Today we have an entry from Mississippi diva Ashley, who proposed that we do Style Files with a throwback twist. In her intro letter, she said, “As a monthly feature, “Vintage Style,” would feature a fabulous look from the past, a modern way to rock it, and items along with their retailers where the pieces can be found!” For her post, she chose to profile classic Southern Belle, Whitley Gilbert. Enjoy!


“1987’s Cosby show spin-off A Different World was initially intended to be a vehicle for bohemian beauty Lisa Bonet. While we enjoyed Denise Huxtable’s antics for awhile, the show was inevitably stolen by the almost eerily polished Jasmine Guy. For six seasons southern debutante Whitley Gilbert (nee Wayne!) sashayed across the fictional Hillman College in an array of fur coats, Italian leather pumps, Louis bags, and a sickening arsenal of Chanel suits. The messages the show delivered were always positive (who else still watches the re-runs?) and more often than not punctuated with a chic look from their resident Southern Belle. Whitley’s wardrobe consisted of classics that would be appropriate in any situation and, most importantly, were timeless. The show ended in 1993, but Whitley’s style, as Mademoiselle herself would say, remains.
Want Whitley’s classic look, but with a modern flair? Try these cute (and affordable) pieces:”

1. Go International Houndstooth Pencil Skirt, $6. 2. Baby Rib Long Sleeve Turtleneck, $27. 3. Textured Metal Elastic Bracelet, $10. 4. Double Bead Necklace, $9. 5. Victorian Portrait Ring, $7. 6. Vintage Chanel 2.55 Quilted Bag, $2,250* 7. Diamondnet Fishnets (In Black), $9.50. 8. Skinny Minnie Belt Bright, $12.
*(Ok, I snuck one splurge in with the Chanel, but follow the link to borrow or steal it!)”
Ok, I love this idea! Imagine the other Vintage Styles we can profile: Diana Ross, Diahann Carroll, Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker…I love it.
Would it work as a new feature?