It could be because I just watched The Duchess earlier this week, but if am being honest with myself and you, I have always had a certain fascination with the 18th century look. That's why when I stumbled upon Artlab on Etsy, I knew I just had to share it with you.


The bustle, I believed died out because women had to walk sideways through doorways and that's just inconvenient. But in truth it probably died out around the same time that the appeal of curvy women started to die out as well.

You're probably thinking, yes this is cool but how or why would I even wear it? People don't push the boundaries of fashion and mostly because we aren't really given the opportunity too. This bustle provides that something special and the image below of Queen Michelle from Kingdom of Style, wearing her bustle perfectly illustrates how something so different can work for you.



If you can't go as far as to wear a bustle, the ruffle is just as 18th century and just as cool. It takes two items such as a tank or a button down shirt and gives it that special twist. I prefer this to a scarf, can't you picture the ruffle sticking out a blazer or jean jacket.

Of course I would have to add a Wendy B ring to my 18th century inspired outfit. She named it Marie Antoinette after another stylish royal.


If you are wondering, I recc'd seeing the movie The Duchess, if just for the fashion alone.

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Retro Chick said...

Oh fabulous!

The Duchess is on my rental list, hope it will turn up soon. I think Marie Antoinette looks good for the same reason.

Nubiasnonsense said...

I love ruffles, I have this really exaggerated woven top I'm just trying to figure out what I'm wearing it with. I've never seen the Duchess but 18th century fashion was ravishing

Michelle Moore said...

Awesome! I love watching the Duchess because it has gorgeous cinematography and amazing wardrobe!!

Birdie! said...

OH! <3 There are reasons why I adore you and this is one of them!

So, I made bustles as costume pieces and now I need to find a way to wear them. You might be the girl to ask?

Jaka Merriman said...

I have to admit...I've never seen The Duchess OR Marie Antoinette. (ducks thrown cakes)

I do love the stuff in that shop, though! I'm trying to figure out how I could incorporate some of the larger pieces into everydaywear kind of outfits. What do you think?

Jesica said...

The Duchess was seriously one of the most amazing movies I've seen in at least a year. The fashion, the cinematography, the storyline were all mindblowingly beautiful!

Love that bustle too, what a cute way to totally change the look of an outfit.

AlixRose said...

Retro - the movie was a lot better than I thought it would be but it was amazing for the costume alone, you will have to tell me what you thought.

Nubia - Oh am a little jealous, I would totally love to see this woven top and yes ravishing is a great word to describe it.

Michelle - Its a sad story but you're right the cinematography and wardrobe make up for it.

Birdie - You've come to the right place, lets get together and make this work.

Jaka- no worries on thrown cakes, I have to admit these are big statement pieces so really they call for subtly. Mixing it with something not as flamboyant will make them the shining star. Hmm I need to see if I can give some ex.

Jesica- I am sad that I didn't watch it sooner. Am not the biggest fan of Knightley but I did love her in this. The hats.. the dresses.. so awesome!

Random Musings by a Prickly Pear said...

Ooohhh Alix I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!

Sheena said...

Artlab has some great pieces. I'm going through a ruffles phase, so I definitely love all of the ruffles. I'll have to check out the Duchess as well.

WendyB said...

I'm always so thrilled to see my jewelry turn up unexpectedly in someone's post. Thanks!

Dana Landon said...

Wowza! I love ArtLab. Thanks for sharing! Just came across your blog for the first time today. I'm a fellow seattle fashion blogger (street style photography). I love the variety on your site. Looking forward to checking back in.

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