Mixed Eras

I am wearing an outfit that is a mix of eras. The bag and the brooch are by Chanel and are modern but classic, the dress is Mr. Blackwell from the early 1980s, the hat is from the late 40s and the shoes are 1940s as well. The dress has a very 1940s look to it, so it looks of that era. Usually I’m not a big fan of the 1980s, but this dress is classic and very comfortable being made out of rayon matte jersey. I am a huge fan of mixing eras, especially for everyday wear. When I first started collected vintage as a teenager, I was very concentrated on making everything from one or two eras ( the 1920s and 30s) which to me now seems kind of silly for myself unless you are doing active reenacting or going to a vintage themed event where it is totally understandable. I could put together a whole look of authentic 1920s, 1950s or whatever, but to me the challenge is making a good outfit, whether all from one era or different eras or all modern, the truth is, there was great fashion in every era, there is a lot of great fashion being put out today. You just have to know how to find it. I notice people sometimes get so serious about vintage clothing, but fashion of every era should be just one thing:fun, at least that’s the way I look at it.

Black and White

Black late 1930s/early 1940s Dress- Consignment Shop in Northern California

1950s White marabou wrap: Ebay (I also wore this at my wedding)

Shoes: Remix ” Anitas”

So today I decided to go a bit formal with my blog outfit, this dress is one of the pieces I am selling. A couple of years ago I gained over thirty pounds because of a medication I was taking for fibro, now I am back to my normal size, but am left with a lot of beautiful vintage clothing that no longer fits. My closet is overflowing and my choice is either alter it or sell it/donate it/give it away. I choose the second options because I would rather get it out of my closet to someone who will love it then spend the money on alterations and alter a beautiful vintage piece. Hopefully this dress will go to someone out there who really loves it and will cherish it.

The Corsage

 

New Look style 1950s hat – My Vintage Hat Shop, Etsy

1950s star brooch- My Vintage Hat Shop, Etsy

I made this Clemantis corsage the day before Easter and decided it went perfect with this mid-century hat. I am a big believer that the big, grand corsages that were worn in the 1930s-1950s need to make a come back, even if it is just silk flowers like mine is made from.

 

 

Schiaparelli-esque.

Dress, Etsy, House of Pretty Parlor

Deco Dress Clip, came with dress

1940s hat, Iconic Vintage. Burbank

Black shoes, Remix ” Boulevard”, Remix Los Angeles

 

So, this dress isn’t Schiaparelli, but it sure looks like something she would make. This is starting with the shocking pink color ( her favorite) and the outrageous sleeves. As for this dress, its a beautiful taffeta. I’m almost sure this dress used to be an evening gown. Its  a luscious moire taffeta.  It hits me right at the knees, so either it was shortened in the 194os when this length was in vogue or it was chopped off for a very petite lady. The gown itself is from the ( I think) late 1930s which is pretty much my favorite years of all time for vintage and one I use to inspire many of my lines dresses.

I had initially ordered this dress for two reasons, one, I love the design and could think of a million places I could wear this dress, two, I think the design is very flattering and I’m going to use it ( perhaps tone down the sleeve drama just a tad) for one of my upcoming dresses.

 

 

The “Avalon” Dress

I have not posted in several weeks due to my fashion line taking a back seat to a screenplay that I am developing that is taking the bulk of my time. This dress has one of my favorite color combos which was very popular during the 1950s, although through my line, I can any color combination of sea horse and dress you desire. The seahorses themselves were inspired by 1950s Chalkware seahorses, mermaids and other sea creatures that came to found in many a Mid Century home.

The dress itself comes is inspired by a piece I have from the early 1940s, with its full skirt it could also work for a 1950s look as well.  I paired the dress with white Remix shoes in the style “Anita”

Dragon Lady

Here is one of several dragon dresses I will be introducing to my fashion line because well, I love dragons!

This crepe dress is based on a pattern from the 1940s, the dragon appliques are hand sewn and beaded. This dress can also be made in cotton twill, satin and velvet.

I paired it with a 1950s style purse, 1950s leather gloves, and a pair of shoes by Remix.

Getting Back To My Roots


The first decade that I came to love when I started collecting vintage was the 1920s. I stopped collecting it for a while, but now I am rediscovering it again. My latest purchase is this satin mid-1920s coat. I paired it with a pair of “Grammercy” shoes by  Remix Los Angeles, a mid-1920s dress, a modern turban and a silver mesh 1920s/1930s bag by Whiting and Davis.

Three Handbags You Can Wear With Both Vintage and Modern Clothes

One drawback to many vintage purses is that they simply not practical for everyday where, nor are modern purses appropriate for vintage outfits, but what if you could buy a purse that works with both? The following purses are classics that were designed many years ago, but are still very fresh today and will likely be in the years to come. Here are some of my top picks:

1.The Alma, by Louis Vuitton.

The Alma is one of my favorite bags of all time. It looks very modern, but it actually dates back to the 1930s. This bag is on the pricey side, but you can score one on Ebay or Etsy for a lot less. I’m not big on logo, so I choose to buy this bag in the more subtle Epi leather.  If you want a bag that can do everything, this is a great option for you.

2. Gucci bamboo bag.

So this style of purse has been on my wishlist for a long time, I have lusting after an original one from the 1950s. Gucci started using bamboo handles because of scarcity during the war. Gucci makes this bag in some variation until this day, but you to save money you would be better getting a vintage one from the 1950s/60s. There was also other made bags made in the style of the Gucci bag around the same era that you could pick if you don’t need the Gucci logo.

3. The Hermes “Kelly” bag.

Pictured here with its most famous owner. The Hermes “Kelly” bag is just as chic today as it was back Grace Kelly carried it. A new Kelly is extremely expensive, as is a vintage one, but many purses in the 1950s were made to emulate the kelly style without the Hermes logo that can be had a much lower price.

 

Pajama Party

So it’s cold and rainy here in Southern California, but that doesn’t mean I can’t pose in a summer favorite among women of the late 1920s and early 1930s.  I am wearing a pair of beach pajamas which was essentially the yoga pants of the late 1920s and 1930s. These pajamas, which would most closely resemble a modern jumpsuit were worn to the beach and other places that would require very casual apparel.

I got my beach pajamas locally at Papermoon Vintage in Los Angeles, CA, my hat is also from a local shop, Playclothes Vintage in Burbank, CA. My shoes are reproductions of 1930s/40s open toed heels by Remix, also a Los Angeles company.

Slip A Sable Under The Tree

So I got something my heart long desired, a sable coat. This particular one is from the 1940s or 50s and it’s as soft and cuddly as a cloud. A very warm one. I could literally sleep in it!

Unfortunately, I was not able to post since December because my blog got attacked by some spam taking down a couple of my posts that I had worked hard to write.

I paired my new coat with a dress from the 1930s. It was one of the first items I bought here in Los Angeles when I came here 10 years ago. I bought it at Wasteland on Melrose. Wasteland is a shop that does not carry much vintage of this age, so I got it at a very good price.

I paired the dress with a pair of silver “Anitas” By Remix.