Random Fun Wednesday – Vintage Style, Hair & Ads!

For whatever (awesome) reason, this week has been full of lots of great articles about vintage style! I’m always excited to hear about it, whenever and where ever (as long as they’re for it), so I’m passing along some of the vintage delights!

First up, one of the more well-known icons of the 50s and 60s, Marilyn Monroe! There are so many other talented, beautiful, amazing ladies from that era whom I adore, so Marilyn is one among many for me, but I know for lots of folks she embodies hyper-glam and fabulous. All the more reason to share these photos:

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Of course she literally looks amazing in a POTATO SACK!

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The shoes in this one are my absolute favorite!

See more photos, and read more about the reason for this shoot on the Trashy Diva’s blog! (Also, buy some of their stuff, because it is GLORIOUS, and Kristen Schaal totally shops there!) It’s so funny that I ran across these photos, since I was just looking at a “potato sack dress” pattern in the midst of some 70s sewing patterns my grandmother gave me last Christmas. Apparently this was a thing, and I bet it’s on the way back! Let’s all hope we can pull it off as well as Marilyn!

Speaking of the ’70s, HuffPo has been kind enough to share a few vintage sales ads distributed by mega-retailer Target from the heyday of sweater vests and leisure suits!

I have always been jealous of stylized cartoon 70s hair. It's like Disney Princess hair with a halo of Aquanet and a tinge of polyester.

I have always been jealous of stylized cartoon 70s hair. It’s like Disney Princess hair with a halo of Aquanet, brightened by a haze of polyester.

Rock those enormous pockets, you sexy, ready-to-wear shoppers!

Rock those enormous pockets, you sexy, ready-to-wear Target shoppers!

My personal style pretty much glides from the late ’40s through to the late ’60s, skips the ’70s almost completely (since I’m neither waifish, or tall), and picks up again with the enormous shoulder pads and poufy, ’50s throwbacks of the 1980s. That being said, the style drawings from the ’70s have always caught my eye, not just because of their flowing manes, but also because the “ideal” of beauty includes such specific faces. The ladies all look like “Charlie’s Angels,” and the men all look like swaggering, square-jawed TV soap opera stars. It’s a pleasant, attractive fantasy, but an itchy, disappointing reality, given the leftover clothes, anyway.

Everyone was so slim and pretty, with such gorgeous, feathery hair!

Everyone was so slim and pretty, with such gorgeous, bouncy hair!

Knowing that styles ultimately rotate in and out of fashion, and that I’m completely content to leave the ’70s revival to people who are both taller, more lithe, and have bodies better suited to those styles, I AM all about a return of the (actual) vintage styles of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s returning in full force! Thanks to Mad Men, vintage style has moved from more fringe group of rockabilly revivalists to the mainstream. Thankfully, walking around looking like Joan Harris (née Holloway) or Betty Francis (formerly Draper) is no longer considered more of a costume than an ensemble.

She's just so fabulous! How could you NOT want to look like that??

She’s just so fabulous! How could you NOT want to look like that??

The more classic 50s look, as worn by a beautiful, unhappy narcissist.

The more “classic,” full-skirted ’50s look, as worn by a beautiful, unhappy narcissist.

So, while the Style team at HuffPo is a tad late on the draw, as some of these (at least, according to me and other awesome vintage lovers) have already made a significant comeback, here are some they are now officially supporting!

Lynn Collyer in the '40s, wearing an incredible hat, and gloves! I actually have a pair of white leather "driving gloves," because who wants to look like they've been out in the fields?? Protect your hands, too ladies!

Lynn Collyer in the ’40s, wearing an incredible hat, and gloves! I actually have a pair of white leather “driving gloves,” because who wants to look like they’ve been out in the fields?? Protect your hands, too, ladies!

HATS! Let's all wear hats constantly, please!

HATS! Let’s all wear hats constantly, please!

Joan Bennett, photographed in 1925, definitely vintage, and wearable whenever it's cold! I bought a children's fur coat at the thrift store, and fully intend to make a muff (or two!) from the sleeves!

Joan Bennett, photographed in 1925, sporting a beautiful fur muff! An amazing accessory when it’s cold! I bought a children’s fur coat at the thrift store, and fully intend to make a muff (or two!) from the sleeves!

Wide-leg pants are beautiful for work, or for a causal stroll (while wearing an enormous hat, obvs.) Despite my stance on pants, I'm for these!

Wide-leg pants are beautiful for work, or for a causal stroll (while wearing an enormous hat, obvs). Despite my stance on pants, I’m super for these!

YES! Pier Angeli looks beautiful, and the added pop of color a neck scarf can provide brings attention to your face!

YES! Pier Angeli looks beautiful, and the added pop of color a neck scarf can provide brings attention to your face!

Gorgeous! Love everything about it, and since I currently own three petticoats, I'm definitely for full skirts!

Gorgeous! Love everything about it, and since I currently own three petticoats, I’m definitely for full skirts!

Last, but not least! Take a tip from Dita von Teese, and find a pair of seamed tights for that extra glamorous sex appeal!

And for underneath, take a tip from vintage-inspired burlesque star Dita von Teese, and buy a pair of seamed tights for that extra glamorous, vintage sex appeal!

So, for those of you who didn’t already know, these fashion statements are IN, and if you choose to incorporate some, or all of theses items into your fashion rotation, you’ll be right on the money! Fortunately, we live in a time when most fashion statements (even the unfortunate ones) tend to be socially acceptable. Ultimately, wear whatever makes you feel and look your best, and if adding a hint of vintage, or going full-out glam, does it for you, go for it!

What’s your favorite style decade? Do you wear vintage clothes and/or accessories? Which are your favorites? Do you own some, but aren’t sure how to style them? Wear them constantly and have advice to offer? Please share!

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