12.11.2008

Bringing Classy Back


It's no surprise that I fancy some retro flair.  I'm a huge fan of the 40's, 50's and 60's - the artwork, the music, the fashion...oh, the fashion!  Amelia and Tanya came over last week and we were gushing over pictures in a book about fashion, admiring how glamorous women used to dress on a daily basis.  My Mom told me that when she was little, her Mother would get all gussied up before running errands to the Post Office and the Grocery Store.  She would put on a nice dress, gloves, a hat...fabulous.   Women really knew how to dress feminine back in the day - skirts all the time, hair always set.  One of the reasons I love old movies is seeing the dresses all the women wear.  All the coordinating outfits and jewelry pieces, everything matching perfectly, the sounds of their shoes on the sidewalk as they walked to the office with a fur muff over their hands... 

Our society has become so casual.  I realize that a big part of it is that casual is practical.  I love getting dressed up, but I realize that wearing a pencil skirt and heels whilst chasing kids around your house all day is not possible.  It's hard to get sassied when you have little hands grabbing at your earrings, leaving bits of food on your shoulder and pulling off your bracelets.   But what about just upping the ante a wee bit?  Bringing classy back?  Making an effort to look fresh and put together and in my case, incorporating some vintage pin ache.   I can't seem to decide whether I want to look like a 40's bombshell or be a jeans and t-shirt chick,  but I think the fact that I aspire to be both is a start.  I'm going to do it.  I'm going to get glam.  I'm bringing classy back!...just as soon as I can find where my son hid my nail polish...

7 comments:

sue-donym said...

Did you notice how most of the people were dressed at the party the other night? Like they were going to work in the yard, I say.

Kateastrophe said...

My contribution to bringing classy back is manicured, painted nails. I've decided I'm on board.

I'm sure I'll have others but I'm starting there :)

Shaunee said...

I am torn between two worlds, too. I love getting dressed up too and I also love the fashion back then. But, sometimes some flats and jeans (my fav) are the best thing to not only chase kids in, but do housework in!

Natalie & Chase Gustman said...

I totally agree. I wish i would have lived in those days, not only for the fashion but life just seemed slower and more innocent. And you looked very classy at the party the other night even if you didn't think so. :)

Tayva said...

In the early 60's, "Laura Petrie" on the Dick Van Dyke, had to lobby to wear capri pants with a button up, short-waist blouse [the sleeve cuff turned up]; this was a real change from the dress and pearls worn around the house by Donna Reed and Beaver Cleaver's mother! So, pants were still classy but a change. And if anyone can do classy, YOU can!!! XOXOXXO

Andrea said...

Well, I think some of this is still around. Most of the time we get 'dressed up' to present ourselves when we run errands... you know those days when a shower has actually occurred, you pull out cute jeans, funky shoes, jewelry, etc. and feel like looking fun. Then you come home and rip it all off as fast as you can. ;)

Amelia Merritt said...

Hmmm, I started drafting a comment that grew large and then out of control. I think I have so much to say I will have to just blog about it...