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20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

August 17, 2017
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Style Inspiration with a Dash of Vintage

The internet. It’s either the  great democratic equalizer, giving everyone a voice, or its the death of civilization as we know it. From a personal style perspective (and from the standpoint of this blog, the entire world comes down to … Continue reading

June 22, 2017
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Mid Century Made in Hong Kong Finery

Picture a classic 50’s or early 60’s dress in a rich tone-on-tone brocade. The lines of the dress are on par with fashionable evening wear of the era, but the garment is done up in fabric that’s got an Asian … 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 5, 2016
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Researching a Vintage Label

I bought this great looking fifties skirt last week. The label reads Martha Sleeper, Made in Puerto Rico and  it made me curious. I used the on-line label database at the Vintage Fashion Guild website to do some sleuthing. Turns out Martha … Continue reading

September 1, 2015
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Cool Girls in Seventies Dresses

From a fashion magazine perspective, the seventies were a wild ride. There were prairie dresses one day and spandex disco jumpsuits the next. What women wore everyday, however, was much more streamlined and practical. The decade brought some very  stylish and easy to wear dresses … Continue reading

July 13, 2015
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Vintage Jumpsuits

You know that phenomenon that happens when you write a word over and over, and after a while, it starts to look really weird? First, you wonder if you’re spelling it right. Then you start thinking, Is this even a word? That’s happening … Continue reading

December 24, 2014
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Vintage Fashion Charts

I’m a fan of old charts, graphs, schematics and maps, so I was happy to come across this vintage book about fashion. There are pages devoted to the minutia of neckline styles and glove lengths. Did you know that a 16 button long … Continue reading