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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Vintage Outfit Post-1950s Casual With Freddie's of Pinewood

One of the misconceptions of vintage style, at least from my perspective, is that many people think that dressing vintage means dressing up.

However, mid century women had casual moments too and there are plenty of every day looks to emulate.  This is particularly true if you look to the real women of vintage eras, rather then movie stars, for your style inspiration.  One decade that really embraced casual style was the 1950s.    The 50s where in many ways the era of the American teenager, and when they weren't dressing up for dances

they wanted to be casual


which meant blue jeans.   While jeans had been worn by women as work wear in the 1940s, they really came into their own in the 1950s and young people where their biggest champions.   While its true that many adult women wouldn't have touched them, for the younger generation jeans began to be an element of style.   There was still something a little rebellious about jeans in the 1950s which of course was a giant part of their appeal.

Today women of all ages wear jeans constantly so vintage lovers like myself who are well past their teens can feel comfortable looking at mid century photos of denim clad young people for style inspiration.  We can also turn to Freddies of Pinewood.  

Freddie's specializes in real, proper 1940s and 50s style denim and casual tops. These jeans are just like the 1950s originals, high waisted and well cut.  There's no danger of your jeans sliding down to reveal your underwear, or worse, as so often happens with modern jeans.  Plus, since there was a wide range of denim styles and the 1940s and 50s and Freddie's makes plenty of different cuts, so there really is something for everyone.

The jeans I am wearing in these pictures are my second pair of Freddies, I wrote about my first pair here.  The jeans I am wearing in these pictures are  the 1950s button jeans.  I ordered a 32 instead of my usual 30 so they are a little loose.   They are also long but I didn't bother to hem them I just cuffed them 1950s style.


My top is from Freddie's too.  It is one of their 1950s style sweatshirts.   I've had my shirt for quite awhile and the color combos have changed.  They are all cute, comfortable tops though based on an authentic 1950s sweatshirt     These tops run a bit small when compared to modern clothes.  I am wearing a large here and I probably could have gone with an extra large.  1950s tops where fitted though, so tight is part of thr look, they also had high waists just like the jeans.   

I really think this shirt is a good backdrop for novelty brooches.   I usually wear it with my pink poodle felt brooch from Wacky Tuna  (nothing better then a poodle ) but recently I wore it with my Luxulite Audrey II brooch, based on the super cute Little Shop of Horrors film,  and I like that combo a lot too.  

This is definitely one of the most practical, easy to wear vintage outfits I've ever put together.  Its fun and simple, perfect lazy day wear. Thank you Freddies!

Outfit Details
Poodle Brooch-Wacky Tuna
Audrey II Brooch-Luxulite
Poodle Purse-Etsy (I can't remember the seller)
Cat's Eye Sunglasses-A gift


  1. You look so cute, my grandma has a prom dress that looks just like those. stella rose

  2. Love those vintage casual looks! The shirt does look small (short) for a "large size" but I think high-waist jeans give a perfect balance. You look very cute!

  3. My modern designer jeans need to be constantly pulled up even though I wear a belt. Maybe I should go to Freddies of Pinewood for help.

  4. Love the vintage casual look. I think I had a similar shirt - but didn't realize it was vintage. The poodle purse is adorable, too

  5. Great outfit! You do look amazing!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx
    PeeS Mum is drooling over that red stripy dress in the first photo

  6. I would never have thought of jeans a vintage. LOL!

  7. Mom says she remembers wearing jeans like those!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  8. Hehehe, I have a Luxulite Audrey II too! They're fab. I'm still kicking myself for not getting the flying saucer earrings when she had them in stock.

    I don't wear jeans, though I do occasionally eye the ones on the Freddies site up and wonder if they'd work for me.

  9. Adorable! I own a pair too. So comfy and well made! xox

  10. What a great post! Lovely outfit, too!

  11. Super charming outfit! Freddies have been my go-to jeans for about half a decade now. In fact, they make some of the only styles - be they repro or more looking - that have ever worked (in the slightest) for my short, hourglass figure. I'd be as good as denim-less without them and will very likely be a loyal fan for life.

    Big hugs & happy wishes for the new week,
    ♥ Jessica

  12. Adorable outfit! I really love this on you! Also, did you do something new with your hair? I love the way it's styled here!


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