The Mitty Challenge

April 25, 2012

For those of you who don’t know, the Mitty Challenge is a vintage/classic sports car event. (Don’t feel bad ’cause I just found out and I’m married to a car nut.)  The fun part about attending, as far as I’m concerned, is that I’m encouraged to dress up, channeling any era I please. There will be many beautiful vintage cars there to ogle and admire, and it sounds like a great opportunity to have glamorous automotive backdrops for my outfits.

I pulled out my trusty dress form, Violet (named after a young friend’s doll) and started to envision what my challenge would be;  I like this ensemble as a possibility.  It feels like 1912/the 20’s/30’s/70’s.  I know it would be comfortable.

It consists of: a tank dress from H&M, a thrifted stretch-lace dress, Impo espadrilles from DSW last year, hat from TJ Maxx years ago (I’ve never worn it!!), thrifted handmade purse, and a silver Navaho pin given to my mom in the late 1950’s.  (Click on the photos for details)

Will this ensemble be the winner?  I’ve got until Saturday morning to decide.  Gentlemen, start your engines!





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17 Responses to The Mitty Challenge

  1. Melanie on April 25, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    You would look fantastic in this outfit – great hat and shoes too! I see what you mean about the segue-ways between eras. When I see that beautiful Navaho pin I think of art deco and Hercule Poirot. Nothing like a car event – it’s fun to see men (usually) ogling vehicles like women (usually) look at clothes. I wonder what you’ll wear!

    • Jean on April 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

      I’m curious about the connection between Poirot and the pin. Evidently I didn’t read that one!

  2. Veshoevius on April 26, 2012 at 3:47 am

    It does have a very 20s/30s feel this outfit and I think it would be very fitting – love the hat! You know Mr V’s French great grandfather’s vintage car ended up as a display in some of these vintage events in the US as it is one of the few remaining models made at the time – maybe you’ll bump into it!

    • Jean on April 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

      What should I be looking for? Although I probably wouldn’t have a clue, Joey might. I’d have to take a picture for you!

  3. Rose on April 26, 2012 at 4:32 am

    You have a dress form? An actual mannequin? I am so jealous I am positively GREEN. Oh, for the room to have such a fabulous thing. I’m sure you will look stunning whatever you choose.

    Lotsa love from your twin in England,

    • Jean on April 26, 2012 at 11:34 am

      She’s very useful and I’m hugely grateful to have her.

  4. Joni on April 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

    What a great twist on a car show. I must say, I’d have more fun people watching then car oogling. I bet you’ll capture the crowd!

    • Jean on April 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

      I’m not much of a car-ogler either. Hopefully the people-watching will be entertaining.

  5. sis on April 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    People-watching is Always entertaining, oui!?
    I think most will be watching you, my glamorous sister.

    • Jean on April 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Hope not; I’ll probably trip on my espadrilles! :-)

      • sis on April 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm

        Somehow, I doubt that. ;

  6. Terri on April 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I love the espadrilles! And I’m eager to see you posing with the cars. Do you and Joey have a vintage car?

    • Jean on April 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Sort of! It’s a 1995 Miata convertible with a few modifications. I’ll make sure to post a few pics. It’s a lot of fun, plus it gives me an excuse to wear hats!!

  7. The Style Crone on April 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    The colorful espadrilles are ‘mighty.’ You placed the pin perfectly and you will look beautiful in the large brimmed hat. Looking forward to you final decision! I’m sure you will make the backdrop of vintage cars look good.

    • Jean on April 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

      I’m still undecided but I’ll probably keep the hat in the equation!

  8. Kathleen Lisson on May 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    This is a great hat. I would love wearing it with a black and white outfit. I think the Poirot and pin connection is that the opening credits in many of the episodes feature art deco trains, smoking guns, etc.

    • Jean on May 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Thank you! Now I’m up to speed. I almost never watch TV (and few movies) being a bookworm. I’m going to have to check it out.

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