Rebecca C. Tuite

Rebecca Tuite is a writer, fashion historian and freelance journalist based in NYC.

She is also the author of "Seven Sisters Style: The All American Preppy Look."

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committedtotheweird:

The Vassar Girls of ‘67 vs The Vassar Girls of ‘10

Some serious Vassar Style right there! Love this piece!

committedtotheweird:

The Vassar Girls of ‘67 vs The Vassar Girls of ‘10

Some serious Vassar Style right there! Love this piece!

These covers just never get old! Amazing!

These covers just never get old! Amazing!

History’s Most Shocking Trends: Bloomers & America’s College Girls

I had a lot of fun recently being interviewed by journalist Denise Winterman for her BBC News piece, “Fashion: History’s Most Shocking Styles.” 

Although there are any number of surprising trends to consider, I talked about the Bloomer Suit of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. To women of the time, bloomers seemed like a rational alternative to cumbersome skirts, society was far from ready to accept the idea of young women “dressing like men.”

So head on over to BBC News and read more about why these bloomers were so scandalous… and how America’s earliest college girls were, once again, ahead of the fashion curve.

IMAGE ABOVE: Vassar College student jumping hurdles on field Day, 1918. Vassar College Archives.

IMAGE BELOW: Wellesely College student playing baseball in 1919. Wellesley College Archives.

Yet another perfect example of Vassar style!
perfectlibraries:

Vassar Library Panorama by Dalboz17

Poughkeepsie, USA

Yet another perfect example of Vassar style!

perfectlibraries:

Vassar Library Panorama by Dalboz17

Poughkeepsie, USA

Beautiful Jewett House on Move-In day during the 1950s.
des-paillettes:

these were my front steps when i was little.  now they’re gone.  

Beautiful Jewett House on Move-In day during the 1950s.

des-paillettes:

these were my front steps when i was little.  now they’re gone.  

Entry E - Yale and Vassar Siblings, Richard and Karen Frede ‘59

Karen Frede Nangle VC ‘59 and her brother, the best selling author Richard Frede, at Karen’s graduation. You can see Main building just behind them - and is this not the most chic examples of Yale Style/Vassar Style you have ever seen? 

You can read all about one of Richard Frede’s best selling pulp novels, ‘Entry E,’ in my new piece for www.ivy-style.com here: http://www.ivy-style.com/voice-in-the-dark-richard-fredes-entry-e-1958.html

HUGE thank you to Karen for sharing this with me!

Get ready for more of this Vassar Style in my book, “Vassar Style: Fashion, Feminism and 1950s American Media.” More details on the way…
theniftyfifties:

Female students in a group study session with a typewriter at Vassar College, 1953.

Get ready for more of this Vassar Style in my book, “Vassar Style: Fashion, Feminism and 1950s American Media.” More details on the way…

theniftyfifties:

Female students in a group study session with a typewriter at Vassar College, 1953.

(Source: keenkitty)

Gotta love the sweater sets!
theniftyfifties:

College girl fashions by Bernat Handicrafter, 1958.

Gotta love the sweater sets!

theniftyfifties:

College girl fashions by Bernat Handicrafter, 1958.

The pearls, the lipstick, the gown, the earrings… not hard to see why she became a HUGE part of the mid-century “Vassar Girl” style icon.

youngfirstlady:

Jackie, representing the formidable Kennedy women on the cover of LOOK magazine, October 20, 1960

The pearls, the lipstick, the gown, the earrings… not hard to see why she became a HUGE part of the mid-century “Vassar Girl” style icon.

youngfirstlady:

Jackie, representing the formidable Kennedy women on the cover of LOOK magazine, October 20, 1960

A little after my book’s timeframe, but still shows just how the “Vassar Girl” could always be a lucrative front page headline!
yehyehgrace:

Sir! - 1964

A little after my book’s timeframe, but still shows just how the “Vassar Girl” could always be a lucrative front page headline!

yehyehgrace:

Sir! - 1964