Black and white wool and velvet 1950s or 1960s dress styled for winter

Winter, it turns out, is cold.  So cold that when I was trying to get dressed the other day I had a mini wardrobe crisis because I couldn't figure out what I could put on relatively quickly that looked good and would keep me from freezing my posterior off.  Clearly, this Californian is still adjusting to seasons.

Black and white basketweave wool dress with royal blue gloves and southwestern silver jewelry

I did what any sensible person would do in the situation: gathered up my spending money and headed for the shops.  A few hours later I'd collected two more long-sleeved tops, two sweaters, and three thermal undershirts and was just about ready to head home when I decided to trundle over to the closest vintage shop and have a look through their racks.  I didn't see anything I liked in my budget and was just about to purchase a single pair of gloves when I was informed that the soft and squishy wool dress I'd been avoiding looking at had certainly been there long enough to be marked down... so naturally I tried it on and promptly purchased it.

Black and white basketweave wool dress with royal blue gloves and southwestern silver jewelry

The dress is a wonderful addition to my winter clothing collection... it feels as though I'm wearing a full body sweater and I can hide all sorts of long underwear underneath it!  I decided to pair it with a few slightly southwestern pieces in hopes of channeling a little of that warm-weather energy... I've been having a hard time pairing this gorgeous silver brooch with any of my other southwestern-styled pieces since it features a royal blue rhinestone instead of the more typical turquoise shade... but it looks awfully nice with the new blue gloves I picked up for Christmas!

Black and white wool and velvet 1950s or 1960s dress styled for winter

Black and white basketweave wool dress with royal blue gloves


Black velvet and satin cocktail hat with bobble trim

Black and white wool and velvet 1950s or 1960s dress styled for winter1940s fur, velveteen, and rubber overboots



Black and white wool and velvet 1950s or 1960s dress styled for winter

Black velvet hat with bobbles: Modern Millie Salem
Silver screw-back flower earrings: Savers
Black and white wool dress with velvet details: Modern Millie Salem
Very blue gloves: I Love Vintage Stuff on Etsy, present from Granddad
Black suede belt with silver buckle: Modern Millie Salem
Silver and rhinestone brooch: ThePickerGirl on Etsy
Black velvet and rabbit fur overboots: Etsy