This Week's Look

Posts Tagged ‘gown

A Little Biased

leave a comment »

This would be an amazing wedding gown for the bride who wants a glamorous vintage look. And even more stunning is the current bid on eBay; only $56. The auction ends in two days. This is an original 1930s bias cut silk gown with train. The open back is incredible and this cut splendidly whittles the waist. Click on the images below to see the full listing.

Written by Verdell

October 23, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Off to the Laces

with one comment

I don’t know much about royalty or Kate Middleton or what a queen consort-to-be does in her free time, but I know a knockout dress when I see one. Ever since the Duchess of Cambridge appeared this summer in a blue lace dress by Erdem, copycats have popped up all over the Internet.

I love the simplicity of the dress with its bateau neckline and half sleeves, it feels very vintage 1960s. There are many ways you can work a lace dress into your rotation this season without looking like a fad-chasing Kate wannabe. We found a number of timeless, vintage pieces on etsy and eBay this week. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

From the office to cocktails. Vintage 1960s lace dress on eBay. Current bid $49.

Vintage 1950s two-piece pink lace set from melsvanity on etsy. $98.

Vintage Titanic-era silk dress with lace overlay from a French estate sale. Current bid on eBay $15.56.

Vintage 1950s violet lace and chiffon dress from jantiques on etsy. $85.

Vintage 1950s mesh and lace wiggle dress with matching belt from charlottage on etsy. $91.

Va-va-vintage 1950s cobalt blue lace dress from VintConditionStyle on etsy. $76.

Vintage mesh and lace evening gown. $110 on eBay.

Vintage 1960s lace mermaid dress from JunkSisters911 on etsy. $75.

Vintage 1950s delicate black lace sweetheart dress from DOTTO on etsy. $86.70.

Vintage 1960s white Illusion lace wiggle dress from FabVintage on etsy. $44.

Vintage 1960s black lace party dress from lovedodo on etsy. $55.

Vintage mocha and cream lace dress from PuckerUpVintage on etsy. $40.

Vintage 1960s chiffon and lace caped pencil dress from SybilStyle on etsy. $38.

Vintage 1960s pink lace party dress from DecadencePast on etsy. $74.50.

Vintage 1980s black lace cocktail dress from 19vintageclothing on etsy. $45.

Party Girl

with one comment

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.

Bohemian Wedding

leave a comment »

I’m coveting this vintage, fringed maxi dress I saw on eBay today. You could wear it to your own weird hippie wedding in the forest, as a Halloween costume, to a dinner party, lounging on the sofa, whatever. This dress will find a reason to be seen. Current bid $56. Auction ends 9/8. Click on the images below to see the full listing.

Written by Verdell

September 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Good Mourning

leave a comment »

It’s a dreary Labor Day holiday weekend here on the blog. My Harold returned to France and I stayed here in Self Pity City. Anyway, I didn’t feel much like shopping, so I found some exquisite mourning gowns on eBay instead. Click on each image to see the full listing.

New with tags black silk Chanel gown on eBay. $1,999.

Vintage Halston one shoulder gown. $594 on eBay.

Black Halston one shoulder gown on eBay. $1,249.

Black Imitation of Christ beaded silk gown on eBay. $600.

Black Jil Sander evening gown on eBay. $833.33.

Vintage black and gold, one shoulder evening gown on eBay. So Sharon Stone in Casino. Starting bid $799.

BCBG black tulle, one shoulder ball gown on eBay. $415 or make an offer.

Vintage 1960s “Jane Justin for Don Sophisticates” black wool day dress. $300 on eBay, or make an offer.

1940s Style: The Factory Girl to The New Look

leave a comment »

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.