly snapped up the chance. And quite by accident really!
Amy, the owner of Wildfell Hall Vintage (who happens to be a complete darling), occasionally puts posts up on her facebook page announcing stock that will be entering her lovely Etsy shop later that day or week. I hawkishly track these posts as I want to get 1st dibs on a great piece. Well, back in late July, just such a post appeared on my facebook feed. It was for the milk chocolate brown shirt you see here. My eyes quickly lit up and Amy said that a few blouses, including this one and all at reasonable prices, would shortly be listed in her shop. Of course, I obsessively opened her shop link for the rest of the day in anticipation!
Waited...waited...waited...BAM, listed! I quick as lightening checked the measurements, condition, and price, YES all good! Add to cart, purchased, mine! All within seconds of it being listed. Amy actually wrote me shortly there after and said that may have been the quickest she's ever sold anything! Hahaha! Can you blame me though?!
This 1950s brown top was just too perfect for those everyday, knock around adventures. Clean, worn in, cotton button up with a cropped waist (which happens to be a favorite style for me) and an unusual and sweet monogram pocket complete with a tiny silk hankie that pulls through two little slots. I figured this top would be a nice simple addition to my closet and would be perfect for multiple seasons.
And then!! Two weeks later, I clicked on Wildfell Hall's shop to take a peek at another listing and saw...what?! my blouse?! in blue?! What the what?! Perplexed, I clicked on the listing and lo and behold, they were the same blouse, only difference being that the blue one was slightly larger. Well how could I resist this?! I wrote Amy and asked if they were from the same owner and she laughingly said yes and that she meant to tell me she had another, but had forgotten in the chaos. Yay! How fun! I speedily snapped this one up too and now these sister shirts are together once again!
I really don't know what the insignia is, but Amy told me that the two blouses were from the estate of a rather well educated lady and that maybe they are college or possibly sorority emblems? Not sure. If any of you happen to recognize it, please let me know!
As for the photos, I felt like I wanted to introduce the blouses to you in a way that celebrated their collegiate past and because September and early fall are also associated with the start of school, I tried to give the shoot a "back-to-school" vibe. And apparently, I attend the most kick-ass school imaginable because Anne of Green Gables and The Princess Bride appear to be my textbooks.
I kept the accessories minimal (I tend to) and just wore two of the rings from my shop. "Road to Nowhere" for the brown shirt and "Abstraction" for the blue. My white button studs, "Sugar Drops", were a nice clean touch since you only got to see a peek of them with my hairstyle. I did my normal pin curl set but pulled back one side with a vintage comb. My belt is the one I made early on this year from a modern belt sewn onto a vintage buckle and my shoes, "Gramercy" from Remix Shoes are the perfect oxford look for that school-girl charm I was hoping to achieve.
Both Blouses: 1950s Cropped Cotton from Wildfell Hall Vintage
Trousers: Reproduction 1940s Wool Garbadine from Time Machine Vintage
Shoes: Reproduction 1930s/40s "Gramercy" from Remix Vintage Shoes
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