I try to close my eyes but all I think of is you. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

Nothing that I feature is as well received as the circle dress and, with this in mind, from http://www.britishretro.co.uk (link below *).

Limited edition Dee Dee Pink Floral 50s Style Full Circle Dress made exclusively by British Retro in the UK, and featuring an off-the-shoulder Bardot style neckline with classical angled sleeves, and a bateau straight back neckline. 

The dress is made from a traditional stretch cotton sateen with a lace effect jacquard and comes with a cream belt (as shown). 

The bodice is satin lined & front boned with a concealed zip at the back for smooth fit. Priced at £65.00.

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* http://www.britishretro.co.uk/shop/50s-dresses/50-full-circle-dresses/new-dee-dee-pink-floral-50s-full-circle-dress-🇬🇧/

@Rations2R_n_R neither owns the copyright to the images nor much of the written content included herein. We use our blog to showcase retro and vintage fashion and, where we can, credit the copyright owner of any content by way of a link to their website. Please email rations2rocknroll@outlook.com if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either amend or remove anything that we post. Christine Ashbeck (founder of @Rations2R_n_R). 

Bettie Page is all the rage.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

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

Bettie Page 1940’s / 1950’s Halen Mary Jane Shoes in Blue ‘faux’ leather and featuring double straps. Priced at £69.99.

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* http://www.retrodaisy.com/ourshop/prod_5572424-Bettie-Page-1940s-1950s-Halen-Mary-Jane-Shoes-in-Blue.html

@Rations2R_n_R neither owns the copyright to the images nor much of the written content included herein. We use our blog to showcase retro and vintage fashion and, where we can, credit the copyright owner of any content by way of a link to their website. Please email rations2rocknroll@outlook.com if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either amend or remove anything that we post. Christine Ashbeck (founder of @Rations2R_n_R). 

Evette Dubois…handmade with love. 

I am so pleased that my latest blog post involves an invitation into the luxurious lingerie and apparel department, and the chance to collaborate with Melissa; of Evette Dubois. Thank you for taking the time Melissa.  I am both grateful and honoured that you have agreed to chat with me.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Firstly I am sure that our followers would like to know a little about the person behind Evette Dubois.


Melissa @evettedubois (M). My name is Melissa, I live in Melbourne, Australia. I have always been interested in art, craft and fashion since I was 5. From that age I was also very opinionated about what I was to wear for the day. I have come from 3 generations of dressmakers and studied fashion design also. I love collecting vintage and in particular vintage lingerie.

(C). Please tell us about the name “Evette Dubois”.

(M). Evette Dubois is a fictional character. I wanted my brand to have a French name that is similar to those fashion houses in Paris during the 1930’s.

(C). You design and sew your own creations. We would like to hear about both your earliest designing and earliest sewing memories.

(M). I would say the designing memory was drawing, as when I was 6 my art teacher gave me an award for the best art of the year. My parents then also enrolled me in art classes from that point on. I stared sewing from the age of 8 making dolls clothes, and started sewing on the sewing machine when I was 12.

(C). Moving on from the previous question I am sure that our followers would like to know when you first started to design and sew professionally.


(M). I went to university and studied fashion design. I started making garments professionally from that point on. Evette Dubois is the first time I have gone out on my own to start my own label.  

(C). Evette Dubois provides lingerie and apparel, vintage inspired from the 1920s to the 1950s. Please tell me why you have selected these particular eras?


(M). I have selected these eras as I feel I have strong interest in the designs from these periods. I also adore very feminine and pastel colours which works back with the hues of those decades.

(C). Is there a woman, either current or from the past, who inspires you…and, if there is, why?

(M). I would say Mae West. She was such a strong character; her style was an extension of her personality. She was one glamourous woman.  


(C). I am proud that we connect on Instagram and I see much evidence of your passion for retro and vintage clothing. Do you make your own outerwear? 

(M). Yes, I do sew my own clothing. Although like anyone who sews, the list of designs in which I wish to create keeps getting longer.  


(C).  Of the decades from the 1920s through to the 1950s do you have a personal favourite for fashion and why?

(M). I Just love the WW2 years. Mostly because tailoring came back into Vogue then and the waist was starting to be defined once more. The evening gowns were feminine and just divine.


(C). Where do you see Evette Dubois moving forward? 

(M). As of current I’m changing Evette Dubois. I am focusing more on the Art Deco period. I shall have a ready to wear collection as well as introducing a bridal lingerie collection. Many exciting things to come in the future.


(C).  The best way to conclude is by asking where your wonderful designs may be found. 

(M). You can purchase my designs online at http://www.evettedubois.com.

Once again thank you for giving me an opportunity to talk with you. I send my best wishes to you for your future endeavours.

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Miss Joanne…up close and personal. 

I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to collaborate with @Miss_Joanne_F who, despite possibly causing her some embarrassment, may be regarded as being somewhat of an expert in the field of vintage style foundation wear. In a two for the price of one offer the first part of our blog post shall be in the form of questions and answers with the second part being an insight into “What goes in to being Joanne”. 

Thank you for chatting with @Rations2R_n_R Joanne.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). It would be nice to start by hearing a little about you Joanne.

Joanne @Miss_Joanne_F (J). I’m 59, and moved to the Los Angeles area from Scotland in 1999. I’m what I would describe as a “Recreational Crossdresser”: I don’t live as a woman 24/7, but have been dressing on and off since 1971!

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(C). For how long have you presented as female in public? 

(J). I first presented as female in public in 2013. My presentation and “character” have evolved considerably since then, even in that relatively short time!

(C). Please tell us your inspiration that lead to @Miss_Joanne_F.

(J). The image I try to present is that of a businesswoman my age – someone like an office manager or the VP of a small company. She is professionally attired, and wouldn’t look out of place presenting the evening news. I have “modelled” my presentation on two fictitious characters:


This is Evelyn Harper from the comedy “Two and a Half Men”, played by veteran actress Holland Taylor. Evelyn is always very smartly dressed, sells high-end houses and isn’t above using her feminine attributes to complete a sale. She’s what we used to call “a bit of a goer” 😊

This is Gloria Akalitus, played by Anna Deavere Smith. Gloria is the Administrator of All Saints Hospital in the drama “Nurse Jackie”, and always dresses in a manner commensurate with her lofty position. She was heard to remark over a post-work drink “Men go weak at the knees for a woman in a skirt suit”.

So, this is the sort of woman I aspire to be. Smart and professional with a hint of sexiness thrown in!

(C). Were you presented with obstacles on your journey to the place that you are now and, particularly, at the beginning?

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(J). Obstacles? Where to begin…..when this all started for me, I was 13. That’s, by all accounts, a fairly common time for a desire to crossdress to first emerge, around the onset of puberty. I was an (adopted) only child, so no sister(s) to rob from! I had to make do with Mum’s clothes. Looking back, I think she knew what was going on. Also, there was no internet, no easy way to buy items discreetly, no way to interact with others of the same inclination. You felt very “alone”, and wondered if you were the only one.

(C). The world has changed considerably over the years but there are still many people that are either reluctant to, or will not accept, diversity. Please tell us about any personal experiences that you feel able to share. 

(J). I haven’t personally had any issues while being out and about dressed – indeed, I’ve had doors held open for me by men on more than one occasion! That’s always met with a smile and a softly spoken “Thank You”. Someone once said to me that I dress in a very “age-appropriate” manner – I’m about four months from being 60, so I’m not going to try to dress like a 30 year old woman! My approach is a “common-sense” one: do the things a woman my age would do. I do a lot of observing how women my age behave and learn from that.

One thing that comes up often is the whole “bathroom” issue. I’ve had lovely brief conversations with ladies in there while washing my hands! One of us girls told me that there were two cardinal rules for the bathroom. Firstly, do whatever you’ve gone there to do, use the facility for the intended purposes, don’t do anything weird. Secondly: make sure your feet are pointing the right way! I do have a little bathroom tale over on my own blog at https://missjoannefitzpatrick.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/the-perils-of-automatic-toilets/

(C). Moving on to our mutual love of retro style lingerie. I am sure that our followers would like to know your reasons for favouring “traditional” underpinnings.

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(J). Simple answer on that: Mother. Although she stood 5’11” and weighed about 8 stone, she was never without her girdle, and she stuck with stockings until the bitter end. As I mentioned earlier, my beginnings were with her clothes, and I’ve stuck with that style ever since. There’s just a certain elegance about girdles, corselettes, that sort of thing. I love the look and feel, and there’s a certain feeling of being “put together” when I’m dressed. I feel confident and am able to present confidently.

(C). Which garment do you consider as a favourite in your lingerie wardrobe and why?

(J). Favourite has to be the Rago 9357 open corselette – I own all five colourways! I find it to be a very comfortable garment for all-day wear, plus it looks great! I was going away for an overnight, and had packed my mocha and black one, which I showed to a lady I worked with at the time with whom I had shared my “secret”. Her eyes almost popped out of her head, and she said “That is SOOOOOO sexy!”. I think she may subsequently have bought one or two for herself 😊

(C). You live in California; not an area known for its cool climate. Presenting as female whilst wearing traditional foundations must prove challenging at times!

(J). It’s a very good question. I’ve never felt “uncomfortable”, even on hot days, although I’ve lost a few pounds on occasion! I’m a great believer that if your shapewear is uncomfortable or indeed, painful, than you’re wearing the wrong size and/or the wrong garment(s). I’ll write separately in some more detail about just what goes into my overall presentation. (See  below “What goes in to being Joanne” *.)

(C). The view of @Rations2R_n_R is that retro and vintage outfits are best complimented by appropriate foundations. I am sure that you agree. Please tell us your reasons and how you would encourage others to follow your example. 

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(J).  I’m a great believer that if you’re going to do something, you should do it fully and properly. Example: let’s say you’re going to a 50s event, and you have a dress from that era’s style. You shouldn’t go bare-legged, women from that time wouldn’t have. And, say a gust of wind were to come along, it shouldn’t expose a thong! The presentation should be fully consistent with the era, so it should be brassiere & open girdle (or corselette) underneath with full briefs or a mid-thigh leg, and proper stockings.

(C). Although to many of us a somewhat tedious debate, there are those that are new to retro underthings, who will ask “knickers over or under a suspender belt”? I know our views agree on this but I should like you to share your opinion on this matter. 


(J). Ah, the perennial question! I mentioned knickers with a mid-thigh leg: that’s what Mum wore, and she was always a “knickers over” lady. I’ve gone both ways, but have settled on under, since I think it gives a nicer look, but is less convenient for the Ladies’ Powder Room 😊. At the end of the day, it’s personal preference.

(C). Please tell us your favoured retailers for vintage style lingerie and hosiery and why?”

(J). The only “bricks and mortar” place I’ve ever heard of having Rago product on display around here was an “adult store” (so a friend told me…..honest!). I shop online, mainly at AmericanShapewear.com, who carry the full range. I usually get my briefs at HerRoom.com – I look to find ones in the same colour as my girdles and corselettes, and they have a great selection in all sizes. As for nylons: no chance of finding them in stores. I get my “everyday” ones (Berkshire SexyHose, they have a pretty lace top) at EssentialApparel.com. For something like seams or fishnets: eBay!

*”What goes in to being Joanne“.

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…the whole “process” of becoming Joanne. It’s quite involved!

First thing to understand is the terminology. The word “Transition” is often mistakenly used in connection with crossdressing. “Transitioning” is what someone who is undergoing a sex change does. When someone like me goes from male to female presentation, we “Transform”.
It’s also a very common misconception that male to female crossdressers do so because they want to have “relations” with other men and/or ultimately wish to undergo a sex change. The vast majority of us are heterosexual males. One thing to add is that in an online discussion I was reading recently, someone hypothesised about a “magic pill” that would turn us into women for one or more days, and most would try it!
When I first started going out and about, I quickly realised that I wanted to have the “full feminine experience”. That, for me, includes wearing a latex vaginal prosthesis to hide my “man bits”. If someone were to take a sly peek up my skirt, they’d see the proverbial “camel toe”! I’ve adapted mine to work in conjunction with a men’s “athletic support”.
I’ve also recently taken to wearing something to give me a bit of a bum! In common with many men, I don’t have much in that department – I’m sure you’re familiar with the excellent Corsetiere.net site where Ivy Leaf mentions that an experienced corsetiere could tell from the measurements that they were a man’s! If you’re so inclined, you can read my review of the product I use at https://missjoannefitzpatrick.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/joanne-reviews-caboost/
I also get a full (Well, all the bits that the salon will do!) waxing every few weeks. I love to feel smooth, especially as I put my nylons on 😊
Makeup is something that many of us find challenging. Most shops will do a “tutorial” in return for a minimum purchase (US$50-75). They’ll sit you down in a chair for a couple of hours and work with you to find an ideal “look”! One thing I emphasise is that there is no “one size fits all” solution for cosmetics: everyone has different needs.
“Everything you wanted to know about crossdressing but we’re afraid to ask. ❤️”

Thank you for your enthusiasm Joanne in a most informative and honest chat. I am so pleased, and grateful, that we got together. 

I send my best wishes to you for the future.

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Step inside love. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.tigermilly.com (link below *) Lindy Bop Cilla Top Sold & Dispatched by Fifi’s Retro Fashion.


“Cilla”; inspired by Audrey Hepburn, in soft stretch cotton with subtle feminine tailored details, and featuring figure defining bust and waist darts, a collared neckline, 3/4 length sleeves, turn up cuffs with decorative slits and a hidden side zip. Priced at £19.99.

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* https://www.tigermilly.com/p_9792_lindy-bop-cilla-top.

@Rations2R_n_R neither owns the copyright to the images nor much of the written content included herein. We use our blog to showcase retro and vintage fashion and, where we can, credit the copyright owner of any content by way of a link to their website. Please email rations2rocknroll@outlook.com if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either amend or remove anything that we post. Christine Ashbeck (founder of @Rations2R_n_R). 

Chic, stylish and perfect for every rose. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From chicstyleboutique.co.uk (link below *).

Vintage Style Red Rose Floral Tea Dress featuring vintage floral rose print, a fitted upper bodice and pockets. The flared skirt is designed to sit on the knee and can be worn with or without a petticoat. Fastened with hidden zip on the back. Priced at £55.00 (with Free mainland U.K.  delivery). 

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* http://chicstyleboutique.co.uk/vintage-red-rose-floral-tea-dress-493-p.asp

@Rations2R_n_R neither owns the copyright to the images nor much of the written content included herein. We use our blog to showcase retro and vintage fashion and, where we can, credit the copyright owner of any content by way of a link to their website. Please email rations2rocknroll@outlook.com if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either amend or remove anything that we post. Christine Ashbeck (founder of @Rations2R_n_R). 

I saw polka dots and moonbeams.

Welcome to today’s vintage style blog post.

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

Voodoo Vixen Green Polka Dot 1950s Style Selena Pencil Dress featuring stretch fabric taffeta that adds a formal edge and curve supporting fit, concealed zip fastening for ease of fitting and a low cut wrap bust. The dress sits just above the knee and measures 30 inches (75cm) from underarm to hem. Priced from £24.99.

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* http://www.starletvintage.co.uk/vv-2496-grn-voodoo-vixen-green-polka-dot-1950s-dress.html

@Rations2R_n_R neither owns the copyright to the images nor much of the written content included herein. We use our blog to showcase retro and vintage fashion and, where we can, credit the copyright owner of any content by way of a link to their website. Please email rations2rocknroll@outlook.com if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either amend or remove anything that we post. Christine Ashbeck (founder of @Rations2R_n_R).