Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fred Astaire in Follow the Fleet (1936)

The topic of this post is Fred Astaire's outfit from the musical number "Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket" from Follow the Fleet. Yesterday, I focused on creating a great wide-leg trouser look with red and gray based on Ginger. Today, I will re-create Fred's look for both men and women since it is such an interesting and breezy casual look for both genders.

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

Shirt: Old Navy, Men’s Chest Pocket Chambray Shirt, on sale for $14.99
Hat: Lloyd’s Military Hat on sale $14.40 via
Pants: Old Navy, Men’s Loose Fit Cargos in Black, on sale for $25
Belt: Old Navy, Men’s Basic Leather Belt, Black, $15
Shoes: Dillard’s Converse Men´s Chuck Taylor All Star Canvas Sneakers in Optic White, $39.99
Total: $109.38
The basic elements of Fred's outfit include a chambray button-down shirt with black pants and white shoes. To update the look, I used Chuck Taylors (both cool and budget-friendly). All the basic pieces came from Old Navy. Since an actual sailor hat today would scream costume, I went with a white military cap. If this look had not required a belt, it would have been under $100, but it is still a very economical casual look for a guy.

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

Shirt: Target, Merona Women’s Heritage Utility Shirt in Sunwashed Chambray, $19.99
Hat: Goorin Brothers Helen Cap in White on sale for $24 via Revolve Clothing
Pants: Old Navy, Women’s Tie-Belt Linen Blend Pants in Black Jack on sale for $25
Shoes: Annie’s Shoes Women’s Olivia Wedge in White Linen on sale for $19.99 via
Total: $88.98

This look is so cute for the ladies. Again, the basics come from budget retailers -- Old Navy and Target. The hat is again a white military hat but this one is a little more feminine with a small bow on it. The shoes are a breezy, nautical inspired white linen wedge. The linen pants came with a tie belt, enabling this look to come it at under $100 ($88.98). I love this look because it demonstrates a unique take on mixing neutrals (black, white and denim chambray). This could swing for the office but generally I would wear this as a casual comfortable but pulled together outfit.

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