Then&Now: Garden Fashion

I’m currently reading “Garden People” by Ursula Buchan who gives insight into the lives and plants of well-known British gardeners with wonderful photographs by gardener/photographer Valerie Finnis. Valerie’s pictures capture an age of gardening (1940’s-1970’s) that is sadly gone now. She also captures how stylish these gardeners looked as only the British can and the rest of us can only try to imitate.

ThenLady Rhoda Birley in her garden attire is caught on film by fellow gardener/photographer Valerie Finnis.

Now- Inspired by the British, these gardening clothes are put together by the stylists at Free People.

ThenAnother delightful picture of Lady Birley- check out the nickers! Don’t you love her red hair?!

Now- This red head is dressed for gardening from a 2005 issue of Domino Magazine- here with layered tops, a pair of twill shorts, a scarf and a necklace-watch.

Then- Although she’s from America, Nancy Lancaster had a house and garden in England. She looks very British in her tweed jacket and gloves.

Now– Ready for work in the greenhouse- a model for Toast wears a jacket, plaid shirt and pair of pants from the Fall/Winter collection 2007.

(Photos-  Flickr, World of Interiors)

KidFile #11: Painted Pants

Another inspiration for unused house paint– how about painted pants?! My mother gave me this idea. When she was an art student at Rhode Island School of Design she had a special pair of pants designated for when she painted. They were covered with wiped-on paint from all her canvas work. So, I took an old pair of Curt’s jeans, fastened them to an easel, opened all the paint cans, and told Curt to have fun! He sure did!

(Photo- Martha B.)