Spring Fashion Muse: Sandy from "Grease"
Grease is one of my all-time favorite movies. From the music to the hilarious one-liners that completely went over my head when I watched it as a kid, it is an absolute classic that never fails to make me smile, sing along, and do the hand jive.
But perhaps above all, I love the fashion. When the spring/summer weather rolls in each year, I am ready to go with a parade of flouncy, girly dresses that seem to be from another era. Sometimes they are vintage finds from my favorite store in Royal Oak (Lost and Found Vintage), but lately I've been lucky to find that the classic 50s silhouette is coming back into vogue.
Maybe it's the influence of Betty Draper on Mad Men, or a ladylike revolt against body-con mini dresses that have taken over. But maybe it's just the fact that the 50s silhouette of a nipped-in waist and full skirt is so flattering, so comfortable, and so wonderfully girly that designers are paying homage to it in the 2010s.
It's the day before the first official day of spring today, and yet we've already had over a week's worth of mild, beautiful weather - and plenty of opportunities to dust off the old summer dresses.
I'm wearing a new dress from J.Crew (the one pictured above), and from its black grosgrain ribbon to its navy polka dots to its high neckline and full skirt, I feel like I've stepped out of Grease for the pre-springtime occasion.
I have to admit that I prefer Sandy in her virginal, pastel sweetness instead of her cig-smoking, pleather pants-wearing makeover self by the end of the movie.
I'm happy to see spring fashions are starting to agree.
Here's to a lot of 50s dresses summer lovin'.