Inspired by Amelia Earhart
Who knew that aside from being a brilliant mind and courageous woman, Amelia Earhart was also a fashion icon? My place of work has afforded me the opportunity to see a lot of unique, old photographs and artifacts. The Chicago History Museum has an amazing Tumblr where it publishes one-of-a-kind historical photos from its collection that you cannot find anywhere else.
A few old Amelia Earhart photos from the Museum collection were posted a few weeks ago on their Tumblr and for the first time, I saw how stylish the pilot was:
So naturally, I immediately googled her to find more of what I jokingly call the historical equivalent of “style shots.”
The most iconic Amelia photographs feature her in a leather flight jacket, classic crisp button down, and pleated khaki jodhpurs, but I was struck by these less common images of her dressing as, well, a girl. She really was quite a beautiful and carefree woman with perpetually windswept hair, and an easy knowing grin. She managed to have the perfect balance of strong tailored style meshed with feminine touches — sassy structured hats paired with soft drop-waist dresses, tailored jackets, and heels.
I tried my hand at her masculine-feminine aesthetic, giving it a contemporary twist:
I layered a pleated, Grecian-inspired leather-strapped dress from Akira over a vintage sheer black mesh shirt and black tights. I accessorized with a gold collar necklace from H&M and a grey suede and patent leather Kate Spade bag. For pilot-y touches, I finished my outfit with vintage-looking lace-up wedges from Jeffrey Campbell and an old shearling flight jacket from Forever 21.
There’s snow in these photos, but today in the Windy City, it’s going to be 66! Whoo can’t wait!
*Historical images from curiosity.discovery.com