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Vintage Clampers

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I have a predilection for vintage clampers, those hinged bracelets that rely on the tension from the hinge to stay closed (although some have clasps as well). Vintage clampers can be found in just about every material imaginable: Bakelite, Lucite, plastic, silvertone, enamel, celluloid. Some are abstract, Art Deco, or Art Nouveau, some even come in animal shapes. Some are flashy and rhinestone encrusted and some are mod and minimalist. I love them all.

As one can imagine, there are hundreds of vintage clampers on eBay and etsy, but we saved you the trouble of wading through all the junk. Below are some of the best clamper bracelets we found this week. Click on each image to see the listing.

Vintage 1950s pink Lucite clamper from griffincat on etsy. $6.99.

One of my favorite vintage jewelry makers. A very collectible, signed Sarah Coventry silvertone clamper bracelet. Current bid on eBay $9.99.

Huge rhinestone encrusted leopard head clamper from TheVintageAngel on etsy. $54.40.

Vintage 1980s red enamel and gold metal clamper from popgoesmyvintage on etsy. $25.

Vintage silver plated crystal rhinestone hinged bracelet from VermontJewelryShop on etsy. $22.

Another one of my favorite vintage jewelry makers. A vintage Trifari clamper in a creamy enamel and goldtone from GillyLynn on etsy. $18.

Vintage 1970s Givenchy lucite clamper bracelet. Current bid on eBay $74.99.

Vintage aurora borealis rhinestone and faux pearl buckle clamper. Current bid on eBay $34.95.

Vintage 1960s two-tone Lucite clamper bangles. This auction is for the blue one, but the seller has more. These are new old stock. Very mod. Current bid on eBay $20.72.

Vintage figural cat bracelet in blue enamel with rhinestones and glass eyes. Signed “Ciner.” Current bid on eBay $104.99.

Vintage black Bakelite clamper with large rhinestones. Current bid on eBay $9.99.

Vintage Trifari brushed gold leaf clamper from VintageGypsies on etsy. $32.

Very wide and striking green and goldtone clamper bangle from duSayeJewelry on etsy. $35.

Vintage 1940s to 1950s thermoplastic with pave set rhinestones clamper bracelet and matching clip-on earrings. Signed by Weiss, highly collectible. Current bid on eBay $150.

Vintage embossed brass buckle clamper from terrasouljewelry on etsy. $59.

Vintage 1950s black Lucite clamper bangle from ANTIQUEANDVINTAGE on etsy. $24.97.

Vintage goldtone clamper from EyeCandyAntiques on etsy. $18.

Vintage chunky cabochon, multi-hinged, brass filigreed clamper from PattycakesPlunder on etsy. $65.

Vintage modernist geometric design clamper from Moderra on etsy. $5.

Vintage chunky and super shiny red orange clamper bracelet from mooivintage on etsy. $32.

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Featured Seller: Nicholettes

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I apologize for my lengthy fashion blogging absence, but things got kind of heavy. My beloved brother Sean passed away suddenly at age 38, which is far too soon for anyone to leave, especially someone as amazing as him. When I left for D.C., and we still had hope that he would recover, I packed just enough to get me through a few days. Those days stretched into two weeks and I eventually found myself shopping for a dress to wear to his funeral.

And a vintage hat of course.

I want to express enormous gratitude to Nicholette Alexander, a wonderful seller on etsy who expedited the veiled hat below to me in D.C. so that I could have it in time for Sean’s funeral.

That said, “Nicholettes” (as she is known on etsy) is my featured seller this week. Similar to the one I purchased from her, Nicholettes has a number of stunning vintage hats (among other great vintage finds) available in her etsy shop right now, many of which come with free hat boxes! Click on each image below to see the full listing.

Vintage cocoa brown birdcage hat from Nicholettes on etsy. $25.

Vintage velveteen feathered stovepipe from Nicholettes on etsy. $45.

Vintage satin-wrapped pillbox from Nicholettes on etsy. $39.

Vintage 1960s mod hat and hat box from Nicholettes on etsy. $42.

Vintage 1960s “Jackie O” polka dot pillbox hat from Nicholettes on etsy. $42.95.

Black and red mini top hat with ostrich feathers from Nicholettes on etsy. $18.

Vintage veiled velvet pillbox hat from Nicholettes on etsy. $29.

Vintage mustard gold fedora with hat box from Nicholettes on etsy. $39.

Vintage velvety pleated cloche with free hat box from Nicholettes on etsy. $42.

Vintage 1960s so mod faux leopard fez from Nicholettes on etsy. $21.

Vintage velour tilt cap with sateen bow from Nicholettes on etsy. $75.

Off to the Laces

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I don’t know much about royalty or Kate Middleton or what a queen consort-to-be does in her free time, but I know a knockout dress when I see one. Ever since the Duchess of Cambridge appeared this summer in a blue lace dress by Erdem, copycats have popped up all over the Internet.

I love the simplicity of the dress with its bateau neckline and half sleeves, it feels very vintage 1960s. There are many ways you can work a lace dress into your rotation this season without looking like a fad-chasing Kate wannabe. We found a number of timeless, vintage pieces on etsy and eBay this week. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

From the office to cocktails. Vintage 1960s lace dress on eBay. Current bid $49.

Vintage 1950s two-piece pink lace set from melsvanity on etsy. $98.

Vintage Titanic-era silk dress with lace overlay from a French estate sale. Current bid on eBay $15.56.

Vintage 1950s violet lace and chiffon dress from jantiques on etsy. $85.

Vintage 1950s mesh and lace wiggle dress with matching belt from charlottage on etsy. $91.

Va-va-vintage 1950s cobalt blue lace dress from VintConditionStyle on etsy. $76.

Vintage mesh and lace evening gown. $110 on eBay.

Vintage 1960s lace mermaid dress from JunkSisters911 on etsy. $75.

Vintage 1950s delicate black lace sweetheart dress from DOTTO on etsy. $86.70.

Vintage 1960s white Illusion lace wiggle dress from FabVintage on etsy. $44.

Vintage 1960s black lace party dress from lovedodo on etsy. $55.

Vintage mocha and cream lace dress from PuckerUpVintage on etsy. $40.

Vintage 1960s chiffon and lace caped pencil dress from SybilStyle on etsy. $38.

Vintage 1960s pink lace party dress from DecadencePast on etsy. $74.50.

Vintage 1980s black lace cocktail dress from 19vintageclothing on etsy. $45.

Party Girl

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I sense a dark cloud creeping in the distance. You feel it too, I know. That foreboding sense of doom is the end of summer, and thus, the beginning of the holiday party season.

So you’re going to need a new evening gown. Don’t even think about wearing that one from last year. It’s tired and you know it. Be adventurous. Wear some freaking color you Quaker; it’s winter not a funeral. Or if you do go with black, make sure there are interesting details like lace or beading. Don’t make the accessories do all the work. And have some fun, man. It’s just a dress.

Here are some choice cocktail/evening gowns we found on etsy and eBay this week. Click on each image to see the full listing. Cheers.

Vintage 1960s beaded chiffon gown on eBay. Buy it now for $299 or make an offer.

Vintage 1950s Kelly green evening gown with embroidered rhinestone bodice and structured hips. $268 on etsy.

Hello Marilyn. Vintage 1950s bombshell evening gown. $300 on eBay.

Vintage Bill Blass two-piece, quilted black satin ensemble with caped jacket and shift dress. Current bid on eBay $275.

Red carpet ready. Vintage satiny red gown. $49.95 on eBay.

Vintage 1960s hot pink scalloped formal on eBay. Current bid $149.

Vintage Lord & Taylor strapless sweetheart gown. $49.95 on eBay.

Vintage Lord & Taylor seafoam green cocktail dress and matching coat. Buy it now on eBay for $108 or make an offer.

Classic floor length dress with illusion lace bodice. Vintage 1940s Emma Domb evening gown from PaisleyBabylon on etsy. $298.

Vintage 1950s beaded yellow gown on eBay. Buy it now for $100.

Vintage 1950s pale pink and black flocked hourglass gown. $260 on etsy.

A walking Tiffany’s box. Vintage 1960s sheer aqua dress with chiffon overlay. Buy it now on eBay for $78.

Vintage late 1960s to 1970s handmade beauty queen gown from zoevintageboutique on etsy. $250.

Redux on the Runway

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Prada debuted some fantastic 1960s inspired dresses for the label’s Fall 2011 collection. This little number below is one of my favorites; a dropped waist, almost schoolgirl frock, with a crisp, pleated skirt and low slung belt. I especially love the high, rounded neck and oversized buttons. I’m not crazy about how they styled the dress with those snakeskin boots. I would’ve chosen sleek, white mid-calf boots with a square toe instead, but then Prada surely would’ve been accused of copying André Courrèges.

A drop-waisted shift dress is a classic wardrobe staple and you can always find some excellent vintage pieces on eBay and etsy in every price range. Below are some similar silhouettes we found this week. Click on each image to see the full listing.

Vintage 1960s pea coat dress with chinchilla collar on eBay. Buy it now for $599 or make an offer.

Vintage 1960s pink plaid scooter dress from MissTurnstyles on etsy. $50.

Vintage 1960s black and brown checkered dress set from theparaders on etsy. $56.

Vintage 1960s St. John drop-waisted dress from tripoutvintage on etsy. $59.

Vintage 1960s pleated shift dress by R&K Originals on eBay. Current bid $19.99.

Vintage 1960s preppy shift dress with pleats from OurLadyVintage on etsy. $28.

Vintage 1960s plaid mini dress. Buy it now for $112 or make an offer.

Vintage 1960s drop-waisted dress from Veramode on etsy. $38.

Vintage 1960s nautical shift dress from LaRobedeMesReves on etsy. $34.

vintage 1960s sunshine shift dress from ManicVintage on etsy. $28.

Vintage 1960s color block shift dress on eBay. Buy it now for $28.

Vintage 1960s Sherry Kent drop-waisted dress on eBay. Buy it now for $100.

Vintage 1960s navy pleated shift dress from PopFizzVintage on etsy. $27.

Vintage 1960s striped scooter dress from redangora on etsy. $24.

Vintage floral, belted shift dress on eBay. Buy it now for $90.

Vintage 1960s sleeveless shift dress from snapitupvintage on etsy. $15.

Vintage 1960s dress with tiny houndstooth print. Buy it now on eBay for $49.

Vintage 1960s Fred Rothschild dress on eBay. Buy it now for $100.

Vintage 1960s lavender shift dress on eBay. Buy it now for $90.

Vintage 1960s drop-waisted dress on eBay. Buy it now for $32 or make an offer.

Vintage 1960s chiffon and lace mini dress on eBay. Buy it now for $118.

Vintage watercolor floral shift on eBay. Buy it now for $130.

Vintage 1960s paisley drop-waisted, pleated dress on eBay. Buy it now for $120.

Vintage yellow and navy plaid dress from TheOliveSlip on etsy. $35.

Vintage 1960s Jean Patou wool dress on eBay. Buy it now for $349.

Spotted at Target

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Spotted at Target yesterday, some decent vintage-style cloches for $16. Not bad, Target, no bad. Unfortunately, they only come in one size and my head is on the small side. But hey, it’s what’s inside that counts, yeah? If you love this style, I recently found a nice crop of them on eBay and etsy. Click here to see them all.

Written by Verdell

September 5, 2011 at 10:03 am

Good Mourning

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It’s a dreary Labor Day holiday weekend here on the blog. My Harold returned to France and I stayed here in Self Pity City. Anyway, I didn’t feel much like shopping, so I found some exquisite mourning gowns on eBay instead. Click on each image to see the full listing.

New with tags black silk Chanel gown on eBay. $1,999.

Vintage Halston one shoulder gown. $594 on eBay.

Black Halston one shoulder gown on eBay. $1,249.

Black Imitation of Christ beaded silk gown on eBay. $600.

Black Jil Sander evening gown on eBay. $833.33.

Vintage black and gold, one shoulder evening gown on eBay. So Sharon Stone in Casino. Starting bid $799.

BCBG black tulle, one shoulder ball gown on eBay. $415 or make an offer.

Vintage 1960s “Jane Justin for Don Sophisticates” black wool day dress. $300 on eBay, or make an offer.