You won't see me in many 1950s looks (unless you're looking at older posts on this blog, before I found my style "niche" in the 30s and 40s). However, there is one part of 50s trends that make my heart melt: the suits. Specifically pencil-skirt suits.
To me, the 1950s were the glory years of suits. They're flattering, gorgeous, tailored, and full of amazing details. They are timeless and look just as chic now as they did then. In fact, 1950s suits are some of the easiest vintage pieces to wear in the modern world. People oftentimes don't even realize they're vintage because the lines are so classic; they just think it's a really nice suit!
This ensemble is my first well-fitting vintage suit, and I'm modeling it in front of a historic theater on our town square. I had to get the suit brought in a bit on the sides and could probably do with a bit less length on the skirt, but I don't want to do to much to it in case I should pass it to someone else in the future. Hemming skirts shorter has a way of majorly limiting who can wear the piece later, and I don't want to do it unless it's necessary.
The suit is made of a nubby wool weave with both brown and black threads. I paired it with a dusty rose colored sweater, the only shade of pink you'll find in my closet! For some reason, since I was a kid, this is the only pink I've ever liked. I used to refer to it as "grandma pink" until I realized the proper name was "dusty rose"!
I accessorized with a brooch that used to belong to my grandmother, but, sadly, at some point while I was wearing it two of the little pink roses on it fell off! I found one on the floor of my office and will glue it back, and I'll be scouring my office today to see if I can find the other!
I'm always on the hunt for more petite suits. I LOVE THEM. I love that the pieces can be mixed and matched with other garments or worn together. I love that they work for office looks but can be made casual by switching out the blazer with a cardigan. A suit to me is my "power look." I feel confident, capable, and beautiful in a well-fitting suit. They're my absolute favorite! Not to mention, there is a huge supply of vintage suits, and they can often be quite affordable compared to modern pieces with the same quality. With a bit of tailoring, voila! You have a classic piece that looks like a million bucks!
So that being said... if any of you run across any tiny, short suits from the 20s-50s... I'm your gal!
What are your thoughts on vintage suits? Do you have a certain outfit that is your "power look"?