Roman Holiday | A 1940’s Summer Outfit

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It’s 6 degrees Celsius and I’m tottering around Hamilton Gardens, filming my Miss Pin Up NZ entry video and freezing my butt off. Gaggles of tourists point and take supposedly sneaky photos of me. But can you blame them? This 1940’s sundress is gorgeous!

Photographed in the perfectly dreamy Italian Garden  this summer outfit is what I’d wear on an idyllic Italian holiday. The kind where I stroll around iconic sites in chic vintage clothes ( a pinup can dream right? ).  I chose 1940’s inspired victory rolls and a chignon for my hairstyle, as updo’s are elegant pinup perfection and having my hair down makes me far too hot and sticky in the summer!

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The Outfit

The dusty mauve dress features a floral pattern in black, white and blue, with a self covered belt.  The most darling strap & button detail adorns the upper arm. I’m not going to lie, when I saw that shoulder detail at Rose’s Decadia Vintage clothing sale I snatched it right off the rack, even if it is a little too big! Like my mama always says ” you’ll grow into it one day”.
To complete my dream Roman holiday outfit I accessorized with a black vintage Yvette Tresor straw hat, 1950s crotchet gloves, Pretty Polly backseam nylon stockings and Alonso Andretti leather shoes. Apart from the hosiery all my accessories were thrifted by myself or my mother, an undisputed op shop queen and my first stop for shoot accessories!

Fashion fact: Milliner Yvette Tresor was based in Christchurch from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. Collections of her hats are owned by the Auckland War Memorial Museum and Te Papa Museum!

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Photos courtesy of James Beck

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