Get the Look!-Downton Abbey Dresses for the Bride and her Guests

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Summer is the perfect time to plan an outdoor Downton Abbey themed wedding, engagement party or bridal shower. The styles on the show portray the gentility of aristocratic ladies from the turn of the century into the 1920s.There is a definite aura surrounding these fashions, exuding that romantic, ladylike look of a bygone era.

You can certainly picture a bride and her guests strolling about on the lawn of a great estate or having high tea in a beautiful manicured garden while wearing these elegant dresses.

Whether you love the fashions from earlier seasons, which were Edwardian, or the more recent 1920s silhouettes, these styles are very appropriate for an outdoor affair with a classy Downton Abbey inspired high society theme.

Downton Abbey Edwardian fashion

Downton Abbey Edwardian fashion

Image source PBS

 

Downton Abbey 20s fashions

Downton Abbey 20s fashions

Below are styles we offer in Edwardian and 1920s looks.  Embroidered laces,  tulle and chiffon that are light and flowing, sure to keep you looking graceful and refined, no
matter how steamy it gets!

For more info on the dress below, go here!

Ivory embroidered tulle dress

Ivory embroidered tulle dress

Find these dresses here and here!

Downton Abbey inspired dresses

Downton Abbey inspired dresses available at Blue Velvet Vintage

Find this ivory and beige embroidered tulle dress here!

Ivory anf beige embroidered tulle 20s style dress

Ivory anf beige embroidered tulle 20s style dress

This ivory Edwardian style empire dress can be found here!

Ivory embroidered tulle Edwardian empire dress

Ivory embroidered tulle Edwardian empire dress

 

Of course, you need the right accessories to complete this early twentieth century look. Pair with parasols, white lace gloves, strands of pearls, t-strap heels and  cloche or wide brimmed straw hats festooned with flowers or bows and you’ll be styling in dreamy Downton Abbey fashion.

 

Have a glamorous day!

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Pajamas to the Beach? Ladies in the 1930s did it in style!

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That’s right!  According to Voguepedia  beach pajamas were introduced by Coco Chanel in 1922.  Starting out as wide legged trousers for ladies to wear while yachting,  they made a natural transition to resort wear for shoreside or cruises.  These beach outfits consisted of jumpsuits or full pants worn with short sleeved or halter tops, accompanied at times by a bolero or jacket. Women wore these over swimwear for strolling the promenade or boardwalk

At first only the most affluent women wore them to the beaches of the Riviera on holiday. But by the 1930s the style became more widespread.   Women in the United States eagerly adopted the trend after seeing their favorite screen stars wearing them on film. The style was revived in the 60s and 70s in what most of us would remember as “palazzo” pants.

This is a look I am totally smitten with and would love to get my hands on an original set of 30s beach pajamas. But they’re quite rare, so it’s literally like finding a needle in a haystack!  It’s a look that is both casual and very glamorous.  Nowadays they would be appropriate to wear most anywhere.   So if I can find some really fabulous rayon print fabric, perhaps I can have some custom made for me.  They are perfect for Florida. So the search is on!

 

Models in Palm Beach wearing beach pajamas

Models in Palm Beach wearing beach pajamas

 

Below two photos via Giant Pants of the 30s on Tumblr

 

Actress Ann Sothern wearing fabulous wide legged “pajama” pants

and halter top.

Actress Ann Sothern in beach outfit

Actress Ann Sothern in beach outfit

 

Oftentimes the pants were so full they almost looked like a long skirt.
This striped jumpsuit with the wide belt and striped edge hat is the epitome of classy, summer chic!!

 

Beach pajamas 1932

Beach pajamas 1932

Below photos via La Mode Pyjama

1930s Fashionable ladies  strutting their stuff on the Riviera.

Women in beach pajamas Cote D'Azure

Women in beach pajamas Cote D’Azur

Women in beach pajamas-Monte Carlo

Women in beach pajamas-Monte Carlo

This star studded beauty is my favorite!

1930s star print beach pajamas

1930s star print beach pajamas

 

So what do you think? Would you wear this style?

Have a glamorous day!

 

 

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Dressing for 1920s Gatsby Themed Prom Night

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Not only are vintage themed weddings a growing trend, but vintage themed proms are  becoming very popular as well!  How fun for young ladies to dress up in a glamorous Old Hollywood Style for prom night.   It really does my little vintage loving heart good to see this, rather than some of the more “modern” prom fashions that leave so little to the imagination!  And our customer Jenny Pless Houser was kind enough to send us photos of her daughter Katelynn in the vintage inspired evening gown she purchased from us for her Gatsby Themed prom.    Check out how beautiful  and classy she looks!

katelynn houser Gatsby Themed Prom

Katelynn and handsome friend decked out for their Gatsby Themed Prom

When you love old school glamour and have an online vintage style special occasion wear  business, you can’t help but wonder where all the dresses being shipped out are being worn, what special events and celebrations will our dresses make an appearance,  how the customer is going to look in their purchase and how they’ll accessorize it. So it’s such  a special treat when we get to see pictures of our classy customers glamming it up in clothing they purchased from us!

katelynn houser

And the vintage car just completes the look perfectly!

katelynn houser prom

Katelynn chose a gown that is elegant, sophisticated and classic.  A timeless style that would flatter a woman of any age.

katelynn houser gatsby prom night

And Katelynn’s mom actually took these pictures and did a fantastic job of capturing the romance of the Gatsby Era Theme.

Katelynn Houser Gatsby Glamour

Everyone at Blue Velvet Vintage was so thrilled to see Katelynn’s prom photos and we’re all very appreciative that Mrs. Houser and her lovely daughter were kind enough to share them with us.  We hope these pictures inspire other young women to opt for a vintage inspired look like this when prom time rolls around!

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Tribute to Bunny Yeager-Pioneer Pin Up Photographer

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Bunny Yeager and camera

Bunny Yeager and camera

Anyone who is into the vintage pinup lifestyle or at least appreciates the art has probably heard of Bunny Yeager, the 1950s  pinup photographer who helped make Bettie Page famous.  Born Linnea Eleanor Yeager on March 13, 1929, she passed away last Sunday, May 25th, but was still shooting photos in her Miami studio and gallery right up to the end! This talented lady was and still remains an inspiration for all women who wish to enter a male dominated profession.  Before Ms. Yeager turned from model to photographer, the only people shooting pin up photos were men! But Bunny changed all that, and here’s how~

An article from the Miami Herald,  states that Bunny originally started out as a model herself, but always yearned to be behind the camera.  So she began classes at a vocational school in 1953.  The first class assignment was to go out and shoot anything they wanted and come back for a critique.  So Ms Yeager  picked Africa, USA , a cageless zoo in Boca Raton in which she shot her leopard bikini wearing pinup model friends amongst the wild cheetahs. Needless to say her assignment caused quite a stir and her instructor insisted she send the pictures off to magazines,  tout sweet! And that marked the beginning of her illustrious career as one of America’s most famous pinup photographers.  And the iconic photos of Bettie Page in the leopard print bikini that Bunny designed are some of the most famous pinup photos of all time!

Bunny Yeager and her models

Bunny Yeager and her models

More on Bunny’s Background~

  •  Yeager grew up a very shy girl in Braddock, Pennsylvania, but when her family moved to Miami, (at the age of 17) she jumped at the chance to re-invent herself.
  • She re-named herself Bunny (from Lana Turner’s character in the 1945 film “Weekend at the Waldorf”) and enrolled herself in modeling school.
  • In the 1940’s, she took to modeling with an eye to fame, doing both runway and photo shoots. Because she was very photogenic, beautiful, tall, and slender, Ms. Yeager was very sought after. Yeager would soon become one of the most photographed models in Miami.
  • In her 20s, Ms Yeager wanted to add to her portfolio and stopped modeling and enrolled in photography classes at a Miami trade school and began her career behind the camera. She practiced a lot by taking self-portraits.
  • As a woman photographer taking photos of other woman, mostly nudes and near-nudes, Yeager was able to bring a level of comfort and ease that male photographers could not achieve from their subjects. She gave women the confidence and encouragement to be natural and look beautiful without the goggling eyes of the male gaze.
  • Bunny met the raven-haired Bettie Page in 1954 and formed a friendship. Bunny took most of the photographs of her that year. Along with photographer Irving Klaw, Yeager played a role in helping to make Page famous, particularly with her photos in Playboy magazine.
  • Yeager remained a very celebrated photographer through the 50s and 60s.  Her photographs were frequently taken at exotic locales and done with creative compositions. Many times, Bunny would make her own swimsuits for the models to wear and create her own props as well.
  • She took the well-known still images of Ursula Andress on the beach in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No, and discovered many other notable models.
  • In early 2010, the Warhol Museum held the first exhibition of Yeager’s work. Most of the photographs in the exhibit came from Bunny’s book “How I Photograph Myself” published by A.S. Barnes & Co. in 1964. She would go on to write over 30 books .
  • In November 2011, the Dezer Schauhalle[ in Miami, Florida hosted a retrospective exhibition of Yeager’s work. Included were some never before seen photos of various models including Bettie Page.
    Bunny looking pinup perfect!

    Bunny looking pinup perfect!

    Bunny Yeager and Bettie Page -Cheetah shoot

    Bunny Yeager and Bettie Page -Cheetah shoot

And I’ll leave you with some excellent advice from this talented and classy lady~

What a boring place the world would be if every woman looked the same as the next.  Make the most of what you have and enjoy being female.  Enjoy being you!”

 

Have a glamorous day!

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Summer Style Inspiration-Retro Sunglasses

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My collection of retro sunglasses

My collection of retro sunglasses

Summertime is the perfect time for trying a new, fun way to add some vintage glam to your outfits.  If you’re totally into dressing in 50s style, as I am, then cats eye sunglasses are the way to go. The above photo shows some of my favorites from my collection. Some are authentic vintage and some are reproductions and I love them all especially the ones with the rhinestones!  And even if you’re not totally into the whole vintage look, retro style shades are still a cool way to add a unique flair to any outfit.  You will be pleasantly surprised at how many people will come up and tell you how much they like your glasses when you switch to vintage style eyewear. Trust me on this!

And here are some photos of movie stars in their classic sunnies!  If these don’t inspire you to go out and get yourself a pair of retro sunglasses, then I don’t know what will!

Love, love, love the pair Shirley MacLaine is wearing here! So fun!

Shirley Maclaine in Cats Eye Sunglasses

Shirley MacLaine wearing 1950s cat eye sunglasses

Image source

The glamorous Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth wearing sunglasses 1952

Rita Hayworth-1952

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe-1956

Marilyn Monroe-1956

The ultimate in chic style~Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly looking effortlessly chic.

Grace Kelly looking effortlessly chic.

And for those of you who enjoy the Mod look!

Audrey Hepburn in mod sunglasses

Audrey Hepburn in mod sunglasses

Image source

Sophia Loren wearing mod sunglasses

Sophia Loren wearing mod sunglasses

And here are a few fab retro style sunglasses that will give your that Old Hollywood movie star look!

Fab Fendi sunglasses from LoveParisianChic on Ebay- $234.99

Fendi retro style sunglasses

Fendi retro style sunglasses

Tom Ford Tortoiseshell Cats Eye Sunglasses from Sole Eyewear-$194.00

Tortiseshell Cats eye sunglasses-Tom Ford

Tortiseshell Cats eye sunglasses-Tom Ford

Here are some stylish two tone cat eye glasses-  $99.00
From Decades Vintage

60s new/old stock sunglasses

60s new/old stock sunglasses

And if you really want to make a statement, these amazing authentic 1950s glasses may be just the ticket! $234.00
Available at Vintage50sEyewear

50s rhinestone starburst cat eye sunglasses

50s rhinestone starburst cat eye sunglasses

 

 

Of course the most flattering vintage style frames are the ones that are perfect for your face shape.  And if you want to know how determine your face shape and the style and color of sunglasses that are best for you, then check out this article from A Vintage Nerd’s blog. She’s got all the info you need to pick the right pair.

A GOOD TIP! If you wear prescription lenses and want to sport a cool pair of retro sunglasses (or even everyday glasses), try scouting flea markets, antique malls and online shops for vintage frames.  If they are in excellent condition, you can have your optometrist put your prescription lenses in them for a fraction of the cost of new retro frames that can easily run into the $400-500 range.  I’ve had this done with a couple of pairs and it worked beautifully!

Have a glamorous day!

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