A different shape every step I take.  A different mind every step of the line.

Today’s vintage style fashion pick takes a very small detour. 

Bettie Page; one of the most well known of pin-up models, first found fame in the 1950s. Like other women who have chosen pin-up and/or burlesque as their form of artistry the corset would have been an integral part of Bettie’s wardrobe.

The corset; whose history may be traced back many generations (reaching the peak of its popularity in the Victorian era), is not a garment that I specifically associate with either the 1940s or the 1950s.  I have, nevertheless, selected it as part of today’s outfit.

From https://www.amazon.com/Orchard-Corset.

Orchard Corset – Overbust Satin Corset.

Steel boned longline corset in high shine satin featuring 24 flat & spiral steel bones.  Dimensions: 15.5″ Front / 16.5″ Center Bust/ 13″ Back / 14″ Side.  Priced at  US$59.43 (approx. £48.00).

From http://www.thehouseoffoxy.com.

50s Capri Pants – Black.

1950s style high waisted capri pants made in stretchy black bengalene fabric that hug the figure. Capris crop at mid calf and feature a split on each leg.  Priced at £50.00.

From https://m.johnlewis.com.

Whistles Cornel Stiletto Heeled Court Shoes, Dark Red Suede with a full leather lining and heel height of 9.5cm (3.74″). Priced between £112.00-£124.00.

From https://poshmark.com.

VINTAGE 1950s Black Jet Bead Double Necklace.

Jet black graduated faceted beads separated by smaller beads.  Double layer with brass clasp. Approx. 16″ long.

Priced at US$30.00 (approx. £24.00).

Total cost £234-£246.


I have loved you oh so long, delighting in your company.

Today’s vintage style pick features; from http://www.lindybop.co.uk.

Isla’ Green 1950’s Inspired Sleeveless Fishtail Dress featuring a Scoop neckline and Fishtail hem.  Priced at £11.00.

Green Vintage Stiletto Heels (of unknown origin).

From antiquejewellerycompany.com.

Silver Gilt Green Enamel Laurel Leaf Design Bracelet; most likely made in Norway in the 1950s.  Length 180 mm. Width 17 mm. Priced at £375.00.

Matching Silver Gilt Green Enamel Laurel Leaf Design Necklace.  Length 500 mm. Width 17 mm.  Priced at £675.00.


Blue moon you saw me standing alone.

I am feeling blue today; not because I am downhearted in any way, but by virtue of today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From Zappos.com Inc. but unfortunately currently unavailable.

Adrianna Papell – Lace Halter Arcadia Dress.

1950s style lace sheath sleeveless prom dress; featuring a halter neckline and a concealed zipper closure at back, with full pleated taffeta ball skirt.  Priced at US$175.99 (approx. £140).

From http://www.cervin-store.com (and stockings that I personally possess).

Seduction bicolour 100% polyamide seam stockings – in melon with royal blue seam.

Three thread Edwardian seam stockings, featuring a hand sewn back seam, knitted in shape to curve the leg, pointed heel and reinforced heel and toe. French made. Priced at €16.40 (approx. £14.00). 

From http://www.nonnon.co.uk.

Melissa shoes – Incense Blue Flock.

Inspired by the 1950’s; featuring a padded foot bed, with a heel height of 11cm (4.33inches).  Originally priced at £100.00 but now discounted to £75.00.

Total cost £229.00.


You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog.

Today’s vintage style fashion pick focuses on the 1940s and firstly from http://www.vivienofholloway.com.

1940s Swing Trousers Dogtooth Black featuring a long rise and high waist, cuffs and four side buttons.  Priced at £59.00.

From http://www.topvintage.net.

Dancing Days by Banned 40s Grace Cardigan in red featuring short puffy sleeves and shiny red buttons. Made from a soft, stretchy, fine knitted bright red viscose blend with stretchy ribboard along the sleeves, neckline and bottom.  Priced at €34.95 (approx. £30.00).

From http://www.unique-vintage.com and featured in my earlier blog post “I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You A Rose Garden)” https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/02/22/i-beg-your-pardon-i-never-promised-you-a-rose-garden/

Cherry Red Leatherette Bettie Retro Mary Jane 3 inch Heels with an adjustable buckle strap. Priced at $68.00 (approx. £54.50).

Total outfit cost approx. £143.50.


Picture you upon my knee, Just tea for two and two for tea.

I am hoping that my daily vintage fashion pick is proving to be popular amongst my followers.

Today I have selected from http://www.vivienofholloway.com.

1940s Style 100% cotton UK made Tea Dress Scooter Floral Daisy. Featuring a lace trim, button through blouson top; slightly gathered at the waist and bust, lightly padded shoulders, A-line skirt and pockets. Priced at £79.00.

Also from http://www.vivienofholloway.com.

2″ elastic cinch belt in white; drawing attention to the waist.  Available in both matte and satin elastic. Priced at £12.00.

From http://www.etsy.com – PopAndGlamVintage.

Vintage white bead necklace in 1950s Lucite by Trifari. Priced at £42.71.

From prom.unique-vintage.com.

White bow Mila flats.

Priced at US$50.00 (approx. £40.00).

Cost of entire outfit approx. £170.00).


The Seven Year Itch

Yesterday’s blustery weather in the U.K. reminds me of probably the most iconic of all the photos of Marilyn Monroe.

This image reaffirms the necessity to wear pretty underwear; and leads nicely onto today’s vintage style fashion pick, on which I shall focus on lingerie.

All the items that I have selected are from  www.whatkatiedid.com.

Bullet Bra Harlow Nouveau 

1950s style soft cup bra in a vintage peach colour featuring a 2 row, 3 column hook fastening at back. Priced at £35.00.

Bullet Bra Harlow Curve

For those of us with a DD+ cup size. Priced at £35.00.

Girdlette Harlow 

A cross between a girdle and a suspender belt in a roll on style with no hooks and eyes to fasten. High cut front and back, with lower sides for smoothing and shaping.  Featuring 6 metal suspender clips. Priced at £42.00.

Knickers Harlow Nouveau 

High waist knickers for a smooth line under clothing.  Designed to sit high on the natural waist and featuring a peach satin tummy panel with powermesh. Priced at £26.50.

To compliment the lingerie chosen.

Fully Fashioned Stockings Point Heel made on vintage U.K. knitting machines. Sheer 15 denier 100% non stretch nylon, with sewn seam and finishing loop. Colour shown “Champagne”. Priced at £20.00.


I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You A Rose Garden)

Today’s vintage style outfit pick is centred around this charming Vivien of Holloway 1950s halterneck “Rose Garden” green circle dress.

Sadly it appears that this specific garment is no longer available but that shouldn’t prevent our admiration of its beauty.

From http://www.unique-vintage.com. 

Cherry Red Leatherette Bettie Retro Mary Jane 3 inch Heels with an adjustable buckle strap. Priced at $68.00 (approx. £54.50).

From http://www.whatkatiedid.com.

Seamed Stockings Red Glamour.

15 denier seamed stockings with a translucent champagne leg and red point heel, lipstick red seam and welt. Made in Italy from stretch nylon and elastane. Priced at £10.00.

From SueEllensFlair – http://www.etsy.com.

1950s vintage Neiman Marcus red silky straw floppy hat; featuring a wide brim and shallow crown with rhinestone embellishments.  Priced at £82.64.

From dollydiamond.com.

1950s Red glass square bead necklace. Priced at £35.00.

Complete with red nail polish and lipstick and ready to go.