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20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

January 18, 2018
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20th Century Lingerie: Tempest in a D Cup

The female form is fashion’s clay. In one decade, the styles demand a slim, athletic figure while another era prefers a voluptuous silhouette. Women’s bodies can’t  alter their proportions, so it’s up to the undergarments to massage, squeeze, flatten or … Continue reading

January 11, 2018
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The Secret Life of Clothes, Part 4

When customers come into the shop and see  a garment like this, a purple velvet evening romper with a matching metallic beaded robe, they ask Where do you get  these clothes ? Here goes another installment in which I tell a … Continue reading

December 15, 2017
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How to Wear Vintage Dress Clips

Have you ever come across a vintage piece of jewelry with a clip like this and wondered what it was? Wonder no more! These are dress clips, a type of brooch that doesn’t have a pin back.  These are very … Continue reading

November 27, 2017
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Wearing Vintage Sequined Jackets with Jeans

A quick game of word association: what’s the first thing you think of when I say “sequins”?   Texas beauty queen? Tammy Faye Bakker? Corporate wife circa 1984? Now let’s reframe the idea of glitter-y clothing.  Sequins will give you … Continue reading

November 6, 2017
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Sleek Seventies Style

The 1970’s are the Sybil of fashion eras. In case you’ve somehow forgotten, Sybil was a compellingly cheesy 1976 made-for-TV movie starring Sally Field as a character with multiple personalities. Like Sybil, the 70’s had so many faces: it was … 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

October 19, 2017
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Vintage Mexican Silver

Are you familiar with the vintage Mexican silver jewelry from the town of Taxco?  It’s got a great  Deco-meets-Aztec style done with gorgeous craftsmanship.  Sometimes you see it with geometric designs but more often it’s got mythological animals, astrological symbols, … Continue reading

September 7, 2017
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Wear a Vintage Beaded Necklace

When I was a kid, there was a candy store next to my elementary school. Let that sink in: a candy store. Next to my elementary school. As you can imagine, this was incredibly thrilling stuff. It was a fabulous … Continue reading