Refined Nostalgia

While I love blogs, mags, and watching the runways, I am truly inspired by the women of the past who wore cinched waist, full skirts, and longer hem lines.  The women who loved the pomp and circumstance of a big hat on a Sunday (or any day) morning).  Women who loved to show some arm and a little ankle, nothing more.

To me, there is nothing more refined than the clothing of the 50’s and 60’s or clothes inspired by those decades.  As I got dressed Sunday morning, I felt more refined with each piece I added.

Dress: Talbots- vintage from Savers Thrift Store (more vintage Talbot’s dresses); Belt and Clutch: Forever 21; Shoes: Valentino- thrifted from Buffalo Exchange (similar); Hat: unknown- Bought from vendor at church function

This outfit reminds me of my childhood watching my granny get dressed for church or for getting together with her friends.  I think I’ll wear it the next time I go see her; it’ll put a smile on her face like the last time I wore a hat to church :-).

What decade inspires you and why? I’d love to know!

P.S. Thanks for all of your well wishes on my final projects and your patience while I took a little break :-)

  • http://thefrugalistadiaries.blogspot.com megan, the frugalista diaries

    love cinched waists, so elegant and feminine…
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  • http://lalynnsshoppe.blogspot.com/ Lynn

    Such a gorgeous OUTFIT! But I’m in AWE with that HAT!!!!!!

  • http://www.ladyofashion.blogspot.com FASHION TALES

    I love the amazing hat. Definitely reminds me of my grand’s Southern friends always dressed so nice. Have a great weekend.
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  • http://www.myvicariouslyfe.com Katrice

    Very nice, Rocquelle.
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  • http://hilaryinspired.com Hilary

    Rocquelle, you’re a girl after my own heart… I am in love with that hat and the way the material casts shadows on your face!
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  • http://www.morningcupofstyle.com Dee

    LOVE the dress :-)
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    I really love your dress. Your fashion is nice and I like your high heels. I always wear high heels every time I go to my office. The photos are big and bright nice to see.
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  • Dhyann

    I always love your fashion here.. The hat is definitely perfect for the outfit..
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  • http://www.nics-picks.com Nic

    vintage at its best! you are rocking this look :-) i love the 70’s. fashion was so care-free and it made a statement.

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  • http://www.embracingtherealme.com/ Carsedra

    The 60’s era is a great style era. I love the style like on Mad Men, that era you saw the classy, refined but still sexy ladies and dapper, well dressed men.

    You look great, you are wearing that hat!!!

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  • http://www.highheelsgoodmeals.blogspot.com Trice

    You look amazing! Very vintage like!
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  • http://quoteva.com sky554

    Hi, love the outfit! Your shoes are so nice!

  • http://franniepantz.blogspot.com Frannie Pantz

    I can totally agree with you! There is no comparison to the women of old that knew how to make modesty beautiful. You are certainly making that statement with this pretty dress and I LOVE the hat. I think you totally should wear it the next time you see your Granny. My Grandma used to get all dolled up to go to church (or anywhere!) too. I miss her.
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  • http://www.tanvii.com Tanvi

    I envy your thrifting skills!!!

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  • http://www.mispapelicos.com SACRAMENTO

    I am absolutely inspired by your look, so wonderful, my dear Rocquelle.
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  • http://motbherofthebridedressesplussize.net/ mika

    Your hat is a-mazing! Where did you get that?
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  • http://fashionpho.blogspot.com Jacqueline

    wow, you look adorable. I love this style. :D
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  • http://www.imperfectconcepts.com Tasha

    You look fab! The last picture is truly my FAVE
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  • http://www.trashfashion.nl Sabine

    What a lovely outfit! I really like this kind of vintage. And I really like the hat! You look gorgeous and I’m sure it will make your grandma smile :)

  • http://lifeisashoe.blogspot.com life is a shoe

    LOVE your ouftit! your dress and shoes are so gorgeous!