Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

January 13, 2015
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The Slinky Thirties

The 1920’s style has become synonymous with freedom and liberation: the bobbed hair, the loose dresses, all that. Thirties styles were actually pretty racy, too, in a slightly different way. Slinky, drape-y fabrics like silk charmeuse, satins, crepe-de-chines, silks, crepes and … Continue reading

January 12, 2015
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Yee Haw

Today’s vintage find: a wonderful rayon ladies top with a cowboy motif:

January 9, 2015
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Tips on Wearing Vintage

The blog A Beautiful Mess offers up some thoughts on wearing vintage clothing and accessories in a modern way: “My best advice for shopping vintage is to find a few accessory pieces to collect that you have always loved (mine … Continue reading

January 8, 2015
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Vintage Ring

Here is a very cool ring I picked up at an estate sale. I love the bold design. When I look up close, I can see it’s a natural material due to the organic markings and crosshatching.  It appears to be … Continue reading

January 7, 2015
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Tacky Christmas Sweater Redux

I enjoy this fun blog called Refashionista, where a very funny woman named Jillian thrifts awful clothes and, with a few snips and whirs, totally transforms them into modern, wearable, cute dresses. In this post, she totally outdoes herself! She … Continue reading

January 6, 2015
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Stewardess Style

Today’s New York Times has an article about flight attendant uniforms. They contrast the modern corporate ones with the creative, often wild ones of past decades.  A generation ago, attendants’ minidresses and knee-high boots were the personification of the go-go … Continue reading

January 5, 2015
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Fifties Dress

Today, I found this lovely 1950’s cotton day dress for the shop. Pretty and in perfect shape-score! So, how do I know the era of a garment? First, the cut and overall shape. The 50’s were all about fit-and-flare: the … Continue reading

January 4, 2015
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Birds Again

It appears I’m on a bird theme. Today’s find: this set of ten tiny cups with sweet  images, each one showcasing a different bird. I’m guessing they’re from the sixties, based on the graphic style. For some reason, vintage small cups  are … Continue reading

January 4, 2015
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The Birdcage

Today’s find: these bird cage earrings:

January 3, 2015
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Wise Owl

What was the whole owl thing about in the seventies? It was kind of a perfect storm of owl-ness. Here’s a vintage lucite owl necklace I found in my travels: