Monday, June 15, 2015

1964 Secretary

I try to imagine female experiences. Having been kept from them, I strive to imagine what they feel like. The exercise isn't limited to current times; it includes the past as well.

The impulse fueled a recent shopping spree. I went searching for skirt-suits, such as those worn in the 1950's-1980's. I admired women wearing them back then and want to simulate their experience to the extent I'm able.

Here's an example of something a working woman would wear in the mid-1960's. The skirt-suit captures a generally conservative style but is modernized by bright colors and flared sleeves. Together, the ensemble reflects how fashion was changing in the Sixties away from conservative to more playful and bold looks.

What do you think?


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

27 comments:

  1. Firstly - loooove the nude pumps. Color, shape, the works. Perfect staple to go with everything.

    I love the silhouette you've got going on In the second photo. Nice clean lines and the neckline of your blouse is very flattering.

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    1. Thank you, Fuzzy! Your opinion means so much to me. I love these pumps; they're so versatile.

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  2. I so love the neck scarf! The flared top has definitely made a come back this season so you are rocking it!

    www.dressed2dnines.com

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    1. Thanks! I have lots of scarves and ought to wear them more.

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  3. I'm really enamored with the vest. How interesting!

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    1. It caught my eye, too. Only $5 for the entire thing (vest and skirt).

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  4. I love the second photo best.

    The vest for me is too much with the chains. I find them distracting.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  5. Love the top and shoes.

    The vest makes me imagine you working the night shift at a German bar carrying four huge mugs of beer in each hand!

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  6. That's a really nice skirt, I love the dark green colour.

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    1. It's a pretty forest-y green with red piping.

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  7. Of course the outfit is amazing but I have to say that I'm really loving your poses, very elegant!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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    1. Thank you. I work hard on my poses. They take effort due to my upbringing.

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  8. I want to type groovy but is that too cheesy? This is a cool suit look. You scored a serious vintage deal with this one.

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    1. Not cheesy at all -- groovy is an apt compliment!

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  9. Oooh, I love the bell-sleeved top! SO gorgeous!

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  10. Well, that vest is one hell of a find! I'd love to find something like this, and it's even better with the matching skirt!
    You could easily go to a Madmen party with this ensemble!

    -Kati

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    1. Danke, meine Freundin! "Mad Men" inspired me to buy this.

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  11. Looks like a vintage dirndl! Ahem: "High on a hill was a lonely goatherd, yodelayee, yodelayee, yodela hee hoo!!! "
    x

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  12. I real like this, but the better question is how do you feel? You seem a bit awkward in photo one buy by 3 were rocking the flared sleeve ensemble!
    xx, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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  13. LOVE it without the vest! It works well as a 1960s look, but if you replaced the scarf with a gold necklace, it would be totally modern. Great find! - A

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    1. Interesting observation. Thanks, Ashley.

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  14. Interesting vest with the strings.
    Loving the flared sleeves, but not very practical for the office! Xo Jazzy Jack

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  15. Oh, but I do love that lace top! Love it with the skirt minus the vest. By the way, I do recommend you give kimonos a try...I think you'll love 'em!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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    1. I'm gonna try 'em on your recommendation. Thanks, Debbie!

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  16. Very cool outfit, Ally - the sleeves are fabulous! My mind went instantly to Stevie Nicks when I saw them.

    ♥ Jessica

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