Kitten Knits

I was discussing vintage inspired fashion recently and found myself lamenting the lack of everyday-wear reproductions and knits. It just seems most brands that make vintage reproductions get caught up in making 50s inspired dresses in novelty prints, which while lovely lead to a somewhat limited selection. Trousers, knitwear, 30s and 40s inspired pieces seem to be much harder to come by, but of course my style isn't completely vintage inspired so I could be out of the loop on some great brands. I did remember after the discussion, one designer who's retro knitwear was already hanging in my closet waiting to be worn--Emmy Design. Her ice skater cardigans look straight out of a Barbara Stanwyck film (or maybe more accurately given the name a Sonja Henie film) and most of her other pieces from trousers to jacquard skirts are perfect vintage-inspired daywear. They're pieces people would have been wearing in past decades as they went about their lives, rather than a fancy dress only brought out for special occasions. I know I'm hardly one to talk about appropriate daywear since I'm a sucker for novelty purses, but I lately I have my eye out for more "everyday refined" pieces that look nice, but aren't necessarily fancy. Like tweed skirt suits that look so elegant to the modern eye, but were essentially practical workwear in materials made to last.

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18 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful! I love the frilly lace and big sleeve combination

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    1. Thanks! The big sleeves make layering so annoying but they're also so pretty! 😹

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  2. Gorgeous as ever, love that cute cardi! <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile

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  3. That outfit is so darling, you just look so beaut! Your hair colour is just so vibrant and amazing.

    Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

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  4. omg your sweater is so cute!! I love the cats
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  5. I completely agree: vintage dresses are gorgeous, but it would be so nice if simple vintage trousers, etc. were more readily available! I recently discovered the brand Princess Highway though, and they have a lot more everyday wear, I've found :)

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    1. Yes, I love Princess Highway, although it's a bit hard to get here in the UK. And I'm glad I'm not alone; I kind of thought "this could come off really snobbish" and maybe my style is just shifting a bit from less bright colors and prints, which is why I want more vintage basics...

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  6. Try Collectif. Thy have some great everyday separates

    https://retrocasual.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks, I'm clearly addicted--I wore it in 2 posts last week too! :p

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  8. that's so true about there being an abundance of 50s inspired novelty print dresses and other kind of vintage items being harder to find! and i love this cardigan (who wouldn't love a cat print!), will have to check emmydesign out! xx

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  9. That top and skirt suits you so well!! ♥ Love it !

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  10. That outfit is absolutely gorgeous! Lovely photos!

    http://Martasfashiondiary.com/
    http://Martasfashiondiary.com/denim-over-the-knee-boots/

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  11. I love the combination of vintage or retro and modern peaces to give the outfits a bit of edge. King Louie also has Knitwear that is a bit of both:). Your outfits are gorgeous! Just wanted to say: your blog is inspiring:).

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    1. Thanks, I've never heard of King Louie before so that's definitely one for me to look into. And thank you! :)

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  12. You look gorgeous as always. Thank you for inspiring me to wear nice and interesting clothes and accessories.

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