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Cheer Up, Buttercup!

By , 13 April, 2010, No Comment

I don’t think anyone could be sad wearing this vintage midriff baring shorts set.

Vintage Romper Shorts Set

Vintage Romper Shorts Set

Soft yet sunny buttercup yellow rayon with sheer white chiffon frills and real shell buttons by “Tom Girl” Eastern Isles; from the 1940’s, but is brand new old stock — never worn!

1940's Yellow Top With White Chiffon Ruffles & Shell Buttons

1940's Yellow Top With White Chiffon Ruffles & Shell Buttons

Great Sale Mail News!

By , 7 April, 2010, No Comment

You know I prefer vintage clothing, lingerie, shoes, jewelry, and accessories; but sometimes, when rarity and/or availability prevents me from having my way, I have to count on getting some classic pieces by modern makers. (And, I’ll be honest, sometimes issues of fit and fabric care make contemporary pieces not only a more convenient purchase but a more practical one to live with — and that’s before we even get to the rest of the members of the family!)

For ease in finding my favorite brands — and in the sizes my family needs — I count on Sale Mail from Shop It To Me for alerts to sales and deals online. This probably doesn’t surprise you as I mention many of the fabulous Sale Mail finds here quite often — but I have (even more) good news!

Now there’s Shop It To Me for those in the United Kingdom — which helps not only those in the UK but all members find the deals on the hot Brit styles and British designers!

If you already have a Shop It To Me membership, you can login and select the UK brands and designers you want to receive sale alerts for — and you can upgrade to the new UK service simply by emailing support@shopittome.co.uk.

If you’re not already a member, you can sign up for your free Shop It To Me Sale Mail alerts here. (Click the US or UK flag at the top right side to specify your location.)

Shop It To Me Goes British!

Shop It To Me Goes British!

This Swing Is No Miss, Miss!

By , 14 December, 2009, No Comment

They say it don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing — but how about adding a fur collar and a big bold silver buckle in the back to a red velvet Lilli Diamond swing coat? Well, I’d say that’s a swing that hits a home run!

1950s Lilli Diamond of California Red Velvet Swing Coat

1950s Lilli Diamond of California Red Velvet Swing Coat

PS Don’t forget to enter my home spa and “teddy bare” lingerie contests!

Gifts For Vintage Film & Fashion Fans

By , 2 December, 2009, No Comment

Elle’s “Women In Hollywood Issue” (Vintage Film Fashions!)

By , 9 November, 2009, No Comment

The November issue of Elle magazine (along with it’s ever-increasing holiday push) is focused on women in Hollywood, including a list of “the 63 most loved and feared in the biz.”

Elle's The Women In Hollywood Issue, November 2009

Elle's The Women In Hollywood Issue, November 2009

If you’re a modern movie maven, you’ll love this issue (even if you take issue with some of the selections — I know I always do with lists, as you’ll soon see!).

And if you’re a classic film fan or a vintage glamour fashionista, you’re sure to love this issue’s Elle Shops, a Fashion In Film Countdown of “monochromatic stunners inspired by our favorite black-and-white films.” Even if only giving it an ‘A’ for effort.

(Remember, you can click the images to see much larger scans!)

In at #10, From Here To Eternity, focused on vintage-styled beach & resort wear.

Elle: From Here To Eternity

Elle: From Here To Eternity

Number 9 is Paper Moon; I’m not much of a ‘tomboy,’ but I’m completely smitten with the sweet Chloé by Hannah MacGibbon silk linen jacket.

Elle: Paper Moon

Elle: Paper Moon

At #8, Swing Time, featuring a few little white ruffled blouses in the tuxedo-inspired pieces.

Elle: Swing Time

Elle: Swing Time

Raging Bull is in at #7. Again, it’s not my style — and I haven’t seen the film.

Elle: Raging Bull

Elle: Raging Bull

At # 6, Shanghai Express; the Dolce & Gabbana goat-fur coat is just one of those pieces I’d have to try on to see if it would be fab or fug… Plus, I’m more than a bit ambivalent about fur; I only own vintage fur pieces.

Elle: Shanghai Express

Elle: Shanghai Express

Some Like It Hot is in at #5. I hate-hate-hate it when folks say you get the look of a film by wearing clothing with the star’s image printed onto the fabric of a dress or t-shirt or whatever. That’s not the look or style of the film; it’s crass celebrity commercialism. And the white cotton Phillip Lim dress covered in golden sequins is so not that film.

Elle: Some Like It Hot

Elle: Some Like It Hot

For Philadelphia Story (number 4 on the list), the Elle staff seems to have missed the entire fashion story here… Katharine Hepburn’s look wasn’t, as they say, about “demure dresses and menswear-inspired shapes.” It was about refined femininity and very fine tailoring. I don’t think a single piece shown here (save for, perhaps, the Paule Ka dress) would please either actress Hepburn or costumer Adrian.

Elle: Philadelphia Story

Elle: Philadelphia Story

In at #3, is A Hard Day’s Night. I would have thought there’s be more truly mod looks here, but…

Elle: A Hard Day's Night

Elle: A Hard Day's Night

Casablanca is in at #2, and I am under-whelmed.

Elle: Casablanca

Elle: Casablanca

Elle Shops #1 fashion film story is The Wizard Of Oz. I don’t know where to begin here… I think they’ve taken great liberties with the look & feel of the film. And what on earth is up with all the unappealing tie-dye-esque stuff on the far right?

Elle: The Wizard Of Oz

Elle: The Wizard Of Oz

Now it’s your turn — do you agree with me, or with Elle?

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.

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

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

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