Hello dears! I smile as I look at these photos, because I am reminded that even our smallest, most insignificant dreams are taken into account by our heavenly Father, and He gives us joy in being able to fulfill them. Even if that insignificant dream is owning your very first vintage suit.
Over the past two months Jessica and I acquired two of the loveliest vintage suits from none other than Two Old Beans Vintage, a shop run by two of our very dear friends, Jessica and Ellen (affectionately known as Jack and Charlie). It started out in January when they posted about a suit on Instagram that they had just listed in their shop. The moment I saw it, I about flipped inside, as it was precisely the mode of suit that I have grown to admire over the past few years of my style maturing. I quickly visited the Two Old Beans site to see if the suit was still available, and if it was even in my size. Lo and behold, it was precisely, and I mean precisely, to my measurements. AND it was affordable. Thus a few weeks later I found myself putting on a perfectly fitting suit, and beaming with elation at the mirror. Jessica of course had to join in when Two Old Beans listed an equally perfect suit a few weeks later. Her suit required the tiniest bit of alteration for it to fit, but as you can see that was easily accomplished.
My suit is from what I would guess to be the very late 40s, early 50s. There are so many gorgeous details in this ensemble, from the faux double buttonholes (each buttonhole only uses one button to actually fasten), to the beautifully sunburst pleated circular skirt. My favorite detail however, just might be the red velvet ribbon accent at the collar that perfectly matches my red fedora. The small details, you know.
Of course, any suit would be ruined if you didn’t have the right blouse to wear underneath. My flex-sleeve blouse fit the bill quite well, since the collars of all of my other button-up blouses puckered out in a funny way at the neckline. This suit certainly has come to be my absolute favorite thing to wear to Church (I have worn it at least three times in the past six Sundays), I actually have to hold myself back from wearing it too often. But Spring will be here all too soon and it will be too warm to wear anymore, so why not wear it now?
Suit: Two Old Beans Vintage / Blouse: Thrifted / Shoes: DSW / Purse: Vintage, Antique Mall / Earrings: Target
Just as perfectly as my suit “suited” me (excuse the pun), the 1940s suit that Jessica now owns is perfect in every detail for her petite figure. The neutral color allows her to pair it with colorful blouses, and the lighter weight material will perfectly transition her into the early weeks of Spring. It has just the right amount of detail from the circular piecing at the décolletage (neckline), and more than an ounce of practicality in the cut and silhouette. Naturally elegant and not too fussy, which fits Jessica’s personality to a T.
So now, thanks to Jack and Charlie, Jessica and I are both very well “be-suited” (really, that word helps one out with far too many puns for one’s own good!), and extremely happy with our purchases.
What do you think of our new suits?
Which do you like best?
What do you think of women’s suits in general?
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