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Matching mother and daughter (and even entire family) outfits were once common. They were particularly popular in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and through the 1970s. Celebrity moms showed off their daughters in matching dresses, and the image was seen often in ads.
Patterns for matching outfits that you could sew or knit were available everywhere. I imagine that part of this was convenience; if you are buying the fabric or yarn for one garment, why not get just a little more and make two? Or, perhaps daughter's outfit was made from the fabric leftover from mom's. Why did this go out of style? It could be the fact that few people sew or knit clothing at home anymore.
If you want to recreate this retro fashion family tradition, Heart of Haute has lots of options for coordinated looks. We offer vintage inspired, hand made looks and quality - with no seam ripping or bobbin threading for you! Teresa Becker has been designing "Mommy and Me" dresses for over 20 years.
Our popular Chambray Anchor print is available in three adult dress styles, an adult A Line skirt, and our adorable Baby Sailor dress for girls. Our colorful Russian Dolls print is easy to match with, and is available in our adult Monique dress, adult Gypsy Skirt, and our Enchanted Child dress. A family of animal lovers? Check out the options in our Blue Kittens and the bold black, white, and red It's Raining Cats.
Our girls clothing is available in sizes 2T through 6x. If you have an older daughter who wants to get in on the look, our adult XS is equal to a girls size large or 12, and our adult small is equal to a girls size large or 14. If you are searching for a special look for family photos, a holiday, family reunion, deployment homecoming, or any memorable event - stand out and create new traditions with a mother and daughter look from Heart of Haute.
Sunday nights are one of our favorites now that Mad Men is back! Few television shows have had the style impact of Mad Men - from the Banana Republic collections to the ubiquitous Joan Holloway Halloween costumes - Mad Men renewed an interest in retro style.
Mad Men began set in 1960, and the current season of Mad Men is set in 1969. American culture (and clothing styles) changed radically in those 10 years. The cinched waist and full skirt of the 1950s and early 1960s gave way to shift, A-line, and babydoll dresses with much shorter skirts. Patterns ruled late 1960s and early 1970s fashion, from ethnic boho paisleys too bold mod optic pattern and stripes. Traditional patterns like florals were still around, but they got bolder and more abstract. Colored and patterned tights were popular, and costume jewelry became bigger and brighter, from brooches to earrings.
If you want to rock a hip late 1960s look at work or out on the town, Heart of Haute has the vintage inspired essentials that you need. Our Ruby Dress has an A-line shape and peter pan collar - the Mini Daisy print is a graphic floral that any SCDP employee would love. Our tie-neck Estelle Blouse is an office essential - newly promoted Dawn would approve!
Previously, we explained the joys of the work dress. Now, let's talk separates! A good way to build a work wardrobe is to start with diverse pieces in solid colors. Creating this "capsule wardrobe" will give you a small collection of interchangeable items that you can mix with trendy pieces.
These key clothing items do not have to be drab khaki neutrals - a Heart of Haute pencil or A line skirt in a bright blue or green will mix and match with many other colors and prints. Next, add some knit tops in solid colors, and a refined sweater to throw on over everything. These basics can be combined in infinite ways, and any prints you bring home will be easy to incorporate.
Our crisp collared Gretta top is a professional wardrobe essential - try it layered in the winter or open over a tank top in the summer. The Heart of Haute bow neck Estelle Blouse comes in prints and colors from soft to bold. Take inspiration from the ultimate office boss lady - Joan Holloway Harris from Mad Men - Joan often wears the same colors, shapes and pieces - it is easy to imagine what her "capsule wardrobe" looked like. Tuck a solid blouse into a high waisted skirt for a polished vintage Joan look, and don't be afraid to mix it up with bold florals!
First off we have this sassy little number we like to call the 'Carina Dress'. A shift dress crafted from 100% cotton fabrics that are so incredibly groovy! Do you love it as much as I do? I know Megan Draper would love them. :P These two new fabrics are pretty awesome too, we call them Cool and Groovy.
Another set of new items we have just added to our collection is the Coco Skirt. This skirt is an a-line style with attached matching belt.
Do you wake up in the morning and struggle to put together an appealing outfit? Is there a disconnect between how you feel you have to dress for work, and how you actually want to look? Great style can give you confidence and energy - unique and professional can be combined easily. A great work dress or two (or six or seven) can keep you looking polished, feeling comfortable, and no worrying about matching.
Banish those frumpy khaki pants and saggy sweaters - business casual does not have to be boring! A great work dress from Heart of Haute can give you a complete office outfit for less than $100. Bold prints and crisp shapes look professional and polished. I like to layer a fun blazer and a light scarf for a complete look. Statement necklaces are a huge trend - in a solid color, they look great with our diverse prints.
I have a Super Spy dress that I love for long work days where I need to look great - conferences, trade shows, meetings, and presentations. The knit is comfortable while the shape is very refined - business beautiful! The Monique is another great shape for work - the bateau neckline is easy to accessorize and keeps you covered in style. Stuck in colder weather? Get together with the Mitzi dress - the Monique with sleeves. The polished and professional Stella dress has a bow neck, cap sleeves, and a full skirt. Stock your closet with a few of these great options from Heart of Haute, and leave the "nothing to wear" crisis behind you!
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