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Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is New York City’s premier vintage clothing shopping event. An extraordinary vintage selection, from 80 top vintage clothing dealers, highlight this two day shopping extravaganza that draws designers, stylists, celebrities and the fashion-smart world wide!

“The Manhattan Vintage Show is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to score unique vintage finds. For those in the know, Manhattan Vintage acts as more than just a vintage shopping experience, it’s a shoppable history lesson, with merchants that also act as historians, able to educate you on each incredible piece.”

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1970s Oscars Style: Everything You Need To Know To Get The Look

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!

 

1970s Oscar style dress by Marimekko designer Vuokko

Stunning Vuokko Circle Cape Gown 1960s Taupe Wool Voile Iconic Design Finland One of a Kind 38 /8

Stunning 1970s Vuokko Suomi Finland Black & Blue Velvet Gown 1930s Style S-L

Stunning Vintage 1970s Vuokko Gown Fuchsia Pink Wool Voile Long Voluminous M

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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Some Exciting News!

Win $100 to spend instore

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).

In order to enter, simply pop on over to Chronically Vintage and follow the instructions in Jessica’s blog post to take part in this exciting giveaway (which is open to participants worldwide). Best of luck to all those who enter – we can’t wait to see what the lucky winner puts their prize towards!

Here are some ways you could spend your store credit if you’re lucky enough to win!

New Price Fun Vintage Dress Black Sheer Full Skirt 1950s Small | Dance Time by Phyllis
New Price Fun Vintage Dress Black Sheer Full Skirt 1950s
New Price Jaw Dropping Vintage Abby Fredelle All Crystal Rhinestone Party Dress 1980s Gown 12 Pounds Stones Sparkly Dress
Vintage Abby Fredelle All Crystal Rhinestone Party Dress 1980s
Vintage Womens Foster Grant Cat Eye Sunglass No Prescription Silver Feather and Rhinestone Accents
1950s Vintage Womens Foster Grant Cat Eye Sunglasses
Sweet Vintage Seersucker Day Dress Turquoise Print Medium Early 1940s
Sweet Vintage Seersucker Day Dress Turquoise Print Medium Early 1940s
Rare Vintage Christian Dior Mannequin French Head Bust La Femme Head Art Deco Display
Rare Vintage Christian Dior Mannequin
Stunning Vintage Flapper Evening Gown 1920s Blue Silk Velvet Dress Dropped Waist 38-38-40
Vintage Flapper Evening Gown 1920s

1920s Fashion Lessons from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

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!

The Oriental Influence:

Oriental designs were incredibly popular during the 1920s, from embroidered kimono-style dressing gowns, to turbans and richly embellished exotic fabrics.

The fashions from Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries

Above: Miss Fisher entertaining company in her Chinese embroidered robe, and below a genuine 1920s vintage silk dressing gown with oriental design.

 

Below: Antique Chinese embroidered coat from the 1920s

Below: 1920s silk embroidered robe

Genuine 1920s vintage kimono-style coat

The fashions from Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries

Above: Miss Fisher in an amazing gold embroidered coat and headband. Below: Designer vintage evening coat in gold and copper brocade and vintage gold metallic turban

Vintage designer evening coat in copper bronze and gold brocade by Fernando Sarmi

Hats and Headwear

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!

The fashions from Miss Fishers Murder MysteriesThe fashions from Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries

The fashions from Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries

A dark cloche always looks elegant, especially if it has a beautiful Art Deco ornament pinned to it like this one (below)

 

Vintage 1920s fur felt cloche with Deco ornament
1920s Art Deco metallic cloche hat

Prints

Bold and beautiful prints were popular on day dresses during the 1920s, whether geometric or whimsical, patterns were a big trend!

The fashions from Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries

Vintage 1920s pheasants and feathers print day dress

 

Feathers and Fur

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.

The fashions from Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries

A white fur collar or scarf adds a luxurious edge to any 1920s outfit. This vintage white fox fur scarf (below) would be ideal.

Vintage white fox fur scarf

 

The fashions from Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries

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

Vintage black coat with white mink trim

Eveningwear: Chiffon, Metallics and Velvet

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.

The fashions from Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries

Below: Black rhinestone embellished 1920s evening dress.

The fashions from Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries

Below: vintage 1920s silk velvet evening dress with matching jacket.

 

Vintage 1920s velvet dress and jacket

 

1920s blue velvet drop-waist gown
Violet and metallic vintage 1920s evening scarf

 Shoes

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!

Original 1920s vintage Mary Jane shoes

 

Creative Ways to Display Vintage Clothing

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Via Modernize

 

The Fashions of The Astronaut Wives Club

The Astronaut Wives Club

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:

The Best Vintage Clothing

BestVintageEver on Etsy

Catspajamasvintage on eBay

Betty Grissom

Betty The Astronaut Wives Club

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.

Style File Betty

Dress| Brooch | Bag

Trudy Cooper

Trudy

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.

Trudy

Above from left: Dress | Dress

Annie Glenn

Annie The Astronaut Wives Club

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.

Annie

Above: Blouse, White Dress | Yellow Dress

Rene Carpenter

Rene The Astronaut Wives Club

Rene (Yvonne Strahovski) is the bombshell of the wives and loves statement prints and bright colors, especially if everyone is wearing pastels!

Style File Rene

From left: Dress | Dress | Swimsuit

Louise Shepard

Louise The Astronaut Wives Club

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.

Louise

Above from left: Dress | Dress

Jo Schirra (Zoe Boyle)

Jo The Astronaut Wives Club

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.

Style File Jo

Above: Dress | Pearls | Shoes

Marge Slayton (Erin Cummings)

Marge The Astronaut Wives Club

Marge’s style harks back to the 1940s gangster glamor in earthy tones and deep purples.

Style File Marge

Dress | Dress

 

 

We’re giving away a $50 Gift Certificate!

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.

Head on over to her blog to enter the competition, then go do some window shopping so you know what you’ll spend your gift certificate on if you win!

1950s Vintage Blouses and How To Wear Them

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.

Workwear

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!

Sheer vintage 1950s nylon blouse in a blue floral. The blouse has cap sleeves, darted bodice, and buttons in back. Wide boat neckline and cute bow trimmed peplum. It is lined in a sheer buff nylon.
Sweet! Buff pink vintage 1950s sheer nylon blouse with a textured body and unique V shaped lace inset on front and full lace back. Sleeveless, with a sheer peplum. Glass ball buttons with rhinestone centers.
Fifties soft gold silk faille blouse, front close with covered ball buttons, darts for great fit and an Italian designer label to boot. It has flaws, see below.
Vintage 50s ivory sheer nylon blouse is comprised of vertical pleats topped by a round lace yoke, and a finished straight hem, waist darts and button back. Label is Debcraft.
Very sweet vintage blouse of 100% cotton in a lovely red rosebud print, on white. White pearlised plastic buttons. Darted at waist and bust. Label is Rhoda Lee.
Vintage pale pink nylon blouse, sheer as can be, with pleated front and a flower detail in the center. Long sleeves, button back, no label.

Bold and Bright Prints

No decade enjoyed bold prints and bright colors the way the 50s did!

Cute vintage blouse of 100% cotton, cherry red, in fact. The front of the vintage blouse has a cool triple accent edged in white with bows at the top.
Cute vintage black and tan linen set featuring a whimsical people print. The top or blouse is a button front classic sleeveless with waist darts only. The skirt has a set in waistband with the black border at the top. Left side zip closing. No label. Doesn’t appear to have been worn much if at all. Very versatile, as you can wear each piece separately. Not lined.

Rockabilly

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!

Lovely vintage Dupont Dacron Polyester ( when it was new!) blouse vertical mini pleating in front and darts for great fit! Short cuffed sleeves and beautiful faceted clear glass buttons closing front. Perfect Rockabilly top. Label is “Pilot”. Super easy care , wash and wear!
Cotton plaid blouse with cute patch pocket on the front. Short sleeve style. Perfect backyard barbecue top! Original paper tag, and Kerrybrooke is from Sears & Roebuck. It has a shirt style hem. Not ever worn. Grey and red, we also have an identical one in yellow and red.
Pretty lipstick red cotton vintage 1950’s blouse with vertically darted waist for great fit! Sleeveless style. Perfect Rockabilly top. Label is “Starlight”.

Mad Men

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!

This very vintage ” Mad Men” 3 Piece set consists of a top with peasant blouse lines- raglan 3/4 sleeves, left underarm zip and shaped waist. It is unlined. The pencil skirt is lined, and the cigarette pants are lined with a beige colored rayon knit. There are two matching belts. The label is Gotham Original”.
This well made sheer rayon blouse features horizontal pleating front and back, with turned back cuffed cap sleeves and an attached “Pussy Bow”. Full back metal zipper. This is a top quality item.
Pretty pullover style vintage acetate blouse has a silk finish. Sleeves have button cuffs and it is darted for good fit. There are loops for a belt but it was not found with the item. Label is Plymouth Shops.

Shop our full range of genuine 1950s vintage blouses here, and don’t forget to comment letting us know which is your favorite!

A Vintage Suit for Spring!

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?

1940s

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.

1950s

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”.

1960s

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.

1970s

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.

 

Of course these are just a few of my favorites, you can take a look at our full range of vintage suits here!