Dear Friend,

It was only a year ago that I first came across the San Franciscan brand Lilli Ann on the beautiful vintage blog Vintage Suburbia. Maria has a formidable collection of Lilli Ann pieces that all look wonderful on her. This collection includes wonderfully tailored suits and one particularly breathtaking magenta swing coat- sigh, I am so jealous. To add to my jealousy she is living in France for a few years…you should really check out her blog, it’s a great read and I’m sure you will love it!

How that chance encounter has changed my vintage lustings and dreams!

These suits and coats were made to the highest of standards and opitimise style, quality and femininity.

These gorgeous suits changed my ideals and I now hanker to incorporate nipped waist jackets and skirts into my repertoire. Up until that point my main vintage leanings had been towards 1950’s full-skirted day dresses and 1940’s tailored dresses/co-ordinates.

I have always admired the Dior New Look style but never believed I could transfer the look to myself and my wardrobe…but now I am determined to have at least a few pieces, including at least one Lilli Ann…I have even begun a Pinterest board devoted to the brand…please feel free to add any and all pickies you may have!

I will devote a post entirely to Lill Ann in the near future because I am wandering off my topic, AGAIN.

The only problem with these dreams of mine is that( by vintage standards) my waist was the equivalent of an X-large and there are very few suits around in this size….let alone having a choice of colour, cut, fabric or brand.

 To this end, I began a ‘reducing regime’ a few months ago…not a diet …a regime of eating better food and eating smaller portions.

Mid Century/Book/ Better Homes & Garden Diet Book/1950s


                This has involved a major change in my attitude to food…but I tell myself   ” If I want to dress like a 1950’s woman, I need to eat like a 1950’s woman”. So I did a little research into the goal weights for 1950’s adults and found this natty little chart.


According to the chart above I should be around 56 kilos, which I haven’t been since I was 15 years old, and I don’t think I ever will be again. So I have decided to discard the chart system and scales and set myself a goal of losing inches off my waist.


I have set myself the task of reducing my waist to a 30 inch circumference, I was previously a 34.5 inch. I am well aware that his is by no means a tiny waist, I really don’t want to lose all my curves. I am about half way to my goal and once there I am hoping that a good waist training corset will enable me to reduce down to a 27-28 inch waist. Many of the suits that I have seen and wanted to but on etsy have had a 28 inch skirt waist.

I still eat treats, but not so often and not in any great volume. I have learnt to say ‘no’ more than I say ‘yes’ and to be honest I think I am actually enjoying my food more than I did previously.

So fingers crossed for me gals and I will keep you posted!


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