Her name is Cherry. We’ve just met. 

Today’s vintage style fashion pick allows us to tentatively dip our toes in the ocean in anticipation of summer.

From http://www.bettylicious.co.uk (link below *).

1950s style retro vintage halterneck swimsuit featuring maraschino cherries print on white with soft shaper cups, side stays and tummy control. Designed by Esther Williams. Priced at £68.00. 


* https://www.bettylicious.co.uk/one-piece-retro-vintage-designer-swimsuits/1950s-style-retro-vintage-halterneck-tummy-control-swimsuit-cherries-print-on-white.html?___SID=U

Spotlight on Katharine Hepburn.

Welcome to a new series of blog posts featuring actors and actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

The first Spotlight is on Katharine Hepburn.

Born Katharine Houghton Hepburn 12th May 1907 Hartford, Connecticut. 

Died 29th June 2003 (aged 96) Fenwick, Connecticut.

Katharine received Four Academy Awards for Best Actress for…

…”Morning Glory” (1933), “Guess who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), “The Lion in Winter” (1968) and “On Golden Pond” (1981).

In 1999 the American Film Institute named her as the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood Cinema.

Briefly touching on the passion of @Rations2R_n_R and vintage fashion Katharine wore trousers before it was fashionable for women to do so.

(By Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images.)

My blog post “From the Flappers to the Fifties; a tale of trousers in women’s fashion” goes into more detail. https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/01/22/from-the-flappers-to-the-fifties-a-tale-of-trousers-in-womens-fashion/.

Her first film was “A Bill of Divorcement” in 1932…

...and her last big-screen appearance…

… “Love Affair” in 1994.

My favourite has always been her performance alongside Humphrey Bogart in the 1951 Classic, “The African Queen”; Katharine’s first film in Technicolor. 

A quote from the film would I feel be an apt way to finish the first of my Spotlight features.

“Charlie Allnut: What are you being so mean for, Miss? A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it’s only human nature.

Rose Sayer: Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.”

Thank you for joining me on this brief excursion through the Golden Age of Hollywood.


When I wake up in the mornin’ light I pull on my jeans and I feel all right.

Today’s vintage style fashion pick features a garment that has endured to this day.

From http://www.vivienofholloway.com (link below *).

1950s style Jeans in Black denim influenced by the Western movie star style of the 1940s and 50s; featuring a high waist and tapered leg, with discreet side zip and side button. Priced at £75.00.


* http://www.vivienofholloway.com/women-c70/trousers-c14/1950s-jeans-black-denim-p551

I’m so fancy. You already know.

Welcome to today’s vintage style blog post. From http://www.unique-vintage.com (link below *).

Steady Plus Size Black & Floral Mesh Cap Sleeve Miss Fancy Vintage inspired Top featuring a soft black knit mock sweetheart neckline met with blossoming florals on a mesh upper, creating a sheer top with piping details along the edges. Priced at $36.00 (approximately £27.75).


* http://www.unique-vintage.com/steady-plus-size-black-floral-mesh-cap-sleeve-miss-fancy-top.html

Rockabilly’s cool. Oh yeah! Rockabilly rocks. Let’s bop!

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.dollyanddotty.co.uk (link below *).

Wendy 1950s Retro Polka Dot Rockabilly Dress in Dark Purple featuring a V neckline, a full circle swishing 1950’s skirt and gathers around the shoulders and waist. The dress fastens at the back with a concealed zip and is made from soft cotton with stretch. Priced at £34.99 and also available in Black, Blue, Brown, Dark Green, Dark Peach, Hot Pink, Light Blue, Light Green, Red, Teal and Yellow.

I would wear this dress with; from http://www.whatkatiedid.com….

….15 denier Seamed Stockings Purple Glamour H2050 with a translucent champagne leg and purple point heel, seam and welt. Made from stretch nylon and elastane for ease of fit with a wide welt that is more authentic to the 1950s. Priced at £10.00. (What Katie Did provide similar stockings in a range of colours that would co-ordinate nicely with many of the colours in which the Wendy Rockabilly Dress is available).


* https://www.dollyanddotty.co.uk/wendy-retro-polka-dot-rockabilly-dress-in-dark-purple

** https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1426/seamed-stockings-contrast-purple-glamour

I don’t care for tights she says and does not tell me why!

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From heelsandtoesinc (link below *).

Trasparenze Pennac Stockings giving a classic Nylon look but with the added comfort of Lycra that provides stretch. These satiny sheer 20 denier stockings feature a cuban heeled pattern and reinforced sole and toes. The soft stretch welt has a subtle etched Trasparenze logo on the rear just above the seam.

Available in Black Leg with Black Seam and Heel or Cosmetic Leg with Black Seam and Heel. Priced at CAN$15.00 (approximately £8.50).

* https://heelsandtoesinc.myshopify.com/products/pennac-stockings

You’ll be there when the mornin’ comes to greet me with a smile.

It’s 10:30pm and; due to family commitments, my daily vintage style fashion pick blog post is only now receiving consideration. 

Nevertheless I am very pleased to present; from http://www.unique-vintage.com (link below *).

1950s Style Light Blue & Floral Satin Cap Sleeve Mandarin Sky Swing Dress; this woven satin dress is patterned in a floral print set against a light blue sky, and features a cap sleeve princess seamed bodice, a black self-tie collar bow and an ample full circle swing skirt hitting at the knees. Zips up at the side. Priced at $68.00 (approximately £53.00).


* http://www.unique-vintage.com/1950s-style-light-blue-floral-satin-cap-sleeve-mandarin-sky-swing-dress.html?ir_clickid=0THzhmywfVx9wHoQoHxY1z7WUkhUiT2c2V8Y1U0&ir_cid=834&ir_affid=39177&utm_campaign=PRODUCT_CATALOG&utm_medium=Vintage%20Dancer&utm_source=ImpactRadius

Pretty flamingo. When she walks by she brightens up the neighbourhood.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion picks.

From http://www.tigermilly.com (link below *).

Dancing Days 50s Face To Face Pink Flamingo cotton Jive Lindy Cardigan (sold & dispatched by Cherry Red Vintage); featuring embroidered flamingoes, flowers and palm leaves with elbow length sleeves, 3 button finish on ribbed cuff and secured with buttons and ribbed hem. Priced at £35.00.

From http://www.retrodaisy.com (link below **).

Hell Bunny Tina Capri Pants 1950’s Style – Black. Rockabilly Capri / Pedal Pushers made in a stretchy Rayon mix fabric; with darts at the front of the capri, a self fabric waistband and a centre seam at the back with zip fastening. Seams to centre back of trousers and a V-shaped detail at the back of the hem. Priced at £21.99.


* https://www.tigermilly.com/p_8944_dancing-days-50s-face-to-face-pink-flamingo-cardigan

** http://www.retrodaisy.com/ourshop/prod_3741589-Hell-Bunny-Tina-Capri-Pants-1950s-Style-Black.html

Skating away, skating away, skating away on the thin ice of the New Day.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick from chicstyleboutique.co.uk (link below *).

Jacquard Sleeveless Skater Dress featuring floral jacquard print, a V-neckline, structured box pleats in skirt, darts in the bodice with button and loop and zip fastening at the back. Approximate length: 88cm. Priced at £25.00.


* http://chicstyleboutique.co.uk/jacquard-skater-dress-23-p.asp

No more lonely nights on the way of no return. Play me the bolero.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick from http://www.vivienofholloway.com (link below *).

Bombshell Red Sateen Wiggle Dress with Bolero featuring a boned bodice, wasp waist and shoestring straps. Skirt length 28 inches. Priced at £99.00.


* http://www.vivienofholloway.com/women-c70/dresses-c10/bombshell-red-sateen-dress-p895