This Girl Can’t Help It

During a recent insomnia-fueled night, I watched The Girl Can’t Help It and as usual fawned over Jayne Mansfield’s memorable outfits, the sparkly red evening gown, the tight brown sweater accented with gold jewelry and topped off with a beret, and the sheer white button blouse with a white bustier underneath. Swooning over these are pretty much a given, but there was also a minor character who caught my attention: the cigarette girl. You know, the one who took off her cigarette tray and danced a jig with Tom Ewell’s character.

When I was younger, I loved seeing pillbox hat-wearing cigarette ladies on the silver screen. I wanted to be one, second to my choice of being a maestro, which was apparent when I used to mock the church choir conductor and pretend I was waving around a baton all throughout mass. Oh snap! Mr. Holland’s Opus up in there.


Anyway, Miu Miu’s Spring 2008 designs came to mind when I watched that scene, perhaps because of the puffy short skirt.



I realized I need to get me a cigarette lady-inspired outfit to match my beautiful new, high heels from the wonderland known as Target. Hello mommas….

Mmm, I love those shoes. Now the problem with getting a Miu Miu skirt is that it’s four hundred bones! I think it is time to sound the dressmaker alarm again. I am so [sew] jealous all of you people who can make their own clothes. When I was in Girl Scouts, I was way more into choreographing a dance routine paroding NKOTB’s “The Right Stuff” than learning how to sew. You should see the “dish purse” I made once. Not exactly top of the line.

I am also digging that red flower tied around her ankle. I did the same sort of thing once, but with a red bow of course. Adds a cute little detail. I’m so fucking costume-y. What if one of these days I start wearing Big Dog shirts and khaki pants? Or maybe it’s making up for later on in life when I open my Happy Panda Nude Colony for Senior Citizens..

Here’s a present for you!

Little Richard- “The Girl Can’t Help It”


1 star { 05.15.08 at 2:47 pm }

I fully support your costume-wearing. please wear more and document your interactions with humans.

2 leylabot { 05.15.08 at 4:08 pm }

haha… i love that black one. Is that still considered a dress?

3 pepper { 05.16.08 at 10:16 am }

i think more people should be costumey. bigdog shirts are a crime.

i was just thinking to myself how gross it would be if i wore YOGA PANTS anywhere but my home.

4 Shaun { 05.21.08 at 8:15 am }

Marie, you’ve done it again. Great blog! I can’t wait to add all these great films to my Netflix queue.

I concur with you on those dresses. That Miu Miu horizontal striped get up on the far right is heaven on a human.



5 Neil { 05.21.08 at 11:05 am }

I’m not exactly sure why, but I have “The Girl Can’t Help It” down as one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. And great music.

6 kater { 05.22.08 at 6:17 am }

Hello! I just popped over here from Fashion is Spinach, I couldn’t help but be attracted to your name, and between that and The Girl Can’t Help It I have all kinds of new insane love for your blog! It’s really really lovely :)

(Do you happen to be a Francesca Lia Block fan, btw? I thought you might be, because of the movie and ‘agent lover’, but as an English major it’s a habit to create connections that aren’t there!)

7 Vidalia { 05.22.08 at 11:20 am }

those shoes don’t LOOK like they come from Target. dayum.

8 Sarah { 05.29.08 at 9:59 am }

The flower on the ankle, by far, is my favorite part.

And thanks for reminding me that I love Jayne Mansfield.

9 marie { 05.29.08 at 10:21 am }

Hello you guys!! Jayne Mansfield is so great, especially with all those rumors of her and LaVey.
I need to post a new blog. MAWR!

@kater- Yes…it is partly from Weetzie Bat! I love it when people get the reference! <3

10 C-Monster { 06.15.08 at 6:46 pm }

did you seriously get those shoes at target? gorgeous!

11 Agent Lover -Your recommended dosage of whimsical absurdity » Lenora Claire’s Birthday at Houdini Mansion { 06.18.08 at 9:01 pm }

[...] me. Surprisingly, I did not trip and roll down the stairs like a big wheel of cheddar cheese. Those Target heels are like secret agent party girl weapons! If I can survive walking around Houdini Mansion in those, [...]

12 Alexa { 08.15.10 at 7:19 pm }

I love the cigarette girl look as well! I can’t believe those shoes were from Target either. Nice!

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