Budget Bride #11

A series of posts showcasing bridal dresses under $700.

Budget Bride #11. Do you want a complete departure from the traditional wedding gown? Why not try this 1990’s silk/linen dress by artist and designer J. Morgan Puett.

Available on ebay- $375.

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More Shorts

Wearing shorts this spring and summer couldn’t be more popular! Check out these pages torn from Red Magazine

Drawstring-legged suede shorts and white cotton shirt by Sportmax are worn with Theory beige and blue checked coat, Paul Smith striped raffia hat and Clarks classic boots.

Nothing beats a shorts suit. This one from Freda at Matches. The rest of the outfit includes a Banana Republic denim shirt, Misa Harada hat and Manolo Bahnik leather sandals.

Model is in a cool and sporty pair of Moschino black shorts, black bra from Margret Howell and oversized shirt by MiH Jeans.

(Photos by Coliena Rentmeester)

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The Women’s Land Army

What was ‘The Women’s Land Army?’

During the first World War women were mobilized to work with food production on farms and in gardens across England and America. This program was called ‘The Women’s Land Army.’ Later with the outbreak of World War II, it was re-introduced for the same purpose.

Land girls were hired to work many hours ploughing (mainly with horses due to the short supply of tractors), milking cows, digging ditches, logging, etc. For their hard labor they were given a small allowance along with their uniform. In England it was the classic beige corduroy breeches, green pullover sweater and cowboy style hat.

When the war ended most of the women returned to civilian life. The army officially closed in 1950.

Note- What interests me is that Laura Ashley carried similar corduroy breeches in one of her fall collections. I bought a pair never realizing the inspiration behind it…until now. :)

(Top photo- Flickr. Posters- Google Images. Collage- Martha B.)

Update 9/17/2011- A pair of English Land Army women take a break from their work at a roadside well in May 1944. Photo by Frank Scherschel for Life Magazine.

Alice The Bride

With the release of the newest movie version of ‘Alice In Wonderland,’ fashion and bridal magazines are scurrying to fill their pages with photo shoots based on the childhood classic. In a recent issue of UK Brides Magazine, they created a fun ‘Wonderland’ wedding. My favorite dress had to be this one. I wonder why? :)

A pleated organza dress with blue silk sash by Ritva Westenius is worn with a Caroline Morris satin bow and Pamela Mann striped socks.

(Book illustration- John Tenniel. Photo- Chris Heads)