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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.

Three Plus One

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It can be challenging to find great vintage pieces to fit every shape, which makes the three dresses below even more special. The first one is a 1970s-era silk brocade frock from Geoffrey Beene‘s Boutique label so you know it’s expertly crafted. The shirtwaist bodice and a-line skirt would be flattering on just about any body shape and the extra-long ascot can be tied in numerous ways. And check out those amazing rhinestone studded buttons! Such great details here, which is to be expected from this vintage boutique label (41″ bust, 34″ waist).

And below the Geoffrey Beene is a vintage 1960s butterscotch and black plaid jersey dress with neck tie (42″ bust, 36″ waist, 41″ hips).

Finally, we have an adorable powder blue mod day dress with a square neckline and decorative buttons (38″ bust, 34″ waist, 40″ hips).

Click on the images below to see the actual listings.

Featured Seller: Bayan Hippo

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Bayan Hippo has developed a solid reputation as a purveyor of affordable, handmade fabric handbags and totes. I have purchased two bags from this seller in the past and will likely get another one soon. With the spring and summer months ahead, I’m leaning toward the “Sailor Tote Bag” below. Reviewers rave about how well-made these bags are and apparently the rope straps are super soft too. Now I just need to settle on a color.

Most of Bayan Hippo’s bags can be custom made-to-order in different sizes, colors, longer or shorter straps, etc. Click on the images below to visit Bayan Hippo’s etsy storefront.

Sailor Tote Bag made by bayanhippo on etsy. Available in red & white, navy blue & white, or yellow & white. $33.

Nothing Up My Sleeve

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Vintage 1970s mini dress featuring amazing, giant lantern sleeves and incredible micro pleating. Sleeves can be worn on or off the shoulder. Current bid on eBay $9.99. Click on the images below to see the actual listing.

Written by Verdell

December 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Don’t Call It a Statement

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Fashion critics are so in love with “statement” pieces these days (eye roll). It’s not that I don’t believe a hat or a piece of jewelry can make a statement, but putting the word “statement” in front of a noun has become so ubiquitous in fashion magazines and on TV shows that it often refers to a wide range of gaudy sins.

This Fall, don’t try to make a statement with your fashion. Instead, just be yourself and wear what you think is fun and cool. You know what I think is fun and cool? Vintage pendants and necklaces from the 1970s. I particularly covet Lanvin’s lucite pendants from that era. I also love Trifari, Sarah Coventry, Coro, Avon, Miriam Haskell, Napier, Whiting and Davis. Yes, many of the necklaces from this era are chunky, but don’t call it a statement. Don’t call it anything. Just wear it, and when someone begs to know where you got it, that’s when you can make your official statement.

Unfortunately, my jewelry armoire is at capacity at the moment. However, just because I can’t acquire anything new doesn’t mean you have to go without. Here are some of the 1970s-era necklaces I would buy today if I had the storage space. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

Vintage Lanvin signed necklace and earring set from ChicDeuxChic on etsy. $595.

Vintage 1970s “key party” pendant from Elsewind on etsy. $24.

Vintage 1977 Givenchy necklace with geometric pendant from gathersalot on etsy. $147.

Vintage Trifari white lucite necklace from mooivintage on etsy. $79.

Vintage 1970s egg shaped pendant necklace from lapoubellevintage on etsy. $24.

Vintage Trifari cream and green spinner necklace from mooivintage on etsy. $225.

Vintage 1970s Napier lucite choker from PRELOVEVINTAGE on etsy. $39.99.

Vintage Trifari black and silver enamel necklace from mooivintage on etsy. $59.

Vintage 1970s Avon Town and Country (I love that name) tortoise shell pendant by nickandnessies on etsy. $24.

Vintage Trifari modernist necklace and earrings from mooivintage on etsy. $99.

Vintage 1970s Whiting & Davis gold mesh bib necklace from stilettogirl on etsy. $62.

Vintage Egyptian revival enamel pendant from theCollectedCollage on etsy. $55.

Leos! Vintage 1970s lion head pendant with amber foiled cabochons for eyes from twinheartsvintage on etsy. $46.

Vintage (unsigned) 1970s Egyptian-inspired choker from bigyellowtaxivintage on etsy. $45.

Vintage 1970s white enamel and gold tone modernist pendant from fmvintage on etsy. $22.




















Vintage Crown Trifari “waterfall” necklace. Same necklace (different color) Meryl Streep wore in The Devil Wears Prada. $39 on eBay.