BEST VINTAGE COTTON BATHROBE FOR HOT SUMMER DAYS!

So lightweight and cool but oh, so Vintage! Yes, it’s a man’s but not way big so I’ll happily curl up in this flattering gray-green printed wrap when the temps are soaring outside. In perfect condition, too! Not a bad pick for celebrating the St. Patrick’s holiday in a small way at home with a glass of green beer.

It’s a Brent brand – the men’s version of a Montgomery Ward proprietary label. Good old “Monkey Ward”. Like Sears & Roebuck, Simpson Sears (in Canada) and J.C. Penney, it served well as a moderately-priced department store and catalog shopping service for decades. It’s fun to collect the old catalogs, too, if you come across them.

This piece is just a lark and will be fun to wear. Also, it will probably last a long time, without the fraying seams and trim that are so common now. It already has . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Classic True Vintage Western-wear Hat

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To wear at least three seasons of the year, a wool felt classic hat will last for decades and complete almost any sportswear outfit. This men’s cowboy style from the 1970s or before is uni-sex now.

The best quality hats of this type have a leather inside hatband. A liner (often satin) is another sign that it is of high quality. Look for the maker’s name stamped inside and, often, the name of the store where it was sold.

These will turn up in lots of places if you’re savvy about where to look.   You just never know . . . .

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3 TRUE VINTAGE 1960’s MEN’S HATS – STETSON, FELT OR LEATHER

3 TRUE VINTAGE 1960's MEN'S HATS - STETSON, FELT OR LEATHER

While we’re acknowledging some accessories that were popular for mid-century, how about the ever-present men’s hat?  Men’s vintage clothing is not my specialty, but sometimes I can’t resist. These can look just as cute or smart on women as they look handsome on men.

I still love seeing a man in a hat and, if you watch old movies 1965 and back, men wore hats almost ALWAYS when they were away from home.  There were few exceptions to that rule. Men’s hat styles were almost as important as the trends in women’s frocks.

However, the design of classic accessories seems to morph more slowly than garment designs do and the style changes in men’s hats have been subtler over the decades, though still very important.  Most dress hats are still made of wool felt and will last forever if protected from moths and properly stored.  All it takes is a little brushing once in a while and making sure that it doesn’t get crushed.

This classic brimmed style can go with lots of things, from boho to casual to smart casual to elegant. Remind you of anyone? Come fly with me, come fly away . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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NEW FIND FOR THE GUYS – 1950’S LAKELAND WISCONSIN SWEATER & SUEDE JACKET!

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I’m over-the-moon with this one!!  Last year I found a wonderful sweater made like this, with soft, find suede – but this one is a full jacket WITH A ZIP-OUT PILE LINING! – and braided leather buttons.  Just LOVE the quality and style of jackets made between 1940 and 1960.

It was another magic moment for the vintagespy because this coat is in virtually perfect condition.  Just like stepping into a Happy Days episode or going Back to the Future. What fun!  More to come . . . . . . . stay tuned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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TRUE VINTAGE 1960’S MEN’S SUEDE LEATHER WESTERN-WEAR SPORT COAT

TRUE VINTAGE 1960'S MEN'S SUEDE LEATHER WESTERN-WEAR SPORT COAT

Cresco Fine Sportswear designed this great jacket, with front and back yokes, in a buttery camel-color suede. It was probably sold by a Western-wear dealer or fine men’s clothing store.

All the features of fine tailoring are here – a cloth label, 3 outside pockets and at least one inside, full lining plus dyed-to-match buttons on front and at the cuffs.

A sharp-looking gentleman’s garment. True, Madge can’t do justice to the shoulders . . . . .

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POSTING UPDATE. STAY TUNED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

OK, as promised, I’m in the midst of compiling a reprise of my coat collection to pass the time while taking a break from the field. What fun!

I hadn’t looked at many of these posts for a long time and have so many wonderful coats that each one gets worn infrequently and, of course, depends on the weather and the occasion. It’s been a lot of fun reviewing them and remembering the times when they were discovered.

So many fascinating investigations – enough to make a daily update into the New Year. Of course, whenever I uncover a new find, you’ll be the first to know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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MID-CENTURY KENNEDY ERA FUN AND WHIMSEY

Just out and about in our limited Covid way and look what I found – a classic skinny Wembley tie from Sputnik to Camelot time, late 1950’s to very early 1960’s, President Eisenhauer to President Kennedy. Couldn’t pass it up because I LOVE these – they’re so funny!

From back in the day when men usually couldn’t dress themselves on their own. So fun to think about – a time when everything was so innocent, as far as we knew. Of course, housewives were always at home to comfort and advise about domestic matters. This must have been a tie for a bachelor.

I’ll keep it for the days when I’m in an Annie Hall mood or to wear as a belt or hair tie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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A REAL VINTAGE -SLEUTHING MIRACLE!

Must report this major success – I believe it’s a first for me. Two weeks ago I was doing an investigation and discovered, in a very disorganized and jumbled collection, an old plaid cotton robe from way back that was missing it’s tie belt. Ho, hum – that’s the usual case, unfortunately. This item was posted on the blog on June 20.

Today I was able to get back into the field again and a thought in the back of mind was that perhaps somewhere, sometime soon I might run across a black or burgundy belt that would work as a substitute. Well, one of the first things I spied in the motley mess was: THE ACTUAL MISSING BELT!! If these belts have not been preserved along with the garment, it’s virtually unheard of to see them again. It will need some mending since it’s very old, but can be rehabbed with no problem.

Found something else very neat today which I’ll be showing soon, but this was my little victory dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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A Cozy Mid-Century Housecoat and Very Vintage Robe

This pretty aqua at-home garment by It’s A Charm is remarkable because it looks virtually new after about 60 years. Classically styled, the front snaps are made to look like buttons. The string tie at neckline is fastened on with a little safety pin in order to be removed when you put the item in a washing machine. So practical. The cute flower basket embroidery on the pocket really is Charming.

On the other hand, I can’t help but love this ratty robe (men’s, I think) that needed a little mending at the collar. It’s probably the older of these two pieces and testifies to lots of loyal service on weekends and evenings, year in and year out. Made of cotton fabric in an attractive plaid – I’ll still need to find or make a belt for it, but that should be a cinch (no pun intended?). Who knows – I may even encounter one the next time I get out in the field . . . . which brings up the aviso that outlets may be closing again due to current threats . . . . . . . . . . . .

Still more to come, however.

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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