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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!

 

The Importance of Dior’s New Look

Christian Dior launched his ‘New Look’ collection on 12 February 1947. After the austerity of  utilitarian wartime fashion it was a relaunch of glamour and femininity. Dior himself didn’t come up with the ‘New Look’ name, that was coined instead by the then editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar Carmel Snow who exclaimed: “It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian. Your dresses have such a new look.”

The style was characterized by a full flowing skirt and a tiny nipped in waist. War time fabric restrictions were still in place at the time and the idea of using 20 yards of fabric for just one outfit was considered scandalous*.

* In stark contrast, the average wartime dress used just 3 yards of fabric.

The society ladies and magazines went crazy for the elegant new style, but reaction wasn’t all positive. At a photo shoot in Paris the models had the outfits torn off them by angry women who were enraged by such excess at a time when the general population had so little.

The British press were also scathing of the new wasteful designs, and American women saw the restrictive waistlines and impractical skirts as a step backwards from the emancipation of wartime practicality.

However by the time the 1950s arrived the glamour of Dior’s New Look had worked it’s magic and become the style to wear. It was worn by Hollywood stars and royalty (Princess Margaret was a real champion of this style in Britain). The style of dress would influence fashions throughout the 1950s and create the definitive silhouette of the decade.

Here are some of my favorite New Look-style vintage dresses in store at the moment. You can see the whole collection of 1950s vintage dresses here. Don’t forget to leave me a comment letting me know which is your favorite!

The Joy of Fifties Novelty Prints

It makes my heart sing every time I see a new and fabulous print from the 1950s.  It never fails to delight me how innovative and experimental fashion was after the drear austerity of the war years. Of course there were popular recurring prints: poodles, scottie dogs, flamingoes etc, but there are constant surprises too.

Take a look at some of these fabulous vintage prints: there’s everything from lucky charms to bicycles, tigers to crayons, oh and some pretty kitty’s too of course! What’s even more pleasing is the wide range of items they’re printed on. It’s not just on sun-dresses – the prints can be found on men’s shirts, circle skirts, shorts, fabric and even a very stylish dressing gown! Just click on each item to find out more!

P.S. I think my favourite is the circle skirt with the gorgeous jungle print border, have you spotted the tiger peeking out?

 

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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: