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:
Similar graduated size beaded necklace here for $13.
And here are some black and white checks through time...
For Lord Akeldama:
|1770 The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|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
|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|
|Vogue Japan March 2013 via Graphics-Gone-Wild|
|2013 Vogue Black White Suit|
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