Gold Medal Glamour


My interest in fashion came later in life.  The majority of my youth was spent running bases, evading defenders, and dreaming of becoming an Olympian. So, with the Vancouver Games in full-swing, you can imagine my excitement — the drama, the glory, the heartbreak, and of course  — the outfits!

From bathing dresses to bikinis, women’s sportswear has taken quite the journey over the past century. This week, I’ll be exploring Olympic-inspired fashions, starting with this vintage shot of Carol Heiss, the 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist in Figure Skating. The first woman to land a double axle in competition, Heiss is seen here performing in Central Park in a chic collegiate-inspired outfit. I love how her sweet girl-next-door ensemble allows her extraordinary athleticism to shine through. Plus, if you’re going to be spinning and twisting – of course you should show off a twirling skirt – just remember to wear leggings underneath!

If you are loving Carol’s look, try pairing together the Belle of the Ball Skirt in Charm with the My Antonia Top.

Have you been watching the Olympics? Which athlete’s style do you love?

About Sarah

Who would have thought the little girl in the oversized Goofy t-shirt would grow up to become a fashion writer? Definitely not young Sarah; she was too busy daydreaming about becoming a ninja. A native New Englander, Sarah's goal is to one day own a lake or beach house -- she changes her mind daily. She has a mean curveball and once tried out for the Olympics. She loves pretty purses, going to baseball games, and will go to extraordinary lengths for chocolate. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a Bachelor's Degree in Awesomeness.

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2 Responses to Gold Medal Glamour

  1. Katie 02/22/2010 at 7:59 pm #

    Aww, I love her look! I’ve been into the “skater” dresses I’ve seen on some, ahem, other websites for a while now! Modcloth should totally get some!

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