Sweater Girls | Kristina

Sweater Girls | Shaped by StyleSweater Girls | Shaped by StyleEvery summer, I lose my way in the blogging world just a bit. Summer does not inspire me. Today as I shot these photos, smelled the cool pine of the needles beneath my feet, felt the slight chill of the breeze, and reveled in the cloudiness of a typical Washington day, I realized that my element is in Fall. In that perfectly in-between season, when it is neither too hot nor too cold, when one only occasionally requires a coat, but could comfortably wear tights all day. That is my season, as cliche as it is in the blogging world to admit. Sweater Girls | Shaped by Style

This outfit very much feels like fall to me; the plaid of the skirt, the sweet softness of the sweater, the booties. Yet, it is a perfect match for our summers. The skirt is a lightweight cotton, the sweater a comfortable thinness, and the booties are not designed to keep out too much cold. It emulates my favorite time of year, my favorite self in fashion, and my favorite era. It is on my shelf of perfect outfits.

Sweater Girls | Shaped by StyleSweater Girls | Shaped by Style Hannah sent me this skirt for my birthday, and I’ve put it up on our board for all the girls to swap. As I flounder around in the summer, not quite knowing how to put myself together to combat a cool morning and a hot afternoon, this skirt saves me time and time again. I would love to see the other girls style it, and put their own personality into the outfit!

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I’ve been researching more and more into the 40’s and 50’s era clothing, hairstyles, makeup, and etc., and found one interesting tidbit about a movement similar to the pinup girls: the sweater girls. The sweater girls were, as the name suggests, girls akin to pinups who went around wearing tight sweaters to better show off their figures with wasp waists and bullet bras. They were alarming to the elder generation, some of whom suggested “what kind of mothers and wives will they be?”

Actresses such as Lana Turner and Jane Russell were the Hollywood icons of this trend, known for their curves and tight sweaters in the popular films. Sweater Girls | Shaped by StyleSweater Girls | Shaped by Style At one point at the height of the trend in 1968, a young woman named Francine Gottfried, a simple secretary, gained notoriety as “Wall Street’s Sweater Girl.”She took the same route to work every day, and people began to notice her. At first it was young girl gangs, then mobs of men, then their colleagues and co-workers until the word had passed so far around that two weeks later a mob of 10,000 people swarming the streets just to see her walk to work. She thought they were all crazy, but enjoyed her fifteen minutes of fame and left her job as a IBM 1260 keypunch operator to become a go-go dancer.

Finding this pretty vintage sweater while thrifting the other day reminded me of my research, and while I’m not wearing a bullet bra and I certainly don’t have a wasp waist, I think it’s a fun interpretation of that trend. Of the housewives, bobbysoxers, pinups, and sweater girls, I think I could most easily settle into something that is a mix of the first and the last look. While it was most certainly meant to titillate the eye, something that I’m not really trying to do, it’s a safer way to resonate with a trend of the past while still maintaining my personal comfort level where modesty is concerned.

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Sweater, thrifted | skirt, gift from Hannah | heels, thrifted | belt, thrifted | headscarf, vintage | Whovian pin, gift

What vintage trend do you identify with? Who would you have been, in the 50’s? A housewife? A pinup? A bobbysoxer? Or a sweater girl?

I hope you’re all having a beautiful Monday!

Kristina |www.eccentricowl.com

 

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How We Wore It: Plaid

Emily here to bring you another in a series of occasional posts showing how the women of Shaped by Style wore a particular style, trend or look.

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Today I’m showcasing plaid — a versatile print that we’ve worn many different ways. Here are some of my favorites:

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Hannah showed us two ways to wear a classic plaid button-down when she first introduced herself to this group:

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I love these colors on Hannah, no matter what length her hair is! Read more of her introduction post here: Hannah | The Outfit Repeater


 

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Justine featured this fun take on a classic workwear look, the red plaid button-down, just the other day:

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Plaid + polka dots is always a win in my book! See more of Justine’s look here: Menswear?! (Workwear Wednesday)


 

 

Even though Skye’s shrunken shirtdress took center stage in this post, I couldn’t help noticing the subtle plaid of the dress underneath:

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These pastel tones against the brick building and snowy ground are so lovely. See more here: What do you do with a shrunken shirtdress?


 

 

kEver since I saw Kristina’s self-drafted gingham plaid circle skirt, I’ve been longing for one of my own:

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And as always, her accessories are right on point — I love the way the colors of this outfit harmonize with the colors around her, too! See more here: Gingham circle skirt, ice cream print, and a cherry on top


 

 

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For myself, I’m throwing it back to a look from a few years ago where I tried to make a plaid baby-doll dress look office-appropriate:

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I’m not sure if I look professional, but I do love the muted colors of this dress — time to dust it off and wear it again one of these days!

What’s your favorite way to wear plaid — casual, dressy, vintage- or menswear-inspired? Let us know in the comments — we love to hear from you!

Plaid and bows | Kristina x Hannah

Plaid and bows | Kristina x Hannah

Happy Thanksgiving!

We didn’t really plan for holiday posting, so I’ve hopped in with an outfit as usual, styling this adorable plaid dress of Hannah’s. I am excited to be the first to wear it in our group! I can’t resist anything plaid and vintage, so when she put it up for swap I knew I was going to try it. It’s an interesting construction, though, having only one pocket, which makes me think perhaps it was originally made to be a house dress.

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I love that it has a bunch of different colors in it; more and more lately, I’ve been getting matchy-matchy with my colors, trying to keep things all in the same color family instead of color-clashing, and I love the way it looks! It adds just a little more retro flair to my already retro style.

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I hope you all have great plans today! My husband and I are able to visit both sides of our family, as everyone lives no further than 15 minutes away from each other. It’s so wonderful to spend time with everyone, and for us it’s great becuase it means we get two Thanksgiving meals! Which, you know, I am 100% okay with. The more turkey and pumpkin pie, the better. These meals will make three total Thanksgiving meals that I’ve eaten this year, given that our friend hosted a Friendsgiving last weekend.

And no, I am not tired of it. Never enough pumpkin pie.

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Dress, Hannah’s | shoes, brooch, belt, and headscarf, thrifted

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and Happy Thanksgiving if you live in the states!

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