Currently, I am taking a preservation technology course at school. This class is, essentially, free manual labor on the house we are working on the restoration for. Not that I am complaining, believe me, it is totally awesome. However, because I dress kind of fancy I draw a lot of unwanted attention, especially in this class. For instance the first day of actual work I wore a skirt and heels (ok yes I wore a blouse too, but that is nothing special)... and let me just say that was awkward. It's not even that I feel physically uncomfortable in that sort of attire (I have gotten so used to it that it really makes no difference from trousers and flats,) but everyone kept looking at me like "Did she not get the memo that this is a messy class?" So, the next class I played down my fancy and wore some cream linen slacks I made a couple of springs ago, a button up from goodwill, my (too) well worn oxfords and my hair UNCURLED (not that it made much of a difference to anyone else since I have naturally curly/wavy hair.) I still was questioned about my apparel, but the interactions were a bit more amicable.
The reason I feel the need to share all of this is because in my quest to put together good labor-wise outfits I remembered I had taken tons of screen shots of "Millions Like Us" for the lovely attire these factory girls wore. Upon reexamination I realized most of the shots were of Patricia Roc's or Anne Crawford's glorious hair styles, which I sadly will never be able to accomplish since my hair is not naturally silky-smooth and will never be such. There are also several shots of out-of-factory outfits. Clearly the reason I am doing this post is not at all about the quality of the film (sorry if you came here for a review) and all about the quality of the styling. I adore all of these looks. I just cannot help it. These women look so incredibly pretty whilst slaving away in a factory (ok on a movie set made to look like a factory, but same thing, right?) and in their down time, despite the limited supply. I guess my point is this; if any of you lot have trouble thinking up outfit/style ideas for when you have to do dirty tasks or feel like being less posh just take a gander at these. Hopefully they will induce some sort of inspiration and you'll be able to put something together!
|Patricia Roc being gloomy with such a very pretty hair style.|
|Side note: Miss Roc is supposed to be the plain girl in this movie, but I cannot figure out how anyone thought she could pass for anything less than stunning. Also, I love her coat.|
|This is the first time I have ever seen a lady look sloppy in a film... undone hair and apparently no ... erm... figure support...|
|I love the quilted robe Anne Crawford wears in this scene.|
|I really like that she has pin-up men. It makes me feel less weird about (formerly) having an *Nsync poster in my room. Because those two things are comparable...|
|So, I like turbans.|
|Fine, I really like turbans.|
|Okay! I love turbans. Jeeze.|
|Damn her beautiful locks ('cept for her weird highlight thing.).|
|I realllllllllllly like this dress.|
|You never get to see any detail of this dress, but I love the silhouette.|
|Lovely snood and turban styles.|
|This is her looking sloppy. In my dreams would I look this good when not trying.|
|I have to admit, despite how bad they look on me, I love identical blouse-cardigan combinations.|
|Oh this hair style makes me cringe with jealousy. |
And the top of her dress is also entirely adorable.
Be safe and wear a face mask.