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We wanted to say “Thank You” to all of our newsletter subscribers with an extra 20% off of everything on our site until January 31st, 2019. And if you see a fur coat you like, those are all 30% off! But don’t wait! You only have until the end of the month for these great deals on true vintage style!

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Vintage Winter Coat Sale!! — Up to 30% Off

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Check out our selection of true vintage coats that are on sale now and see what your favorite one says about your personality in our article below:

Just wearing a true vintage clothes item, or an entire outfit, says a lot about you as a person. For one thing, it says that you have a unique and classic style. But it also says that you are consciously recycling to do your part for the environment. Which is pretty great if you ask us, but does our favorite vintage coat say more about our personalities? We think so…

The Fur Coat

Genuine Saga Mink Fur Coat
Blackglama Ranch Mink Fur Coat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elegant lavishness. A woman wearing a fur coat is graceful, demure and polished. Even when worn with a simple T-shirt and jeans, the look is cultured and luxurious.

Don’t miss your chance to get 30% off on these beautiful vintage fur coats in our online store. Use discount code: GIMMEFUR30%

Leather and Suede Coats

Black Leather Ladies Coat with White Fox Trim 1960s
Black Suede Jacket 1970s Italian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mellow rebel. There is hardly a more relaxed and cool vibe than you get from someone wearing leather or suede. It also carries a tinge of carefree rebellion (Think “Rebel Without A Cause”). Women who wear leather and suede are low-key and easy-going with a strong and independent side.

The Wool Coat

Black Textured Wool Swing Coat George Carmel 1950s
Gray Wool with Buttons Promenade 1950s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sensibly smart. While also having a sophisticated classiness to them, a wool coat is for the practical and they reflect a down-to-earth, intelligent woman.

The Trench Coat

Etienne Aigner Trench Coat 1970s
Jeanne Lanvin Paris Vintage Pheasant Feather Print Trench Coat 1960s-70s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inquisitive class. Trench coats are enduring, ageless and permanent. No matter what era they are from, or how big the collar is, they never seem dated. A woman who wears this classic coat is understated, chic and has an investigative and curious personality.

So, what do you think? Does your favorite vintage coat match your personality? Of course, there are many different types of coats and an unlimited number of different personality combinations. These are just a few fun ideas. (If you’d like to know more about what your clothes say about you, read this intriguing book, You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You.)

And don’t forget to use your discount code at checkout before it expires on January 31st, 2019:

 VINTAGE FUR COATS NOW 30% OFF! USE CODE: GIMMEFUR30%
EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE STORE IS 20% OFF FOR OUR NEWSLETTER FRIENDS! USE CODE: 20%FRIEND

 

 

 

 

 

A Brief History of Vintage Swimwear: From Baggy Knits to String Bikinis

You can buy swimwear in any style imaginable now, from the tiniest bikini to form-enhancing shape-wear swimsuits and even burqinis, but it hasn’t always been that way.  Here’s a brief history of modern swimwear, from it’s beginnings in the 1920s through to the 1970s.

1920s

The 1920s was the decade where swimwear first started to resemble the swimming costume we know today. The Twenties were a decade of female emancipation: long hair was bobbed short, hemlines got higher and higher and it got increasingly more acceptable for women to have careers. The new form-fitting swimwear reflected the spirit of the age. The style tended to be similar for both men and women, with a form fitted knitted tunic and shorts.

Swim suits tended to be made from wool jersey and suited the fashionable androgynous figure of the time.

Did you know: It was illegal in the US for men to swim with their chests exposed until the mid 1920s, and in some places this law lasted until the early 1940s!

Below: Maroon 1920s swimsuit with gold trim by G & M Gantner & Mattern Co. of San Fransisco.

1930s

Swimwear became a lot more feminine in the 1930s. The swimsuit evolved to be skirted, flared and much more flattering. Lastex (a stretchy elasticated cotton material) became fashionable and allowed for much more form-fitted styles which were popularized by Hollywood stars like Esther Williams. Two piece swimsuits and suits with cut-out panels were popular during the 1930s, although the bottoms were always high-waisted and wouldn’t show the navel.

Below: Original 1930s “bathing beauty” style swim suit, in a navy blue textured wool. It has a shaped bodice, a waistband, a short skirt and wool panty with unique braided straps fit into channels.

1940s

Nylon was invented in the late 1930s but because of the Second World War most nylon was used in the manufacturing of military supplies rather than in swimwear.

Corsetry was introduced into the swimming costume, by adding elasticated panels and boned bodices and materials used were mostlycotton or lastex.  People also made their own swimming costumes from whatever they had at home due to rationing and fabric shortages.

The first true bikini was unveiled by designer Louis Reard in Paris in 1946. Two-piece swimsuits had been worn in the past, but this was the first string bikini. Reard claimed that a true bikini would be small enough to pass through a wedding ring and it was seen as very scandalous at the time.

Below: Beautiful vintage 1940s blue cotton swimsuit with boned bodice, back zip and adjustable straps.

 

1950s

All in one swimsuits were the most popular style during the 1950s, especially since they now included built in bras and more support than ever. Strapless styles were fashionable along with bright tropical prints which just hadn’t been available during the wartime years.

Below: Lovely vintage 50s cotton bathing suit from Catalina, in a great abstract print of brown and gold with black and white accents. It has a “Bubble butt”, so called because the bottom and legs are elasticized to create that look.

1960s

Nylon and Lycra really molded the shape of 1960s swimwear. The introduction of those fabrics allowed for much stretchier form-fitting styles, and swimsuits became more risque to compete with the bikini.

In 1964 Rudi Gernreich designed the topless ‘monikini’ which caused great controversy and was even denounced by the Vatican.

Below: Vintage 1960s stretch bikini with round formed hard cups in the bra; it is adjustable with buttons. Bottom has boy leg style, pull on by Catalina (who founded the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants as a way of promoting their products).

 

1970s

By the 1970s the shape of swimsuits was pretty much the same as now, but with new features like front zippers and mesh panels add extra sex appeal.

Below: A 1970s “Wet Look” swimsuit which looks like liquid chocolate! Its a one piece maillot with a white metal zip front, and boy leg styling.

Feeling inspired? Why not grab yourself an original vintage swimsuit in store now?

Stealing Agent Carter’s Style (Plus a Sale Code)

Agent Carter outfit

We’ve all been admiring Agent Peggy Carter’s style recently, and what better way of enjoying the show than to grab yourself some of her fabulous 1940s style? The best way to do this is by starting with a genuine 1940s suit – I’ve picked this stylish 1940s cranberry color suit, but there’s a lot of choice out there (take a look here for starters!). You want something knee-length or slightly longer with sharp lines and small shoulder pads ideally. Then pair it with a statement hat (you can stick with her favorite red, white and blue color scheme if you like but I decided on something slightly more understated for this outfit), a crisp blouse and some seriously sexy heels.

The suit in this outfit is vintage 1940s but the accessories are all new and from Modcloth: Day Off to a Great Start Top, Brimming with Excitement Hat and With Haute a Doubt Heel in Cocoa.

And now to the matter of that Sale code I mentioned. Use the discount code “meow!” to get $10 off any order of $25 or more at The Best Vintage Clothing store.

How to Accessorize a Vintage 1940s Dress

Midcentury Vintage Outfit

Vintage clothing and accessories from the 1940s and 50s is incredibly popular at the moment, ( well has been FOREVER!)  not least because the clothes and accessories from this era were so beautifully stylish.  If you’re only just starting to wear vintage (or even if you’re not) we know it can be tricky to know how to put together a vintage outfit so we thought we’d share our outfit ideas. This is how we would accessorize this gorgeous vintage 1940s dress. How would you wear it?

So embrace your inner lady-ness and get yourself a beautiful mid-century gown and some pretty and glamorous accessories. Both pearls and colourful rhinestones were very popular and really finish an outfit off.

Does the bag HAVE to match? We say ” No!”. It will stand out and shine if it is a contrasting color or style.

A lady never went out with out a little fur stole, or a faux one if you prefer.

Don’t forget to add a pair of little white gloves too!

All these items are genuine vintage and available in our store.  Clockwise from top left:

Vintage Brooches and How to Wear Them

Brooches and pins have fallen out of fashion a little in recent years, but they were incredibly popular in the 1950s. Nothing adds a vintage touch to your outfit like a pin on your lapel, and the right brooch can turn an ordinary outfit into something quite spectacular.

Of course you don’t just have to wear a brooch on your coat, there are lots of other ways to wear a vintage pin.  You can use it to keep a neck scarf tied, pin one to a hat or wear a chunky brooch at the neck of a button-up shirt (in place of a tie). Wear one on your jeans cuffed up. Pin one to your fabric handbag.

Or how about pinning one in your hair to decorate a chignon, onto a ribbon headband for a fabulous hairpiece or even pin one onto a clutch-bag to add a dash of instant glamour!

Here are some of my favourite vintage brooches in store at the moment. How would you wear them?Send me your ideas for using a vintage brooch to accessorize your wardrobe!

 

And we have lots more! You can see our full range of vintage brooches here,