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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Monday
Jan282013

Vested interest

In spite of having 5 closets full of clothes, I have a dearth of vests, and was pleased to find this 1960s knitted wool vest at my local thrift store. It’s machine-knit, with off-white bands down the front and around the pockets.

I was intrigued by the label, which was sewn in by hand and reads, “Asani’s Select Age/ASA/for Original Goods.” I googled the heck out of this and came up blank. There are two other small tags, one has fabric care symbols with Chinese characters and the other reads, “Made in Rep. of China.” It’s a mystery.

After decades of donning black, I rarely wear it these days. But, I liked the mod, graphic quality of the vest. What to wear it with?

Cotton/nylon/rubber (those crazy Italians and their innovative fabrics) pants, Made in Italy by Vassali. Black cotton knit turtleneck, acquired at a clothing swap. M & S non-leather boots, purchased on sale last year. Rubber bracelet, pewter bracelet purchased in the 1980s. First I paired it with ‘newly vintage’ wavy-print trousers, ones I bought at Filene’s Basement in the early 1990s, and a black turtle neck.

Large 1980s star face pin, thrifted. Victorian starburst and moon and star pins, I’ve had for decadesI  put a scattering of cosmic pins on as well.

That look was a bit dreary, so I decided to up the ‘mod’ quotient a bit by pairing it with a fellow 1960s garment – a dress that I thrifted and altered (took up the sleeves and shortened) in the 1980s.

1960s polyester double knit dress, no label, thrifted in the 1980s. 1960s wool knit vest, thrifted. Black tights, retail. Restricted Barricade non-leather boots, purchased on sale. Greek fisherman’s cap, purchased in the early 1990s in London. Metal Indian necklace and armlet, owned for decades. Red bangles purchased in India. Indian metal bangle purchased at a yard sale. 

I’m remembering the time I met this fella in the park. His name’s Terry, he’s got a Triumph six-fifty. He said he was lookin’ for a wife…I says he’d hafta get rid of that motorbike afore I went steady with him. He laughs and says, "We'll see about that!" I'm almost frightened to go with him  'cos I know he'll be able to do anything he wants with me...

Oops, no, sorry, that wasn't me. That was Rube in Up the Junction.

Other items I’ve thrifted recently.

1970s Nancy Greer -- New York polyester blouse with its original cord and tassel belt. I’m guessing this originally had a matching skirt. Late 1960s Young Victorian by Arpeja rayon blouse with puffy sleeves and flouncy cuffs. The Young Victorian and Young Edwardian labels had some wonderfully illustrated ads, but that is a topic for another post.

I’m squeaking in under the wire for Not Dead Yet Style’s Visible Monday shindig.

Reader Comments (10)

I love both those outfits you put together with the vest, and what a cool vest! I thought it was funny to have a size 13. I don't think I've seen odd-numbered sizes in years. In fact, I'm doubting my memory, but it seems I used to buy a 9 or an 11. Now they're all even numbers.

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal Sparkle

What a fab waistcoat! I know what you mean, I used to live in black and now find it such a struggle to incorporate it into an outfit without feeling all sensible, drab and grown-up. I liked the first outfit but the second one with the cute striped mini is just too groovy for words. Love both your blouses, you've made me want to go charity shopping now.
I've got 4 copies of Up The Junction on my bookshelf, I must reread it, it's been years! xxx

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Gorgeous finds - I remember the Young Victorian brand from my youth, and love the romantic styles. You're working your new vest fabulously! Thanks for linking up.

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatti @ NotDeadYet Style

Jo, I love the sleek modern lines of this vest, which surprises the bohemian in me! But you've managed to make it look modern yet boho at the same time - I really like the second look, and that pendant looks like it's utterly fabulous!

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

I LOVE the mod treatment- the vest is pretty cool on its own but with the striped tunic- AAAAAAAAH yeah!

Val's comment has sparked my memory of being a UK size 11 and being able to buy jeans in those in-between sizes in the 70s. How funny, I haven't thought about that for years!
Anyway - back to you! And your fabulous mod-tastic waistcoat. I thought it looked good with the trousers but when I scrolled down to see it with the short dress, I really loved it even more! The addition of the cap is perfect for Up the Junction chic!
Love the blouses too, they are both very you, Jo! xxxx

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

Wow! As if the awesomely cool pants weren't enough visual pleasure, you came out with that red dress underneath the great vest. I love both ways you've styled it!
What??? you wouldn't get on a Triumph? But they're the best lookin' bikes in the world!

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

Very groovy. Like the wavy pants made with rubber ?! The vest is very striking and looks to me like it would go with everything. Certainly with the items you just purchased! Your second ensemble does look like a character from a book or movie!

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpao

I'm so sorry you didn't like the first outfit so much - it's my favorite! I love those pants with the vest, and gorgeous brooches!

Congratulations on finding the Nancy Greer blouse - it's stunning!

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaffesoester

Great finds! You made some fun and appealing choices when you put them together. Lucky you.

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Graham-McMillen

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