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20th Century Fashion from Deco to Disco

April 9, 2018
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Fanciful Forties Frocks

Recently I became the proud (though temporary) owner of some breathtaking 1940s day dresses. Be still my beating heart! Here are some snaps of them on my clothesline: The details: The prints: The edges of fashion decades are fuzzy, meaning … Continue reading

April 5, 2018
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Vintage Charm Bracelets

Vintage charm bracelets are quirky, kitchy fun; there is something innately “charming” about them. First, they  announce their presence by the jingle that happens when the wearer moves her wrist. Second, they invite conversation. To really appreciate a charm bracelet … Continue reading

March 19, 2018
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Fifties Fashion as seen in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Fifties fashion is a an interesting contradiction. On the one hand, it’s a study in wonderful excess: voluptuous curves, wide full skirts, dramatic swing coats. On the other hand, it’s all about control: the need to match everything, wear figure-defining … Continue reading

March 10, 2018
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A Brief History of Ladies Wearing Tuxes

Have you watched any of the award shows lately? I find myself looking for anything unique and quirky among the similarly styled stars. This brings me to women wearing tuxedos. I came across this quote from the writer Quentin Crisp: “When … Continue reading

March 3, 2018
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Collecting Vintage Lucite Bangles

Remember the old  Lays potato chips ad, the one that said, betcha can’t eat just one? The same goes for Bakelite bracelets…betcha can’t wear just one! Quick primer: Bakelite is a highly collectible early plastic. It was made in lovely … Continue reading

February 23, 2018
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Ultra Feminine 70’s Style (that feels modern)

Cue up the 1970’s southern California singer-songwriter music ’cause I’m noticing a style trend and it needs a soundtrack. But first, check out these ultra feminine dreamy bohemian frocks: I’m loving the romantic, witchy vibe of these retro-glam maxi dresses: … Continue reading

February 12, 2018
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A Fresh Take on 70s Office Wear

Just yesterday, I was speaking with two young customers about my theory of “fashion echoes”. It goes something like this: I see the  70’s as an echo of the the 30’s  (draped fabrics and body skimming cuts) and the  80’s … Continue reading

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