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Girls And Their Cats Go Way Way Back

Edwardian Girl with Her Cat

Cynthia:  These vintage photos of girls with cats are magnificent.

Marcy:  So there were crazy cat ladies like you in the olden times?

Cynthia:  Yup. The one above is sometimes dated as Edwardian and sometimes as 1922. The Edwardian Era was over by the end of World War I in 1918, and her dress just doesn’t seem like the carefree Roaring Twenties to me, so I want to say this picture IS Edwardian and NOT 1922. Late Edwardian. I could be very wrong of course.

Marcy:  I am sure you are wrong.

Cynthia:  Anthropologie has a blouse that I think would be a great modern day interpretation of her dress. Wispy. Ethereal. Soft.

Anthropologie Blushed Lace Blouse

Cynthia:  This next one is dated as Victorian Era, which could be anywhere from 1837-1901. I want to say 1880’s – 1890’s. What do you think?

Victorian Era Girl with Her Cat

Cynthia:  I love picking up modern day references. For instance, her blouse reminds me of the shirts and a dress I wore in 1981 to get that Little House on The Prairie look that was so popular then. Don’t judge me too harshly – I was 12 at the time!

Those mutton sleeves are popular right now. Anthropologie is selling a beautiful mutton sleeve shirt.

Anthropologie Sonata Top

Cynthia:  Now her hair. Well, that reminds me of a style I had for exactly 3 months in 1988 when I got a perm.

Cynthia’s Big Hair Moment

Cynthia:  What do you think? Is it more Jon Bon Jovi or Victorian?

Marcy is speechless and stares at the picture in stunned horror.

Cynthia (excitedly):  By the way, I am wearing Guess jeans with zippers on the ankles in this picture. Guess what I am seeing all over the stores lately, Marcy?

Marcy:  Jeans with zippers on the ankles?

Cynthia (proudly):  Uh Huh, that’s right! (Cynthia dances around gleefully) Jeans with zippers on the ankles!!! Fashion is always on an endless cycle of repeat.

Marcy:  Yeah… well…those hairdos need to remain in the eighties. Whether it’s the 1880’s or 1980’s. I would like a mutton chop, though. That sounds tasty.



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  • Reply GnomeLover August 30, 2013 at 4:32 am

    I had not seen that Sonata top. I really like it! But I think it might be one of those tops that looks good in the picture and does not translate in real life. Of course, I could be wrong. ; )

    I love the picture. Permed hair! We all have those memories. And the lingering chemical smell etched into our minds.

    Have sweet dreams!


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch August 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Ah… yes… that chemical smell… unforgettable. lol

      I will have to look for that top next time I am at Anthro and try it on. I don't like to spend much money on white since it gets stained so quickly.

      Have a great labor day weekend!!! This heat is something else. Summer has finally arrived in Southern Cali!

  • Reply Whimsical Preppy September 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I had fun looking at all of the Victorian pictures with cats.
    Oh and the rock of the eighties one is great. I am an 80's girl myself so I can relate.
    That Blushed Lace blouse is so pretty. Is it on your wishlist?

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch September 12, 2013 at 7:25 am

      You know,the Blushed Lace Blouse is not on my wishlist. I need to put it on there! I haven't been keeping up with my wishlist lately. Weren't the 80's a fun decade?!! Big hair and all! I am so glad you liked the pictures!! Thank you soooo much for stopping by and commenting!

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