Fashion Era Challenge: The Pharmaceutical Eras - '50s, '60s, '70s (pic heavy)

All right-y, last down the catwalk... wrapping it up with, and blurring together... The '50s, '60s, and '70s... The *There's a Pill For That* Eras!

  • The '50s (pics #1-3): Had to fake a bob. Do y'all realise how short the girls wore their hair? Where were all the fathers objecting to that? I ask you! Anyways, I digress early. In fact, I went awry with this one early. It started with the Prom Concept again (floofy white dress with petticoats and sheer overlay, pearls, headband with bow, pointy pointy pumps). But then I couldn't find my white kid gloves (freak out!). As I was digging and tossing, I came up with other bits and pieces of the '50s... dark fur stole, head topper with fur trim... and just started putting them on. Finally, I said *what the heck* and just did navy gloves and took more snaps. 
  • The '60s (pics #4-5): Mod. Didn't do *A* Mod. Right. There's a difference - a Vespa, Quadrophenia, and the high-fashion adoption. Outfit breakdown: A-line shift miniskirt dress, cap, stick straight hair with (faked) heavy fringe, little shoes, knock-kneed pose. (Btw, cap now has fake eyelash glue on it... anybody got any tips for getting that stuff off?!!)
  • The '70s (pics #6-8) (was #6-9): Punk. Fishnet over raggedy a$$ stockings (it's cold sitting on the street by the dumpster), thin a$$ t-shirt (kicked off the dole, so still wearing stuff from third form), lace up boots, chains, safety pin holding sh*t together, yesterday's make-up. One leg always propped up on something... Oh FFF! We went for Hipster donuts in this (and totally be-glamoured donut boy with our uber cool). But why did I not think to take a pic? Cue Nancy Spungen meltdown. Right. Who's gonna be Nancy and kick some walls? (May she RIP, of course...)
  • Bonus '70s: Real '70s - Rocky '70s (pic #9) (was #10). Segue to Boutique Punk, Post Punk, and New Wave (pic #10) (was #11). #10 (once known as #11) is more how I'd have worn the '50s prom dress in real life, except it's more colourful than I'd have done - I was all dark and spooky waif, remember... oh wait, Am Still A Waif! ;)

ETA: Messed everything up by removing overexposed pic...

ETA: Challenge link

All era posts for '40s and '50s

All era posts for the '60s

All era posts for the '70s

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  • Keturah replied 8 years ago

    Okay. Your outfits are GENIUS! They're so spot-on, so perfect, and I love your captions!

    The bits and bobs in the 50s are such fab touches. And It honk your 60s look is so good, Twiggy would be all huffy. (Twiggy who? they would all say at Vogue...) And the Punk look is absolutely just to die for! I don't do Punk, but by gosh, you nailed it. 

    Your Rocky ensemble... yo Rachy, you look like Adrian! :D For real!

    But my favorite is 11 -- even with all the color ;) this is so Rachy, and so perfect. 

    Where do you find such amazing pieces to do this all with??

  • Keturah replied 8 years ago

    "There's a Pill for That" cracked me up!

    Okay. as for eyelash glue removal. Is it the Duo brand eyelash glue? If so, it's latex based and you might have to take to a dry cleaner or something. You can try dampening it with some makeup remover on the glue only. (Use a q-tip.) That might work.

  • replied 8 years ago

    I so love these outfits.  I cannot tell you how much you made my entire afternoon.  

  • Style Fan replied 8 years ago

    Each pic I kept thinking this one is my fav but then there is more.  I can't decide.  They are all so amazing.  You do innocent 50s and hard punk perfect.  Have you tried ice on the eye lash glue?  Or make up remover?

  • replied 8 years ago

    Oh, ditto what Sterling said too; you made my day in fact! I love your little stories behind each photo. Genius! The 50's prom dress is so spot on and I adore the 60's shift dress. Well, I love it all! Your wardrobe must be like one big dressing up box. Can I come and play?

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    We would have so much fun, Diane! Total make-believe wardrobe, lol. Stories de rigeur. Like Barbie. Barbie always comes with a story... Stewardess Barbie realised she could empower herself and become Plastic Surgeon Barbie and do her own nose!

    ... the eyelashes are Ardell, from the pharmacy. I guess one would need acetone remover? I wonder if I've got any remover with acetone... but better try the ice first. Order of toxicity and ruination prospects, hehe.

  • Gigi replied 8 years ago

    Wow, Rachy, you are so creative! I am dying to replicate your mod outfit...I can't stand its fabness! I'm going into fab overload!!! :)

    I don't know anything about fake eyelash glue, but some of the comments above are making me wonder if you could remove it as you would remove spilled wax. Get a warm iron, put a piece of brown paper bag over the glue, and then iron over the bag. The idea is that the wax (or glue?) will melt and then soak into the bag.

  • replied 8 years ago

    Cute! You could do "There's an app for that" next, lol.

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    Gigi - that's an inspired thought.

    betty - that's so got to be the next challenge, lol!

  • Diana replied 8 years ago

    Ha! "There's a pill for that."  Genius.

    You are such a chameleon, I love it.  And yet these are still so recognizably "Rachy." 

  • Joyce B replied 8 years ago

    Rachy, those outfits are fantastic, so much fun!

  • Gaylene replied 8 years ago

    Well, RachyLou, you nailed the eras, including the poses. And your 60s Mod (not mod!) is *almost* perfect. Are you sure your white go-go boots aren't hidden under the bed?

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    Gaylene, I BEMOAN never having found the perfect white go go boot I could wear.

    Y'all English you - you have tiny feet!

  • Angie replied 8 years ago



    Soooooo fun. 

    KILLER to the power of KILLER ALL ROUND.


    I have to go with #6 as my fave. Sublime pigtails. 


  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    (I'm back). 



  • Summer replied 8 years ago

    A fabulous finale, Rachy. You look extremely ladylike in your 50s prom dress, and I'm pleased to see you remembered the gloves.

    You make a very convincing Mod, too. Twiggy would be proud of you, knock knees and all.

    I could never get my head around punk, but I Iove your take on it, and the background story - priceless.

    Thank you for keeping us entertained for the past few days. Your outfits and stories are in a class of their own.

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    This has been such a blast, Angie! Thank you! I've been reliving my childhood and childhood love of fashion.

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    Ooooh. The pleasure was ALL mine, Rachy. Thank YOU, for being a brilliant participant in this challenge. Many forum members went the extra mile here and it has been AMAZING. 

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    Thank you, Summer. I've been enjoying myself too much. But don't let me start talking about punk, I'll never shut up. Ha!

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    Oh everyone has really gone the whole 9 yards and dressed TO the 9s. Completely amazing. The BEST celebration. LIFE magazine worthy!!

  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    You need your own little coffee table book for these outfits and descriptions.  Get on that, would you? :)

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    Hahaha! I love you, Una!

  • rabbit replied 8 years ago

    Totally LIFE magazine worthy!  
    You look so demure and sweet in the 50's, and then with the fur - very Mrs. Vernon Williams who runs the finishing school for refined young ladies in Cry-Baby.

    The mod look is spot on -- particularly love the cap (where does one procure that?), patterned tights and shoes with toe buckle.

    I bet you wowed the doughnut boy with your awesome Blondie shirt and chain necklace.

    Lol Adrian. :)  (was it Adrian?)

    I particularly love the 80's look  because if there ever was a decade where ALGO was thoroughly embraced.... I was looking at a lot of Cyndi Lauper photos and she really was a genius.   I mean so much stuff on her, but there were patterns and rythmns and color plays.  It wasn't random-random iykwim.

  • Beth Ann replied 8 years ago

    You have many wonders in that closet, Rachy, and you know how to use them!  I love the elegant dress in #1.

    The challenge reminds me that fashion isn't just about current trends -- we can learn so much from the past.  It opens up so many possibilities!

  • Caro in Oz replied 8 years ago

    These are really wonderful, I'm sitting heere with my morning coffee really enjoying your photos :) You have captured more than just a "look" you've got to the heart of the eras imo. ps I did have white gogo boots much to my mothers chagrin.

  • jackiec replied 8 years ago

    Amazing. Truly amazing. So entertaining and so fun. Thank you SO much for sharing. My jaw is dropping on the floor. So cool.

  • Momo replied 8 years ago

    Wow. Amazing. Each one.

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Rachylou, you are genius. Hilarious commentary, evocative outfits, and perfect poses. Stunning and fun. 

  • citygirldc replied 8 years ago

    Oh my gosh. Love every single one.

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  • replied 8 years ago

    Brilliant, Rachy, just creative BRILLIANCE. Thanks to you and other participants, this challenge has been a gift and an education for sideliners like me. Outstanding!

  • Sal replied 8 years ago

    Agree with Aliona, thank you!
    Lots of ideas from your wonderful looks all week!!
    Thanks thanks thanks.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 8 years ago

    Oh, how fun! I especially like the 50s and 60s looks. I'm so impressed with how  clever they all are, and the makeup!
    What do you take off the eyelashes with? Perhaps the same thing would work for removing glue from other surfaces?

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    Thx! The lashes just pull off...

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Brilliant all around but you know I loves me the 70s punk look! \m/

  • approprio replied 8 years ago

    Rachylou, you deserve a standing ovation. *applause*

  • Staysfit replied 8 years ago

    Bravo! Clapping loudly here! Is that an equestrian hat? Whatever, I love it all! You are so clever and creative plus reading this made me very happy this morning :-)

  • Debbie replied 8 years ago

    You are so creative. I love every single one. Outfit one is my favorite. You are beautiful.

  • Jaime replied 8 years ago

    Brilliant Rachy! Just the text would have been enough, but I am not giving back the pictures! There is a pill for that. Indeed. You are the pill Rachy. Or at least the tonic!

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