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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Riding The Rails



When: Monday, March 28
I have always had a love for the 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's style. I guess I could add the 1920's and 1930's in there as well, since I started watching Boardwalk Empire and several different gangster type movies recently. I don't know about you, but I think there is something about those periods of time when suits, dresses, and hats were a main staple item that just oozes class to me.
I also think it is so amazing, when I look back over the history of fashion, the voice that style took in delivering a message about the times that people were living in. I know I have been thinking about this a lot lately since chopping all of my hair off. I keep flashing back to different points in history when your hair cut stated something about you not only as a person but, as a political message other then just a personal style choice for the moment. I can definitely say that FBFF's feminist post questions from last week had me really analyzing my own style choices and my perception of myself within the feminism movement.

That is where this outfit choice bloomed. I wanted to say that just because I cut my hair I AM STILL A WOMAN. No, I don't think that I needed to wear a dress to prove that point but when I purchased the dress I kept thinking of Rosie the Riveter and my grandmother who went to work to support her family because she had to. I started thinking about the other women throughout history who broke up the norms of life to do what they needed to do to help out their families and along the way discovered that they could be independent women who could be successful on their own. I find these women to be inspiring and so I wanted to honor a time gone by with this polka dot dress. I have seen old family pictures of lovely ladies wearing similar dresses as they went about their day taking care of the things we all take care of but with a style and grace that I sometimes struggle with as I lay around in sweats:)
So here is to all the hard working ladies who helped paved the way for all of us to become whoever we want to become and for all of us to wear whatever we want to wear. I say thank you!

Enjoy!

XOXO,

J



Who:
Dress: Modcloth ($30 Clearance, 2011)
Shirt: Eddie Bauer (Gift from In Laws)
Lace Print Tights: Target ($8, 2006)
Shoes: Madden Girl (Marshall's, $25, 2011)
Necklace: Banana Republic Outlet (2009)
Bracelet: Gift From My Sister
Belt: Ann Taylor (Came With A Dress, 2010)