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High-Five Fridays: The Tutorial & Guide Edition

By , 5 December, 2008, No Comment

It’s another High-Five Friday!

1 Josi at The Daily Beauty Break has a great tutorial on getting — and keeping — those sexy, glamorous red lips.

2 Speaking of red lips… Alessia at Relationship Underarm Stick dishes about men & red lipstick.

3 Deanna at Collectors’ Quest has an excellent guide to the care & repair of vintage jewelry.

4 Since many vintage jewelry pieces (as well as accessories such as purses, belts and shoes) are made of or have parts made of Lucite, Bakelite and celluloid, also see Deanna’s super guide to identification and care of vintage plastics.

5 Laura at Fashion Fix shows us a cute swinging 60’s coat. OK, so it’s not a guide — but it’s adorable!

Here’s Looking Like You, Kid Mail Bag Q & A

By , 3 December, 2008, No Comment

A reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, asked, “Why do you focus so much on accessories?”

The simple answer is that accessories & jewelery are an easy way to change your look or imprint your own sense of style on any outfit. That’s a general fashion point — but when it comes to vintage accessories you really make a one of a kind statement.

The other reason relates to an email from Kathy, who along with making sure I said how much she “adores this blog!” asked, “Do you wear vintage all the time?”

If we include the accessories I’d have to say about 90% of my waking hours; but if we are talking about vintage clothes the answer is much less often… I’d say about 50% of my waking hours (90% of my sleeping hours — I adore vintage lingerie!). There are several reasons for my wearing vintage clothing less often.

One, I am a very picky err, “selective” shopper. I remember years ago (in the 80’s) I fell in love with the look of wearing blue and black together — but not just any blue, it had to be a bright, bold, royal blue. And I wanted it in either a dress blouse or a sweater vest. I had seen it in a fashion magazine and fell for it hard. I had the perfect black skirt (and jet black jewelery) but I wanted that royal blue top — a top which apparently only lived in my imagination, for despite the color combination being sold in the magazine (part of a feature on bold jewel tones) the color was not to be found. Unless it was in a patterned sweater, shirt, or, oddly enough, a suit. I spent three years searching for that perfect piece. (Eventually finding it in a sweater vest with pearl buttons I had to replace with black jet bead buttons salvaged from a vintage sweater with moth holes and an unraveling cuff.) After three years of searching, I was finally victorious — and yes, I wore it!

But I think you get the idea how particular (and obsessive!) I am… Right? So you can imagine how selective (and dedicated!) I am when I spot a vintage fashion I want in a photo or film.

Two, vintage clothing is indeed a rare find; it’s not like you’re going to find a round-rack full of any style in several colors and sizes like at the mall. Size being an issue most people think of, complain about, cry over (especially with a bust-line like mine!), there are other issues prohibiting fashionistas from finding vintage fashions.

Not much vintage clothing has survived, and even less of it in wearable conditions. Just like what you’ll find at rummage sales and used clothing sales of today’s fashions, most of what has survived in great conditions are garments which have been worn very little, leaving special occasion dresses to be the number one category of ‘finds’. Like prom dresses, these vintage special occasion fashions have less places in which they can be worn.

When more practical vintage fashions are found, there is a tendency for me to be a little reluctant to wear them too-too often. This not only because I knew how difficult (near impossible!) it will be to replace the item if I wear it out, stain or rip it, but because many vintage fashions require special care and laundering. Hand washing, spot cleaning, air drying &/or ironing take more time than throwing them into the washing machine & dryer with today’s fashions made of easier care fabrics. And many of today’s dry cleaners have no idea how (or indeed even the proper machines and solvents!) to work with vintage textiles. (Always, always ask a million questions of your dry cleaner before you hand your vintage fashions over to them — better you annoy them than they destroy your baby!)

Don’t get me wrong — vintage fashions are utterly & completely worth the trouble!

Not only are they styles not found today, not only are they lovely pieces of history which connect me to the past, but I find that applying such care and concern to clothing helps my budget too.

The limited selection of vintage fashions naturally limit the quantity I can buy — which when coupled with the honestly cheaper prices of vintage clothing versus new clothing prices keeps my check-out total lower. Plus, having to consider every vintage purchase I make in terms of practicality of wear and care has become such a habit that I apply the same considerations to modern made fashions. (That saves me money directly by not choosing an outrageously fussy fashion and indirectly from impulse buys just by slowing down my trip to the cashier!)

Shopping for vintage fashions has me much more appreciative of fashion in general; I really, really value what I have.

And I value the thrill of the hunt, the creativity. Together those two actions make me feel that while I didn’t literally create the garment I did create the outfit — an outfit no single other person has!

However, all of this means that there are days (or activities) for which I do not wear vintage clothing — but that’s only because I love it so much.

Have any questions for me? Feel free to email me at JaynieVanRoe@gmail.com.

Have A Little ‘Seed’ Money Left After Friday?

By , 29 November, 2008, No Comment

Spend it on cute seed bead purses!

A sweet retro 60’s purse made of white plastic & clear beads over embroidered pink flowers, available at Dandelion Vintage — and there’s 25% off until the night of Sunday, November the 30th, so you might want to take a BIG look around!

White Seed Bead Purse With Pink Roses

White Seed Bead Purse With Pink Roses

This vintage glass seed bead purse with a cosmetics theme is so cute I could kiss it — with those red lip prints, it looks like somebody already did! You can buy it (for me?!) at Vintage In Style.

Make-Up Theme Vintage Seed Bead Purse

Make-Up Theme Vintage Seed Bead Purse

Also at Vintage In Style, this matching vintage glass seed bead wallet and coin purse set by DeLill with strawberries — and look, they’ve never been used!

Vintage Strawberry Wallet And Coin Purse

Vintage Strawberry Wallet And Coin Purse

Little Black Basics For Your Little Black Dress On Black Friday

By , 28 November, 2008, No Comment

If you, like me, would rather stay home & eat leftovers than head to the mall, here are a few basics to get yourself this holiday — a girl can always use these basic black pieces.

For beneath that little black dress — little black slips.

A pretty vintage black nylon slip, from Etsy seller Schmoo1515, which is special enough to wear as the little black dress.

Pretty Vintage Black Slip

Pretty Vintage Black Slip

This vintage full slip from Etsy seller houseofvintage has such pretty ruffles that you may never want to take it off. It could double as a nightie, but I’m betting the lucky guy or gal who sees you in this will want you to take it off… eventually. *wink*

Sexy Vintage Black Slip With Ruffles

Sexy Vintage Black Slip With Ruffles

If you only need a half-slip (and I’m guessing that means you already have a black cami!), then how about this vintage lacy half-slip made by Saramae for Lord & Taylor? It’s available from Etsy seller Sassycatts.

Lacy Hem Of Vintage Black Saramae Half-Slip

Lacy Hem Of Vintage Black Saramae Half-Slip

For your legs…

Super cute and sure to put new life into your little black dress, vintage stockings with a rose pattern. Three pairs available from Etsy seller whyteboots.

1960s RHT Stockings With Rose Pattern

1960s RHT Stockings With Rose Pattern

For your feet…

Platform Oxfords are a staple in vintage dressing; the Nine West Women’s Kimball Platform Oxford is sure to become a classic in your wardrobe as well as give you a lift. (Additional colors available too.)

Platform Oxford Shoes By Nine West

Platform Oxford Shoes By Nine West

To top it all off…

No, not (quite) a top hat, but a stunning black silk velvet Edwardian hat. Derby styling with a rose velvet bow and beaded accents available at (in?) Dorothea’s Closet.

Black Silk Velvet Edwardian Hat

Black Silk Velvet Edwardian Hat

No One Messes With A Femme Fatale’s Purse

By , 27 November, 2008, 1 Comment

In this photo from the 50’s, Marie Windsor carries a clear Lucite purse — which means you can see everything inside it!

Marie Windsor With See-Thru Lucite Box Purse

Marie Windsor With See-Thru Lucite Box Purse

I don’t think I’d be brave enough to do that; would you? But I guess when you’re The Marie Windsor, no one is going to even think of doing anything nasty.

Photo of Windsor (with Jack Hupp) from Dark City Dames: The Wicked Women of Film Noir, by Eddie Muller; a fabulous book

Of Gloria Swanson & Gloves

By , 24 November, 2008, No Comment

A photo of Gloria Swanson taken after Sunset Boulevard as part of the film’s promotional buzz.

Gloria Swanson In Gloves

Gloria Swanson In Gloves

This 1950 article by photographer Philippe Halsman explains how Swanson arrived at his studio so nervous and exhausted that she even cried. In his scramble to help her (and get himself some salable photographs), he impulsively gave her the long black leather gloves as a prop. While these gloves weren’t magic all on their own, they did assist with the transformation. Halsman writes:

She wiggled her hands into them, pulled them high on her arms to where her strapless gown left off, and held out her hands for a self-inspection. Then, finally, the miracle happened. I don’t know how. Perhaps it amused her to see her long, white bare arms turn suddenly black.

She leaned over a high box resting her elbows on its surface and began to flirt with the camera, to play with her hands — half-hiding her face behind her spread, black fingers, like a pretty kitten suddenly bemused with the discovery of its own front paws. That quick, she looked twenty years younger. You could not tell she had been crying. Her arms moved in swift pattern, making wonderful black designs against her pale skin and the pale backdrop, and in perhaps ten minutes I had the photographs I had sought.

Such a breathless description! As wonderful as those glamorous photos!

Now I’m not saying that fashion alone can always provide such a transformation; but glamour sure has its own magical allure which can distract us, capture our own interest, as well as amaze and delight others.

These stunning black leather Italian opera length gloves — which go almost-to-the-shoulder! — have a silk lining and black leather covered buttons at wrist shown and are available at Leather Gloves Online.

Italian Black Leather Opera Gloves

Italian Black Leather Opera Gloves

High-Five Fridays

By , 21 November, 2008, No Comment

Hairdo Meets Hat

By , 20 November, 2008, 1 Comment

Wondering just how to wear your New Look hats — without having ‘hat hair’ or having your hair compete with your hat? Here are four pages from HairDo, published by Dell (May, 1961) describing just how to style your hair to frame your face and work with your lovely vintage hats. (Click each for a larger scan.)

Hairdo Meets Hat

Hairdo Meets Hat

Hairdo Meets Hat Page Two

Hairdo Meets Hat Page Two

Hairdo Meets Hat Page Three

Hairdo Meets Hat Page Three

Last Page Of When Hairdo Meets Hat

Last Page Of When Hairdo Meets Hat