Thursday, September 29, 2011
My latest vintage clothing addition is this gorgeous late 50's red wool skirt! It's nice and fitted with a cute bow like detail in the back. Skirts weren't as long as they were in the early to mid fifties, but I love both styles just the same. I posted a couple pictures of skirt patterns from 1959.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I love Glen Ford, but this movie is worth watching for Rita Hayworth's costumes alone! Columbia pictures spent $60,000 on Ritas wardrobe for "Gilda", which in todays world would be close to a million dollars. So you can bet on some amazing 1940's dresses. There are so many costume changes in film, I couln't find pictures of them all, but here are a few of my favorites.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Continuing on my accessory theme, I just added a bunch of pretty vintage gloves to my website! They all look like they've hardly been worn, and will add that vintage touch to whatever you're wearing. Speaking for myself, I found a pair of navy 1950's gloves to wear to a wedding I'll be attending next weekend. They match perfectly with the navy blue 1940's dress I'll be wearing. I'm still searching for a matching hat and jewelry though!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
After looking at these pictures of 1940's fashion, I realized that the accessories are what makes the outfit. Without the hats, gloves, furs and jewelry almost all the glamour is gone. Of course this is probably obvious to most, but I've never been a big accessorizer - especially when I should be, like when wearing a nice vintage dress. So, I've decided to put in some effort, for the sake of vintage fashion. I have a wedding to go to in about 2 weeks. I plan on wearing a long 1940's gown, and usually that would be it. But I'm going to see what I can find. Hopefully at least some vintage gloves and jewelry!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Yesterday morning I went out to get a prescription filled for my husband. Luckily for me, the pharmacy is only 3 blocks away. But even luckier is that there's a vintage clothing store right across from it. So while I was waiting for the prescription I thought I would do some window shopping at the vintage store. I hadn't planned on buying anything, until I saw this gorgeous vintage bracelet. I had a very similar 1950's bracelet that broke last month, so it was perfect timing!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Greta Garbo was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1905. She started off as a soap lathering girl in a barbershop before getting into acting, and moving to Hollywood in 1925. Despite becoming one of the worlds most successful film stars, Greta was a bit of a loner and avoided publicity, interviews and fans. She never got married, had no children and lived alone. The glamorous and iconic actress retired at the young age of 36.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Personally I don't think that 1920's swimsuits are extremely flattering to the figure, but at the same time I think they're really cute! It's like wearing a long wool tank top - comfy until you get into the water, and then it becomes 10x as heavy! Above is a photo of Marilyn Monroe wearing a 1920's swimsuit while filming "Some Like It Hot".
Friday, September 16, 2011
Here are some great measuring tips I found in 1940's magazine. The hat one was common sense to me, but the gloves one was really helpful! I never knew how glove sizes were figured out before. I always ended up buying vintage gloves that were too big or too small!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
I finally added some vintage jewelry onto my website! So far it's mostly 1950's earrings, but there is a 1960's pair as well some art deco ones. I hope to be adding lots more in the near future - hopefully some necklaces & brooches. And if I ever find my huge box of costume jewelry from my grandmother, I will have lots more goodies to show off!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Claudette Colbert was born in Saint-Mande, France in 1903. Her family later moved to New York where she got her start on Broadway and then film. Claudette became one of the most successful actresses of the 1930's, and was best known for her screwball comedies. A few interesting facts about Claudette: Once she became really famous, she refused to be filmed from her right side. She thought the left side of her face was her only "good side". Also, the role played by Bette Davis in "All About Eve" was originally written for Claudette. Sadly Claudette wasn't able to go through with the film due to an injury. Lucky for Bette.
Friday, September 09, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011
I love animals, so I thought I would show off some vintage pets! Here are some classic stars in vintage clothing with some cute cats and dogs. From the top is Jean Harlow, Clara Bow, Ava Gardner, Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner and Ann-Margret. Clara Bows dog is named Duke - I just wish I knew all the other animals names!
Monday, September 05, 2011
Here are the latest vintage items added to my website! There's a pretty 1940's vintage bed jacket, a fancy black 1950's dress, and lastly a gorgeous pair of white 1940's shorts - perfect for a pin-up girl!