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Monday, July 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Ginger-Vintage Style Icon Ginger Rogers

Tuesday, marks the 102nd anniversary of the birth of one of most stylish ladies of the 1930s.   Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath on July 16, 1911.  Ginger's entertainment career started when she won a Charleston dance contest as age 14 and formed the Vaudeville troupe  Ginger and the Redheads with the two runners up, Ginger Rogers was a red head early in her career before adopting her famous platinum mane.

 Ginger's first big movie was Gold Diggers of 1933  in which she sang We're In The Money in a gold coin bikini.
 Rogers is of course best known for the Astaire and Rogers films and while I think Astaire is actually my favorite of the pair in both style and performance, Rogers's costumes are 1930s perfection, a great mix of elegance and whimsy and she is always very funny.   Like Astaire and his famous top hat, white tie, and tails Ginger is forever connected with her over the top evening dresses like this famous feathered number from Top Hat.

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 I personally prefer her day wear, perfect examples of 1930s wit and whimsy, she always looked very comfortable and happy in her clothes.  Here are some of my favorite Ginger Looks from around the web:

Ginger style can still be found in stores today.  I think this yellow and navy polka dotted dress I got on sale from Anthropologie last year has a bit of a Ginger feel to it.   


  1. We're in the money! What an icon for sure. Such great clothes!

  2. Ginger looked spectacular in everything she wore, but I'm with you in usually preferring her everyday kinds of looks the very most. It's these that I could envision myself in much more than the swanky evening/dance attire, because they're outfits that are more in line with my lifestyle.

    She was such a lovely, charming woman - I bet she would have been great to have had a friend.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* That is super cool about how you and your DH first became friends by watching X-Files together and that the show has been so near and dear to your heart for all these years. I truly loved it (especially the earlier seasons) too.

  3. We loved Ginger too. Style and class. Have a wonderful Wednesday and stay cool.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. I love your little yellow polka dotted dress very ginger rogers! Don't you just love the whole era of style back then :)


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