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The Streamline Moderne Style of the 1930s Portrayed in Fashion Illustration

By | 2018-07-06T08:53:26+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Fashion|

 

Bias cut dresses-McCalls fashion illustration 1935On a recent flea market shopping trip I  picked up a few McCall’s magazines from the 1930s.  Inside were pages of stunning fashion illustrations that captured the essense of the Art Deco design aesthetic of that era, which was referred to as Art Moderne or Streamline Moderne.

The  earlier 1920s Art Deco style characteristics were geometric with emphasis on the vertical […]

My Vintage Style-Jumpsuit Inspired by 1930s Beach Pajamas

By | 2017-06-27T10:20:11+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Fashion, My Vintage Style|

 

30s inspired jumpsuit

One of the clothing items on my “vintage wish list” is an authentic pair of 1930s beach pajamas.  But they are pretty rare pricey which means I won’t have any hanging in my closet anytime soon! So when I spotted these in a small boutique in Marblehead Ma. recently I couldn’t resist.  They may not be the real thing, but they sure as heck […]

1930s Hollywood Style Non Traditional Wedding Looks

By | 2015-10-30T13:17:05+00:00 October 30th, 2015|Fashion|

For non-traditional brides who long for a dress that captures the glamorous styles of a bygone era, one of my favorite looks to recommend for classic sophistication are the fashions popularized by 1930s Hollywood.

During the 1930s Hollywood movies provided a means of a escape from the depressing realities of the Great Depression.  You could forget about your financial worries for a couple of hours while watching actors and actresses such as Clark Gable and Carole […]

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New Arrivals! Lace and Tulle Gowns with Glam 1930s Flair

By | 2015-03-19T13:45:00+00:00 March 19th, 2015|Fashion|

I absolutely adore the fashions from the 1930s. In the  1920s  the trend was toward a more loose fitting silhouette that reflected womens’ rebellion against the restrictive styles of the turn of the century. But when the 30s rolled around dresses became more form fitting with an emphasis on  the waistline and back.

Also, in the 1930s  designer Madliene Vionnet popularized the “bias cut”  with her sensual figure flattering gowns. Many of the glamorous silver screen […]

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

By | 2014-09-08T08:36:15+00:00 June 14th, 2014|Fashion|

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 […]

Glamorous Fashions of the Will Steinman Dress Company

By | 2019-02-22T11:23:16+00:00 February 22nd, 2019|Fashion, Labels to Look For|

Will Steinman dress 1953 Will Steinman dress 1953

This is another post on vintage labels to keep an eye out for.  The Will Steinman dress company specialized in wedding, debutante and party dresses in the 50s and 60s.
They were known for their attention to detail and fine workmanship. I’ve only come across a handful in my 15 years of selling vintage clothing. But every one […]

Department Store Memories & How Their Past May Help Their Future

By | 2018-09-27T09:15:18+00:00 September 26th, 2018|Nostalgia|

Bullocks Wilshire 1937 Bullocks Wilshire Los Angeles 1937

Recently I read an interesting post from one of my favorite style bloggers, Suzanne Carillo, on the demise of brick and mortar retail shopping.  This got me to thinking about the thousands of department stores that have gone out of business in the last 10 to 15 years.. We all know online shopping has something to […]

My Vintage Style-Casual Jazz Era Inspired Look

By | 2018-06-21T09:37:58+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Fashion, My Vintage Style|

 

1940s wide leg pants outfit

In previous posts I’ve mentioned that I get a lot of inspiration for outfits by studying vintage fashion magazines or following fashion bloggers who incorporate vintage into their wardrobe. Another way I get inspiration is to collect online images of favorite vintage looks and save them on  Pinterest boards.

Polyvore used to be one of my favorite ways to create mood boards […]

Fashion and Surrealism-Schiaparelli Exhibit at the Dali Museum

By | 2018-01-26T21:13:10+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Fashion|

 

 

Schiaparelli lobster dress

Finally got around to editing the photos of my recent visit to the Schiaparelli fashion exhibit at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.  And let me tell you, it was a sight to behold! Even if you aren’t into Surrealism or abstract art of any kind, the incredible details of the clothing and the exquisite fabrics would still impress.

If you’ve never […]

Company’s Coming! Vintage Inspired Hostess Dressing

By | 2017-12-14T19:21:18+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Fashion, My Vintage Style|

40s inspired lounging outfit

A 1940s lounging pajama set I own inspired me to put together an outfit that would be perfect for holiday parties at home. Knowing I’d be having friends and family stopping over for cocktails and appetizers, I wanted to look festive, but still be comfortable.

The set actually comes with black satin wide leg pants, which unfortunately don’t fit me. But luckily […]

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