40s

Pin Up Dresses That Don’t Bare

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Oh my, check out these lovely “pin up” style dresses from Pin Up Darling. The cut and length on these dresses flatter any body type and can even give the illusion of having an hourglass figure. What a dream! There’s nothing more attractive than the art of subtlety, which we seem to have lost through the years. Vintage fashion 101: Not all high fashion clothes then were burlesque. In fact, the majority of them weren’t and very rarely burlesque.

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Winter Wearable Art Deco: Historical Art on Your Sleeves

If you haven’t read my previous post on Erté, a famous Art Deco artist and fashion designer, feel free to poke around! Art Deco is a style of art originally from France from after World War I in the 1920s up until before the outbreak of the second World War in the 1940s. If you only think of flapper dresses when thinking about the 20s, think again!  Art Deco is characterized by lots of ornamentation, vivid colors, and machine inspired geometric patterns. People at the time took great pride and faith in their technological progress.

Below, you’ll find fashion illustrations from the time period in that style drawn by other notable artists.

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The Lines Are Rebelling

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Dress: eShakti (direct link here)
Belt: Hermes & Express (layered)
Necklace: Vintage
Loafers: Debenhams

It’s hurricane season right now, and here I am posting some overly due photos from bright and sunny yesterdays! I got this 40s style dress with a “princess cut” from eShakti whom I discovered had a personalized tailoring service. Not only can you provide your measurements, but you can also customize the length of the dress, the sleeves, the pockets, and the neckline for a lot of their dresses. Nifty. It’s a bit pricey, but it looks to be fairly priced considering the personalization. This is a fantastic resource for retro-loving wedding planners seeking to get customized bridesmaid dresses.

Oh yes, it’s hurricane AND wedding season this time of year too! The news has been a downer about inclement weather calamities lately, but then again, when has it not been? I pray for everyone’s safety.

What I like most about this dress is the stripes on the top part that subtly go in different directions. I just got another blouse that did the same thing. It’s like the lines are rebelling against the usual order of things.

I wore this dress out on a regular Sunday morning with a casual pair of wedge loafers, which you can get for a really good deal (or other things) with some debenhams offer codes online. I force myself to look up coupon codes literally every time I shop online. I don’t cut out physical coupons, because I think that’s a waste of time. However, I totally have no excuse to not do a quick search on coupons for websites where I shop. It’s a money-saving compulsion. It only becomes a problem if I waste more than a couple of minutes for coupon codes! Coupons shouldn’t be a vice.

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Fur Trimmed Bomber Jackets: Yay or Nay?

This is for all of you on the other side of the world enjoying the beginning of winter! There’s something retro about bomber jackets, and adding (faux) fur makes them have a touch of Hollywood class. You can easily incorporate a modern piece like these leather jackets into a 40s-inspired outfit.

Some fur can look tacky, but I’ve been really into it, especially when it creates a certain old timey mood. How about you—yay or nay?

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Rachie the Raker

Instead of flexing my non-existent womanly “guns” at the camera as Rosie the Riveter did in her famous pose, I decided to replace the shot with myself handling a broom. Hello, Rachie the Raker!

This blouse was my mom’s. She sometimes passes on clothes to me when they get a little tight on her. This is a large-sized blouse, and it fit the small-sized me just fine by being tucked in! The “Get Young” pin was from the Pretty & Nice show my husband, Rob, and I went to in Chicago while on vacation. We hung out with the band for a bit after the show, and the conversation continued through e-mail with mutual mp3 exchanges from Rob’s newest album. Their next gig was in our hometown, but ironically, we missed that one! The dainty shell necklace you see is from my grandmother-in-law. It means so much more to inherit vintage pieces from the family than to just scout through shops!


How I am wearing this red scarf is just one of the many ways I fancy wearing scarves. You can never really have too many of them!

Yesterday, I was inspired to do a post on femininity, particularly on the role of women in society. I decided to postpone the article until later this week. It got more in-depth than expected and a little too lengthy to go with the outfit shots, so I decided to put it up as a separate post altogether! On the same day, I also lost one subscriber to my blog. It might have had something to do with my strong grounds on modesty along with the heavy posts that elaborate on them. Even so, I will continue to write passionately about my ministry, the very ground on which à la Modest stands.

On a lighter note: Here is a photo of Alexis Bledel as Rosie on the left and the real Rosie the Riveter on the right. I really like those buttons on Alexis’ pants!

P.S. I just realized that Spain won in the FIFA World Cup. The colors I am wearing here are totally unintentional! I live for coincidences…

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