This week in New York, we're being treated to a brief respite of warm weather before it plunges back into pre-winter weather. You know, that weather where hats go from accessory to necessary. It's wonderful, and not just because I'm not ready for winter: it gave me a chance to really enjoy the gorgeous fall scenery at Central Park. I also thought it would be an excellent opportunity to take some photos before work, and boy, could I not have scored a better backdrop.
For some reason, I have a hard time assembling a 1940s look. Maybe it's the creative hairstyling or the wide lips, but I think it's mostly because for me, the iconic wartime look is the long line skirt suit with strong shoulders. As I confirmed while shopping this past weekend, the cut of these suits can really overwhelm my frame, particularly since the jackets are often full coverage. (Not to worry--I did find two *fantastic* 40s pieces I'll be writing about later!) I realized, though, that with the slim cut of this pleated skirts, I could channel a more casual wartime look.
A hat to match the foliage--from its brown color to the leafy, feathery, textured patterns--tops it off, with brown gloves and shoes that draw from the color scheme without drawing attention. The hat's probably from the 1950s, an example of the cocktail hat style, but I thought it was perfect regardless.
I love the appliqué on this sweater--it's a gold and white swirling pattern that eliminates the need for jewelry. Something you may notice as I continue to post--I'm not actually a big fan of jewelry. Janey at Atomic Redhead inspires me to try to break out my small and sorely underused brooch collection, but apart from those and a few more eye-catching necklaces I wear once in a while, I'm not big on accessories. I'd rather those accents come from the clothing itself--like the gold threads in the sweater decoration, or rhinestone buttons (like on this dress), for example. Laziness? Yep. Probably.
Seriously, you're late for work.
Just a few more glorious Central Park photos:
|I snapped these photos mid-stride, on my hurried way out of the park. |
The park is actually just that photogenic.
Anyway, I was really happy to figure out how to make this skirt work, and to be able to touch on an era I love, but from which I don't have many pieces to pull.
What about you? What eras do you like to emulate, either with vintage-appropriate garments, or with a mix of eras?
Hat: 1950s cocktail hat, vintage fair
Sweater: Brooklyn Flea
Skirt: Ralph Lauren, thrift shop score
Gloves: Antique mall, Fayetteville, PA
Purse: Michael Kors
Next week: My profile on Vintage Queer Marlene Dietrich. (FINALLY.)
|See? I'm preparing, I promise--that thing is 700 pages!|