I also love the style in the film as exemplified by the sporty elegance of the great Katherine Hepburn.
Now obviously if you read this blog you know that I have a LOT of clothes, but I'm primarily a dress wearer and I really don't have many pants, and I don't have any suits. So I decided a few months ago that a pant suit would be a good addition to my vintage wardrobe.
I knew I wanted a 1940s pant suit, since I think that is the ultimate era for suits and pants in general,
and I knew I wanted to take inspiration from Katherine Hepburn, the decades consumate pants wearer. She made the her signature look decades before most women wore them regularly.
I was particularly inspired by this gorgeous pant suit from 1940's The Philadelphia Story (another Hepburn/Grant film with flawless fashion).
I love the wide collar and belt on this suit.
I started to talk to my friend Kim, a vintage repro clothing maker formerly of Time Machine Vintage on Etsy, and now selling her wares through the 1930s and 40s marketplace on facebook, about a suit based on this look. I wanted it to reference my favorite Hepburn film, Brining Up Baby, so I asked her to make the wide collar in a leopard print, instead of stark white in Hepburn's version. I think Hepburn's suit might have been a pale grey but I asked for mine to be powder blue, since I thought that would be springy and compliment the leopard.
Now I have a completely different body type then Hepburn, to say the least. She was long and lean, and I'm short and not lean, but Kim got the fit on the suit just right and the finished look is perfect.
I decided to mix eras in my look and I paired the 1940s style suit with a 1960s leopard tam hat, 1960s style gold tone hoop earrings, a 1950s or 60s novelty purse,remix 1940s style sandals, and some bakelite bangles.
I don't have the sort of job that requires suits for work, thank goodness!, but I do think this would be a perfect work suit. It's vintage without being too "out there." It's a great outfit for any time you want to be a bit dressy but still wear pants.
I'm very glad I added this piece to my wardrobe and decided to branch out from my usual dresses into the wide world of pants.
Hepburn had it right!
1940s Style Suit-Kim Clark the 1930s and 40s Market Place (you have to ask to join)
1960s Leopard Tam-The Little Grass Hut
Bakelite Bangles-Brighter Bakelite
1940s Style Sandals-Remix Vintage Shoes
1960s Style Gold Tone Hoops-Mrs. Polly's Lucite
1950s or 60s Novelty Purse-Vintessential Goods