|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.