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Candy Girl

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Just in time for summer, this week we found a vintage 1940s, candy striped play suit with adorable bubble shorts and a top that can be worn strapless if you dare. Look at those cute side ties on the shorts. Click on the images below to see the seller’s eBay listing.

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May 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

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.

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January 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Full Tilt

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Vintage 1940s ruched tilt hat with black veil. Current bid on eBay $24.99. Click on the above images to see the full listing.

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October 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm

It’s Raining Style

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Vintage 1940s noir black and white umbrella print peplum dress. Current bid on eBay $26.09.

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October 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm

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.

1940s Style: The Factory Girl to The New Look

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Los Angeles Confidential Magazine recently featured a spread on an updated 1940s look for Fall, which sparked today’s post. But before we get into all of the amazing vintage pieces we found on etsy and eBay this week, we have a mini fashion history lesson.

Women joined the workforce en masse in the early 1940s as all the men went off to fight in the War. From the kitchen to the factory, from making pies to welding ships, women did it all.

During the War years (1939 – 1945), women’s apparel emphasized broad, square shoulders and a trim, fitted waist. Above the waist, tops featured rounded necklines and shorter collars. Below the waist, high waisted trousers, flared shorts and knee-length skirts. Below the knees, oxfords and pumps. Sadly, nylon stockings were rationed for parachutes.

Pictured above: Miss Anna Bland, a burner at the Richmond Shipyards, works on the S.S. George Washington Carver. Circa 1943.

Pictured above: Woman drills on Liberator Bomber, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Howard R. Hollem. October 1942.

Post-War, factory girls retired their dungarees and took on a softer, more feminine look. Christian Dior’s debut haute couture collection, released in February 1947, signaled a triumphant return to glamour, with its sloping shoulders, cinched waist, accentuated bust and wide hips. Skirts were significantly longer and fuller than the War years. The stunning clothes, cut to emphasize the female form and made out of seemingly endless yards of luxurious fabric, were revolutionary. Dior’s collection was pronounced “The New Look” and made him a star.

Pictured above: A look from Christian Dior’s debut haute couture collection, 1947.

And now, here’s what we found on eBay and etsy this week. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

1940s style Ida trousers in red polyester from fortiesfrocks on etsy. $95.

Vintage 1940s hourglass skirt suit. $95 on eBay.

Vintage 1940s blue sheer nylon blouse. $82.99 on eBay.

Vintage 1940s rayon crepe beaded party dress on eBay. Buy it now for $329, or make an offer.

Vintage 1940s brown alligator pumps, size 8, from PsychicHeart on etsy. $62.

Vintage 1940s 3 piece cotton “Originals By Maison France” dress on eBay. $369.

1940s style hand-knitted hair tidy from thebritishhomefront on etsy. $8.

Vintage 1940s navy windowpane skirt suit from the New Look-era. Buy it now on eBay for $249.

Vintage 1940s cream ribbon knit dress on eBay. Buy it now for $249, or make an offer.

Vintage 1940s day dress on eBay. $150.

Vintage 1940s pumps, size 39. $90 on eBay.

Vintage 40s Betty Hartford suit on eBay. $75.

Vintage 1940s iridescent pink silk taffeta dress with fur trim from sazzvintage on etsy. $250.

Vintage 1940s Hattie Carnegie suit from Marshall Field Company. Buy it now on eBay for $284, or make an offer.

1940s repro playsuit made from vintage pattern and fabrics (you choose!) from nudeedudee on etsy. $185.

Vintage 1940s lace beaded gown. $112.50 on eBay.

Vintage 1940s purple blouse from wildfellhallvintage on etsy. $30.

Vintage 1940s WWII high waist flared shorts on eBay. $125.

Vintage 1940s chartreuse gabardine skirt suit on eBay. $349.

WWII era repro cotton day dress from timemachinevintage on etsy. Made from an orginal, vintage pattern. $115.

Marlene pants from VeconaVintage on etsy. $250.

1940s repro 3-piece playsuit from jacksdaughter on etsy. Made from a 1947 Simpicity pattern. $173.

New 1940s-inspired wool fedora, made to order by buygail on etsy. $75.

Vintage 1940s WWII wool plaid peplum dress on eBay. Current bid $9.99.

Vintage 1940s pinafore skirt with removeable straps from KookieKittie on etsy. $110.

Vintage 1940s wool fedora from wildfellhallvintage on etsy. $42.

Cashmere sweater ($1,235) and pencil skirt ($950) by Nina Ricci. Maxi leather shoes by Brian Atwood ($939). Photo courtesy of LA Confidential Magazine.

Vintage original “New Look” era 1940s Christian Dior dress on eBay. Buy it now for $795 or make an offer.

Vintage 1940s silk wiggle dress. Current bid $17.50.

Vintage 1940s bombshell dress with huge tortoise shell buttons on eBay. $108.75.

Vintage 1940s belted wool coat on eBay. $110.