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Vintage Halston

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I once wrote that “vintage Halston” may be my most favorite combination of words ever. If you don’t believe me then check this out. Now don’t you feel silly for doubting my veracity? Well, I’m in a very forgiving mood today so I won’t let this temporary lapse of judgment mar my opinion of you. Back to this week’s look, below is an impeccable example of vintage Halston flawless, draped one-shoulder goddess dress from the 1970s. Currently for sale on eBay and the seller is accepting offers. Click on the images below to see the actual listing.

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Written by Verdell

December 28, 2020 at 5:50 pm

Bells Will Be Ringing

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Ye merry gentle men and gentle women and gentle persons will definitely need some rest when you enter the party in this 1950s-era wiggle dress. Who needs tinsel? With this dress hugging your curves, you will be the only decoration they will see. Imagine the twinkle lights bouncing off every gold sequin right down to the devilishly low-cut back. Current bid on eBay is $42. Click on the images below to see the listing.

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December 9, 2020 at 1:25 pm

It’s Always After Six in the Afterlife

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I won’t bother you with the details of the search terms that led me to this daring 1960s or 1970s ‘After Six’ velour tuxedo on etsy. Sure, $88 seems a bit steep, but you’ll never need another tux. You could even be buried in this striking ensemble, virtually guaranteeing that your reanimated zombie corpse will pass for the living. Click on the images below to see the seller’s listing.

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December 6, 2020 at 3:49 pm

Fashionstar Galactica

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This week on etsy, we found this party-winning, vintage maxi dress/space toga with matching, asymmetrical shawl. Perfect for making an entrance or discovering new galaxies. A Vogue Paris Original. Click on the images below to see the seller’s listing.

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November 10, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Lanvin’s Feminist Decade

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Bustown Modern, a constant source of vintage inspiration and great finds, published an astute blog post last year called “Lanvin’s Invisible Decade,” which you can read in its entirety here. While Bustown dismisses the label’s ubiquitous shirt dresses from the 1970s, we here at This Week’s Look take a different view. Those iconic, printed shirt dresses Lanvin churned out during the disco era may not represent the pinnacle of fashion, but those stretchy, often polyester, frocks reflect a rarely seen facet of the ’70s. They offer us a rare look at what every day women were wearing to work, to the grocery store, to pick up the kids, prepare meals, to do basically everything because, while moms were working, dads still felt entitled to do less around the house. As such, fashion had to be comfortable, versatile, easy to launder, and affordable.

So this week, we pay homage to Lanvin’s Feminist Decade, which is certainly not as titillating as the glamorous disco-era fashions of the ’70s, but a fitting tribute to all those women who work hard for the money. So hard for it, honey.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin iconic logo shirt dress with matching belt from SararaVintage on etsy. $200.

Vintage 1970s Lanvin equestrian-print, shirtdress with matching neck tie and belt, purchased on eBay for $25.

Vintage 1970s Lanvin equestrian-print, shirt dress with matching neck tie and belt, purchased on eBay for $25.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin op art shirt dress with matching belt from recollectvint on etsy. $170.
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Vintage Lanvin shirt dress with matching belt on eBay. Current bid $100.

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Vintage 1970s feline print Lanvin shirt dress on eBay. Current bid $189 (close up of print below).

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Vintage 1970s silk Lanvin dress with trumpet sleeves and ruffled hem from Revolveexchange on etsy. $156.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin logo shirt dress from Bustown Modern. $140.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin creamy shirt dress in a satiny print (see close up of fabric below) from verybestvintage on etsy. $62.

Vintage 1970s Lanvin creamy shirtdress in a satiny print (look closely to see this great pattern and detail) from verybestvintage on etsy. $62.

Close up of the above vintage 1970s Lanvin creamy shirt dress in a satiny print from verybestvintage on etsy. $62.

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Vintage 1970s geometric print Lanvin maxi dress with matching neck tie from BlackPearlVintage on etsy. $125.

Vintage 1970s op art print button down shirt from Threadhunter on etsy. $35

Vintage 1960s-70s op art print button down shirt from Threadhunter on etsy. $35

Crazy for Courrèges

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Those of you who follow This Week’s Look know how much we covet vintage André Courrèges. That’s why this week we are thrilled to show you this rare 1960s Courrèges two-tone mod/space age dress. Look at that hand-written label, custom designed for Bonwit Teller. Just unbelievable. This dress is everything you would expect from a 1960s Courrèges, simple structure, clean lines, and very expensive (but the seller is accepting offers). Click on the images below to see the seller’s eBay listing. And click here to read more about the designer.

Farmers Market Find

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Spotted today on the vintage racks at the Silver Lake Farmers Market, a pristine, cream knit coat with grass green buttons and trim, from the iconic 1960s label, Lilli Ann.

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March 9, 2020 at 11:32 am

A Nod to Mod

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This week we usher in the month of March in a modly mood, despite the disappointing fact that “modly” is not a word. But as the saying goes, rules are made to be broken. We have a monstrous, wildly bureaucratic justice system built on that very notion.

Back to March. You’re not really winter, you’re not really spring, you weird and wily month. We think you will agree, march is a much better verb than it is a noun. That’s why we’re going on a modly march this March. The first installment in our March nod to mod begins with the classic 1960s dress. This week, we curated for you a collection of the most exquisite vintage dresses on eBay, all still up for bid. Click on each image below to see the individual seller’s listing.

Matching neck and cuff ruffs trim this super mod, long-sleeve, Young Edwardian-like party frock. $350 on eBay.

Vintage 1960s color-block knit dress by the iconic Biba. Sailor-style, drop waist ribbed skirt with hip slung belt loops.

Rare, vintage 1960s signed Paganne dress on eBay. $249.99 or make an offer.

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Vintage 1960s illusion dress with white net laced over a light tan, rayon slip. $233 on eBay.

Vintage, late-1960s Lilli Ann color-block dress with matching, belted coat. This two-piece dream is constructed in a wool knit, dominated by blue with ivory and mustard suede trim. $199 on eBay.

Vintage 1960s to 1970s shift dress with matching coat. The royal blue, sleeveless dress is edged at the neck and armholes with a paler shade of blue. The double-breasted coat combines the two shades of blue in a great geometric pattern. Label check: Original Design by Gina Teresa, 100% Pure Wool, Made in British Hong Kong. $175 on eBay, or make an offer.

Breathtaking 1960s pearly day dress with an oversized bow neckline and bracelet length sleeves. $175 on eBay, or make an offer.

Mixed-media in space. Vintage 1960s silver dropped-waist party dress with a mini-skirt of fluffy, white feathers. $170 on eBay.

Nude For Every Skin Color

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Stylists and fashion magazines encourage you to wear a nude pair of heels if you want to elongate your legs, as seen below. In this context, nude is usually shown as a color in the beige family. Unfortunately, if you are any flavor other than vanilla, your options are somewhat limited if you want to get the same effect. To that end, I have assembled below a collection of leg elongating heels in a more worldly palette of nudes.

Cafe au lait flavored Valentino d’orsay leather pumps on eBay. $289.

Chocolate covered patent leather Fembu pumps on eBay. $160.

BCBG slingback platforms in brown sugar on eBay. $20.

Donald J. Pliner peep toe pumps in walnut on eBay. $150

Morel infused Balenciaga strappy open toe, patent leather pumps on eBay. $460.

Toasted almond Stuart Weitzman kitten heel pumps on eBay (used). Starting bid $4.99. Buy it Now $39.99.

Stuart Weitzman pumps in a sweet shade of cocoa with snap detail. $139 on eBay.

Cafe con leche Miu Miu patent leather peep toe pumps on eBay. $449.

Hot fudge Manolo Blahnik pointed toe, patent leather mary janes on eBay. $499.

Patent leather, pointed toe kitten heels in nutmeg on eBay. $20.

Burled walnut BCBG patent leather slingbacks with buckle. $16.

Camel open toe. Kate Spade patent leather slingback wedges on eBay. $199.

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July 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm

Shore Leave

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Ahoy and other sailor clichés! This week we have curated for you a collection of adorable, regatta-themed vintage dresses, all available right now from various sellers on etsy and eBay. Click on the images below to see the seller’s listing.

Vintage 1970s velour-like maxi dress from PomPomClothing on etsy. $59. Check out the awesome back of the dress below.

Vintage 1960s Ship and Shore shift dress from VacationVintage on etsy. $42.

Vintage 1960s red, white, & blue sheer nylon dress from freebornstreet on etsy. $20.

Vintage 1960s mini dress with sailor collar and matching belt from oldage on etsy. $57.

Vintage 1960s coral and white striped dress with adorable sailor ascot, size M-L. $30 on eBay.

Vintage 1960s nautical jumper with dropped waist and anchor appliques from PomPomClothing on etsy. $69.

Vintage 1960s bright red dress with white linen sailor collar from CustardHeartVintage on etsy. $78.

Vintage 1960s navy blue mod wool dress from LeMollusque on etsy. $57.80.

The custom “Anchors Away” dress, made in your size by QsDaydream on etsy. $125.

Vintage 1960s striped textured dress with sailor ascot from sarabeat on etsy. $30.

Vintage 1970s sporty poly knit nautical-themed dress from worldmarketproductio on etsy. $75.

Vintage late 1960s Peck and Peck 5th Avenue striped dress from SararaVintage on etsy. $82.

Vintage 1960s-70s sailing print maxi dress from elliemayhems on etsy. $69.

Vintage 1960s nautical-themed shift dress with high turned down collar from haywoodcreektures on etsy. $24.95.

Vintage 1960s to 1970s nautical print picnic dress from figanddorothy on etsy. $44.

Vintage 1960s nautical-themed mini dress with stacked pockets from ResurrectingVintage on etsy. $35.

Vintage 1970s navy and white dress that does a lot to whittle the waist. Available from aiseirigh on etsy. $40.

Vintage 1950s red, white, and blue striped dress from Hottmilk on etsy. $65.

Vintage 1970s Missy House of Canada crisp white dress with anchor buttons from aiseirigh on etsy. $54.