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Putting Zebra Stripes On Your Spring-o-lator Steps

By , 23 March, 2009, No Comment

Currently I’m lusting after these 1950’s Spring-o-lator heels with a wild zebra print — and the matching vintage handbag.

Vintage Zebra Pring Heels & Handbag

Vintage Zebra Print Heels & Handbag

What a fabulous way to change the look of any little black dress!

Sheer Mod-ness

By , 17 March, 2009, No Comment

When I saw this mod hot pink top, with it’s sheer sleeves and outrageous pussycat bow, I immediately thought of Goldie Hawn in that Vogue photo by Stern.

Fabulous Retro Hot Pink Tunic Top

Fabulous Retro Hot Pink Tunic Top

If you’d prefer a more classic little black dress version, the Etsy seller, Catbooks1940s, also has this amazing 1960’s babydoll Mini cocktail dress.

The Little Black Dress Goes Mod

The Little Black Dress Goes Mod

In both cases you’re minus the frothy layered skirt; but you’ve got the integrity of authentic mod 60’s style and those incredible sheer sleeves which are not limited to any season.

Fashion Returns To The Romper Room

By , 25 February, 2009, No Comment

In the March issue of Giant magazine, a feature on rompers & jumpers by Madison Mobley titled Romper Room (which is likely a reference above the heads — and years — of the average Giant reader). But if you do remember Romper Room, you may also remember the one-piece dressing fad of retro rompers.

Romper Room article in Giant

Romper Room article in Giant

From Romper Room: One is the loveliest number:

Fashionistas have adopted jumpers and rompers as this season’s go-to getup. To pinpoint the modern-day onesie’s origin, look no further than the birth of overalls in the 18th century. The rest, as they say, is history. In the ’70s glamour icons such as Bianca Jagger demonstrated in white Grecian splendor that a woman’s figure won’t drown in parachute pants and poet sleeves if you just cinch the waist with a subtle, matching sash. This year, however, brings a bit more spice to the romper’s unassuming beginnings. From the runway to the red carpet, designers such as Proenza Schouler, Giorgio Armani, Roksanda Ilincic and Bruno Pieters have given style mavens attainable examples of the jumper’s versatility. Hollywood has taken note. Attending a black-tie affair and don’t want to wear a gown? Mimic actress Malin Akerman’s glittered, form-fitting suit with a plunging neckline and flared bottoms. If you dare, follow UK singer Estelle’s lead and match a vibrant print with simple accessories. Regardless of what inspires you, shake your rompers, ladies, and bring the heat this spring.

Along with Bianca Jagger, the article shows Pam Grier and Farrah Fawcett in retro one-piece rompers.

Celebrities wearing rompers - then and now

Celebrities wearing rompers - then and now

As a general rule, rompers are for the more flapper-esque among us — not just for the more active fashion style (pants vs. skirts), but jumpsuits often work best on the slim, straight and narrow.

Retro jumpsuit

Retro jumpsuit

Those of us with booming bods like Pam Grier, can’t help but end up looking like we are in an exploitation film. Not that that’s always a bad thing. *wink*

Pam Grier rockin' a retro romper

Pam Grier rockin' a retro romper

Love this authentic 1970’s black jumpsuit and jacket set with feather trim!

Retro black romper set with feathers

Retro black romper set with feathers

Irma La Douce Redux

By , 12 February, 2009, 2 Comments

I’m so excited! Angela of Dorothea’s Closet (she also has a physical vintage clothing store in downtown Des Moines) sent me an email about my The Retro Parisian Street Chic Of Irma La Douce post — here’s a reminder photo from that film:

Irma La Douce Street Chic

Irma La Douce Street Chic

Here’s Angela’s email:

Hey there! I just started an ad campaign locally with a friend/model/artist after a photo shoot we did last week….inspired by seeing your post on your blog w/ pics of Shirley MacLaine in Irma La Douce! Actually, I need to add that to my own blog and link you now that I think of it.

Anyway, the pics are all located on my website www.thenoirboudoir.com (linked from that lingerie page by a pic of Emily at the top), attaching a few to titillate. Just thought you’d like to see what you inspired by sharing those awesome pics of Shirley!!

But before I show you some of them, I should tell you that the photos are of model and artist Emily Svec dressed perfectly Parisian street-chic in pretty vintage lingerie in shades of 1960s aqua! (Angela says the 60s babydoll will soon be added to her Etsy shop, Scarlet Bird — so if you’re drooling over it, keep checking or email Angela at admin@dorotheasclosetvintage.com!)  UPDATE: It’s just been added to her shop here!

And thanks, Angela, for letting me know — I hope the ad in Cityview works wonders for you! (It sure does for me!)

Here are just some of the fabulously new retro-styled photos that you can find from that photo session inspired by my post and Shirley MacLaine as Irma La Douce:

Emily as Shirley as Irma

Emily as Shirley as Irma

Emily in retro aqua lingerie from Dorotheas Closet

Emily in retro aqua lingerie from Dorotheas Closet

Emily in vintage lingerie with feathers

Emily in vintage lingerie with feathers

Give Yourself Some Wedgies!

By , 2 February, 2009, No Comment

Irma La Douce and I approve these vintage 1950’s green platform wedges with fruit adorned bows!

Vintage Jack Rogers Pin Up Shoes

Vintage Jack Rogers Pin Up Shoes

The Retro Parisian Street Chic Of Irma La Douce

By , 28 January, 2009, No Comment

In Billy Wilder’s Irma La Douce (1963) the too-honest policeman Nestor (Jack Lemmon) falls in love with Paris prostitute Irma (Shirley MacLaine). Along with being a comedic story of mismatched people, the film features what most fashionistas would call mismatched colors. For while Irma has a signature color (green), she isn’t worried about matching shades.

Shirley MacLaine as Irma La Douce

Shirley MacLaine as Irma La Douce

As far as the film goes, the mix & match green wardrobe gives MacLaine’s Irma the perfect blend of independence & sophistication with underlying notes of few bank notes; Irma is street chic.

Retro Parisian Street Chic

Retro Parisian Street Chic

Usually, as anyone who has run around town with bits of thread from her navy jacket will tell you, when one creates monochromatic outfits or wardrobes, great care is taken to dress in the same tone. Just little things, such as accessories, are allowed to be just a tad lighter or darker, highlighting such details. But Irma just seems to pile on the green — “seems” being the operative word here. It’s clear that great pains are taken to make her ensembles work.

Creating a signature color look requires dedication. These tips are especially wonderful when wearing vintage clothing. We all know how difficult it can be to find a skirt to match a fabulous jacket… We all know the pain of passing up the otherwise perfect vintage shoes just because they are the wrong shade… We all hate to leave the vintage clothing shop without that perfect fitting 1960’s Leslie Fay green brocade suit, but you know you’re never going to find anything other than white to wear with it, and you already have enough problems like that…

Retro Leslie Fay Suit

Retro Leslie Fay Suit

But with tips from Irma La Douce, you can go from ‘mismatched’ to ‘street chic’ and never pass up a perfect fitting vintage bargain again!

Begin with that perfect something — your favorite color itself, a pair of the prettiest mod Mary Jane shoes you’ve ever found that fit perfectly, your most recent thrift store bargain. Whatever it is, you’ll be building from that color.

Mod Mary Janes

Mod Mary Janes

Every little thing, every accessory, must be in that color. Some items, like authentic vintage green stockings may be difficult (but dreamy!) to find…

Vintage Moss Green Stockings

Vintage Moss Green Stockings

But you can supplement with new hose.

The color is worn right on down to the lingerie (and in Irma’s case, in her the decor of her apartment as well). The beauty of such monochromatic street chic is that you can mix and match new with vintage, making it easier to shop — so even when you cannot find a vintage green bullet bra in your size, you can buy a new green bullet bra. But, tempting as it may be, don’t wear all matching lingerie — the kick to this street chic is the mixing to match, not buying perfectly matched.

Secrets In Lace Lingerie

Secrets In Lace Lingerie

The shades or tones in your signature color ensemble may be different, bright green with moss green, etc., but they should not clash (no lime green, for example).

Occasionally, as Irma herself did, you may include a basic black skirt or some such. It may be worn until you find the perfect color replacement — or used to fool the eye by keeping shades that are too dissimilar apart. But it should also accentuate and draw the eye towards the main color, like Irma’s skirt plays up her green stockings.

Irma La Douce Street Chic

Irma La Douce Street Chic

Those who wish to look taller &/or slimmer may wish to wear a single matching shade over most of their torso, like this 1940’s Gilbert Adrian suit, using blouse, lingerie, and accessories to build additional shades without breaking the single long line of color.

Vintage Gilbert Adrian Suit

Vintage Gilbert Adrian Suit

Makeup is most decidedly not done all in the same color. Whatever color you dress in, wear makeup that flatters you and doesn’t blend ‘you’ into the outfit; fashion is about showcasing you, not having people say, “Look at the lump of green coming down the street!” Green eyeshadow? Perhaps. But lips and nails painted red are not only more attractive and seductive than green shades, but red lips and fingertips are contrasting accents to Shirley’s beauty.

Red Contrasts Green

Red Contrasts Green

Even when Irma is not wearing come-hither red, she wears peaches and creme makeup to accentuate her peaches and creme complexion.

Intimate Beauty Moment with Irma La Douce

Intimate Beauty Moment with Irma La Douce

When creating a signature color, it helps to be seen wearing the color everyday — but should that bore you, you can remind others with small touches of your signature color (ribbons, jewelry, and other accessories) in your other outfits. And even if you do not wish to limit yourself and your wardrobe to a single signature color, you can adopt such tricks to create a single outfit. Any special vintage piece can be the starting point to your own retro Parisian street chic.

Vintage That’s Not For The Birds

By , 26 January, 2009, 1 Comment

Here’s a nifty vintage two-piece set that’s so Tippi Hedren —

Tippi Hedren in The Birds

Tippi Hedren in The Birds

But it’s certainly not for the birds! *wink*

Nifty Two-Piece Herringbone Suit

Nifty Two-Piece Herringbone Suit

This is a Tippy Hedren set. Part dippy sexpot, part smart sophistication with elegant details and a no-nonsense suiting fabric. Tightly-shaped top. Pencil skirt. Flirty wiggle-waggle of coins at the hips.

Textile is a bird’s-eye plaid — black, bone, and primary-red. Blouson tailoring details include a high neck, elbow-length dolman sleeves with gusseting, deep dart-shaping and the bust, and a skinny, cinched-in waistband. Bodice buttons closed at the back. The skirt has a nipped-in waist and slender shape — it’s lined at the back.

Know what else isn’t for the birds? Vintage Roadshow links!  Here’s this week’s edition:

Couture Allure offers a full week look at the style of Jacqueline Kennedy, including her inauguration fashion.

Debutante Clothing strikes a pose in her vintage plaid pencil skirt.

Freudian Slips Vintage showcases new year vintage dresses.

Glamoursplash looks at vintage swimwear in advertising.

iKonic Vintage does Vintage Cheap But Chic and asks for more Pleats Please.

Many People Have Annie Hall All Wrong

By , 15 January, 2009, No Comment

Annie Hall (1977) is one of those movies which permeates popular culture. The quotes are famous and Annie’s wardrobe iconic — so much so that you think you’ve seen it when you really haven’t. It doesn’t help either when movie critics paraphrase the movie down to those memorable quotes and simple phrases, like “it’s the story of the relationship between neurotic Alvy (Woody Allen) and insecure & ditzy Annie (Diane Keaton)”. It’s not that it’s completely untrue, but — and remember, I’m a chick & of a certain age too! — I just don’t see it as that simple. The feminist in me sees Annie’s “evolution” as a mirror for the women’s movement, yes; but more upsetting to me is this conversation about “the Annie Hall look”.

Annie Hall

Annie Hall

First of all, when they say it looks “sloppy” they are just wrong; Annie’s clothes were always super pressed & crisp looking.

Often reduced such words as “mannish” & “androgynous” (I’ve even heard the look described as “cross dressing”), people are focusing on the wrong things. Yes, Keaton as Annie wears hats, vests, tweed blazers, and men’s neckties; but that’s not all she wore. In her singing performances, she wears more of that romantic 70’s look, hair up, long skirt, and some puffy shoulders with more billowy sleeves. While playing tennis, she’s the one with her collar turned up in what we’d now call a “preppy” move.

Annie Hall Playing Tennis

Annie Hall Playing Tennis

And I see her using fashion to express herself, her humor, herself. Like those unpredictable green shoes in this scene:

Shrink Sessions

Shrink Sessions

Her clothing may seem, as it supposedly did to the costume lady on Annie Hall, “crazy,” but is it really? In a time when women were exerting their rights, but unsure how to do so; in a film where Annie is being “educated” by Alvy, so that she’s more in his image; as a young woman from small-town Wisconsin living in big-city New York, trying to keep her roots as well as find her wings; what do you think she would wear? What would you wear?

Her eclectic fashion sense is the composition of all the selves Annie identifies with and is literally trying on.

I saw that most clearly when she’s in California, in the scene at the health food restaurant, refusing to marry Alvy. She may be wearing the California-dreamin’ caftan — but she has one of her vests on over it. She’s exerting herself, her identity, in whatever land she’s in.

That’s the big fashion lesson in this film: Wear what is you.

Most of us cannot copy Annie Hall’s look; Diane Keaton, especially in ’77, was a very thin, straight-built woman.

Cast Of Annie Hall

Cast Of Annie Hall

Wearing such angular, un-constructed, loose clothing on a curvy figure spells disaster.

However, anyone can adopt eclectic fashion accessories like hats (old & new there’s a style suitable for any face), neckties, shoes; anyone can take an otherwise specific or generic look and turn up (or down) a collar or cuffs; anyone can add a splash of I-never-could-have-imagined-that color.

Vintage clothing, shoes, jewelry & other accessories are fabulous in creating your own unique look and style. You need not be tied to the trends being pushed today. You need not ignore your body-type, your individual tastes. You need not present yourself as a cookie-cutter girl in a cookie-cutter world. And for the most part, vintage fashions are less expensive than their modern made counterparts.

I can’t say that Annie Hall was all about the thrift stores and antique shops (that wasn’t expressed in the film); but I believe she would smile at what you dug-up there and how you put it together to express yourself.

Platforms Raquel Welch Could Fathom

By , 13 January, 2009, No Comment

Super platforms that Raquel Welch would have worn as super sexy spy Fatham Harvill in Fathom — especially with that fabulous little red minidress — had she not been out-running bulls and stuff *wink*

Even if you’re not a dental hygienist-turned-skydiver turned spy, you can be super sexy mod in these 1970s red and blue suede platform shoes have a mod floral cut-out.

Red and Blue Suede Platform Shoes

Red and Blue Suede Platform Shoes

Red leather platforms with hand painted flowers on the vamp…

Retro Red Leather Platforms With Flowers

Retro Red Leather Platforms With Flowers

And the back of the heels too!

Retro Red Shoes with Floral Hand Painting On The Heels

Retro Red Shoes with Floral Hand Painting On The Heels

Maybe you’d like something a little more psychedelic? Well, you can’t get more psychedelic than these clear open-toe, studded wooden platform shoes with red patent leather ankle straps!

Retro Psychedelic Platform Shoes

Retro Psychedelic Platform Shoes

Along with the outta-sight space decals, there’s even a neon lips — like a kiss — on the front!

Retro Disco Platforms With Lip-Print Kiss

Retro Disco Platforms With Lip-Print Kiss

I’m A Blush-A-Bye Baby!

By , 12 January, 2009, No Comment

Like this retro Max Factor ad says, “Beautiful blushes aren’t born… they’re made, baby!”

1969 Max Factor Blush Ad

1969 Max Factor Blush Ad

I don’t need to apply any rouge to my cheeks — I’m blushing enough with all the attention I received this week. Here’s why I’m a blush-a-bye baby:

I was invited to join the Vintage Roadshow, which is a select group of bloggers who blog about vintage fashion & vintage lifestyle — naturally I accepted, and here are this week’s links:

Debutante Clothing rings in the New Year in 1960s black and white paillettes.

The Vintage Traveler mourns the end of Bill Blass.

Glamoursplash begins a series of posts on swimwear through the ages.

iKonic does her part for the economy with her new weekly feature Vintage Cheap But Chic.

Also, I’d like to thank Kate Iverson, award winning art photographer, curator, writer, and Arts Editor for the Twin Cities produced art and style publication l’etoile magazine for noticing Here’s Looking Like You, Kid and naming it a “Cool Link” in the magazine’s blog, saying:

Remember Audrey Hepburn in simple turtlenecks and black capris or Molly Ringwald in lace and denim. For decades, we ladies have looked to the screen for a bit of fashion insight. Here’s Looking Like You, Kid is a kudos to the women of vintage Hollywood, the styles they wore and the attitude they used to rock them. With stockpile images of Hollywood’s famous and under-the-radar fashion icons and Youtube clips of the films, this pop culture/fashion blog illuminates the classic “Golden Age” of Hollywood fashion while brushing you up on 60’s, 50’s and even 30’s cinema. In these rough economic times, raiding the thrift stores and vintage shops has never been more necessary and fun! Whether your taste is mod fashion, sexy femme fatale or classic glamour, this site inspires you to achieve iconic looks with a seductive and retro feel.

How cool is that?!

Rather surprisingly, one of my posts made the 14th edition of the Feminist Carnival of Sexual Freedom & Autonomy! (Note: as the carnival title suggests, the list has mature topics/discussion; adults only.)