Beyond the Pale


Softly, Softly into Spring: Modern, Wearable Victorian
March 8, 2010, 7:11 pm
Filed under: Etsy, Fashion, Modern Victorian, Spring, Victorian, Victoriana, Vintage | Tags: ,

Yes, there’s still a nip in the air (in fact, it’s absolutely freezing in our little town in the Kent countryside, today!) but whilst the sun is shining, one can quite easily feel that it IS Spring, and even though we might still wish to layer upon layer; it is time to turn our thoughts to softer, floatier fabrics and colours too.

UK farmer David Kennard's clever sheepdogs herd his sheep to form the word "Spring"

How about layering this pretty chemise underneath a slightly shorter dress, with just the broderie anglaise hem peeking through, teamed with a cute little cardi, opaque tights and dolly shoes? Warm enough to be worn now but with a hint of warmer times to come.

Victorian Chemise by Southron Creation: $45

Now you all know that I love all things Victoriana, especially the quirkier, seamier side of life. I am aware that not everyone shares that passion, however, and also felt the need to search for a softer, distinctly Spring-like feel that still kept the Modern Victorian look at its heart.

Loving the determined and somehow quite self-satisfied look on this charming gal’s face (below). It’s as though she’s bested some dastardly bully on the hockey pitch. Great just teamed with jeans or a flippy skirt, tights (blue legs are never a good look, ladies) and biker boots.

Victorian Girl Print T-Shirt by Designed Threads: $23

I just love this colour combination of sky blue (I always think of it as Wedgewood blue) with a light wheaty beige. Cosy yet distictly Spring-ish rather than Wintery looking, I feel. It’s a tonic for the heart, I swear.

Vintage Style Beret by Mojo Spa Style: $40

How can you not fall completely in love with this darling Bearded Lady cushion? It’s the traditional pattern & colouring with the striking overlay of the Victorian print that I adore – the conventional slammed together with the bizarre – my favourite style rule of thumb, from homewares right through to fashion!

Bearded Lady Toile Cushion by Utilitarian Franchise: $30

This pretty little white linen eyelet top has something incredibly feminine and frivolous about it – I could equally see this worn layered with a long boyfriend-style camel cardigan and leggings & ankle boots. Maybe even desert boots (though I’m not absolutely convinced about them yet).

Parisian White Linen Top by French Sugar Couture: $119

Do have a gander at all the shops listed below – they are a treasure trove of delectable pieces. 🙂

Direct links to items shown:

1st Row: 1) Designed Threads, 2) Bustle, 3) Designed Threads (yes, I like them both, so there!)

2nd Row: 1) Critter Jitters, 2) French Sugar Couture, 3) Southron Creations

3rd Row: 1) Mojo Spa Style, 2) Call Me Mimi, 3) Julishland

4th Row: 1) Ikvotha Mashiach, 2) Utilitarian Franchise, 3) Bunny and Pear

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this little tiptoe through a softer side of modern Victorian style, darlings!

Until next time…

Yours, with Spring in her heart,

Miss Nightingale

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5 Comments so far
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Thanks for featuring my beige flower hat!!! The collection of items is beautiful. I was in awe of the sheep herded to form the word Spring. Very cool and I am sure a lot of work.

Comment by Amanda

Thanks for the shout out! Fun blog. I’m so charmed by the sheep!

Comment by Bunnyandpear

Wow ! your blog is great! Thanks a lot for including my collar in this beautiful selection !

Comment by Callmemimi

Thanks for mentioning my chemise. You have quite an eclectic mix of Victorian there! The sheep dogs pic is really cool. 😀

Comment by Heather

Absolutely adore this blog – will be back again and again! Thanks so much for including my French Sugar Couture Linen Top!

Comment by Nancy




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