It’s election day! The polls have just closed in my state, but if you live further west and happen to be a registered voter who hasn’t gotten to the polls yet, I urge you to do so! For those of us who have already voted, it looks like it’s shaping up to be a long night of results-watching and nail biting as we wait to see who won.

1940s election day patriotic red white and blue outfit with brown accents

I of course had to get all dressed up to vote if only on principle… I just got the red skirt in the mail in the last few weeks, so it was the perfect opportunity to wear it out!

An "I Voted!" sticker is proudly displayed in the foreground by a woman wearing a patriotic colored vintage 1940s jacket and hat

Some of the ensemble was a bit make-do-and-mend, though, like the Erstwilder “Brahminy Bryan” brooch, because if you squint hard enough a brahminy kite almost looks like a bald eagle, right?

Erstwilder Brahminy Bryan brooch stands in for a bald eagle with an "I Voted" sticker on a patriotic election day outfit

I also improvised a bit with my hat. It has a funny little hoop decoration in green velvet, but it was the best hat for the outfit so I grabbed a scrap of red wool and made it work!

1940s election day patriotic red white and blue outfit with brown accents

In a way, this is a fitting outfit for election day not only because of the colors but also because of the individual elements. As I write this post, I realize that most of the things I’m wearing came from friends in the vintage community, small businesses, or a combination of the two! I know that the internet has proven very divisive this election season, and one of the things I really love about the vintage community is the amount of connection and positivity I’ve encountered being a part of it!

1940s election day patriotic red white and blue outfit with brown accents

In that vein of “things from small businesses or members of the vintage community”, I wore my Royal Vintage Shoes Dolores pumps to the polls, and am happy to report that with the little adjustment I made to the straps they were quite comfortable for the walk and for the standing in line!

Royal Vintage "Dolores" pumps in brown faux-reptile are a perfect finishing touch on a vintage outfit

Happy voting!

1940s election day patriotic red white and blue outfit with brown accents

  • Brown vintage 1940s ruffled hat: purchased from Emileigh of Flashback Summer
  • White confetti lucite earrings: Etsy
  • Brahminy kite brooch: Erstwilder
  • “I Voted” sticker: c/o my local polling place
  • Blue 1940s suit jacket: Etsy
  • White rhinestoned vintage jersey blouse: Garment District
  • Brown vintage gloves: ??? Probably 57th Street Antiques
  • Red 1940s a-line skirt: purchased from Solanah of Vixen Vintage
  • White-people-colored peach tights: Capezio
  • Brown platform sling-back pumps: Dolores from Royal Vintage Shoes

I purchased these shoes at a discount in exchange for images and a review