Fashion

As an opinionated person, it stands to reason that I should write about fashion. Here you will find all my posts on the subject. With a love for vintage in a modern world...

Your's, Mine, and Ours (1968) -- is one of my favorite movies. There are a lot of things I appreciate about it, like how the children are more respectful and they don't paint large families as uncontrollable and wild. But as a self-proclaimed fashion aficionado, it's a great blast from the past, as they say. While watching the film the other night I had an idea to draw a few sketches of similar design. The sketches above are the result. Later I took watercolor pencils and gave the sketches some color. If you are not familiar with the movie, each girl is based after one of the oldest girls in the movie: Rosemary, Louisa, and Colleen. Rosemary was dark-haired and she wore... Read more

60's Fashion Highlight | Sally's Hairstyles -- Sally Ann Howes played an agent in an episode of Mission: Impossible in 1969 (Se. 4, ep. 5, "Fool's Gold"). I've known her best for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which she did just before this. I have always loved her voice and acting style and I wish they could have hired her permanently for the show. However, this was the season right after Martin Landau and Barbara Bain left where there were many female guest stars but no one steady until season 5 when they cast Leslie Ann Warren... Read more

Dressing Up | 50's FashionThere is quite a bit I love about the fifties. Home decor and furniture always catch my eye when I watch movies or TV shows of this period, and any period really. But of course, the fashion of the time is so remarkable. I love the full skirts and the way everyone seems to look nice even when scrubbing the floor. I've watched a couple of episodes of Life with Elizabeth this week which was produced in the early to mid fifties. If you have seen them you know what I mean when I say Elizabeth is hilarious. If you have not seen any, let me suffice it to say she never ceases to find ways to exasperate her... Read more

Retro Winter Wear | 70's FashionSweaters are my Achilles Heel. Big and bulky, preferably, but I like tight knits too, just so long as they fit properly. It all has to do with the fiber, that is why I love to crochet. One of these days I'll actually sit down and make myself a sweater. One day I'll actually learn to knit. But in the meantime, lets look at some late 70's pieces. If you aren't familiar with these two faces, let me introduce the 70's rendition of the Hardy Boys. Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy played 3 seasons... Read more 

Buccaneer's Girl (1950) | Long Gowns and TrousersThe early 1800s saw a drastic change in clothing for both men and women. Wigs were thrown out and full, thick skirts with it. The French wanted nothing to do with the aristocratic fashion at the end of the revolution. And as it were, what the French say in fashion goes. There are many portraits of women sporting the new style of gauzy dress that looked like something from the Greeks. Waists sat just below the bosom and the former rigid aspects of fashion, such as multiple petticoats, yards of fabric, and corsets, were tossed out as well... Read more

Buccaneer Style | Big Hats and Long BootsOne of the most romantic figures of all periods is the cavalier. They are symbolized as adventurous, chivalrous, and excellent swordsmen. Most swashbuckler films are based around the period where cavalier fashion was prevalent. But there are some of earlier or later years, for example, Buccaneer's Girl (1950), Seven Seas to Calais (1962), and Fire Over England (1937)... Read more

Button Obsession from Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (1940) -- My family and I have always loved a good mystery/thriller, so it's is rather obvious that some of our favorites are Hitchcock's. Charade, To Catch a Thief, Rebecca, Rear Window, etc, are great ones but are you familiar with Foreign Correspondent?...Laraine Day wears a heavy woolen overcoat with outrageous buttons! Read more

Neutral, Light Blue, or Green | Retro Makeup - As you may already know, I truly love to gab about past fashions. If you take a look at my fashion page you will see some of the previous posts I've written on the subject. And of course, nothing gets me started like an old movie or TV show. In this post I want to focus on the makeup of the early 70's. The picture references come from the original Hawaii Five-O TV series and the original Mission: Impossible TV series, which I think... Read more

Two Seventies Ensembles - Yellow Floral or Buttoned Down - Often when you do an online search of the clothing style of a certain period the result is usually a selection of the most popular or dramatic. Dramatic, more so, when the period was known for being revolutionary. This is usually a misinterpretation of the facts. Not everyone in said era dressed as extreme as some would have you believe. Today I want to share with you two very simple and yet darling outfits from that revolutionary period, the seventies, that look like perfect choices... Read more

The Mod Party - If you've ever watched an episode of I Dream of Jeannie you will have most likely noticed her bright and exuberant costume. The episode we're looking at today nearly takes the cake. It's called The Mod Party and gives a glance at the more eclectic styles of the period not often showcased in this series. Ready to be inspired? Read more


Why I Think Today's Pants are Unflattering on the Feminine FigureOnce in a blue moon we'll watch an episode of Macgyver on Amazon Prime Video, and although it's no match for my favorite special agent TV series, Mission: Impossible, it's enjoyable for the most part. I like Macgyver's rugged ingenuity and hometown frankness, as well as the fact that his romantic "interludes" seem to have a smaller part... Read more


A 60's Sheath Dress - I grew up playing an I Dream of Jeannie dress up game on the computer. Naturally, I loved it! When you were lucky enough to put together the right arrangement it would tell you it was one of her outfits from the series. If you were one of the special people who had the chance to play this then you know what I mean. For the rest of you, I'm sorry I can't direct you to where you can get it. It just doesn't seem to be available anymore. Read more


The Cat from Outer Space - 70's Fashion and Movie Review - Ken Berry plays Dr. Frank Wilson, the physicist Jake asks to help him. Here Ken wears the typical-but-classy sweater over a polo shirt, and chocolate brown pants to go with the pale yellow and tan. It is hard to tell if the pants are corduroy but it would certainly be keeping with the style of the period if they were. Read more

Blue Eyeshadow, More Frames, and All Around Class - There was a time in years past when my siblings and I would sit in front of the TV in the afternoons watching reruns of I Spy, I Dream of Jeannie, and Star Trek, to name a few. Naturally, we had our favorites but we watched whichever came on. But always shows from the time between the 40's and 70's. A quick synopsis: I Spy is a TV show that ran for 3 seasons between 1965 and 1968 about two American agents undercover as Tennis professional and his trainer... Read more

Shirtdresses and a Full Skirt - 70's Fashion - When husband and wife, Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, left the show after season 3, we were very skeptical of the members chosen to replace them. Out of all the women actors used in season 4, I have to say Lee Meriwether was the best. But obviously they were not able to secure her more permanently and they ended up signing Lesley Ann Warren for season 5. Although I like Warren in... Read more

Prairie, Gypsy, or Peasant - I'm sure you have noticed that some pieces of fashion never go out of style, at least for long. Here's one! For those of you who don't know, I often take screen-shots from movies or shows of certain things that pique my interest. Ninety-five percent of the time it's not modern but I occasionally come out of my "old-fashioned" shell and talk about something up-to-date... Read more

Country Life and Classic Linen - I am easily attracted to old-fashioned simplicity. So while recently re-watching the BBC mini-series Wives and Daughters, I was pleasantly stunned by the simplicity of Molly Gibson's outfits. In order to give her an air of country honesty, the costume designers chose many natural tones for her all around attire. This was a stark contrast to her step-mother and step-sister's London flamboyancy. Read more

Beautiful Hair and Retro Frames - As you know, I enjoy taking the time to point out little --and usually unimportant-- things about the movies I watch. It's just one of those things that makes me happy. Useless? Maybe. Enjoyable? Very much. Recently, I watched the world-changing, 1953 version of War of the Worlds. Out of all the monumental incidents in the film that are often acclaimed, I want to mention two very measly things that I felt worth a blog post. Read more


The Corliss Skirt - The 1945 movie Kiss and Tell is a great comedy with Shirley Temple. Full of side-splitting laughs, Corliss (Temple) attempts to cover for her friends forbidden marriage and gets involved in rumours and gossip as only the flirty girl could. If you watch it, be sure to watch its sequel, A Kiss for Corliss (also called Almost a Bride). Mrs. Archer enters the room with a nearly finished skirt to try on her daughter. Read more

Crochet Inspiration in the Movies: The Polly Belt - While watching an episode of Mission: Impossible, the 60's TV series, I noticed Cinnamon's choice of a navy blue dress suit and lemon yellow accessories. Now regularly, I am not a fan of navy blue --in fact, I'm not a fan of blue itself. It's a bit overused. But then again, that's my opinion and I don't expect anyone to agree with me. I personally love olive greens and mustard yellows, colors most people call gross. But as a costume critic, I have an open mind to colors in general and what looks good on whom. But back to the blue. When I saw how neatly these two color choices looked together, I had to admit I liked it very much. Read more
  

Cinnamon Style - If I haven't mentioned it already, my all-time favorite TV show is Mission: Impossible. Peter Graves is Jim Phelps, Barbara Bain is Cinnamon Carter, Martin Landau is Rollin Hand, Greg Morris is Barney Collier, and Peter Lupus is Willy Armitage. Any show or movie that follows is fan fiction. (I say this in good humor since I am a fan of the movies as well, especially Ghost Protocol). The Impossible Missions Force, or IMF, is the epitomy of class, brains, and keeping it cool. They never get it wrong, except on the rarest occasion, and then the unknown only intensifies the action and their abilities. Read more 

The Woolen Skirt... With Buttons! - When I was young I had three plaid woolen skirts that I adored. They sat higher on my waist, which made it difficult to squeeze into when I grew, and longer on the legs than any modern skirts, but I loved them nonetheless. I've never been one to turn down a vintage look. Ever since then, I've wanted to find some skirts in that same style. While watching an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, I noticed Millie's woolen skirt with a line of 3 or 4 inch buttons down both sides. I've already told you how much I love woolen skirts, but added to that is... Read more


Classy Velvet - Men's Fashion: Then and Now - Like most women, I have a natural inborn interest in fashion. But not only am I interested in women's fashion; I have a definite opinion on what a well dressed man looks like. On my Pinterest page you will find a board called Men's Fashion, if you are interested in seeing more of my opinion. And don't miss a previous post on men's fashion called The Ever Loving Trenchcoat. Today we are going to take a look at velvet, then and now. In the 1957 version of My Man Godfrey, David Niven is seen with a forest green velvet hat. Since he never wears it, and only gives us a slight glimpse, I can't tell what type of hat it actually is, though I am suspecting a homburg. Read more 


The Ever Loving Trenchcoat - On September 17, 1966, the first episode of Mission: Impossible aired and it ran for 7 seasons. It astounded audiences who found the world of spies and impending war come only too close to home. In short, the Impossible Missions Force, a team of well-skilled, super clever American spies, were sent into tight situations, always in hostile environments, to retrieve secret plans, root out spies, prevent fourth reichs, and including but not limited to rerouting nuclear warheads. They were cool, calm, and always on top of things. Rarely caught in a trap, when they were they always managed to create a way out. Truly impossible... Read more

Vintage Fashion - Culottes, Gold Boots, and Fashion Plates - As some may know this is Pamela Sue Martin playing the part of Nancy Drew in the 70's, almost 80's, TV show The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries. My brothers and sisters and I grew up checking these and The Hardy Boys Mysteries out at the library and watching them over and over. Pamela Sue Martin is one of my favorite Nancy Drew's only second to Bonita Granville in the late 30's. Except for her slightly cocky air, I liked her because she was quite the intelligent sleuth and very fashionable, which brings me to my subject... Read more

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