Whether in the parade or afterward, at the big game, some high-school girl or coed strutted her stuff in this set. Sorry that I don’t know what school it was associated with, but she must have kept her letters as memorabilia. Styling and construction put it in the Sixties or Seventies.
Again, a super-seasonal find which makes it all the more fun. Won’t be a keeper in the long run, but we were approaching Halloween when this turned up. I’ve got lots of “new” things which could make dynamite costumes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I love this little suit! The skirt is shorter now than it was when the outfit was sold in the early to mid-1960’s, but the skirt lengths did change just a couple of years later when the mini came out. No one back then would trash an outfit just because of that! Shortening a hem was a really easy thing to do and many women did much more complex alterations on their clothing to keep them for years.
It looks like a jacket and skirt, but the top is almost like a shirt. I guess it could be worn either way – would be really cute with a little white shirt underneath.
Notice the detail at the waistline – those little tabs are things that we don’t see anymore. Just for decoration! The brand is an inexpensive one that one of the catalog stores sold, I think, but even they did nice little tailoring things.
Seersucker has always been such a classic warm-weather fabric; it’s always fun to see it again. Olive green and white is a little different, too . . . . .
Here’s another ensemble in that lovely salmon pink that keeps coming back every decade or so – more to come! This suit was such a fun find – look, it still has the original store tags hanging on!
Although it was an ordinary item when it was originally sold – more or less a generic garment with no specific brand label – notice the nice design and cute tailoring details. Even in lower-priced vintage clothing the attention to smart and careful tailoring was almost always there.
Wouldn’t this be a nice outfit to wear this season to a dressy occasion that calls for something a bit conservative? Even though I rarely go to events like that, I always keep one or two things ready to go . . . . . . .
Although it looks beige in the photo, this outfit is actually a lovely pink color, in a dressy fabric with matte and silvery metallic shine finishes together. The dress is an elegant sleeveless sheath with an ornamental notched neckline. Both the dress and coat are fully lined.
The best of dressy styles from that era – beautifully-tailored and in virtually perfect condition. What a find!
Made of the finest Scottish wool and specially tailored for a specific brand name. Very nice detail on the jacket front, and in back it’s got a little belt with a center button that matches the silver ones on the pockets. The skirt is straight style with a back kick pleat.
A little big on me, but it might be worth having it altered to fit. I can’t get enough of the gorgeous jackets from that time and a pencil skirt is always wonderful. Classic mid-grey, also, is great to have on hand in mix-able pieces. I’m thrilled! One of the handbags I’ll show you tomorrow would look just lovely with this . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
True vintage from the 1950’s, this one was not made for a lunch date at the local diner. We’re in to Spring-weight fabric here, but black and white is always season-less (or is it dark navy? It’s close . . . .)
Just look at the beautiful drape on the bodice, and the sweet cap sleeves. The jacket, again, has 3/4 sleeves to show off the elegant gloves and fine bracelet or watch.
Another of those outstanding ensembles which can take you almost anywhere . .. . . . . .
Though it’s not by a high-end designer, it would have been right for Jackie Kennedy. This lovely wool suit was just the thing in 1962. So well-made, with all the little tailoring details that are so important.
One of my favorite things about it is that the mink collar is lightly stitched on, so that it can be easily removed. It’s nice to have that choice.
Not my color, unfortunately, so I recently put it on eBay but I have two other colors very similar which I can wear. It’s fun to see how all of them are as alike as colored Easter eggs, yet each one is different . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
One 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. . . . . . . . . ..
Although these frocks are in pastels and the weather is often dark and gloomy now, these are the styles and colors that used to appear as soon as the Christmas and holiday season was over. Late winter/Spring fashions and travel clothing came out in the magazines and department stores back in the day.
For our grandmothers who were crafty, it would be time to start making your dresses like these that do take a little time to create. Although they would almost always be knitted or crocheted in wool, they really have a Spring-like feel to them and that was what people loved when travel to warmer places during the winter was short or not possible at all.
Lightweight wool goes through 3 seasons very well. Clothiers and fashionistas have always known this and included smart and beautiful wool garments in their wardrobes almost all year long. Now that it’s become easier to care for them, with hand-washing and at-home dry-cleaning, I love my vintage sweaters and dresses up until May, too . . .
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