About Joyatri

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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With the constant clutter in my apartment making it impossible to take photos without moving furniture, I tried improvising a backdrop to put in front of the furniture. Not sure if it saves me any work/time taking outfit pics...

I found this wonderful 1970s maroon polyester double-knit cape with its own scarf at Boomerang last week. At 20 bucks, it was more than I usually pay for clothes. But it's in perfect condition and I was hankering after a new cape after I realized that one I had since the early 70s had mysteriously disappeared.

Here I am in 1974 with oversized wire-rimmed aviator glasses, chipmunk cheeks, wide leather watchband, Indian cotton gauze blouse, and hip-length hair. And the blue wool cape (it had a hood!) that I'm pining over. I remember wearing it with clunky knee-high Timberland boots to traverse the snowdrifts of my college campus, and feeling like Kristin Lavransdatter. (I strongly recommend this trilogy written by Sigrid Undset in the 1920s)

1970s cape, no label, thrifted, Boomerang. Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti top, purchased new in the early 1990s, Filene's Basement. Restricted brand non-leather boots, purchased on sale. Hat and scarf from Frocktasia. Bangles purchased in India. 1960s glove,?, 1970s Pakistani bag, eBay.I bailed on Halloween last week. I had every intention of going to a party, sort of a community thing, with a friend (who wasn't that keen on going). But I called her at the last minute and said I couldn't go, “because I didn't have the right chain mail,” a reason she said she'd never heard before. I was planning to wear my chain mail tunic over a long gray dress that I made in 1976 and haven't worn since.

A couple days before the party I got the chain mail out of my storage space; all the other costume elements were accessible. A couple hours before the party, I realized that I had pulled out a length of chain mail, not the length of chain mail I had turned into a tunic, which wasn't to be found. I felt under-dressed without my chain mail and opted out of going out for Halloween.

Long dress made from sweatshirt material, made by me in 1976. Necklaces, also made by me in 1976. Belt, borrowed from a man in the 1990s and never returned. Wooden chalice and Indian bag I've had for decades. Man's shawl from India, no idea where I acquired this.Halloween at my office in 2007, with a colleague's princess pup. I know I've posted this pic before, but here's the tunic. I hope it turns up by next Halloween.

Garments that are vaguely (or not-so-vaguely) medieval, capes, and Indian shirts. My style really hasn't changed that much in 40 years. Do you find that you and your 13-year-old self dress similarly, too?

Reader Comments (8)

I love that teenaged photo of you, your hair was incredible and other than a hair cut I'd know you instantly!
That new-to-you cape is gorgeous, worth every penny and more. The Mediaeval style dress with the belt and chalice is stunning and I do hope you find that chainmail tunic in time for next year's Halloween party! x

November 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervix

i love capes! and both of yours are gorgeous! i love the old photo of you too. i think i do pretty much dress the same as when i was 13... i like lots of colour, lots of pattern and stripes.

November 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersian

What a lovely old photo! Your hair is amazing. I suppose I dress sort of similarly to my young self, but I hope I have a little more taste by now!

November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal Sparkle

Where could the chain mail tunic be?! I seem to lose things too - I know they are in the house somewhere, where else could they be, but can I find them? I cannot!
The new cape is beautiful, great colour and so very elegant. How great to see an old pic of you - yes, your style is very similar then and now. Shows consistency and a sure sense of what suits you, Jo! xxxx

November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

Gorgeous new cape! I love the continuity with the teenage you too.
I still love the bright colours I wore as a teenager & I've started to wear them again in the last couple of years. Probably encouraged by my blogging buddies...

November 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Love your medieval looks! Those little accessories - the necklaces, belt, chalice, bag - look so nice combined together and worn with the grey dress. Your new cape is a great find indeed. On the old photo you have such amazing hair, wow! As a teenager I liked to wear feminine romantic skirts and dresses in bright colours. And this is what I still like to wear, so my tastes didn't change much :)

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

That's a medieval style I would wear every day! The cape is just fabulous. I am not surprised you are still pining after that older one, it's beautiful (and with a hood, jeebus!)

November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs D

I LOVE this photo of you in 1974. You are a total knockout in that pic - and still are.

March 7, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterromantic1031

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