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A Bit of Retro Dressing On the Side! πŸ’―πŸ˜»πŸ€—πŸ€”

July 26, 2019

Flashback Style!

I am participating in the linkin with www.glamadventure.com

I love to wear styles of clothing from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and most of it is reproduction clothing or contemporary items that I’ve styled to look like they’re from a past era.

This two piece suit is by an Australian retro-fashion designer, @retrospec’d and I picked it up on a big sale a couple of years ago.

I like to wear it with a bright colour underneath and usually wear the green or red blouse although a jumper or skivvy would be okay too.

Seeing spots before my eyes…

The classic polka dot print is great to get that vintage vibe and it’s also a trend, along with stripes, in current fashion.

There are no shoulder pads in the jacket and it fits beautifully and snuggly on the waist and cuffs, which is my preference.

Full, puff sleeves are also a hallmark of the period and I like that these allow plenty of room to move.

Simplicity Is Key!

The a-line skirt is simple, falling to just below the knee, which is perfect for winter.

It looks like I am going to have to ferret out the right coloured tights online or just should have worn black, as I usually do with this, because these tights are completely wrong with this outfit.

A Touch of Hungary…

I was waiting to see my Doctor and another patient said that the pattern on my shoes was classic Hungarian – and she actually was Hungarian, which I found to be very interesting!!

I felt that these shoes along with the flying ducks brooch and alien earrings brought a bit of fun to the outfit because I generally don’t take myself or fashion trrribly seriously!!

Who’s A Grumpy Old Lady?

I love comedy and we have this show here in Australia called ‘Grumpy Old Women’… it’s hilarious and has mature women having a whinge about little things like kids running around and crying when you’re out at the shops while their young Mums drink lattes and ignore them – you get the idea?

Anyway, so I had a grumpy old lady moment yesterday when I called into a little antique, bric-a-brac shop and bought a couple of sweet little Asian style parasols, maybe to use in my Steampunk Costumes, and the shopkeeper was putting one up and testing it in the shop when a Debbie Downer came by and said “Ooh!! That’s bad luck!!” – I mean here’s an idea just keep your Negative Nancy thoughts to yourself!! Sometimes people are annoying …

Thank you for joining me in my little corner of the web – and I’d love to hear your thoughts in retro dressing and grumpy old lady or men moments or whatever in the comments below or leave a like or follow…

Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

  • Jodie
    July 27, 2019 at 12:54 am

    I adore how you layered the brighter color under this dress Donna!!

    • donnadoesdresses
      July 27, 2019 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you so much – it just gives it that little lift, which we all love in winter! Have a great weekend!πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

  • Theresa
    July 27, 2019 at 2:00 am

    That dress looks adorable on you. And I think those tights look fine with it. Great idea to add the funky jewelry for a little kitschy vibe. And the shoes are fabulous! Overall great retro look.

    • donnadoesdresses
      July 27, 2019 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind and detailed response to my outfit! Sometimes I’m not sure if what I wear is a little ridiculous – and then I just don’t care – but I do love retro! Have a great weekend! πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

  • shannoncarmichael
    July 27, 2019 at 6:53 am

    im just loving the retro look donna! absolutely sensational!

    • donnadoesdresses
      July 27, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you so much dear Shannon – it’s a favourite of mine!! Have a great weekend!! πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

  • Jonathan Caswell
    July 27, 2019 at 4:44 pm


    • donnadoesdresses
      July 27, 2019 at 9:55 pm

      Most certainly – especially with ridiculous people! πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

  • Jonathan Caswell
    July 27, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    NOT YOU????? πŸ˜€

    • donnadoesdresses
      July 27, 2019 at 9:54 pm

      I don’t understand … πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

      • Jonathan Caswell
        July 28, 2019 at 6:13 am

        You’re not grumpy!

        • donnadoesdresses
          July 28, 2019 at 7:26 am

          You don’t know me – I don’t suffer fools …

          • Jonathan Caswell
            July 28, 2019 at 3:12 pm

            Sure glad I’m not one! πŸ˜€

          • donnadoesdresses
            July 28, 2019 at 9:32 pm

            Well, if you’d said that you were a Trump supporter than that would’ve been a whole different outcome …

          • Jonathan Caswell
            July 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

            I try to not involve politics (yeah–right) in my blogging. what’s more important to you and me—sharing our creativity, or letting prejudice make us enemies? Eh? Mr. Trump is doing good things, but I am no “Trump” person—he has strengths and faults– as even his opponents have! And the liberal “progressives” of this land want to do their…oppressive and deceptive thing. I am no one’s man but God’s. One of my best poet frends is Holly Hunter of HOUSE OF HEART blog. We are at opposite ends of the spectrum politically–but we both see and appreciate the gifts and talent in each other—you should read how well she crafts her words and expressions! The choice is yours-0–can you handle being friends who are of different opinions? I was taught how to think independently of some party line—my faith was tested over time—NOT blindly adhered to. Anyway, both Holly and I have fiery Welsh blood in us and are both redheads and passionate about our craft, to boot! I see you are a redhead…as was my Mom…May I remain a vlog friend, or no?

          • donnadoesdresses
            July 29, 2019 at 5:22 am

            I do not have friends with opposing political views – such is my value – and it sounds like yours is opposite of mine …. also I’m not a god squadder spiritual but not into this rampant Christian stuff so maybe it would be best for you to stick to Holly …

          • Jonathan Caswell
            July 29, 2019 at 6:28 am

            Okay. May I then keep what I’ve reblogged, Do you wish them removed (DELETED)? although I am truly sorry to have thus lost both a friend and fellow blogger…but that is your choice…and I am saddened by your decision…but it is your’s to make!

          • donnadoesdresses
            July 29, 2019 at 7:09 am

            Doesn’t worry me either way … leave as is

          • Jonathan Caswell
            July 29, 2019 at 7:18 am

            May I follow you blog still…and enjoy it as I have…just not be a friend by your standards? Hope that is possible! πŸ˜€

          • donnadoesdresses
            July 29, 2019 at 7:18 am

            As you wish …

          • Jonathan Caswell
            July 29, 2019 at 7:21 am

            Thank you! πŸ˜€

          • Jonathan Caswell
            July 29, 2019 at 1:57 am

            Read my latest..PARADIGMS, please Good poem! <3

          • donnadoesdresses
            July 29, 2019 at 3:51 am

            Sorry – not sure what it means ..

          • Jonathan Caswell
            July 29, 2019 at 6:32 am

            Don’t worry about it. A paradigm is a way of looking at things–a frame of reference. The poem, entitled “PARADIGMS” is about that.

          • donnadoesdresses
            July 29, 2019 at 7:08 am

            I know what a paradigm is – I didn’t get the poem …

          • Jonathan Caswell
            July 29, 2019 at 7:19 am

            The poem discusses what may happen with a change of paradigm.

          • donnadoesdresses
            July 29, 2019 at 7:29 am

            I just didn’t get it …

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  • Jonathan Caswell
    July 29, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Just noticed your shoes—AWESOME CUTENESS!!!! <3

    • donnadoesdresses
      July 29, 2019 at 5:23 am

      Thank you – and yes they are!

  • Jess
    August 1, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Hi! I was laughing about the Debbie Downer in the shop. There always is one.! πŸ™‚ Love the dress, it is so flattering on you and those shoes are so pretty! That is interesting about the Hungarian print, I wouldn’t have known.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • donnadoesdresses
      August 1, 2019 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you for engaging!! Yes, not to discriminate against Debbies of course!! Lol!! Have a great weekend!! Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™

  • Anna Shirley
    August 2, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Polka dot is never going to be out of fashion. And if it will be, it will be not out of my wardrobe. It is just to cute and too feminine to let it go. Lovely look.

    Have a great day.


    • donnadoesdresses
      August 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

      Thank you so much – I’m finding myself just being more and more attracted to the 1940’s aesthetic!! Appreciate your kind comments!!
      Donna πŸ§šπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™


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