Friday, November 12, 2010

The Thin Man "Mou-vember" Challenge

Usually, I re-watch the movie The Thin Man around Xmas time; however, my husband has entered this moustache-growing contest for a prostate cancer "Mou-vember" charity challenge, and I have been trying to convince him that the only acceptable moustache on him is the William Powell, so we've started the Nick and Nora-athon early.  This inevitably has led me back to the fashions of this film....I know from others' blog posts that I am not alone in obsessing over the awesomeness of the costumes worn by Myrna Loy and designed by Dolly Tree in this movie.  Of course, the holy grail for many of us is the famous striped gown, which of course, I hope to make or own a reasonable facsimile of at some point in my life.  In the mean-time, there are a few gems in my vintage closet that make me feel straight outta The Thin Man whenever I slip them on.  Here are a couple of outfits loosely inspired by Nora Charles that I am eager to wear this winter (actually, I might wear the first one to a vintage auction event on Saturday...). Oh, the movie stills are from Casey's Elegant Musings (Casey, I hope that's okay I've used them.  Your screencaps are so clear and high quality, they are the best for illustrating the outfits!). I realize that both outfits are missing the all-important hats and plaid skirt, but as I noted above, I was going for my own loose interpretations of Nora's outfits, using the clothes I currently own. Maybe I'll make a version of that skirt and those hats this winter.  SO many plans!  Yep, I'm nutso alright!  Have a great weekend!




Even my dog is in training to be an Asta stand-in.  See, I'm totally nuts!

22 comments:

Jitterbugdoll said...

You look very Nora-esque in these outfits--perfect choices!

I agree that William Powell's moustache is the perfect style; while watching one of the films my Sweetie was inspired by the look and had me pencil one in to see what he would look like. He liked the look so much that he almost grew a moustache, but I ended up discouraging him as I do prefer him clean shaven. I probably should have let him have his fun, as it is a dapper look :-)

Miss Rayne said...

Lovely outfilts, look forward to seeing the moustachiod arm-candy.....

MarieBayArea said...

Yay for the Nutty Ones! You look amazing. Your outfits are stunning and I want them!

MarieBayArea said...

BTW, I adore The Thin Mann. Myrna Loy is my hero. I just saw Broadway Bill too. Could she be any more gorgeous??

Pauline said...

Jill! Do you remember me from Douglas? I love your blog--it's amazing! It looks like you're doing really well :)
I'm getting married, and plan to have a 50s style knee/tea length dress made. I wanted to discuss it with you!
Email me if you get a chance, please!
Pauline (hadfield.pauline@gmail.com)

Leimomi said...

You look fabulous! Do we get to see a pic of the Baron's finished mustache?

I have to say though, I am glad that Mr Dreamy gave up on his movember aspirations!

casey said...

Firstly: I am so jealous of your lovely outfits!!! The first one is magnificent--I envy! hehe.

Of course it is okay you used the screencaps I did! In fact, I'm flattered. ;) The only problem is, it's making me want to watch The Thin Man again! hehe.

♥ Casey | blog

Annika said...

i love it all!! i wish i had coats like that :)

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Clara Cupcakes said...

Oh you look amazing! I am going to come and steal your wardrobe. MWAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!

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garofit said...

that first ensemble of yours is marvelous, you look stunning, so elegant!
been watching "the thin man" series for a while, i love it of course, the coats are breathtaking, the hats (you know i am a hat junkie)take you to heaven, and that plaid stuff makes me long and want...most of the films are rather funny and lovely to watch too, which is always a plus!

Mrs. Exeter said...

I love those films - the cocktails... the wit... the costumes.... the cocktails! William Powell is very handsome - and sweet Asta (and puppies)! I love how they dote on her. Your outfits are spot on for Nora.

Gemima said...

You look utterly fab, and how lovely is your little dog. I desperately want my own Asta, alas lease rules say no

Debi said...

I love the thin man series. In fact, we just got the Song of the Thin Man to watch again. The plaid outfit above is one of my absolute favorites and I hope to replicate it at some point. I love your blouse/sweater with the plaid collar! so much fun!!!

Tickety Boo Tupney - A Dash OF Worcester Sauce. said...

I’m very ashamed to say, that I’ve never seen the films- eek! I’ve always fancied watching them just because of the dog, but now I’ve seen the costumes… I want to see them even more. Love all your outfits,but I’ll take the two tone shoes and plaid collar and cuffed blouse, please!!!

*Katia* said...

I've picked you for the Stylish Blogger Award because I enjoy visiting and reading your blog so very much! Please stop by and pick up your award when you have the time!! congrats!

BaronessVonVintage said...

thank you all for your comments! Thanks for the award, Katia!
I agree with Mrs. Exeter: the film has so much wit, glamour, and drinking haha!
Myrna was just the height of elegance. Such a lady!!

Kelly-marie said...

Gorgeous outfits and gorgeous film! I am so so enious of your wadrobe your outfit posts never ever disappoint. Your dog is such cutie! :)

chelsea said...

Oh, I just adore this outfit! That coat looks ssooo good on you!

Sarsaparilla said...

I haven't seen the Thin Man movies in such a long time. Thanks for the reminder!

You look fabulous, as always. I wish I had your vintage closet to pull clothes out of, instead of mine. :-)

Stefanie Valentine said...

I just love the first outfit, wonderful coat! How cute is your sweet dog!

Dsata said...

This is great !
Such an interesting challenge.

BaronessVonVintage said...

thank you thank you thank you!