1940s Inspired

Since my rediscovery of thrift/secondhand/vintage shopping earlier this year, I’ve been leaning hard into my vintage-inspired style, especially 1940s style. I’ve always been drawn to 1930s-1950s style anyway, but 1940s style is a lot easier to recreate than 1950s’ (no puffy skirt, no shapewear), and it’s more functional and practical than 1930s’ too. Of course, I don’t want to look costume-y, so I tend to look for clothes that can be translated into modern outfits. One such piece is this short-sleeve sweater. I paired it with my paper-bag pants for something like this or this, and the pattern of the sweater is interesting enough on its own so I kept the rest of the outfit simple.


We Can Do It!

Do you guys have any plans for Halloween? I guess that due to the pandemic, there won’t be a lot of parties, but that doesn’t stop you from dressing up, does it? I’m never been one to dress up in full costumes – I always prefer a more practical, real-world approaching to dressing up, i.e. my costume should work as an actual outfit and not just a costume. Take this, for example. I wouldn’t call it a costume, but it is inspired by the casual 1940s/1950s look with the jeans, tie-front shirt, headscarf, and saddle shoes. The colors – blue, yellow, and red – are reminiscent of the “Rosie the Riveter” poster as well, hence my post title. So it is not a costume, but it’s a little more costume-y than my everyday outfit. Consider it my nod to Halloween.


School Marm 2.0

I wore this to meet the new class of screenwriting students I’m teaching this year. It was the first time I met them, and we’re going to be stuck with each other for the next four years (hopefully), so I wanted to wear something that looks the most “me”, to give them an accurate first impression. In the end, I settled for this. It certainly has all the things that I tend to reach for the most – plaid/gingham, button-up, midi skirt, brooch, and sensible shoes. One of my co-workers said that I looked like a schoolteacher on Little House on the Prairie (I guess it’s the combination of the gingham and the brooch?), which is not exactly what I was going for, but hey, I am a teacher after all.


Last Summer Outfit

I’m getting to that point when I’m sick of my warm-weather wardrobe, but the weather is not cool enough to bring out my cold-weather clothes yet. It makes for a vicious cycle. Because I’m bored with my warm-weather clothes, my outfits are uninspired, and because I feel uninspired, I keep buying fall/winter clothes to alleviate my boredom (all thrifted/secondhand, of course, but it’s becoming a problem), and now I end up with too many cold-weather clothes that I’m not able to wear yet, which in turn makes me feel more bored and uninspired. But! The weather is cooling down soon – a tiny amount, but it’s still going to be cooler – so hopefully that can give me some much-needed inspiration. So here is the last of the summer’s outfits. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’s comfy and relatively interesting with the red details, so I thought I’d give it its own post.


Linen Dress

One of my thrifting goals is to find more solid-colored summer dresses – they are easy to throw on, and can be dressed up or down and paired with my funkier pieces without overwhelming them. You’d think that solid-colored dresses would be easier to find than printed dresses too, but most of the ones I saw in my local thrift stores were either white (no) or pastel (big no, not with my skin tone) or they are in a crunchy, boho style that isn’t me. Eventually, though, I found this navy linen dress. It isn’t perfect – the color was quite faded (nothing a quick dye job can’t fix), the silhouette is a little looser than I like (I can just tighten the sash), and it doesn’t have pockets (oh well) – but it fits the bill, so I’m excited to wear it more.