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20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

October 6, 2017
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Alexa Chung Wears Vintage

You know the phrase It Girl?  Our friends over at Wikipedia say  it’s slang for a singularly stylish young woman who is sexy without flaunting her sexuality. British TV host Alexa Chung has got “it”. She has a wonderfully self-defined, personal, … Continue reading

September 27, 2017
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Jumpsuits and Rompers and Beach Pajamas, Oh My!

Jumpsuits. They hold the promise of great practicality: you just throw one on and go! No mixing or matching! Now, there may be a bit of struggle when you’re headed to the loo, but let’s gloss over that and just … Continue reading

December 1, 2016
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In Style for a Century: The Little Black Dress

Nearly 100 years ago, Coco Chanel created an idea that became  emblematic of Gallic chic: the Little Black Dress, or LBD. It was inspired by widows’ mourning dresses, worn by Edith Piaf as she sang about love and loss and remains a … Continue reading

January 13, 2016
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Fashion Basics, French Style

For a complex constellation of reasons, French ladies have that whole  cool girl, classic-meets-quirky style thing down. So in this era of lists, I give you this simplified approach to French style: the Magnificent Seven basics that define one kind of … Continue reading

November 30, 2015
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Shine On, You Crazy Diamond

Holiday parties and sparkly outfits go together like a hand in a glove. Wearing sequined clothing is-obviously-a bold fashion statement, so keep the rest of your outfit toned down. Try that vintage sparkly tunic with some black jeans and flats. … Continue reading

September 28, 2015
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Cheap Chic

Cheap Chic is an under the radar classic, an anti-fashion style book that was first published in 1975. Radical in it’s time, it still resonates today. The book introduced an unconventional idea: wear what you want. Shop at ethnic markets, … Continue reading

August 23, 2015
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SJP-Vintage Brooch Queen

I saw this little film clip about the return of the brooch. As far as Sarah Jessica Parker and I are concerned, it never went away. Let’s have a look at the always stylish SJP  for some tips: Here is … Continue reading

August 11, 2015
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Dainty Vintage Jewelry

Fashion is like a pendulum. It swings one direction as far as it can go then it heads back the opposite way. The rise on jeans dips lower and lower until…we get high waisted mom jeans. Skirts get shorter and tighter … Continue reading

July 21, 2015
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The Not So Humble Housedress

Today I was so excited to find this wonderful vintage housedress. It’s probably from the 50’s, done in a soft cotton with a super sweet print and some lovely detail at the neckline. So what is a housedress? Basically a cotton day dress … 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