I always look forward to the Oscars, not really to find out who won what, but to greedily drink in the fashions! In recent years we’ve seen 1970s styles sneaking back onto the red carpet, with plunging necklines, bell sleeves, ruffles and maxi dresses starting to make regular appearances (just HOW fabulous Julianne Moore looked in that plunging Tom Ford column dress at the 2015 Baftas? Classic 70s style at it’s best).
For people who don’t want to go down the Kardashian route of flashing as much flesh as possible, the 70s provides some fabulous fashion inspiration. It was a decade which thew off the uniformity of formal wear that we saw on Hollywood stars of the 1950s (the classic cinched waist, past-knee-length gown paired with long gloves as seen on Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn etc). The 70s celebrity embraced a relaxed, more individual look. This was a time when red-carpet events were much rarer than today and celebrity stylists were almost unknown. Celebrities wore whatever they liked, whether it was a maxi dress, a crochet hat, or something they made themselves, and we saw some much-welcome individuality.
Admittedly, not all of these looks were successful, but you could say exactly the same now, and I for one love the 1970s Academy Award photos, with all the bright colors, and a fun causal but glamorous vibe that you rarely see at the Oscars today.
Take a look at our gallery of 70s red carpet style on Pinterest, and you’ll see what I mean. Also I’ve included a few genuine 70s dresses below which encapsulate the award ceremony vibe perfectly from that decade, with their beautiful billowing fabric by Finish designer Vuokko (one of the principal designers for Marimekko). Which is your favoutie? Personally I adore the sleeves on the dress below. The design is called “Tyrskyranta”: “tyrsky” is like an old name for storm, or actually the phenomena when water hits the shore or rocks heavily and “ranta” is the shore, and you can totally see how the sleeves evoke this when you move your arms! Click on the photos below to see more pictures, and you can grab your own slice of amazing 70s glamour!
See more of our beautiful designer 1970s gowns here. and don’t forget to comment below and let us know which is your favorite!
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This week we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered up with one of our all-time favourite vintage fashion blogs, Chronically Vintage, to offer you, our The Best Vintage Clothing fans, an awesome $100.00 store credit giveaway that you can use to put towards the cost of anything in our Etsy shop (where we’re currently holding a fabulous 25% off storewide sale on all merchandise until Monday August 1, 2016).
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One of my favorite dramas at the moment is Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – if you aren’t already a fan then here’s a quick introduction to the series.
Phyrne (pronounced Fry-on-ee) Fisher is a glamorous, independent female private detective, who assists the lovable Detective Inspector Jack Robinson on investigations around 1920s Australia, despite his reluctance. She always looks amazing, has a rapier sharp wit, and sashays around Melbourne equally at home in Jazz clubs as she is perching on Robinson’s desk! Her adventures are as fabulous as her wardrobe, which leads us neatly onto her style.
Here are some of my favorite of her looks, with tips on stealing some of her fabulous flapper fashions!
Oriental designs were incredibly popular during the 1920s, from embroidered kimono-style dressing gowns, to turbans and richly embellished exotic fabrics.
Above: Miss Fisher entertaining company in her Chinese embroidered robe, and below a genuine 1920s vintage silk dressing gown with oriental design.
Below: 1920s silk embroidered robe
To get a great 1920s look you’ll need a sharp and sleek bob, but why not spice things up with a fabulous hat? The cloche was a really popular style in the 1920s, and quite often embellished with feathers, tassels or with a brooch pinned onto it. Although if you go for a gold cloche like the one below it probably doesn’t need any extra embellishment!
A dark cloche always looks elegant, especially if it has a beautiful Art Deco ornament pinned to it like this one (below)
Bold and beautiful prints were popular on day dresses during the 1920s, whether geometric or whimsical, patterns were a big trend!
Fur collars and feather stoles were a bit hit in the 1920s, for those who could afford them, and Phyrne of course can afford the very best.
A white fur collar or scarf adds a luxurious edge to any 1920s outfit. This vintage white fox fur scarf (below) would be ideal.
Alternatively you could opt for a coat with fur collar like Miss Fisher has above. Below: Vintage black coat with white mink collar and cuffs
For an evening look, you can really have some fun with a 1920s outfit, embellishment was pretty much unlimited! From metallic thread, to beading and rhinestones it adds a real touch of glamour.
And to finish off any outfit you need the right shoes, and for the 1920s those were of course Mary Janes! Perfect for dancing the night away in a Jazz club!
Guest post by Ty Schmidt
From dresses and handbags to shoes and jewelry, all things vintage have made a major comeback in the fashion realm. At Modernize, we believe in finding ways to integrate who you are into your home in unique and inspired ways. For lovers of vintage fashion, that means those vintage treasures should definitely not be hidden away in closets. Instead, consider showcasing them in your home by integrating them into the décor.
Here are a few creative ideas we love that you can use to display your favorite vintage pieces:
Shutterly Sensational. If you’re a proud owner of a vintage collection, chances are you already know how to sniff out a good deal at local flea markets and rummage sales. Put that thrifty thinking to work by repurposing an item you find at those types of sales. Old wooden shutters work well because they’re stylish and functional. You can paint them to fit the style of the room, add distressed features, or leave them as-is, but they make an excellent hanging space when mounted sideways on your wall of choice.
Via Amiee Weaver
Shadow boxes. For the more delicate vintage pieces that you’d rather preserve than wear, turn your under-the-bed boxes into works of art. Shadow boxes provide safe storage and the opportunity to dress up your walls with sartorial style. Try framing smaller pieces, such as bathing suits, shoes, baby clothes, or even jewelry. You can personalize with custom or painted frames, or even mount the backside with colorful scrapbooks paper for a bolder look.
Via Eddie Ross
Suit Your Display Needs. If there’s an item that’s easy to get your hands on in the world of antiques, it’s old suitcases. Most of the time, they’re not very expensive, and can be used for a variety of incredibly interesting features to a room, including (but not limited to) displaying some of your prized vintage clothes. This is a great way to tie in other elements, too, like jewelry, shoes or whatever else suits your decorative fancy.
Via One Girl in Pink
Hook Hankering. Décor in a home does not have its place in one or two rooms. It is delicately woven within the entire space of the residence, from room to room. When it comes to opportunities to display vintage specialties, don’t forget otherwise commonly forgotten spaces, like mud rooms or closets, as possible feature points for your favorites. Find some eye-catching hooks with pretty detail, and all eyes will be on your stylish art.
Missing Mad Men? Happily there’s a new way of enjoying some fabulous 60s fashions on-screen with the new series: The Astronaut Wives Club. The series is centered around the wives of the space-race astronauts who were catapulted into the public eye, and what makes it look so delicious? The costumes are designed by Eric Daman who made the cast of Mad Men look so fabulous!
Above from left: Trudy, Louise, Jo, Rene, Betty, Marge , Annie.
If you haven’t had a chance to see an episode yet here’s the fashion low-down on the different characters.
Also, we have many fashions from this era at our online stores:
Played by Joanna Garcia Swisher, Betty is an Indiana girl who wears (to quote Daman) a “frozen vegetable color palette” in yellows, greens and oranges and often compliments this with fruit and veg themed accessories which were hugely popular during the 1950s and early 60s.
Trudy is played by Odette Annable and is the most modern of the wives. She drives a sports car and is also a trained pilot and wears trousers and pedalpushers when it’s still considered daring. She also has a penchant for tropical and tiki prints because she met her husband in Hawaii.
Youngest of the wives, Annie (Azure Parsons – pictured in the pink dress 2nd from right) is the all-American girl next door. Shy and modest she wears buttoned-up collars and muted pastel pinks and blues.
Rene (Yvonne Strahovski) is the bombshell of the wives and loves statement prints and bright colors, especially if everyone is wearing pastels!
Louise (center above) is the most cosmopolitan of the wives and has a style similar to Jackie O: high fashion shapes in sharp black or pastel lavender, blues and greys.
Jo (left) is a typical society girl complete with pearls, white shoes and headband, and loves beige and muted colours. Team a dress like this with a string of pearls, a headband and some neat white gloves to get the look.
Marge’s style harks back to the 1940s gangster glamor in earthy tones and deep purples.
I’m delighted to share the news that we’ve partnered with the fabulously stylish Jessica from Chronically Vintage to giveaway a $50 gift certificate to spend in store.
Vintage 50s blouses come in a huge variety of different styles, prints and colors, which is probably why I love them so much. Whether you’re looking for a smart pretty blouse to wear to the office, a rockabilly shirt to wear with capri pants and a pony tail, or some Mad Men style glamor: a genuine 1950s blouse will take you there.
Whether you prefer sheer lace or a more preppy look, the tailoring of a 50s vintage blouse will look great in the workplace. Team a blouse with a smart pencil skirt and you’ll look fabulous!
No decade enjoyed bold prints and bright colors the way the 50s did!
Get inspired by the Pink Ladies and grab yourself a pencil skirt or pair of cropped jeans to wear with one of these Rockabilly style 50s blouses. If you’ve got the abs for it tie your shirt at the waist to catch some of the spring sunshine!
Glamorous and elegant, this is the 50s blouse at it’s most sophisticated. Neutral tones of gold and yellow work brilliantly with tweed, leather or even denim!
Shop our full range of genuine 1950s vintage blouses here, and don’t forget to comment letting us know which is your favorite!
Now is the perfect time of year for wearing cute vintage suits. The jacket will keep out any remaining winter chills, but you can just as easily sling the jacket over your shoulder to look instantly summery!
Here are some of my favorite vintage suits in store at the moment. They range from 1940s Hollywood starlet, through 1960s Mad Men style to amazing 1970s designer suits, and of course they are all genuine vintage! Which suits your style the best?
Above: Fantastic is really the only word to use when describing this vintage Lilli Ann suit! It still has its original fabric tags on the sleeve and was never worn, though it does have some slight flaws as we will see.
It is made up of a teal fine wool gab, and is lined in bronze silk satin. It closes in front with 18 covered buttons and loops; has large raglan sleeves that taper to a tight cuff. It has an amazing peplum design and details you just don’t see in todays clothes.It has a classic pencil skirt with a side zip. The skirt is unlined.
Incredible vintage 1940s Fernande Desgranges France navy wool knit ladies suit with white leather trim.
It’s a gorgeous suit! The jacket is very fitted, and has French Buttonhole pockets on the breast and on the peplum, that one becoming part of the belt in front. It has light shoulder pads. 3/4 Sleeves.
Above: This is a great vintage ladies suit– with its original paper tag intact! Its a fine wool in a gray/blue/black herringbone plaid. The jacket is very fitted and longer in style with padded shoulders. It is lined in light grey satin. The skirt is a pencil style with 2 side slits. Unlined, with side zipper. No brand label.
Above: Anything but classic vintage suit from the late 1940s really shows off the figure with a hip-hugging pencil skirt and a little matching caplet. I think it is made of cashmere, or a similar super soft quality wool.
The capelet is lined with white silk and closes with covered buttons in front. The skirt is a perfect pencil skirt, with two hip pockets and a back metal zipper. Lined in black crepe. The label is Laurice Keyloun.
Above: Gorgeous, soft 100% pure cashmere vintage sweater suit includes a deep V cardigan and a ribbed slightly “A” line Skirt. The front of the sweater close with abalone shell buttons.
Above: Gorgeous 100% wool knit in camel makes up this lovely vintage suit- label Ben Gershel by Robert Knox– simply fabulous designer.
It is a perfect vintage suit- the details include a fitted bodice with peplum created by the pleats at the waist; short cuffed sleeves and light but large shoulder pads; Oversized MOP button closure, with same button on the included matching belt. It has an attached cream colored silk faille ” pussy bow” at the neck. It also has a long yoke, front and back, to which there are flap pockets attached in front. It is all trimmed with faille piping. It is lined in matching silk and has dressmaker details you will love.
Above: This unique suit is made of linen. Im not sure that they were meant to go together, but when I purchased the collection they were together on on a suit hanger. They match perfectly, though the skirt is marked ” Salon Lentheric, Fifth Ave” and the blouse has a label: John of California”.
Above: Fantastic Norell 2 PC sleeveless suit, in a top quality black woven wool boucle, both pieces lined in black silk taffeta. Though THIS suit doesn’t have the Norell label, I have another with the same ” front” label AND the Norell label, from the same owner.
Above: This ladylike vintage suit has never been worn. It is comprised of a black and white nubby silk woven plaid jacket, boxy in style, very Chanel, with a heavy chain weight inside on the lining. It is darted, and has long sleeves with gold buttons, which have black rhinestones on them. It has a hidden fabric snap placket in front. Lined in
Above: Fantastic rare vintage suit of fine wool, in black and white large scale plaid by designer Sybil Connolly of Dublin.
The long coat is very mod, with huge deep faux-flap pockets that open on the sides.Long darts from the top shape the bodice.Back belt with button detail, and long back pleat. I think the lining is silk, but Im not sure- it is black.
Above: Exquisite vintage Oscar De La Renta cotton chevron knit suit in medium blue, with nice scalloped edges on skirt and sweater hems. Pull on skirt with wide elastic hidden waist band. This is a beauty!
Above: Vintage classic ladies suit by Norman Norell-Tassell in pure 100% wool knit. It featured a mod looking asymetrical button jacket lined in silk with large patch pockets and a nehru collar. The suit has a wide self belt or scarf. The short black wool pencil skirt is lined with silk, and has two inseam pockets and a back zipper.
Gustave Tassell took over the design house after Norell’s death in 1972. During this time, the label reads, “Norman Norell by Tassell”. The company closed in 1976.