Saturday, April 23, 2011

Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve (1941) (Take 2)


This is my second look from Barbara Stanwyck's The Lady Eve. You can read my complete review of this fun little film here and see the semi-formal bronze lame look that was also inspired by this film. Suffice it to say that I just love Barbara Stanwyck from her femme fatale roles in film noir to her zanny comedies and earnest feel-good flicks all the way to the 1980s epic mini-series The Thorn Birds, I just love this broad.

This outfit seems to be a bit of a departure for Barbara, as it is a bit too tongue-in-cheek. Perhaps this is because she is wearing it while her character (a con artist) is trying to seduce and dupe Henry Fonda's character. Most of this action happens while they are on a boat, and this look fits in perfectly with our sailor/nautical inspired week this week! The look, while unconventional, is fresh and neat and preppy with a fun twist or two.

Here is my interpretation: (Click on the image for a larger and more detailed view.)

Run-Down:
Hat: Asos Pieces Stripe Jersey Hat, $17.93
Shirt: Old Navy, Women’s Poplin-Stretch Dress Shirt Bright White, $16.50
Vest: Forever 21 Navy Open Knitted Sweater Vest, $19.90
Pants: Talbots, Signature Fit White Denim Trouser Jeans, $89
Brooch: Hooked on You Brooch, $11.99 ModCloth
Shoes: Annie’s Shoes Women’s Olivia Wedge in White Linen on sale for $19.99 via Endless.comTotal: $175.31

I would never think to wear white pants and a white shirt but Barbara shows that this look can be very refreshing. The vest breaks it up and makes it work. I went with a red, white and blue theme because of the nautical feel. The vest is a great price, as is the basic shirt. The trouser jeans in white from Talbot's look flattering and comfortable.

Once those basic elements are in place, the accessories add that fun edge on the preppiest of this outfit. The anchor brooch in bright red from ModCloth and the very cool "Where's Waldo?" style beanie cap that manages to take Barbara's silly nautical nightcap to interesting places. Lastly, I took the same shoes that I used in my women's Fred Astaire look from Follow the Fleet. Such a great price on a versatile summer shoe.

I can imagine wearing this to a seaside barbecue somewhere like Maine in the springtime. You could make it work for more seasons by wearing a short sleeve shirt or going with capris. Either way, I think you would have to have a sense of humor and confidence to really pull this off, but it is too irresistibly cute not to post it.

What do you think? Is this look Where's Waldo on a boat? Or something fun and fresh?

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