Pencil Skirts and Bishop Sleeves

Blouse: 1930s/40s, Ebay

Skirt: Thrifted

Belt: 1940s, Ebay

Shoes: 1940s, Ebay

Hat: Late 1930s/40s Paper Moon Vintage, Los Angeles.


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In this outfit, I have combined a couple of different time periods to put together one snazzy outfit. The outfit contains one of my favorite elements which is the bishop sleeve which is a voluminous, full sleeve like the one you can see on my blouse. These sleeves were very popular in the 1930s and 1940s and then again in the late 1960s and 1970s when the glamorous styles of the 1930s were revived by such designers as Ossie Clark. Today the bishop sleeves appear occasionally on the catwalks. The style was a was a favorite of designer Alexander Mcqueen and is still used in his collections.

These sleeves are also called blouson sleeves, balloon sleeves, poet sleeves, lantern sleeves, puff sleeves and so on and so forth. Whatever name they go by, I personally love them and they are going to appear on several special pieces in my upcoming collection.

This blouse is from the 1930s/40s. It is a yummy shade of salmon pink which is one of my favorite colors which seemed quite popular then ( I have a bedspread in this shade) but does not seem to be as popular these days…unfortunately. This is a color that reminds me of 1930s lingerie, nightgowns, and boudoirs. The blouse is a satin, probably an early synthetic.

The skirt is modern, culled from the racks at my local goodwill, the crepe belt is from a 1940s dress. My shoes are also from the 1940s and so is my hat.


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