In New York, a city that is famed for paving over the old to make way for the new, would you believe that a style from 80 years ago would still turn heads as being “fashion-forward?”
Photos By Christopher Doherty & Sewing by Erin McKemey
I am in love … with this blouse! The fabric I inherited by way of my stepmother who was “material purging” her closets, and the pattern I acquired from a vendor selling vintage patterns. This is indeed an authentic style worn during the 1930s, although the fabric’s print is a modern, fun nod to the past.
The billowy sleeves, form fitting bodice, ascot-style ruffled-neckline with a keyhole accent and bow — everything about it accentuates the beauty and elegance of a lady. Indeed, it is a bold statement to be made in this day and era where sexy is spelled in terms of skin shown and cleavage heaved.
So, I decided to take this blouse in that direction … while it could be paired into a “sweet” and “innocent” look … I wanted to show off it’s sexy boldness to say: yesteryear’s soft femininity is nothing to poo-poo by wearing a modern, fitted black skirt, modern black heels and a pair of bold, sexy tights.
And, of course, no bold statement is complete without a hat … This beautiful felt number is from the 1950s/early 1960s (previously worn by my great-grandmother!). Its brim is actually more of a cropped cloche style, but I decided this outfit needed more flair, so I curled and pointed the brim into a nearly Victorian-looking riding habit style of hat.
How Much is ‘Sweet Yesteryear Turned Sexy 2010’?
$0 Black 1950s/early 1960s hat (inherited)
$0 Black NY&Co. Skirt (hand-me-down)
$10 Black Designer Fishnet Tights (online vendor)
$30 Black Leather Kitten-Heels (Marshalls)
$50 1930s Blouse (pattern & seamstress costs)
(So) What’s the Take-Away?
A style from 80 years ago can still be current!
Wearing what you love makes you happy, and ultimately makes you more attractive and sexy … so don’t be afraid to dig into your grandmother’s closet to pull out “old” hats or raid your mother’s sewing room for forgotten patterns. Doing so will reveal hidden treasures and give you more unique options in taking what you already have in your wardrobe to spice it up and in a way that’s thrifty, vintage and chic!