Queen Of Hearts

Dress: 1940s style two dress designed by me, Nicolettacarlone.com

Hat: Little Shop Of Gorgeousness and Fripperies, LSGF.UK

1950s Red Faux Croc Purse: Paper Moon Vintage, Los Angeles (Los Feliz/Hollywood)

1930s/40s Heart and Arrows Brooch: Ebay

1940s/50s Suede/Kidskin gloves: Playclothes, Burbank, CA

1940s Style Peep Toe Sandals: Revamp Los Angeles “Anita”


I have not been able to post much lately since I have been getting over a bad bout of food poisoning and the after effects of it. I have had not had much energy to get out and get dress up in vintage.

Today’s outfit really puts me in mind of the Queen Of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland because of the hearts and red roses and all.

Red and black are one of my favorite combinations because they are so striking. I have designs a couple of these dresses shown above for my line, I keep making them because they are both smart looking and comfortable. They are based dresses from the early 1940s.

Beaded Webs and Chartreuse

1940s style dress: My fashion line, Nicolettacarlone.com

1940s wimple hat: Paper Moon Vintage, Los Angeles

1950s chartreuse gloves

So this is one of my most favorite pieces I have designed yet far. It is based directly on a late 1930s style early 1940s style princess seam dress. It can be either made in cotton twill or rayon crepe. It is fully beaded and perfect for a special occasion where you really want to make a statement.

Black and Powder Blue

1930’s Style Dress set: Designed by me based on an original

Vintage style Purse: Hermes

Baby blue gloves: 1950s, Playclothes Vintage.

1940s style peep toes: Remix

This has to be one of my favorite things I have designed so far. It is based very much upon a dress set I saw on Ebay but that I missed because the auction ended at 5 am my time, the vintage dress also had a length of 27″ which is way too short for me.

The original dress was pink and black, I will probably do a version like that in the near future, but with this piece, I was really feeling the powder blue and black combo–this piece is made to measure and totally customizable, so you may so any color combo you like.

The Shortened Version

Chartreuse Late 1930s dress: Etsy

Orange gloves: Swift, Burbank, Ca.

Orange Rayon Crepe Halo 1940s Halo Hat: Instagram seller

Chartreuse peep toe sandals: “Greta” by Remix

You might recognize this dress. I wore it a couple of months back in another post. I got it as a beautiful gown for a low price on Etsy. It looked great in the photos, but the gown had unrepairable holes and stains on the bottom of the dress, so I decided to give it a new life as a day dress. I paired it with orange accessories because I love the oddly satisfying color combination of orange and chartreuse, done right it can be really stunning.

Fringe and Studs

1940s style dress: my fashion line, Nicolettacarlone.com

Orange 1940s halo hat: Instagram seller

Orange gloves: Swift Vintage, Burbank, Ca

Peep toe pumps: “Boulevard” by Remix

Today, I decided to pair Halloween-esque colors together, and the result wasn’t very Halloweenish which I am happy about. For the last few days, its been cooler here in Los Angeles and quite fall-like.

My outfit included a dress from my fashion line, its made of rayon crepe, the skirt portion is swingy chainette fringe which was so popular in the late 1930s and 40s. I paired it with a 1940s rayon crepe halo hat, a orange rayon crepe clutch from the late 1930s, a pair of orange gloves and a pair of shoes from Remix.

Purple and Cream

1940s Silk Dress: Etsy

1939 hat from Papermoon Vintage in Los Angeles

Purse: Prada

Today’s outfit is all purple and cream. The silk crepe dress is from the 1940s and has beautifully printed orchids. I paired this dress with a modern, yet vintage style purse by Prada (I have a couple of these in different colors and I wear them EVERYWHERE), I am blanking on the name right now, but they come on lots of beautiful colors. My hat is from 1939 and I got it from local vintage shop, Paper Moon.

Emerald Green and Gold

Late 1930s style green dress with hand sequined and beaded birds, designed by me.

Green late 1930s fedora: Playclothes, Burbank, CA.

1950s Green Faux Croc purse: Ebay

1940s Green suede gloves: Etsy ( don’t remember seller)

Green 1940s style sandals: “Anita” By Remix Los Angeles

This blog post is brought to you by my favorite color–Green!

I designed this dress from the pattern of a late 1930s pattern. I choose to give the dress 3/4 sleeves so it could be a great dress for summer evenings and will allow you to comfortably into autumn. The dress can be ordered in any sleeve length desired. The gold and beaded birds are based on a dress I own, I have also seen this dress on several others on Pintrest and Instagram, so it must have been a popular motif in the late 1930s/early 40s. I decided to go with green for this dress because I love the combination of green and gold. The dress can be ordered in a variety of colors, also different beading and sequin colors as well.

I paired this dress with a late 1930s green woman’s fedora, a 1950s green faux croc purse, 1940s green suede gloves, and a pair of green Remix shoes in the Anita style.

Hues Of Autumn

1930s/1940s style dress: Ulf Anderson ( modern brand)

1940s turban hat: Ebay

1930s/40s sunglasses: Ebay

Orange 1940s gloves: Swift Vintage, Burbank CA.

1930s brown purse: Swift Vintage, Burbank

Gold shoes: “Anita” by Remix Los Angeles


So a couple days ago, I blogged about how I found that I wore a dress that I loved for yesterday’s photoshoot but once seeing it on the screen, I saw the dress was just not the shape for me, and as much as I love it, I must part ways with it. So today it went off on its journey to someone else.

I find that being into vintage is very much a never ending journey into personal style in a way that all fashion is for those who are interested in it, but with vintage, it is unique.

People that follow modern fashion usually only have the hear and now of what is in season and what is trendy. The go to the mall and decide what trends they like, what trends they don’t. Of course, they may change the look they are going for each season based on current mood, and this is very like vintage clothing as well. At one point, I was very much into the 1920s, and my whole vintage wardrobe was consumed with this. Now, I am into the 1930s and 1940s, in a few years, I might be into something else completely.

But something else changed for me. As I grow older and more style conscience, I start to see how clothes fit me and my particular body shape and height. For the first time, I didn’t just look at clothing because it was from a certain era as I had done for so long, I began to examine what eras actually looked good on me.

I came up with two particular time periods, the late 1930s/early 1940s and the 1950s. I’ve got a couple pieces from the 1950s, and they are absolutely beautiful but I just don’t “gel” enough with everything from the 1950s to really start building a whole wardrobe around it. The late 1930s and early 1940s though was perfect. I pretty much love everything about this era, the music, the fashion, the architecture, even the history especially what was going on here locally in Los Angeles.

So, I began to shop for this particular era really found a place where I felt at home. Of course, I will always visit other eras, but my heart is really home here now.

So, finding a particular era that you love also means shedding items that I once wore that now only sit gathering dust in my closet. I have been selling a large amount of items off, things I have not worn for years.  So the dress pictured is going as well, like all the other pieces I have been saying good bye to, it will be painful saying good bye, but I know, this dress fill find a home with someone who will love her dearly.

Arabian Nights

1940s felt and jersey turban by Sunnyland (A New York Creation)- Ebay

mid/late 1940s Crepe Dress by Lilli Diamond: Papermoon Vintage, Los Angeles

1940s Scimitar Bakelite Brooch: Ebay

Usually I create an outfit around the dress, but this outfit is completely built around this hat. I fell in love with this hat the moment I saw it. Its an example of the dramatic, high fashion hats that were created in the late 1930s early 40s. The hat is essentially a turban with jewels and stars. It has a “wimple” of rayon jersey, a fabric that I love. It is very soft and fluid, and something I will be creating some custom prints on in the near future for fashion line.  Being a turban, the hat has influences from the middle east, I continued this theme with my Bakelite pin which is a very large butterscotch colored scimitar which is a traditional Persian sword.  I had seen reproductions of this pin all over Instagram, but I wanted to get one that was from the 1940s.

The dress is a mid to late 40s dress by the designer Lilli Diamond. Normally in my postings, I show the entire dress, but when photographed today, I found the dress really does not work for my my height/shape. Its a longer length and has large dolman sleeves which is great on someone tall, but I am barely 5’4 with a petite build, so I think sadly, the dress wears me more then I wear it. This is something common I have run into with a lot of 1940s pieces, especially ones from the mid 1940s right before the New Look came in. The longer lengths, large shoulder pads and dolman sleeves, like on the dress I am wearing just don’t work on me, am conflicted on  if I should keep the dress, or send it on to another home with someone to whom it will be more suited.

Tropical Tones


1940s Rayon Crepe Dress: Ebay

1930s/40s straw picture hat: Birthday Life Vintage, Etsy

1930s Gloves: Paper Moon Vintage, Los Angeles

1950s Willardy Lucite Purse: Local antique store

Shoes: Anita By Remix Los Angeles

Upon putting this dress on, it instantly reminded me of my grandma. She was always a stylish lady. She was about my age early 1940s when this dress was made, so many things from this era, especially this dress have me thinking of things she might have worn in her 30s.

This dress is a bright red with white, black and cool green tones. It reminds me of the tropics, I’m not sure why. My grandmother and grandfather retired to Florida in their later years and perhaps this is why this makes me think of my grandmother as well.

I am really big into genealogy including the site Ancestry.com. I have searched my family back many, many generations, but the other day I was looking up some more recent history. I was able to find a record of my grandparent’s marriage license from 1940 with their signatures and information. This made me tear up. Here is something from two people that were very special to me that now are gone.

I think my love of vintage clothing really stemmed out of my love for the past. History does, and always has permeated every part of my life including my work. Most of my writing in novels and the two screenplays I have developed ( one is in development currently) are set in another time, the two screenplays in particular are set in the 1920s and 1930s and are crime stories set in Los Angeles.

So when I put on a vintage dress, its not just a pretty garment, its a piece of history.