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One Wardrobe Essential

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Earlier this month, Banana Republic and AMC debuted a Mad Men-inspired collection in collaboration with the show’s Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant. The collection offers a modern take on 1960s style for both men and women.

With or without Janie Bryant’s help, a 1960s look is easy to pull off with a few basic pieces. One of the main staples of this look is a tailored lace shell, as pictured above left. Pair it with a pencil skirt or cropped cigarette trousers, throw a jacket over it for the office or dress it up with rhinestones for cocktails. Trust me, you will get a lot of mileage out of this piece.

You can go straight to Banana Republic’s website right now and buy this remake of a 1960s lace shell for $50, or you can pick up an original for much less. Below are some vintage and newer lace tops we found on etsy and ModCloth this week. Click on each image to see the full listing.

The Mad Men® Collection lace shell in cafe au lait from Banana Republic. $49.50.

New “Tank You So Much” top from ModCloth.com. $32.99.


Vintage black scalloped tank from ANNAKARINASCLOSET on etsy. $16.

Vintage 1960s sleeveless pink lace top from UpscaleVintage on etsy. $20.

Vintage 1960s sleeveless pointelle top from luxedebrisvintage on etsy. $16.

Vintage mint lace shell from thebagbasement on etsy. $24.

Vintage 1960s blush lace shell from sparvintheieletree on etsy. $24.

Vintage 1960s black lace shell from hipandvintage on etsy. $10.

Hand crocheted shell with matching cardigan from ragdollady55 on etsy. $20.

Vintage 1960s green lace shell from momodeluxevintage on etsy. $24.

Rear view, love the back zipper. Vintage crocheted shell from SoulshineVintage on etsy. $20.

Vintage white lace tank from heightofvintage on etsy. $18.

Vintage black lace top from bloomingleopold on etsy. $15.

 

Vintage 1960s hand made yellow lace top from JezebelsGypsyThread on etsy. $9.99.

Vintage cream floral lace shell from feedyourhead027 on etsy. $8.


Written by Verdell

August 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Vintage Tall Boots in Larger Sizes

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For my sister, who has humongoloid feet (just kidding, just kidding), today we are featuring vintage (and new but vintage-y) knee-high boots in larger sizes for women. I wear size 8.5 to 9, so I tend to look for vintage shoes that measure about 10.25 to 10.50 inches from heel to toe and about 3.25 inches across. The boots listed here today are size 9.5 and larger. As vintage sizing can vary dramatically from modern sizing, don’t go by the size marked, look at the actual measurements. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

My sister’s feet, pictured above left. Look at them. Just look at them. Also, that’s my niece Devyn in the middle and me on the right.

Vintage 1970s merlot suede boots, size 9.5, from digvintageclothing on etsy. $57.

Vintage Bruno Magli crocodile embossed boots, size 39.5, on eBay. Starting bid $90.

Vintage suede buckle boots, size 9.5, on eBay. Starting bid $45.

Vintage 1970’s knee high leather boots, size 10.5, from FreestyleVintageCo on etsy. $55.

Vintage cranberry knee boots, size 40 or 9.5, from stellahsgroove on etsy. $60.

Vintage Italian tan leather boots, size 41, on eBay. $80.

Vintage 1980s gray leather boots, size 10, from 20twentyvintage on etsy. $62.

Vintage 1970s burgundy leather boots, size 10, from DecadesBaltimore on etsy. $60.

Vintage taupe leather knee boots, marked size 10, from shopgoodgrace on etsy. $33.

Vintage 1970s burgundy leather boots, size 9.5 or 40, on eBay. $47.

Vintage 1970s red leather boots, size 11, from Spelfenmeisje on etsy. $38.

Vintage suede flat boots, size 10, from FiregypsyVintage on etsy. $65.

Vintage fur lined moon boots, size 10, from artstylefashion on etsy. $50.

Vintage 1980s Gloria Vanderbilt bisque leather knee boots, size 10, from arabiannight on etsy. $52.

Vintage 1990s burgundy leather boots, size 11, from funkykittyvintage on etsy.

Vintage Westies boots, size 10, from TXvintagebootsshoes on etsy. $55.

Vintage 1960 to 1970s buttery platform boots, size 10, made in Brazil. $400 on eBay, or make an offer.

Vintage Aigner oxblood knee boots, size 9.5, on eBay. $125.

Vintage Italian suede boots, size 9.5, on eBay. $69 or make an offer.

New Twiggy London red suede boots, size 9.5, on eBay. $60.

New cayenne rain galoshes at modcloth.com, size 40. $50.

1966: Mod Men

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The “Mad Men” season four finale was set in October 1965, so we can logically assume that the fifth season, premiering in March 2012, will be set in 1966, the same year a subway strike brought New York City to a standstill. I can’t wait to see how they integrate that into the show.

1966 was a year of ups. Inflation was up, race tensions were high, the war in Vietnam was escalating, hemlines soared, and the U.S. and Soviets were involved in a little space race to the moon. Up, up and away! 1966 also marked the year the Black Panther Party was formed and when feminists founded the National Organization for Women (NOW).

On the fashion front, 1966 was all about London’s Carnaby Street look. André Courrèges had recently invented go-go boots and the mini-skirt, Pierre Cardin was doing the space age thing and Twiggy, dubbed “The Face of 1966,” dominated fashion magazines.   

This week, we are getting in the mod mood with some 1960s-flavored shoes and boots. Get them now before season five begins and you will be way ahead of the curve. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

Vintage 1960s space age white patent pumps on eBay. $75.

Vintage 1960s patent leather white and caramel shoes from whiteflufflyclouds on etsy. $46.

Vintage 1960s white buckle loafers on eBay. $35.

Vintage Florsheim white and brown leather loafers on eBay. $35.

Vintage 1960s CHRISTIAN DIOR mod gladiator heels on etsy. $178 or make an offer.

Vintage 1960s white patent mary janes from DJVintage on etsy.

Vintage 1960s white patent leather heels from salvagehouse on etsy. $20.

Vintage 1960s beige patent leather heels from 101Vintage on etsy. $19.

Vintage new old stock 1960s white patent leather loafer pumps from llandr on etsy. $34.

Vintage “Joyce of California” white leather mary janes on eBay. $45.

Vintage dead stock 1960s mod white shoes with tassel. $50 on eBay.

Vintage 1960s NEVER WORN navy blue patent loafers from Mirror Mirror Boutique. $70.

Insta-gators! Transform your shoes into go-go boots. Vintage 1960s black vinyl go-go stockings from snapitupvintage on etsy. $110.

Vintage 1960s mod leather boots, made in Brazil. From suffer4fashionvintag on etsy. $50.

Jones New York off-white square toe ankle boots on eBay. Current bid $7.99.

Vintage 1960s go-go boots on eBay. $50 or make an offer.

Vintage 1960s white vinyl go-go boots from alfa3 on etsy. $90.

Vintage Twiggy white patent leather short boots from GreatShoesandBags on etsy. $60.

Vintage 1960s red patent go-go boots from Mirror Mirror Boutique. $65.

PRADA black leather mid-calf boots on eBay. $170 or make an offer.

Vintage 1960s gold metallic stretch boots from hillbillyfilly on etsy. $72.

Vintage 1960s dead stock go-go boots from snapitupvintage on etsy. $158.

Vintage 1960s white patent gladiator boots from retrothreadz on etsy. $300.

Vintage 1970s cream stretch vinyl go-go boots on eBay. Buy it Now for $9.99.

Vintage 1960s white leather cutout boots from sadiedeluxe on etsy. $165.

Vintage 1970s navy blue stretch vinyl go-go boots on eBay. Buy it Now for $9.99.

Vintage 1960s golden metallic go-go boots from retrothreadz on etsy. $125.

Rubber Sole

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Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, anyone with an Internet connection and an abundance of free time can visit the FBI’s website and read through their lengthy dossier on The Beatles. Did you know John Lennon and Yoko Ono were almost deported? With so much information available on the Internet these days, you would think more men would know where to find a nice pair of vintage Beatles boots. Nope.

After our feature on vintage leather jackets for men, we received numerous inquiries about vintage leather boots for men. To answer your demands, below we have assembled a collection of some of the finer 1960s to 1970s-era ankle boots found on eBay and etsy this week. Click on each image to see the full listing.

Vintage Bugatti black leather ankle boots from dangermanagement on etsy. $65.

Vintage 1960s caramel leather boots from oldgoldvintage on etsy. $48.

Brand new white leather Elvis boots on eBay. $120.

Vintage 1960s shiny black leather boots from hotshiznik on etsy. $55.

Swinging 1960s brown leather boots on eBay. $360 or make an offer.

Vintage “Bally of Switzerland” espresso ankle boots from dahlilafound on etsy. $69.

Vintage 1960s mod black leather boots. $50 on eBay.

Vintage 1960s mod oxblood boots from jcarrillo1189 on etsy. $90.

Vintage 1960s new old stock leather ankle Boots from RaleighVintage on etsy. $58.

Vintage black leather boots from lifesprototype on etsy. $45.

Vintage Mario deGerard brown leather ankle boots. $150 on eBay.

Vintage 1960s whiskey leather ankle boots from NestEggVintage on etsy. $46.

Vintage 1960s white leather boots from dragonflyonbrady on etsy. $50.

Vintage 1960s cognac leather boots from perniejaynevintage on etsy. $48.

Vintage 1970s olive green leather ankle boots from MariesVintage on etsy. $65.

Vintage reddish-brown leather ankle boots from rabbitboxer on etsy. $42.

Vintage Dingo cream leather boots with Cuban heel. $80 on eBay.

Vintage Florsheim brown ankle boots on eBay. Current bid $24.99.

Vintage Florsheim black leather boots from valeriemiracle on etsy. $22.

Can’t decide? Here’s a mixed lot of vintage boots from InSearchOf on etsy. $250.

Vintage Essentials for Men

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When you combine a bad ass vintage leather jacket with the intoxicating scent of aloofness, it’s like pouring pheromones all over your body. But first, you need to find the right jacket. Therein lies the dilemma. Scoping vintage clothing requires patience and focus. The kind that comes with dos equis chromosomes. But fear not my comrades, for I am here to help you.

There are a number of ways you can go with a vintage leather jacket. Café racer, Brando, bomber, Fight Club, safari, Members Only, blazer, Donnie Brasco, pimp. I tend to prefer the belted spy or military styles. However, that length can be difficult to pull off for some. Consider what length best fits your body type. Resist the urge to buy a roomy jacket. Fit is everything. A guy in a slouchy or boxy leather jacket just looks awkward. Buying online is tricky, so know your measurements. You can also measure a jacket you currently own (one that fits well) and use that as a guide. I like honey, cognac or caramel browns over black. Below are some of the best vintage leather jackets for men we found on eBay and etsy this week. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

Vintage 1970s belted leather jacket, size 38. $96 on eBay.

Vintage brown leather flight jacket, size 38. $59.99 on eBay.

Vintage 1970s, dark brown leather jacket, size 38-40. $129.99 on eBay or make an offer.

1970s Vintage safari jacket with four patch pockets, size 38. $50 on eBay.

Burnt sienna leather jacket from apocalypsevintage on etsy. $65.

Vintage 1960s or 1970s brown leather jacket, size 40. $68.95 on eBay or make an offer.


Vintage brown leather jacket with zipper pockets, size M. $69.99 on eBay or make an offer.

Vintage light blue, mod leather coat, size M. $99 on eBay or make an offer.

Vintage 1970s or 1980s burnt sienna jacket from StuckOnVintage on etsy. $56.25.

Vintage black, safari-style leather coat, size 40. $130 on eBay.

Vintage burnt orange leather jacket, size 44. $55.24 on eBay.

Tailored vintage rusty brown leather coat, size 36. $78.12 on eBay.

Vintage 1970s, ochre brown leather jacket from icouldbegoodforyou on etsy. $110.

Vintage brown leather coat with woven detail, size 40. $180 on eBay.

Vintage 1960s dead stock, gray leather jacket, size M. $199 on eBay.

Vintage dark reddish-brown leather coat with shearling collar and lining, size 38-40. $140 on eBay or make an offer.

Vintage 1980s light brown leather blazer, size 40. $38 on eBay.

Vintage light brown leather jacket, size 38. $159.99 on eBay or make an offer.

Beat It! Vintage 1980s red leather jacket from 86Vintage86 on etsy. $68.