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20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

October 22, 2018
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Mini Midi Maxi: They came, they saw, they did not buy

To paraphrase Freud, sometimes a skirt is just a skirt. Other times, a skirt is way more than a simple garment. Take the midi skirt and how it became a turning point in American consumer culture. First, a little background. … Continue reading

July 22, 2018
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The Secret Life of Clothes: Hippie Shirts

Most of the time when I buy things for the shop, even men’s things, I buy them from women. I rarely get the garments’ backstory from a man’s viewpoint. However, this week, I got a dozen pieces from a man … Continue reading

May 7, 2018
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Dressing Vintage for Dapper Days

The modern era is a casual time. CEOs of major corporations wear jeans and hoodies to work. The lines between athletic attire, sleepwear and everyday clothing have blurred. And yet, people still crave a reason to get dressed up. I … Continue reading

October 31, 2017
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The Secret Life of Clothes, Part 2

Here is the next installment of  a little series I’m writing about the backstory of  vintage pieces in my shop. The phone call that started me on this treasure hunt came from a young couple who had purchased a ramshackle farmhouse, … Continue reading

February 26, 2016
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What’s New at Winters Past

I’ve been rearranging and changing things up a bit at the shop, and I’m pretty pleased with how it’s looking. I’m always trying to make displays more interesting and visually appealing but not overwhelming. Here’s a glimpse:

June 29, 2015
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Vintage Rules

OK, for today, a little visual inspiration: And a few more thoughts on modern ways of wearing vintage. Customize  Clothes that fit well are much easier to wear.  Take the time to find a good seamstress, or alter clothes yourself to create … Continue reading

May 7, 2015
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Vintage Sizes

Here is a question I am asked quite often: How can you tell what your “vintage size” is? OK, deep breath, here goes: The size of a vintage garment pre-1980s is roughly 6 dress sizes larger than the same dress in … Continue reading

May 6, 2015
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Watch This

Rock bands of the seventies sure wrote a lot of songs about time. The bard  Steve Miller comments: Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ Into the future Pink Floyd depressingly ruminates: Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day … Continue reading

May 4, 2015
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Hair Styles by Era

As I’m thinking about vintage clothing, it’s interesting to picture the hairstyles that were worn with them in each decade. Here are some of the iconic hairstyles of the 20th century that have names, listed in roughly chronological order: The Bob: Finger Waves: … Continue reading