Christmas Eve in Austin is generally 78 and raining… ick
It’s not too much fun to get dressed up in winter/holiday clothes in balmy weather.
I’ve been thinking about a ‘Hostess Skirt’, remember those? Very popular in the 50’s and 60’s, my own chic Mommy had 2 at least! Not a bad idea to resurrect…
Think about it… one skirt could go to several parties and Christmas Eve… it is such a great concept – one we could embrace again because it is versatile, stylin’ and potentially cheap.
Amy loves the Hostess with the Mostest
I went to my Cunningham Family Reunion this weekend. Our 121st gathering. We have gathered at the same beautiful, tree-covered land near Comanche, TX for all those years. AS always, I find myself wondering what on earth the women of the many years past wore to this event. The temperature usually hovers around 98 degrees! My Mom has said that in the 1950’s her Dad made them wear dresses and petticoats (though with 3 girls plus Grandma in the car there was a “1 petticoat only” rule!)
The above photo is of the first Cunningham Reunion in 1889.
In this photo, my Great, great, great, great Grandmother, Susannah Cunningham, is center front. As a woman who had given birth 11 times and could shoot a gun and shell peas at the same time… I would imagine her list of fashion “must-haves” were functional and practical, but I have seen several photos of her and she usually had on a bit of lace and/or a piece of jewelry. Even in the most pioneer of times, the woman could pull off a nice photo-ready look! Love that!!
In this photo, Susie looks very nice in what I’m sure is her nicest dress and fanciest apron – note the cute fringe! Her dress seems to have fancy collar and cuffs and I see a pin at her neckline. I think she looks lovely.
121 years from now I wonder what my ancestors will think of the washed denim capri pants, purple cotton knit shirt and flip-flops that I chose to wear!?
Apparently, right now at least, Americans aren’t too concerned about women actually sitting on the bench: According to Gallup, “Just 6 percent of Americans say it is ‘essential’ that Obama appoint a woman, while another 26 percent say it would be ‘a good idea, but not essential.’”Meghan O’Rourke of Double X Magazine