An All-American OOTD and The Secret History of Yankee Doodle

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Today, in honor of the birth of American Independence, I am sharing an All-American OOTD that is reminiscent of Yankee Doodle.

We Americans tend to consider the song “Yankee Doodle” as a staple of American Patriotism.  Indeed, it remains the state song of Connecticut today.  However, if you know the context of the lyrics, they tell a very different story.  The song was originally sang by pre-Revolutionary British military to mock the disheveled, unsophisticated look of the colonial soldiers the served alongside in the French and Indian Wars.  The lyric, “Yankee Doodle went to London, just to ride a pony”, referred sarcastically to the Americans’  shortage of horses. “Stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni” referred to the lack of fashionable dressing the colonial Americans were thought to have.  The term “macaroni” was used by the British to describe the very chic way of dressing that was typical of the Italians during the Rococo Era.  Oh, America, just one more way we are the brilliantly naive little sister of Britain.

My All-American OOTD was inspired by the fashion of the Colonials.  This was the first time in history that stripes were ever considered fashionable in history and they became all the rage.  My outfit is built around the striped Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Jacket that I bought earlier this year.  You might remember another way I wore it from this NYFW post.  The early colonial days of America were also the first time women showed their ankles.  This was considered quite provocative, though, I have obviously taken this “shortening” to the extreme with my outfit today; I am not wearing pants at all!

The accessories I chose start with the incredible top hat from the 1800’s that is made of real beaver fur.  This thing is TRULY ancient and one of my most beloved, rare treasures.  I belted the voluminous vintage jacket with a cinched belt from Kiki de Montparnasse.  My jewelry includes a black cameo necklace from the turn-of-the-century, white colonial gloves, and pointy-toes embellished booties by Christian Lacroix.  The final touch is a bustle I created from a vintage Guy Laroche slip.

Outfit Details:

Coat: Vintage Jean-Charles de Castelbajac circa 1980’s

Choker: Handmade

Cameo Necklace: Vintage circa early 1900’s

Hat: Vintage circa 1800’s

Belt: Kiki de Montparnasse

Bustle: Vintage Guy Laroche slip circa 1980’s

Fishnets: Hue

Gloves: Vintage circa 1960’s

Purse: Unknown

Shoe: Christian Lacroix

Credits:

Photography by: Chris Knight, www.ChrisKnightPhoto.com 

Styling by: Karen Weaver, www.Ginger-Snap.com 

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