Subversive Femme

Outfit: Tea and Taffeta

It’s been a while since I’ve done an outfit post, so here goes…

Last weekend we went to High Tea, and it was finally cool enough to wear a thick taffeta afternoon dress without overheating! It’s also a rare chance to dress up in something fabulous during the day.

Our favourite place for High Tea is The Tea Cosy – right in the middle of the oldest part of Sydney, called The Rocks.

The Rocks is the site of the first European settlement in Australia, and you can feel the years of history in the surroundings. If you stick to the back streets, there’s hardly any tourists and much more interesting things to see (in my opinion).

The 1950s dress I chose is from Mode’O’Day, and has fabulous dolman sleeves, with a front split  to reveal a satin underskirt.

I’d been chasing a dress made from this iconic striped taffeta for what felt like ages, and finally found one in my size on Etsy (and in my price range). It must have been a popular fabric, as I’ve found another dress exactly the same here. And here’s some similar dresses in the same fabric here and here.

It was definitely worth the chase, as I feel so glamorous wearing it!

1950’s taffeta dress – Trove Vintage
1940 lucite ‘B’ brooch – Etsy
Red heels – Miss L Fire Rosita
Red wicker handbag – Chicago
Jewellery – various

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    Georgia Rose
    June 17, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Oh man, I have the same brooch but with my initial, G. I love it so much that I very rarely wear it, worried that the old brooch back will fail and it'll fall off and snap or something.

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    June 17, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I know how you feel! They are super cute brooches, but the backs are a bit flimsy 🙁

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    Anita Fendrock
    June 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I agree; that dress certainly was worth the chase! It's absolutely stunning. I have saved the duplicate with the felt flowers in my Etsy favorites, where I can contemplate adding it to my own collection. Thanks so much for sharing!
    xo, Anita

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    Jessica Cangiano
    June 18, 2014 at 12:36 am

    That is such a memorable, absolutely chic vintage dress. I adore that it has satin underskirt – that's soooo old Hollywood to me. You really look gorgeous, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

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    June 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    wonderful dress! i`m totally in love with it!!!!!
    … it makes me wanna wear my black-with-colourful-stipes-cotton-dress …

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