1960s Banana Earrings & Randolph Street Market Outfit

Since we’re so starved for sun a majority of the year in Chicago, our summers are always packed with street fests, outdoor music concerts, garage sales and my favorite, flea markets! I’ve been so busy enjoying the warm temperatures and sunshine that sadly the blog has been neglected. Right now I’m working through a backlog of photos including the outfit pictures that Luis of ChiCity Trends took of me at last week’s Randolph Street Market. Thank you for all the feedback on the overview post I did of the market, it was difficult to leave some of those items behind!
Those of you who follow designer trends in the contemporary fashion world have likely heard of Prada’s S/S 2011 banana earrings done in honor of 1920s risque dancer Josephine Baker (who made the banana skirt famous). Surprisingly I found my 1960s glass banana earrings at an Evanston indoor flea market/rummage sale a few months before Prada debuted their line. It’s funny how my vintage finds often coordinate with what’s going on in high fashion!
Prada’s version of the banana earrings (they’re made of plastic) and a pair also inspired by Josephine Baker. Image from Fashion Bomb Daily.
1970s Chevron Dress: Popkiller Second, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
1970s Floppy black straw hat: Downtown millinery shop in Los Angeles
1970s Leather Saddlebag: Buffalo Exchange, Chicago
1980s (?) leather belt: Brown Elephant, Chicago
1960s banana earrings: Evanston flea market
1950s ROTC Medal: Rosemont Flea Market, Chicago
GAP jean jacket: Good Will Thrift Store, Madison, Wisconsin
Espadrille Wedges: Shoe Village of Liliw, Philippines


Despite my adoration of vintage jewelry I usually steer clear of bracelets– this summer, however, I can’t get enough of bangles. I found this set of 3 wooden bangles at a local thrift store and my 1920s onyx and gold ring was found at a Wicker Park flea market 2 years ago.

A close up of the banana earrings. Yes, they definitely remind me of Andy Warhol’s silkscreen images every time I wear them.
One of the many unusual items I came across at the Randolph Street Market was this armadillo purse. Jenny of Hummingbird Girls owns a very similar bag.
Left to right: Luis of ChiCity Trends, Veronika of Tick Tock Vintage, Tieka of Selective Potential and me. Photo by Andrea of Blonde Bedhead.
I was lucky to be roaming the Randolph Street Market with three lovely bloggers. You can see the photos they took and their point of view on our adventures here: Veronika’s roundup at Tick Tock Vintage, Luis at ChiCity Trends and Tieka at Selective Potential.
Left to right: Me, Andrea of Blonde Bedhead, Veronika of Tick Tock Vintage and Tieka of Selective Potential. Photo by Luis of ChiCity Trends.
Here is a full length photo of our outfits taken inside during the blogger mimosa brunch sponsored by Randolph Street Market. Thank you Luis for the wonderful photos and to Randolph for hosting us.

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  1. Hey there,
    Thanks for your comments. I love reading about your day trips. Your thrift blogging is what got me started in the first place!
    I love the banana earrings. I was trying to think of what they reminded me of and then I remembered the Josephine Baker banana skirts at the end of Bryan Ferry's "Limbo" video. Here's the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1gZTDimOrk or just enter Bryan Ferry Limbo at YouTube.

    You've got so much style!

  2. I was bummed to miss the brunch thing but we were out in the woods. I LOVE your banana earrings, even if I admit I don't know anything about high fashion and wouldn't have known the Prada connection.

  3. Thank you for following my blog! I'm following you too! I adore your banana earrings, and the rest of your colorful outfit. I'm having sensory overload after viewing your photos from the Randolph Street Market.

    much love,

    Crystal Lee

  4. My armadillo buddy has a long lost twin!! We could have been taxidermy twins as well πŸ™‚ Your outfit is just so summer perfect lady. And your banana earrings are just lovely (especially since I love bananas so much!) Oh, and in other news, Matty and I are planning a trip to Chicago sometime in July! Only for a day or two but I would very much like to see you in person!! xx

  5. haha armadillo purses always freak me out a bit but they are awesome πŸ˜€ you girls all look so lovely! sure stylished-up the place you were at πŸ™‚

    Btw I totally do outfit repeats! but most of the time I wear like a different pair of shoes or a different cardigan with it, or I try something different with my hair. The possibilities are endless when your wardrobe focusses on dresses, so many ways to combine them πŸ™‚

  6. Love the photos, love the dress, and the earrings are totally cute! I've never been much of a bracelet gal myself but find myself wearing vintage and thrifted cuffs these days. Looks like a totally fun outing!

  7. Love the banana earrings! Love them! I want that whole spread of Prada pieces but it goes to show the look can always be had, and for less! Bravo for catching them before the line even came out!

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