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

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 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 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

December 15, 2017
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How to Wear Vintage Dress Clips

Have you ever come across a vintage piece of jewelry with a clip like this and wondered what it was? Wonder no more! These are dress clips, a type of brooch that doesn’t have a pin back.  These are very … Continue reading

November 13, 2017
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Wear Three Brooches

Did you ever notice how many song titles feature the number three? Like these: Gimme Three Steps,Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray and Knock Three Times. I bet you can think of at least three more. Three of anything has a … Continue reading

September 7, 2017
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Wear a Vintage Beaded Necklace

When I was a kid, there was a candy store next to my elementary school. Let that sink in: a candy store. Next to my elementary school. As you can imagine, this was incredibly thrilling stuff. It was a fabulous … Continue reading

June 30, 2017
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Some Thoughts on Vintage Costume Jewelry

So what’s the story on costume jewelry anyway? First, a few pieces from the Winters Past collection: A little history: back before the style revolution that was the 1920’s, women of means had fine jewelry that they wore with pretty … Continue reading

May 26, 2017
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Juliana: Super Statement Vintage Jewelry

Most people buy vintage costume jewelry because, well, it’s pretty and it’s unique and maybe it matches their outfit. People who collect vintage costume jewelry look for specific designers or brands. Then there’s a subgroup I’ll call serious collectors, folks who … Continue reading

February 23, 2017
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How to Wear a Vintage Brooch (again)

I believe we’ve had this conversation before. I mean, the one where I’m gently encouraging you to wear a vintage brooch. I say something like, it’s a fun statement piece! Wear one or a grouping! How about on a jean … Continue reading