Friday, August 3, 2012

Women wearing the pants

Discovering the super fun website Giant Pants of the '30s inspired me to rustle up these photos of favorite Hollywood legends looking fetchingly louche for the time (and oh so comfortable) in trousers. Pictured are Hepburn, Dietrich, Lombard, Bacall, and Harlow.

Finally, I can't stop watching this creation, depicting Ginger Rogers dancing in Hollywood on Parade, 1932.
If you're craving a fix of the style and the glamor these ladies purveyed, we have the Bogie & Bacall and the Tracy & Hepburn signature collections; Hollywood Romance Classics: Collector's Edition; and Marlene Dietrich: The Glamour Collection.  
Note: In the discussion of women directors earlier this week, Ida Lupino's name came up. She was a wonderful actress who brought her own skills at creating characters to working with other actors (as well as everything she'd learned from what went on around her).






19 comments:

  1. I'm not a fashion guy but are those coming back in style?

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  2. As a guy, I would have thought that pants would be more restrictive, and therefore, LESS comfortable than something like a skirt or dress....

    Six Gingers really have some dancin' moves! Just about six times as much I would imagine! (I would be able to appreciate the footwork much less had she been wearing a dress)

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  3. Giant Pants!! I love it:) If it wasn't for these trendsetters, we wouldn't have had Aladdin or M.C. Hammer!

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    1. Or JNCO jeans for that matter!!! :-O

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    2. I wore JNCO jeans every time I went to Warped Tour.
      I was hot every time I went to Warped Tour.

      I would have been cooler had I dressed like Aladdin.

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  4. One of my absolute favorite looks was Ingrid Bergman's outfit in the marketplace scene in Casablanca, with the wide-legged white pants and wide-brimmed sun hat. Effortless and oh so elegant.

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    1. thanks for calling that one to mind.

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  5. Janelle Monae looks pretty rad in pants,
    as does Nick Drake.
    Some people wear their clothes well.

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  6. I love the photo of Katharine Hepburn standing in front of the fire place, she looks like a boss rocking those high cut slacks with a confident look that is rarely seen these days.

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  7. One of the major distractions to my recollection of "Rear Window" was the look of Grace Kelly in a pair of stylish trousers. How could Jimmy Stewart continue to ignore such a lovely companion?
    Recently I purchased a similar looking pair. Need I say Grace looked better?
    Pants are not only comfortable and easy to wear, they make a power statement as well. (I suddenly realize Hitchcock probably thought he was desexing Kelly by putting her in pants!)

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  8. As a woman who prefers pants, this is awesome!! And back then, it was really making a statement.

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  9. Women in pants do make a strong "power statement". I love wearing pants. They are VERY comfortable! I especially like the high waisted dress pants, very stylish!

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  10. No one wears pants like Hepburn and Deitrich!

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  11. Am I the only one who was never fond of the giant pants look? For comfort, yes. But style, notsomuch. Not that I'm too crazy about the painted-on look of today... A happy medium is best.

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