Oct 20, 2009

Great Depression Fashion

It's no secret that I am in love with the fashion from the 1920's and 30's. Not only the glamorous imagery from the movies and socialites, but what the actual "person in the street" was wearing. Drop waisted dresses, jaunty cloches, over sized tweed coats with fur collars, knee socks and Mary Jane's; all these things are considered "regular attire" to me.

Even the men's clothes I covet!! Their rolled jeans, oxfords, workman boots, overalls,newspaper boy caps...I wear it all! Its not uncommon that people remark I was born in the wrong era!!!

The whole thought of the Great Depression is magical to me, it always has been. Growing up I heard frequent stories from my Grandfather Rudy and grandmother, Virgie, about their lives during that era. Perhaps it was more magical hearing about it rather than living it but they always sounded like they were having so much fun, everyone was in the same boat so it wasn't as if they were alone in their struggles.
Often I find myself comparing today's economy and times to the Great depression. Everyone is going through similar hardships, fears and tough times. I figure if my grandparents muscled through it with 8 children and one working adult than we can certainly breeze through these times with only 2 children!

I know I am not alone in my comparisons. Just recently i read about the New York store: "the 1929." The 1929 is an upscale boutique that cuts out the middle man to sell top fashion at market depreciated prices. the concept isn't new, but the reference to the great depression and where we are at now in our economy is brilliant. According to the NY Daily News, they have a "soup kitchen" in the basement too!

Ralph Lauren's spring 2010 collection has that same vibe. The Great Depression fashion! I love it, love it, love it!!!!!!!!!! Totally do-able!
Ripped overalls? oh hell yaeh! Just add a silk top, jeweled heels and a couple of rhinestone bracelets...or a velvet blazer and that old pashmina from a few years back.

I love this suspender with cinched, leather belt, waist look!

Vintage jean jacket coupled with floral 30's vintage jacket and wedges? J'adore!

Socks and oxfords with a sweet floral suit? The bee's knees!!!!!

I am sooo digging out all my "Katie Holmes" inspired ripped jeans!!!!!


AMuse said...

Love it! :)

Rianna Bethany said...

Really fantastic and informative post. Love the black and white images.
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Kat said...

i can't really tell you how much i love the first pic!

sometimes i do logos, yes :)


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Peter Breese said...

Great collection of shots. I agree with Kat, the first is stunning. I've definitely enjoyed Ralph Lauren's spring collection.