Well… we had a snowstorm. One icy blast of winter last Saturday that made everything look like a winter wonderland for a few days, but looking outside a week later you’d never know. Fortunately, I had a good excuse to get dressed and get out while things were still snowy and picturesque.

1950s vintage winter outfit featuring a black hat with blue feathers, black and white wool and velvet dress, black princess coat, overshoes, and blue gloves

Cold days are a great excuse to pull out one of my favorite winter dresses. I’ve worn it a few times before and I’m sure this won’t be its last appearance this winter! It’s just so warm and fuzzy, and I can stick a long-sleeved thermal under it and nobody’s the wiser.

Black vintage wool felt hat with a ruffled brim and swirls of ice blue feathers at the temples

I also took the opportunity to wear one of my favorite tricky-to-style hats. I love everything about it except figuring out how to put it on my head! I had to go digging through the archives to see how I’d worn it before, and it looks like last time I popped the crown down for a more ’40s look. I’ll have to remember that trick next time around!

Vintage black velvet "Gaytees" overshoes with rubber soles and rabbit fur trim paired with a black and white basketweave dress, a black coat, and a dusting of snow

And, of course, snow days are a great excuse to wear my vintage overshoes! I even used them as advertised, on to tromp through the snow and off once I got inside. It can be tempting just to leave them on like real boots since they’re so warm and cozy, but if I was going to do that, I might as well wear, well, real boots.

1950s vintage winter outfit featuring a black hat with blue feathers, black princess coat, overshoes, and blue gloves

Funny hat story, by the way: last time I wore this hat, I walked by a small child in a shop who stared at me and hid behind its mother. When I was in the next aisle, I heard the child ask, “Mommy, was she a pirate?” and had to try very hard not to laugh audibly. (Mom’s response, for the record, was “No sweetie, she’s not a pirate.”)

So now every time I wear this hat, in the back of my mind, it’s a pirate hat.

Black vintage wool felt hat with a ruffled brim and swirls of ice blue feathers at the temples

1950s vintage winter outfit featuring a black hat with blue feathers, black and white wool and velvet dress, black princess coat, overshoes, and blue gloves

  • Pirate-ish black hat with blue feather swirls: Etsy
  • B. David rhinestone brooch and earring set: Grandma’s
  • 1950s black princess coat: Etsy
  • 1950s black and white wool and velvet dress: Modern Millie
  • Black belt: Almost certainly borrowed from some other dress
  • Ice blue gloves: 57th Street Antiques, maybe?
  • Skin-colored tights: Capezio