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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.

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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.)

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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:

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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

 

 

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 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?

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:

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,

 

 

 

 

Stealing Grace Kelly’s Style

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly is one of the greatest style icons of the 20th Century. She exuded a glamorous sophistication, which was only emphasized by her roles as Hitchcock’s favourite ice-cool blonde. After starting her career as a model she became an actress at age 22. Amongst others, she starred in 3 Hitchcock movies: Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954) and To Catch a Thief (1955).

Her last movie was the fabulous High Society in 1954 with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra before she retired from acting to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

She tragically died in a car accident in Monaco (the crash is rumoured to been on the same stretch of road featured in ‘To Catch a Thief’) at the age of 52.

Grace Kelly’s style perfectly encapsulates the lady-like chic of the 1950s. She was always immaculately turned out, and impeccably feminine.

I’ve picked my favourite Grace Kelly style dresses to share with you today, if you fancy stealing a little of her enduring style. Just pair any of these gorgeous vintage 1950s dresses with some delicate kitten heels, a string of pearls and some little white gloves and you’ll be marrying a prince in no time (probably)…

To see more vintage 1950s dresses take a look here

Grace Kelly image source and copyright: This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.

 

Find Your Perfect 1950s Party Dress

There are so many amazing styles of party dress from the 1950s: Not least the wiggle dress (made famous by Marilyn Monroe), the fit and flare dress (think Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’) and the bubble dress.

The Wiggle Dress:

The wiggle dress is exactly what it sounds like – a dress which makes you wiggle when you walk! The key thing to know about a wiggle dress is that the hem of the dress is narrower than the hips.

Marilyn Monroe was famous for wearing wiggle dresses, and boy did she know how to work one to its full potential! See our full range of 1950s dresses here.

The Circle Skirt Dress

If you’re looking for full-out glamor, a circle skirt evening dress will certainly deliver that for you. Add full petticoats underneath if you want to boost the size of the skirt! See our full range of 1950s dresses here.

VINTAGE 1940S DRESS HALTER GOWN NAVY BLUE TAFFETA CIRCLE SKIRT SMALL 32-26-FREE
VINTAGE 1940S DRESS HALTER GOWN NAVY BLUE TAFFETA CIRCLE SKIRT SMALL 32-26-FREE

Fit and Flare:

The fit and flare dress is the classic 1950s silhouette with a fitted narrow waist and flared skirt. It is an elegant and flattering style. See our full range of 1950s dresses here.

Bubble Dress

The bubble dress is a mixture of a wiggle dress, with its narrow hem, and a full-skirted ball gown. See our full range of 1950s dresses here.

VINTAGE VELVET, EMERALD & COPPER IRIDESCENT TAFFETA BUBBLE DRESS 1940S 34-24-FREE
VINTAGE VELVET, EMERALD & COPPER IRIDESCENT TAFFETA BUBBLE DRESS 1940S 34-24-FREE

The Sheath Dress

A sheath, or column dress is sleek, elegant and long. Very chic!

Kitten heels please!

Don’t forget, if you want to get a great 1950s look then discard those chunky shoes or mega high heels, go for elegant low-heeled stilettos or kitten heels with pointed toes. See our full range of vintage 1950s shoes here.

Accessorize

Once you’ve got your basic outfit, it’s the accessories which really finish off the look. Add some short lace gloves, or long evening gloves, a box handbag or satin clutch and a fur wrap, and if you really want to complete your outfit get yourself a beautiful 1950s cocktail hat too! See our full range of vintage jewelry and accessories here.

 

VINTAGE FUR STOLE DARK BROWN NATURAL RANCH MINK FUR STOLE TOP QUALITY 1950S
VINTAGE FUR STOLE DARK BROWN NATURAL RANCH MINK FUR STOLE TOP QUALITY 1950S