Monday, December 12, 2016

Holidays in Houndstooth

Christmas is upon us and I can't think of a textile more timeless to go home in than houndstooth.  It's during these winter months when I get to layer up with wool coats, scarves, gloves, and more, that I feel most myself.  On this day I was stopped by an elderly woman who said, "'re doing it right."  I could only think that the touch of my Nana's leather driving gloves from the 1940s gave me that extra boost of vintage authenticity.    

Also referred to as dogstooth, the houndstooth pattern is dated back to the 1800s, but was not until the 1930s that this design became a frequent look with wool coats and suits.

Priscilla Lane 
This 1950s, knee length, wool coat  is a warm chocolate brown and black, with an A-line silhouette.  Preferred by me with just about any garment of clothing, this coat has cropped sleeves, as I feel it is much more feminine to expose just a bit of the arm and the wrists.  This sleeve length also gave me the opportunity to showcase my Nana's gloves, which was a special gift my mother gave me when I started dressing how I do many years ago.   I also accessorized with a simple 1950s black patent purse, faux fur collar from The Pink Collar Life, Lena Hoschek glasses, and a sultry surprise underneath by Playful Promises (scroll down).

1962 Dior
Lauren Bacall, stunning in houndstooth 1947
Now start the bump and grind tunes, as the buttons come undone and the gloves come off!  Underneath is a little something for when I go home to hubby.  Playful Promises by Bettie Page have a new line with too much to choose from, but the black satin bullet bra and matching French Knicker were my top pick. The bra has adjustable straps, and the shorts feature authentic feeling satin covered buttons up the side.  Perfect for those like me who like a little coverage, even in their lingerie.

And a happy birthday to Ol' Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, born on this day 1915.  My favorite Christmas album comes from this handsome devil.  Brighten your day with his, "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

Happy Holidays! -Tara

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