11.09.2014

A Rare Find

Since delving into the world of fashion and lifestyle, the idea of finding beauty in the old has heightened. Now, as I drive through neighborhoods, I keep my eyes open for rare, unusual and perhaps, slightly dilapidated architecture. It creates such a unique visual effect when shiny fashion photos are shot in these types of locations. These locations are, in themselves, a rare find.

Just like with structures, I have a huge affinity toward fashions of old, or in other words - Vintage...uniquely crafted, rare finds that may have been forgotten by some, but by simply dawning these exquisite pieces, I instantly get the feeling I've stepped back into another era. By mixing my vintage finds with my modern day wardrobe, I've created a perfect union - one that is steeped in fashionable memories along with style that can transcend time. 


For today, as I stand in front of a beautifully restored structure, I wear an interesting, Bishop sleeved top from the 1960s in combination with other modern pieces. I try not to wear vintage head-to-toe because I don't want to run the risk of looking like I'm wearing a costume. The sleeves on the top alone make quite a statement. They're voluminous and fit well with the slim cut of my pants. In addition, the fabric used is polyester, which is a great choice. It allows the top to keep its shape, while at the same time giving it the ease it needs to drape. Another bonus is it zips in the back which makes it easy to get in and out of. Bishop sleeves have been around for centuries, and are adapted from the types of robes bishops wore during the Byzantine era. Throughout time, famous designers, such as Hubert de Givenchy also created looks using this famous sleeve. Click HERE to view one of his designs.

Today's Look - Vintage Bishop Sleeve polyester top dated in the 1960s via Deja Vu Fashions; Moto Bi-Stretch Pants: Loft; Jeweled Sandals: Enzo Angiolini: via TJ Maxx (old); Arm and Hand Ornament: Loft belt (extremely old); Black patent clutch: Vintage Find; Polish is Claire by Zoya.




 
Jeweled Loft belt used as arm candy.


 


Yes, I enjoy wearing new garments, but there is something that I absolutely adore about buying and wearing items from the past. Perhaps it is the idea that when wearing these rare finds, I won't have to worry about seeing myself coming and going. Or, maybe it's the fact that vintage treasures come with an incredible history. I dig resurrecting them from the past and watching them live again{wink}

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All Photographs by Freddy Harrison

44 comments:

  1. The top and the setting are both fabulous! The sleeves on this top are to die for...just gorgeous!

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  2. Fabulous! All of it, the blouse, the jewellery, the sandals. And the trousers. The fact you can just wear it like this, a blouse tucked in fitted trousers.... boy oh boy...I have those trousers and I have a similar blouse, but not the shape of your body. So I will have to find another combination. I bow to you my dear.
    Greetje

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    1. Greetje, you flatter me. I usually take my pictures in the morning and on a empty stomach, so that helps :)

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    2. You're funny Greetje! Genetics I guess. And lots of exercise :)

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  3. That top is EVERYTHING Ms. Glenda. I love a bell sleeve top. Love how your paired it with the fitted bottoms. Black and white....so sophisticated. Now you are going to inspire me to rock my white pussy bow bell sleeve top soon. Simply fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Natasha! I am completely infatuated with this vintage find. I look forward to your look. A bell sleeve is a completely different sleeve from the bishop. The bell sleeve doesn't gather at the wrist.

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  4. Dear Glenda, I really love that white bishop sleeved top you are wearing. It is simply stunning. Il like how it fits you and how it looks with the fitted black pants. Together they both create the perfect balance. I loved how you described your appreciation for wearing pieces from the past. Not only you have an amazing sense of style but you also are an amazing writer and that is one of the many reasons why I have always enjoyed visiting your blog. Your blog is actually one of the first ones I visited when I first started blogging and I will never forget that. You look beautiful as always. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to your next post. XOXO, Jeannette

    www.msjeannieandhercloset.com

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    1. Jeannie, thank you so very much. I work hard on the writing. That, by far, is so important to me. I feel like with everything, there is a story. I appreciate your kind words.

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  5. I agree whole heatedly with Jeannie, your talent with the written word is just as fabulous as your talent with fashion. Love how you brought "life" back to this beautiful and unique white top. The treasure hunt is always worth it when you can style an item of the old with a few new and make it look as wonderful as you have.

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    1. Absolutely, Trina! There is nothing like finding a great treasure. It is such a thrill. And thank you for your very kind words. Have a fantastic week!

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  6. I also love this old architecture and here in Germany (Europe) we have really a lot. Beautiful pictures!
    Your top is very nice, like the beautiful sleeves and how you wear it with the black pants. Gorgeous sandals!!

    have a nice week dear
    Dana

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    1. I can only imagine the multitude of locations available to you in Germany, Dana. One thing about California, it is very modern. However, there are areas of old and restored that I absolutely love. And thank you for the compliment. I'm glad you like this top!

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  7. The top and the background are both gorgeous and so unique. And I love how you repurposed the belt as a bracelet!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Debbie! I thought the arm candy would add a touch of interest :)

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  8. Ah, that 60's blouse is a work of art! You look fabulous, mixing older with new. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

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  9. that top, perfection! I remember a few years ago Balenciaga (or was it Givenchy) had an amazing similar top with a large bow in one of its advertising campaigns. I ripped it out and hung it on my wall, coz alas, I cant afford those designers:( What a great find and love how you styled it. Found you on Visible Mondays!

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    1. I don't recall which designer it was...perhaps Balenciaga, but I do remember that ad campaign. I love the old design houses. Thank you so much for your lovely words!

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  10. Hola! Vengo através del blog Sewingadicta, y al ver la blusa blanca me he enamorado!!!! es preciosa!
    Un saludo desde España!

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  11. Love the vintage! You look fabulous!! Great sandals!
    Stephanie
    http://positivelystephanie.blogspot.com/

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  12. great outfit! I love that blouse! the sleeves are amazing!!!

    kelseybang.com

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  13. Very nice Glenda!! You're wearing my faborite color combo ;-) Love the Bishop sleeves on your top. What is your secret to looking so cool and comfortable? You look fab!!!

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    1. Wow, thank you Steph! I guess I'll have to say that I only buy what I absolutely love and my fashion choices are an extension of my complete style. Being able to translate who you are without uttering a word can only happen when you are completely honest with who you are.

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  14. Black & White is always FAB!!! I love the sleeves on your top too...so chic!!!

    http://www.FAB-Lab.guru

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    1. Thank you FAB Lab, and yes the sleeves are incredible!

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  15. Glenda,
    You are completely up to date, in your vintage finds, and even if you were not, it has classic appeal! Valentino has those bishop sleeves! And I am sure many other other noted designers, I love this top pared down with simple black and i am crazy for the belt-arm candy, clever touch!
    I agree about older things, better craftsmanship, and a soul who appreciates it is a kin of mine!
    You look elegant and chic, mistress of refinement.
    xx, elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/

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    1. You have such a gift with words, Elle. Thank you for your wonderful comments. Yes, the sleeves are beautiful and I recall Valentino using them on his beautiful ethereal gowns. I adore vintage when its paired with modern pieces. The workmanship is undeniable!

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  16. In love with your gorgeous blouse, dear Glenda.
    Thank you soooooooooooooo much for being part of Share-in-Style.
    Do forget to come back to vote on Thursday, please, it is all about the fun
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Thank you and you're welcome Sacramento!

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  17. I would have bet money I left you a note here the first part of the week ... seems not, though. Sorry! 'Cause you look too adorable to not let you know another of your fans is once again admiring your very sleek choices. The main pieces are impeccable, of course, and it takes your kind of skill to use the blingy pieces so specifically and sparingly. Lovely, as always!

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    1. I didn't see the other post, Jan. However, thank you for coming back to repost! When I first laid eyes on this top, it had to be mine. It is so unique and beautiful. Something about it reminds me of the nuns. Even with that, it still has a sexiness to it. I'm glad it's now a member of my wardrobe.

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  18. A great look with the classic black and white combination and the bishop sleeves are nice. I'm jealous that you can still wear sandals, I am wearing boots now. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. Thanks Antionette! The weather is in the mid 70s during the day but in the 50s in the evening. Which is typical fall weather for us. Layers are important during this time.

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  19. Amazing find! Such magnificent sleeves... You look absolutely fantastic, love the hand jewelry and your sandals - one of my most favorite looks on you, Glenda!

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    1. Thank you Natalia. I keep opening my closet and looking at other ways to wear the top. It is fast becoming my favorite :)

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  20. Love the bellowing sleeves with the slim fit of the slacks But I would have really like to see a peak of a back view😉 Of the blouse. You look fab😉

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    1. Thank you Simplybee and you're right, I should have included a back view. Next time I will.

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