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Be A Sex Kitten In Stripes

By , 17 November, 2008, No Comment

Bombshells need to have their casual looks too.  Here Mamie Van Doren purrs in a sweet & simple striped top and matching gloves which is still totally whistle-worthy.

Mamie Van Doren In Stripes

Mamie Van Doren In Stripes

Like most casual, effortless looks, creating it may be anything but sweet and simple. :sigh:

I’ve no luck finding any matching sets like this, so you may have to find yourself a cute striped jersey top and then knit your own striped gloves to match. (An alternate free pattern, with somewhat different stripes is here; maybe it matches a striped top you already have.)

Goldie Hawn’s Black Chiffon Mini Dress

By , 12 November, 2008, 1 Comment

In this classic photo of Goldie Hawn (taken by Bert Stern for Vogue) she wears a fun yet sophisticated black chiffon minidress by Jay Kobrin (for Maisonette).

Goldie Hawn In Black Chiffon By Jay Kobrin For Maisonette.

Goldie Hawn In Black Chiffon By Jay Kobrin For Maisonette.

The flirty skirt and billowing sleeves keep this basic black outfit from looking severe, and the short skirt makes it very mod. Here are a few pieces upon which to build the look:

This leather basque from ASOS has a layered chiffon skirt with delicate pleats.

Leather Basque With Flirty Chiffon Skirt

Leather Basque With Flirty Chiffon Skirt

Pair it with a sheer chiffon nightshirt in black (These sleep shirts are amazingly more practical for me as outer wear — blouses, jackets, etc. — than they are for sleepwear).

Sheer Black Chiffon Sleepshirt

Sheer Black Chiffon Sleepshirt

You may also try the Johnny Martin Ruffle Chiffon Dress paired with another chiffon top or blouse. Then it’s find the black stockings, the perfect fun shoes, tie it all off with a wide satin ribbon in a bow at the front (easy to do with yardage from the fabric shop) and top it off with a large pin or brooch at the neck of the shirt or blouse.

The Fabulous FLABuLESS Giveaway

By , 10 November, 2008, No Comment

Ladies who purchase vintage fashions know that there’s often difficulty fitting in the arm area — we just don’t work as hard cleaning our house as ladies from other eras. But now there’s help.

After talking to countless women who express their frustration with fashions that just don’t fit right in the arms, Lee Ann Stevenson put her passion for fashion and eye for innovative accessories to the problem and invented the FLABuLESS™ — the first ever arm shapewear that slims, conceals and re-shapes the arms.

FLABuLESS Help For Arms

FLABuLESS Help For Arms

“FLABuLESS is shapewear intended to increase confidence in women by making them feel good in their own skin. While surgery and exercise are options for some, many don’t have the time or resources. Whether you are 50 or 15, a business woman or a stay at home mom, we all want to look and feel good in our clothes. FLABuLESS achieves that goal.”

Arm Before FLABuLESS

Arm Before FLABuLESS

Arm After FLABuLESS

Arm After FLABuLESS

FLABuLESS comes in several styles, with short and long sleeve lengths, to work with your wardrobe.

FLABuLESS Help With A Mod Suit Jacket

FLABuLESS Help With A Mod Suit Jacket

To celebrate the launch of FLABuLess — and confident women — the company is holding The FLABuLESS Holiday Spa Giveaway. One lucky winner who best represents the success, ambition and confidence of women will win a $500.00 spa package in her own city. To enter, readers must simply provide reasons why they are the most FABULOUS contestant in this competition via an online submission at www.flabulessu.com. The contest runs from now until December 31, 2008; winner will be announced January 2, 2009.

Additionally, one lucky Here’s Looking Like You, Kid blog reader will be given a FLABuLESS™ too. All you need to do is post in the comments &/or email me, Jaynie Van Roe, at JaynieVanRoe@gmail.com and tell me you want to banish that arm wiggle and have better fitting vintage fashions. Post your comment (or send your email) before November 16th; I’ll announce the winner here on November 17th. (Must have a valid email contact so that I can get your address & product size, US residents only, please.)

When you purchase a FLABuLESS today you’ll get 10% off and automatically be entered to win an additional gift, as well as be entered in the FLABuLESS™ Holiday Spa Giveaway.

So, if you can’t wait to banish the arm wiggle, to instantly fit better in your tees, blouses and dresses, go order one now.

Seduce Like The Millionairess With An Accessorized Corset

By , 5 November, 2008, 3 Comments

Some films really are only worthy of watching for the fashions.

One such film is The Millionairess (1960), where the scrumptious Sophia Loren, The Millionairess, spends the entire film trying to seduce the poor-but-dedicated Indian doctor, played by Peter Sellers. Difficult to image anyone not batting an eye at Loren batting her lashes, but that’s the role Sellers plays — even when Loren strips down to her lingerie in his office:

I’m not sure wearing black hose with a peach ensemble is recommended; but when the woman is Sophia Loren — and those black stockings are attached to the garters of a black corset — just who is going to complain?

Sophia Loren In "The Millionairess"

Sophia Loren In

The contrast of the sinful black corset and stockings paired with the lady-like white hat, pearl necklace and 6-button white kid gloves is what really drives the seduction by fashion — which is, you know, far more effective than simply being nude.

In this state of (un)dress Loren captures all that is feminine. Playing on the dramatic power of the black corset to demand attention, leaving things carefully covered to add the excitement of mystery, as well as demonstrating the demure “do not touch” attitude of a lady, she fully exploits the virgin-whore complex to unsteady poor lucky Sellers.

And you can too. Well, maybe you can’t knock Peter Sellers off his feet, but you can any other man if you follow Loren’s example.

Rather than dominating in the more typical or caricatured version of a “Domme”, such attire and accessories leaves the average man at a loss as for what to do next. You are in charge — and you can enjoy watching him squirm as he wonders just how — and if! — he should make his move…

Start with a stunning corset, preferably custom fit to your curves. (Real corsets are custom made to your measurements, and therefore require several weeks to create & be delivered; so now is the time to order your corset if you want to wear it for the holidays.) Then add the stockings and other accessories.

Opera gloves are my first choice — running over the elbow, leaving the focus on bare décolletage is enough to make anyone sigh. But there are many other lovely glove options.

Wrap the lusty luster of pearls about your throat, and, if you’re daring, top it all off with a lovely vintage hat. Don’t forget the dress! You have to peel yourself out of it; agonizingly slow, or with such perfunctory practicality that he’s completely puzzled. It’s your choice.

(Remember, you can leave your hat on! *wink* )

You’ll “Fall” For Vintage Suits With Fur Collars This Autumn

By , 4 November, 2008, No Comment

This vintage black wool suit with fur collar is extremely fitted, and features fine tailoring detail. To assist in your movement, both the jacket and the skirt have an inverted kick-pleat in the back.

Fitted Vintage Black Wool Suit, Fur Collar

Fitted Vintage Black Wool Suit, Fur Collar

Another very fitted vintage suit, this one is of flecked wool. The padded shoulders & over-sized collar with mink trim above the nipped-in waist really emphasizes the hourglass shape.

1940s Flecked Wool Suit, Mink Trim

1940s Flecked Wool Suit, Mink Trim

This light cocoa colored wool suit with a dark, rich colored mink fur collar has a fitted skirt and a more boxy jacket with bracelet sleeves — very Jackie O.

Fabulous Fall Fur-Trimmed Vintage Suit

Fabulous Fall Fur-Trimmed Vintage Suit

This vintage suit has a large, fluffy black fox collar — but don’t worry, the bold pattern and texture of this curly wool & mohair blend suit isn’t lost in the collar’s shadow.

Dramatic Vintage Mohair/Wool Suit, Black Fox Collar

Dramatic Vintage Mohair/Wool Suit, Black Fox Collar