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1950s Redux: How to modernize and incorporate this timeless style this spring

20 January 2014
I must confess, every since I was a little girl, I have always had this thing for vintage fashion and movies. I would watch any show or movie that was set in the 20s, 40s, 50s, or early 60s. I am not sure why I felt an affinity to these bygone eras, but I did. Perhaps, I lived a life during that time, I am not sure, but I must say, that I am terribly excited that these eras are big on the fashion scene at this moment. Belted waists, pencil and full a-line skirts, wide coats and kitten heels are the stuff my little fantasies are made of.



The women, men and fashion were much more elegant and less, casual, then. It lent a feel of everyone trying to put their best foot forward compared to today where flip flops and sagging jeans are the norm. Then again at 30 something, maybe I am just a bit old fashion.


Another one of my fetishes is vintage luggage. There is something about the hand held polyurethane or leather luggage of the 50s and 60s. I absolutely adore the classic feel of it all. In my old apartment I had a stack of vintage hat boxes sitting in the corner of my bedroom as decorations and I swear I nearly swooned during the scene of Sex and the City when Carrie arrived in Paris with a trunk full of vintage like LV luggage.


Sigh, that's living the dream. The only wench in that brilliant dream is the new weight requirements on airlines, that make it a bit difficult to carry these lovelies.


For most, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor were the quintessential 50s icons, but Sophia Loren, Dorothy Dandridge, Earth Kitt and Lena Horne were mine. I especially love Sophia. She was so elegant. On a cold night, I love to watch Italian films from the neo-realist era post WWII. Rossellini (Isabela Rosselini's father) and Fellini are always at the top of the list. Italians at that time were dirt poor, yet they knew how to cut a fine figure or as they call it 'la bella figura.' I always say, that I learned how to dress from my grandmother, but I learned about style from the Sicilians when I lived there for 2 years.



So in honor of this era and its strong sassy women, I have put together a few 50s style pieces that you can incorporate into your closets this spring. And while you are at it, check out Dolce and Gabbana's FW 2013/14 Fashion show, with many of the 50s elements incorporated. Until next post, toodles.