Wednesday, July 1, 2009

100% Thrifted Pick (7.01.09)

6_24_09, originally uploaded by verhext.
I’m loving the self-described ‘dustbowl’ look that verhext achieved by combining her little 90’s floral frock with a simple newsboy cap and lace-up oxfords.

I like the mix of soft brown hues as well as the contrasting elements: the feminine dress combined with the menswear inspired hat and shoes, the modern vibe of her tattoos mixed with the old timey feel of the outfit, and even her short cropped hair with the long dangly earrings. I'm a big fan of outfits that have unexpected little twists while appearing cohesive as a whole and this is a fine example.

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Compelled to do a bit of inspiration searching, I came across this breathtaking compilation of stark and poignant images of Dust Bowl refugees from the Dorothea Lange Collection at The Library of Congress.


The way she captured the beauty within the sadness is just so incredibly striking...

13 comments:

Oranges And Apples said...

I love this one!

muchlove said...

I love the colours of that outfit.

tracy mitchell said...

the color scheme even looks sepia toned! this is wonderful!

ambika said...

Oh, I totally would have thought that was a 30s dress given the colors and how she's accessorized. How clever.

Tagged you, by the way!

elena-lu said...

love the outfit and the photos were indeed sad but yes there is beauty there crazy how thats possible but one can find beauty if one looks

Sal said...

Love the outfit, adore the pose!

Hannah said...

She looks great. I love the colours too, and the pose!

Hippie Frou Frou said...

Great combination, those oxfords are cuuute!

jess s//

Diana said...

i have a feed towards that group! it's so inspirational

Eyeliah SS said...

A great choice, I love that look too and her poses are always so mindblowing!

Andrea said...

There are some really poignant images in that sequence! That combination of sadness and beauty is similar to the feeling expressed in a lot of the blues and folk music of the time so the soundtrack is perfect.

polaris said...

Thanks for the poignant video. My mom spent part of her childhood in Vidal, CA, down by the Colorado River in the 1930’s. Her dad was a barber and went looking for work there as men were working on a Works Progress dam, as I recall. Both my mom and grandmother described the canvass-sided , dirt-floor home they had, just like in the photos. My grandma told me she swept the tarantulas out everyday. It’s thanks to these photojournalists that we have these images today as I have very few pictures of my mom’s family during this time as they were obviously dirt poor.

Manja said...

No way I am just reading The Grapes of Wrath right now and the dust bowl images fit the novel so perfectly!