Vintage College Girl

When I was going through my grandmother's photos on my visit down to Alabama last month, I came across some of her old college friends. If there's one type of vintage photo I like more than any other, it's those that capture college women in the 1940's. The clothes are always the first thing I notice, and then I proceed to make up a story about their history and their lives. It's funny to think that someone might try to do the same to me one day, attempting to pin an extravagant story on one simple pose, but I understand that you can't exactly stop you imagination once it's starts a brewin'!

Here's the photo of my grandmother's friends. Apparently there was an insane asylum across the street from their college so the girls decided to have a little fun acting crazy one afternoon. Boy, do the captions add to this story.

1940's College Girls

If these ladies only knew their outfits would someday inspire a college student in 2009!

40's College Girl.

40's College Girl.

40's College Girl

Vintage Dress: Thrifted $2
Vintage Cashmere Sweater: given to me by a friends great grandma.
Tights: Walmart: $2.50
Oxfords: Rachel Comey for U.O. $75
Vintage Purse: Saver's $5
Vintage Hat: Estate Sale $8


vicen said...

Thanks for the comment, very early in LOOK 10 --

The Owl's Closet said...

love it! the vintage collage is too cute:D i'm slowly getting into the oxfords trend. loving those shoes! and that bag!! what a great deal!


Sistinas said...

I love going through my family vintage photos, it's so wonderful!

I love your look today! Your shoes are fantastic, and the sweater.. is love!

Mairyliscious said...

amazing post !!!
you are so sweet !!!
love your outfit!!!

betz said...

love love love your outfit. it's really inspiring.


vanessa said...

What a great old picture to find!! And I love the captions, ha. Your outfit fits in very nicely with the photo!

piglet said...

What a fun photo!
Love your look too.

Eyeliah said...

ohh that big flower in her hair, inspiring me too.

FrivolousFlapper said...

love the inspiration and the outfit!! Great hat, too!

The Daily Fashionista said...

What a cute picture. Those girls looked like fun. I love your outfit today!

Anonymous said...

oo so fun! love vintage photos

Andrea said...

your hat collection is amazing, i'm green! and fun photos, thanks for sharing, xo.

Lara said...

That is so cute! I have been wanting a collegiate sweater like that. Prep is totally not my style but lately, I have had the urge to convert. :)

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muchlove said...

That is such a beautiful candid photo, and the caption adds so much life and interest to it!

Love your look.

Missa said...

The inspiration photo with the silly captions is so charming. I love the menswear inspired touches you added to the 40's college girl look :)

Valencia Lia said...

Adore adore your grandmother's old photo,the captions does really tell the story:)

And it seemed like it did inpsire you with this outfit.Love love the white dress with the blue sweater,I love your hat too. So wanting to see your whole hat collection<3

big hugsssss to you and Happy Thanksgiving <3

Kass said...

It is really cool how you took this photo and interpretted it in your own way!

I like this hat on you. =]

My Passport to Style said...

Hi there, loving the middle shot of you,check out my urban outfitters post sweetie, think you might like it. Sharon xox

Sher said...

Oh, the vintage photo of your grandma's friends is incredible!! I love looking at old pics like this!!

And I love your hat, it looks so adorable on you! Your little purse is terribly cute as well:)

Claradevi said...

Those are really great. I love seeing you again, my dear Starr! It feels like forever not talking to you. Nice to be here again. You're looking gorgeous - I still wish my hair would transformed like yours someday.
Have a wonderful day, love!!


dearilou said...

How fantastic! And what is better is that the photos belong to someone you know, not just some random person you never met. I love that.
And your purse, I love your purse.

.mackie said...

your outtfit looks great. and that hat is a wonderful addition. i love your mini messenger bag!

Ilse said...

I'm digging your bag!! and the sweater-collar thing, love it!

Noelle Chantal said...

oh your grandmother's old photo is really something. yes, its really inspiring to see vintage photos. everything about the past is really beautiful and fresh to us. and the fashion of the 40's is really inspiring.

i like the vintage look you wore. the hat and the top is really nice. plus the body bag is amazing! :)

Melanie's Randomness said...

Ohhh I love this!! I love looking at my grandma's old pictures from the 1930's & 1940's. The hair, the dresses, the captions!! Hehehe love the picture of your grandma cuz that's funny as hell. I'd so do something like that if I had an hospital like that near me.

Aww the second picture with you smiling & hunched down is very pretty. I really like your over shoulder bag, so vintage.

I hope you have a great holiday dear!!! =)

Mamushka Marie said...

haha, benny in the nuthouse! that's hilarious! love old photos too, your outfit is adorable!

Leproust Vintage said...

I saw this on lookbook, and fell in love with it! Everything about this outfit is completely adorable on you! Love it!

lancelonie said...

love your hat and for just 8 bucks, that's a cool steal

Beautiful shots! :)

riennahera said...

I love my grandma's photos as well. She claims that she did not have money for fashionable clothes and wonders why would modern girls be interested in her old pictures but man,on the pictures she always looks stunning.

Your style is wonderful, btw.

Anonymous said...

you look beautiful!

Lara said...

Thanks for the comment! I wish my mother still had that dress! However, I actually have a lot of her clothes from the 70s and early 80s. your comment made me realize that I actually own a lot of it! I'll have to make a post of it. :)

princesspolitico said...

the 40s were such a unique time for women - masculine themes with a feminine twist. love your slightly preppy look - you look amazing :)