Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Manners & Mutiny Tour ~ Black & White Check with Red Accessories


As someone correctly noted on social media, I had given thought to getting rid of this outfit. Fortunately, Fashionable Reader, I merely put it into storage in the vain hope that it would fit me again after my breast reduction surgery... and it did!

So this is a very light weight cotton black and white checked sheath 1960s dress suit. Here I am wearing it for my signing event in Saratoga Springs paired with red accessories: a vintage felt fold over hat, vintage red leather day gloves, Miz Mooz red pumps. Photo courtesy of Peter V. Brett.



And below is what the sheath along looks like, at YallCrawl at YallFest in Charleston. The skinny red belt is from Target (similar $5), that's my obligatory pen necklace ($20), and a new stacked red bead set (similar three strand with matched earrings $24), and those are Predictions kitten heel Mary Janes (similar, full pumps, $25). I don't often wear a Kitten but I knew I would be walking a great deal at YallFest.


Later that same day I put on a red cardigan (modern) because it started to get chilly (similar $25).


I have a real weakness for a dress suit, there is something very retro about it, and I like an outfit I can parse out. Although I rarely wear the jacket part with anything else, the option is there.

Sweater  Elsa Schiaparelli, 1935  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

It does wrinkle a bit if I sit in it for a long time, but that's a small price to pay for such light weight material which is hard to find in vintage.

Here's a few shots of what the suit used to look like on me:

2011


 Similar graduated size beaded necklace here for $13.

 2012




And here are some black and white checks through time...

For Lord Akeldama:

1770  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Sophronia:

1840-1845  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1860s Boots Augusta Auctions

For Primrose and Prudence:

1900 Ephemeral Elegance @drapedinhistory 
Fresh off the boat! C.1900 summer fashions- look at the ombré roses on the sherbet lady's straw hat

For Gail:

Gilbert Adrian, 1946-1948  The FIDM Museum

1950s Raincoat  1stdibs.com

1Suzy Parker wearing dress by Balenciaga
Vogue, 1952 via soleil-de-matin tumblr

Norman Norell, 1955  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Geoffrey Beene, 1960s  1stdibs.com
Geoffrey Beene, 1960s  Timeless Vixen Vintage

On the modern runways and in fashion spreads:

2012 Moschino Check Coat

2012 Shoe Add

Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2013

fei-fei-sun-vogue-italia-january-2013

Vogue Japan March 2013 via Graphics-Gone-Wild

2013 Vogue Black White Suit

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can also visit the following shopping lists: Travel Dork, My Steampunk, My Wardrobe.

2 comments:

  1. Fabulous. Just smashing! You should crop the very first (top) shot - stunning! :)

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  2. Fab. Joan from Mad Men would be green with envy. What's your opinion of Charles James, the designer?

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