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Lanvin’s Feminist Decade

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Bustown Modern, a constant source of vintage inspiration and great finds, published an astute blog post last year called “Lanvin’s Invisible Decade,” which you can read in its entirety here. While Bustown dismisses the label’s ubiquitous shirt dresses from the 1970s, we here at This Week’s Look take a different view. Those iconic, printed shirt dresses Lanvin churned out during the disco era may not represent the pinnacle of fashion, but those stretchy, often polyester, frocks reflect a rarely seen facet of the ’70s. They offer us a rare look at what every day women were wearing to work, to the grocery store, to pick up the kids, prepare meals, to do basically everything because, while moms were working, dads still felt entitled to do less around the house. As such, fashion had to be comfortable, versatile, easy to launder, and affordable.

So this week, we pay homage to Lanvin’s Feminist Decade, which is certainly not as titillating as the glamorous disco-era fashions of the ’70s, but a fitting tribute to all those women who work hard for the money. So hard for it, honey.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin iconic logo shirt dress with matching belt from SararaVintage on etsy. $200.

Vintage 1970s Lanvin equestrian-print, shirtdress with matching neck tie and belt, purchased on eBay for $25.

Vintage 1970s Lanvin equestrian-print, shirt dress with matching neck tie and belt, purchased on eBay for $25.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin op art shirt dress with matching belt from recollectvint on etsy. $170.
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Vintage Lanvin shirt dress with matching belt on eBay. Current bid $100.

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Vintage 1970s feline print Lanvin shirt dress on eBay. Current bid $189 (close up of print below).

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Vintage 1970s silk Lanvin dress with trumpet sleeves and ruffled hem from Revolveexchange on etsy. $156.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin logo shirt dress from Bustown Modern. $140.

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Vintage 1970s Lanvin creamy shirt dress in a satiny print (see close up of fabric below) from verybestvintage on etsy. $62.

Vintage 1970s Lanvin creamy shirtdress in a satiny print (look closely to see this great pattern and detail) from verybestvintage on etsy. $62.

Close up of the above vintage 1970s Lanvin creamy shirt dress in a satiny print from verybestvintage on etsy. $62.

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Vintage 1970s geometric print Lanvin maxi dress with matching neck tie from BlackPearlVintage on etsy. $125.

Vintage 1970s op art print button down shirt from Threadhunter on etsy. $35

Vintage 1960s-70s op art print button down shirt from Threadhunter on etsy. $35

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Harper’s Bazaar in Review

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Sadly, the December 2012 / January 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar failed to inspire us this month. Still, we soldiered on and uncovered a few glimmers of style worth re-purposing this holiday season.

Here’s one of our favorite looks from the issue, which would work great from office to holiday party. This could’ve easily come off as a cater waiter ensemble, if not for the ultra-high waist, flared trousers, cummerbund belt with minimalist chain, and exaggerated Peter Pan collar. Easy to replicate too.

Cobalt sweater paired with cobalt, sharkskin cigarette trousers. We don’t see enough of this color in mixed monochromatic textures, so well done, Harper’s.

Monochromatic and monotextured, long and lean, this almost looks like a tailored, wool knit jumpsuit. But it’s not. Another easy to replicate look, if you have the lines to pull it off. It’s lovely to be warm and hot at the same time.

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.

This Dress is a Hoot

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Vintage 1960s belted uniform-inspired shimmy dress with adorable owl belt buckle and buttons from mkmack on etsy. $63. Click on the images below to see the seller’s listing.

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February 27, 2012 at 10:45 am

Sixties Goddess

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This vintage cocktail dress is an elegant take on a Grecian goddess or Cleopatra gown. Vintage 1960s belted sheath dress with beaded and rhinestone encrusted gold lurex trim from TheVintageTrove on etsy. $198. Click on the image below to see the full listing.

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February 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

Russian Princess

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Vintage 1960s Stegari navy blue wool belted coat dress with mink trim. Click on the images below to see the eBay listing.

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January 30, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Gentleman’s Agreement

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I admit we have neglected the men on This Week’s Look lately. To remedy that, we plowed the depths of eBay and etsy this week to bring you some of the finest haberdashery around. Most of these wool coats and jackets are vintage, some are not, but any one of them will surely make you the most debonair dude on deck. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

The “James Bond” double breasted, belted wool jacket on eBay. $95 with free shipping.

The “Pete Campbell” vintage 1960s silk and wool blend sport coat from OneTrickChassis on etsy. $48.

The “Cameo” vintage 1960s charcoal flecked wool coat from TripleGemini on etsy. $145.

The “Don Draper” vintage 1960s wool flannel sport coat from FabGabs on etsy. $58.

Vintage Pendleton single breasted wool coat from KeyAcquisitions on etsy. $40.

The “99 Percent” vintage 1950s Army issued wool coat from BetaPorHomme on etsy. $48.

The “Highlander” vintage hooded wool overcoat with faux horn buttons from BrightWall on etsy. $90.

The “British Invasion” vintage 1960s Carnaby Street wool coat from iandrummondvintage on etsy. $149.

The “French Connection” vintage 1960s navy blue, double breasted coat. Made in France. Current bid on eBay $135 with free shipping.

The “Donnie Brasco” vintage 1970s wool coat with faux fur collar and lining from LiliesValleyVintage on etsy. $125.

This avant-garde, anime-inspired asymmetrical wool blend coat comes in black or grey. $160 on eBay with free shipping.

The “Cowboy” vintage “Crownwear for Carl Putzer” overcoat with removable plaid liner and western yoke. Current bid on eBay $39.99.

The “Officer and a Gentleman” vintage 1970s never worn, Italian Navy officer’s coat. $150 on eBay with free shipping.

The “Roger Sterling” vintage wool overcoat with faux fur collar from BrightWall on etsy. $80.

The “Echo Park” vintage tweed blazer with suede elbow patches from TandemNorthwest on etsy. $40.

Vintage original Swiss Army wool overcoat from BetaPorHomme on etsy. $98.

Vintage wool jacket with Greek key pattern and faux fur collar and lining from bytheway on etsy. $75.

You’ll be ready for smoking cigars and sipping brandy after the fox hunt in this grey wool Trachten jacket. Current bid on eBay $149.

The “Inspector Gadget” vintage extra-slim, belted Donegal tweed trench coat. Current bid on eBay $74.50.

Vintage 1970s double breasted wool coat. Made in Germany. Current bid on eBay $130.

Vintage French Air Force wool officer’s coat from RueBroc on etsy. $61.75.