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special guest/HEIDI ROSENAU: talks about her 8th outfit. #8 in thirteen acts




What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
brown, high-waisted gabardine pants, c. 1942
period ladies Western shirt
moccasin-influenced wedgies
late 1930s/early 40s Mexican jacket
red bakelite horse/crop pin

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?  
I rarely wear pants, but I’m waking up to their elongating abilities, and I love seeing long-waisted options return today.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time? 
I’ve worn this before and have been called “Dale Evans” for it.

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? 
This outfit is about humor and kitch, but it’s also composed of beautifully tailored pieces that fit my little frame well.  The latter gives me the confidence to pull off the former.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again? 
Not sure…we’ll see.  It is pants weather in NYC…

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? 
The elements in this cheerful outfit come from the Western states, and so do I.  Some of the pieces were purchased on visits home and reflect my sentimental San Francisco pride.


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7 Responses to special guest/HEIDI ROSENAU: talks about her 8th outfit. #8 in thirteen acts

  1. MaRCIE aDLER says:

    It’s the “Dale” look…very Calif.

  2. Lauren says:

    Wonderful! I am really enjoying these posts showcasing Heidi’s impeccable vintage style!

  3. Friederike says:

    I love this outfit…and you can almost feel the fantastic heavy drape of that old gabardine. Green and red can be a scary Xmas-y color combo but with these tones and the vintage context, it’s gorgeous.

  4. Cheryll says:

    It is such a treat to see such a gorgeous, well tailored pair of women’s pants. I love the rich earthy color and the wide waist band that can stand alone. While I have grown to appreciate the comfort of low rise, the height enhancement of the high rise with an elegant feminine line are reasons that make this style of pants a favorite of mine as well. I’d love to see more of those shoes!

  5. Cheryll says:

    I think I’ve raved on and on to Heidi in the past about the jacket and top. I’ll save the drooling narrative but just wanted to let you know seeing them again put a big smile on my face!

  6. Laura says:

    I LOVE the way the pants fit. They are so flattering and as Heidi says, “elongating”! Why isn’t this trend repeated more in modern fashion. Even when the high waist pants were in style again recently they never got the fit quite right, and now I can’t find them anymore.

  7. Tricia says:

    ok, H, you’re looking so Norma Shearer from “The Women” (the original and best version, 1939) when she heads to Reno for her divorce! love it!!!

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