A 1950s Cliché, But in a Good Way

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Alternate titles in the running for this post: How To Travel Back To The 1950s, Ignoring The Scientific Barriers and TBT To The 50s Minus The Rampant Sexism.

In terms of clichés, I think the only possible way I could have made this look more stereotypically 50s/60s is if I were to shoot it in the kitchen of a home in suburgatory and include a casserole and a mop as props. Ah, the good old days of uninhibited misogyny!

For all the shortcomings of the decade(s), of which there were many, there is something to be said for the fashion. There were cigarette pants, button downs, and sensible heels galore. And since I tend to dress like a pilgrim who got lost in the 21st century, this style of dressing is riiiight up my alley.

1950s-inspired Cat-Eye Sunglasses Outfit [www.whatkumquat.com] 1950s-inspired Cat-Eye Sunglasses Outfit [www.whatkumquat.com]

One trend I love in particular that to me is the ubiquitous symbol for retro fashion is the cat-eye sunglasses trend. Continuing well into the 60s, it holds an element of old-school glamour I’m so obsessed with. Anytime I see someone wearing cat-eye sunglasses, they look like they’re about to jet-set off to Palm Springs. Take me with you, despite the fact that I’m an aviators-wearing degenerate, I whisper, I can assimilate. To which they usually whack me with their purses and tell me it’s not polite to harass strangers on the street.

But while I’ve always loved this trend, I’ve been hesitant to try it because I have a peculiarly-shaped head. Somewhere between an oval and round shape and a little on the large side, it’s caused me problems with certain styles of eyewear in the past. I was once informed by a harsh critic (my brother) that wearing large round sunglasses makes me look like a fly. Not willing to draw any more comparisons to household pests, I’ve generally kept to some variation of the universally-flattering aviator shape.

Then I learned about WearMe Pro’s Shadesbox sunglasses subscription service (more about that in this earlier blog post) and decided it was the perfect opportunity to bite the proverbial bullet and try my hand at the trend. I found a pair on their site I was absolutely mad over and prayed I could pull them off.

1950s-inspired Cat-Eye Sunglasses Outfit [www.whatkumquat.com] 1950s-inspired Cat-Eye Sunglasses Outfit [www.whatkumquat.com] 1950s-inspired Cat-Eye Sunglasses Outfit [www.whatkumquat.com]

Well I’m still not sure I am pulling them off, but I’d like to think I’m getting there! I love how chic they look and how they make even the simplest of outfits —like this one pictured here— a tiny bit more interesting.

I’ve paired mine with a white button down, a neckerchief, some kitten heels I acquired from Narnia (my mother’s closet), and my favourite frayed-hem vintage jeans. It’s v 50s-meets-modern, and I’m really into the finished look. If I do say so myself.

Thanks to WearMe Pro for sending me the sunglasses! As always, all opinions are my own

1950s-inspired Cat-Eye Sunglasses Outfit [www.whatkumquat.com] 1950s-inspired Cat-Eye Sunglasses Outfit [www.whatkumquat.com]

1950s-inspired Cat-Eye Sunglasses Outfit [www.whatkumquat.com]

1950s-inspired Cat-Eye Sunglasses Outfit [www.whatkumquat.com] 1950s-inspired Cat-Eye Sunglasses Outfit [www.whatkumquat.com] 1950s-inspired Cat-Eye Sunglasses Outfit [www.whatkumquat.com] 1950s-inspired Cat-Eye Sunglasses Outfit [www.whatkumquat.com] 1950s-inspired Cat-Eye Sunglasses Outfit [www.whatkumquat.com]

 

 

 

17 Comments

  1. I really love your look, it looks so chic and classy! Love that you added a neck scarf. I recently just bought a pair of cat eye sunglasses but with a more modern flare to them. I definitely want to get a classic pair now, haha!

    xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/style-coats-spring/

  2. This look is so timeless and I love the way you are rocking it. I need to wear floral scarfs like you! PLUS loving those jeans!

  3. You look fabulous lady!

  4. loving this look super cute and scarf is so chic!

  5. Holy gorgeous! You look so chic and the photos literally look like they were taken in the 50’s!

  6. Southern & Style

    This is such a cute outfit! I love how you styled your hair for this shoot as well, it’s gorgeous!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  7. definitely in a good way! You look awesome!

  8. I love the way this looks! I don’t know if it would fit my frame but it looks great on you 🙂

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  9. Girl you are SO pulling off the cat eye glasses and your neckerchief is adorable too. I totally love your style!

  10. You are so chic! Please teach me your ways 🙂 I need every piece of this outfit in my closet ASAP.

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  11. Love the sunglasses and how you styled them! Cute outfit!

  12. Absolutely loving this look, so classic!! Cat eye glasses are so fun!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

  13. I love these sunnies. This whole look is very Parisian chic!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  14. Yesss girl, you’re rocking the cat eye sunnies! I freaking love your style x

  15. I’m loving the black nails!

  16. 1950s in ABSOLUTELY the best way! You have the perfect figure to pull off this outfit and this whole spread belongs in a magazine! I’m getting strong Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly vibes!

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