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1940's / 1950's

Green and Plaid Fall Outfit

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Spying an item I already own is sometimes all it takes to draw me toward an inspiration photo. I get so excited about the prospect of seeing the item in a new light and styling it in a different way. In this case it was my Grandma Jan’s red pillbox purse. I have only used it a small handful of times. I loved styling it with this 1940s / 1950s green and plaid fall outfit.

Inspiration Photo:

I see a lot of Jamie Lee Curtis in this picture of her Mother Janet Leigh
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In these photos of Janet Leigh from 1949 she is carrying a burgundy train case. I instantly thought of my red pillbox purse that was my Grandma Jan’s. I now have many of her clothes and accessories. They hold a very special place in my heart. I jump at any chance I get to incorporate any of her things into my style.

Where my eye was drawn:

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  • Textured hair
  • Green long sleeve top
  • Brown leather belt
  • Red train case
  • Pattered flare skirt

How I used the inspiration to put together my green and plaid fall outfit:

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  • Textured hair – My hair takes forever to curl! Instead of trying to re-create her gorgeous, but time consuming, tousled curls I kept it simple and modern with a knotted headband.
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  • Green long sleeve top – This point was a little harder to achieve. I knew I wanted to try to match her green top, but I wasn’t having much luck in finding a long sleeve green top I liked. I sometimes find it challenging to find the right top to tuck into a skirt. Being smaller chested I run into issues with the tucked in blouse becoming baggy on my frame. To get around this, and also modernize the outfit a little more, I purchased a green bodysuit.
  • Brown leather belt – I didn’t really feel like a belt was going to work well with the skirt I chose. Instead I incorporated brown with my Chelsea Crew heels.
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  • Red train case – When I saw the train case in the photo I instantly thought of my Grandma Jan’s red pillbox purse. This is one of my favorite things of hers that I now own.
  • Pattered flare skirt – Not being the biggest fan of the color of her skirt I decided to stick with the patterned flare style but opted for a black and white plaid skirt.
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Outfit Details:


Photos by Allie Provost; pretaprovost.com

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