Vintage Matchy-Matchy Fashion was sometimes Chic, mostly Awkward


24th May, 2012

I came across some photos in the LIFE Archives by fashion photographer Nina Leen, and it seems that back in the day, people liked matching a whole bunch of stuff; shoes, hats, gloves, jackets, umbrellas, you name it. The idea of walking into a shop and seeing a skirt or jacket being sold with a matching pair of shoes is kind of bizarre to think about today, but sort of special too.

 MessyNessy Verdict: They look like clones of Audrey Hepburn.20120524-130547.jpg

MessyNessy Verdict: Fine for walking the dog, as long as you choose a route where you won’t bump into another living soul. 20120524-130541.jpg

MessyNessy Verdict: This print is cute enough to repeat.20120524-130547.jpg



MessyNessy Verdict: Maybe if she wasn’t standing like that, this would have been less awkward…20120524-130541.jpg



MessyNessy Verdict: Not sure whether it’s the pigeons or the prints making me nauseous.20120524-130541.jpg

MessyNessyVerdict: Ruched plaid should probably be illegal. 20120524-130541.jpg



MessyNessyChic: Even though it’s kind of annoyingly matchy, it’s not really breaking any rules.  20120524-130547.jpg




MessyNessy Verdict: Hat, coat, skirt and booties. At some point, you should know when to say stop. 20120524-130541.jpg


MessyNessy Verdict: Yeah, I guess. 20120524-130547.jpg




MessyNessy: This reminds me of a 5th grade art project I did. 20120524-130541.jpg


MessyNessy Verdict: Sorry, I just can’t get passed the head to fully consider this outfit. The hair plus the giant polka dot bow tie had me at hello. 20120524-130541.jpg

MessyNessy Verdict: I guess Kate Middleton could do this and probably get lots of praise for it in the DailyMail.20120524-130547.jpg





MessyNessy Verdict: Somewhere out there right now, a hipster fashionista is making this exact same outfit look cool somehow. 20120524-130547.jpg





MessyNessy Verdict: Just because those leopard print booties are kinda rad. 20120524-130547.jpg




MessyNessy Verdict: Whereas these leopard print booties are really, really bad. 20120524-130541.jpg


MessyNessy Verdict: Trips to the beach should always be celebrated by co-ordinating nauticals!20120524-130547.jpg





MessyNessy Verdict: If I was her, I would totally make this my Facebook profile picture.20120524-130547.jpg




MessyNessy Verdict: When you start matching your umbrella to your clothes, it’s all down hill from there. 20120524-130541.jpg



MessyNessy Verdict: No.20120524-130541.jpg

Via Tuppens Happeny Vintage, photographs thanks to LIFE Archives.









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