Howdy neighbour! This week I couldn’t resist mixing it up a little with a Wild West themed outfit post… yeeehaw! What do you think? Actually, I should technically call this post ‘what I wore to see Dolly Parton’ because this what I wore to honour her last visit to Scotland 😀 Would have been rude not to kick out some Country Western style for her – she’s such a fashion icon!
I have to admit, the most fantastic thing about this fashion shoot is the location. Doesn’t it look amazing? Believe it or not, this throwback in time is actually in my home town! That’s right, Edinburgh has a wild west!! Who knew Scotland could be so cool 😀
Thankfully this street is a little bit hidden and quiet – it meant I could get out there and have a lot of fun messing about whilst David took pictures. I’m getting more and more confident with doing these sorts of things, but it takes a lot of work. Here I am trying to give myself an Elvis style collar. Does anyone know how to make your shirt collars stiffen? Maybe I need to stitch in some wire – I’m not sure starch would do it…
I actually thrifted this dress from a Judy’s Vintage Fair. When I picked it up it had big billowy sleeves, it was down to where my cowboy boots start and it was about 2 sizes too big for me. You should have seen Davids face! This is the first outfit I’ve properly tailored to myself and I am so proud of it. I’d doesn’t look 80s at all now! It was a big moment when I hacked off the sleeves – they were so big I used them to cover a couple of sketchbooks to record the trip I made to Tennessee. Believe it or not, I’ve worn this wonder a few times – I took it to Nashville to line-dancing in 😀 The fringe looks amazing when you’re shaking down!!
I think the only thing I got new in this outfit post is my Tatty Devine horseshoe necklace, which is something I wear a lot of the time because I love horseshoes and its vintage style. My mum got me the cowboy hat when she visited Texas a few years back and, actually, I stole the cowboy boots from her too! They’re from Nevada. This is a real “All American” look for sure! I wore the boots so much in art school that I snapped the soles and had to take them to the cobblers a few times. That’s a lot of love!
This post has been a lot of fun to share – I hope you like it!
I hope the next time you see something totally out there you don’t write it off because you never know what you can do with it. I wish I had a before picture of this dress because it was so hideous – which is probably why it didn’t cost me very much to buy – but I love it to bits now it’s been taken in and modernised. I hand stitched most of it too because I was worried I might have done something wrong, but it all measured out correctly and if I may say so myself, it worked out a dream! Take a fashion risk and find yourself a project to experiment with. If it doesnt work it’s not the end of the world – but if it does, you might have found your new party piece on a budget!!