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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pre-styled Vintage Clothing from Other People's Trash

Some of us love shopping, others despise the thought of it. In the end, we all have to do it at some point in time. Despite this, even some of the most stubborn anti-shopping types like to shop for vintage clothing. Why is this? In my opinion, vintage clothing elicits memories from our past. This can be very comforting, especially when the future is a big "?" for most of us. 

A common "?" for those who shop for vintage is, "Where and how would I wear this?"  I hear this more often than not and would like to help those who wonder the "wear"and how. In the images below you will see pre-styled looks that I have put together, purely vintage pieces that complement each other, yet can be worn separately. 

All items are for sale and available for Paypal and ship, so please feel free to contact me with questions in regards to sizing or pricing.

Look One: 

I really love this look. The jeans are to die for, with embroidery on the sides and a super high waist. A crop top with peplum detailing can help balance proportions with a look like this, and keep with the western theme. The bag was hand crafted in Morocco (my dream vacation destination) and the hand beaded belt appears to be a souvenir from Colorado.  Finishing off the look is a pair of cowboy boots, what else? 







Look Two:

I am a really big fan of monochromatic dressing. Truthfully, I would wear this outfit with a green hat and bag but I decided to not go too overboard. Using a neutral like black is the perfect way to get as close to monochrome dressing as possible. A ladylike look such as this warrants an ultra femme hat, high heels, and structured bag. 






Look Three: 

Ah, the amazing orange coat. This piece is something so special and unique. It is something that you cannot find today. I personally love to mix orange and blue, and this camera bag is an amazing complement to the look. An oversized hat and geometric heels add some structure.





Look Four: 

This look screams spring and all the beauty that comes with it. A cocktail dress with surplice neckline and gathered waist complements various body types. A vibrant pink hat and yellow shoes bring out the various colors in the dress. Because of the this, keep other accessories neutral, like this brown belt and bag. 




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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Vintage Vantage Point: Cloche Hats and Vintage Chairs

I have been blogging for a few years now and it has never crossed my mind to use a prop in photos, until today. Thanks to my boyfriend, I was reminded of a really great vintage chair we found at a thrift store. I have something planned for it in the future, but for now it will maintain its sunny yellow color. 

My outfit today was a layering success. I started off with a simple button down blouse that has a tunic length. On top of that is a vintage wool overcoat of neutral tones that is for sale, see below. My hat is a cloche, a bell shaped hat which gained popularity in the 1920s. These are rarely seen today, but I am hoping that changes as they are very feminine and flattering. 

My slouch pants, you know that I love them, have a spotted appearance that adds depth. To finish up the look, I am wearing ankle booties. You cannot see detail in these photos, but they are faux pony hair, which adds another form of texture to my outfit. 


Hat - TJMaxx
Shirt - H&M
Brooch - My grandmother's 
Overcoat - Vintage, for sale!
Pants - TJMaxx
Booties - Libby Edelman







Bag - Vintage
Rings - Some vintage, some new


Some fun photos from the 1920s of women wearing cloche hats!




Photos from Idda van Muster

I hope that you have a wonderful week! 

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Vintage Valentine's Day Outfit Inspiration

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and before you know it, we will be welcoming spring. Many people choose to dislike Valentine's Day, but I feel that it is a holiday that everyone can enjoy whether you are single or part of a relationship. Much like Christmas, Valentine's Day is a time where people get caught up in things that are really unimportant to the holiday's true meaning. So this Valentine's Day, wear something that shows you are a person who loves (love being the key word here) life and all that surrounds you. Believe me... your family, friends, and co-workers will notice!

The dress below is ideal for Valentine's Day. What better symbol to represent this holiday than the heart? This 1980s dress is in excellent condition! The bust measures 36" and it is 40" long. You can buy it here in my Etsy shop!




Sunday, January 5, 2014

Winter Wardrobe Must Have: Vintage Coats

It seems that here in Pennsylvania we are paying for the quiet winter we had last year. We have had a lot of snow and ice thus far and the temperatures have been rather brutal, with wind chills in the negative range.

I constantly reinforce that vintage garments have been made in such a way that doesn't exist today. This could not be more true than with winter coats. The material is warmer, the construction is superb, and the silhouettes are creative.

Right now I have quite a few vintage coats for sale, but below are the standouts.

#1. Vintage Orange Winter Coat 

No one wore an orange coat (or any coat) like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The famous shoplifting scene pictured below is one of my favorites from the film. Orange, unlike red or yellow, flatters a lot of different skin tones, making it an easy color to wear.

My coat measures 38" at the bust and 35" in length. While there is no size tag I believe that it would fit a medium best. Made by Peabody House, this coat also features a tag for The Johnston Store in Bedford, PA. The coat does have some general wear but overall it is in amazing shape. Features a breathable lining and an extra button. Available for purchase here.



#2. Vintage Faux Leopard Coat

The battle for and against fur has gone on for years. Some people support the fur industry and others condone it. I say the best way to stay out of an argument and avoid being splattered by paint is to wear faux fur. Bridgette Bardot, pictured below, is wearing real fur. I decided to use her as an example because she is now an animal rights activist, so no more pelts for her. 

My coat measures 16" shoulder to shoulder, 48" at the bust, and 30.5" in length. It would fit a size large best. This coat is available through Paypal and ship. Please contact me for more information. 




#3. Vintage Gray and Orange Belted Coat

I really cold not find a single image of any old hollywood celebrity wearing a coat like this, perhaps that makes it all the more unique?

This is an immaculate vintage winter coat with unique detailing. On the interior, there is a gray faux fur lining. On the outside, the coat features an adjustable belt and shoulder snap closures. The bust measures 44", the sleeves measure 24", and the coat is 34" in length. Available for purchase here.


Winter will come and go, but having a well made coat is very important as it will last you for many years. If you have any questions about these coats or any others feel free to contact me. I ship continental and worldwide. 

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