Vintage Fashion Earrings

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Lately a lot of earrings! They are so interesting that they deserve their own little vignette.

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From Hand Painted Porcelain to Mod Sixties!

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Celluloid from the 1930s on a silver filigree back.

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Fifties Large Plastic Disc Clip Ons!

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Everyone needs one lipstick holder with a flip open mirror. Right?

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Vintage Fashion is fun – even if you don’t wear jewelry. It is a fantasy land just as Diana…

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Vintage Fashion: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Not sure how it happened. There are so many coats here that I want to name them. Not such a far-fetched idea because they each have a personality of their own. I have decided to show them without much editorial since they speak volumes.
The first coat is not a coat, but rather a Hand-Made Cape in Wool.

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Next, a car coat, so named because the shorter length is easier to negotiate the getting in and out of a vehicle!

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This Pendleton Coat for men, kind of looks like a rancher might wear this on Sunday.

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A Varsity Jacket from High School. Tell me, have you ever had a cute young man slip one of these on your shoulders?

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A zippered light-weight jacket for running – this one is Adidas. Pretty cool!

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Look at the buttons on this coat! So June Cleaver!

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Then, for another day, a going to the city and I want to stay warm because it is so cold outside coat. With this coat, no one will care what you have underneath.

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This red plaid jacket by Pendleton is just about the nerdiest, ugliest jacket that I have ever seen. I thought about this jacket and ugly sweater contests. I just know this jacket would “win” the ugly Christmas Contest. . .

So, I decided to give this jacket to one lucky person! If you need this jacket for your next office event or maybe as a gift for a truly special co-worker then look no further. Leave a comment, we will draw a name . . . And announce the new owner next Saturday right here! There is only one stipulation, please send a photo of the jacket on the lucky winner.
By the way, the jacket is about a size 10.

How exciting! Our first give away.

If you can’t pick it up, no worries, we will send it to you – quickly. In time for Christmas!

 

 

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Vintage Fashion

IMG_6683I have been watching The Paradise on PBS; I admit that I began watching it as a fix. I missed that other series about Mr. Selfridge. Imagine, all the way from Marshall Field to London. The spirit of the age (the Zeitgeist) is palpable in both series – the optimism in modern science, technology, and industrialization influenced style, fashion and taste. The world, they believed, was a better place for all of humanity. And in many ways, their world view was well-founded on the evidence around them – electricity, communication, transportation and medicine. Their style was a visual display of modern luxury  – new luxuries like turning on a light past dark and reading!  It was a revolution.

THE LUXURY OF VINTAGE FASHION

Today, the marketplace is brimming with readily available and fashionable clothing; yet all too often, fine craftsmanship has disappeared – at an affordable price. Part of the appeal of vintage fashion is that we can enjoy beautiful materials and workmanship without breaking our budget. And, there is also social responsibility – vintage goods of all kinds are integral to a sustainable economic system. Whew! Having said all of that, vintage clothing is a part of history.

I enjoy the theater of dress – and the theater created by Mr. Selfridge and the ficitonal, Mr. Moray. I marvel at the clothing Ginger Rodgers wore as she danced away the night, Katherine Hepburn in pants that flowed like a skirt and followed every curve. And so on . . . like Ingrid Bergman, who looked beautiful no matter what she wore – and still looks beautiful behind a mink stole on a mannequin in a small, very small vintage store. Hmmm, that brings up fur and the bad wrap it has in today’s world (no pun intended)  . . . The allure of the forties was elegance. Growing up, there were women who attended church with a fur coat – my great aunt was one of them. It was Chicago. In Chicago, winter is cold – no matter what the temperature, the wind off the lake is cold. . . the antidote before the new man made ultra loft fillings was fur. Fur is warm . . . Last winter, I wore a vintage fur jacket and now, I do not think that I could give it up. I hate being cold when I am outside – and I like being out of doors.

When I run across beautiful things that are appealing and bring to mind an era of fashion then I can imagine that they would add personality, color and even usefulness in the present to a wardrobe. So it is with the sequined dress made in Italy with fine wool and hand sewn sequins that are 1/2 in diameter. I am not so good with a camera – capturing the play of light is difficult and so too, it is impossible to portray the fit. This dress is short enough and tight enough but not form fitting.  . . . actually it is perfect!

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I am also quite taken with the pure all out eighties look of the long dress that takes off from the psychedelia of the seventiesIMG_5819. . . .look at the gold coins! Not the kind of dress to wear if you do not want to be noticed. . . . The colors are disco happy. Hard to imagine having a bad time wearing this dress. The detail in this dress is absolutely excellent – lined, the coins are hand applied as is the gold trim. I imagine that shimmery sandals would work well and still allow perfect comfort . . . my daughter, who knows so much more about fashion than I, suggested the fur stole. And of course, she is right – partly because, this dress seems to require an extraordinary occasion and a puffy coat, well, it would be out of sync . . . but a stole, like a mink stole would make it theater . . .

Lots and lots of new things in store that I hope to get online – lots of slip dresses, and new vintage imported from Austin,  reminiscent of my hippie past.

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