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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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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.

Summer at Home

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While we traditionally focus on style for the body, today we are bringing to you some of our favorite summer elements of style for the home, as seen on etsy this week. Click on each image below to see the seller’s listing.

Chestnut paper origami lampshade in autumn yellow by nellianna on etsy. $115.

Vintage battery operated starburst clock from PhatDog on etsy. $142.

BYOB. Bring your own mixed specialty drink to the party with this vintage one gallon pink “Therm A Jug” from BrooklynStVintage on etsy. $38.

Barcelona-themed atomic red leatherette bench on birch frame from KLUpholstery on etsy. $345.

Mid-century modern Danish style table lamp from riverviewgems on etsy. $25.

Vintage 1970s mod op art psychedelic wall clock from badeye on etsy. $125.

Set of six retro owl coasters in blue and yellow from DesertBlossomVintage on etsy. $8.

Vintage bar ware is it. Check out this gold-trimmed red ice bucket, perfect for scotch on the rocks and sex with secretaries from TheCookieClutch on etsy. $32.

I really want this. I shouldn’t even be showing it to you. Vintage 1970s glass cheese dome from CarnivalOfTheManiac on etsy. $24.77.

Vintage 1960s modernist starburst clock from thegroove on etsy. $64.95.

Vintage drinking glasses from ancienesthetique on etsy. $15.

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.