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special guest/HEIDI ROSENAU: talks about her 13th outfit. #13 in thirteen acts






What items did you use to compose this particular outfit? 
c.1933 cotton plaid dress
Reversible red beret
Bakelite cuff bracelet and ring
Black kid pumps

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit? 
I have just finished watching a series of Joan Blondell pre-code (1933 and earlier) movies, and when I saw this dress on ebay, I could see her in it.  I’ve styled the dress in an authentic manner that recalls her humor and approachability, and feel that elements like the hat also speak to today’s street fashion.  

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
This came together fast, but then again, I’ve had the shoes for 20 years and jewelry and hat for quite a while.  The dress brought it all together.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 

What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?  
The fit is everything. The waist and length were too long for me, but I altered it to capture the intended proportions of the early 1930s and to preserve the unusual reverse box-pleat at the front of the hem.  The print and large collar are fun, but if the overall proportions remained off, the dress would have looked like a nightgown…or worse yet…part of a clown suit.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again? 
It’s been out several times this month: to a 1930s movie, to work, to a reception, and for this shoot.  No rules.

There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit? 
I am unapologetically channeling Joan Blondell here, and loving it.  This outfit doesn’t appeal to everyone equally, but I feel happy and wisecracking in it, and that works for me.


Today, this outfit marks the finale of Heidi Rosenau’s special feature, not necessarily the end. I trust that you’ve had a rather wonderful experience with Rosenau’s profile in style and will continue to return for more special gems. Next, special guest, Douglas Keisler,  is quite a stylish chap with a particular sartorial point of view. For now, A TOAST TO Mrs. ROSENAU

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21 Responses to special guest/HEIDI ROSENAU: talks about her 13th outfit. #13 in thirteen acts

  1. Laura says:

    Ohhhh! This is my favorite! I LOVE plaid!

    Also, I watched Three on a Match two nights ago and I applaud your nod to Joan Blondell. 🙂

  2. Josh says:


    I’ve adored every single one of your outfits. Can I hire you to lounge around my apartment and improve the scenery?

  3. Voon says:

    Yes absolutely stunning ensemble! Sad to see this series end! Hope there is a sequel!!!

  4. Alicia says:

    Sorry to see this is the last “act” – I’ve enjoyed all the “acts” so much, thank you!

  5. Elisabeth says:

    I have loved this series! Heidi has such amazing style and panache. Every outfit was a joy to witness. I hope there is another series in her future!

  6. Kathy says:


    I love how you take elements from past styles and combine them creatively — it’s not a re-creation, but a new creation completely wonderful and all your own.

  7. Gordon says:

    It’s like taking a Master’s Class in ’30s fashion. I look forward to starting the series over and looking for the films from which the outfits were inspired.
    Can’t wait for the next thirteen! Very classy, Heidi.

  8. Christine says:

    Love this outfit! That red collar and hat are stunning. Don’t know too many people could pull this look off, but on Heidi it really looks fantastic!

  9. Eileen J. says:

    Smashing! You go girl!

  10. Cheryll says:

    What a great final outfit to wrap a great series! Would love to see Heidi star again an even longer series sharing, wearing and bringing fashion and history alive. Many thanks to Iké and Heidi and all involved in bringing such an enjoyable series to us.

  11. admin says:

    Heidi, I intuitively concluded your 13 act series with this particular picture/ensemble because there is that ineffable something about it, some brilliant exclamatory essence about it—an onward and upward with the CHIC sort of thing, you see.

  12. Jacques says:

    Beautiful! I love the little dangling keys!

  13. Sallie Stutz says:

    Hi Heidi–What a terrific last hurrah dress–you look smashing in red and black plaid!!!

  14. Karen says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed looking over Heidi’s outfits and reading her very educational comments about them. I have learned a bit about fashion but more about making fashion work for who you are. Thank-you, Heidi, for giving the time for this endeavor! I definitely think that Heidi’s outfits are the most thought provoking and fun to watch of the series!

  15. MaRCIE aDLER says:

    Loved all you creations and the stunning look you achieved! MORE!!!!!

  16. joy g says:

    Wonderful outfits. I especially love this last one, definitely a piece I would have bought as well. I know what you mean when you state how one new piece can bring together a lot of other pieces into a whole outfit. It seems as if they were waiting for eachother. Congratulations on this wonderful survey of your style.

  17. gretchen says:

    Love it! How could anyone look at this picture and not be happy? This series is just a tonic. I am sending this to everyone I know.

  18. jean says:

    Your style is unique and so chic. Your grace comes through so well. I truly enjoyed following your style and beauty.

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  20. charms art says:

    Love your words expression in blog and enjoy the beautiful pictures you match for yor words, a wonderful journey to enjoy your blog and I will be back!

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