Retro Bombshells, do you ever feel like you've jumped the shark?

Do you ever feel like you've gone too far with this look? I returned a pair of red pumps a few weeks ago because I felt like they would push my outfits into costume territory.

Now I am considering the hot pink Kate Spade pumps and I'm concerned about the same thing. Do you ever worry about looking too Betty Boop?

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  • Transcona Shannon replied 11 years ago

    I'm probably not the right person to respond since I've worn red and white polka dot shoes with a red and white polka jacket over a floral dress!!!

    I don't think those gorgeous pink pumps will make anything look costumey Rita. I find my Doc Sara's can be troublesome like when I paired them with my red and white polka dot jacket and felt a little like Minnie Mouse all day. But these pink beauties are too classy to be seen as anything else. And it's all in what you pair them with.

  • Inge replied 11 years ago

    I agree with Shannon, Rita. You could wear the pink pumps in so many different ways,

  • annagybe replied 11 years ago

    You don't do winged black eyeliner, red lipstick and a victory roll. I think those shoes will be fine.

  • modgrl replied 11 years ago

    They went down in price and they are on their way to me. You'll all be the judges soon.

  • Vicki replied 11 years ago

    I'll stand with the others and say that these beauties are classic, feminine footwear and I'm so glad they are now yours.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 11 years ago

    WHOO HOO Rita!!! I'm so excited for you!

  • Meredith1953 replied 11 years ago

    The shoes are a beautiful and classic style. Definitely NOT Betty Boopish! They are lovely in both the pink and the blue.

  • Inge replied 11 years ago

    Excellent news:-)

  • Transcona Shannon replied 11 years ago

    Wow - I just checked the price. That's quite the reduction...makes me kinda drool a bit over the blue ones...

  • goldenpig replied 11 years ago

    I'm probably not one to talk either since I consider myself sort of retro-bombshell and go for pretty crazy looks myself but I think those pink pumps look very classic and not costumey at all. Pink is a neutral, right? I'm glad you're getting them!

  • rae replied 11 years ago

    Many of us here flirt with that costumey line at times, so it's definitely possilbe to wear a statement piece like that without jumping the shark. Hey, if I can wear knee high, strap-rivet-and-shin-guard bedecked boots to my job at the bank, pink pumps should be A-ok for you. Like Anna said, you aren't doing the full retro hair and makeup thing at the same time.

  • catgirl replied 11 years ago

    I love them for you! This is so not my style, so I am quick to think it's costumey, and these shoes are not in any way OTT to me. They look very classic and modern at the same time, even in pink. Sometimes I think Kate Spade is my shadow style, though ONLY Kate Spade and not the general look.

  • replied 11 years ago

    I love them. I hope you enjoy wearing them.

  • RandomThoughts (Andrea) replied 11 years ago

    Well, I am probably a terrible person to ask since I love the full on Rockabilly look (it's just so not me) but no, I don't think those shoes are pushing into costume territory at all.

    As Anna said, it's the details that would push it into that area. (and even then I would say go for it!)

  • MsMary replied 11 years ago

    I think they are fab. I have LOVED my pink KS pumps (with rainbow heels, yet already!) and don't feel the least bit costumey in them. So glad you took the plunge!

    And if I weren't on SYC, those blue ones might well be on their way to me...

  • Sara L. replied 11 years ago

    They look like classic pumps to me in a fun bright color. I don't think retro when I look at them.

  • Jaime replied 11 years ago

    What's wrong with Betty Boop? I am not a pumps person, but I am short and I would wear these without hesitation.

  • Theodora replied 11 years ago

    1. Goldenpig: I almost hit the floor laughing! "Pink is a neutral, right?" Love it! I'm with you, let's call it a neutral!!

    2. modgrl- those shoes are so perfect, and classic. I think of Betty Boop shoes as more mary jane-like, and with a strap. Not over the top at all! can't wait to see them!

  • Abie replied 11 years ago

    I love those shoes and to me they seem like they would be pretty versatile.

    To answer your general question, I struggle with the same. It's a look I gravitate to because I think it suits me very well but I constantly battle with whether I'm going too costume-ish.

    When I had the custom dresses made over the summer I was careful to not pick the red polka dots for instance because I was afraid the combo of the style and the dots would be too much into that territory. I do have a red polka dotted top though with the same vibe that I feel is easier to mix up.

    Sometimes I just go for it though, because at the end of the day, costume or not, I really like the style and I think it looks great on me.

  • goldenpig replied 11 years ago

    Theodora--it's a little YLF joke--whenever someone wants to buy or wear something brightly colored or loudly patterned but isn't sure if it's going to be too much, we justify it by saying it's a neutral! Red is a neutral for sure, and apparently so is leopard print according to MaryK.

    Rita--I for one would love to find some red Betty Boop pumps! After your urging in my other thread and this one, I broke down and ordered a pair of cobalt blue ones from Nordstrom at the 40% off. I also had them price match a pair of turquoise ones at the local Kate Spade shop. Not sure which color to keep. Will have to see which one looks more versatile when they arrive! Thanks Rita! I think you'll look great in your pink ones!

  • Kiwichik replied 11 years ago

    You have to get those shoes they are gorgeous.

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