What’s Old is New: A Day at the Races

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

I love magazines that do the “real” v. “steal” spreads – taking designer and runway ensembles and translating them into more affordable pieces to create the same or a similar looking ensemble. I’ve been wanting to do this on Lindy Shopper, but instead of designer, take looks from iconic Lindy Hop photographs or videos and create an ensemble using modern pieces of clothing. I love doing this for Halloween costumes, but it does take patience to find each piece.

So here we go! For the first ensemble in this series, I’m looking to A Day at the Races, the classic Marx Brothers film from 1937 featuring Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. For the most part, the dancers appear in street clothing, but there are two follows wearing bias cut plaid skirts that really pop on the silver screen, the bold pattern contrasting with the more solid colors on the extras in the background. It’s no secret that I love plaid and this is a great use of plaid to draw attention to these two follows.

For the most part, the two outfits are the same: bias cut plaid skirt, white socks, dark shoes, and a collared blouse/sweater. The first plaid skirted follow has a low heeled t-strap shoe and a wing collared short sleeve sweater, while the second has a low heeled oxford and a collared blouse, which may or may not be under some sort of short sleeved sweater. The white socks also help draw attention to the follower’s footwork, especially with the t-straps.

It’s always interesting to see exactly what pieces come together to make up an ensemble. Sometimes it’s more simple (or more complicated) than you think. I had no trouble finding the skirt or the shoes, but the tops were quite difficult and I’m still empty handed on the lace trim collared shirt. Here’s what I was able to dig up to help achieve this look:

This plaid skirt from JC Penney is a bit long, but then so are the skirts in the movie...comes in 3 different plaids

This belted plaid skirt, also from JC Penney, hits at knee length for a more modern translation

I couldn't locate a lace collared shirt, so a plain button-up by American Apparel will have to do.

While not lace, this Peter Pan collared shirt would be a more feminine option

Layer the shirts with this short sleeve crew neck fine gauge cotton sweater by Port Authority

Wing collared sweater from JC Penney - because no one else seems to have any

White bobby socks for both looks

Remix's Bauhaus for the low-heeled t-strap

Aris Allen's black heeled oxford completes the second look

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2 responses to “What’s Old is New: A Day at the Races

  1. This is a fantastic idea, especially for those who want the look but don’t have enough sense to find it in modern clothing opposed to spending hours in the vintage stores (which I do anyway but that’s a whole other problem). Looking forward to more posts like this.

  2. Pingback: What’s Old is New: Groovie Movie | Lindy Shopper

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