Orange and Dream Vintage

Today to view an antique and collectable auction I decided to this orange and white spot shirt
that I purchased last year at a local recycled clothing store. It is from Christian Lacroix and is
from the 1980’s , with its puffy sleeves and oversize gold buttons. It is made from the softest
pure cotton and I really love this shirt even though the buttons don’t quite meet.I put off wearing
this shirt for that reason but have now decided it really doesn’t matter.

  A glimpse of some of the selection of antiques and collectibles on offer at tomorrows auction.

Forget the furniture , I made a bee line to these glorious feather and felt vintage hats from the 1930’s and
1940’s. Aren’t they amazing , I really love the colourful one in the middle.

More amazing hats, I will keep my fingers crossed but have a feeling they will fetch prices way above
my budget. I don’t really mind it was such a treat to view such exquisite millinery , a rare thing here.

A collection of vintage evening bags . I always wonder who owned them and where they were from.
you can only imagine the places and events they have attended.

The back detail on the shirt and a closet look at those full sleeves, aren’t they wonderful.

 Teamed the shirt with black Moyuru pants/skirt , my orange bag and orange shoes and necklace.

Taking my orange overload to join Patti at Visible Monday


Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.



  1. Patti
    January 26, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    That's a fabulous orange blouse, Jill. And what a stunning hat collection! Would love to see it in person. xox-Patti

    • Jill James
      January 27, 2016 / 7:07 am

      Thank you Patti, I am always partial to a touch of orange and loved the shape of this one. The hats were quite stunning but did sell for way over my budget.

  2. Marea Dotz
    January 26, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Oh, Jill, good luck on purchasing one of those incredible hats. And I'm glad you kept the Lacroix blouse. I've learned that when you come across an exceptionally beautiful piece of clothing (and can afford it) buy it or regrets happen. My shopping days are over, but I have special items in my closet that I've only worn once or twice. It's time to bring them out!

    • Jill James
      January 27, 2016 / 7:12 am

      As expected the hats sold for way over my budget, I just hope they go to good homes. I am glad I kept the blouse even though it is a little snug as I love the style and colour.We do learn in time to buy an affordable item when we see it but like you I really only buy new things that really speak to me. I do hope you bring those pieces out and wear them.

  3. Connie
    January 26, 2016 / 5:33 pm

    That orange dotty blouse is just terrific! I'm so happy you've kept it. I think that the shop should just GIVE you one of those wonderful hats simply because you bring such style to the area. Wonderful wonderful ensemble.

    • Jill James
      January 27, 2016 / 7:13 am

      Thanks so much Connie, I am so glad it stayed , I do really love the joy that wearing spots brings.

  4. Petite Silver Vixen
    January 26, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    That shirt was made for you Jill! Doesn't matter that the buttons don't quite meet – adds to the overall effect of the outfit, which is deliciously striking.What a wonderful collection of hats and bags – so many stories amongst them.

    • Jill James
      January 27, 2016 / 7:15 am

      The joy of preloved for me is wondering about the stories the itens could tell.I am so glad the shirt stayed and it will have many more outings before Summers end.

  5. Jazzy Jack
    January 27, 2016 / 9:29 am

    You have so many orange things! Amazing!Just love the oversized nature of the dots and sleeves.I could see Sacremento in this!Xo Jazzy Jack

    • Jill James
      January 27, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      You are so right , I can see this one on Sacramento. I know I wear a lot of black or black and white but if I do wear colour, it always seems to be a strong colour like red or orange. xx

  6. Natalia Lialina
    January 27, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    Orange is one of my most favorite colors – and you look gorgeous in this amazing blouse, Jill! You can change the buttons if you don't like them – why not? The shape is fantastic, the sleeves are just incredible. So happy that you keep this brilliant find! The hats are really beautiful, and each tells a story or two… hope you'll find a similar colorful hat for an affordable price some day!

  7. Jill James
    January 28, 2016 / 5:22 am

    Natalia, you and orange are indeed a great pairing. It is a fun and vibrant colour to wear , I think the orange and cream spots as well as its sleeves and shape drew me to this shirt . The hats were nor meant to mine , selling way above my budget as I expected but in time one will come my way.

    January 28, 2016 / 9:52 am

    My dearest Jill I am counting the days to meet you, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.çI cannot believe it. Let me know in advanced the exact dates so I will leave them free just for you.Ps. Love, love, love your polka dot blouseXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jill James
      January 30, 2016 / 6:37 am

      Me too Sacramento , I am so looking forward to visiting Malaga and most importantly meeting you. I am working on our itinerary for Spain and will let you know as soon as possible. I loved the blouse and can see in something like this.

  9. dan
    January 28, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    Going to an auction is very interesting and sometimes, if you are lucky, you can get little trasures! Those hats are beautiful! Isn't it surprising to see how carefully they were made?Your shirt is great! And those big puffy sleeves make it special. The colour suits you perfectly…

    • Jill James
      January 30, 2016 / 6:40 am

      Auctions are fascinating , as much for people watching as the goods on offer. The hats were indeed beautifully made, I do hope they go to good homes. Glad you liked the shirt , I love its sleeves and colour.

  10. Tiina L
    January 28, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    Fabulous hats! And bags… and your orange top is beautiful. It's so wonderful to see you wearing colour, it really suits you.

    • Jill James
      January 30, 2016 / 6:42 am

      Thank you Tiina , the bags and hats were quite outstanding. I enjoy wearing orange for a change.

  11. Jessica Cangiano
    January 28, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    Be still my vintage loving heart! What incredible mid-century accessories. The wide brimmed cream hat in particular turned my knees to jelly. What a fabulous shop to spend some time in!This outfit is a riot of fun, dear Jill. So vibrant, cheerful and pretty – plus, it stars Tony's favourite colour (orange), so I can't help but adore it all the more.Oodles of hugs & happy tail end of January wishes,♥ Jessica

    • Jessica Cangiano
      January 28, 2016 / 5:45 pm

      (Auction – sorry; the tiny number of vintage related auctions around these parts are held in antique shops, so I'm just used to thinking of the two together. I fully realize this one might not be held in such a locale.)♥ Jessica

    • Jill James
      January 30, 2016 / 6:46 am

      They appealed to my vintage loving heart as well Jessica, they were so special, rarely seen in these parts.Antique auctions are held here quite often but it was rare to see vintage on offer. Glad you liked the orange shirt.All my best wishes, Jessica.

  12. Olga Rani
    January 29, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Looking gorgeous Jill! That shirt is such a fantastic piece – colour, polka dots, sleeves…even those buttons, simply wow! And as always you combined it with other things in such a stylish manner! Those hats look so tempting, I hope you will get one.

    • Jill James
      January 30, 2016 / 6:48 am

      Thank you so much Olga, The orange shirt is so much fun to wear and does make quite the statement. I missed out on the hats as expected, out of my price range but it was a treat to see them.

  13. Milanista
    February 12, 2016 / 6:23 am

    Really cool – I love it!

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