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.
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.
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