Melody Fortier

About Melody Fortier

Since the early 1990s I have been selling stylish, fine quality womens' vintage clothing and accessories at various venues, including the Sturbridge Textile Show and the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show, as well as my own website Tangerine Boutique . I also love sharing my thoughts on vintage fashion on my blog A Vintage Ramble And my book The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping offers a wealth of information for people who are interested in buying, collecting and wearing vintage clothing. My background as a custom dress and hat maker led to my appreciation and love of vintage fashion. And my extensive experience as a custom clothier has given me a keen eye for spotting quality construction when sourcing my vintage inventory.

Why a Good Seamstress is your Wardrobe’s Secret Weapon

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Ask any couturier about the importance of a proper fit and they will all agree that it is absolutely essential. No matter how expensive the fabric or beautiful the design, without proper fit neither the garment, nor your figure,  will ever be presented in their best light .

On the other hand it doesn’t take a couture garment to make a woman look her best. Even off the rack clothing can be transformed […]

By | 2015-04-21T11:47:59-04:00 April 21st, 2015|Fashion|Comments Off on Why a Good Seamstress is your Wardrobe’s Secret Weapon

Hello Easter Bonnet, Goodbye Winter!

Easter hats and Joanne Woodward-Family Circle Magazine Easter hats and Joanne Woodward-Family Circle Magazine-1958

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Spring is springing and Easter is almost here! Many Easter traditions have their roots in pre-christian, ancient times, including the Easter bonnet.

During ancient times women wove crowns of fresh flowers to wear at Spring gatherings to celebrate the renewal of the earth and the end of winter. By the 16th century it had […]

By | 2015-03-30T15:20:29-04:00 March 30th, 2015|Fashion|Comments Off on Hello Easter Bonnet, Goodbye Winter!

The Grecian Formula-How to dress like a goddess

The mystery and allure of ancient culture has been the inspiration for countless 20th century designers. Consider the Paisley motif that originated over 2000 years ago out of Persia, once a Victorian favorite and still being reinterpreted today. In 1922 the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb sparked a frenzy for Egyptian inspired fashion. The aesthetics of the ancients provide rich design inspiration and none more so than the styles of Classical Greece where typical costume consisted of a sheath […]

By | 2015-01-04T12:04:37-04:00 December 4th, 2014|Fashion|Comments Off on The Grecian Formula-How to dress like a goddess

Mother of the Bride? Consider Vintage for a Chic, Unique Look

Brocade cocktail suit by Manguin. 1959. Photographer Pottier. Brocade cocktail suit by Manguin. 1959. Photographer Pottier.

Near where I live there are two dress shops that cater to wedding attire. Their windows display a parade of sumptuous bridal gowns, colorful bridesmaid dresses and smart tuxedos. Then there are the dresses intended for the mothers of the bride or groom. Typically they are solid color, neutral […]

By | 2015-01-04T12:04:22-04:00 November 5th, 2014|Fashion|Comments Off on Mother of the Bride? Consider Vintage for a Chic, Unique Look

Classic Dames of TV & Film Halloween Costume Ideas Part 2

This is my second post on Halloween costume ideas inspired by iconic characters of television and film and the dames who played them.  See Part 1 for additional ideas.

My next favorite character type-

The Flamboyant Vivacious and audacious, she takes the screen by storm and leaves us dazzled with her attention getting outfits that complement her larger than life personality.  These next two gutsy characters epitomize the flamboyant dame.

Sassy, brassy Mae West, […]

By | 2014-10-13T10:05:44-04:00 October 13th, 2014|Fashion|Comments Off on Classic Dames of TV & Film Halloween Costume Ideas Part 2
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