This past spring, Emily of Emily's Vintage Visions ran a photo contest for outfits inspired by 1940s newspaper fashion articles.  At the time, I was too uninspired and buried in snow to come up with anything, so I was quite pleased when she brought it back for fall!  Unfortunately, the fall articles weren't half as inspiring as the spring ones, and although I tried to throw something together I was generally unimpressed with my results... so the fact that I was even selected as an honorable mention was a nice surprise!  Go check out the other winners here, there are some really gorgeous ensembles!

 
The dress, in particular, I don't think was quite right for the look I was going for.  It fits me a little large, which is good for days I feel bloated and generally icky (like the day we took these pictures), but I'm afraid I may have to give up on making it work for me, as the bust is just too roomy to be flattering.

Oh!  And here's the inspiration, a snippet of a fashion article posted for the contest:
 
Change Basic Black Effect
The possibility of changing the looks of a basic black dress with a variety of accessories began with an all-black ensemble as to shoes, off-the-face hat, bag and gloves, but with a heavy necklace of Balenciaga's honey pearls.









Comically feathered hat: Modern Millie
Amber Bakelite earrings: Antiques shop in Wisconsin
Carved amber Bakelite necklace: Gift from Pam
1980s Avon leaf pin: Wakefield Uncommon Antiques
Black 1940s rayon dress: Oona's Experienced Clothing
Black gloves: 57th Street Antiques
Modern strappy pumps: Savers