Walk Like an Egyptian

First, I really want to thank all of you who commented with such kind words of support regarding my last post. Your comments always mean a great deal to me. Today’s post kind of highlights one of the directions I really want to go with my wardrobe more; adventurer style.

As stated before, I’ve always had a love affair with ancient Egypt, and Egyptian Revival jewelry is a weak point for me when out antiquing, but it is often pricey.  Right now my collection of Egyptian Revival is small, and consists of a mix of 1920s and 60s pieces (as there was another Egyptian Revival after the release of the Elizabeth Taylor film Cleopatra), but the plan is for that to change. By choosing to part with some of my more average pieces of clothing I hope to take funds from those and put them towards Egyptian Revival, in addition to Western/Mexican and unique, super atomic 50s garments.

I wore this the other day when I visited with Sarah at Simply Vintage to do some trade for the stunning black lurex Estevez I mentioned in the last post (I’m not sure when I’ll take that beauty for a spin, but when I do, you’ll see it!).  This outfit is an odd, but fun mix that I really enjoyed putting together.  The outfit actually started with the open knit tights I found at the Nordstorm Rack (as I have learned that place is good to score Minnetonkas cheap!) as the pattern reminded me of the reed imagery you see in some ancient Egyptian works of art.  The rest just fell together.  The blouse is from the 1960s, while the skit is made from a 1940s pattern, and the jacket is actually from the 70s! But it just came together to create a unique look at evokes the Egyptian Revival of the 1920s and 30s without being 100 percent period perfect.

Jacket: The Clothes Horse, Eugene, Oregon
Blouse: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
Skirt: Made by me, McCall 7153
Belt: Buckle from Brownsville Antique Fair, Brownsville, Oregon, belt replaced using ribbon from Fabric Depot
Tights: Nordstorm Rack
Shoes: Miz Mooz, Johnny Sole, Portland, Oregon
Earrings: AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Buffalo Exchange
Kartush Ring: “Stole” from my dad
Purse: Don’t remember…

15 thoughts on “Walk Like an Egyptian

  1. I think that would be an awesome direction and so original. I don’t think there should be any real rules to dressing other than a certain level of modesty and being somewhat appropriate to the situation and weather. What other people say, think, or do shouldn’t really matter. After all you’re the one wearing it.
    And I love this look! I’m such a nerd though, so anything that has hints of archeology in it is great in my book.

  2. As I have said before, you have a real knack for pulling together outfits and jewelry. This look is perfect! Ready for an adventure with Indiana Jones 🙂

  3. You look fantastic! I just love how you pulled together all these elements from different decades and combined them to make this cohesive outfit. It’s just gorgeous. I love that blouse the most, though! Such a pleasant color and design! And I agree with Cindy; you look like you’re about join up with Indy!


  4. Yes, this outfit has a great Egyptian/Indiana jones/Radars of the lost ark type vibe going on. Very cute hairdo also. As I’m sure you already know, matisse renoir jewlery comes out of that Egyptian revival. Some of those pieces would really set an Egyptian inspired outfit off. I’m an avid collector of the beautiful copper.

  5. Really, really lovely, creative, fresh (spin on the past, I mean) ensemble. I adore the colour palette, layers and visual interest that entire ensemble transmits. Beautiful styling, dear Janey!

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* I was just telling Tony the Saturday before last about your immense passion for Egyptology, as I saw large c. 1960s Egyptian revival piece that might have been either a wall hanging or a table runner, just depending on how you wanted to use it, at a small flea market in the nearby tiny town of Oliver (it wasn’t in great shape, nor well priced, at all though unfortunately, or else I would have bought it for you as a gift in a heartbeat).

  6. I love it! I’m a huge advocate of dressing to make yourself happy, and I just adore the little Egyptian touches in your outfit. But can we talk about your hair for a moment? I’m constantly amazed by the gorgeous ways you manage to style it! I don’t think my hair was half as cooperative as yours is when it was long.

  7. Oh my gosh, I love this outfit! The mix of patterns is great and it totally evokes an Egyptian Revival feel! It’s such a unique look and combines together different eras so well. Wonderful! 🙂

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