Monday, April 02, 2007

Fun Monday # 11 What's in your wardrobe !!!

I'm delighted to be hosting Fun Monday this week. I can't wait to delve into your wardrobes and drawers (ha ha no wise cracks).

Your challenge is to find a long forgotten, treasured garment or the fashion faux pas and share it:

'I would like to see a photo (if possible) of a vintage item of clothes- it might be something that has been in your wardrobe for ever, that you can't bear to part with and the story behind it (funny, sad, sentimental I know how creative you all are). If you are someone who regularly de-clutters your wardrobe every season don't worry you can tell us about any current favourite item of clothes'.

I expect you have gathered that I am not one for throwing much out. I keep older stuff for doing housework, decorating and gardening. Then there are the seasonal clothes and things I only use for holidays and a stack of stuff that I had for work. As it's only six months since I retired all this is in good condition but I no longer need to dress up and I confess to slobbing around at home. The remainder is too good to throw out and if I loose weight I might get into it but of course this rarely happens. This theme has been at the back of my mind since I posted about clearing out my shoes for a charity appeal. Maybe after this I will send some clothes to the charity shop.

Do you remember Mary Quant of the mini-skirt era. Well back in the January sales in 1966 when I was pregnant with my eldest daughter Sam and very poor I was thrilled when I found a Mary Quant cape-mac. I can't remember how much I paid for it I think it might have been around £5 ($10) but the fact that it was designer and I could afford it was enough for me, plus a cape would nicely cover my fast expanding waist line. The fact that I probably looked hideous didn't even come into it. I could never bring myself to part with this because of the memories it holds of that time of my life. I convinced myself as it was vintage designer it might be worth more than I paid for it. I recently got Beccy to model it (with this post in mind) and I've now given her custody. Oh I also have a pair of gold MQ tights.

You know me I can never stop at one item:

I've still got long skirts and very dated evening wear from the 70's and 80's, a bag that is animal skin from the 60's quite unethical I know but we were less aware back then. I don't want to bore you to death and there are a lot of blogs to visit so I'll leave you with just a few more glimpses of things from my bulging wardrobes.

This is a real vintage item (oldest item of clothing in the house) that I picked up in a jumble sale it's an early Jaegar ladies swimsuit (I have actually contacted Jaegar as I'm hoping they can tell me when it was first on sale so that I can date it circa 1920's or 30's at a guess). Considering its age it's in very good condition and I couldn't model it as I am now far too Rubenesque for that !!

This is moi in my vintage nurses uniform, in 1962, which I still have as I didn't hand in when I left- well I needed a memento. I don't know how we managed to bend and lift in starched collars, caps and aprons.

This was my first ever negligee bought in 1965. Since early 80's it's been used to cover a dancing costume belonging to Sam and it's still in perfect condition. Well it was from a time when M&S really made clothes to last. Not at all practical but I remember feeling glamorous as I had never had anything so frivolous before (it looks so frumpy 42 years on) .

I know my first marriage failed but my dress is still hung in the wardrobe all faded and full of ironmould- says it all really. However at the time of this photo in 1965 I was very happy and blissfully unaware of what lay ahead. Life is full of memories both good and bad and I rejoyce in the fact that this marriage brought me two wonderful daughters whom I love very much.

This is the shawl (knitted by someone I worked with) and the dress both my girls were Christened in and I secretly hoped they might be used again but alas fashions change.

My final item of clothing is much more recent but it's a treasured T-shirt with a printed picture of me and Dillon. At the time he was my only grandchild so I was thrilled to get this as a Christmas present (1994). You can laugh at the hair I am.

Those who are willing to share their wardrobe secrets are:

Beccy peppermint tea (done)

Sam becks&posh (done)

Enidd Third Person Singular (done)

mjd The return of the White Robin (done)

Pamela The dust will wait (done)

Karmyn Dreaming What ifs (done)

Artist formerly known as purpleworms (House of Purpleworms) (done)

Steffi (done)

Swampwitch Anecdotes etc (done)

Stephanie mamadrama(done)

Min mamadrama(done)

Anvilcloud Raindrops(done)

Robin pensieve(done)

Bethany icecream mamma (done)

nikki (done)

Elenajane What she said too (done)

Dayna 2crazzie4u (done)

My4kids (done)

Frannie the tfamily syndicate (will be posting late she has family visiting so we've got something to look forward to) (DONE)

Sally Writes (done)

Vicki Living life and Catching light (not coming out to play this one but she has a nice post for today so still pop over)

Wendz A Bagguette on My table

Lisa the food snob



POSTSCRIPT We have a host for next week so a big thank you to Amy w who will let us know the theme later in the week. So please check it out.

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At 2/4/07 01:16, Blogger my4kids said...

Love all the pictures. I am not sure mine will be so interesting.

At 2/4/07 02:13, Blogger Sam said...

that was a trip down memory lane apart from the jaegar cossie - I didn't know you had that.

I love the Negligee - it was made for a princess!

At 2/4/07 02:49, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was wonderful chris. i haven't even taken photos yet, i will in the morning, so it might be closer to tuesday (your time) when mine is up! :)

At 2/4/07 05:27, Blogger AfKaP said...

What a delightful tour you have led us on today. What a stylish woman you were in your MQ - I am always showing my students pictures of Carnaby Street fashions for my film class (when we do Blow Up)! I bet you looked smashing in your cape!

At 2/4/07 05:44, Blogger Molly said...

You have a nice collection of old clothes. I no longer have my wedding dress, and it was a beautiful dress. We must be a similar age as Daddy D and I were married in 1966. Furthermore, I fondly remember Mary Quant and mini-skirts. Thank you for the fun trip down memory lane.

At 2/4/07 06:04, Blogger Molly said...

Back again, my Fun Monday post is up too.

At 2/4/07 07:15, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what lovely things you have. enidd would wear that cossie today, it's fab. she has a great 40's coat that she got from a 2nd hand shop - it's in perfect condition. she couldn't blog about it, because like most of her clothes, it's in storage in paris. she hopes she's forgiven for blogging about a near revolution instead - she did try to make it a bit clothes focussed!

At 2/4/07 08:25, Blogger ChrisB said...

my4kids I shall be over later to take a peep

sam- princess indeed you are so sweet to your old mum

elenajane I look forward to it.

mjd we seem to have had similar ideas for this post as well. (blue suit/baby dress)

tafkapurpleworms to go to Carnaby street was everyone's dream back then. I didn't get to visit until several decades later.

I expect enidd would look stunning in it, now there's a thought for a future post.

At 2/4/07 08:52, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, what a stylish mama you are!

And I'm delighted to know that you are a fellow nurse! Excellent!! I went to a very old-fashioned nursing school that made us wear very similar uniforms to yours as students. The year prior to my entrance they had finally done away with the caps, but we still had to iron those awful dresses! I was so happy to be wearing scrubs after nursing school!

At 2/4/07 08:53, Blogger Beccy said...

I used to wear that neglige when I was home from school sick. I'd swan around the house feeling like a princess!

At 2/4/07 08:54, Blogger Beccy said...

Link not working to Swampy.

At 2/4/07 08:59, Blogger Beccy said...

Enidd link not working.

At 2/4/07 09:04, Blogger Steffi said...

Your pictures are funny and nice and interesting story about it.I enjoy it to read!My story of my vintage item isn´t so interesting like yours...

At 2/4/07 09:18, Blogger Merle said...

Hi Chris ~~ I enjoyed your post very much. Thanks for your comments about the photos on my blog. Take care, Love, Merle.

At 2/4/07 09:37, Blogger ChrisB said...

beccy I had realised about the links and fixed them. Glad you felt like a princess!!

stephanie I left nursing in 1979 and went on to qualify as a social worker.

steffi thank you; remember I'm now a vintage person so I can go back farther than all you youngsters.

merle thanks for dropping by again see you soon.

At 2/4/07 10:37, Blogger Beccy said...

Re: The christening gown.

1) Dillon at 2 1/2 and Mollie at 18 months were too big to wear it.

2) Ben was such a boy I couldn't have put him in a dress at 6 months even if it had fitted.

3) Marie also wanted us to use the O'Sullivan gown and we couldn't choose.

4) We're not known for following convention!

At 2/4/07 11:14, Blogger ChrisB said...

beccy I know and I was just expressing my thoughts

At 2/4/07 13:03, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the cape. I wish I'd kept some of the old fashions! I did post a blog though. Not really what you wanted, but I did my best.

At 2/4/07 13:21, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh. It's Monday, and I forgot all about my closet. And I thought it would be so much fun too. I promise to do this tomorrow.

At 2/4/07 13:21, Blogger Amy W said...

Love the pictures...

I would love to host if you don't have anyone to host. I would have joined in this week, but I didn't know who was hosting.

At 2/4/07 13:24, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

That's quite a collection: no shortage of material (so to speak) for you.

At 2/4/07 15:23, Blogger ChrisB said...

min I loved your post very original.

amy w- its not too late to do a post if you feel like it. Thank you so much for kindly offering to host next week I will add a comment to this post.

anvilcloud like the pun

ktjrdn I'll look forward to it.

At 2/4/07 15:40, Blogger Pamela said...

you take the vintage cake..!!!!
I wish I'd saved more things.

At 2/4/07 15:45, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the nursing photo. Do you wish that nurses still dressed that way?

At 2/4/07 15:45, Blogger FH said...

How beautiful Chris!! I wish I had some to show you too!

You look so beautiful in that wedding dress.Enjoy.Can't wait to go thru' all the other blogs too.

At 2/4/07 16:23, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris....mine is up...I'm sure I've got to move text because of how screwy TypePad is with picture uploads :/. As soon as I'm done, I'll be off to read yours and everyone elses :).

At 2/4/07 17:05, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris, I'm back again after actually READING (and thoroughly enjoying) your post. I realized after the fact, I sorta "did" this FM wrong, but at least the vintage clothes are "right".

I cannot imagine nurses still in much of your job IS lifting and bending, you'd be flashing anyone...EVERYONE...who happened to be walking by! Great photo, though :).

Capes are mysterious, wonder why they aren't more popular. Grown-ups could pretend to be super heros, I'm a firm believer creative imaginations should NEVAH die!

And your nightie...I think those that leave a bit to the imagination are preferable to those that show it all. 1) the wearer usually feels sexier and 2) the "see-er" has the pleasure of unwrapping the gift... Guess I'm odd that way ;).

My wedding dress has been boxed for almost 20 years...I'm breaking the seal in November (to celebrate our anniversary). Hope it's not ruined ...:/.

At 2/4/07 17:30, Blogger ChrisB said...

pamela you can have too much of a good thing, I really need to de-clutter just a bit

vicki I think the uniforms today are much more practical but they don't look as professional (in my humble opinion)

asha remember I've seen how beautiful you looked in yours. There are some good posts -enjoy :)

robin as far as I'm concerned you did more than fine and didn't disappoint. The 'fun' is seeing everyone's interpretation. Trousers are practical and smart but when I was recently visiting my mother in hospital I did notice how unkempt a lot of the nurses looked (messy hair etc. I can remenber being sent off the ward to tidy my hair as some had escaped from under my cap). It's agood job those days are over.
I'm only just learning how beccy used to dress up in the negligee when I wasn't about.
We'll look forward to getting a glimpse of your wedding dress in Nov. then!!

At 2/4/07 18:47, Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful clothes! if i would have realized that today was fun monday earlier i would have taken some pictures of my 95 year old grandma's party dress collection from the 50's. i might still do that now that i think of it!

thanks for the link!

At 2/4/07 19:21, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking at some of these awesome clothes today makes me wish I'd saved some stuff - but I don't think I ever owned any really cool clothes (except for a boxed up and preserved wedding dress).

That Christening gown is a sure keeper!!! Great-grandbabies should be pictured in it too.

At 2/4/07 19:50, Blogger ~ej said...

i'm up now, finally!! :)

At 2/4/07 20:26, Blogger ChrisB said...

karmyn I hope I'm still around for the great-grand babies.

At 2/4/07 21:03, Blogger Barbara said...

I'm a de clutterer and have nothing vintage inmy wardrobe.I do have one dress I bought in the eighties which I still wear. It was incredibly expensive at the time so I have had my moneis worth. I suspect the MQ cape would be worth something now. I'm sure I've seen some MQ vintage on Antiques Road Show.

At 2/4/07 21:22, Blogger ChrisB said...

Barbara I thought that as well which is why I've now passed it on to beccy.

At 2/4/07 22:52, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't sign up because I sort of misread the assignment. I thought it actually had to be vintage stuff, which I don't have any. But seeing your post (very nice too, btw) I realise it could have just bee old crap from my wardrobe. But being a guy I don't really have that many clothes and I don't have any old stuff at all.

I remember those capes!!!

At 2/4/07 23:06, Blogger ChrisB said...

willowtree I think I might have been misleading and the "vintage" was intended to be individual interpretation so sorry if I caused confusion.

At 3/4/07 03:34, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about DubYaT...he's always cornfused...Besides, he would have probably posted a pirate costume or something horrid like that...with him in it. Please don't tell him I said that.
Thanks for being the hostess with the mostess. Loved visiting all the sites with their closets exposed.

At 3/4/07 08:09, Blogger ChrisB said...

swampwitch you are too kind; it was fun closet hopping. WT probably couldn't face the female comments (WT only joking you really must enter next week)

At 23/6/08 19:00, Blogger Jo Beaufoix said...

Hee hee those are fab. And how cute is your grandson? :D

At 24/6/08 05:54, Blogger Unknown said...

I had never seen this post so I found this a lot of fun. :) I love your hair, I would never laugh, nuh-uh.


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