Friday, March 31, 2006

Would you like Italian or Ranch with that hat, m'am?

Two cool 1940s hats...back when hats were considered the sixth food group.

Come on...where do you think the saying 'If that's not true, I'll eat my hat!' came from? Mmmmm...hmmmmm.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

I don't remember gingham being so big in the 70s...

...but then again, I was so young...

(I have to admit: I kinda like it. Very 'livin' on the prairie/ hurry with that tablecloth--ma needs her a new dress for church')

Can you spot the 1930s gorgeousness?

When Nancy Drew was a Brownie leader...

Friday, March 24, 2006

Get Twiggy with it...or, vintage vs. newage

This is a confusing-yet-exciting year for vintage stylaholics like yours truly.

Clearly, the authenticity of real vintage is a big part of what makes it cool. And then there's the quality. Let's face it, when it comes to clothing for the average person, workmanship is often sacrificed for quantity these days. (Read: 'sweatshop-based mass production').

The average dress in 1955 also involved a lot more complicated pleating, beading, cutting, and sewing than a lot of the stuff you'll get at the Gap (as an example). And as a result, the clothes fell better than they do now, and they were just better made--as evidenced by their wearability 50 years later. Oh that you should be so wearable 50 years from now, Old Navy clam-diggers.

...But at the same time, the style of the next few season is so retro that it's hard for a jonesin' vintage junkie to ignore...(major salivation going on over dresses on right).

The up side of this 'newage' ('vintage- looking- but- new') is that the quality of 'big box' clothing is going up slightly, because it has to to accommodate all those pleats and gathers and bits of exotic beading.

The down side is that 'big box' still means 'everyone else owns one'...which is why, on the scales of style, vintage usually wins for me. Because vintage is usually pretty unique. And uniqueness is getting hard to come by.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Gentlemen, start your cigarette boats (or not)

Picture hot pink. Add white. Add a fake tan. Add leather shoes with no socks. Taper the pants. Remove all visible collars. Recall the fate of Philip Michael Thomas.

Are we ready for the return of the Miami Vice look for men? Think hard before you answer this question. Your decision could have long-lasting and far-reaching consequences beyond the natural forebearance of humanity.

The 60s: either be on the fringe...

...or have the fringe on you

Orga(n)z(a)mic bliss

The 50s obsession pretty.

Monday, March 20, 2006

For those late-night philosophical debates...

Two exquisite 1920s shawls.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Raspberry tweed: what a dish!

Continuing with the 1950s theme. Heavenly.

Cranberry even sounds yummy

Why 1950s style rocks