Next week I'll be attending Vision Forum's History of America Conference in Pennsylvania, and like the other Vision Forum events I've attended (Jamestown 400 & Reformation 500) I'll be dressing in costume. Since this conference covers all of American history, I'll be doing more vintage styles this time: like the 1920s, 40s, and 50s.
This is my inspiration board for the 1920s (with my 1920s dress options on either side). Now, if you were me, which option would you go with? The lace version on the left, or the plain cotton one on the right? As I'm undecided right now. Also do you think I should the 1920s at all? 'Cause I have so many ideas for 1940s & 50s outfits, but not enough days to wear them all. :p
Then we have the 1940s. There is my 40s floral & stripes dress, polka dot swing dress, or my gingham dirndl skirt that I could choose from. Between these options I'm kinda leaning towards my swing dress, mostly because it looks the most 1940s to other people. What do y'all think?
Then we have the 1950s, where I have way too many options to choose from. There are even more option combinations in my closet that I could do (ones that haven't been featured on the blog yet), like a red pencil skirt, striped tee, and some heels. In the above collage we have my brown polka dot dress (this was my graduation dress), gingham blouse & jean pencil skirt, floral sundress, floral blouse & poodle skirt, blouse & polka dot skirt, blue gingham dress, and my Audrey Hepburn inspired outfit. Wait a minute! I'm missing my new red gingham sundress that I just made!! See!?! I have too many ideas and options for the 1950s! If you were me, which '50s outfit would you go with? Which outfits look the most '50s to you?
(I'm thinking I *might* wear my red gingham dress on the 4th of July to the Gettysburg reenactment.)
I kinda like it better when I had to make my costumes specifically for a VF event, because back then I didn't have anything otherwise to wear (costume wise). Of course, I didn't have too many costumes to choose from then, and hardly any vintage inspired clothing (unlike now).
Now this where I could use your advice, which outfits & eras I should bring to wear/do next week? For the event I'll need four outfits (5 actually, but I already have one outfit picked out for my birthday on the 5th), three of those days will be spent in a conference setting, while one of the days (the 4th) will be spent outside on a tour of Gettysburg & visiting the reenactment. Give me your thoughts and ideas. I guess you could say, I'm curious to know which ones look the most like the eras to YOU.