I am bursting with excitement over the invitation we received in the mail. We have been invited to a wedding on Halloween (which in itself is exciting), but it’s going to be held at an art museum and the attire says to, “Wear something you can dance all night in! Formal attire from any era is encouraged but not required. Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian, Elizabethan, Gothic, Steampunk and basic black are options.” If you happen to know me (in a blog sort of way or in person), you’ll know that secretly I’m an old lady that loves everything (especially clothing) from the 19th Century. This is one of my biggest dreams come true! Finally, a reason to actually dress up in a period outfit! My husband is also very excited and has already determined to pick an outfit that’s inspired by Johnny Depp from Sleepy Hollow. My head is racing… do I choose something more Edwardian, or something more Victorian? It says there will be dancing, so perhaps I shouldn’t come with a big, fussy outfit. But when else do you get to wear a corset and perhaps, an elegant hat? My only question is how will I find clothing that could fit into this time period? Most thrift stores carry clothing from the 1950s-1970s… so it will be hard to find items from pre 1900. I don’t have a lot of sewing skills, but I think I’ll have to put them to the test and buy items that can be altered and changed to fit more of the style I’m looking for. I’ve been lusting over these items as inspiration ever since. How cool would it be to wear a mini top hat? Any advice from loyal readers is much appreciated!
(dress by redthreaded)
(hat by the very talented Topsy Turvy Designs)
(a gorgeous vintage Regency dress from the collection of the Bath Museum of Costume in Bath, UK – an amazing museum for period clothing!)