2018 Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show & Sale — Here We Come!

The two day vintage shopping extravaganza is almost here! The 2018 Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show & Sale is April 6th and 7th and we couldn’t be more excited! They will have over 80 vintage clothing, accessories and antique textile dealers under one roof. That represents over 100 years of style, fashion and design that’s all specially selected, organized and ready for us to shop and shop and shop. It’s truly a unique shopping experience and a fabulous opportunity to add to your unique personal style and stand out from the rest with amazing vintage pieces.

We are especially excited about this show because The Best Vintage Clothing is going to be there! We will be featuring the best of our Marimekko and Vuokko collections both days at the show. Here is a sneak peak of a few of the one-of-a-kind pieces we’ll have at the show:


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Would you like to shop these amazing collections of rare vintage? Are you planning on attending? We’d love to see you there! Come find us at our booth #69 and say hello! Leave us a comment below if you are planning on attending, or you can send us a direct message on Instagram @thebestvintageclothing.

See you in Manhattan!


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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The Lowdown on Vintage Purses & Handbags

If you’d like to introduce a little vintage into your wardrobe, a pretty vintage handbag is a great way to do that. They are usually quite reasonable, and on top of that, no one else will have one exactly like it.

From the bigger shopper totes of the 60s and 70s to  tiny beaded evening bags popular in the 1920s and 30s, vintage purses are such a lovely thing to own!

1920s and 1930s

In the 20s and 30s purses tended to be small, pretty and intricate. They could be made of metal mesh, satin, beaded, embroidered or appliqued, but they were always little works of art. One of the foremost and collectible labels of the era are Whiting & Davis, makers of beautiful mesh bags.


Handbags from the 1940s evoke that age of Hollywood glamour and style. Leather was popular for daywear and velvet and satin clutches for evening wear. Wicker and bamboo bags were also popular for summer and beachwear. Whimsy was also the theme for many bags of the era, in colorful designs and unusual materials.

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How to Wear 1920s Vintage Like a Flapper

The 1920s is one of the most inspiring decades for wearing vintage fashion. Not only does it feel really special to wear genuine 1920s vintage, the fashions of the Roaring Twenties were just so stylish!

Here’s my guide to what to wear and how to wear it for a 1920s day look and a 1920s flapper-style evening look. So get inspired by Gatsby and Downton Abbey and embrace your inner flapper!

1920s Daywear:

Day dresses were longer than typical flapper dresses and often had pretty delicate prints. Popular features were sailor collars and a straight shape with a dropped waist.



See more 1920s dresses here

Any bright young thing worth her salt would be wearing a cloche hat during the day (a close-fitting bell-shaped hat). These could be plain or as fancy as you liked – just look around and find something you adore!

See more vintage 1920s hats

Evening Wear: A Flapper Dress

A common misconception is that flapper dresses were bottom-skimming mini-dresses. It was only really in the 1960s that dresses became this short (unless you were a showgirl or an actress). Flapper dresses were generally risqué in different ways. They often featured mesh panels, beading, lace and fringing which were revealing when you were busy dancing the Charleston. They are generally drop-waisted and can be as embellished and beautiful as you can imagine! Continue reading How to Wear 1920s Vintage Like a Flapper