Vintage hunting has been quite difficult lately and it seems I am not the only one with these thoughts. Finding anything at all that would be interesting enough, as well as affordable, has been almost impossible for a while now, and it is has made me concerned. When flea markets are failing to provide any finds I feel like you would have to be either wealthy to be able to purchase the rare goods around the internet, or just have to be able to make everything yourself, from scratch. Altering clothes is another good option and a perfect way to recycle. But I am having a hard time even finding things to alter. I am after quality and comfort and rather picky when it comes to fibre content and I hardly ever make compromises anymore when it comes to new purchases. And what happens when you are unable to make things yourself? Lately I have been lacking energy and inspiration so much it has resulted in months of not being able to sew or knit anything new. Even the piles that need altering and mending have mostly been untouched. The spring and increasing sunlight is helping a little and at least I am starting to feel inspired again. But needless to say it could have started a lot earlier. The winter in Finland has been so incredibly dark and cold and thus also utterly depressing. Luckily I have great friends with perfect style and taste. I have bought and received some of my favourite clothes from my friends, they truly know what I like.
This outfit is no exception. The green and grey plaid jacket and plus-fours I have received from ever so lovely Ester, the tie from my good friend Flanööri and my newest vintage glasses I bought from my friend Mirva, who is a fellow vintage enthusiast and an optician. The scarf and mittens were knitted by my mother. The shirt is a made to measure one and seen in one of my previous posts. Everything else is from various flea markets, and to think of it, they were all bought at least a year ago. The knitted vest is modern and I only made it a tad slimmer and shorter. Oh, and the brogues are the ones seen here. The recession-era shopping bag is made of paper string with cardboard detailing and it seems to be something I carry with me almost every day. In fact, I have managed to find myself two identical bags, which is a rare treat and quite fortunate, knowing I am so fond of it.
Plus-fours are possibly my favourite type of trousers. This pair is made of very thick herringbone tweed.