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Sweater Vest Revival

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It’s quite a shame that the sweater vest inherited such a terrible reputation, thanks in part to the likes of Rick Santorum and other conservative, white dudes.

Which brings us to this week’s assignment, to reinvigorate the sweater vest’s status among the proletariat, banishing all preconceived notions regarding this controversial, yet versatile and potentially fashion-forward basic.

This week, we are asking our understandably skeptical readers to discard their prejudices and entertain the sweater vest as we envision it for women: a mildly androgynous and wildly daring accoutrement. Preferably belted, to accentuate the waist, and layered over a crisp, buttoned up oxford or a sleek, monochromatic turtleneck. Accessorize an oxford with a vintage menswear tie for a preppy, business-y vibe. Or couple with a flowing maxi skirt for a 70s, Annie Hall feel. The ruffled ascot shirt paired with the Ralph Lauren vest below is absolutely inspired.

We have curated for you below a collection of the best sweater vests, all available on etsy and eBay right now, and all chosen for their ability to usher in a new era of the sweater vest. Click on each image below to see the seller’s listing.

Vintage 1970s belted sweater vest from ShuuShuubyLulu on etsy. $21.

Vintage 1970s tangerine, belted knit vest from ShuuShuubyLulu on esty. $20.

Vintage 1960s mossy wool sweater vest with belt from lilynymph on etsy. $25.

Vintage 1960s cable knit sweater vest from AtticAddictsVintage on etsy. $28.

New with tags Karl Lagerfeld belted sweater vest. Buy it Now auction on eBay for $34.99. The buyer is also accepting offers. I would offer $28.99.

Vintage Army green, moth-loved sweater vest from dirtybirdiesvintage on etsy. $22.

New with tags, Ralph Lauren belted sweater vest. Buy it Now auction on eBay. $69.

Vintage blue knit, open sweater vest on eBay. Current bid is $20.

Exquisite, vintage Dorce for LeRoy wool knit vest. Current bid on eBay is $35.

Not your Rick Santorum’s sweater vest. Vintage 1970s, Aztec-themed sweater vest on eBay. Buy it Now for $22.80 or make an offer.

Navy blue, belted Merino wool sweater vest from Tory Burch. Current bid on eBay is $51.

Vintage 1960s to 1970s turtleneck vest combo on eBay. Current bid is $9.

Vintage 1950s cherry, virgin wool vest. Love the unique wrap style. Current bid on eBay is $20.34.

Vintage Sears Men’s Store belted sweater vest. Current price on eBay is $26.24.

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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.

Because You’re Worth It

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This week we’re thrilled to show you this vintage 1950s to 1960s cocktail dress. This vixen boasts a waist-nipping fitted bodice embroidered with pastel metallic floral appliqués under the bust and a dramatic sheer mesh overlay that cascades into a unique bubble cape effect. This is an expensive vintage piece, but the seller is currently accepting offers. Anyway, can you really put a price on awesome? Click on the images below to see the actual listing.

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April 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Atomic Spring Break

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This Week’s Look is heading to Desert Hot Springs this week for some much needed mineral spa action. Keeping with the mid-century Palm Springs-area theme, below we have assembled some of our favorite atomic trinkets as seen on etsy and eBay this week. Click on each image to see the individual listing.

Vintage mid-century modern orange enamel ball coffee or tea warmer from AndrewModern on etsy. $149.

Vintage brutalist wall sculpture from ClubModerne on etsy. $1,295.

Vintage resin and crystal atomic ring, size 7, from decotini on etsy. $48.

Vintage clear bright orange tam (can be used as a stool or table) from TheVintageBirds on etsy. $32.

Vintage 1960s blue robot ashtray from cammoo on etsy. $22.

Vintage atomic spoke aurora borealis earrings from SansEpochVintage on etsy. $75.

Vintage mid-century modern Gary Gutterman lucite chair. $2,499.93 on eBay.

Vintage 1950s set of six Eames-era low ball glasses from LittlePigAndLu on etsy. $24.

Vintage atomic starburst cocktail ring from socaljewelbox on etsy. $44.

Vintage atomic ranch propeller coffee table by Knut Hesterberg. $594.99 on eBay.

Vintage vinyl coaster from RepurposedVintage on etsy. $7.

Vintage 1960s Jens Quistgaard Dansk Danish modern taper candle holder (with candles and original boxes). Current bid on eBay is $69.

Vintage 1960s space age fiberglass sofa. $1,995.00 on eBay.

Vintage yellow enamel starburst brooch from KonniesPlace on etsy. $23.

Vintage purple lucite cluster of grapes. $54.99 on eBay.

Vintage atomic lightolier hanging lamp on eBay. Current bid is $149.99.

Vintage mid-century modern coffee table on eBay. Current bid is $149.99.

Featured Seller: Vintage Eyewear

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Warby Parker has done a lot for people that are both visually impaired and into vintage style. And their flat fee pricing (only $95 a pair) is quite revolutionary in the vision correction biz.  However, if you prefer authentic vintage frames as opposed to vintage-inspired frames, you can spend hours combing through junk on eBay and etsy or you can visit one of our favorite sources for optical quality vintage frames, Thayer Eyewear.

Thayer specializes in carefully curated 1950s cat eye glasses, 1960s squared zyl, rhinestone and embellished frames, high quality American and European frames from the 1800s to the 1990s, as well as dead stock ready-to-wear sunglasses. While some of Thayer’s stock is used, they also carry tons of dead stock/never worn frames, many of which are priced under $100.

Below are some of our favorite vintage frames as seen on Thayer Eyewear’s etsy storefront this week. Click on each image below to see the individual listing.

Vintage 1960s futuristic squared zyl frames from THAYEReyewear on etsy. $68.50.

Vintage 1950s rare and unique hand made cat eye frames with boomerang brass studs from THAYEReyewear on etsy. $214.50.

Vintage 1950s to 1960s translucent amber tortoise frames from THAYEReyewear on etsy. $62.50.

Vintage 1970s dead stock never worn amethyst quartz striped oversized frames from THAYEReyewear on etsy. $46.50.

Vintage 1960s oversized space age mod frames from THAYEReyewear on etsy. $50.

Vintage 1960s dead stock slim horn rim frames from THAYEReyewear on etsy. $92.50.

Vintage 1970s LANVIN black and white oversized frames from THAYEReyewear on etsy. $57.50.

Vintage 1970s faux tortoise tiger stripe frames from THAYEReyewear on etsy. $36.50.

Vintage 1960s dead stock almond-shaped tortoise frames from THAYEReyewear on etsy. $43.50.

Vintage Cuff Links

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I love vintage cuff links, especially when paired with an oversized ruffle-front tuxedo shirt over leggings, so you can imagine my delight as I passed by Dustmuffin today and saw these beauties in the window. Dustmuffin’s proprietors are so friendly and have an infectious enthusiasm that isn’t too sales pushy. They’re also quite knowledgeable. For example, I was told that the 1950s-era tropical cuff links below were hand painted and the iridescent effect inside was created using morpho butterfly wings. If you look closely you can see the veins. Fascinating! This is particularly rare nowadays as ripping the wings off of butterflies to make jewelry is somewhat frowned upon.

I also picked up the vintage aurora borealis cuff links below, which are quite stunning. The giant cocktail stones are perfect for women who love to wear french cuffs. Both of these sets of vintage cuff links were under $20 each. And they have more too. I might go back later for the 1960s-era red enamel cuff links I saw in the window.

Dustmuffin isn’t a vintage store, but they do carry some lovely vintage pieces and handmade jewelry made from re-purposed vintage stones, etc. It’s a great local shop to buy gifts. Definitely stop in if you’re in the neighborhood. Dustmuffin is located at  3517 W. Sunset in Silver Lake, 90026.

Winter’s Veil

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This Week’s Look is still on holiday but we couldn’t resist a quick post for our voracious readers. Anyway, fashion never really takes a vacation, now does it? Or perhaps it does. How else can you explain resort wear?

Now that we have washed our hands of all that holiday hullabaloo we can start getting serious about spring 2012. As we mentioned last year, pleats and pastels and lace will be everywhere come pollen season and I can barely contain the urge to dust off my canary yellow veiled fascinator for brunch. Oh I almost forgot! I now have one in lavender too! Still, we are sensitive to the fact that some of you have been too busy cramming turkey and egg nog down your gullet to shop for vintage accessories. That’s why we’re here, to help you out of the winter doldrums and into something bright and light for spring. To that end, we searched etsy this week to find you some of the prettiest spring-inspired vintage toppers around. Click on each image below to see the actual listing.

Pictured above: A veiled beanie from Jil Sander’s Spring 2012 collection.

Vintage 1960s white pillbox hat with bird cage veil from BasyaBerkman on etsy. $35.

Vintage 1950s veiled ostrich feather hat in peacock blue from hollywoodhats on etsy. $35.

Vintage red veil with flocked mesh from hipandvintage on etsy. $10.

Vintage 1950s blue velvet headband with flocked veil from Flashbax on etsy. $40.

Vintage pastel green winged bird cage veil from HeartlandVintageShop on etsy. $28.99.

Vintage 1960s pale pink pillbox hat with woven veil from BasyaBerkman on etsy. $35.

Vintage cobalt blue veil with velvet bows from musarraandcompany on etsy. $29.99.

Vintage silvery veiled ring hat from Schmoo1515 on etsy. $18.

Vintage 1950s mossy green velvet veiled pillbox hat from BingoBox on etsy. $19.

Vintage 1930s to 1940s baby blue veiled cocktail hat from kumareeboo on etsy. $60.

Written by Verdell

January 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm