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20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

January 7, 2017
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The Golden Age of Nightgowns: Vintage Peignors

Today,  let’s talk about those frivolous, silky, see-through vintage gown and robe sets that makes women feel like a silver screen queens. Specifically, lets look at some peignoir sets. When the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age “slipped into something more comfortable” … Continue reading

December 1, 2016
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In Style for a Century: The Little Black Dress

Nearly 100 years ago, Coco Chanel created an idea that became  emblematic of Gallic chic: the Little Black Dress, or LBD. It was inspired by widows’ mourning dresses, worn by Edith Piaf as she sang about love and loss and remains a … Continue reading

November 19, 2016
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Eighties Cocktail Dresses, A Study in Wonderful Excess

Ahh, eighties evening wear. It’s all about overconsumption and extravagance. It’s got maximal glamor, over the top details, oversized shoulder pads and extreme bedazzling. There are studs, sequins, beads and flowers. And ruching! Pleats! Rhinestones! Bows! Dropped waists! Asymetrical hemlines! … Continue reading

September 27, 2016
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How to Style a Victorian Blouse (and keep it modern)

I’m noticing a new take on a look that has cycled around in various forms for years. I’m talking about white Victorian style blouses, the ones with high necks, ruffles and lace. I have quite a few of them in … Continue reading

September 8, 2016
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Wear an 80’s Blazer

It was hot and humid here in Florida until two days ago when it dipped down into the 70’s. That’s not exactly crisp autumn weather,  but apparently my customers are optimistically looking forward to cooler days ahead. People are starting to ask  for … Continue reading

August 9, 2016
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Why Wear Vintage?

it’s easier than ever to buy new clothing. There’s no longer a need to get off the couch-just point, click and wait 24 hours for the UPS man. Buying vintage is a bit more complicated. Why make the extra effort? … Continue reading

July 28, 2016
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Style Eccentrics

I’m sure you’ve seen the whole capsule wardrobe thing. You know, buy these tops, those bottoms and that pair of shoes. Get minimal, streamlined basics that mix and match, simplifying shopping and dressing. It’s intriguing, for sure. But it doesn’t leave … Continue reading

BAND OF OUTSIDERS AS BEATNIK STYLE

July 15, 2016
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Beat Generation Style

Picture a Gap commercial, with dancing celebrities wearing the clothing we now consider classic: khakis, striped tops, leggings, Ray Bans. This style has it’s roots in the “Beat Generation” literary movement of the 1950s to mid-1960s. The Beat poets, musicians and … Continue reading

May 30, 2016
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All Vintage, All the Time

Most of my customers wear a splash of vintage with their everyday clothing. They pair it like this: a seventies owl pendant with a tee shirt or a fifties handbag with a modern dress. Then there are Ray and Joanie. They wear … Continue reading