Vintage Red and Sustainability—from Donna Does Dresses


Vintage Red and Sustainability …

JULY 29, 2019

Some Red Here and Some Red There …

I’ve always regarded red as my favourite colour to wear.

There was a time when my entire wardrobe consisted of either black or red clothing.

In recent years I’ve widened my colour spectrum to include lots of jewel colours like green, blue and purple …

Today I’m going to talk about these two beautiful dresses that are vintage, red and therefore work well with my bent for sustainability.

Sustainable Shopping

Last year, while I was in the midst of my breast cancer treatments I happened across the cute little ‘The Classy Closet’, a gorgeous little shop in Wollongong run by a delightful woman who has a similar outlook on a whole lot of things to myself.

She collects beautiful, quality, designer label clothing from a variety of sources and sells it for very reasonable prices.

I particularly like her vintage styles, although she does sell contemporary clothing as well!

Same, Same But Different!

So both of these dresses are from Australian designer, Anthea Crawford.

They are both 1980’s does 1940’s red fine Australian wool dresses.

So ideal for winter – barely even needed to wear more than the tights/fishnets stockings and gloves … but added my cropped leather biker jacket for extra oomph!!

The style and detailing of each dress is quite different from the other, although they have a similar silhouette – and they are quite flattering to my petite hourglass frame.

I love the Bladerunner vibe that they give – but you know me and Science Fiction, we go way back before the Apollo series and beyond into Alien and Battlestar Galactica …

Donna Does Details …

I always notice details.

Always have … maybe it’s because I’m a bit on the spectrum, but this is something that I have a bit of a thing for, and one of the things I love about dressing – getting the details the way I want them!!

These are both winter dresses so tights/stockings are a must have here on the south east coast of Australia.

I’ve decided to pair the dress with the black velvet shoulder detail with double layered black tights and red fishnets, cute black bowed low-heeled shoes, simple black patent belt, red leather gloves, cat’s eye sunnies and my black beret.

The gold button dress has been paired with red rose patterned tights, red and black Mary-Janes, black belt, black with red spot and bow gloves and red cat’s eye sunnies.

The look could be switched for each of the dresses – I have a red beret and I think I might wear that next time I put on one of these dresses.

Looks and Comments..

The looks and comments I get when I’m out tend to encourage me to continue to pursue my own style with most people fairly positive about what I’m wearing.

I feel good about breathing new life into old things and not getting on the fast fashion treadmill!!

Thank you for joining me in my little corner of the web, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on wearing vintage clothing or fast fashion in the comments below,


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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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