If you’re a fan of the swinging 50s, then you’ve got to check out this latest trend – novelty poodle purses and skirts! These classic mid-century pieces are so fun to wear and collect. Whether you’re an avid vintage fashionista or just starting out in the retro style game, poodle skirts and purses are essential items for any wardrobe. Let’s take a closer look at 1950s kitsch at its best with the ultimate poodle skirts and purses and why these kitschy pieces are so popular!
The History Behind Poodle Purses & Skirts
The first poodle skirt was created in 1947 by Juli Lynne Charlot, a designer based in California. She drew inspiration from Parisian couture and used felt appliqués to create her signature designs. The skirts quickly became popular with young women who wanted to express their individuality through fashion. In the 1950s, they were often seen paired with matching blouses or sweaters, as well as novelty poodle purses.
Oranges, reds, yellows, greens, black, wine, and even shades of pink are just some of the gorgeous autumnal colors nature creates for us to enjoy. This post is all about sharing some of these standout colors that I like to call eye candy because they evoke a pop of sweet joy when I wear them and see them.
A black dress can certainly be appropriate for Fall especially when it has a print as beautiful as this one with orangey-reds and turquoise blue-green. This dress is the Trixie Midnight Lily Swing Dress from Collectif Clothing in the UK. The dress is made from high quality cotton sateen and has a lovely sweetheart neckline and fitted waist for the 1940s-1950s bombshell look I love. The sleeves are ¾ and perfect for Fall time here in San Francisco.
My feline friendly outfit is another Fall favorite of mine. I love novelty prints and the border print on this skirt has the most adorable kitty cats. The skirt started off as a dress that ended up being too small and wouldn’t go over my chest so I had a seamstress convert it into a skirt for me and now I can wear it often. I like the green color of the skirt and paired it here with a bright orange sweater, leopard print purse and dark brown cardigan and I feel like I am wearing several autumnal colors in one outfit!!
This is the first year in a very long time that we didn’t make it to the pumpkin patch for our annual Halloween photoshoot. The Kincade wildfire here in Northern California has been so scary, burned thousands of acres and we are under a mandatory evacuation. I am so thankful my husband Gary and puppy dog Luna and I am safe!!
I wanted to share some photos we took a few hours before the evacuation notice came and the outfit for Halloween I chose this year. I usually like to wear a fun novelty print skirt and this skirt delivered on all levels. The Swamp Monster skirt features a take on the wildly popular Creature from the Black Lagoon. The color is absolutely stunning, a rich teal/turquoise blue and the Swamp Monster has so much character!! I styled the outfit very simply with a matching teal/blue top and shoes along with our teal colored pumpkin, as it is Halloween after all.
This year it felt like retailers really didn’t get into the Valentines Day spirit. I didn’t see very many outfits with hearts or lips and very few red or pink dresses. Also, being a curvy girl I found the selection of Valentines Day outfit sizing to be on the smaller side this year and although I waited till it was nearly too late in the hopes that my go-to brands would come out with something, they didn’t, so, I decided I’d reach into my fabulous wardrobe and put my own Valentine inspired outfit together.
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to secure your perfect holiday outfits for all the festive parties, shopping sprees, and social events filling up your calendar! This year, we’re focusing on mid-century pinup fashion, offering everything from dazzling dresses to stylish separates and even laid-back casual wear. Whether you’re new to the pinup scene or a seasoned devotee, we’ve got you covered with this ultimate guide to Novelty Christmas Pinup Wear, featuring unique and eye-catching pieces to elevate your holiday wardrobe and help you find the ideal gifts for the pinup lovers in your life!
It has been a week of non-stop rain here in California. I am ready for sunshine and flamingos!! When I saw this Mandie Bee Ella Top in Pink Mingo print on the Heart of Haute website I could not wait to get it on my body. Pink flamingos on a work appropriate blouse is not something you are lucky enough to find everyday. I paired the Pink Mingo Ella top with a simple black circle skirt and it looks great with a white or pink cardigan added for a little warmth and perfect for the office. For reference I am wearing the top in a 2xl to accommodate my large breasts and I love that the fit is perfect for very curvy gals while not being too extreme and that is why this is my new go-to top for the office . The pussybow adds the right amount of chic femininity too!!
Next up is the colorful MCM Furniture Novelty Print skirt from The Oblong Box Shop. The brilliant orange and teal colors just pop and I love the mid-century modern boomerang coffee table, sputnik clock, 50s sofa and TV on this print. I paired the skirt with my favorite turquoise blue Lily top from Heart of Haute. It is such a fun outfit to wear!! I wear the MCM print skirt in a XL and the Lily top is an XL too (lots of good stretch).
My hubby Gary is a great photographer and we have a lot of fun working together on these Pinup shoots. Gary is also a great photo stylist and put together the Rockabilly Pinup set for this shoot that includes a George Nelson Mid-Century Modern style wall clock and the Danish modern cabinet with a shag rug and mid-mod drapes. I loved this set so much. Accessories on the shelves are from our collection.
Next week we have a fun Valentines Day shoot and I can’t wait to share the pics with you all.