I’ve always been drawn to odd florals, often embroidered, often vintage, and often treading a fine line as to whether they were garish or not. The same thing as well with weird patterns and prints. I have a shirt (at least I think I still do) buried somewhere deep in storage from the 70’s that I LOVE. It’s quite hideous to most eyes (ok really all) but I love it to death. It’s slinky and feels cool on the skin and looks like something Billy Corgan would have worn in 1993. It’s also several nauseating shades of green, brown and white in an incredible zig zag pattern that looks like some sort of psychedelic double mint gum packaging; the kind that would have been pulled from the shelves for inducing seizures upon opening to it’s minty delights. That kind of top.
But of all the pieces of clothing that have rotated through my never-ending wardrobe, my favourite was a folk florals dress. It was a 70’s vintage find with an empire waist and long sleeves. The cuffs and the neckline were an array of folk florals embroidery, and the dress itself was long and made of a lush, rich blue velvet – soft and bright (or maybe it was velveteen given that it wasn’t very thick). I had to wear it with platforms because I’m a hobbit and also was too inept as a teenager to have it taken up. I remember my boyfriend at the time *hating* it with a passion. It only made me wear it more. I loved it and how it made me feel like some wild witch-fairy queen.
Over time I stopped wearing much colour (or any really). Shying away from things I liked for fear of not conforming to my chosen subculture. In hindsight, aligning myself to a subculture didn’t set these limitations. Sure they’re present, but you can always choose to ignore such things; I just opted not to.
Colours other than black are starting to make their way back into my closet. It’s been a bit of a trial and error as I figure out how to blend in decidedly goth elements with these eclectic pieces. My fear is looking like a cracked out children’s performer with some of the clothing I’m drawn to. But I suppose that’s part of the process with evolving style. Or hey maybe I can start a side business as Kranky-the-Klown. Anyway! Here are a few things I’ve stumbled upon as of late…
Embroidered Tassel Maxi Dress from ASOS
Bloom Service Delivery Cardigan from Mod Cloth
Embroidered and Print Midi Dress from ASOS
FP One Marishka Blouse from Free People
Vintage Embroidered Cape from HOV U.K.
Worth Your Beguile Dress from Anna Sui
Boohoo Plus Embroidered Smock Dress from ASOS
Vintage 60s Tapestry Cape from Gisela & Zoe Vintage
PETITE Embroidered Swing Dress from ASOS
Ukrainian Linen Dress from Embroidered Dream
Embroidered Cotton Midi Dress from ASOS
Art of Folk Embroidered Waistcoat from Kiss The Sky