Trudy Cooper

I might not be outgoing, drive a sports car, or have my pilots license and Trudy Cooper might just be my opposite in every way possible but when it comes to her simple fashion I am happy to oblige myself in copying the things she wore.
I don't know if any of you are familiar with the recent abc mini series Astronaut Wives, but I have absolutely fallen in love with the show, and sadly its last episode will be airing this week (sniff). However, I must say that apart from the fashions of the show (totally swoon worthy) the general story line is quite gripping. From looking at the lives of the astronauts wives and all they go through, to witnessing the retelling of America's space history, this show is inspiring in more ways than one.

 Before I go on with today's post however here is a short synopsis of the TV show: 
ABC's new television drama series based on the book by Lily Koppel, "The Astronaut Wives Club" focuses on seven women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As America's astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, the lives of their young wives were transformed, seemingly overnight, from military spouses to American royalty. As their celebrity rose, and tragedy began to touch their lives, they rallied together. abc.com

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LENGTHY POST AHEAD :) :) 


Okay....okay...now I know that you all have been anticipating a post that I have been hinting at and excitedly mentioning over the past couple of weeks (plus a treasure I picked up on my trip last week), well......this is it!!! Now, from your perspective it might not seem like that exciting of a post so let me give a little back story as to why this post is so exciting for me :)

First, as I mentioned before I have fallen on love with Astronaut Wives Club for more reasons than one but one of the biggest is the fashions. The series spans from 1959-1971 so you can imagine the evolution of fashion and style throughout the show (utterly breathtaking!!). Second, one of my favorite characters is Trudy Cooper. As I also mentioned above she is my TOTAL opposite in every way! She has a pilots licence for one thing, she drives a sports car while all of the other wives drive station wagons, she is quite independent and outgoing, and she hardly ever appears in a dress (capris and slacks most of the time). However, I absolutely love all of the 50's-60's capri outfits she sports throughout the show and while I was at Goodwill a few weeks back just happened to find this sweater top and pair of capris . Lets just say I was dancing around in the changing room and thinking "OH MY GOSH......I look like Trudy Cooper!!!!!" and already planning a post in my head (plus the sweater top is mustard yellow....bonus). 
Top: Thrifted; Pants: Thrifted (Talbot's)
Now you are probably wondering: 
"But Madison, you said you picked up a treasure while on your trip and were going to share it on the blog???"  
Okay, now I am getting to that :) What was the treasure you might ask? Well......first off for those of you who follow me on Instagram, you might remember a picture I posted two weeks ago featuring a DIY LIFE magazine Here. Well, when I was first planning the post I wanted to use a magazine as a prop and thus endeavored to make my own LIFE magazine with the original Astronaut Wives Cover. However, that brings me to my treasure......while antique shopping last week I just so happened to find a stack of magazines at an antique store (the first store) in Gruene Texas and was perusing the covers looking for anything interesting. Well, I just so happened to come across a LIFE magazine (I have been wanting one for awhile) and looked at the date which said 1962......then I read the cover title......I couldn't believe it.....the cover story was the orbit of John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth as part of NASA's group "Mercury Seven."  John Glenn is just one of the seven astronauts in the TV Show but the fact that I found a life magazine from 1962 with the article was beyond me......I was FREAKING OUT (as you can imagine). What are the odds that I would be planning a blog post inspired by the TV show Astronaut Wives and then find a LIFE magazine with an article about one of the astronaut's orbits and his family, particularly his wife Anne who was another one of my favorite characters!!!! (Side Note: for those of you who have seen the movie BELLE, the actor who plays John in the movie plays John Glenn in Astronaut Wives....just FYI) What is even cooler (back to real life) is that after his time as a Test pilot with "Mercury Seven" John Glenn went on to become a Unite States Senator (he is now 94). 
And before I stop myself from rambling to long about the Glenn family, I must say a few things about Anne Glenn :) First off, as I noted before I loved her character in the show. She is very supportive, a great friend, and very quiet. When you first meet her in the show she doesn't every say a word and come to find out she actually stutters, but that is what makes me love her even more because she doesn't ever let that stop her from supporting her husband and friends. Okay, I am done :)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe ; Shades: Forever 21 ; Magazine: Antique Store
Toby makes a good prop too !
Now, what more can I say in this post.....hmm.......I could go on a on about so many things so let me talk a little more about the shows costumes and about my ensemble. As I have said the show spans from 1959-1971 thus throughout the episodes we witness full skirted 50's dresses, to tailored and printed 60's dresses and jacket sets, then towards the end moving into brighter colors and crazy prints of the 70's. If you ever need inspiration for the 50's-60's this show if full of swoon worthy ensembles. Which brings me to what I am wearing in today's post. While my ensemble might not be identical to anything that Trudy actually wore in the series it is definitely something that she would have been happy to wear on a daily basis. 

Usually I am not one to wear many pants or capris (to me skirts are more comfortable) but when I found this pair of Talbot's capris at Goodwill I was happy to try them on and thrilled that they fit! Most often on the blog you readers see me wearing ensembles inspired by the 40's or 50's but I must say I am really LOVING this 1960's capri look.......super comfortable, especially with this Rayon/Nylon blend sweater that I picked up at Goodwill that same day. All in all I was so excited to work on this post and bring to life the inspiration I drew from a character in Astronaut Wives (maybe we will see a few more insp. posts from characters???). Also, can I just say that it is so exciting when you discover a new way to do your hair! I wanted to copy Trudy's hair to the best of my abilities and while the picture of Trudy below is a shorter curl, most often in the series Trudy sports a looser wavy curled style (which I tried to copy). Lets just say I think I know how I will do my hair for the first day of the Fall semester. 
Trudy vs. Me
Me as an Astronaut Wife
Sometimes it is fun to do something a little different than just an ordinary outfit post. Thus for someone (me) who tend to freak out, critic, and copy costumes/outfits from movies and TV shows this post was right up my ally. 
I hope you all enjoyed a little something different with all of my enthusiasm, rambling, and excitement! 

Have any of you seen The Astronaut Wives Club?

Would you wear a 1960's capri ensemble? 

Have you ever found any great LIFE magazines?

P.S. Don't forget to stop over to STANDOUTgirl to catch last weeks post! 





23 comments

  1. I'm new to your blog and I really like it!
    This outfit is awesome especially the mustard top. Now I want one just like it!
    ~Kristen
    DreamaCrochet on Etsy

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    1. Oh yay....Welcome:) So glad you enjoyed this post and outfit!
      -Madison

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  2. Such a lovely outfit! Now I really want to recreate this look! It's so cool how you found so many things related to this show! I have never seen it, but I may have to check it out sometime. :)

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    1. By all means you should recreate it :) I was super excited to find so many things that related to the show, and yes....if you love vintage you should check it out sometime.
      -Madison

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  3. I have never thought of myself as a great fan of sixties fashion, but I think this ensemble and the grace with which you wear it has quite changed my mind. :)

    And I am now pondering how I could best fit this style into my closet as I love the easy balance between great style and simple comfort!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment dear. I have never been much into the 60's either. However, after seeing all of the adorable capri ensembles that are worn in the show I fell in love with the simple and comfortable take on the 1960's fashion. I would highly encourage fitting this look into your closet...totally worth it and extremely comfortable :)
      xo
      -Madison

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  4. You look so immensely chic and timelessly pretty.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Oh thank you so much Jessica!
      xo
      -Madison

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  5. I love this show! And of course, your outfit is just darling. Definitely something Trudy would wear! I hope you keep up the posts inspired by characters. Very fun :)

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    1. Yay! Love hearing from people who watch it too:) I think I will definitely keep the doing posts here and there inspired by characters!
      -Madison

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  6. You look divine! Fantastic outfit! I love mustard on you, trés chic!

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    1. Thank you so much! Isn't mustard yellow the best!!
      xo
      -Madison

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  7. It's awesome that you found that article in the Life magazine, what a coincidence! This look really really suits you, I love it!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. I was pretty excited about the article myself:) Thanks for your comment!
      xo
      -Madison

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  8. I found out about the show too late to watch the first couple of episodes for free on either cable provider or hulu.com. :( Maybe I'l buy the first couple episodes though, as I love the whole space travel era and any TV show with 50s-early 70s fashion is right up my alley too. Want to know something funny? My church's old pastor went to school with John Glenn. :D

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    1. I cannot believe your old pastor went to school with John Glenn.....what are the odds!!! Bummer about missing the first couple of episodes but you should definitely try to catch them sometime....totally worth it for the beginning back story. And I do have to agree that the whole era of space travel is quite intriguing, besides the fact that it is 50's-70's which makes it even better:)
      -Madison

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  9. I love movie character inspired outfits! I can't believe how adorable this outfit is...I have never been interested in any fashion past the 50's, but I've been slowly seeing 60's outfits that are so cute! I love how you did your hair and makeup!
    I have two questions for you, if you don't mind. :)
    1) What editor did you use to get that vintage look on the photo of you watching the sky?
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    2) How appropriate, overall, is The Astronaut Wives Club? Is there any profanity or sensual content?

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    1. Thanks for your comment Natalie, and great questions.
      1) I used Pixlr to edit the picture of me looking at the sky. Don't remember all I did, but I know I added a vintage color and then a canvas overly.
      2) As for the overall appropriateness, there are a few scenes here and there that I was not to happy with as for more sensual content. Nothing is ever shown per say (not that anything over the top happens), but things are implied a few times and one of the husbands isn't all the faithful in the beginning of the series. I would say the first 3-4 episodes have the most iffy scenes at times (unfortunately most TV shows do now a days). And there might be a little bit of language, but i didn't notice to much. I would definitely say that if you are really careful in what you watch there might be some things you are no okay with, I know there were a number of things I wish they would not have included but I did still watch it (even though it at times I would say it crossed the line for things I normally watch).
      Hope that helps!
      -Madison

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    2. Madison,
      Thank you!! Your feedback was just what I wanted to know.

      And thanks so much for the follow! :)

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  10. I'm totally in love with The Astronaut Wives Club, so when I saw you post this I got super excited! I so agree, all the clothes in the film are swoon worthy. You totally got Trudy's look down and you look super cute in it too. Now I wanna create an outfit inspired by the show myself!

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    1. Oh yay!! I always get so excited about posts that are about things I love so I am glad this post was interesting for you:) You should definitely try this look in your wardrobe sometime.
      xo
      -Madison

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  11. Your outfit looks SO comfortably stylish Madison. And you pull off the silhouette so well too! Lovely!

    Blessings,
    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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