Monday, March 31, 2008

Gangsters from the 1930's

Movies have always inspired fashion girls, and this suit is no exception. Even though "Bonnie and Clyde" would have been a few years earlier, the 1920's and 30's were a big influence in what was being worn during the early 1970's. One big fashion inspiration was "The Great Gatsby" with it's gorgeous dresses and suits.

From those movies came vintage looks that included menswear inspired suits.
Like this one: Look at the jacket details--it has fun little pockets, wide lapels and puffy shoulders, neat belt in back (hello, Marc Jacobs!), but the pants are what's really cool--they have a hi-waist with a really wide waistband and little buttons instead of a zipper. Then there are the gangster (as in 1930's style gangster) pant legs with wide cuffs. The girl in the pink is even wearing a beret like Bonnie wore in "Bonnie and Clyde". I am betting she made that suit from a fine wale pink corduroy. The short sleeves would have been truely a fashion statement in 1973 for the girl who wanted to be noticed with her vintagey (then) 1920's style pant suit.

The next time you consider trying on a high waist pair of pants, remember the 1970's as it portrayed the 1920's and 30's. We're just another link in the chain.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

We're into Vera Scarves right now

In the 1960's and 1970's Vera, a textile designer, painted bright scarf designs too numerous to count. Her silk (and later polyester) scarves came in neat squares and long rectangles (to tie around long, low ponytails, the colorful ends trailing down the back). When an outfit was too plain and begged for some print, her scarves were the perfect accent. This version pairs up pink, lavander and blue, wearable with nearly everything in that color range. Look for her spashy signature with a lady bug logo at the corner.

It's 1968, lunch at Bullock's. Let's wear the shocking pink linen shift, the one with the cut-out shoulders and wide matching belt around the hip. For some color, throw on this scarf. You have to be careful about Bullock's, it's too conservative for a hemline that's short. But the big question is: Are you going to wear gloves or not?

After a winter without sun, don't you need some color in your cheeks? This big egg dot scarf is young and casual without being sloppy. You can see that Vera is above the practice of placing precise polka dots onto a grid. She can just brush them on with a load of paint.

Didn't Jackie O wear this in that photo with her white "T" and round sun glasses?


Well, maybe she left it back on the yacht when she dashed out that sunny afternoon.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Vera Scarf for Spring

Red, white, and blue. Without an apology. Save this for the fourth of July, or spruce up that navy blue blazer. You know, the one you wear with the white wide leg trousers and white strappy sandals. Oh, and don't forget the red hoop earings. They really finish off the whole outfit.