10.09.2009

Sleeve detail


One of the reasons I love 1930s fashion is because a lot of detail was put into the design of the sleeve. It seems to be a trend that never made its way back into fashion, at least not to the intricate extent it was then.
The sleeves on this particular blouse are fantastic, fanning out and dotted with buttons. I was very excited to find it a few years ago, and even more excited that it fit me, button up blouses never do.
I was influenced a bit by the latest 40s style Dior collection (see below), with hints of lingerie in the lace at the hem of the skirt, and an exaggerated high waist (it has boning sewn in). I didn't say much about the collection this morning, as I was getting ready for work, but I have to say that I love the idea of a belt for evening wear, like the one on the red dress. And as much as I love the lingerie styling, for everyday style I love the little black blouse with the giant bows, and would love to see more of that, its very New Look Dior.

Blouse: Nordstrom Rack

Skirt: Express, via thrift store

1940s pumps: The Urban Eccentric

Hat: The Red Light

21 comments:

Ms. B said...

I can't begin to express how much I love this and on you it's an absolute dream!!!!

Screen Siren said...

I adore this outfit! Every single piece is beautiful and comes together so nicely. Love the colors!

sarah said...

That blouse is lovely! The cut and the sleeves are just perfect. You look like you should be on the silver screen, playing opposite Cary Grant. :)

avintagespirit (Lizzy) said...

That blouse is fabulous! I just love bitton detail on anything, and it's so great how the sleeves fan out as well. The skirt has such lovely details too. And another fabulous hat there!
Gorgeous outfit!

Lilji Love said...

I have the same problem with button up shirts and often find they make me look too corpotate but you make this work beautifully! :) Gorgeous detail the skirt too :)

Mel said...

I love your outfit, from the hat to the sleeves of your blouse!

Rose said...

those sleeves are amazing! I love the skirt too.

Rose

Sofie said...

Girl, you really know how to strike a pose! :) And hat's of to you and all your smashin outfits.

Leonor said...

You sure are a powerfull woman.

meena meena said...

this reminds me of an Emerald City outfit in the "Wizard of Oz"

Lizzy said...

Ohh!! I LOVE IT! those sleeves are great!

Pink Flower said...

How adorable is this outfit and the fancy sleeves are divine! What a great eye for a find you have! x

Brook said...

This blouse is amazing! I've never seen anything like it--what a wonderful find!

A Vintage Revival said...

That is the epitome of chic

Dollface said...

Ohmygodohmygodohmygod! I loove your shirt it reminds me of Old Gregg from the Mighty Boosh (definitely a compliment.) MUUSSSST FIINNND. =] K have a nice day.

Pretty Pirate said...

That blouse makes me want to sew ruffles on all my blouses, it's gorgeous!

Margaret - Owl and Pussycat Vintage said...

The sleeve detail takes that blouse to a whole other level - what a find!

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

wow, i love the colours used here.

Zohar said...

gorgeous! love the colors together and your posing is great :D

Peldyn said...

Love that blouse! I had one from the early 80's that was very similar. I am so mad that I gave it away. It had a fantastic pintucked platter collar and front that was cross sewn in a pattern. I will never seen it's like again.

Sopnedkast said...

Gosh, you're absolutely adorable!