Thursday, June 24, 2010

Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year (1942) and Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1945)

I couldn’t believe that I saw almost exactly the same outfit in two very different films on two vastly different actresses: in 1942, with Kate Hepburn in Woman of the Year and then in 1945, Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce. I debated as to whether to make this one post or two, but the outfits are only different in the shoe choice, so it didn’t make sense to separate them.

Here are the two inspiration outfits:



Here is my interpretation for Kate:
Run-Down: KateShirt: Signature Washed Linen Collection: Billow-Sleeve Shirt, $34 via Spiegel
Skirt: Sonia Rykiel, Black Skirt with Suspenders, on sale for $70.80 via Milk
Shoes: Alex Marie "Miro" Pump, on sale for $20.99 via Dillard’s
Total: $125.79
Kate Hepburn in Woman of the Year (1942)Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Kate Hepburn in Woman of the Year (1942) by hollywoodfashionvault on Polyvore.com


And here is my interpretation for Joan:
Run-Down: Joan
Shirt: Signature Washed Linen Collection: Billow-Sleeve Shirt, $34 via Spiegel
Skirt: Sonia Rykiel, Black Skirt with Suspenders, on sale for $70.80 via Milk
Shoes: Michael Antonio Women's Shaw Sandal in Black, $27.47 via Endless.com
Total: $132.27
Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1945)Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1945) by hollywoodfashionvault featuring Michael Antonio shoes
milk - Dresses, $71
Signature Washed Linen Collection: Billow-Sleeve Shirt at Spiegel.com, $34
Michael Antonio Women's Shaw Sandal, $20
Martha Stewart Living 8 oz. Eiderdown Interior Paint Tester #MSL074 -..., $1,000
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You can see that they are exactly the same except I changed out the shoe. The shoe choices come directly from the two films. Kate wears a no nonsense black peep toe pump and Joan wears a slinky wide strappy sandal. I think the difference originates with their characters. Kate’s character is an accomplished woman who already has everything she wants. Joan is playing a woman who upwardly mobile and needs every leg up she can, including a bit of sex appeal.

Other than the shoes, this outfit was very simple. Both outfits are only three easy pieces: shoes, a white billowy sleeved shirt and a pinafore/skirt with suspenders. This look is very classic but also fashion-forward since no one really wears pinafores anymore, unless they are a candy striper. The skirt with suspenders that I found is a steal at only $70, all of the other ones I saw were much more expensive. I think this one is very cute but also professional.

The shirt had to have some huge balloon sleeves, otherwise known as poet sleeves or billowy sleeves. I think this is the key to the retro feel of this outfit. Most women who bought the pinafore would put a tee shirt or something similar underneath it, but by putting a button-down white shirt with some interesting sleeves, you immediately dress this up and play down the cuteness of the pinafore for an interesting tension in the look. This shirt from Spiegel is a great price and has the sleeves. Neither Kate nor Joan’s shirt had a collar (as my choice does) but I think it actually helps the look in the end.

This look is a very interesting and unique take on office appropriate. You could even go farther and layer a blazer over it to make it even more professional and in the winter you could wear this with tights and closed toe pumps. The suspender-skirt/pinafore is a retro item that I think should make a comeback in modern wardrobes.

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