One Of My Favorite Outfits Of All Time
To set the stage for the unveiling of my favorite outfit, I have to search memory back to a time when I was married. My ex-husband was an avid collector of VHS movies. This man had a library full of movies which he carefully cataloged.
Every Friday we would have movie night where we would indulge in unhealthy snacks while watching a film. popcorn and other snacks as we gathered around the television to view the featured film for the evening.
Like the average married couple (and I suppose it could be said that I was a little disagreeable) we would, at times, butt heads over which movie to watch. On this particular Friday I lost the war and as I sulked at the beginning of the film I was irritated that I found myself being sucked into the storyline. The Alfred Hitchcock (who by the way I’ve always greatly admired) movie was the 1954 Rear Window. If you’re even remotely familiar with Hitchcock’s films you’ve probably guessed that my all-time favorite outfit or in this case, costume, is one worn by Grace Kelly and you would be correct.
The outfit in Rear Window that screamed out to me was the eau de nil suit. The literal French translation of eau de nil (a color described as a pale yellowish-green from www.collinsdictionary.com) means water of (the) Nile. This very chic, tailored 50s style look consisted of 3 pieces of clothing and 7 few well-placed accessories. The website Clothes On Film has some wonderful pictures and descriptions of the suit however I wanted to give you an overview of the different pieces here:
- Hip-length jacket with a stand-up collar
- Calf-length pencil skirt
- White silk cross-over wrap halter top (without a display of cleavage I might add)
- White belt
- White gloves
- White veiled pillbox hat
- Choker length pearl necklace
- Chunky pearl bracelet
- Black heels
When Grace’s character took off the jacket I fell in love with the halter and made a vow that I would look for something similar and with the passage of time forgot. By virtue of sharing this favorite of mine with you today, the halter will now be placed once again on my list of items to procure.
I leave you today with a quote from Edit Head, one of Hollywood’s greatest designers and the creator of the suit in this post.
“Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady.” Edith Head