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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"She was dressed, as usual, in an odd assortment of clothes, most of which had belonged to other people." 

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1913-1980)



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Dressing for world peace: the U.N. challenge

You can tell the weather is getting cooler; I take outfit shots more frequently. There are a whopping three in this one post. In the summer, it is usually sweltering in my apartment, too hot to fuss about taking photos. The days have been gorgeous, cool air and lots of sunshine (sorry, people in not-sunny places).

When I saw that Spy Girl's 52-Pick-Me-Up challenge was 'United Nations' (wear items from different countries), I couldn't not participate. About a third of my clothes and accessories were purchased in India. Here's my India/Guatemala/Ethiopia/Pakistan/Kenya submission. How's that for diversity?

Vintage hat purchased from Frocktasia. Fab India printed cotton shirt purchased in India. Anokhi printed cotton vest, thrifted, Goodwill. Mayan Connections embroidered patchwork skirt, made in Guatemala, purchased at the Washington DC Green Festival. Vintage Pakistani embroidered velvet bag, purchased, eBay. Tights, thrifted, Goodwill. Embroidered and beaded scarf from Ethiopia, thrifted. Non-leather boots purchased on sale. Necklace and beaded bracelets, gifts brought back from Kenya.

I also have tons of thrifted clothes to show.

I love a striped menswear-looking shirt and I've been on a mission to acquire more vests.

1970s 'Catch Can' striped blouse, thrifted, Goodwill. Hand-crocheted vest, thrifted, Goodwill. Gap jeans, I recall getting these on sale ($7) at The Gap about 7 years ago. 1980S Fiorucci belt, thrifted, Goodwill. Indian brass necklace, Etsy. 1970S applique vinyl bag, Etsy. Boring black shoes, thrifted, Goodwill (worn to determine if they're comfortable enough to be worth painting). Mission accomplished.

This pattern has been in my collection for decades, but I don't yet possess the skills needed to alter it to fit. But, I've always wanted a 30's-inspired jacket with a large pointed collar and a nipped in waist.

1970s does 1930s knit top, no label, thrifted, Goodwill. Fedora from vintage/consignment shop Raspberry Beret. Michael Kors trousers purchased new 12 or so years ago Filene's Basement. 1940s or 50s metal bead necklace I've owned forever. Fabric flower from a hat. Bangles purchased in India. The thrift store gods again looked favorably upon me and I found one a few months back. 

Can't recall where this straw hat came from. 1970s does 1930s velvet and vinyl bag, purchased at the Rock and Roll Yard Sale. The chevron top stitching and insets in the pockets and sleeves are pretty cool. I most certainly don't have the 'dolly bird' shape of Biba's models, but I was reminded of this outfit from one of the Biba catalogues.

My wardrobe is so geared for fall weather: jackets, boots, tights, scarves, vests. Anyone else feel more inspired by cooler weather?

I drafted this post while sitting in a cafe earlier this evening and the guys at the table behind me were having a passionate conversation about meteorology, spewing out phrases like 'aerosol particles,' 'refractory material,' and 'invigorating convection.' I love Cambridge.

Reader Comments (8)

Love the colours in your first outfit, and how you match the curtains in the bottom one. The applique bag is great, too.

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Oh yes, all the warm russets in the first outfit are beautiful, that patchwork skirt is lovely.
Love the Annie Hall vibe of the striped shirt and waistcoat, and the 1970s-does-30s jacket is a perfect fit, fabulous colour too and those pockets are adorable!
I am OK with being back in tights and boots, I just get fed up with the rain! xxxx

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

I love your international ensemble. It suits you to a T.

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

Autumn's definitely your season as I know you love (and look great in) russets and muted jewel tones. That short sleeved jacket is fabulous, I have a very similar pattern but it scares the heck out of me. Love the cream pants, the pattern diversity and those hipster jeans. xxx

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVix

The '70s does '30s top is lovely. I particularly like the chevrons - what a lucky find. The pattern's gorgeous, maybe just save it until you feel brave enough to tackle grading it to fit? I avoided grading for years then found it wasn't too bad when I tried.
Love your patchwork skirt too & I see you have my favourite bag on display again.

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Fantastic mixture for 52 Pick-me-up! Thanks for joining in.
Love all these looks on you.

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranne the SpyGirl

I've been meaning to come and visit, and when I saw Anne's sketch of you I had to come and see the real thing! She really did capture the patterns well - and the cool hat.

I love all these outfits, but especially the last one. What a great jacket, and a lucky find!

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal Sparkle

I wish I could have listened in on that conversation. I am fascinated by those things, and black holes, worm holes, dark energy...
You look fantastic in each of these outfits. The colour in the first one makes my eyes all googly in the best possible way. No wonder Anne couldn't resist sketching you. Love. And how great that you found a jacket just like you wanted.
The Biba model's head look rather large, don't you think?

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

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