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:
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!