Flare Jeans and a Little History

Hello, everyone!

I did a post last month about my obsession with flare jeans. I ordered these, but they were ridiculously long (seriously, they completely covered my feet and I was standing on inches of fabric). Rather than have them hemmed and lose some (a lot) of the fun flare, I returned them and hit up the mall where I stopped into Lucky Brand. I’d never tried on their jeans before but thought I’d see what they had. The pair I found, the Brooke flare, fit great and were the perfect length for me. I also I really like the wash and the mid-rise, which works much better for my body shape than low-rise or high-rise jeans. As an added bonus, the pair I picked up was mispriced, and the store honored the price on the tag, which was $40 less than the price listed online. Score!

In addition to the mid-rise jeans I bought, Lucky also has a low-rise flare jean, the Lil Maggie. I didn’t try those on because I hate it when I sit down and my jeans sag down in the back and show my undies. I have a pair of low-rise jeans that do that, and I end up being a bit self-conscious when I wear them. I really prefer to not have to worry about my undergarments showing when I’m sitting down.

I opted to pair my flare jeans with this fun retro t-shirt I found at Old Navy a few years ago. I’ve always thought that this image is of Rosie the Riveter, but apparently it’s not (or at least it wasn’t intended to be Rosie the Riveter when the image was released).

What?!?!?!?

Norman Rockwell did a painting of “Rosie the Riveter” for the May 29, 1943, edition of the Saturday Evening Post, but the image on my t-shirt is of the popular “We Can Do It!” poster by J. Howard Miller, which was commissioned by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1942 to boost worker morale and was displayed only briefly in Westinghouse factories. Even though Rockwell’s painting is the considered the real Rosie  (the model for Rockwell’s painting, Mary Doyle Keefe, passed away yesterday), Miller’s version has come to be associated with and (incorrectly) called Rosie the Riveter. Rosie became an icon of the times, a symbol of women’s contributions to the war effort, and – more broadly – a symbol of female independence.

For more Rosie the Riveter fun, be sure to check out the song “Rosie the Riveter,” which was released in early 1943.

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Jeans: Lucky Brand Brooke Flare | T-Shirt: Old Navy (similar here and here) | Jacket: Old Navy | Sunglasses: Old Navy (similar here and here) | Boots: Crown Vintage (similar here and here)

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