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Vintage Hat Friday! Reuse and Recycling in the Modern Workplace!

Yes, it's that day again...
And I don't know about you but I wore waaaaaaaaay too many suits and dresses for work this week. So when Vintage Hat Friday rolled around...

Copeland: My strategy was simple! Why dress up, when you could just... be?
So, this morning, I woke up, looked in my closet and...
I would like to call this ensemble...

Ode To Scrap Bar, NYC!

Ah, those were the days your makeup (lips, eyes AND nails) consisted of one hue: BLACK.
Here are the reused, recycled items I am wearing:

  • The hat originally said, "American by birth, southern by the grace of God." I found it when I was sailing in the Chesapeake Bay years ago, reached down as I was hiking out on the trapeze, and scooped it out of the water. The original owner had taken a black marker and blacked out the "American by birth" part, which cracked me up endlessly. This hat then left the rural Virginia waters to live in the East Village of New York, then the staid 8ieme of Paris, before returning to its roots.
  • I purchased the leather jacket from a dear, starving-artist friend (who's no longer starving :) ) when he couldn't pay rent. This jacket has quite a story. The original owner was my friend's roommate, but it turns out that he was a bank robber (for real!)- so it ended up with my friend, who then took it to New Orleans, where apparently a band of naked voodoo dancers danced on it before he sold it to me. Maybe this leather jacket brings certain vibes with it, I don't know, it certainly has seemed to take a shine to me and has settled down quite nicely!
  • The shirt, a customized-with-dull-scissors-cutting-out-the-collar Harley Davidson tee, has *not* been recycled, but is certainly vintage... er, at this point. See that picture of me shooting in the post below? I think I'm wearing it there, 'cept it's new!
  • Ah, the shoes. In the East Village it was quite popular to have your Converse customized-- PUNK ROCK PLATFORMS! Woo. Yes, one would then teeter from biker bar to biker bar in these thangs... not that I *ever* spent an evening doing that!
  • The necklace? My great-grandmother's. I used to run around in her velvet flapper dresses and beads paired with combat boots... still saving the dresses for my daughter...
  • And the watch. You may have read *that* tale... again, recycled, reused!


My theme this week was vague – but as I buttoned my high necked ruffled shirt all the way to it’s top button the thoughts “Victorian” and “equestrian” were floating somewhere in the forefront of my muddled thoughts. Somewhat more prominent was my desire not to wear anything resembling what we’ve already worn, so I dismissed offhand anything pink, all black (there goes half my wardrobe, lol!) or 70’s. But I have to say that I think Copeland has achieved that goal far more decisively than I this week!

My clothes were entirely thrift store bought and mostly vintage – boots, vest, skirt, and shirt were all Goodwill.

I suspect that the shirt in particular is relieved to finally be worn with the dignity to which it was probably accustom. I bought it initially because I needed a shirt for a pirate costume, and I must admit that it has been worn to many a Halloween party over the years, partially unbuttoned and peeking out over a corset. As I exclaimed to Copeland while telling her how I ended up with this shirt – “Yay Swashbuckling!

The hat was purchased at my first ever Halcyon rummage sale some years ago. I have to admit I’m tickled at having my first chance to wear it out. I love its shape, and the precise way the netting moulds itself to the curve of the hat.

Here is our first submission, from Tony, a realtor, channeling all his inner cowboy with his vintage hat:
Now this one tallllllll, coooooool, drink o' water!

Ok, Jane, the blonde below, wanted to add herself to the competition, so here ya go:

But who cares 'bout these other folks!




At 10/24/08, 10:24 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Vote for Copeland

honorable mention for Amy

At 10/24/08, 10:33 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

also I specifically recall us talking about showing more cleavage to get votes. I opted for the tight jeans

At 10/24/08, 10:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i vote for my dance partner-tony...

At 10/24/08, 10:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

my favorite classic hat photo by all accounts......

At 10/24/08, 11:02 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

ok new contestant in the running since my vote.

casting my vote for Jane and the Hammer

honorable mention to
copeland & amy

At 10/24/08, 11:02 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

I gotta go with Copeland this week, primarily because she is channeling the Ramones and that gets my vote every time. Amy, I am impressed with your vintage outfits though--stylin'!

At 10/24/08, 11:04 AM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

From a fabulous client:

"Wellllll . . . This week my vote is for YOU! But if you had asked me last week . . . Amy would have gotten my vote!


At 10/24/08, 11:12 AM , Blogger drleahs said...

I'm voting for Tony.

Copeland, your story is a good one, tho. The hat is awesome and I remember when you found it, but you needed to show the front of the cap. You should get half a point for still having those platform Chuck Taylors. Heh! mine were so high, I must've been over 6' in them! And I can't believe you have the silent robber's MC...

At 10/24/08, 11:24 AM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said... -
This just sent in! Katja, wearing my hat, on the way to the Scrap Bar, in our old East Village NYC apartment...


And YES she voted for ME!

"ummm, i'm pretty sure i borrowed that hat on the way to the scrap bar with you...circa 1988!
of course it gets my vote! "

At 10/24/08, 11:26 AM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

Dag, another for TONY!
And from a *client!*

"This week, it is a tie between Copeland and Amy. But, I vote for the DUDE!!

Marjorie "

At 10/24/08, 11:26 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

I vote for Tony's sweet Western look.

At 10/24/08, 11:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like how you put a HUGE gap after amy, so no one will scroll down and see all of mine and tony's loveliness. garsh.

At 10/24/08, 12:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH MY G**! Copeland, you have not only won my vote this week, you have earned a acclaimation. That outfit ROCKS! Plus you remembered to accessorize!!!

I know I said last week I'm a classisist, but this zebra is changing his stripes.

At 10/24/08, 12:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy looks so classy, she definitely gets my vote!

At 10/24/08, 12:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amy all the way! Very Victorian, and I love My Fair Lady

At 10/24/08, 12:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Copeland, Copeland, Copeland...
Only the short commute saved you from being stopped by the fashion police for a major violation.

A vote for Amy for a lovely fallish ensemble.

At 10/24/08, 12:19 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

My 4 year old just voted for me...

Thank goodness there were not ponies or unicorns in this competition!

At 10/24/08, 12:28 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

I demand a Gelotte Hommas team with which to compete!
Hahahaha that would be SO awesome!

At 10/24/08, 1:23 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

votes for Tony

Okay...i THINK i voted correctly. Just warming up for the real thing on Nov 4th :) Lisa I. L.

T! Hi I'm voting now ! - Kristen R.

What comments? I can't figure it out either. - Lisa M. A.

At 10/24/08, 1:58 PM , Blogger Karen said...

Copeland! What a freeeesh look. Love it. Amy, as always, very ladylike. I love it.

At 10/24/08, 2:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for Amy. But, I really liked Copelands story. For me she wins for the best hat story.

At 10/24/08, 2:46 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Amy wins. Her hat is both vintage and epicly awesome. I love it!

At 10/24/08, 3:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for... COPELAND! Love that attitude :)

At 10/24/08, 3:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Copeland...I rise to the challenge. I shall endeavor to wear a vintage hat next Friday! You shall be prepared to meet your doom.

At 10/24/08, 3:33 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Amy's ensemble looks much more thought out and the hat is wonderfully vintage - she gets my vote!

At 10/24/08, 4:03 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

Oh, great, now I'm scaring the farmers. Another point for Amy!

"You did get that CBGB-ish look, but, Amy obviously went to a lot of trouble to achieve that slyly elegant look this week and showed great humility in her praise for you in her comments, so I'm giving this weeks vote to Amy. Besides you kind of scared me! -G."

At 10/24/08, 4:10 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

6 year old votes for ME!
"Why are you voting for me?"
"Because you look nice and we are sorry that you never win. And you're pretty because your eyes are black. Um... AND Jane: I totally vote for you.
Uh. Wait a second.
I vote for.... MY MOM!

Can you show me the pictures again?
Uh, I vote for Tony."
Me, aggravated: "Alright, mister, WHAT'S YOUR FINAL VOTE?"
"I vote for Momma!"

At 10/24/08, 4:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My vote is for Copeland this week! I love this nontraditional vintage look and great hat story!!!!

At 10/24/08, 5:01 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

HAHAHAHA George is feeling guilty... then callin' me trampy lookin'!

"It doesn't mean I don't still love you, but on something this important it's crucial that I remain fair and impartial, and although I didn't want to say it, you were looking a little more 8th Ave. (NYC), not that there's anything wrong with that! Or am I thinking 10th or 11th Ave. That was all a long time ago and I'm getting old. The memory is fading! By the way, good luck with getting a picture of Ron. My experience is that he's worse than the Amish, but then again I don't have the charm of a beautiful young woman, so you might succeed. -G."

At 10/24/08, 5:25 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

From FaceBook:
One vote for ME!

""Love it. It is all 1987 up in here. -Brandy"

TWO votes for TONY!
Ann Hay wrote
"I'm voting for Tony. Sorry Jane and Copeland but I had to split the difference. Plus he has a fancy pumpkin."

Randy wrote
"Tony of course!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the hat and Love the house you are standing in front of!!!!!!!!!!
ps- nice outfit!"

At 10/24/08, 6:30 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

Some DJ dude on twitter said,

"@greenmodernkits that photo is clowning!"

I'm takin' that as a vote for MEEEEEEEEEEEE!

At 10/24/08, 8:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the vote goes to......gee, I can't decide....such different categories...both great! I especially liked the briefs OVER the jeans! peggy

At 10/25/08, 9:17 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Catherine J. upper east side manhattan, phoned in TONY

via FaceBook,
Michelle R. Goochland TONY
Gretal Y. Washington DC TONY
Timothy B. Churchill TONY

At 10/25/08, 9:22 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Vintage Hat Fridays Results are

T.C. w/18

C.C. w/14 (these include 3 votes as a result of Nepotism, suspect Coercion )

A.W. 6

& J.S. w/1


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