OOTD :: of red dresses, foundations and dalmatians




You would think I’d be all over Anne’s 52 Pick-me-up challenge this week. After all, I’ve been on a recent girly kick, choosing skirts and dresses more often than not, and the 50s decade is all about girly, twirly outfits. I even bought this red, red dress and the cat’s eye sunnies in anticipation.

Then the reality struck: you know that recognizable 50s silhouette with the tiny, waspish waist and generous bosom thrust out? You know how they managed to attain said silhouette, don’t you?

Serious foundation undergarments.

‘Struth! You really didn’t think women’s bodies came shaped like that naturally, did you? Well, maybe the lucky Jayne Mansfield’s or perhaps Marilyn Monroe’s did, but that’s just drawing the high card from the gene pool deck. The rest of us mere mortals – especially soft, sedentary 21st century supersize me ones (I’m looking at you, mirror!) – have to struggle to create even a shadowy semblance of ye ol’ glory days. And I don’t know about you, but my foundations collection consists of a torsette and several slips, not exactly big guns material, if you know what I mean.

But I guess that’s what completer pieces are for, yeah?

Because when I threw on this eye-tricking dalmatian-print cardi, my muffin top magically disappeared. And then, when I rediscovered my pointy toed patents in the depths of my closet – the ones that are the perfect height for both cuteness and comfort – I knew I had a winner on my hands.

Even if I am certain to be uncomfortable, sucked into my torsette all day. Ah, what price beauty!

Before we end this transmission, I’d like to share a quote with you. Actually, in honor of this month’s T3, I shall give you quotes from my chosen book every day this week. Today’s excerpt is quite fitting considering this week’s theme, doncha think? (I rather appreciate being caught in between “quaint” and “charming”.)

James Lanver, the fashion historian, anatomized the fluctuations of change: The same costume will be

INDECENT … 10 years before its time
SHAMELESS … 5 years before its time
OUTRE (DARLING) … 1 year before its time
DOWDY … 1 year after its time
HIDEOUS … 10 years after its time
RIDICULOUS … 20 years after its time
AMUSING … 30 years after its time
QUAINT … 50 years after its time
CHARMING … 70 years after its time
ROMANTIC … 100 years after its time
BEAUTIFUL … 150 years after its time

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – eBay
Cardi – Old Navy
Pumps – Janine @ Payless

:: Linking ::
Remix Rewear Restyle @ Greater than Rubies

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19 thoughts on “OOTD :: of red dresses, foundations and dalmatians

  1. […] particular dress, I’ve utilized this combo before as well. Apparently, I have a penchant for pairing red and animal print. The vibe is totally different, though, doncha think? Must be the accessories and the hair. […]

  2. Ashley Rose says:

    This summer edition is good for you, your dress is cute & fabulous. Looking nice on you to wear it. Pics are nice.

  3. Caitlin says:

    You look so chic, Maricel. I love this look, and feel inspired to go find something Audrey Hepburn-ish in my closet 🙂 Thanks for sharing your gorgeous take on a pop of color. Have a fantastic weekend, lady!

  4. Val S says:

    Heh, heh, the timeline is so accurate! I love your outfit, and it’s one I could copy almost exactly – I’ve got a red dress with a big skirt, and I’ve got a cardi like that. I always think of it as snow leopard, though. I do not have any foundation garments, not even a torsette. Until I followed your link I thought it was one of your lexicon – a combination of torture and corsette!

  5. Wowie wow wow I love this outfit so much! The dress is soooooo pretty and I love that spotted cardigan. Nice work, friend!

  6. That dress is so absolutely gorgeous on you I can’t stand it! Muffin top be damned!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I did feel like a princess in it. And actually, it wasn’t the muffin top-ness that bothered me so much as the fold across the bodice that usually happens to me with boatneck necklines. Wish I had mad sewing skills so I can fix that; the pearls kept getting lost as the fabric folded in on itself. :/

  7. You definitely look old school glam! I love it!

  8. Tiina L says:

    What an amzing shade of red! The dress looks very cute on you. I’m not so sure about the undergarments, though…. I mean, something like Spanx is ok in winter, but in summer I certainly couldn’t even think of anything tight-fitting…

    • mtsedwards says:

      I hear you, Tiina. The temps went shooting up by mid-day and I was just glad that I spend most of my time indoors with excellent A/C.

  9. Oh, this is gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see your other 1950s looks! I’m planning a Top Five Tuesday post next week with my 1950s looks (except I have 8 looks so far!).

    • mtsedwards says:

      Maybe you can rustle up 2 more and it’ll be top five times two. 😜

      Hope I don’t disappoint with the rest of my outfits this week.

  10. Patti says:

    Love the analysis by James Lanver. We just need to love longer! You look smashing today in your red dress. xox

  11. basblonde says:

    Simply adorable!such nice pics and outfit! Xx B

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