Sunday, 25 November 2012

My fedora made me do it

He was a wise-cracking thug with a mug that only a mother or a streetwise moll dressed as a man, such as Yours Truly, could fall for. He was good for laughs, always had a loaded gun in his pocket - with the safety off. Too bad I hadda off him, the sap. Don't he know commitment is a three-syllable word?


Me and the dames is going for a little joyride down to the joint to hook up with Patti. Hear she's got some action going on - so's if you're Not Dead Yet (Style) git over there, Visible Monday. But bring backup. If ya's ain't there, tell Marty I tips my hat and says hello. Then tell him to get his sorry ass over here to fix these slanty floors if he knows what's good for 'im.

Details of the outfit
  • fur felt hat, thrifted
  • wool/cashmere coat, thrifted
  • jeans, thrifted
  • stretch wedge booties, thrifted
  • men's tie, thrifted
  • tuxedo shirt, thrifted
  • leather belt, thrifted
I wore jeans and a belt, a tie, this new old fedora, and this coat twice this past week - I was so in love with the new hat! Plus, it was raining and miserable, perfect for film noir. If I could have walked down the sidewalk in grainy black and white, I would have.


 

45 comments:

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Your fedora is one mean son of a bitch. You are so smokin'!!

Sacramento Amate said...

You take my breath away, ahhhhhhhhhhhh
So fabulous.
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Marla said...

Those pieces that are thrifted are fabulous.

Annie said...

I love that fedora! A hat is essential when it's rainy and miserable (just as it is over here). The tie is really splendid too!

Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle said...

Oh you are looking smashing as usual. I love dandy style so I love this outfit. Those jeans are the best fit. How wonderful they look on you. And the hat: perfect!

grunge-queen said...

Oh, I am having a flashback remembering the fedora I had when I was 13! I love this look - you remind me of Annie Lennox from the 90s. I also like the contrast of the two layered blouses and pinstripe skirt from your post below. :) xo

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

Oooh, I am feeling like a Raymond Chandler novel now -- you are amazing in your gangster git-up. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

Vix said...

Grunge-Queen's stolen my thunder, I was going to say Annie Lennox's cooler younger sister. All that's missing is a violin case with a fully loaded weapon hidden inside, you bad ass! x

Lynne DeVenny said...

You are so gangsta you have robbed me of speech :P

Miss Simmonds Says said...

this is amazing - Runyon ate your heart out! I love this look on you, who knows what kinda rackets you got going on? Keep being inspiring and gorgeous! xxx

menopauselsupermodel said...

Look out tony Soprano-Miz Melanie the gun moll is in town!!

Vintage Jane said...

Annie Lennox was always my idol ... now she has been replaced ... !

Rosemary the Shopper said...

Pssst... me and da cool cats think ya done good with dis one, Mel. That tie, whoa! Not every gal can pull dat off, ya know. At least not if they knows what's good fer 'em.

A fan from England, who's not in da rain here,
Rosemary from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Love the whole outfit. I'm so into mens inspired dressing. That tie is killah!
Bisous
Suzanne
http://bisous.typepad.com/bisous/

Gabriala Brown said...

I am feeling a definite "men's vibe" from this outfit... :-)!!!
Bad to the bone Melanie. BAD TO THE BONE. :-)

Bella Q said...

Holy moly! You are film noir's brightest fashion moment. I love the tie- the way it stands out yet fits right in. And keep rockin' the fedora it is a gem.

Sheila said...

Ah, the androgynous look is made for you! Love it so much!

pastcaring said...

Oh Melanie, you make a fabulously beautiful gangster! The fedora is wonderful, and the whole androgynous vibe is perfect, so cool.
And HOW long are your legs? A mile?
Brilliant, and all the more so for every item being thrifted! xxxxx

Gracie O'Tripp said...

Great thrifted finds. Such a bold look. I can just see you walking down a gray rainy street, holding your fedora and bent against the wind and rain.

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Very cool post! And yes, very gangsta lookin'.

Connie said...

Yessir. You'd make Sam Spade proud.
Connie*

PinkCheetahVintage said...

You are so money in this look! I think I love it too much!

Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell said...

You are the coolest, baddest woman I know and the only one with that could come up with a post this unique and fabulous.

DearHelenHartman said...

I bet when you go out and about people think they are spotting a celebrity but they just aren't sure who. You just have... THE LOOK.

kaffesoester said...

I love reading your post as much as seeing your outfits - always extremely entertaining! You look amazing - with the most incredibly long legs ever! I remember you did a Clint Eastwood inspired outfit too, a while back. This is probably even more successful!

Krista said...

I love me some real gritty Film Noir, now I wanna watch The Big Heat. That fedora is fierce you look tough but still sexy like a girl! I would wanna go drinking with you in that to Beaker and Flask. It's a favorite bar of mine that mixes crazy cocktails and serves them in vintage drink ware. The place is beautifully simple and dark, kinda like this outfit! You look amazing sweetie!

Forest City Fashionista said...

You are the hero(ine?) of your own detective novel. You've certainly got the "speak" down pat, and the look. You need to have your own one-woman show where all of your characters (Mizz Baggs included) get their 15 minutes of fame. Awesome hat, by the way.

fashionoverfifty said...

Totally rockin" this look!

The Style Crone said...

I can see why the fur felt fedora had several outings! Along with the entire ensemble. You can pull off any look with panache and then dazzle with the written word. Brilliant!

JaninJabitt said...

You are always as sleek as a little white cat! Really brilliant personal style. Not everyone pulls it off so comfortably. Just amazing.

tea said...

Wow! What a great profile. Also, I love your writing style.

Val Sparkle said...

You are so gritty (and witty)! And then I looked at your last post - what a difference a day makes!

Fifth N Sixth Closet said...

I absolutely love love love the androgynous style, you styled & rocked it perfectly..can't wait to see more of this!

pao said...

Yeah man, you look bad, real bad, Mel. Cut straight to the chase, you rock in that get up, so keep it up, Mel we want some more bad dude 'tude.

Style Sud-Est said...

Wow Mélanie! you did the Dude is a Lady thing, well done!

Love it - will write you an e-mail -

Arianexxxx

Megan Mae said...

Wowza! Whootwhoot! I LOVE this look. Totally badass, lookin' slick. I dream of wearing looks like these.

tammy Silverstyle said...

I love fedoras! This one looks great on you. gotta have some 'tude!

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

ONLY YOU!!! could make jeans look this damn good. So when is your one-woman show? You've got too many characters just waiting for their turn to be heard. I'd like center front, please.

Lyosha said...

You look awesome! i love this men style on you! great tie!

Lyosha
Inside and Outside Blog
P.S. I'm hosting a glasses giveaway on my blog here check it out!

Damar Rivillo said...

ohhhh this is my favorited look... love everything in it... big big hug Melanie

WendyB said...

I ADORE this look on you.

Joni said...

Wow, Melanie in jeans! You look loooong and lean in your 1930's gangster style. A hat can sure inspire an entire week, eh?

Lisa said...

Just when I think I've chosen my favorite....you whip out the gangster/private eye in a fedora and I can't resist.

Misfits Vintage said...

EXQUISITE! Poifect, ackshully. Yous is like a chameleon, I tells ya. I feel a bit sorry for yas, ya need some fly fishing on ya tie. But otherwise, yas look purdy good. Rock star. Sarah xxx

Rosalind said...

It woz Harry da Hat wot stitched me up...
Oh and I agree with grunge-queen, definitely 90s Annie Lennox.
This noir look suits these monochrome days perfectly.

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