Monday, November 5, 2012

Retrofit: Sweater Girl in Stockings

I don't have a laptop right now, hence the lack of posts in the last week. The Boy was kind of enough to let me steal his computer for this quick outfit post.

While I hate the cold, I lovelovelove the sweater girl look. And today's low temperatures meant I could wear my favorite 1960s wool skirt and a cashmere sweater (it felt even better slipping into this outfit when I woke up and there was no heat or hot water ugh).


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sweater - Christmas present from my aunt
1960s pleated plaid skirt - gogovintage on Etsy
Shoes - Tahari (thanks to DSW)

I don't have the bullet bra pads that really complete the sweater girl silhouette but the hand-me-down bra 1980s bra from my mom does the job okay for now.


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And the very best part of this outfit:
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The shoes, you ask? No silly, not the shoes. My very natural looking 1950s Saks Fifth Avenue stockings!

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Now, I don't mean to be fresh but I wanted to show just how the stockings matched the rest of my leg. As a woman of color, I go absolutely nuts trying to find hosiery that matches my skin. But these, something I dug out of a forgotten drawer at my favorite Brooklyn vintage store, are just what I need. A 10 denier stocking, the color is called Caribbean. Last winter, I got bought two pairs from the box and luckily, the last three pairs were still in the box and I knew I couldn't just leave them there.

They're so delicate that you have to be disciplined and really put together not to ruin them. That means quickly filing your fingernails and running a Swedish file over your heels before slipping into them. Slowly. It's a nice little ritual, something to brighten up a blah Monday. Very ladylike. Now all I need is a comfortable but slimming six-strap open bottom girdle.

5 comments:

  1. LOVE that outfit! IMHO no girdle needed, but a big buckle leather belt would be fun. BB2U

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  2. What a great outfit. I had to laugh, an 80's bra is retro? LOL
    Marissa

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  3. dang...you look gorgeous girl i totally LOVE the outfit! great job and very unique.. would you like to follow each other? I will follow you on twitter since i do not see the Google following...xx stay in touch!

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  4. Very cute outfit!! Can't believe you found 1950's stockings!! Fantastic!!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful! And yay for stockings that match!

    Mary Ellen
    The Working Home Keeper

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