That’s right, vintage stylistas. Today is my birthday and I did a little googling and found out Donna Reed, the queen of mid-century marital domestication, and I were born on the same day. Perhaps that explains my obsession with those 50s and 60s shirtwaist dresses with the full skirts. Not so crazy about the stepford wife lifestyle, but dressing like one is another story!
Here is a photo of Donna Reed in all her 50’s housewifely glory.
Checking her son’s temperature wearing one of her little shirtwaisters with an adorable apron.
Of course, her look on the Donna Reed Show is the one most people remember. But I’ve found a bunch of great pictures on FanPix.Net that show off her glamorous side.
She also starred in many films before her television career, including It’s a Wonderful Life with James Stewart, The Benny Goodman Story, Last Time I Saw Paris and even won an Oscar for supporting actress in From Here to Eternity with Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra.
And here are a couple fabulous Donna Reed worthy dresses I found at Vintage Viruosa, just in case anyone wants to buy me a birthday present!
60’s green chiffon shirtwaister
Pretty pink floral shirwaist dress