Another Colorful Outfit!

1940s tilt hat: Garb-Oh Vintage, Etsy

1940s floral rayon dress with sequins: Lorel Mae, Etsy

Chartreuse gloves ( 1950s?): Hot Couture, Santa Rosa, CA.

Shoes: “Anita” By Remix Los Angeles

I really love wearing bright colors, especially this color combination above. There is something about purple, magenta and chartreuse that goes so well together! Its probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but for me, these colors are bold, dramatic and make me happy when I wear then. As I have said before, I love the very creative color combinations that were around in the 1940s and this outfit puts some of the most popular of the decade into one outfit!

The Secrets Of Getting Good Vintage Clothing

As time passes, vintage from earlier eras gets harder and harder to find, yet the pool of collectors searching out vintage is the same, if not growing all of the time. Because of this, the vintage market is highly competitive especially when it comes to great or highly unique pieces. Also, just like regular fashion, the vintage market has trends that come and go which determine the prices and availability of certain trendy pieces.

If you are a avid vintage collector such as myself, here are some tips to help you score some great vintage in a cut throat market.

  1. Look Outside Of The Internet.

The vintage market is particularly cut throat on the internet. Thousands of people all around the world have access to sites like Ebay, Etsy and Instagram where vintage is regularly sold, so desirable items can some times sell out in minutes of being posted. To get a leg up on the competition, try visiting your local vintage stores, where the owners will only have a fraction of what is in their store online. Also if seeking a great deals, try also visiting estate sales, antique stores, and flea markets. I have found some of my best vintage simply by hunting it down the old fashioned way.

2. Follow People on Etsy.

One of the best ways to find items you are seeking on Etsy is to follow those people who have similar tastes to you. To do this, find an item you like on etsy and look at other people who have favorited the item. If you see someone with favorite items that you like, go ahead and follow them, in the future when you go to the Etsy home page, you will see other things they have liked.

3. Stalk Ebay/Etsy Like its Your Full Time Job.

Ok, so like most people you probably have a full time job or other commitments that does not allow you to check these sites every second, but I make it a habit to search many times a day, especially if I have nothing else to do. For Ebay, you can either save your searches, or just keep refreshing the page with your chosen criteria put in and look if more items have been listed. Usually I’m looking for 1930s-40s right now, so maybe only a few items will pop up per hour. On Etsy, I open up two browser tabs, one for 1930s, one for 1940s, set it to “most recent” and just refresh the page through out the day.  You will be surprised just how fast new items on Etsy get snapped up, some with in seconds! Most of the stuff might be stuff you don’t want, but occasionally you will find that treasure and all your time spent looking will be worth it!

4. Get To Know Sellers On and Offline.

Sellers want to sell their stuff, so if you can make their job easier by letting them know in advance, its easier for them and for you. Let them know your measurements and give them in detail exactly what you are seeking and most sellers will be more then happy to call you/email you or tag you on the item on Instagram when they what you are seeking.

I hope these tips helped, happy hunting!

 

Chartreuse And Orange

1940s Orange Crepe Dress: Etsy

Chartreuse and Black 1940s Hat: Paper Moon Vintage, Los Angeles, CA

1950s Chartreuse Gloves, Hot Couture, Santa Rosa, CA.

Gold peep tow 1940s style shoes: Remix

So if you can’t tell by now reading my blog, I LOVE color, especially vintage color combinations from the 1930s and 40s.  I really, really love the color orange, and this 1940s crepe gown is a bright shade of it, even though it looks like more of a coral in the photos. When I put this gown on, it really dawned on me just how genius designs of the 1940s can be. This gown makes me appear quite statuesque, despite the fact I am barely 5’4.

I think this is due to the beautiful the way the dress is constructed, especially with those 1940s shoulder pads, in a dress like this, I can see why they so popular during the 1940s.

Florals and Puffed Sleeves

Late 1930s/early 1940s dress: Ebay

1930s/40s hat: Ebay

As a vintage fashion collector and wearer I have one favorite set of years I like to buy my vintage from, but two distinct looks that were popular during those eras.

The years are 1937-1949. One of the looks is bold, dramatic, avant garde and high fashion, the other is that of the sweet, young ingenue.

Today I am playing the part of the ingenue, if you want to see the bold and dramatic, go to my last blog post.

This dress perfectly embodies what I love so much about the sweet youthful look of late 30s and early 40s dresses. I love the sweet, soft colors, the shorter lengths and most of all the puffed shoulders.

While sometimes the bold and dramatic look can be a big overwhelming on someone who is more petite like myself, I can never go wrong with the sweet, ingenue look.

 

Chartreuse And Shooting Stars

Hat: Paper Moon Vintage, Los Angeles

Dress: My fashion line

Introducing my new favorite hat! This is a 1940s high fashion hat made out of straw with a chartreuse rayon jersey “wimple.”

This style of hat was in vogue at the end of the 1930s and into the early 1940s and was considered avant garde and high fashion.

I paired it with a black crepe dress from my fashion line which has has star and shooting star appliques that are hand sewn.

A Pocket Full Of Posies

1940s Dress: Dynamo Vintage, Etsy

1940s Hat: Birthday Life Vintage, Etsy

1950s lucite purse: local antique store

Green 1930s gloves: Papermoon Vintage, Los Angeles

Green 1940 peep  toe shoes: Remix

This 1940s dresses is one of my favorite purchases that I have ever made and is a very good example of why I prefer buying vintage over modern clothing. This item was not very expensive, but  has the creativity that today usually only present on expensive designer pieces. The stand out detail on this dress is 3D flowers at the neckline. This was done by someone hand cutting the flower shapes on the fabric to create appliques and then hand sewing them on the neckline. I think someone would be hard pressed to find a dress with this sort of detail on a dress today without paying hundred of dollars.

Sequin Bows

1940s crepe dress with sequin appliques: Etsy

1950s pink gloves: Etsy

1940s platter hat: Esty

1950s Green faux croc bag: Ebay

Green peep toe 1940s style shoes: Remix

When it comes to putting together vintage outfits, I really love to be matchy-matchy. Not all of the colors have to be the same, but I really like to have colors that are very interesting together. The 1940s had some great color combinations that were popular for outfits which today are completely unheard of.

Some of these unique color combinations included: chartreuse (one of my favorite colors) with tones such as brown, orange, blue, shocking pink, purple etc, yellow with purple, red with brown, forest green with yellow, pale blue with brown, etc.

I have a huge fan of color in whatever era, so I have totally got into some of the retro combos that are from the 1940s which you will be seeing more of in upcoming blog entries.

Lace and Soutache

1940s lace/crochet hat: Birthday Life Vintage, Etsy

late 1930s/early 40s Cream and baby blue dress and bolero: Etsy

1940s Butterscotch Bakelite Scimitar pin: Ebay

1940s burnt orange clutch with lucite  kisslock closure: Papermoon Vintage

Cream Peep Toe shoes: ” Anita” by Remix Shoes

Lately, as if you might have noticed I am getting really into the late 1930s and 1940s. I really like this time for several reasons. The first one is the clothing is very flattering on my particular body type. Being barely 5’4, the shorter hemlines are great and so is all the details accentuating the smallness of the waist contrasted with with help of the structured shoulders.

I think I have stated before, but my favorite years for fashion lies just around 1938-1945, but I also do love late 40s and earlier 30s, nothing fits me as well as the above years.

Modern And Vintage

 

1950s Red Taffeta Dress- Ebay

Red hat: 1950s, Ebay

Purse: Prada Promenade Medium in Purple

Shoes: Pigalle Spike Flat, Christian Louboutin

I did today’s particular post to highlight a great way to incorporate vintage into your wardrobe if you don’t want to wear a full on vintage look. Mixing pieces like I did is a great way to get a polished, unique look.

1950s pieces are great for everyday wear, because they are still fairly affordable and more durable then their older counter parts; Then there is also the reason that many dresses today with the fit and flare look still look very much like they are out of the 1950s, I’m talking about pieces by mid range designers such as Kate Spade. Many of her dresses take cues from clothing of the 1950s and 60s, but sometimes the original is better, and far more affordable!

Lemons and Limes

Mid 1940s silk crepe dress: Adele Simpson, Ebay

1940s green hat: Playclothes in Burbank, CA

1950s Lemon and Lime purse: Ebay

Shoes: Remix

With this dress, it was love at first sight. I love the quirky novelty print which is what appears to be lemons which are orange. Apparently back in the 1940s, changing the colors of fruit on prints was the “in” thing. This dress is by designer Adele Simpson who started designing in just after World War One, this dress which is from the mid to late 40s would have probably been from one of her first collections. It is made out of a elegant, soft silk crepe which drapes beautifully. I paired it with a novelty purse from the 1950s (?) which has lemons and limes in their natural colors.