Mother and I are in the thick of taking consignments in. In Michigan, this happens every year. A huge influx of items begins to pour in between September and December due to the cold months us Michiganders suffer with. Every woman in Michigan has a slew of items for fall and winter since we have to wear so many clothes…I’m talking sweaters, wool blazers, jackets, fur stoles, gloves, hats, winter coats - yes, we are busy.
Yesterday we got so excited over these leather UGG’s that came in and some vintage items we just had to have a random dance party to show off our stuff!
Here’s momma and I - we love our job!
Even if you aren’t a die-hard vintage dresser, lover, or collector, there are few vintage accessories that every woman should add to her closet and her wardrobe. By adding these items to your collection, you’ll be sure to fetch a zillion compliments by pulling out these older lovelies for a day of fun in fashion or for an eye-catching appearance!
Birdcage hats come in a slew of varieties and styles. They are quite popular right now for vintage-inspired weddings, but honestly, these types of hats will forever go down in history as one of the most feminine hats ever made. Birdcage hats also come in a wide variety of colors - so even if you aren’t ever to marry or you already are - you could still pull out one of these loves for a special occasion, party, or evening out! Here are some beautiful examples of birdcage hats you can be on the lookout for at vintage shops, thrift or rummage shops, or eclectic boutiques:
With the holiday season in full swing, everyone is out shopping for the gift-giving season. A hot trend is shopping in secondhand shops. It’s become a fashion trend phenomenon with the help of fashion bloggers, consumers, and social media sites to exploit the goodness of great items at amazing prices and share them with the world on sites such as Instagram and Pinterest or Facebook and Twitter.
1940s costume gown with sequined top and layered chiffon skirt in yellow, orange and beige. Low scoop back, Definite wear due to age but would make an excellent stage costume! Absolutely amazing! $78 #1940s #costume #chiffon #sequins #burlesque #drag #carmenmiranda #worship by shopworship http://ift.tt/19bhUoA
Even though the return of the remake “Great Gatsby” is a season old - the real-life parties that have followed have not seemed to slow down in my client base. There are scads of ladies after the Gatsby-inspired look for a holiday party, vintage wedding, or special event - which just goes to show that vintage is still coming out on top in fashion. Gatsby is glamorous and luxurious, and many of the looks leave us catching ourselves wiping drool from the corner of our mouths. Part of the reason this era seems so awe-inspiring is because of one thing - fabrics.
Fabrics during this era were expensive and beautiful. Silk and satin, velvet and fur. Everything about them is lush and wonderful and they are most certainly head-turners.
One of the most prominent accessories during the Gatsby era were headbands. Many ladies, as pictured below, decided to throw off their hats and dress their famous bobs up with a beaded velvet ribbon, lace scarf, or an extra accessory such as a brooch, bow, flowers, and in particular - feathers or plumes - around their foreheads and over their finger waves. This was a big trend in fashion.
I was born in the 1970’s, which may be why I’m in a state of obsessing over pantsuits right now, I think its in my blood. I get to enjoy the bliss of looking at vintage clothing every day and selling it, too, which only contributes to my love affair with vintage clothing. Lately we’ve had a huge run on vintage pantsuits - they are going like hotcakes!
With celebrities bounding around L.A., Beverly Hills, and New York City, sporting these lovelies in the last couple of years, pantsuits or “jumpsuits” have become a hot trend once again.
There are a variety of pantsuits for you vintage lovers out there to select from. The pantsuits that gained popularity during the 1970’s were more high-waisted, wide-legged or bell bottom-styled, and fitted throughout the bust. Here’s Kim Kardashian sporting one amazing white vintage 70’s pantsuit that made sure to hit the presses:
With the rise of the vintage clothing trends in the fashion industry today, many are on the prowl to find the perfect vintage piece to add to their wardrobes. With the hunt, may come the frustration many experience when trying to find the perfect size and perfect fit for authentic vintage clothing pieces.
Many vintage labels, such as Levi, Bobbie Brooks, or Jessica McClintock, are labeled in odd-numbered sizes. It’s true that even today in the retail market, odd numbered sizes are considered to be “junior” items. These items run slightly slimmer and smaller than the whole numbers, which are “women” sizes.
Designers for ladies lines of clothing such as Lilly Pulitzer, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Halston appealed to the more mature and possibly “curvier” women. They exclusively offer even-numbered sizes. These sizes of clothing are cut slightly larger as vintage goes, particularly in the bust and hips to fit beautifully on a mature woman.
So, for months I have been talking about changing up the window for the Fall and Winter season. As we have recently (2 years) moved to this space, we are still changing and adding displays and items to the shop to keep it going forward at one amazing pace.
My windows are my ticket to get the those on-lookers to come in my door. And my windows have greatly improved since we moved in July of 2011. Originally we only had two dressed mannequins in those big windows and it looked very sparce. Finally, after looking on Pinterest one day I felt inspired to change it up. By adding two additional mannequins, it only displayed more of what we had to offer. Also, I began noticing that it tended to grab the attention of the consumers. About a month later I added the hanging lanterns to add to the front window and boy, has that worked wonders for my sales! Here’s the window as it has been for about a year.