The 1940s was brilliant in its accessorizing. Due to World War II and the necessity of "make do and mend," women came up with countless ways to accessorize plain dresses for new looks. I took a page out of their book for this outfit and re-styled a black dress I've already blogged about. I wanted to make it look dramatically different, and I think I succeeded!
I have a 1930s pattern with a feature along the neckline that allows you to button on a separate triangle of cloth on the bodice and tie the ends around the back to make the dress more versatile. I decided to try something similar on this dress and used a large square scarf folded in half. I safety pinned it along the neckline and tied the ends behind my back. While having a definite boob-flattening effect, it made the dress look totally different! Then, to keep the scarf from looking like a random addition, I put a detachable collar over it.
I also recently traded some of my clothing in to a vintage shop, and while I'm not particularly fond of the later 60s-90s vintage it tends to carry, I was fond of this hat I discovered! The black velvet is great for winter, but the yellow flower-ish trim makes it cheerful for gloomy days.
The scarf and the hat, along with the yellow jewelry I'm wearing… is nearly all the yellow I own. I have a summer suit with yellow stripes on it, but besides that… this is it! I like yellow, but not in huge amounts. I reserve it for accessorizing, like in this outfit.
dress & stockings: FB swapping page
shoes: bought from a friend
jewelry & collar: gifted
hat: Decades Boutique (Springfield, MO)