I truly think I was born in the wrong era. There are days when I want to put on a cute little 1950s cocktail dress and trot around in pointy little heels and perfectly coiffed hair. (And why can’t I? Dita Von Teese gets away with it.) Or sometimes I feel like chanelling classic ‘60s Audrey Hepburn – cute ballet flats, three-quarter pants and tight tops. Unfortunately, this combination is totally wrong for a shorty like me, but anyway…
My passion for ‘50s and ‘60s fashion began when I was a kid watching old Hollywood movies on Sunday afternoons. While Marilyn Monroe chased after millionaires, I salivated after her incredible gowns. I just adored the wasp waists, exaggerated bosom and flared skirts. This dress designed by William Travilla is one of my all-time favourites:
When my husband went to Italy years ago, he ended up at a fashion museum auction, where he bought me this beautiful ensemble that was last worn on a catwalk in the ‘60s:
The short-sleeved shift dress and coat are made of pure wool. The cuffs, buttons, pocket edges and neckline are patent leather. I believe it’s handmade. I’m looking soooo depressed in the photo ‘cause I’d just discovered a few wretched moth holes in the coat. Waaaah!
But here’s something that made me giggle:
Which fashion eras are you fond of? Do you think you could pull off the look in everyday noughties life?
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