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What’s Front & Center For Holiday Fashions With Vintage Style?

By , 29 October, 2009, No Comment

Ladies, if you’re trying to put your best bosom forward in vintage fashions this holiday season, it’s time to order your handcrafted, custom fit bullet bras from Cameo Intimates — like the dreamy Cameo Lace Dream Bullet Bra.

Pink Lace Over White Cameo Intimages Lace Dreams Bullet Bra & Garter Set

Pink Lace Over White Cameo Intimages Lace Dreams Bullet Bra & Garter Set

(Don’t forget to add the padded tips! Perhaps add the matching Cameo Lace Dream Garter too?)

Since each piece of the vintage-styled lingerie is hand made to order, it takes two to four weeks for your order to be made — plus the shipping time to get your order. So now’s the time to order so you can dress (and undress!) to impress this holiday season!

PS If you don’t see your size listed in the bra style you love, or want a different fabric or color — or even if you dream of special things, such as wider shoulder straps and/or special padded cups to even-out mismatched breasts — you can have Cameo make a custom creation for you too.

Get A Pair Like Jayne Mansfield

By , 27 October, 2009, No Comment

Everyone wants a pair like Jayne’s — a pair of her Lucite heeled shoes, that is!

Jayne Mansfield Wearing Lucite Shoes

Jayne Mansfield Wearing Lucite Shoes

Clear Lucite shoes go with nearly anything — and when laden with rhinestones and embellished with carvings, they’re perfect for the holiday season!

This vintage pair of Springolators has acrylic vamps with a double row of rhinestones, rhinestone-studded heels (with original metal cap heels), and foiled under soles for a mirror-like affect.

Rhinestone Embellished Springolator Mules With Lucite Heels

Rhinestone Embellished Springolator Mules With Lucite Heels

Another pair of embellished vintage Lucite-heeled Springolators, these acrylic vamps have sparkling clear faceted beads and etched heels with original metal heel caps.

Vintage Lucite Heeled Springolators With Baubles On Vamp

Vintage Lucite Heeled Springolators With Baubles On Vamp

These vintage slingbacks are by Qualicraft and they feature both vamps and heels embellished with a stylistic floral motif.

Vintage Clear Acrylic Qualicraft Slingbacks With Carved Lucite Heels

Vintage Clear Acrylic Qualicraft Slingbacks With Carved Lucite Heels

There Are Pencil Skirts & Then There Are Pencil Skirts That Get To The Point!

By , 27 October, 2009, No Comment

Women with curves will often find their hips and bottoms more exaggerated by the narrow lines and confine of pencil skirts — butt but this more hourglass image is exactly what many dreamily envision when the phrase “pencil skirt” comes to mind.

While many of the original pencil skirts were more tubular, modern makers of vintage inspired fashions have sharpened the pencil skirt (turning the point of such feminine fashions into an exclamation point!) by narrowing along the way to the hemline. Beautiful examples of this are the Retro Pencil Skirts, in Basic Black, by Pinup Girl Clothing. Bonus, ladies, this sexy fashion staple is also available in plus sizes!

Retro Pencil Skirt by Pinup Girl Clothing

Retro Pencil Skirt by Pinup Girl Clothing

The Lucky Shops Ultimate Shopping Event — And Contest!

By , 27 October, 2009, No Comment

Lucky Shops is a shopping event hosted by Lucky Magazine in New York, November 5-7.

Lucky Shops Ultimate Shopping Event

Lucky Shops Ultimate Shopping Event

To celebrate, one lucky Shop It To Me member will win a VIP gift bag from Lucky Shops!

The VIP gift bag contains Amrita Singh bangles, Kiehl’s products, a Clu tanktop, tons of other fun beauty products, and more — with a total value of $750.

To enter, just do the following:

  1. If you’re not already a Shop It To Me member, join now (It’s free and you’ll save money with the Sale Mail alerts!)
  2. Visit www.luckyshops.com to find out more about the Lucky Shops Ultimate Shopping Event
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post, telling Shop It To Me what you think is the most exciting part of Lucky Shops

The lucky winner will be selected on Friday, October 31st at 5pm PST via a random drawing of all qualifying entries.

Please note: Prize can only be sent to a U.S. mailing address.

“Billowy Circular Skirts” Of 1952

By , 26 October, 2009, No Comment

In Rebecca’s Fashion Trends From 1952 post (at her fabulous b.vikki vintage blog — you’ve got to go see it!), she’s posted some beautiful scans of “billowy circular skirts” that are “made to be worn with or without the ruffled petticoats, so popular this season,” which were circle skirts designed by — you guessed it! — Juli Lynne Charlotte of California. (Note that in this one issue of Jet Magazine, Charlotte is both “Juli Lynne” and “Juli Lynn” — something that seems to have been a chronic problem, despite the designer’s fame. For the record, the designer’s labels read “Juli Lynne Charlotte.”)

Circle Skirts, Jet Magazine, 1952

Circle Skirts, Jet Magazine, 1952

Juli Lynne Charlotte Circle Skirts, Jet Magazine, 1952

Juli Lynne Charlotte Circle Skirts, Jet Magazine, 1952

Pencil Skirt Sale

By , 23 October, 2009, 1 Comment

Dolce & Gabbana has a linen blend pencil skirt, on sale at Revolve for $195 (sale discovered via my Sale Mail alert.)

Dolce and Gabbana Linen Blend Pencil Skirt

Dolce and Gabbana Linen Blend Pencil Skirt

At first glance the D&G pencil skirt is not as pointed a message as the vintage pencil skirts you envision — but then we must take into account that the model is likely far less amply proportioned; translation, your own rounded hips probably will provide the prettier contrast.

D&G Black Pencil Skirt, Bottom Hugging Side View

D&G Black Pencil Skirt, Bottom Hugging Side View

9 Lingerie Reasons To Get Thee A Little Black Dress

By , 22 October, 2009, 2 Comments

If these nine black vintage lingerie pieces don’t convince you that you really do need that quintessential little black cocktail dress, what on earth will?

1) A vintage black lace pinup bra — complete with centered red rosette.

Vintage Black Lace Pinup Bra

Vintage Black Lace Pinup Bra

2) Vintage vixens will love this black Lily Of France bustier with illusion lace and an incredibly deep plunging neckline.

1950's Lily Of France Black Illusion Lace Bustier

1950's Lily Of France Black Illusion Lace Bustier

3) This vintage French corset, from Star de Paris, is fully boned, has four adjustable garters, an elasticized back with hidden hook & eye closures, and is made of cashmere and nylon.

Vintage French Black Corset/Waist Cincher

Vintage French Black Corset/Waist Cincher

But don’t overlook the silk satin accents and the Chantilly lace. (I’m in love with the frilly hip lace!)

Close-Up Of Black Lace

Close-Up Of Black Lace

4) This sultry vintage nylon Movie Star full slip with a lush lace bodice and wide lace hem surely seduces — before you even put it on!

Vintage Black Movie Star Slip With Lace Bodice

Vintage Black Movie Star Slip With Lace Bodice

5) Slink around in this vintage black nylon Charmode full slip with a crystal pleated bust, lace details — and an very generous 4 1/2 inch crystal pleated hem.

Vintage Charmode Slip With Crystal Pleating

Vintage Charmode Slip With Crystal Pleating

6) This sheer 1950’s black panty girdle with garters has a lace covered control panel — but I think it may drive your partner out of control!

1950s Girdle Panties With Lace Panel & Garters

1950s Girdle Panties With Lace Panel & Garters

7) For sex kittens, a very sexy pair of sheer black vintage Movie Star panties with garters, accented with lace.

Sheer Black Vintage Moive Star Panties With Garters

Sheer Black Vintage Moive Star Panties With Garters

8) These beautiful vintage tap pants of black lace, likely from the 1980’s tap pant resurrection, feature a silky false fly front.

Retro Black Lace Tap Pants

Retro Black Lace Tap Pants

9) Last, but not least, another pair of sheer black vintage panties — this one stuns with rhinestones as well as lace trim.

Very Sheer Black Vintage Panties With Rhinestones & Lace

Very Sheer Black Vintage Panties With Rhinestones & Lace

Snakeskin Slings Are Back (Who Says They Ever Left?)

By , 22 October, 2009, No Comment

Snakeskin slingbacks are a classic — so much so, Joan Blondell wears them on the beach!

Joan Blondell Wearing Snakeskin Slingbacks

Joan Blondell Wearing Snakeskin Slingbacks

I don’t think snakeskin and sand would be a great combination, let alone high heels, but hey, it’s just a promo photo, right? However, with these faux snakeskin slingbacks by Guess, you certainly could risk it — especially as they are on sale. Originally $98.95, now just $39.58 for this classic fashion look! (And no snakes died for your fashion needs!)

Chandrika 3, Peep Toe Platform Slingback, By Guess

Chandrika 3, Peep Toe Platform Slingback, By Guess

Getting To The Point Of Pencil Skirts & Their Popularity

By , 22 October, 2009, No Comment

Christian Dior created the pencil skirt in the early 1950’s, as part of his H-Line collection.

Christian Dior H-line Fashions, 1955

Christian Dior H-line Fashions, 1955

The narrow and long (past the knee, originally) design of pencil skirts was reminiscent of the long skirts worn in the 1900s — right down to the similar hobbling effects of the 1910’s hobble skirts.

The Hobble Skirt Postcard, Circa 1910s

The Hobble Skirt Postcard, Circa 1910s

Note where the hobble skirt narrows around the knees, much like the narrowness of pencil skirts. This is why, even when pencil skirts have a slit or pleat in the back, pencil skirts still require some practice to walk in, some experience in elegant wearing.

Early Christian Dior Pencil Skirt Suit

Early Christian Dior Pencil Skirt Suit

The earliest pencil skirts were parts of suits, worn with jackets and tunics which covered the waist; this somewhat tended to minimize the hips while lengthening the legs.

Black Velevet Tunic Suit With Slim Pencil Skirt, 1952

Black Velevet Tunic Suit With Slim Pencil Skirt, 1952

But eventually, pencils skirts were worn with more fitted fashions, further accentuating the rounding of hips and behinds beneath nipped-in waists. (And would eventually evolve into the more flower-like full skirted fashions, and, on the other side, the wiggle dress, which we think of when we think of New Look fashions.)

Vintage Suit Ad: Pencil Skirt on Left, A-Line Skirt on Right

Vintage Suit Ad: Pencil Skirt on Left, A-Line Skirt on Right

In any case, wearing pencil skirts was far less practical in terms of ease of movement. This impracticality had, in fact, much to do with the success of the new skirts.

The lack of ease in movement may not have been part of Dior’s “Big Design” but his designs, and the many others who followed suit, certainly were able to capitalize by simultaneously a-dressing several post WWII cultural movements.

Pencil skirts were not only a new fashion silhouette — which women, tired of the more functional (and repaired, recycled) wartime clothing would of course be nearly giddy to have — but these skirts were also a more traditional and feminine style. Eager to be beautiful again, women loved them.

And men loved these skirts which highlighted and celebrated the female form too.

Vintage Lilli Ann Suit With Pencil Skirt Ad

Vintage Lilli Ann Suit With Pencil Skirt Ad

No one can blame either men or women for celebrating their reunions, the return of couples and families, but the physical restrictions of pencil skirts encouraged the hobbling of women.

Such fashions, with their physical restrictions, helped move women away from their wartime work (making room for the returning men) and placed women upon their pedestals as domestic goddesses, objects of desire and housewives. Female.

Feeding this return to gender roles via fashion were the recently available mass production advances made during the second World War and the post-war prosperity; ready-to-wear was affordable and most everyone had the the ability to afford the luxuries of lots of new clothing. The vintage popularity of pencil skirts remains with us today, making the pencil skirt more than a fashion classic, but a fashion basic.

Vintage Merrimack Ad For Velveteen Pencil Skirt Suits

Vintage Merrimack Ad For Velveteen Pencil Skirt Suits

Pant-ing For Katharine Hepburn’s Style?

By , 21 October, 2009, 2 Comments

Katharine Hepburn’s iconic style was defined by tailored and crisp pieces, including high-waisted, wide-legged trousers like those she’s wearing in this 1930’s photograph (Bettmann/CORBIS) for the stage version of The Philadelphia Story.

Katharine Hepburn Wearing High-Waisted Wide-Legged Pants

Katherine Hepburn Wearing High-Waisted Wide-Legged Pants

If you’re looking for pieces to help create Hepburn’s look, you’ll fall in love with Dolce & Gabbana’s High Waist Trouser with tux side panel stripe — now on sale! (Found via Shop It To Me’s Sale Mail.)

Dolce and Gabbana's High Waist Trouser

Dolce and Gabbana's High Waist Trouser

D&G High Waist Trouser With Side Tux Stripe

D&G High Waist Trouser With Side Tux Stripe