Winters Past

20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

February 26, 2015
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Wearing Vintage

Fast fashion, like fast food, is standardized, cheap, and available globally. There are times when it is just the thing, but a steady diet of either one is ultimately unsatisfying.  Adding vintage clothing and accessories to the mix is a … Continue reading

February 25, 2015
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Sweet Things

Yesterday I found a small black change purse. It was nothing special, a plain, nondescript little item. The real treasure was inside: a tiny pair of scissors and a yellowed handwritten note that said, “Given to me by Mrs. May. 1937, … Continue reading

February 24, 2015
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Purple Rug

A few years back, “overdyed” rugs started to appear on design blogs and print magazines. These are old, worn wool rugs that have been bleached, then dyed in a bright color so some of the original pattern shows through. I … Continue reading

February 23, 2015
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Squash Blossom

Vintage squash blossom necklaces. I’ve had them in the back of my mind for a long time, but lately is seems like they are having a resurgence. In the shop, silver and turquoise is a super popular combination in rings … Continue reading

February 20, 2015
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The Secret Lives of Dresses

A customer came into the shop looking for a 1920’s dress.  She and her husband go to  classic car shows where they  display their lovingly restored old roadster, and she wanted  something of the car’s era to wear. I had a gorgeous … Continue reading

February 19, 2015
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Displaying Jewelry

I am slooowwwly putting the shop back together & making displays that (I hope) make sense. Here are some Victorian/early 20th century pieces in a glass case:

February 18, 2015
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Vintage Owl Pin

Here is a pin I have at the shop. It’s called a “duette” and was made by Coro in the 1940’s. It was a really popular style then and, among vintage jewelry, now. There is so much detail in this … Continue reading

February 17, 2015
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Modern Pin Up Style

There are two main camps of vintage clothing styles. The first (more common) way is to dress modern with vintage accents. The second way is  all out, full-on vintage, from your cat-eye glasses to your peep toe pumps, with a bullet … Continue reading

February 16, 2015
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Vintage Style On the Runway

Modern fashion is full of nods to the past. Here are some themes you might see at NY fashion week: Fit-and-flare. Sheath dresses. High waisted pants and shorts. Sweetheart necklines. Fishtail hems. Ladylike handbags. Tulle. A defined waist. Sounds like … Continue reading

February 13, 2015
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De-lovely Deco Necklace

Here is a beautiful piece from Winters Past, a twenties vintage necklace that frames the wearer in a pretty way. Lyrics are from the Cole Porter song It’s De-lovely. The night is young, the skies are clear And if you … Continue reading