Wednesday, August 31, 2011

1940's Swimsuits

Well, it's still summer so I thought I'd post another vintage swimsuit picture. You can't go wrong with Red Skelton and his ladies in some fabulous 1940's bathing suits!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

1970's Shoes

Got a whole bunch of really cute 70's shoes this past weekend! Most of them have never been worn either. I got them from this lady who was selling all her mothers vintage clothing & shoes. She must have been a shoe hoarder, because there were hundreds of pairs of brand new vintage shoes all in their boxes. They took up a whole bedroom!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Ruby Keeler

Ruby Keeler was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1910. She later moved with her family to New York City where she got her start in show business. Ruby is best known for her performances in musical comedies such as 42nd Street and Gold Diggers of 1933. She could do it all, sing, dance, act, and to top it off she was extremely cute! Did you know she was married to the legendary Al Jolson for 10 years?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vintage Clothing Additions

Here are the lastest additions to my webstore! A black velvet 1950's skirt, a white 1960's blouse and a black 1960's purse. I love how all these items put together could make up a pretty cute vintage outfit! Perfect for the office. Now I just need to find some vintage shoes to go with it!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Vintage Dress Deja Vu

I watched the movie "The Shining Hour" last night starring Joan Crawford. It was made in 1938. Near the beginning of the film she wears a dress that reminds me of the gold one Marilyn Monroe wears in the movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", which was made in 1953. I wonder if the dress designer was inspired by Joan's 1930's dress? I also just found out that Gentlement Prefer Blondes was actually first made as a silent film in 1928! I would love to see it! It stars Alice White and Ruth Taylor in the roles later played by Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. Sadly the film was lost, but you can see from the photographs this movie had some great 1920's dresses!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

1950's Dress by Alfred Shaheen

This is definitely my favorite 50's dress in my store right now. I just wish it fit me so I wouldn't have to sell it! I just love vintage Hawaiian dresses, and the fact that it's an Alfred Shaheen makes it 100 times better. It's in perfect condition too! The only flaw is that it's missing its detachable straps. But it looks great strapless so I suppose its forgivable. Now, if I could only find one in my size!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Vintage Bed Jacket

I just added this cute little 1960's bed jacket to my website. Bedroom jackets are always so pretty and feminine no matter what decade they're from. I posted some pictures of bed jacket patterns from the 1940's and 1950's. I just love the dainty little matching slippers on the first photo!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Marilyn, is that you?

I think this is probably one of the cutest pictures I've ever seen of Marilyn Monroe! No make-up and looking absolutley adorable. I love how you can see the little pin curls poking out of her hair wrap.

Monday, August 15, 2011

1930's Fashion on Film - Three on a Match

If you want to see some great 1930's clothing, accessories and actresses, you should definitely check out this film. "Three on a Match" has it all, including Bette Davis, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak and Humphrey Bogart. Not only does this pre-code movie have drugs, scandal and drama, but it's got some great 1930's hats!

Friday, August 12, 2011

1960's Swimsuit, Hawaiian Style

I watched the 1960's Elvis film Blue Hawaii not too long ago. I think I enjoyed the music in this movie better than the movie itself. But anyhow, I noticed one of the girls in the film is wearing a 1960's bathing suit very similar to one that I have on my website! The major difference is that hers is yellow and mine is red. It's so cute. Speaking of cute, check out those red shorts the girl on the far right is wearing! As for Elvis's dance move on that picture, it's up for questioning...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dress Changes in the 1920's

Wow, what a difference 7 years makes! In the 1920's dresses started off a bit above the ankle, but by the end of the decade they were less fitted and a lot shorter. Look at all that leg! The first photo is from 1920, and the second one is from 1927. Can you imagine if the ladies in 1920 saw what they'd be wearing in 1927? Gasp! Oh my.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Vintage Wedding Dress Time

My sister is getting married in 2 weeks, so I've started thinking about vintage wedding dresses again. Unfortunately she doesn't share my love for vintage clothing, so she'll be wearing a modern wedding gown. I wore a satin 1930's gown for my wedding 2 years ago, but if I had to do it again I think I might go for a 1920's or 1940's dress. I posted some photos of vintage wedding dresses from the 1920's to the 1960's. There are such drastic changes from decade to decade, but I think I love them all! Can you guess who each bride or "movie" bride is? From the top is Vilma Banky in 1925, Claudette Colbert in 1934, Rita Hayworth in 1941, Jackie Kennedy in 1953, and Sharon Tate in 1968. I love Sharon's shoes!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Summer Time 1950's Dress

Here are a few summery 1950's dresses that I have on my website! Two cute novelty print dresses and one sundress. I have so many more too, that I just haven't had time to list. I would love to find a solid white dress for myself, but white always seems hard to find, at least for me!

Happy Birthday Esther Williams

Esther Williams turns 90 today. Wow, if you ever feel like looking at a ton of 1940's swimsuits, just type "Esther Williams" into Google! She was not only a beautiful actress but a swimming champion as well. Did you know Esther still sells her own line of bathing suits and swimming pools? I usually only buy vintage swimsuits, but I would love to have a new swimsuit if it was designed by Esther Williams. I wonder what she'll be doing for her birthday today...

Thursday, August 04, 2011

1960's Fashion on Film - The Courtship of Eddie's Father

Everytime I watch this movie, I think, these are the clothes I would wear if it was the 60's now. All three ladies have a great sense of fashion, kind of a sophisticated practical glamour. It's no surprise Helen Rose was the fabulous costume designer for this film. I posted my favorite outfit each of the leading ladies wears in the movie. I love Stella Stevens style in the bowling scene. She looks cuter than ever, but also sexy in a tight white sweater and an orange curve hugging skirt. Then there's Dina Merrill in an elegant 1960's coat with a fur collar, matching hat and gloves of course. Finally we have Shirley Jones in an absolutely gorgeous green 1960's dress. Actually I added one extra pic of Shirley in a cute yellow brocade dress, but this photo was really added because I love the fake fruit stand to the left of her! Where can I get one of those?

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The Vintage Housewife

More specifically, the 1930's housewife. Does anyone really look this gorgeous while doing housework? Actress Leila Hyams models some adorable 1930's shoes, a practical blouse, matching head scarf, and probably the cutest shorts I've ever seen.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Vintage Blouses

I just added these two 1960's blouses to my website. I especially like the blue & green one - it has the cutest little rhinestone buttons! I also posted some pics I found of similar 1960's tops :)