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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.

Twenty-Five Terrific Tunics

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Tunics are so versatile, particularly during the cooler months when you can layer them over pants or leggings as a top, or over thick, opaque tights as a mini dress. This week we have assembled for you a collection of 25 very wearable vintage (or vintage-inspired) tunics, all available on etsy and eBay as of today. Click on each image below to see the seller’s listing.

Vintage 1960s bright red tunic or mini dress on eBay. Current bid $24.99.

Vintage-inspired cotton sateen mini-dress made by seedclothing on etsy. $80.

Vintage 1960s Mondrian-ish, space-age tunic by Vera on eBay. Current bid $16.99.

Vintage 1970s Yves Saint Laurent sweater tunic from ArtifactVintage on etsy. $350.

Vintage 1960s to 1970s Pucci-esque tent tunic on eBay. Current bid $19.99.

Vintage Byblos turtleneck tunic from BlancheandEleganza on etsy. $80.

Vintage 1960s black and metallic gold tunic from aiseirigh on etsy. $88.

Unusual Anna Sui jacket, dress, or tunic – you choose – from OwlVintage on etsy. $155.

Vintage 1960s peacock blue sweater tunic on eBay. Current bid $17.98.

Vintage 1960s Mr. Dino tribal tunic on eBay. Current bid $36.

Vintage 1970s Adolfo for Saks Fifth Avenue leopard print sweater tunic on eBay. $99.

Vintage 1960s double-knit tunic on eBay. Current bid $9.

Vintage 1970s Marimekko op art tunic/dress from worldmarketproductio on etsy. $95.

Vintage 1970s so Charlie’s Angels tunic pants suit on eBay. Current bid $150.

Vintage 1970s belted disco tunic in autumn colors on eBay. Current bid $38.99.

Vintage 1980s or 1990s cotton tunic or mini dress on eBay. Current bid $9.99.

Cotton -t-shirt tunic dress with lace sleeves and Peter Pan collar. Two colors available, made by DressupComeon on etsy. $32 each.

Vintage 1970s to 1980s convertible, belted, disco tunic (can be a skirt too!) on eBay. Current bid $19.

Vintage 1960s, space age, seafoam green, high neck tunic on eBay. Current bid $68.

Vintage 1960s mod tunic or super-mini dress from LucyRayRetro on etsy. $25.

Vintage 1970s wool tunic with metallic trim from retromomo on etsy. $40.

Vintage 1960s hand made tunic from boiledegg on etsy. $120.

Vintage 1960s St. John Knits apple green tunic pants suit from Planetclairevintage on etsy. $92.

Vintage 1960s velvet tunic with bell sleeves from 4birdsvintage on etsy. $95.

Vintage Guy Laroche geometric turtleneck tunic on eBay. Current bid $39.99.

Memoirs of a Disco Queen

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This week we found this stunning, 1970s ultra-draped cocoon caftan with plunging neckline and dramatic kimono sleeves. Current bid on eBay is $38. Click on the images below to see the seller’s eBay listing.

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October 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Gucci’s Angels

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Women’s Wear Daily today featured the amazing Gucci dress below, as seen on the runway for the label’s 2013 spring ready-to-wear collection. When I clicked through to the other photos from the collection, I spotted a throwback trend I’m excited to see coming back: The 1970s-era, post-space age, often monochromatic, tunic pants suit. Very Charlie’s Angels. Very Bianca Jagger. Page down for more on that. I feel a vintage pants suit post coming on. Stay tuned, disco queens.

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September 19, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Back to School

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This Week’s Look is back from summer vacation and the fall/winter shopping is already in progress. In preparation for the imminent seasonal shift, earlier this summer we scored a couple pairs of vintage, leather driving gloves and a 1970s caramel leather blazer at cheap heatwave prices. This jacket will probably top a black and white striped, long-sleeved, crew neck t-shirt and skinny jeans. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. There’s a heat wave presently plaguing us here in southern California, so we’re going to have to put those treasures on hold until further notice.

The rest of you, however, are already picking up on the first signs of autumn. Instagram is full of snapshots featuring falling orange leaves and light jackets. For you, this week we have curated a collection of vintage leather blazers, as seen on etsy and eBay. Click on each image below to see the individual listing.

Vintage cinnamon leather blazer with faux fur collar from silkwormvintage on etsy. $62.

Vintage fitted, caramel leather jacket from InglenookMarket on etsy. $43.

Vintage 1970s cognac kid leather blazer on eBay. $73.

Vintage whiskey stained leather, fitted cafe racer jacket on eBay. $125 or make an offer.

Vintage chestnut suede blazer from silkwormvintage on etsy. $52.

Oops. It’s sideways. Oh well. Here’s a vintage reddish brown, two-button leather blazer on eBay. $80 or make an offer.

Vintage 1970s tawny suede blazer from zorra666 on etsy. $24.99.

Style tip. Wear this 1970s black and white striped top under your caramel leather blazer. Deadstock cotton top from FrocksnFrillsVintage on etsy. $23.

Vintage 1980s A&F New York grey leather blazer from dollpartschicago on etsy. $58.

Vintage 1990s oxblood leather blazer from NakedVintage on etsy. $34.

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September 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Summer Bulletin

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This Week’s Look will be back from summer hiatus in full force sometime after Labor Day. Until then, enjoy this vintage 1960s mini romper we found on etsy this week. Zip it all the way up the neck for a super mod look. Click on the images below to see the seller’s listing.

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August 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm

One More

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This Week’s Look is still on summer break but whoa look at this classic 1960s mod mini dress, spotted on etsy today. Click on the images below to see the seller’s listing. Now back to our regularly scheduled hiatus.

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July 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

We Interrupt This Hiatus

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This Week’s Look is taking a break this summer to focus on foster dog training and other off-internet activities, but we still couldn’t resist sharing what we found on eBay this week. This 1960s shift dress is so mod and minty fresh with its prim, high collar and adorable daisy appliques, it’s perfect for the office and the weekend. Click on the images below to see the seller’s listing.


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July 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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This week we found an iconic 1960s “Century of Boston” mod cage dress on etsy. This would look amazing with a nude bodysuit underneath, or if you have the abs to pull it off, just a bandeau bra as pictured. It reminds me of this Courrèges window dress from the late 1960s (first picture). Click on the second and third images below to see the seller’s etsy listing.

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June 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm

How to Spend It

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This unexpected discovery is one of the reasons we love The Financial Times “How to Spend It” special issue. Designed for Marios Schwab‘s 2013 resort collection, this vintage-inspired swimsuit is made from terry cloth or “toweling” fabric with high-waist bottoms, sort of reminiscent of the 1950s, particularly when paired with the matching jacket cover-up (second photo below). For more retro beachwear looks, check out the rest of the Financial Times “How to Spend It” fashion section here.