Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Vintage Wednesday #46 - Sweater Girls

When the leaves start turning a golden amber and there's the most heavenly crunch with every step you know you're full swing into autumn. This is why I thought it would be appropriate to cover vintage sweaters seeing as it's finally sweater weather (the best time of the year, by the way).

Of course when you think of vintage sweaters the idea of the "sweater girl" first comes to mind. The sweater girl look was stylish in the 40's and 50's. Its popularity increased due to the support of hollywood actresses such as Lana Turner and Jane Russell. The look emphasized a young woman's bust and waist with the help of small sweaters and conical/bullet bras.

With the exception of the rockabilly look and the early 90's Madonna craze, a young lady would have looked very out of place with this type of style in recent years. (It's really the bra that makes the look.) However, with the recent explosion of vintage and vintage inspired looks the bullet bra is slowly creeping its way back to popularity in a stealth like manner. I suppose we can attribute its success to the recent Mad Men craze, but as young women start looking to authentic vintage pieces they're finding they need the correct undergarments to pull them off. Are the young ladies of today about to become a new generation of sweater girls? I doubt it, but I do think the look will have a small amount of admirers for a little while; at least until the main stream is done with the vintage look. ;)

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Here are some photos from Vogue's 2010 sweater girl campaign:

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Regardless of how you wear your vintage sweaters, aren't they just great for rolling around in piles of leaves and sipping cider? I'm so happy that Jon and I get to experience at least a little bit of autumn before we move out west and are spoiled with sunshine every day! It's so hard to believe that in 3-4 weeks we are going to be on the road (cats and all)! We need to start packing!

I hope you've enjoyed this week's edition of Vintage Wednesday. Check back next week for more vintage fun!



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6 comments:

  1. You are making me crave cider! Haha, great post! I loved the modern sweater girls, they looked cute but not too costumey.

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  2. I love the 50's style, it is so charming!

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  3. Hey dear,

    congrats on being chosen for this week`s Links a la Mode!

    Best, Jenny

    http://www.dresscodehighfashion.com/

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  4. I love those last photos especially! Sweaters and skirts are my favorite for fall/winter :)


    <3Meghan

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  5. Love a good sweater - one of my favourite things about autumn!! Great inspiration photos :)

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  6. Great post. Thanks for this :)
    Absolutely agree with your thoughts.
    Must dig out my old sweaters.
    Have a great week and happy packing.

    Joy x

    http://alexdrakevintage.blogspot.com

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