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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

Farmers Market Find

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Spotted today on the vintage racks at the Silver Lake Farmers Market, a pristine, cream knit coat with grass green buttons and trim, from the iconic 1960s label, Lilli Ann.

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Written by Verdell

March 9, 2013 at 11:32 am

Vintage Sears Fashion

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Kestrin and Jonathan, a fashionable and multi-talented couple here on the L.A. scene, recently made a baby, as well as a feature-length film. I’m not sure in which order, as baby and film are both currently in post-production, but at some point in the process there was a baby shower/baby naming competition with brackets and everything, and it was on that evening that the couple gifted me with a book called Fashionable Clothing from the Sears Catalogs. Never before has friendship rang so harmoniously, as if they periscoped down into my true inner being and retrieved a polyester pants suit.

The aforementioned book served as our inspiration this week, as we scrubbed etsy and eBay clean of vintage fashions from the near-extinct Sears chain of department stores. Hell, we even found stuff for men too. Click on each image below to see the individual listing.

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Vintage 1960s striped Sears slacks with orange trim from ancestorvintage on etsy. $25.

Vintage 1960s purple pop mod shirt dress from QuirkyQuriosities on etsy. $26.

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Vintage 1970s, men’s size 9.5 D, caramel leather Beatle boots from vintagedame on etsy. $55.

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Vintage “Dazed and Confused” high waist jeans by Sears from Fiftyleven on etsy. $29.

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Vintage 1970s pastel green secretary to disco dress by Sears. $32 from NewmanHall on etsy.

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Vintage Sears “Kings Road” collection brown plaid slacks from atlasclothingco on etsy. $20.

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Vintage 1960s bold and bright, fringed sweater vest by Sears fromneonthreadsdesigns on etsy. $37.

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Vintage long-sleeved polo sweater by Sears’ King’s Road line. $28 from pandaJpanda on etsy.

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Vintage 1960s snow white gogo dress by Sears Roebuck Jr. $28 from ShuuShuubyLulu on etsy.

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I can just see one of you asshole, painfully urban dwellers wearing this vintage, oxblood puffy ski vest from Sears. $30 from LaPouleNoire on etsy.

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Vintage 1970s floral print secretary dress by Sears. Current bid on eBay $19.99.

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Vintage 1960s Sears “Clingalon” leotard from RogueRetro on etsy. $22.

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Vintage 1960s Sears secretary dress with ascot tie from WindingRoadVintage on etsy. $38.

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Vintage 1970s Penguin knock-off, cranberry, long-sleeved polo with white piping by Sears. $15 from RipCityRetro on etsy.

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Vintage 1970s glen plaid belted trench by Sears from collectivethreads on etsy. $39.

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.

Fashionstar Galactica

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This week on etsy, we found this party-winning, vintage maxi dress/space toga with matching, asymmetrical shawl. Perfect for making an entrance or discovering new galaxies. A Vogue Paris Original. Click on the images below to see the seller’s listing.

Written by Verdell

November 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm

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.