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Are dresses coming back in style?

Discussion in 'The Front Parlor' started by Retro Spectator, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Yep. I'm long-legged and thick-waisted. There isn't a pair of pants out there that fits me right, or doesn't chafe me in places where I don't care to be chafed. Dresses aren't a style statement to me, they're a necessity.

    In lieu of pants for hard labor, I just pull on an old suit of oversized coveralls, roll up the sleeves and legs, and that suffices for going up ladders in public or crawling around in muck. Otherwise, there's nothing I could do in pants that I can't do just as well in a dress.
  2. sheeplady

    sheeplady I'll Lock Up Bartender

    Where does one get coveralls, particularly coveralls that fit ladies (roomy enough for the hips)? Given the kind of work I do, a pair or two could be a good investment.

    I'm about to start stripping paint at the new house again. When I'm finished I get to toss some of my hole-filled work clothes that are too disgusting to even work in- because if a neighbor dropped by I'd be embarrassed. (Not much embarrasses me, but I'll forever remember when the neighbors bought me a new straw "farm" hat because they felt sorry mine had holes. Being 14 at the time this gesture, while touching, totally mortified me. They just said, "your hat had a lot of holes and we saw this at the store the other day," but I knew darned well they didn't just run across a hat in any local store.) This means I get to demote my remaining clothes. (I have a t-shirt that I bought in 6th grade that is filled with holes, barely has a recognizable collar, and is paper thin. So excited to say, "You're filled with lead paint! bye bye nasty old shirt!"
  3. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    I just bought a pair of second-hand men's coveralls at a thrift store. I got a chest size about four inches larger than the size I'd expect to wear, which allows ample room for my gunwales while still being loose enough when worn over regular clothes. I get lost in the legs and arms, so I just roll those up. I suppose I could cut them off and hem them, but I haven't bothered.

    I've been wearing these for heavy work at home and the theatre for years -- they're covered in paint, transmission oil, dirt, grime, and even a little blood (long story), but they haven't ripped and they don't bind. What more can you ask of work clothes?

    Edward, sheeplady and Trenchfriend like this.
  4. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast

    New York City
    ⇧ and super kudos for wearing them with saddle shoes. Oh, and this picture just gave me a thought for a "This or That" (where I'll be going next).
  5. sheeplady

    sheeplady I'll Lock Up Bartender

    That's pretty good wear for dirty work! Something like that would be quite safe for cutting trees, etc.

    Your saddle shoes are in better shape than mine... mine are always scuffed. (I prefer to call them "Vassar Girl Authentic.") I take them to get re-heeled every year and the cobbler is like, "Well, I can't get these in-scuffed for you..." And I'm like, "they're my sneakers, don't bother." But the poor guy always tries.
  6. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    That's actually my new pair -- my old ones, which I just wore on our annual trip to the county fair, are a filthy grey-brown, and the upper of the left shoe has a big rip in the side. But the soles haven't worn thru yet, and they're still good for a stroll thru the cow, sheep, and pig barns.
  7. sheeplady

    sheeplady I'll Lock Up Bartender

    These are mine:
    In their defense, they are about 5 years old.
  8. Edward

    Edward Bartender

    London, UK
    I'd like to be able to buy saddle shoes I could have re-heeled; all the UK suppliers seem to do only the redbrick soles, which I find wear out much faster than leather. (I've got no issue with wearing a nominally ladies' pair, either, if they do 'em big enough - here in the UK agian it's practically the only way to find a decent range of colours!).

    99.9% of anyone in my own experience who wears a kilt with any regularity isn't Scottish either, weirdly enough.

    I think for a lot of guys, especially those who aren't really into clothes the way many of us are, it's an availability thing as much as anything. Might be diferent in the US, but over here original vintage is starting to become scarce, and outside formal evening wear is hard enuogh to find for the modern sized man. Most repro from the UK means either gonig to the expense of a tailor, or buying cheap but expensive repro trousers that are often little better than fancy dress for lindy hoppers who aren't interested in dressing vintage otherwise (that being the primary market for a lot of it). There are loads of places here that do pretty good repro for women, but much less so for men - in large part, of course, due to the much greater complication of men's tailoring as a rule. It's definitely getting better for 50s stuff (as long as you stick to Americana / Rockabilly), but it's gonig to take a while yet. You still tend to find a lot of guys reach for the denim because it's a much easier / more affordable way of doing a period look - that and, at events, military repro is very popular again because of ease of avaiability, and being able to just buy a complete, 'correct' outfit.
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  9. ClassyMica

    ClassyMica New in Town

    Houston, TX
    I enjoy this as well! I love dresses I never felt that they went out of style...for me anyway. They feel sooooo good to wear.

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