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Fashion in Film Picture Review – The Women (1939)

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The Women (1939)

Yep this was the precursor for the more recent 2008 version but that was just was like a paddling pool with rubber duckies in comparison to the predator infested deep waters that is this film. Everything is enhanced in the original from the incredibly knife sharp dialogue to the overblown characters and of course, for the purposes of this post, the costumes.

The film takes a peek and a poke at, perhaps a whole pothole out of the private lives in high society. Scandals ablaze but it’s not any different to any other class really other than everything they do makes the papers and they can afford much higher standard pity parties. Being that the film is called ‘The Women’ there are no men in this film, yep that’s right, no men or boys – at least not visually though maybe some of the animals/pets were male, most probably. (EDIT – I stand corrected, it turns out the animals and most of the artwork/photos used in the film were female too.) That said the entire plot is about husbands and lovers – getting, keeping and losing them and then repeating the cycle.

Starring a long list of well known actresses:
Norma Shearer as Mary Haines
Joan Crawford as Crystal Allen
Rosalind Russell as Sylvia Fowler
Mary Boland as The Countess De Lave
Paulette Goddard as Miriam Aarons
Phyllis Povah as Edith Potter
Joan Fontaine as Peggy Day
Virginia Weidler as Mary
Lucile Watson as Mrs. Morehead
Marjorie Main as Lucy

The first half of the film is as aforementioned – sharp and poignant, almost every angle is covered in how relationships are seen and why they are the way they are. The second half however denigrates into mass hysteria and hypocrisy – if I had been watching it in a cinema or theatre I would have walked out (unfortunately I was prevented from doing so in the latest 2008 rendition due my ‘friends’ sitting each side of me and me not wanting to be awkward). In my opinion overall the film is about cruelty; dealt to people, carried out on others can caused purposely and complacently. Seriously not my style.

The relationships are fickle e.g. the main marriage the film revolves around is ideal yet there’s still discontent! The couple are apparently as much in love as they were when they first met, they share mutual hobbies that they relish, enjoy each other’s company, have open communication (until infidelity), laugh and share lot’s happy memories, seem to understand each other well (as far as is possible to tell with one partner shown in the film) and aren’t wanting for anything materially, physically or emotionally. Yet he still gets duped by a seemingly sweet and coy almost look-a-like of his wife though his wife is known as consistently nice and tolerant (until), keeps it up because he wants to until caught and then stays with the mistress because he can’t go back to his wife. Then like a lot of people who don’t stand on their own two feet, refusing to choose a path preferring to hedge their bets until they know they’ve got somebody waiting for them. In the film the wife is the last to know regardless of all her friends, well with friends like those… She goes on about pride, does take her time to think about the situation but not address all of her feelings then forcibly takes dignity and throws it out the window.

The end of this film is just chaos. The farce could have lent itself to comedy but it was just too annoying, the script was satirical but no saving grace – there were moments of slapstick but were drowned in masses of sarcasm. The all star cast couldn’t make it worthwhile when the direction went downhill, their characters just ended up looking hypocritical and interested in shallow point scoring.

I only vaguely remembered watching this years ago on late night TCM and thinking that the opening sequence was interesting so when I watched it again I was sorely disappointed (ah what I go through to make up for slacking on the blog!) I guess the only compensation is that class doesn’t stop the women in this film talking to each other on equal terms, for better or worse. They’re really candid :-S

On a sidenote – the opening titles state ‘As presented for 666 performances in its triumphant run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York.’ and the film length is 133.13 (minute and seconds). Curious.

The opening sequence is very politically incorrect but sometimes the footwear fits (no offence to the animals shown and the stereotypes ascribed to them):

Anyway on to the best (well, sometimes) part – the clothes! Ha! As with many, I’m a fan of many vintage pieces and styles but seriously the design and construction can be a sad joke regardless of the times. As with any time or place though the film has some gorgeous pieces, some awful pieces and some what the hell were they thinking pieces. Decide for yourself which you think is which. That said, as a big millinery fan I found the amazing array of headgear quite interesting.

Note – I’ve included the most notable outfits but there were a lot to choose from with many being lovely skirt suits with gorgeous, individual blazers and some outfits that would have been ok to lovely had it not been for dire detailing!

P.S – in keeping with the tone of the film I’m going to be a little harsh (but only in a way that criticises things that are not beneficial to the wearers and in support of making fashion less stressful).

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

The film starts out with the usual well fitted/tailored suits and overkill of fur, do these people shed their skins like snakes and so take it upon themselves to wear other’s? It probably wasn’t faux at the time either. Ironically enough the spa these women are at has a crèche for their pooches to be pampered also, perhaps they’re just dressing like their furry friends. The ‘master’ matching the dog rather than the other way round as the expression is usually noted for. Perhaps I should go around in carnival plumage as a tribute to featheries everywhere reminding their collective memory of how their wings are cut and feathers ripped out.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Look at this gymwear, if everyone was comfortable like that who would be worried about their appearance? They’re all older women as well, good for them. As a person who has never worked out in a modern gym (I spent my club activity days in gymnasiums with the old fashioned giant apparatus that were attached to the walls, vaults, bars, beams, gym mats etc) I would not be comfortable in one unless I was feeling confident and ignoring the thoughts/gossip going on around me, plus I’d be wearing jogging bottoms/yoga pants and a long sleeved top, I exercise in layers baby :-p Ha I refused leotards without proper shorts for gymnastics, yeah I upset some judges – well two fingers to them and not the peace sign!

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Checkout the third eye action going on there, a unique embellishment on her top. In her case though it probably stands for intel gleaned from spying, snooping and gossiping rather than the other type of enlightenment.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Love hats worn slightly to one side.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

I couldn’t be dealing with all the stiff netting coming off the hat and wrapped like a noose.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

I’m a sucker for vintage nightgowns, peignoirs and housecoats; Olga bodysilk l’amour. I’m not sure if this is a housecoat or jumpsuit but it’s certainly unique. A tad harlequin but with the details it certainly works well.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

So many of Rosalind Russell’s (on the right) outfits were hit or miss but it’s a testament to her acting that she was able to look gawky and awkward/protruded in them, both the hits and misses, yet statuesque and elegant in other films.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

The gorgeous dress on the right is jacquard but it wasn’t clear.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

If the proverbial dragon had already entered with Rosalind Russell then the viper’s nest is ruled by Joan Crawford. Both her and her ‘friend’ looking well turned out in well fitted Black highlighted with accessories.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Whilst the women indulge in grotesque private shopping sprees in establishments that have buffets, orchestra, theatrical staging and assistants to attend to your every whim the film does something amazing. It seems the fashion is too divine to be shown in Black and White so the picture does a Wizard of Oz (also released in 1939 literally days before this film) and transforms into colour. Divine darling? Well, the fayre is eye opening if not eyebrow raising and like a lot of individual fashion items, the colour is shortlived.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Yeah I hate tennis wear, then and now – seriously why do they design them to show everything whilst jumping around? And nowadays they’re just like spandex or lycra mini slips. No thanks. Might as well play in mini pj’s. The rackets can be honourary pillows, the heavy grunting when hitting the ball is equivalent to the racuous giggling/laughter that seems to turn some people on and anyone with binoculars oggling, I mean watching for more than just the game can be the peeping toms. Heck it’s a slumber party… On a tennis court.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

I have a repulsion for swimwear in general, swim’dresses’ and ‘shorts’ are a joke with the ‘dress’ being nothing more than a frill which covers nothing but causes some kind of mental reassurance/barrier somehow, and swimshorts are just hot pants if that. Seriously, I’d like swimwear that covers the top of the thighs, doesn’t ride up and shorts that maybe go somewhere near the knees – is that really so abnormal? Why is it normal to go out in supposedly waterproof negligee? I say supposedly because a ton of swimwear nowadays does not have the required lycra or lining and is just glorified rave wear. This suit is actually really nice (even the hat is cute with the ensemble) except it’s not long enough for me and looked too tight even on such a slender figure. I was under the impression that regular, even breathing was important when swimming, not gasping for air.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Then I saw the darker skinned mannequin hand (women are usually portrayed as lighter skinned than a male counterpart in films) with large ring and rose over her d’ecolletage – sleazy? Perhaps it’s ok for the catwalk but I’d hope that if anyone bought it the hand would be removed.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Everything’s cute except the maypole on her head.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

The outfit on the left is like one big hug.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

And I thought she was wearing an abaya and hijab but that was before she revealed she was Bat Woman, minimal style.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Ah look it has a see-through visor, how practical that it won’t block out the glare but will prevent bird droppings or unfortunate falling excrement from planes from falling in your face.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Yes those are animals in that ‘cute’ zoo scene cage in mini versions of the clothes for all to stare and giggle at whilst the models throw something (presumably food) anywhere but near them and in such a way that if they did it might hit them. This film is earlier than The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956) in which a car runs over a duck’s/goose’s tail feathers without giving a crap but shows that things didn’t get any better for a long time.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

That said, it was in the time when sexualizing weapons was made popular (curse you fools) such as sitting provocatively atop torpedoes. It was also at the time where White women were trying to get ahead but their sisters were still lower class e.g. the way a Black woman working in the department store is treated by her colleague Crystal p*ssed me off.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

It seems as long women look pretty and smile it makes it ok… uh-huh, keep telling yourself that.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Little Bo Peep

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Sweet and adorable no doubt but practical for picnics? These ballgown beauties remind me of boating attire for Victorian women which consisted of shades of White delicate fabrics and trim, matching accessories and do their utmost not to move a muscle, avoid the wet parts of the boat nor get splashed, had to keep on the blankets and get upset if they had to go to the riverbank to rinse the dishes. These numbers are even more floaty than their predecessors – grass stains and the breeze blowing hems into the food and heaven forbid it be sticky jam much?

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Remember running in floor length gowns = tripping hazard.

Ok I can’t criticise and critique everything, I’ll have each of these dresses please! (Vegan versions.)

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

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The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

This one actually had Gold sparkles underneath that cape but the underneath wasn’t shown.

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The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Wow what a difference eh?

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Remember the date of this film, slips were still slips and not outerwear. In the back area the models regaled the clientèle with undergarments and sleepwear.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

It seems the models were allowed to barge into dressing rooms to show pieces the incumbents may not have seen/properly. This one just walked in to multiple rooms without knocking or saying anything and waiting to be invited.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

One of the most awful baths ever? I’ve seen quite a few statement baths in films from this time but this one is completely gauche.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Such a beautiful gown worn with no grace – she barely stood still for a split second, stooped and leaned all over, flung the fabric everywhere and in keeping with her character behaved appallingly.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

The forefront of the older women in the film imparting an older, though not always wiser, but still astute view of things. Love the arms on that dressing gown, almost like armor.

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

The Women 1939 Film Vintage Fashion Clothing Norma Shearer Joan Crawford Rosalind Russell

Is this film worth watching other than for the fashion? Well it has some great lines and sometimes insight but on the whole showed the common grim sides of people, though shown through women.

That last pic says it all.

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Miss This Dress!

Black Jacquard Red Satin Vintage Inspired Dress

Ok no matter how frugal we are, we’re allowed moments of being pretty and missing a dress here and there!

I had to get rid of this dress a while back and something just made me think of it – ah it was so nice! It was a swing style dress and as a petite person it was very long on me but I didn’t feel the need to try and alter it as I think it looked fine. So there to all ye doubters and disbelievers of petite folk not being able to wear maxi or tea length dresses/skirts! I’ve always worn maxi and below the knee lengths and they always look fine, if necessary just alter things to your proportions and it’s a-ok.

This dress was made of jacquard and I love jacquard (and embroidered fabrics) – it could have done with lining but it wasn’t a big loss. The satin trim made it very feminine. *Sigh* Oh the velvet capelet coat I’m wearing there is gone too. Damn.

Anyway, I posted about it before HERE (November 9, 2012) but I just found some pics I had of it and (edited out the background of the indoor ones) in a moment of nostalgia here they are:

jacquard satin gown dress velvet capelet cape lolita coat

jacquard satin red black gown dress velvet capelet cape coat goth gothic victorian

jacquard satin red black gown dress velvet capelet cape coat goth lolita

jacquard satin red black gown dress velvet capelet cape coat goth

It was a couture prototype from HERE.

This is the shop photo:

Chicstar-Black-Jacquard-Red-Satin-50s-Dress

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Retrospective OOTD – Jungle Queen?

Well ok, botanical garden but still it has the essence of the jungle 😛

These pics were taken on on the weekend, it was extremely hot and the foliage was difficult on my crappy camera which couldn’t handle the difference in light to dark. Hence the tops of the pics tend to be very bright (sometimes blurry) and the bottoms dark but overall the look isn’t that bad.

Jungle Warrioress Black Gold Lurex Cape Sateen Pants

Jungle Warrioress Black Gold Lurex Cape Sateen Pants

Jungle Warrioress Black Gold Lurex Cape Sateen Pants

Jungle Warrior Black Gold Lurex Cape Sateen Pants

The Black/Gold caped top is made of lurex and is a unique vintage piece that was handmade. The pants are modern and sporty but I still think they went well together.

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Fashion Illustrations

Hello everybody,

it’s been quite some time since I posted any designs, that’s because I haven’t been competing but here are the last set of designs I entered into the Chicstar Design Competition 1  for your viewing.

Edwardian Victorian Lace Satin Gown Dress Fashion Illustration Design

Edwardian inspired full length gown with draping on the side, fitted/structured bodice with sweetheart bust. Lace over the fabric bust and panel over the waist for contouring but also over the bare skin of the upper body and arms for a sexy yet mysterious look. Faux pearls and cameo brooch on the front for a finishing touch.

Fashion Design Illustration White Black Lace Gown Maxi Dress

Strapless maxi gown making use of Black/White colour contrasting and accentuating the bust and waist. Lace panel over Black fabric down the front and an attractive yet practical slit on the front side.

Fashion Design Illustration Black Lace Gown Maxi Dress

Variant of the above, this is fully Black but with contrasting fabrics i.e. the main body of the dress would be a cotton spandex or ponte and the trim on the waist would be a matte satin. Again Black lace over Black fabric and a front side slit.

Thanks for looking and I hope you liked them!

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Red & Gold – Mermaids and Warrior Photos

Hello 🙂

Here are my latest fashion/customer photo entries for Chicstar Competition 3 – posting a pic of yourself or someone you know wearing an item of Chicstar clothing. If you like them please click on the pics, which will take you to their ChicStar pages and why not take a look at the other entries. Perhaps even get involved yourself; it’s a great way of getting discounted clothing, it can be fun and it’s also nice to see the clothing on different people.

Tip – you get $10 for entry into the contest and could win an extra $100.

My photo:

Vamp Goth Gothic Black High Collar Buckles Bow Top

Shop photo:

Chicstar-Vamp-Goth-Gothic-Top

My Photo:

Black Jacquard Red Satin Vintage Inspired Dress

Shop Photo:

Chicstar-Black-Jacquard-Red-Satin-50s-Dress

New Photo Competition Entries

Namaste! 😀

Its been a while but here are my latest fashion/customer photo entries for Chicstar Competition 3 – posting a pic of yourself or someone you know wearing an item of Chicstar clothing. If you like them please click on the pics, which will take you to their ChicStar pages and why not take a look at the other entries. Perhaps even get involved yourself; it’s a great way of getting discounted clothing, it can be fun and it’s also nice to see the clothing on different people.

Tip – you get $10 for entry into the contest and could win an extra $100.

Chicstar Black Satin Sweetheart Corset Frill Peplum Top

Black Satin Sweetheart Corset-Style Frill Peplum Top

Chicstar Black Gothic Goth Lace Up Jacquard Sleeveless Top

Black Gothic/Goth Lace Up Jacquard Top

Chicstar Black Sweetheart Velvet Jacket Coat

Black Velvet Sweetheart Bust Jacket/Coat

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Glamour for a Good Cause? – Troop Beverly Hills (1989)

Troop Beverly Hills Film

Troop Beverly Hills Film Shelley Long

Hello all!

I remembered a great film with awesome fashion, characters overcoming the odds, friendship and comedy. Troop Beverly Hills was a light hearted film with some serious elements, about a rich group of ‘Wilderness Girls’ (girl scouts) and their troop leader, a misguided, impractical socialite who shows courage of conviction and spirit. You know the script, it’s the storyline where the main characters are segregated and sabotaged but come up trumps whether it be an (insert random sport here) team or unpopular kids at school. Basically like real life in a social sense but with a happy ending (nix the part about getting back together with a trampy ex) and in this case without the crazy wealth,  outrageous wardrobe and great cartoon intro/opening sequence! But anyway, on to the pics!

White Navy Polka Dot Spot Stripe Skirt Suit Yellow Hat Bow

The first look at the main character Phyllis Nefler sets up the fashion tone for the rest of the film and let’s us adjust our eyes to ‘high colour and shock’ mode. This woman had some guts, I like that.

Tribal Animal Leopard Print Leather Look Tassels

Next shot – the best friend…. aye carumba, taking animal print, tassels and leather to another level but hey, it was the 80’s and she was a romance novel author. ‘Nuff said.

Shoes Stilettos

Ok who has ever done this? Gone into a store, tried/opened a ton of shoes and said “I’ll take these, these, these and those”. I can’t even imagine it!

Black White Bead Haute Couture Fishtail Dress Gown Boutique

One of the characteristics Phyllis used to describe herself on the Wilderness Girls Troop Leader application form was ‘thrifty’ – well this dress cost $5600 and she pointed out that a bead was missing and the sales lady gave it to her for $5000! That’s one expensive bead and gives a whole new meaning to word ‘thrifty’!

Black lace top, gloves, mini top hat, Yellow Mustard blazer suit

Another characteristic was her ‘love of animals’ – in this case the animal being a jewel encrusted trinket frog… Even though you can’t see much of the suit, I can tell it’s gorgeous. Look at that collar and I love the Black used for contrast.

Shopping Hat Boxes Clothes Fashion

This can’t be good for your health, or maybe it classified as a type of weight lifting? I’ve never tried it but I’d definitely lose the heels. Exercising and spraining an ankle isn’t a good mix.

Red White Polka Dot Spot Skirt Dress Suit Wide Belt Brimmed Summer Hat

Very vintage, I love the peplum and general shaping of the suit/dress and the hat – yes I love wide brimmed hats! The sleeves are a bit much and I’m not loving the belt but she carries it all well. She reminds me of one of those porcelain figurines, what do you think?

Haute Couture Yellow Pinstripe Floral Embellished Dress Suit

To be honest, I am speechless, almost. It’s stunning, it’s funky, it’s awful but with carefully considered details! First up – the fabric is actually pinstripe as you can see in the close-up and in a nice colour combo I think, the flowers are multi-coloured and layered, it has a matching hat and the Orange heels are complimentary. But! Come on, seriously? It looks like a dress made out of paper/card for a panto dame. The flowers look like papier-mâché and gawd why those hip panniers? Yet at the same time it looks well made, go figure.

Troop Beverly Hills Wilderness Girl Scout Uniform

Phyllis and her troop buying their uniforms, with complete disdain. Khaki and ill-fitted, not good for the fashion conscious.

Troop Beverly Hills Purple Pink Stripe Vintage Inspired Skirt Dress Suit Wide Brimmed Hat Satin Gloves

Phyllis takes their uniforms aka fashion emergencies to her tailor, who doesn’t even want to touch them and uses a handkerchief as protection! His suggestion is burning but even so, he does an amazing job as you’ll see next. As for what Phyllis was wearing – magnifique! I truly love her two tone Purple dress/skirt suit, everything about it well cut, shaped and defined without the shoulders and hips being too large and that fabric is gorgeous looking. I could do without the hat and gloves for this one though, which I think cheapen the outfit and make it look too costume-y.

Toop Beverly Hills Wilderness Girl Scout Uniform

Ta Da! Complete transformation and wow, what an improvement! I’d wear that happily. Being ‘practical’ and fashion forward she also had pleated trousers, a pleated chiffon flouncy skirt and riding style trousers made to go with the jacket as well as the alternative uniforms shown below – clever eh? A troop leader needs a variety of styles for the wild outdoors of Beverly Hills 😉

Troop Beverly Hills Wilderness Girl Scout Uniform

More alternates – a nautical version, an everyday version and…

Troop Beverly Hills Wilderness Girl Scout Uniforms

voilà! The pièce de résistance made for their ‘khaki fashion show’ whilst peddling cookies at the same time. I actually really like this though it’s a bit like a superhero costume lol but I adore the lamé lined cloak!

Troop Beverly Hills Asian Chinese Pajamas Green Silver Lamé

Pajamas at their best, n’est-ce pas?

Troop Beverly Hills White Faux Fur Coat Hat

Who doesn’t want a full length faux fur coat? Not the right shape for me but I might not say no. As gorgeous as it is in White though, it’s terrible impractical as Phyllis finds out when trying to save a fondue pot in a muddy area in a sudden downpour… needless to say, it was not nice.

Troop Beverly Hills Shelley Long Nightdress Peignoir

Oo la la what a peignoir! I’d be tickled Pink to have that set, well if the nightdress/gown was more of an Olga bodysilk fabric but the faux fur sleeves on the robe are ‘to die for’, I bet they were wonderful to wear and feel.

Troop Beverly Hills Shelley Long Phyllis Nefler Yellow Mustard Business Shorts Blazer Suit

I’ve never been sure of ‘office shorts’ but paired with the blazer in what looks like a two tone Mustard and Canary Yellow suit, they are actually rather fetching and yes, I know many hate it but I like shorts and leggings with heels. Hey they can work, remember Sandy from Grease?

Troop Beverly Hills Animal Zebra Print Trousers Skirt Wide Brimmed Summer Yellow Hat Gloves

Now this is actually one of my favourite outfits from the film, I don’t think I’ve ever seen trousers and a full length matching over skirt/sarong which is open at the front. I have seen shorter, opaque over skirts both open and closed and worn some but this, this is something very different and to my mind, very attractive and catwalk chic. I’m not keen on the matching zebra print fabric on the chest area of the top but I like the way she wore two scarves in Black and White chiffon to match the flowing nature of the skirt and I can take or leave the matching gloves but they are a nice touch. Thankfully she wasn’t Cruella De Vil. (As for the hat, meh I wear a wide brimmed Summer hat, it’s practical and in her case looks a bit like a halo lol, plus she was gardening. I know, I know, gardening in that outfit?! Well, gently pruning.)

Troop Beverly Hills Phyllis Nefler Black White Print Jumpsuit Wide Red Belt Bow

I wasn’t too keen on this outfit when I saw it from the front, though I thought it was well worn with the Red accessories, but when I saw it from the back and saw the way it moved. Can you say sashay? Very nice and smart too.

Troop Beverly Hills

Loud and proud sisters (leaving divorce court). I love that Chartreuse dress suit that I’ve highlighted on the left.

Troop Beverly Hills Shelley Long Phyllis Nefler

I love polka dots as much as the next person and appreciate the trend that’s been happening the past few years but there’s such a thing as overkill. On the other hand, those could be pajamas, I’m not sure. Either way, the bow makes her look like a cutie pie, and you can’t lose with that.

Troop Beverly Hills Red Black Sparkly Dress Skirt Suit Blazer Swallow Shoulder Embellishment

I know it was the 80’s but still, that’s gotta be taking shoulder embellishments too far. Other than possibly being called ‘artistic’ it looks like she has a dead bird on her shoulder and that’s just not cool. Sparkly or not, you can’t make that look cruelty free. Without it the suit isn’t too bad though on line between sophisticated and clownish, that is if your eyes can get past the double whammy of shoulder pads and swallow.

Troop Beverly Hills Leopard Animal Print outfit

Prehistoric lady strikes again. Wow, what an outfit! Skin tight leopard print, whopping great shoulders and matching scarf – a knockout or a gawd what on Earth are you wearing moment? Just to note, she was talking into her scarf because she had a tape recorder inside for dictation. Well, at least she was visually open about being a man eater. Get it? 😉

Troop Beverly Hills Evening Gown Blue Green Purple

What exquisite construction – too bad it looks like a cake, though if anybody could pull it off it was Phyllis.

Troop Beverly Hills Ball Gowns Evening Dresses Shelley Long Mary Gross

When two crazy dresses meet hopefully they don’t mate.

And now lastly, for your nostalgic viewing pleasure, here’s a great clip from the movie featuring some great, embarrassing dance moves that Shelley Long actually looks ok doing (well, except the Freddie, but no one could look good doing that)!

That’s all for now folks, I hope you enjoyed this installment of Awesome Fashion in Non-Fashion Films! Troop Beverly Hills Poster