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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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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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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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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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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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

 

 

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!

 

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.

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How to Work Vintage Into Your Wardrobe

There are so many benefits to wearing vintage (quality, cost, style: I could easily go on…) but sometimes it’s difficult to take the plunge into wearing vintage without feeling that you need to somehow re-style yourself.

So, how do you slip some vintage into your outfits without having to buy a whole new wardrobe? The trick is to invest in some key statement pieces which are classy and fabulous and can be worn with pretty much anything. Here are some of my suggestions:

Vintage Coats

Invest in a classic vintage coat and you’ll never be out of style. A beautiful coat can look great paired with jeans, a smart workwear outfit, or a party dress – talk about versatile! Take this 1920s coat for example, it has everything going for it: it’s stylish, unusual, beautiful quality and oh so versatile. I’ve paired it with Dream Commute True Pants and Little Bunny Shoe Shoe Flat in Black but you could just as easily wear it over a cocktail dress. Take a look at more vintage coats here.

1920s coat outfit

Vintage Jewelry

Accessories can really make an outfit ‘pop’ and adding a beautiful vintage necklace like this string of 1920s amber beads can really enhance your whole ensemble. If you invest in a piece of vintage estate jewellery you’ll be getting a lot more for your money than you would if you were buying the items brand new, and you’ll also be buying yourself a unique little piece of history. Think of the parties that a 1920s necklace has seen, and you get to carry on that tradition! I’ve paired these 1920s amber beads with the fabulously modern Heel or No Heel red shoes and a classic LBD: the All That and Noir Dress. Shop fine vintage estate jewelry here.

Vintage amber

 

Vintage Purses

This outfit (below) would be lovely just with the shoes and dress, but adding a really beautiful lucite handbag upgrades the whole look. It’s like having a one-off designer purse but without a couture price tag! The dress is the All Neutral Dress with a pair of Definitive Drama Heel in Brown and accessorized with this rare lucite 1950s purse. Take a look at more vintage purses here.

brown vintage outfit

 

Fur Wraps and Stoles

A vintage fur wrap like this one adds some instant glamor to any outfit, and can be worn with anything from a day-to-day outfit like this Design Lesson Dress and Keen Dream Heel, to a full evening gown. Take a look at more vintage fur wraps here.

vintage dress

So, take the plunge and invest in a beautiful piece of vintage clothing today!

 

15% Off All Our Vintage Handbags

15% Off Vintage Bags

I’m delighted to share that we’re offering 15% off all our vintage purses with the voucher code BAG15. We’ve got everything from antique evening bags, to 1950s clutch bags and even a 1970s red telephone bag (just like Lady Gaga’s!).

Grab yours quickly because, as with all vintage, there’s only one of each and you’ll never find the same thing twice!

Take a look at our vintage handbags here.

Vintage Hawaii: Heavenly road to Hana

Vintage Hawaii: Heavenly road to Hana

I recently had a super fun shopping trip to Hawaii and uncovered some great little treasures in vintage and thrift stores in Honolulu, in Maui and on the Island Of Hawaii.

Here are a couple great Hawaiian shirts that I picked up on that little trip:

Mens Vintage Hawaiian Shirt Rayon Tahiti Label 1950s L Tiki Hula Made in Japan
Mens Vintage Hawaiian Shirt Rayon Tahiti Label 1950s L Tiki Hula Made in Japan

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Platos Closet in Honolulu

One thing I regret was not having the time to check out these vintage clothing stores in Honolulu- Spark, Barrio Vintage, and Baileys Antiques and Aloha Shirts.Maybe next time!

The only store I was actually able to visit in Honolulu was called Platos Closet (where I also did a parking lot buy you won’t believe!). In the store itself, we found neat clean racks of clothing, well-organized into sizes and colors.  There were men’s, women’s, but alas mostly very young people’s clothes.

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The most interesting thing I noted was all the shoes had 4-5″ heels and well, I was wondering exactly *who*they were catering to! Continue reading Vintage Hawaii: Heavenly road to Hana