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Ankle Adoration

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Anyone can wear an anklet (although they shouldn’t), but it takes a special woman to pull off peacock ankle spats. Are you that woman? These lovelies are made to order by jdotdesigns on etsy. Click on the image below to see the listing.

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Written by Verdell

December 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Featured Seller: Celapiu

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Sometimes I come across a shop on etsy and find myself favoriting nearly everything in the store. Celapiu is one of those sellers.

Celapiu [tse-lah-pyoo] is an independent Polish label specializing in cold weather accessories: scarves, gloves and various head coverings. The label was founded in 2005 by designer Celina Dębowska.

My favorite items are her felted fox scarves (no foxes were harmed in the making of these accessories). “Felt Fokses” can be made to order in many different shades, just contact the shop with your specifics. They are simply adorable. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

“Natural Foks” felted fox scarf by celapiu on etsy. $105.

“Mustard Foks” scarf by celapiu on etsy. $105.

“Rusty Foks” by celapiu on etsy. $105.

“Black Foks” short stole by celapiu on etsy. $70.

“Mini Foks” in vanilla by celapiu on etsy. $52.

“Silver Foks” by celapiu on etsy. $105.

The Eton Crop and the Cloche

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It was the 1920s. The Great War was over, women won the vote, and the music of the Jazz Age empowered us to bebop our way through a period of sustained prosperity. Of course, women still had it tough, but we were beginning to assert our independence and break free from many sartorial and social restrictions. Indeed, our fashions reflected this new-found freedom. We wore looser, shorter clothes, bobbed our hair and discovered that make up isn’t just for prostitutes.

It was also during this time that the hairstyle known as the Eton crop (the short, slicked-down cut worn by Josephine Baker) became so popular. It is said that the Eton crop emerged during this time because it was the best hairstyle to show off the trendiest hat of the era, the cloche.

A cloche is a fitted, bell-shaped hat (originally invented by milliner Caroline Reboux in 1908), typically worn very low on the forehead. This style of hat peaked in popularity in the 1920s and continued to be seen until about 1933.

These days, whether vintage or new, cloche hats continue to represent feminism, independence and the height of style. Below we have gathered a selection of vintage, new and custom made cloche-style hats found on etsy this week. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

Hand made royal blue cloche with vintage button from yellowfield7 on etsy. $380.

Hand made fedora in dusty pink and gray fur felt from TheMillineryShop on etsy. $265.

Hand made beige cloche with buttons from RetroReproHandmade on etsy. $69.

Made-to-order felt cloche (modified from vintage pattern) with bow and chains from FeltFancy on etsy. $30.95.

Vintage teal wool cloche from alleycatsvintage on etsy. $38.

Hand blocked cherry red cloche from Steambobbin on etsy. $105.

Dark gray felt cloche with feathers from ohmama on etsy. $175.

One of a kind, hand made slate and pheasant cloche from KelseyPitney on etsy. $40.

Hand blocked gold wool cloche with taffeta ribbon from neworleansmagpie on etsy. $58.

Custom made 1920s-style cloche with red wooden buckle from bonniesknitting on etsy. $85.

Vintage 1970s furry felt cloche from jackiedretroboutique on etsy. $28.

Add a pop of color to your ensemble with this vintage peacock blue felt wool cloche from misswonderful1950 on etsy. $26.

Custom made wool felt cloche with side draped pleats from LuminataCo on etsy. $125.

Vintage brushed wool cloche with wide leather band from IKAHN on etsy. $34.

Vintage mossy green brushed felt cloche from yellowfeathr on etsy. $24.

Vintage brown cloche with sleek black patent trim from SparrowGardens on etsy. $30.

Simple cream cloche with bow from BlancheandEleganza on etsy. $40.

Great Gatsby! Clementine light gray cloche with orange trim from yellowfield7 on etsy. $385.

What Would Mrs. Roper Do?

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Just three days into August, my favorite month of the year, and I’m already feeling a tinge of sadness for the end of summer. Still, as much as I relish the heat and humidity, when the thermometer ascends to triple-digits, my wardrobe inevitably suffers. It’s times like this a girl needs some fashion inspiration to see her through. It’s times like this a girl must ask herself, “What would Mrs. Roper do?”

A sassy and liberated woman of the 70s, Mrs. Roper wouldn’t let the dog days of summer bring her down. She would throw on her finest caftan (or kaftan), sexually harass her neighbors and insult her husband, all with an air of freedom and panache.

Short, long, cinched at the waist or wide open, an airy caftan is the sizzling summer secret to adding a languid air to your ensemble – without sacrificing style. Below are some of the more wearable caftans we found on etsy and eBay this week. Click on each image to see the full listing.

Make your own caftan! Vintage Simplicity 5680 caftan pattern from mbchills on etsy. $15.

Vintage 1960s or 1970s red gold caftan with cinched waist. Current bid $42.95 on eBay.

Vintage 1970s desert princess caftan from charlialana on etsy. $34.

Vintage floral mini caftan from fabledfancy on etsy. $48.

Vintage 1980s Christian Dior caftan from poetryforjane on etsy. $26.

VIntage 1970s plaid maxi caftan from midnightflight on etsy. $30.

Yellow striped batik caftan from EastAsiaHeritage on etsy. $35.

Handmade eco-friendly cotton kimono from ecofriendlybeauty on etsy. $60.

Vintage 1970s or 1980s lilac caftan with floral print from heidihodge on etsy. $26.

Vintage 1970s lion’s head, semi-sheer caftan from renouveauclothing on etsy. $58.

Hand drawn batik caftan from EastAsiaHeritage on etsy. $38.

Vintage 1970s striped tunic from PomPomClothing on etsy. $42.

Vintage 1970s ivory caftan with palm fronds from jantiques on etsy. $38.

Peachy rose short caftan by fivestonesvintage on etsy. $75.

Vintage 1960s pleated Hawaiian caftan on eBay. Buy it Now for $28.73.

1960s or 1970s Alfred Shaheen luxe Grecian caftan by closetcaseVNTG on etsy. $118.

Vintage 1971 abstract kimono-like caftan from ranchqueenvintage on etsy. $120.

Vintage mini caftan on eBay. Buy it Now for $42.

Vintage 1960s pink jersey caftan from luckyvintageseattle. Nice fitted waist so you won’t get lost in it. $165.

Vintage pleated, knee-length caftan from LuvStoneVintage on etsy. $58.

Vintage Hollywood glamour caftan from BoudoirBarbie on etsy. $48.

Vintage metallic rainbow pleated caftan on eBay. Current bid $9.99.

Vintage 1970s embroidered caftan from LoveStreetVintage on etsy. $150.

Vintage flying hearts caftan from FabulousDresses on etsy. $27.99

Vintage 1970s caftan blouse from heidihodge on etsy. $20.

Egyptian Revival

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Earlier this year, after a violent revolution that lasted 18 days, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down, ending three decades of mostly unchallenged rule.

To celebrate the tenacity and courage of the citizens of Egypt, we are having an Egyptian revival here on the blog, featuring a collection of vintage (or vintage-y) Egyptian-inspired artifacts our fashion archeologists dug up on etsy and eBay this week. Think of this as ammo for your one-person fashion revolution. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

Vintage 1960s/1970s goddess dress with screen printed hieroglyphs, gorgeous pleats and a matching belt, by Alfred Shaheen. $149 on eBay.

 

Vintage Egyptian revival necklace on eBay. Starting bid $8.99.

 

Vintage geometric Egyptian-inspired top from SpunSugarVintage on etsy. $22.

 

Pharaoh head earrings by sheilabjewels on etsy. $35.

 

Vintage robe with Egyptian motif from FabFoundFrocks on etsy. $64.

 

Vintage 1980s Egyptian print maillot on eBay. $24.99.

 

 

Vintage hieroglyphs dress from AfternoonShowers on etsy. $43.

 

 

Vintage Egyptian revival cufflinks on eBay. Starting bid $4.99.

 

Vintage 1970s disco shirt with camels and pyramids from Flashbax on etsy. $10.

 

Vintage Egyptian twins leather handbag from LuckyRabbitShoppe on etsy. $25.

 

Vintage 1960s maillot from pineapplemint on etsy. $19.20.

 

Egyptian king earrings by irenebreeden on etsy. $8.

 

 

Vintage 1970s Egyptian embroidered tunic from lusciousvintage on etsy. $38.

 

Vintage 1970s Egyptian sphinx top from SallyJaneVintage on etsy. $26.

 

Vintage 1980s Egyptian Queen Nefertiti skirt from streeturchinvintage on etsy. $33.

A Creamy Crop of Capes

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Get a replica of Kate Middleton's Angora wedding shrug on etsy. $190.

You don’t have to be royalty to drape yourself in a creamy confection like Kate’s.  On etsy, “tvkstyle” will make you a replica of the duchess formerly known as Kate Middleton’s Angora wedding shrug for a pauper’s price. Let them eat cape! Capes. Ponchos. Swing coats. Shrugs. Shawls. Crochet. Knit. Angora. Wool. Fur. Leather. Fringe. Here are some of the best in creamy cover ups from eBay and etsy this week. Click on each image to go to the listing.

Oatmeal tweed acrylic cape on etsy. $61.

Vintage swing coat with kimono sleeves on eBay. Starting bid $9.99.

Lanvin cape with neck ruff detail on eBay. $967.

Creamy crochet cape on eBay. Buy it Now for $75 or make an offer.

Vintage sheer lace poncho on eBay. Current bid $10.49.

Vintage 1920s ostrich trimmed cape on eBay. $228.

Hand knitted mohair capelet by ufer on etsy. $49.

Vintage crochet caftan on eBay. Current bid $26.

Vintage cream cape on eBay. Buy it Now for $128.45.

Ultra soft tiered capelet by fashionknitwear on etsy. $92.

Handmade, oversized scarf with pompoms by tvkstyle on etsy. Merino wool blend. $130.