Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ginger Rogers in Follow the Fleet (1936) (Take 2)

This is my second outfit from the Astaire-Rogers musical Follow the Fleet. This being a musical about a sailor who falls in love on his shore leave, this one was bound to provide lots of nautical and sailor themed outfits to inspire. In between the two world wars, there was a bit of an obsession with all things nautical and sailor. This dance number is to the song "Putting All My Eggs in One Basket" and both Astaire and Rogers are in nautical garb. (Tomorrow I will post both a women's and men's outfit based on Astaire's attire.)

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

Scarf: Vintage Sailor Scarf Red Nautical Striped, $9.00 via Etsy seller SnapVintage
Shirt: Target, Merona Women’s Ultimate Crewneck Tee in Heather Grey, $8.00
Pants: Milk, Grace Sun Wide Leg Denim Pants, on sale for $30.30
Shoes: Target, Women’s Mossimo Isabella Peep Toe Pumps in Red, $22.99
Total: $70.29

The key elements of Ginger's look here is the exaggerated wide leg trousers with a subtle sailor cut and the nautical-inspired scarf. Once I found these awesome demin trouser's for only $30.30, I knew I could probably make this a complete look for under $100 and I was excited. These trousers were originally over $200! What a steal.

This $8 gray crewneck from Target stands in well for Ginger's fitted top. From there, I took liberties with color. I went with red shoes and a red scarf to keep with the nautical theme. It works well in my opinion against the gray. The shoes had to look strudy enough to dance in but add some feminity to an otherwise masculine look. These do the trick for only about $23. Lastly, I look at tons of red scarves but finally decided to go vintage from Etsy. This one has the right stripes and is almost the exact same shape as Ginger's. This just shows that in today's online marketplace, vintage need not be expensive.

This look is under $75 and would be a fun weekend look or casual Friday outfit. This is such a great way to jazz up simple gray pants and a tee shirt. It also has the perfect balance between masculine and feminine. What a fun way to kick off a week of nautical and sailor-inspired looks!

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