Fashion

Pretty 1950s circle skirt

Pretty 1950s circle skirt

A beautiful flower-print 1950s dress with a big circle skirt on the cover of the 1958 Spiegel Catalog Cover. I love the fact that she’s got a sweater with a matching pattern to the dress!

Rather cruel caricature of Coco Chanel from 1919

Rather cruel caricature of Coco Chanel from 1919

I realise caricatures are generally quite unflattering, but this seems to be quite poisonous for no apparent reason! The artist was Georges Goursat (Sem) and the piece appeared in Le grand monde à l’envers in 1919. The caption reads: Mam’selle Coco j’voudrais un beau chapeau pour le Dimanche Which, if my schoolgirl French suffices, translates as(…)

1930s race day fashions

1930s race day fashions

Two very stylish ladies in their 1930s race day fashions at Warwick Farm racecourse. I particuarly like the long striped jacket (or is it a cardigan?). What colour do you think it was?

Coco Chanel swathed in a big fur coat, 1920s

Coco Chanel swathed in a big fur coat, 1920s

Coco Chanel wrapped up in a big fur coat sometime in the 1920s. The photo looks like it might have been taken at a racecourse I think…? The gentleman accompanying her is Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster.

My vintage: 1950s dress

My vintage: 1950s dress

Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis will know that I’m a Sixties girl at heart, and most vintage I buy is from the 60s or 70s. So I relished the chance to try something a little different with this lovely vintage 1950s dress. I was lent it by Helene at Revival Vintage(…)

1940s shoes on a chorus line of 1 legged women

1940s shoes on a chorus line of 1 legged women

A how of 1940s shoes from the cover of McCall Style & Beauty magazine from 1942. I’d love to know how all those ladies are standing on one leg, what must this picture have looked like from backstage?!

My vintage postcard albums

My vintage postcard albums

There’s a great 4 storey antiques emporium near us, and its one of my 7 year old son’s favourite places to go and browse around. Each floor is packed from floor to ceiling with everything from vintage clothes to old china, furniture and fascinating random old things. It’s like a treasure-trove and it’s a great(…)

A cherry-print 1950s bikini (and a very strange hat)

A cherry-print 1950s bikini (and a very strange hat)

A cheerful cherry-print 1950s bikini modelled by Shirley Deas from Florida, 1955. I’m not sure what to make of that strange hat though? Have you ever seen a hat like that before?! Source and copyright: No known copyright restrictions

My vintage: It was acceptable in the 80s

My vintage: It was acceptable in the 80s

As I think I’ve mentioned before I ‘m not quite ready to embrace an 80s revival yet. The  memories are just too vivid from the first time round, but I do love a nice sequined top. They remind me of all the things I loved about the 80s: glamorous outfits from Dallas and Dynasty and(…)

An elegant 1930s sailor suit

An elegant 1930s sailor suit

Isn’t this a lovely outfit? The 1930s were so stylish with the slim fitting long and mid-length dresses.  I love the sailor-styling and the bows on her shoes – so elegant! The lady is Miss Hera Roberts on board HNLMS Java, 10 October 1930. You can read more about her here.

Vintage look book: 1950s bride

Vintage look book: 1950s bride

It’s wedding season, so it got me thinking about how lovely vintage bridal styles are. When I got married nearly 11 years ago, I wore a 30s-inspired wedding dress – which I still love, but I love fifties style bridal gowns too. This vintage 50s dress in particular is so pretty! Clockwise from left: Faux(…)

My vintage: striped sixties sundress

My vintage: striped sixties sundress

My favourite decades for vintage clothing are the sixties and seventies. The only problem with this is that there was so much synthetic material around.. rayon, polyester, nylon and those just aren’t the fabrics to be wearing when its 30 degrees outside. That’s why I love this vintage shift dress so much, it’s from the(…)

Marlene Dietrich with one of the first manicures

Marlene Dietrich with one of the first manicures

Marlene Dietrich photographed during the 1930s. It’s nice to see a photo of her in a day outfit rather than a vampy evening dress. Her manicure would have been quite a new thing too, as nail polish was only invented in the 1930s and started with by the kind of manicure you can see here(…)

My vintage: a Mad Men-style 1960s dress

My vintage: a Mad Men-style 1960s dress

It’s been a bit too hot to be dressing up recently, but as we’ve had a bit of cloud cover today I’ve finally got the energy to try out some lovely new vintage clothes! I love this vintage 1960s dress, I feel like an extra in Mad Men when I wear it, especially with my(…)

Vintage 1940s denim shorts

Vintage 1940s denim shorts

Isn’t this a fabulous look? Denim shorts and a plaid shirt from 1948. The girl is Candy Tilton Ulrich painting at Sarasota Jungle Gardens.    

Guest post: 1960s shopping and the catalog culture

Guest post: 1960s shopping and the catalog culture

Before online shopping, high streets and malls, there were mail-order department store catalogs. In 20th century America, department stores like Montgomery Wards, Sears and Macys were every family’s one-stop shopping destination. From clothing for the fashionable lady to tools for the handyman and toys for the kids – plus furniture for the home, appliances for(…)

Vintage tennis fashions

Vintage tennis fashions

As I’m sitting here waiting for the Wimbledon final to start, I thought I’d browse around and look for some vintage tennis fashions. You can certainly why tennis has become a much more physical game when you look at what they wore to play in 1900! Which decade had the best outfits? I love the 1920s(…)