December 17, 2013Holiday Shopping At Sears – 1959 Edition
By Eartha Kitsch
I don’t know if you’re like me but when I go out shopping for holiday gifts and ensembles, I am often left feeling kind of well, “Meh”. I have a hard time finding much razzle-dazzle and excitement in many of the newer goods of today. Call me “a dreamer” or “old fashioned” but so be it. They bore me. I started thinking about what it would be like to be able to go back in time and shop and well, THAT got me pretty excited! I had to look no further than my shelf of old department store catalogs to find inspiration. This post will be sponsored retrospectively by the Sears Fall and Winter catalog from 1959!
In today’s post you’ll see some items that I had a good time imagining coming home with me in cute shopping bags and brown paper parcels. Oh, if only! First up, my dream wardrobe for holiday parties:
The red one! YES…
We’d better get some frilly-frill crinolines to go under those full skirts!
That page gives me SO much joy. Swish! Swish!
I can’t decide between the polka dot number with the awesome kimono belt…. or the chic blue sheath dress. Which one would you choose?
Now for some daytime wear – you know luncheons with the ladies and shopping!
Wow, don’t you just love how sophisticated and pulled together these ladies look? I’m kind of over the moon for that blue ensemble!
I love the large rhinestone “B” necklace and the brunette’s cute flip hairdo. And the green velvet headband.
Next up, a wardrobe for the Mister!
I like these handsome wash and wear shirts.
Here are some guys just hanging out in their pajamas….like guys do. Hmm…. Apparently, there is some kind of pajama contest because there seems to be a trophy involved. Or maybe they’re at a soapbox derby. I’ll never claim to understand the underground world of men. Look at those blue pajamas that are made to look like a sporty outfit!
Some kind of Don Draper moment going on here. Nice suit!
And how about a couple’s outfit?
Okay, that one makes me giggle a little. His pajamas have an ascot and knitted moccasins. Hands up if your spouse would even remotely consider this idea!
How about a family ensemble?
Okay, I will openly love these outfits. LOVE.
Ooh! We need cute shoes!
With. A. Poodle. Well, hello there 1959. I want to hug you.
How about a little something dramatic?
Magnum Sleeves! Oooooh!
And finally, some goodies for my imaginary Christmas kids:
I don’t know if you’re fully taking in the wonder here but that red outfit? She’s a kangaroo. See that little joey in her pouch? The bunny! The leopard! Oh gosh!
These are all my imaginary buckaroo sons. The Duggars have got nothin’ on us and soon, we’re going to start our own singing group!
Squeaking Kitten Mittens! Oh wow, y’all. Seriously.
Look at these dear little hats! I’m not sure that I can pick a favorite.
These slippers are amazing! You’ve got Roy Rogers. You’ve got tartan wearing dogs and kittens with whiskers. Did I tell you how modern wares bore me? I think I did.
Though, I love a good bulky sweater, I included this one just for the neat bangs alone.
What about you? Did you see anything here that you’d pack up in your time machine if we could go back? You know, there is an order card still in the catalog. What if we filled it out and sent it off and something magical happened? Sigh.