A New Look
One of my favourite iconic vintage garments, is the Bar Suit by Christian Dior, from the 1947 collection. After the austerity of WWII, Dior’s designs must have been a breath of fresh air to women- although it is interesting, if you read about the time period, that not everyone thought that the new styles were a good change!
I’ve always loved this silhouette; maybe because it’s one that really works for me. I love so many of Dior’s designs from the late 1940’s through the 1950’s- the so called “New Look” of the era. Interestingly, the image below, often cited as from the 1947 collection, is actually an image taken in 1957 of a newer version of the suit. It has a few changes and, while the look is very similar, it is a bit looser than the 1947 version, which was more tailored, featured a padded hip to accentuate the waist, and a smoother line on the jacket without the peplum flare. Personally, I like the 1957 version more, and I love this image, so I decided to try and recreate it myself.
I’m not very good at replicating the pose, as it turns out. . . I guess this one won’t be going into the #myvintagecover annals!
As to the title of this post – yes I was alluding to that New Look, as my outfit was definitely inspired by the Bar Suit, but I was also referring to the fact that I got a new haircut, so it’s a bit of a “New Look” for me too! You probably can’t tell in these photos, because of the hat, but I got the sides trimmed (actually shaved) quite short and then left the top long and layered. I had a cut similar to this a few years ago, and it was the best cut I have ever gotten. This one was with a new hairdresser, and although I do really like it, there are a few tweaks that I will get her to do next time to make it perfect. It’s so hard to get a perfect haircut, isn’t it? I personally find it so hard to communicate what my vision is- when their vision might be quite different from my own!
Back to this outfit, though, I wore the same ensemble back in the spring, but never got photos. As soon as the weather started cooling off enough to wear wool, though, I decided to wear it again- and this time get photographs! The photographs were taken the day after I wore this outfit, and I didn’t actually wear the hat when I went out, because it was raining and windy- and I have no hair to pin the hat too! So, the hat is purely for styling purposes 😉
We got snow quite early this year (September 15!), and even though it melted away again, it’s been quite cold. I was a wimp and didn’t go and get very many photos of the fall leaves. . . these are actually the only ones! But, there are still some trees with leaves on them, so maybe I can get some more this weekend.
Well, I’m off to my family’s place for the weekend . . . to all of my fellow Canadians: I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!
Did you know that there were two Bar Suits made? (I learned that just recently!) Have you ever tried to recreate an iconic vintage outfit or design? And have you had a nice Fall where you live?
October 5, 2018 @ 6:18 pm
What a lovely outfit. You look so beautiful. Thank You for sharing.
October 8, 2018 @ 5:32 pm
October 5, 2018 @ 6:21 pm
You look so lovely in that gorgeous outfit. You did such a great job. It is to perfection. Thank You for sharing.
October 8, 2018 @ 5:32 pm
October 6, 2018 @ 11:25 am
I love this look and that gorgeous lace peplum blouse.
When I look back on those old photos their waists seemed impossibly thin.
They always posed so beautifully too, with their feet at certain angles. I’ve tried to recreate similar poses and it isn’t easy so I commend your efforts.
I heard about your snowstorm out there. Bummer. Hopefully that isn’t a sign of a terrible winter to follow.
October 8, 2018 @ 5:34 pm
Thanks Suzanne! It is harder than it first seems to pose, but also look not too unnatural!
The snow from that first storm all melted, but we woke up to more snow today! I hope that it isn’t the sign of a long Winter too 🙁
October 9, 2018 @ 3:06 am
You look fabulous in this outfit – the shape is perfect for you. I adore the top, and the way you have combined the boldness of a black belt with the delicacy of the lace. K x
October 21, 2018 @ 3:42 pm
Thanks so much for your lovely comment Karen 💕
October 9, 2018 @ 8:59 am
You look so pretty, Nicole! The silhouette of your ensemble matches the bar suit so closely, and the belt is such a nice touch. Your hair looks great too.
I suppose that I’ve replicated an iconic look recently by sewing my own prairie dress from a 1970s pattern. I hope to post some pictures of it soon.
The leaves on your trees look more spectacular than they do here. We’ve had a lot of rainstorms and the leaves end up on the ground as soon as they change color. But everything looks fresh and colorful and clean after being smoky from wildfires all summer, so I’m still glad of the change, and finding even the storms to be refreshing after so much heat and smog.
October 21, 2018 @ 3:44 pm
Oh I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had to deal with lots of smoke! We had smoke during the summer, but fortunately it’s all gone. I hope you will get to enjoy some nice Fall weather.
Thanks for your lovely comment and I can’t wait to see your prairie dress!
October 11, 2018 @ 2:53 pm
Just beautiful! The New Look is so iconic. I hope you had a good thanksgiving x
October 21, 2018 @ 3:44 pm
Thanks so much Porcelina- and we did have a good thanksgiving! 💕
October 23, 2018 @ 11:39 am
I absolutely got the Bar Suit vibe the second I saw this picture! You evoked it perfectly!
Snow in September!? That is insane! But also, I love your fall color! We don’t get much of it in California, but honestly, we didn’t get too much in Portland either.
October 23, 2018 @ 10:01 pm
Thanks! I am so happy you got the reference!
October 25, 2018 @ 10:53 pm
That lace top for this look is totally inspired! I just adore Dior’s New Look, and I think you’ve embodied the spirit of it perfectly.
bonita of Lavender & Twill
October 30, 2018 @ 9:50 pm
Thanks so much Bonita! The New Look is just so iconic, isn’t it?
December 30, 2018 @ 10:59 am
That Outfit is just stunning!
January 5, 2019 @ 11:58 am