Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

May 13, 2018
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Wearing Vintage Statement Earrings in a Modern Way

This is Jenny Walton. She’s an illustrator, a fashion stylist and she’s a vintage earring savant. Behold: In fact, her take on vintage is absolutely on-point. She offers a fresh new way of combining eras, deftly pairing vintage with modern. … Continue reading

May 7, 2018
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Dressing Vintage for Dapper Days

The modern era is a casual time. CEOs of major corporations wear jeans and hoodies to work. The lines between athletic attire, sleepwear and everyday clothing have blurred. And yet, people still crave a reason to get dressed up. I … Continue reading

April 29, 2018
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The Golden Age of Vintage Costume Jewelry

Did you ever think about the art forms that are uniquely American, like jazz music, baseball, tap dancing and comics? From where I sit, the costume jewelry made in the US from the 1930s to the early 1960s falls into that … Continue reading

April 25, 2018
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Vintage Cocktail Hats

Here is our next installment of the series in which in which I gently leading you toward your hat-wearing best self. Here’s the deal: you don’t have to be a royal or a racehorse owner to feel great in vintage … Continue reading

April 9, 2018
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Fanciful Forties Frocks

Recently I became the proud (though temporary) owner of some breathtaking 1940s day dresses. Be still my beating heart! Here are some snaps of them on my clothesline: The details: The prints: The edges of fashion decades are fuzzy, meaning … Continue reading

April 5, 2018
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Vintage Charm Bracelets

Vintage charm bracelets are quirky, kitchy fun; there is something innately “charming” about them. First, they  announce their presence by the jingle that happens when the wearer moves her wrist. Second, they invite conversation. To really appreciate a charm bracelet … Continue reading

March 19, 2018
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Fifties Fashion as seen in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Fifties fashion is a an interesting contradiction. On the one hand, it’s a study in wonderful excess: voluptuous curves, wide full skirts, dramatic swing coats. On the other hand, it’s all about control: the need to match everything, wear figure-defining … Continue reading

March 10, 2018
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A Brief History of Ladies Wearing Tuxes

Have you watched any of the award shows lately? I find myself looking for anything unique and quirky among the similarly styled stars. This brings me to women wearing tuxedos. I came across this quote from the writer Quentin Crisp: “When … Continue reading

March 3, 2018
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Collecting Vintage Lucite Bangles

Remember the old  Lays potato chips ad, the one that said, betcha can’t eat just one? The same goes for Bakelite bracelets…betcha can’t wear just one! Quick primer: Bakelite is a highly collectible early plastic. It was made in lovely … Continue reading

February 23, 2018
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Ultra Feminine 70’s Style (that feels modern)

Cue up the 1970’s southern California singer-songwriter music ’cause I’m noticing a style trend and it needs a soundtrack. But first, check out these ultra feminine dreamy bohemian frocks: I’m loving the romantic, witchy vibe of these retro-glam maxi dresses: … Continue reading