Posted on July 11 2012
The love for vintage may begin for some when they hear a certain song, see a classic film, a classic car or even an old photograph. For me it was certain films I saw when I was a little girl. As cliche as this may be, it began with Grease. I first saw Grease on TV when I was in third grade. I was intrigued; however I can't give Grease all of the credit, I will need to share it with all those classic Mexican films I would watch at my Grandma's house. What little girl didn't want to be a part of the "Pink Ladies" after first seeing the film, or for those of you who also grew up watching Mexican classic films, want to look like a Mexican Starlet. It was something about the clothes, or hair style, of these characters that pulls you in. Lets take a look:
Betty AKA Rizzo
Her signature style screams confidence, independent and carefree. At the beginning when we first meet her she is wearing an all black, tight fitted, mid-calf length pencil skirt and button up blouse. She is not the type of girl to experiment with color or with prints. She keeps it simple, and if she does want to change things up, perhaps she'll throw on a solid color top or adds a splash of color to her wardrobe by wearing colored shoes.
Lastly, how can I not mention her red and black polka dot mermaid dress. It is amazing and it is a statement dress, for sure! I'm still looking for one, but have not had the luck in finding one I like. Model and fellow co-worker, Angie Alamilla says she has found one, but like most vintage its too tiny. Angie refers to it as, "The dress that breaks my heart!" I'm sure we've all had that happen to us before. Time to start waist training!
Her style is easily influenced by all of the Hollywood celebrities of her time, and was, for the most part, trendy. Most of her outfits are also tight fitted like Rizzo. However, this girl is not afraid of color or print and she loves to accessorize. Some of her accessories include hair flowers, head bands, bangles and her gold heart necklace. Her outfit at the drive-in (when Rizzo tells her she think she is pregnant) is a perfect example of how she is not afraid of color or print. She is wearing a scoop neck, purple, knitted top, that is a three quarter inch sleeve with some high wasted Capri pants that are purple and white. If I found a pair of those high waisted Capri's I would sport them. Its all about having fun with your clothes.
This emerald green strapless cocktail dress with the matching hair accessories screams, "Don't let my innocent look fool you boys!" I love her up do, and how well put together she is in this scene.
This is the perfect summer outfit, don't you think, girls? Yellow halter top with white pedal pushers and matching yellow flower in the hair. Her hair is a little to big for me now, but back in the day, I would have died to look like Marty.
There are so many women from La Epoca de Oro (Golden Age of Cinema) that I love, and admire. However, in this particular movie "Dona Diabla" Angela is one classy lady. Her outfits through out the film consist of fancy gowns, off the shoulder dresses and strapless dresses. The accessories are hats, fur shall and hoop earrings. It was hard to find pictures for this movie, but I did find the full film on line. Here it is if any of you are interested in seeing her outfits:
Lets not forget about her hair. The hair style through out this film is perfection. If your hair is long this would be a perfect example on how your still able to achieve that certain look. I know that sometimes it gets hard for me now, once my hair starts to grow past a certain length.
When your young your so easily influenced, but I'm just glad that it was the 40s and 50s era that caught my attention.
Heart of Haute fans, what triggered your love for vintage?