Stellar Vintage #345: Sylvia Sidney in a white blouse with puff sleeves and Peter Pan collar over a black A-line skirt, 1930s.
Stellar Vintage #150: Sylvia Sidney in a pointy zig-zag hat, pearl drop earrings, floral coat and gloves.
Classic Film Fashion #145: Hungry ladies at The Automat in the 1930s are always well dressed.
In this clip from Sadie McKee (1934), Joan Crawford can barely afford a cuppa, even though she looks like she’s stepped out of a fashion spread. Also in 1934, Sylvia Sidney acted in a similar scene in Thirty Day Princess. Same goes for Jean Arthur in Easy Living in 1937. All three ladies are styled to the nines without a dollar in hand. Penury was no excuse for looking crap to the ladies of the silver screen. Smart hats, fur coats, flawless slap all around.
Classic Film Fashion #93: Sylvia Sidney’s rags-to-riches makeover in Thirty Day Princess (1934).
Long before she played Juno in Beetlejuice, Sylvia Sidney took top billing above Cary Grant in this rom-com about a down on her luck actress who takes a gig impersonating foreign royalty. The trouble is even when she’s cheating the Automat for a rare dinner, Sidney’s saucer-eyed dame still looks like a million bucks, turned out in a smart wide-collared jacket and perfect lippy. Her not too-dramatic makeover nevertheless features precious garments by costume designer Howard Greer, including a gown which fashions a chiffon spinal column, along with multiple versions of ruffles and pleats to puff a lady up. You need all the finery you can manage sharing the lead with Mr. Grant.