I think we all have learned to recognize those iconic silhouettes. Whether you are a student of fashion or simply a student of pop culture, I think you all have an image you can conjure when you hear a certain era. Most people hear the 1920’s and picture a perfect flapper dress, all twinkly fringe in a Great Gatsby Wonderland. You hear the 70’s and picture bright colors atop a perfect pair of flares, with flavors of disco and freedom. And you hear the 50’s and, from wiggle dresses to Dior New Look, there’s an unmistakeable silhouette that comes to mind.
Whether or not you can imagine more obscure images of those decades – there is no denying that everyone knows the poodle skirt. It is so unmistakably 50’s. Although the first poodle skirt was introduced in the late 40’s by the incomparable Juli Lynn Charlot, it became popular amongst teenagers in the 1950’s. You just can’t help but picture sock hops and pony tails. Wingtips and saddle shoes. And despite my love of all things 1950’s, it might surprise you to know that I didn’t have a poodle skirt in my wardrobe. Turns out, I just hadn’t met the perfect one….
Truth be told, I can sometimes veer left from what often makes the other ladies gaga. I feel no pull towards owning a 1920’s beaded flapper dress myself, though I admire them from afar on others. I am oddly not drooling over the perfect Lilli Ann coat the way so many of my fellow vintage huntresses are (but am honestly just waiting for the day for that switch to flip). And it was the same with the poodle skirt – I’d seen so many over the years, but never felt that pull in my stomach that tells me that I have to have it. Until this poodle skirt from Trove Vintage Shop charmed me with her pom-pom fur and cheeky bedroom eyes. I swear I can see her smirking at me now as if to say, “I knew all along you would cave.”
And it turns out, sometimes we resist things simply because we’re waiting for perfection. For the stars to align and all of the ingredients to mix just so. Much like relationships, when you meet the one, you just know. And though I don’t believe “perfect” necessarily exists when discussing relationships or real estate, I do believe moments can be perfect. I do believe in the right place at the right time. And after today, I sure do believe in the magic of the perfect poodle skirt.
Had your dose of perfect today?
Skirt: Trove Vintage (similar modern and vintage here, here, & here)
Top: Review (similar)
Bracelet: c/o One Sweet Thread (similar)
Handbag: Betsey Johnson
Socks: DSW (similar)
Heels: Rachel Antonoff for Bass (similar here & here)