Bobbins: Rainwear

April showers are here! How did one stay stylish on a rainy day in the past? 

Let's have a look:

I really enjoy this shot of a 1920's puddle jumper! There's not much keeping these ladies dry and the men, well, they aren't so helpful!

In the 1940's tailored trenches and capes are a wardrobe staple. In some old movies, they are worn even when it's not raining. Natural fabrics like crepe de chine, oiled silk, cotton gabardine and tweed are the mainstays. Rubber is introduced for rainwear in the 30's so that pops up too. I will take the "Scott" cape-coat, please!

Stylish ladies in the 1950's. I love the green with the hood!

 And let's not forget accessories! I am not stylish with the umbrella. Honestly, I will use what ever I can get my hands on. Living in New York City, we lose them and gain them so fast. I never know where my umbrellas even come from. But these are nice...and safe in traffic!

I succumbed to the modern rain boot trend last year. It has been worth it, as my shoes I adore are preserved. However, these galoshes are the real way to go!

What do you wear in the rain?

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Caprices

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The 70's does '40's is well represented in this fashion spread from Grazia France-September 2013. I love that mixture and this spread keeps it girly and spirited. 

Model: Ola Rudnicka

Photographer:Richard Bernardin

I now want my wallpaper to match my bedding!

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Retro Looks In The Modern World: 125th Street

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This shoot is stunning and deeply layered. Inspired by the menswear influence in the 70's does 40's Harlem and it is spot on and chic! Originally featured in the Fall/Winter 2013/2014 edition of French Revue de Modes.

Models: Nykhor Paul & Flaviana Matata

Photographer: Thierry Le Goues

Retro Looks In The Modern World 125th Street
Retro Looks In The Modern World 125th Street
Retro Looks In The Modern World 125th Street
Retro Looks In The Modern World 125th Street
Retro Looks In The Modern World 125th Street

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Brief Encounter

Bombshells: Lauren Bacall

When I think of Lauren Bacall's style, classic American sportswear comes to mind. Lauren epitomized cool casual glamour, and still does to this day. She was never an over the top sex kitten and that is what makes her style still wearable, even today. 

Let's have a look at some of her early shots from when she modeled for Harpers Bazaar, mostly under Louise Dahl-Wolfe's lens in the 1940's. She was a teenager trying to get a break on Broadway and was absolutely stunning. 

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Style Icon Lauren Bacall Bobbins and Bombshells

Classic Bacall.

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That gaze!

Style Icon Lauren Bacall Bobbins and Bombshells
Style Icon Lauren Bacall Bobbins and Bombshells

This look is will never go out of style. 

Style Icon Lauren Bacall Bobbins and Bombshells

Her confident look led her to Hollywood where she stunned audiences and Humphrey Bogart alike. This still is from the 1945 film

To Have and Have Not

where she met Bogart the love of her life at the age of 19. This dress is one of the most iconic dresses in Hollywood history by costume designer Milo Anderson. 

Bombshells: Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner, most known for her role in The Killers (1946) was one of MGM's most beautiful stars. Not only was she gorgeous, she was stylish as well. She could range from swim suit pin-up to femme fatale to girl next door. It was not easy to narrow down photos for this post. 

Stunning pin-up looks. 

I want those sunglasses! 

Classic! 

So stylish! 

Ava Gardner (1922-1990) lived a tremendous life from a childhood in the rural South to becoming on of the Hollywood greats. She starred in such films as The Killers, Mogambo, The Barefoot Contessa, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro to name a few. She was married and divorced three times, Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and the love of her life Frank Sinatra. She also had relationships with Ernest Hemingway and Spanish bullfighter, Luis Manuel Dominguin. She died in her London home from pneumonia at the age of 67. 

Retro Looks in the Modern World: Elle Sweden

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More 1940's influence here with this wonderful editorial from Elle Sweden. I love the hair, the clothes, and oh my,  everything about it! 

Photographer: Andreas Ohlund
Model: Frida Gustavsson








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Retro Looks in the Modern World: Roaring 40's

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The 1940's are still such a strong influence, and that is fine with me! How gorgeous is this shoot for Australian's Madison Magazine? 

Photographer: Carlotta Moye
Model: Rose Smith





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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Finer Points

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China's SCMP Style Magazine takes us to the streets with sharp 1940's inspired looks. 

Models: Wang Xiao, Annabelle Tsabouka, Seijo Imazaki, Vladimir Ivanov, and Ryan Kennedy
Photographer: Blair Getz Mezibov




I love those stockings with those shoes!

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