Monday, 17 October 2016

Gardening Chic

I know, I know. Why on earth would I be posting about gardening outfits. Who cares what you will look like? It's not worth the effort, right? Wrong. Or at least in my opinion

The amount of girlfriends I have that have been sick at the Drs office, or just had to run to the store to get some milk and then ran into an old high school friend is numerous. Women who put an effort into their look and enjoy doing so, only to be caught unawares in a state they didn't think anyone would really see them in.

Same goes for gardening. House guests can drop by and errands to your local plant nursery can pop up in the middle of an afternoon of gardening. Most women I know want to look their best regardless of the circumstances.

If laid back is your style then that's ok too! No one should ever judge you for dressing how you want to. However, to me, if it's worth it to slather on makeup for a night out clubbing with men who will end up too drunk to see you properly, then it's just as worth it to pop some lipstick on before heading to the grocery store or, in this case, doing your gardening.

And besides, most of us retro girls dress this way because it's fun. I enjoy getting dress up to prune some leaves. Over the top is what we do best.

I digress... I've put together a couple of my go to looks for when the sun is shining and for when rain is headed your way.

For Spring and Summer, singlets and wide brim hats work well.

Gardening Chic

And for winter, sweaters and gumboots keep the chill away.

gardening winter

Regardless of the season, I prefer to wear dungarees rather than jeans. I don't wear jeans very often because I find them uncomfortable. (oh, the irony when people ask me "don't you just want to be comfortable in a pair of jeans?". No, no I don't). Dungarees, however, are held up by the suspenders so comfort isn't an issue. You can do jeans too, I just tend not to. Boohoo has a wide variety of dungarees for very cheap. Collectif and several other retro brands have them too, it just depends on if you are willing to spend more money on something you will be digging through dirt in.

I tend to have a pretty pair of gardening gloves handy too. You can find anything on ebay if you just have a browse (especially if you are lucky and live in the US, where shipping is cheap and everything is at your fingertips).

As far as makeup goes, a lip stain or even red lipstick works well with just a tinted moisturiser and mascara. And eyebrows, lets not forget the eyebrows. Of course, no makeup works too because your face is perfection just as it is, but I love me some red lips no matter the circumstances.

Are there any unexpected places you dress well to?

Thanks for reading!
xo, Miss Betty Doll



  1. I recently found your blog and I am loving it! I've always loved pin-up style and usually I'll incorporate some elements into my everyday look.
    Lately, I've been on the hunt for a knock your socks off little black dress. I'm loving midi swing dresses and sweetheart or v- necklines. You are ALWAYS wearing something stunning! Do you have any recommendations/absolute favorites??

    1. Oh I'm so happy you like my lil blog! Thank you so much for reading it.

      Yes, yes I do - The Vixen Swing Dress by Vixen. It's so stunning. I have the leopard print version on pre-order but part of me is wishing I'd gotten the black. I'm already doing an overdue closet cull so I can afford a few more pieces, including this black dress. If anything will stand out, this will.

    2. Thank you! The Vixen Swing dress is absolutely gorgeous!! I'll have to save up for it :)
      I've also been looking at the Erin Swing 3/4 sleeve dress from Pinup Girl Clothing. So many options!!

  2. I prefer dungarees now over wearing jeans, I find them way more comfortable, stylish and they have more of a retro/rockabilly flair to them which I love of course! :)

    1. It's so true! I love them with pussybow tops too. Such a cute look.


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