A TRUE VINTAGE 3 – PIECE 1960’s WOMEN’S SILK SUIT FROM NEW ORLEANS

A TRUE VINTAGE 3 - PIECE 1960's WOMEN'S SILK SUIT FROM NEW ORLEANSOne of the finds that I picked up during an investigation in New Orleans was this lovely ladies’ suit.  Oh, so proper in 3 pieces with a knee-length skirt, back-button blouse and high-hip length jacket, it’s just perfect for lunching or for a business appointment.

The styling is plain, but elegant and well-cut.  Hand-tailored and fully lined, with VERY unusual buttons – kind of like woven ropes – to make it interesting.

This is a basic that is flattering, well-styled and versatile – a staple to have in your wardrobe for decades and with many possibilities.  Of course, the pieces can be worn separately and accessories can vary the look.

I always LOVE finding gems like this when I’m out on the prowl.  They look back to an era of couture-quality fashion that was available to many people – when even the casually dressed woman with a moderate budget could dress with elegance and style in high quality apparel. . . . . . . . . ..

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MORE FINDS! 3 KNIT DRESSES FROM THE MAD, MOD 1960’S

I love these!  They’re so typical of the day-dresses from the early to mid-Sixties that said “Fall is Here”, mostly for professional women.  Anyone who wanted to look nicely tailored, but casual, wore styles like these.

So, I’ve seen lots of them on TV but not in person.  It’s great fun to find this blast from the past that probably belonged to the same woman.  Wonder what her everyday story was about . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TRUE VINTAGE EARLY SIXTIES FORMAL & SEMI-FORMAL DRESSES IN PASTELS WITH LACE OR EMBROIDERED OVERLAY

EARLY SIXTIES SPRING SEMI-FORMAL DRESSES IN PASTELS WITH LACE OVERLAY

A hallmark of early Sixties fashion was lace or embroidered organza overlay, which we see again and again every decade or two! These very pretty frocks were meant for semi-formal occasions – dinners, parties, dances and ceremonies. A professional cleaning will refresh the full-length ones in time for Easter or Prom or a wedding!  The bride would look gorgeous in the white and the blue is perfect for any of a wedding party or mother-of-the-bride.

They’re so feminine and flattering, in a variety of styles.  And, of course, beautifully-made.  I especially like the knee-length one – a little bit Mod, but also traditional.   The lace over-dress is partially open in the back, revealing the fitted sheath beneath.  Long sleeves add a little warmth for early Spring and make the design more demure BUT . . . . . . .

very sexy in an elegant and sophisticated way.  They knew how to do that back in the day.  A lost art?  I hope not  . . . . . . . . . . . ..

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN – AND ON THE HUNT . . . . . . . .

file0001209214386 ebook cover #1Although the schedule might get a little wonky, the posts will continue and I’ll update on the latest discoveries.  Take note, whenever I reblog a post I will always update the text and sometimes the photos, too.

Currently in Santa Fe and heading west . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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WHY IS TRUE VINTAGE THE BEST IN FASHION?

If you’ve been watching while I share my closet, you know that some of the items are astounding, some may not appeal to you, some might look better modeled by a person, rather than Madge or Stella (my mannequins – they work very hard), or that some could use a steaming or a press to look their best.

Keep in mind that I have loved true vintage clothing and accessories forever because of their special characteristics, and even the most humble item has some very unique qualities.

In decades past, consumers looked for excellent design, quality materials, fine workmanship, durability and value when they shopped and manufacturers produced goods to these standards.  It was more important to have a few lovely, well made and dependable things that felt good to own than a couple dozen mediocre items that were economical but lacked real style and wouldn’t last.  Today we seem to have settled for cheaper, flashier, disposable fashion  with the result that everyone looks more or less the same (even those who are trying to be different) and few people are truly stylish or elegant.

That is why I have loved to collect and wear true vintage since I was in college and really enjoy sharing my passion.  There is no comparison to the quality of materials used, the beautiful designs and superb workmanship in even very simple styles.  The humblest garment is a champion of durability and has a certain cache’ that can’t be found elsewhere.  Most everything you buy will be one-of-a-kind, at least for all practical purposes.  You’re unlikely to see anyone else wearing your outfit and some were truly one-off when they were made.

When I post my photos, I’ll tell you about the lovable features of these pieces and share the magic and excitement of finding and wearing them.  When you’re on the hunt for vintage fashion, amazing things are always just around the corner . . . . you just never know!

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Another Western-made Beauty

Another Western-made Beauty

Originally from the Holiday House in Estes Park, Colorado, this lovely smooth leather jacket from the 1940s – ’50s is a stylish and elegant example of true vintage workmanship, quality and design. The brass buttons are square with little branches crossed in the middle – so unique. As usual, superbly constructed. From the outside in it speaks of quality, skilled workmanship and excellent design. When you see these kinds of things going on, good bet it’s true vintage!

Morgana Martin, the #magicvintagespy