Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

November 8, 2019
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Vintage Bed Jackets

Today’s vintage musings are about a type of lingerie one rarely sees in modern form: the bed jacket. Think, if you will, of those 1930s Hollywood films featuring glamorous ladies lounging languorously in silken bedrooms. They’re wearing bed jackets, pretty … Continue reading

February 4, 2019
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Vintage Fur Collars

The vocabulary of weather can be so poetic. One of my personal favorites is the Cone of Uncertainty. It’s always used on hurricane maps but, really, what aspect of the future doesn’t it apply to? My current favorite weather term … Continue reading

January 16, 2019
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In the Bag

Why care about clothes? By the same token, why care about music or film or art? Why choose a well-prepared meal rather than chug a nutritionally complete space age beverage? Because aesthetics –the life of the senses–matter. As Nabokov wrote, … Continue reading

November 12, 2018
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Tilt Your Turban to the Back

I’ve been writing the occasional series of blog posts showing how to  wear different styles of vintage hats, like these:  the beret, the pillbox,  the cloche and the fedora. No matter the style, when a modern lady tries on just … Continue reading

September 5, 2018
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Art Deco Exotic: Egyptian Woven Metal Shawl

Last week I was able to acquire some really wonderful 1920’s beaded dresses. So exciting! More on that later. Lets talk about another amazing piece I was able to get with the flapper dresses, a woven metal shawl in geometric … Continue reading

August 10, 2018
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We Will Never Be Royals (but we can wear hats like them)

Yesterday a friend told me about a lovely tradition she established for herself: she has saved a favorite clothing item from each decade of her life. Brilliant! I can picture a few of my own stellar wardrobe items I would … 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

January 11, 2018
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The Secret Life of Clothes, Part 4

When customers come into the shop and see  a garment like this, a purple velvet evening romper with a matching metallic beaded robe, they ask Where do you get  these clothes ? Here goes another installment in which I tell a … Continue reading