NEW ACQUISITION – CLASSIC TRUE VINTAGE RETRO 1940’S SHIRT DRESS FROM THE 1980’S

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Made in the U.S. by The American Shirt Dress company, this is not an unusual find – I come across these dresses now and again.   They are faithfully-made to the basic design of true vintage shirt dresses from the wartime and post-war days, so they are not a bad buy, but the tailoring is not anything to write home about.  The reason I picked this one up is because of the fabric.

Although it’s a cotton/poly blend, the finish is marled and glossy like many fabrics in the Forties and early Fifties were.  It’s fun to see what can be done with standard materials when a specialized weave or finish is applied.  This gives it an extra ‘elan which most retro fashions don’t have.

So, I’ll enjoy running around in this one on an everyday basis – just like my female relatives from generations back used to do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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WONDERFUL TRUE VINTAGE 1930’S – EARLY 1940’S DAY DRESS

WONDERFUL TRUE VINTAGE 1930'S - EARLY 1940'S DAY DRESS

For those of you who have been watching since last winter, you may have seen this dress before. BUT, the photo I had with me then didn’t do it justice. Now that I have Madge, I wanted to publish another one.

This frock was a rare find! For one thing, its age and superb condition makes it remarkable and it has such wonderful details.

The fabric is unusual. It may be a 100% cotton, as we might expect from the look of it, but it doesn’t feel that way. I’m not sure if that is age (though it’s in very good shape) or if it is another material or a blend. I’d love to have a laboratory where I could analyze the content of fabrics because it’s a fascinating question.

Another thing I love are the buttons. I believe that they are real mother of pearl, rather than pearlized plastic. Some of them are broken because they are a perforated design and somewhat delicate, but at least half of them are fine.

The slide-through buckle was missing (I could tell that was the type of buckle it was because of how the belt is made) so I added a vintage mother of pearl one that I already had and it’s perfect.

It’s another Bonnie Parker dress (remember – Bonnie and Clyde) and so much fun to have discovered it! Lots of imagination in this one – you just never know . . . . . . . . . . . ..

Morgana Martin, the Magicvintagespy
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A VERY EVERYDAY DRESS FROM THE 1940’S OR EARLY ’50S

A VERY EVERYDAY DRESS FROM THE 1940'S OR EARLY '50S

This one might seem prim and unexciting by our standards today, but it was very normal everyday wear for women 60 or 70 years ago.

If you look at it in an unprejudiced way, it is really quite flattering and comfortable-looking. Let me tell you – the slinky synthetic poly or whatever fabric is like wearing your nightgown all day long!

These little prints were very popular on everyday dresses back in the day. They were almost as common and neutral as a solid color.

A homemaker could wear this, or a “career girl” – it would look appropriate on almost anyone almost anywhere. It was one of those no-fail outfits that you always want to have at least one of in your closet in case you suddenly have to go to a dicey appointment, or meet a scary person or blend in without being noticeable.

Do you have one or two? Because, you just never know .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Morgana Martin, the Magicvintagespy
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TRUE VINTAGE SHEER SHIRT-DRESS FOR SPRING FROM THE 1950s

TRUE VINTAGE SHEER SHIRT-DRESS FOR SPRING FROM THE 1950s

In the 1950s, this style of shirt-dress in a very sheer printed material was popular. I have found several of them here and there. Usually they were belted and, of course, would be worn over a slip. Imagine this one with a lovely true vintage nylon slip underneath (but not a fussy slip). and a covered buckle belt or tie belt. . . . . . . . . . .your skirt swaying in the breeze as you walk down main street on your shopping errands for the day. A pretty little ’50s bag and peep-toe slingbacks might be nice. Or, you can mix it up. I love a full-on vintage look, especially with dresses, but mixing decades is also fun. Vintage accessories with modern clothing really works for me sometimes. I find the mixing easy with casual looks. The great thing about many true vintage items is that their styles are very classic and elegant. Therefore, if you do go 100% true vintage in an outfit that is very elegant, it won’t look overdone or too much like a movie set. Be careful not to over-do things like jewelry or hat and gloves unless you just want to aim for the kitchie look. That’s fun, too. And, to me, fun is what it’s all about. I love the elements of history, mystery, style and aesthetics and recycling – but it’s all fun to me! Everyone loves a treasure hunt, because you just never know . . . . . . . .. MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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