In the Mood for...Charm School Retro

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This week I'm pretty excited about what I think is this cutest, and definitely the most charming, theme to date. The Fall 2013 collections were filled with mid-century femininity, showcasing nipped-in waists and full skirts reminiscent of Dior's New Look. A flashback to an era when being flawlessly put together and having the perfect hourglass shape meant everything. When learning to have perfect posture and to maintain a pleasant demeanor at all times reigned supreme. An era when this was acceptable advertisement...

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So, obviously, we don't need to replicate everything from the 50s. I mean we've come a long way since then, and our fashion reflects that in a lot of ways. So the main point with this theme is to take the beautiful aspects of mid-century fashion, but add in some elements of edge and irony. For instance, 3 parts Hitchcock leading lady with 1 part cat-eyed librarian.

 

photo credit: style.com

 

 Versions of this look, above, were seen at the Rochas, Prada, and Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 shows, respectively. Retro styling is all about showcasing your body, but keeping the clothes themselves modest. And for a modern twist, just add some edgy accessories and styling to keep it out of costume territory.

How to get the look:

The style: flouncy, feminine, retro, conservative.

Signature prints: polka-dots, bows, floral prints.

The fabrics: gingham, tweed, wool, cotton, chambray.

The accessories: kitten heels, cat-eye glasses, boxy handbags, gloves, belts, pearls.

 

 And for a little more Charm School style, check out my retro-inspired Spotify playlist! I'll have it on repeat all week!

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Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady.  ~Edith Head