Knit Shirts for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: The Casual Version
Quote of the day: “We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of dong, while others judge us by what we have already done” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Last summer, when we were gifted colorful jeans from the company Fabrizio-Gianni, they also sent the 3 of us each a jersey knit shirt. This shirt has certainly been a staple in our closets for these last 10 months, so I thought I’d use them in a blog series! But first, we had to do a little nip & tuck (on the shirts, not us!!).
Since Nancy & mom were gifted a size medium and they are shorter in stature, the shirts were too long for comfort. So, in order to provide some variety I needed to give the shirts a little change. For Nancy’s shirt, I put in elastic at the bottom hem (and cut off some extra material) and for mom’s shirt, she added elastic vertically on both sides and the front & back as ruching. I received the small size of my shirt, and thus didn’t need to shorten it; however, since I tucked it in for all three posts, you can’t really compare the length!
Since the shirt is essentially a t-shirt, I started the styling series with the casual version. I’ve done this same sort of shirt many times; they are extremely popular among the women I see, so I thought it apropos. And for your information most of these solid colored shirts are on sale at Fabrizio-Gianni (there is also a 20% off code EndlessSummer20). I’m not being paid for this plug for the shirts, but we’ve been wearing our so much and with the sale, it’s a great deal! I’ll give some more details about these shirts in the next two posts, so stayed tuned!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: As a teenager, pink & green were all the rage—so preppy—I loved it. I have to admit, I haven’t worn it much as an adult, so I decided to try it again. I added in the black & white to try to add some adult style to the colors!
I purchased these jeans while thrifting with mom—they are such a great blush color. They do tend to stretch out by the end of the day, so I decided to take them in an half an inch in the inseam. So when I was doing that, I also convinced myself to let the bottom stay raw and unravel instead of hemming it. I’ve seen a ton of jeans deliberately made this way. I always figure if I don’t like it at some time, I can always sew them up!
Jeans: Simply Vera-thrifted (similar here with a real hem & on sale)~~Top: Fabrizio-Gianni (here)~~Shoes: Nine West (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here in a longer version)~~Bracelet: Mauzies (similar here)~~Hat: D&Y (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy’s strawberry colored shirt is a wonderful color on her! And since she has a couple pair of red shoes, it makes it easy to style! The necklace was a souvenir from her recent cruise around Greece. She has matching earrings, but I thought we should switch it up for this post!
I knitted the bracelet a couple years ago for a Mother’s Day gift. I never thought about knitting jewelry until I started perusing Ravelry a couple years ago (it’s a knitting community where you can find patterns, yarn & even people)!
Jeans: NYDJ (similar here in a darker wash & other colors & on sale)~~Top: Fabrizio-Gianni (here)~~Shoes: Lifestride (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here -this is the last one available, but there are others in different colors)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: You can see the elastic on mom’s shirt a little better in the closeups. At first she only place the elastic on the seamed sides of the shirt, however, then the middle portion hung down too much. Thus she added another piece of elastic between the sides on both the front and the back.
As for the jewelry, we decided to have a mix of animals–ha ha! The owl necklace’s wings actually pop open to show a clock face.
Pants: Faded Glory (similar here with side ties)~~Top: Fabrizio-Gianni (here)~~Shoes: Nina (similar here)~~Owl Necklace: (similar here it’s amazing how many options there are for owl necklaces; however, none of them open to be a watch inside)~~Elephant Necklace: (similar here very colorful & inexpensive)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
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Charlotte’s photography by Kari Strand Photography
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If you’re looking for other interesting t-shirts under $40, here’s some options: