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The Lucky Shops Ultimate Shopping Event — And Contest!

By , 27 October, 2009, No Comment

Lucky Shops is a shopping event hosted by Lucky Magazine in New York, November 5-7.

Lucky Shops Ultimate Shopping Event

Lucky Shops Ultimate Shopping Event

To celebrate, one lucky Shop It To Me member will win a VIP gift bag from Lucky Shops!

The VIP gift bag contains Amrita Singh bangles, Kiehl’s products, a Clu tanktop, tons of other fun beauty products, and more — with a total value of $750.

To enter, just do the following:

  1. If you’re not already a Shop It To Me member, join now (It’s free and you’ll save money with the Sale Mail alerts!)
  2. Visit www.luckyshops.com to find out more about the Lucky Shops Ultimate Shopping Event
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post, telling Shop It To Me what you think is the most exciting part of Lucky Shops

The lucky winner will be selected on Friday, October 31st at 5pm PST via a random drawing of all qualifying entries.

Please note: Prize can only be sent to a U.S. mailing address.

“Billowy Circular Skirts” Of 1952

By , 26 October, 2009, No Comment

In Rebecca’s Fashion Trends From 1952 post (at her fabulous b.vikki vintage blog — you’ve got to go see it!), she’s posted some beautiful scans of “billowy circular skirts” that are “made to be worn with or without the ruffled petticoats, so popular this season,” which were circle skirts designed by — you guessed it! — Juli Lynne Charlotte of California. (Note that in this one issue of Jet Magazine, Charlotte is both “Juli Lynne” and “Juli Lynn” — something that seems to have been a chronic problem, despite the designer’s fame. For the record, the designer’s labels read “Juli Lynne Charlotte.”)

Circle Skirts, Jet Magazine, 1952

Circle Skirts, Jet Magazine, 1952

Juli Lynne Charlotte Circle Skirts, Jet Magazine, 1952

Juli Lynne Charlotte Circle Skirts, Jet Magazine, 1952

Pencil Skirt Sale

By , 23 October, 2009, 1 Comment

Dolce & Gabbana has a linen blend pencil skirt, on sale at Revolve for $195 (sale discovered via my Sale Mail alert.)

Dolce and Gabbana Linen Blend Pencil Skirt

Dolce and Gabbana Linen Blend Pencil Skirt

At first glance the D&G pencil skirt is not as pointed a message as the vintage pencil skirts you envision — but then we must take into account that the model is likely far less amply proportioned; translation, your own rounded hips probably will provide the prettier contrast.

D&G Black Pencil Skirt, Bottom Hugging Side View

D&G Black Pencil Skirt, Bottom Hugging Side View

Getting To The Point Of Pencil Skirts & Their Popularity

By , 22 October, 2009, No Comment

Christian Dior created the pencil skirt in the early 1950’s, as part of his H-Line collection.

Christian Dior H-line Fashions, 1955

Christian Dior H-line Fashions, 1955

The narrow and long (past the knee, originally) design of pencil skirts was reminiscent of the long skirts worn in the 1900s — right down to the similar hobbling effects of the 1910’s hobble skirts.

The Hobble Skirt Postcard, Circa 1910s

The Hobble Skirt Postcard, Circa 1910s

Note where the hobble skirt narrows around the knees, much like the narrowness of pencil skirts. This is why, even when pencil skirts have a slit or pleat in the back, pencil skirts still require some practice to walk in, some experience in elegant wearing.

Early Christian Dior Pencil Skirt Suit

Early Christian Dior Pencil Skirt Suit

The earliest pencil skirts were parts of suits, worn with jackets and tunics which covered the waist; this somewhat tended to minimize the hips while lengthening the legs.

Black Velevet Tunic Suit With Slim Pencil Skirt, 1952

Black Velevet Tunic Suit With Slim Pencil Skirt, 1952

But eventually, pencils skirts were worn with more fitted fashions, further accentuating the rounding of hips and behinds beneath nipped-in waists. (And would eventually evolve into the more flower-like full skirted fashions, and, on the other side, the wiggle dress, which we think of when we think of New Look fashions.)

Vintage Suit Ad: Pencil Skirt on Left, A-Line Skirt on Right

Vintage Suit Ad: Pencil Skirt on Left, A-Line Skirt on Right

In any case, wearing pencil skirts was far less practical in terms of ease of movement. This impracticality had, in fact, much to do with the success of the new skirts.

The lack of ease in movement may not have been part of Dior’s “Big Design” but his designs, and the many others who followed suit, certainly were able to capitalize by simultaneously a-dressing several post WWII cultural movements.

Pencil skirts were not only a new fashion silhouette — which women, tired of the more functional (and repaired, recycled) wartime clothing would of course be nearly giddy to have — but these skirts were also a more traditional and feminine style. Eager to be beautiful again, women loved them.

And men loved these skirts which highlighted and celebrated the female form too.

Vintage Lilli Ann Suit With Pencil Skirt Ad

Vintage Lilli Ann Suit With Pencil Skirt Ad

No one can blame either men or women for celebrating their reunions, the return of couples and families, but the physical restrictions of pencil skirts encouraged the hobbling of women.

Such fashions, with their physical restrictions, helped move women away from their wartime work (making room for the returning men) and placed women upon their pedestals as domestic goddesses, objects of desire and housewives. Female.

Feeding this return to gender roles via fashion were the recently available mass production advances made during the second World War and the post-war prosperity; ready-to-wear was affordable and most everyone had the the ability to afford the luxuries of lots of new clothing. The vintage popularity of pencil skirts remains with us today, making the pencil skirt more than a fashion classic, but a fashion basic.

Vintage Merrimack Ad For Velveteen Pencil Skirt Suits

Vintage Merrimack Ad For Velveteen Pencil Skirt Suits

Pant-ing For Katharine Hepburn’s Style?

By , 21 October, 2009, 2 Comments

Katharine Hepburn’s iconic style was defined by tailored and crisp pieces, including high-waisted, wide-legged trousers like those she’s wearing in this 1930’s photograph (Bettmann/CORBIS) for the stage version of The Philadelphia Story.

Katharine Hepburn Wearing High-Waisted Wide-Legged Pants

Katherine Hepburn Wearing High-Waisted Wide-Legged Pants

If you’re looking for pieces to help create Hepburn’s look, you’ll fall in love with Dolce & Gabbana’s High Waist Trouser with tux side panel stripe — now on sale! (Found via Shop It To Me’s Sale Mail.)

Dolce and Gabbana's High Waist Trouser

Dolce and Gabbana's High Waist Trouser

D&G High Waist Trouser With Side Tux Stripe

D&G High Waist Trouser With Side Tux Stripe

Look Like Liz In Cat On A Hot Tin Roof!

By , 19 October, 2009, 1 Comment

Want a custom classic vintage style dress for the holidays? PinkPurr Studio, “a small custom design studio specializing in the look and femininity of the forties and fifties when the women were women and men were nervous!”, is again offering their reproduction of Liz Taylor’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Dress — including in leopard print!

Custom Reproduction Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Dress

Custom Reproduction Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Dress

This iconic dress requires nine yards of chiffon — not counting lining!

Anne Francis: Sweater Girl

By , 18 October, 2009, No Comment

Even without the cigarette in her hand, Anne Francis is smoking hot in this sweater & skirt set.

Anne Francis Smoking Hot Sweater Girl

Anne Francis Smoking Hot Sweater Girl

For a bit more glamorous holiday look, how about this vintage black rayon sweater with cap sleeves, embellished with velvet applique and rhinestones?

Vintage Black Sweater with Velvet & Rhinestones

Vintage Black Sweater with Velvet & Rhinestones

(The velvet and rhinestones, the usual holiday fashion suspects, might distract family from noticing that you’re on the make!) The sweater’s single button closure in back, at the nape of the neck, leaves that sexy keyhole opening… Maybe that will inspire you to pose like Ms. Francis, hmm? *wink*

Our Collective 80’s Flashbacks

By , 16 October, 2009, No Comment

It’s impossible to avoid the return of 1980’s fashions. From the latest shots of Kim Cattrall & Sarah Jessica Parker 80’s re-do in the filming of the next Sex And The City film

Kim Cattrall's 1980's Flashback For Next Sex In The City Film

Kim Cattrall's 1980's Flashback For Next Sex In The City Film

Sarah Jessica Parker On Set For Latest Sex In The City Movie

Sarah Jessica Parker On Set For Latest Sex In The City Movie

To the coverage of retro English punk in the November issue of Marie Claire

Marie Claire English Punk Re-Do

Marie Claire English Punk Re-Do

(It’s interesting to note that as American’s jumped into the punk scene, they dropped the more dramatic graphic of the English flag — I say it’s a better fashion graphic and offer the fact that it was not replaced with the US flag as proof of my statement — and the term “Punk” was replaced with New Wave.)

As the spread of retro 80’s fashions comes ever-closer, I now will get off my arse and look to see what few items I saved from the 80’s have survived the various downsizings with each household move. (You know how you desperately dry to lighten and compact those boxes!) If I find anything worth noting, I will share it here. Threat or promise? *wink*

Oh What A Heavenly Hem!

By , 13 October, 2009, 2 Comments

I just adore this vintage black silk taffeta dress! The lower skirt is covered with black soutache, studded with black faceted beads, and then the arched scalloped edges finish in dainty black silk tassels hanging over a hemline of rose colored velvet. (There is an attached net crinoline beneath for shaping too — which really contrasts that inset waist treatment!)

1950's Black Taffeta Fitted Dress

1950's Black Taffeta Fitted Dress

The way the black tassels hang over the rose velvet reminds me of garters on stockings!

Soutache Embroidered Hemline with Black Tassels Over Rose Velvet

Soutache Embroidered Hemline with Black Tassels Over Rose Velvet

Vintage Mexican Circle Skirt Set

By , 9 October, 2009, 2 Comments

My circle skirt addiction might wane if I stopped spotting such beauties as this 1940’s Mexican circle skirt (and blouse).

1940's Hand Painted Mexican Circle Skirt & Blouse Set

1940's Hand Painted Mexican Circle Skirt & Blouse Set

This vintage hand painted dress set was made in Mexico by Mocambo in the 40’s. Along with a fabulous hand painted geometric design, the circle skirt has sashes that wrap in back, then the front to tie in a knot — and has hook and eyes to keep the sash in place.