Qiana nylon was around in the mid-60's, but it really became popular with the disco era. Whether you danced or not, nearly everyone had these close-fitting, silky shirts with wild prints on them. My dad, possibly the least-cool person ever to walk the earth, had a brown, red and black Qiana shirt with a gigantic collar and a prints of flamenco dancers that he wore unashamedly with white polyester trousers. White polyester trousers with a built-in-belt. This blouse is on the more subtle side of the trend, and as the weather behaves better I will wear some of the crazier examples from my collection.
1970's Qiana blouse-Goodwill
Polyester skirt (has a matching top)-can't remember, bought it in the 90's
Fragrance-Vintage formulation Azuree
I bought this Alex Colman blouse not knowing if it would fit, but being unable to pass up such a great print at a bargain. Alex Colman of California was one of my very favourite labels as a young person as their shirts were always so colourful and fun. I have a few I've collected over the years, but this is the first that fits well enough to wear. Hooray!
The skirt is pinned in the waist, and held with a belt but really needs more work than it is worth. As it isn't every day I find fabric with a great hieroglyph print, I'll take it apart and make something else-I'm thinking hot pants, because every anthropologist needs a pair of hieroglyph print hot pants. Fact.
I am the goddess of...well, I dunno...Burt Street? Well never mind that, I command you to go get me a cocktail-all this polyester gets warm and uncomfortable. Don't forget the ice.
Alex Colman 70's blouse-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage lucite earrings-Thrift World
Vintage Papagallo shoes-Goodwill
Aigner shoulder bag-Goodwill
Fragrance-Rive Gauche (Had to, it went with the vibe of the blouse)
(The sun was in my eyes, but I always look a little squinty)
I spotted this vintage skirt on the picked-over rail at Goodwill on the last day of the colour tag sale. I guess it looked too old fashioned for the people scouring the rails for designer jeans to re-sell online. I didn't know what it was when I bought it as the tag was hidden away deep within the waistband seam, but when I went to launder it I spotted (ha ha) the familiar ladybird trademark and Vera signature. I knew there was a reason I was drawn to the print! I always did like Vera Neumann's designs, as evidenced by a quick look around my home.
The waistband of the skirt is interesting-there's a rubberised seam meant to hold the skirt in place. It isn't elastic (and believe me when I tell you I just barely got it to close) but a thick, rigid piece meant to keep it from folding over. The skirt is quite well constructed, and my guess is it would have been worn with a long-sleeved blouse, possibly ruffled. To me, it is the epitome of early 70's style for housewives (an office worker wouldn't wear this, nor would anyone under 40) and I'm definitely not wearing it in the spirit it was intended. The 80's blouse and bag are glaringly out of place for anyone seeking authenticity. Personally, I'm not ready to be a suburban, middle-aged, housewife-though Valium and Key Parties don't sound all that bad to me at this point.
Well...perhaps we can skip the Valium-at my age it would just put me to sleep.
Vintage Vera Neumann skirt-Goodwill
Blouse (part of a set)-Sequels
Vintage 80's bag-Goodwill
Vintage Trifari necklace-Hand-Me-Ups
Fragrance-Vintage formulation Chamade
Hope everyone has a great weekend.