What I Wore: a Forties' Look for a Millennial Looker

Thursday, February 7, 2013

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What I Wore: Checked Shirt (Mango), Pants and belt (Old), Shoes (old), necklace (vintage)


As promised, another "work outfit." The location might be making the checked shirt seem more western than it really is. In person, this look really has more of a 1940's vibe that I love thanks to these high-waisted, wide-legged pants and big thick belt. I suppose one might run the risk of short-waisting themselves, but with high heels my legs seem to go on forever and my waist has never felt so tiny and nipped-in! Yet I can move about comfortably in a variety of situations (a must for a substitute teacher since you never know quite what sort of situation you are walking into!), and the retro feeling is subtle. The last thing I want is feeling like a walking history lesson for the students. Instead, it is as the title implies: A Forties Look for a Millennial Looker.*

Our very Spaghetti Western-like location is The Holiday Inn's Buffalo Bill Village; Its closed for the season.  I've actually never really been when it is open for business (it really is very touristy), but when my mother first moved out here to go to college (she eventually married my father- her professor!), she had an Old Time Photography business in this place. You know, those places where you dress up and they take a picture in black and white or sepia? Of course, it's been many years since she sold the business and the business has since moved to new locations, but as corny as it can be such a photo still sounds fun, right?

* By the by, Does generational studies fascinate anyone else? I love the term "Millennial" for my genration more than Generation Y or Digital Natives. The former is not very descriptive of the age group and the latter is really more appropriate to our children, I think. But Millennial gives a very accurate description of when the generation came of age.

49 comments

  1. Wow! Those pants look amazing on you! I would look terrrribblee in those - but you pull it off perfectly. They are perfect with this blose too

    <3 katherine / of corgis & cocktails

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  2. Hello dear! I love your outfits and style!
    I think we should follow each other! What do you say ?
    Kisses!

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    1. Miss Z,

      I'm glad you enjoyed my blog. I always make a point to go see other people's blogs. However, as to following each other- I like to slowly build up a relationship with those that I follow. And I like to only follow those blogs I truly feel connect and hope people who follow my own blog truly connect with it on some level rather than just following someone else to gain a follower. So, I will check on your blog and in the meantime hope you continue to enjoy mine without any such pressure.

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  3. those pants are amazing! love the story about the photo business!!

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  4. Your mom married her professor? That's sounds so funny, but super cute at the same time! ^^ Loved the story :) and that photography business must have resulted in so many cool photos! Does she still have any of the old costumes?

    Anyway, I love these wide legged trousers! I have a pair of wide legged jeans and LOVE them! No matter how many times I get compared to Donna from That's
    70s Show, haha.

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    1. To be fair, he was a very young professor, only 25 (26 when the were wed).

      No, she sold the whole business, costumes included and went into computer services. Funny how that works. My dad teaches photography though, so still lots of photos.

      You look so pretty in those jeans. I know which you're talking about!

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  5. I love the gingham with the high waisted pants. Your legs do look a mile long.

    Very Katherine Hepburn : )

    bisous
    Suzanne
    http://bisous.typepad.com/bisous/

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    1. Katherine Hepburn? That's the best compliment to get!

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  6. Great trousers!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  7. I think it's so cute that your mom married her professor, how romantic! I love these pants on you too. They are great for your figure! And thank you for all the advice, I really look forward to doing something out of the ordinary and special thanks to you!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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    1. It is cute, isn't it? To be fair, he was a rather young professor at only twenty-five!

      Hope your new husband's birthday is very special- but then anything you do will make it so, I'm sure :)

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  8. Okay, the setting for these pictures is more than perfect! You are rockin' this look girl!
    xo TJ

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  9. great trousers and love the top you chose to tuck in!

    xxx
    Lady à la Mode

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  11. Those pants! <3. If only I were 5 inches taller. I've always been fascinated by generational studies - especially when it comes to the millenials & baby boomers. I will fully admit I am in gen x (the tail end) though.

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  12. Those pants are really fun! It's a nice spin on regular work pants :) Thanks for visiting my blog btw :)

    ~Alyssa
    www.butterfliesonmars.blogspot.com

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  13. Those pants look wonderful on you! :)

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  14. you look so tall! love the profile.
    also, cute purse!

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    1. I'm trying to include my bag(s) more since you asked about that!

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  15. Those pants make it look like you have legs for days! I still have a hard time looking professional enough sometimes, and it may be because I do not own dressy pants, haha.

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    1. I think it is a hard line to walk in terms of feeling like I'm dressing professionally but also with personality too.

      Dress pants with something a little different about them have helped though ;)

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  16. I'm so jealous of how well you pull off pants like this! They look amazing on you, and I totally get the 40s vibe from this shirt.

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  17. This outfit is just so perfect! I really love how paired that belt along with it - such a perfect vintage touch!

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! The belt is one I tend to pair with everything, lol.

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  18. How fabulous are you!! I love those pants-I'm into everything that's super high waisted right now. This is so Katherine Hepburn. I bet you're the most stylish sub those kids have ever had!

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    1. Ah! Katherine Hepburn is a "style icon" to me :D

      I might be grinning ear to ear now. Thanks!

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  19. I love how you combined the items, they look so pretty together! Especially the shirt - what a gorgeous pattern!

    Have a fantastic weekend,
    -Kati

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  20. I really like this outfit! and I love the pearl necklace I think it softens up this look :)
    xo
    Ylenia
    Ambitieuse.net

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  21. Love ur pants! That place looks amazing !!!
    I really love such pictures, but never had the chance to get one... wonder which costume I would pick!!
    xoxo

    novelstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. I've gotten such photos done twice (once when a friend came to Wyoming to visit and once when my sister worked there as a photographer). It was fun, though once you decided on a character (saloon girl, "sexy" cowgirl or regular cowgirl for the ladies and a dandy-looking cowboy like Buffalo Bill or a rough looking cowboy like...well, modern cowboys for the men) and they gave you the clothes for your size.

      Thank you btw!

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  22. Ahh envious that you can wear pants like this!! I'm too curvy and they don't look good on my :( they're so cute.

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    1. But then there are things that make curves look gorgeous and me ridiculous, so trade offs, I suppose?

      Thanks though!

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  23. nice pair!


    www.brenda-lu.blogspot.com

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  24. wow I truly love your plaid shirt and your bag, amazing!

    Drawing Dreaming

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  25. That is so cute about your parents :) I love this location for photos. Those pants are such great work pants and I love the checkers.
    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  26. You pull of the manly/pants look very well.

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  27. I absolutely love this outfit :D

    You're style is simply amazing... Always !

    xxx

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    1. Thank you for such a lovely compliment! It made my evening.

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  28. this looks like such a fun place! gingham can do no wrong:)

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    1. That should be my motto "gingham can do no wrong" :D

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