Thursday, March 11, 2010

The difference between a Winkle Picker and a Brothel Creeper

I really like reading about the history of the things I wear.
Dress: American Apparel outlet (40.00)
Cardigan: H&M (16.00)
Belt: Vintage (1.00)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (40.00 sale)
Pin: Tin Can Sally ($?)
Today I am wearing Jeffrey Campbell's version of the classic Winkle Picker shoe, popular in the 50's and 60's (and then 80's and then every five years or so after that) in the Mod and Rockabilly scene. I was so excited to find these on sale at LF in Boston this past weekend. I have been looking for an alternative to the black flats I am constantly wearing, and these fit the bill. As I've mentioned before, I used to be really into the whole rockabilly scene a few years back, and I still find myself drawn to those mid-century styles, though the inspiration is considerably more subtle now.
Similar to what I wore on Tuesday, this is another outfit that is a little more subdued, where I focused more on what was on my feet. I never used to be a shoe person, somehow I've turned into one.
I really wish American Apparel made this dress in more colors, it's seriously one of the most versatile pieces in my closet. If I wake up late this is the dress that I automatically grab, I know it will always be comfortable and always look good.
My "Fruit Cake" pin was made by Sally, the slide librarian at the College I work at. She does amazing things with tin and is one of the nicest people ever. I think I bought it during a holiday sale.
I'm trying to keep things short tonight, I feel like I'm coming down with something...
Oh, and I never even mentioned Brothel Creepers! They were what Tuesday's Jeffrey Campbell's were inspired by and have a really cool history beginning with WWII. You can see my real pair here. I love Wikipedia.

Have a good night!

Edit: I just realized that I typed Brother twice instead of Brothel...

44 comments:

Kallie said...

those glasses are amazing and the shoes! I think the AA dress does come in other colors...I would just get a white one and dye it.

Sabrina said...

I hope you feel better soon. Its seems that the cold is going around everywhere.

Love the subtleness of the dress with the pop of the shoes.

Your teal glasses are awesome!

Dip-tea said...

Your readers and those winkle pickers are in one hyphenated word 'mind-blowing' !

Orchid Grey said...

Kallie=good idea!

Rosie said...

Tehehe that pin makes me chuckle! Those shoes and glasses are awesome! I love the teal!

!Tb0n3! said...

I love those shoes! Feel better, too bad the nice weather has left us!

xothxo

Juliette said...

Great outfit! And those glasses and shoes are simply amazing!

WhereForArtThouRomeo

Jessica said...

Really love that dress! I also love those glasses. Fun look!

calivintage said...

perfection. i gasped when i saw these pictures. i love this. a lot.

Kimberellie said...

Love this look. LOVE LOVE LOVE your glasses. They make me wonder if maybe I should get a pair and wear them. Which I need. But I don't wear. Because I can never find a pair I like. So yes I'm somewhat blind.

and feel better!!!

heart:

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M. said...

so gorgeous, I love the way that AA dress fits you, it's the perfect length.

lovelove, M.
http://marissaexplains.blogspot.com

Coatlicue Fatale said...

its funny you mentioned coming down with something because as I read your post I sneezed a few times and I completely understand the feeling you are going through.

I also must say that I share your admiration to the "rockabilly scene" in high school I was very much into the scene and wanted to be a part of it I think that Patricia from the The Horrorpops was a big inspiration to me!

lastly, i love the jeffrey campbell shoes that you got!

Natalya's Closet said...

feel better!! I love the same of those shoes, so funny! They are really cute, and I love the dress. XOXO

grace said...

damn, let that rockabilly shoe collection grow. if i remember correctly, you posted some real creepers a whiles back...and then the leopard jc's...and now these. wowzas.

BARGAIN BEX said...

oh me oh my how very jealous am i of that 'fruit cake' pin and wish that i was wearing it right now as i type this!?

piglet said...

Those shoes are so cute, and loving the fruit cake pin!

khdz said...

great shoes, cute pin. you are so great at accessorizing with random things.

Miss Soggy Smog said...

Amazing glasses!

Camilla said...

This is so cute, love the glasses
Camilla

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FashionFreak said...

I love your shoes!! I wish i could find a pair like those here, i've always wanted to have my winkle pickers... well, at least i have my brothel creepers to give my outfits a rockabilly twist!
Oh, and your glasses are great, i love the colour!

xoxo from Spain!

The Daily Fashionista said...

I love that dress on you! You wear it really well. And those shoe! Awesome.

Intelligent Tool said...

ok. i want your hair. :)

Kristin said...

fantastic pin! I love little details that draw people in, and I can just imagine someone looking over to see what your name is, and then doing a double take and laughing :o)

chicfaced said...

I really like how you styled those shoes with this outfit..subtle nod to rockabilly while still keeping it modern. very cute and very you!
-Megan

The Village Idiot said...

love this look!!
love the shoes- always wanted a pair of creepers- but with a size 11 shoe- they would look like shovels :)

Charlotte. said...

i love your fruit cake badge!

Rebekah said...

I love those glasses and your gorgeous locks.

Lucy Marmalade said...

You look like a (really pretty, fashionable) 50s diner waitress! "Try our special of the day: Fruit Cake!" Also, I too am not a shoe person, but feel that changing by the day....straaaange.

Daisies of the Galaxy said...

I LOVE that pin, and those shoes are awesome. Jeffrey Campbell is one of my favorite shoe designers.

-Brittany

Allison said...

Love this dress, too! You're so right, it really could go with just about anything. Really love the outfit today, and feel better!

NiftyThriftyBeth said...

I love those glasses, such a cool colour. They finish off the outfit well I think.

sheppicakes said...

Cuuute! I love following your blog! It's so funny we have the same eyeglasses and I have a septum piercing! Haha, maybe a bit creepy :/ but I thought it'd be hilarious to share.

Zoe said...

those shoes are to-die-for! LOVE LOVE LOVE <3

April said...

jfkdlajfkds YOUR SHOES! <3

eunice said...

awesome shoes, love them to bits!

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Bucca said...

the shoes are awesome and the outfit is even better I totally love your style.
If you are interested in fashion history a good portion of my posts are just that. there is a little section on the top right were you can just click on 'historical fashion' to go to the rel posts xox

Clare said...

Yeah, that dress is pretty much amazing. I love those glasses, too!!

Cassie said...

LOVE this outfit. mad combo. love your blog.

http://lilmissvintage.blogspot.com

_nina_malvada_ said...

love the dress and the glasses...

ellemvee said...

two questions....
1. are the shoes comfy?
2. I love those glasses. Are they fashion glasses or real? I'm in need of a new pair, and was wondering what brand they are.

CAR0LiNE said...

Love your blog and love your style.
I just might have to steal those glasses from you...only kidding but I really do LOVE them!!!
Check out my blog?
www.ohlalababy.tumblr.com

Zoë said...

Brilliant and simple.

I always look forward to your posts.

And thank you for the footwear lesson!


Zoë
zoecullie.com

Danielle said...

I like your shoes!

prettyinpdxstyle said...

Confession: I bought my first pair of creepers because of this post (And another one, I think you were wearing a white pair?). I love this outfit so much! It's perfection. I also love that you love rockabilly/psychobilly music, because I do too! Tiger Army is the best. :)

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