Brown and blue

At times I like to mix masculinity and femininity in my looks. As much as I love to be able to pull off a really feminine ensemble, I absolutely adore men´s vintage clothing, especially from the 1920´s and 1930´s. I don´t know if a very boyish look would suit me all that well, but I have always found myself being utterly inspired by androgynous attires. My approach on the subject tends to be rather subtle, as I do like curly hairdos and make-up.

One of these chilly winter days I was wearing a pair of beautifully hand-tailored brown breeches I bought last summer. The label indicates they were British made in 1951. After purchasing them I started hunting for a pair of perfect boots to go with them. I finally found these 1930´s lace up babies from Vintage Haberdashers. You can see more photos of them in this post. I must say, they are one of my favourite pairs.

I am also wearing a made to measure men´s vintage style shirt I ordered a while back. The rayon tie is 1950´s, as is the brown wool jacket. The navy blue wool cardigan is modern, the style is very classic and I have had it for years. I replaced the buttons with vintage ones.


A young lady from Tampere, Finland, with a passion for the old days. I have always been an aesthete, which eventually got me into vintage. I wear vintage daily and my pet period is the 1930’s. As certain vintage items are difficult to find I also often make my own clothes drawing inspiration from old magazines and photos. I have a soft spot for old shoes and aspire to surround myself with pretty vintage heels.

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12 thoughts on “Brown and blue

  1. garofit says:

    As usual, I love you and I’m very envious 🙂 Seriously, I can very much connect with this style, as I have always had a penchant for androgynous outfits, and sportswear is my favourite part of vintage clothing. A breeches and tie outfit makes me drool instantly. I am yet to find a pair of breeches that fit ok, I came across a lovely pair a couple of years ago but had to let go a they were too big. As for boots, they have eluded me forever. Still, one holds hope:)
    On a different subject, I was going to ask you: wouldn’t you like by any chance to post a tutorial of how you style your hair? I really am struggling with waves and would appreciate any tip-offs.

    • Marianne says:

      Thank you, I’m flattered 🙂 I love sportswear too. Also in menswear, it’s the casual and sportswear that I find most appealing. Plus fours, breeches, knitwear, caps, shirts with rolled sleeves…I could go on and on 😀 I love a good suit too! I just recently bought my second pair of breeches, and I have to say, both pairs are tiny! I had to let out the brown pair at knees and calves to be able to wear them comfortably, and will have to do the same with the other pair. The waist is super tiny on these, too. The other pair is made of linen, so they will be great for spring and summer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!
      I really don’t know if I have the time to make a tutorial, will have to get back to you on that. Thanks for asking!

    • Marianne says:

      Thank you! Being petite has some benefits, but it’s not all bliss 🙂 And I believe a curvier figure would definitely look great in an outfit like this!

  2. Miriam says:

    You have the most amazing style sense I’ve seen in quite some time. To me, 1930s fashion is the hardest to ”re-create”, but you always do it so well. I’m impressed! And inspired. I also really like a masculine touch to my looks now and then, to compensate for the ultra-feminine 1940s/1950s look I mostly go for. I’ve been looking for a good, plain shirt with a small collar size for some time; where did you order yours?

    • Marianne says:

      Thank you, Miriam! I’m very flattered! I’ve found 1930s fashion appealing for years, and finally after a few years of collecting I feel like I can dress in that style daily. The whole silhouette is quite hard to re-create, as you said, like the low hemline for starters. When looking for vintage, you hardly ever find anything other 30s than formal and evening wear, so sewing skills are useful. It hasn’t been easy, believe me. The hardest part was during a couple of years, when I had a vision of what I wanted to wear, and nothing much to achieve the look with. (While writing this, I feel like I really have to get inspired and start sewing again, it’s been months now…)
      As for the shirt, I ordered mine from here: Making the order was a bit tricky, feel free to ask me should you need more info!

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