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The Painted Leg- Liquid Stockings of the 1940s

By | 2017-06-16T19:19:15-04:00 June 15th, 2017|Fashion|

I’m always fascinated by past fashion fads and the history behind them, for  example, the “cosmetic stockings ”  of the 1940s. Even though leg makeup had been around for a while, it never took off like it did in the 40s.  During that time it became a trend born out of necessity due to the outbreak of WWII.

British women were the first […]

1940s Patriotic Platforms

By | 2014-02-17T09:09:50-04:00 June 20th, 2009|Fashion|

It’s completely torturing me that these shoes are just one size too big for me.  I can’t even entertain the thought of stuffing the toes because they are a peep toe style.    All the stuffing would end up  poking out the front, making for an extremely dorky look,  which would seriously detract from the coolness of these amazing 1940’s platform wedgies.

Feast your eyes on these killer red, white and blue beauties!  A perfect pair for […]

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The Magazine for Women Who Work-Charm-January 1955

By | 2020-01-22T13:59:49-04:00 January 22nd, 2020|Fashion|

Charm Magazine  started publishing in the 1940s, but gained popularity in the 1950s as being “the magazine for women who work.” Back then most fashion magazines were geared toward homemakers , young adult women or the affluent, Ladies Home Journal, Seventeen or Vogue.

The creators of Charm realized there was a  need for a magazine that addressed the needs of career women, a demographic that […]

Vintage Country Classic Looks for Fall

By | 2019-11-29T10:08:04-04:00 November 21st, 2019|Fashion, My Vintage Style|

1970s floral velvet midi skirt outfit

When I put these fall outfits together I was envisioning romantic and classic. Something that would be appropriate for a weekend at the country estate, if I owned one! Think Ralph Lauren meets Laura Ashley.

The style originated centuries ago in England, popularized by the British aristocracy. When travelling to their rural homes they required a totally different wardrobe than […]

50s Navy Dotted Swiss Dress for Fun Night at the Navy Yard

By | 2019-09-16T08:17:22-04:00 September 15th, 2019|Fashion, My Vintage Style|

Yes, the navy yard, meaning the Charlestown Navy Yard where the historic USS Constitution resides. Every year the Charlestown Navy Yard runs various  World War II themed events. Last month they had a weekend event titled “We  Can Do It-Service on the Homefront in WW2” to commemorate the “Greatest Generation.”

I wasn’t able to make all the festivities, but my husband and I were thrilled […]

Greta Plattry-Vintage Label to Look For

By | 2019-01-31T16:11:44-04:00 January 31st, 2019|Fashion, Labels to Look For|

Greta Plattry fashions 1959

 

Every now and then I like to do a post featuring a lesser known vintage clothing label. When it comes to collecting and/or wearing vintage fashions there are many designers and manufacturers that don’t garner the attention of the big name designers, yet they produced some beautiful garments.  It’s always good to be on the lookout for more obscure names like […]

Department Store Memories & How Their Past May Help Their Future

By | 2018-09-27T09:15:18-04:00 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 […]

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