By now, there have been plenty of awesome, kick-ass fat fashionistas who have made their feelings about Abercrombie & Fitch and its asshole CEO Mike Jefferies known. In case you don’t know, A&F has recently announced that it will no longer be selling women’s clothing larger than a size 10, because…
(via Vogue goes Hitchcock)
VOGUE US PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS:
STARRING CAROLYN MURPHY AND TOBEY MAGUIRE
DIRECTED BY PETER LINDBERGH
PRODUCED BY GRACE CODDINGTON
IN A NEWSSTAND NEAR YOU FROM APRIL 2013
On Dressing Retro and Being Taken Seriously
Those of you who follow this blog know that I’m a big fan of all things vintage, in particular, the classic, feminine look of the 1950’s. I’ve an hourglass figure and this style of clothing is particularly forgiving to my particular brand of short-waisted hourglass. I’ve been dressing like this since my late teens when I discovered, thanks to the internet, that there was a whole subculture of people into 40’s, 50’s and 60’s nostalgia, fashion and music. Dressing like this makes me feel comfortable and I think it’s flattering. If you have hips n’ tits and a little (or not so little) pook of lower belly fat then you know how completely impossible it is to wear hip skimming jeans, t-shirts, leggings and shift dresses without looking several months overdue. But here’s the rub; I like looking hyper-feminine, I also want to be taken seriously in my job. I’m not just there to look pretty when I work, I’m there to get shit done, the fact I’m wearing lipstick and heels while I do it is secondary. I was going to use the word irrelevant then but the fact is, it isn’t irrelevant. The way we present ourselves to the world is important; it shows others how we perceive ourselves, our creativity and our social standing.
Fashions by Adele Simpson, Vogue, 1953.
Fashions, October 1954.
Model in swimwear for Vogue, May 1954. Photo by John Rawlings.
Outfit of the Day - Work clothes.
I thought I’d do a non-retro OOTD today. I don’t always wear retro clothes but I like to nod towards past eras when I’m not. I’m particularly fond of the late 50’s/early 60’s at the moment when fashion began to shift away from the post-war restrictiveness of Dior’s New Look and focus on Hollywood stars as fashion inspiration. I’m thinking Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe’s “at home” style photos; the ones that saw them in capri pants and fitted t-shirts and leotards or a casual shirt. Usually, this look would be finished with some thick heeled flats or ballet pumps but I’m making it a little more jazzy with heels today as all of my ballet flats are old and crappy looking from dog walking. I’ve also got a day when I’m not doing too much running/walking after kids. Just sat down and doing work. I used to wear heels all the time and in the past few years I stopped because of work practicalities. Wearing heels is something of a forgotten luxury now and I like it a lot.
The make-up I have on here is a modern twist on the 1950’s face: a heavy Liz Taylor brow, winged eyeliner and false lashes. I’ve used MAC’s Blanc type on my lid and browbone and accentuated the crease with a pale beige that I’ve had knocking about for so long I don’t even know where it’s from. i’ve blended them together and put on plenty of Soap & Glory’s Thick & Fast Mascara in Super Jet Black. My lip is Midimauve, also by MAC.
My outfit is a plain stretch cotton scoop neck and the capri pants are made by Collectif. They are the comfiest trousers ever and perfect for running about/driving in. With a not to Dita and the women of Mad Men is my bag, part of Mango Touch’s A/W 12 collection finished with a faux vintage scarf from H&M. The shoes are very old and a little battered and are from Blanco.
is it hot in here or is it just yes
Well, someone looks dapper as hell, don’t they?
Outfit of the Day 4: Pink floral dress from Glamourbunny. Dirndl bustline, flat panelled waist section, knee-length flared skirt. Also: POCKETS! :)
Flat, pink peep toes from Blanco.
Pink Parasol from Chinese Bazaar.
Nail Polish on toes is O.P.I - Affair in Red Square.