We’ve finally gotten to the part of the winter where it has been cold for too long and this little Californian is starting to wonder if she will ever be able to leave the house with less than four layers on again.

1950s inspired outfit in pink, blue, and black with novelty print castle skirt and a princess coat

Most of all, I miss the simplicity of being able to put on a dress and be done. These days it’s opaque tights, a thermal undershirt, perhaps a slip, a dress or separates, a sweater, and then a coat on over everything, which leaves me feeling a bit like a stuffed sausage. That’s probably why I attempted to channel a more springy look in this outfit I wore the other day… even though I had to wear a long-sleeved thermal shirt underneath my sheer gauzy blouse.

1950s winter ensemble with a black princess coat with velvet trim paired with a velvet cap

Besides, this coat always makes me feel a little like an evil queen (something about the pointy velvet collar perhaps) so it seemed fitting to pair it with my most princess-y printed skirt. Unfortunately, the snow we had when I last posted is long gone so we’ll have to go with the Drab Dismal Forest look rather than a fairytale snowscape for the background.

1950s winter ensemble with a black princess coat with velvet trim paired with a velvet cap

How are are you dealing with this drab time of year? I’m currently coping by wearing a blanket and window shopping for yellow things. I don’t even think I look very good in yellow, but it’s oppressively gloomy out and everybody has a breaking point…

Soft winter blue and pink under a heavy black wool coat

1950s winter ensemble with a black princess coat with velvet trim paired with a velvet cap

1950s inspired outfit in pink, blue, and black with novelty print castle skirt and a princess coat

1950s inspired outfit in pink, blue, and black with novelty print castle skirt and a princess coat

  • Black velvet and bobble hat: Modern Millie
  • Pink confetti lucite earrings: Antiques shop in Wisconsin
  • Black wool and velvet princess coat: Etsy
  • Blue angora cardigan: 57th Street Antiques
  • Sheer pink nylon blouse: Modern Millie
  • Pink and blue castle-print novelty skirt: Pin Up Girl Clothing
  • 1940s style black leather pumps: Marilyns from Royal Vintage Shoes

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