Sunday, April 06, 2014

We Don't Care...

...we're the phone company.
Sometimes you go for 40's glamour, and end up with Ernestine.

I believe they mean, cat fanciers, not a fancy cat. Small but important difference.

Outfit Particulars:

1940's rayon print dress with peplum-Had it so long it was merely, "old" when I bought it, not vintage.
80's jacket-Goodwill
Bakelite bracelets-assorted thrift stores
Vintage Naturalizer shoes-Thriftede
Hair flowers and pin-Tif and tam
Earrings-Thrift World
Rings-large blue glass, Hobby Lobby, Milk glass-thrifted-blue rhinestone-mum's
Hair Rat-Sally's (I was getting compliments on this from youngsters, but honestly, I don't see myself doing this as a regular look)
 Gee whiz, I need to get some fresh polish on those toenails.
 Those stupid metallic what-nots catch on everything.

Detail from the shoulder. The pattern on the fabric is done with some sort of screened paint. It has seen better days, but at 70+ years you have to accept some flaws. I've had about 30 good years wearing it myself.
This jacket had the largest shoulder pads I've ever seen (and I lived through the 80's, so I've seen some big shoulder pads). I removed them, but saved them in the event I pass the jacket along to someone in search of authenticity. I can't believe we used to wear stuff like that.
"I'll get that file for you right away, after you kiss my ass. Both cheeks. There 'ya go."

Have a great week everyone.


Joanna said...

love the filing cabinet picture and comment:) Shoulder pads are interesting aren't they? I really don't like the 80s but love the 40s. Lovely accessories and blouse:)

Connie said...

Ernestine IS glamour. And so are YOU! Sock it to me.

Propagatrix said...


Sue said...

You are very funny!! I survived the big hair, fluro lycra and the shoulder pads of the 80's once and have no desire to do it again.

pastcaring said...

It's a conundrum though - why are the 1940s bold shoulders of a Joan Crawford-esque silhouette seen as elegant and stylish, but the shoulder pads of the 1980s so reviled? I have a bit of a liking for shoulder pads, they balance out my big bum. I've probably said that before, but I repeat myself. A lot.
Anyway, your Forties frock is beautiful, don't you just love it when clothes are made to last, and they do just that?
Both cheeks. I like that! xxx

Goody said...

@ Curtise

I think it has to do with the shape of the pads-40's style were more triangular where the 80's had a more rounded look. Sort of the difference between looking like you have wings, or looking like a football (the American kind) player. I'm really short, so that sort of thing always looks absurd on me.

My defining 80's moment was when I saw my mother stuffing shoulder pads under her bra straps to wear with a dress that already had gigantic shoulder pads. More is better, no?

Your bum isn't big, BTW, and I've seen adorned in a bright yellow skirt ;)