BACK TO THE FIFTIES! OR, A BEACH BLANKET BINGO BIKINI

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Although this bathing suit would be perfect for Annette Funiccello in 1961, it comes from the mid 1950’s.  By Lanz (remember the red Jingle Bells dress I showed in December, also by this company?), with a metal zipper in the middle back of the bottoms(!).  Boy, was I thrilled to find this one!!!

A froth of pastel gingham ruffles, it couldn’t be sweeter.  Seems that it would also enhance your measurements a bit! Anyhow, it is sturdy enough for playing volleyball, too, or maybe even a little jog (those ’50’s bra-tops are STURDY!)

So, even at the YMCA, there might be a chance to show off this one.  Summer’s definitely here and you just never know . . . . . . . . . ..

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ANOTHER TRUE VINTAGE 1950’S DAY DRESS

ANOTHER TRUE VINTAGE 1950'S DAY DRESS

This dress was custom tailored at home, I’m sure  – though some simple items like this were commercially made then, too.  Many women who wore these day – in and day – out as house dresses and for working were accomplished seamstresses and made most all of the family’s clothing.

I love the pretty plaid cotton here, and the cute sculpted buttons at the neck and the pocket flaps.  Since the original belt was missing, I made a tie belt by taking a couple of inches off the hem, which was mid-calf length.  Easy.

Probably, this one belonged to a woman who farmed – and I imagine that a small blue stain on the skirt happened when she made a blueberry pie.  So many of these pieces tell a story, and you just never know . . . . . . . . .

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TRUE VINTAGE 1940s CREPE DAY TO DINNER DRESS

TRUE VINTAGE 1940s CREPE DAY TO DINNER DRESS

Since the weather is still cool some days,  we can wear some slightly heavier fabrics.  The substantial crepe material from which this dress is made would be too heavy for warm weather but is just right when it’s moderate outside.  This simple sheath styling also can easily be paired with a sweater or short jacket

A short back zipper at the neck and shoulder pads are notable details.  The belt is cloth – covered near the buckle and beaded around the other half.  Whether you wear the buckle in front or back is up to you.  This fancy belt “ups” the sophistication of the dress and would let it go from day to dinner without a pause.  That was a real plus during wartime when a woman’s wardrobe may have been very limited.  The style and cut are so simple that it would also show off any piece of jewelry that you wanted to wear with it to dress it up.

The ’40’s is probably my favorite fashion decade, although there are beautiful clothes from every era.  The styles from this decade seem very self-confident, with imaginative and fun details.  They also look good on my figure, which is an important consideration!

This dress, and several others from the ’40s, were a surprise find that really lit up my day. In fact, it was a totally unexpected treasure trove that just opened itself to me because of being in the right place at the right time.  You just never know . . . . . . . . ..

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ANOTHER TRUE VINTAGE WRAP-AROUND DRESS BY SWIRL

ANOTHER TRUE VINTAGE WRAP-AROUND DRESS BY SWIRL.

A LITTLE FUN FIND – TRUE VINTAGE 1950’S – EARLY 1960’S HANNA BARBERA CARTOON SOUVENIR HANKIE

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Can’t ever resist something like this.  They’re rare to find in good condition, and always fun to pick up!  Despite the obvious attractiveness of disposable tissues, true vintage and antique handkerchiefs are so interesting and many are exceptionally beautiful, with colorful printed designs, hand-done lace or embroidery.  This one just makes me laugh – maybe the best kind . . . . . .

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A FAVORITE TRUE VINTAGE ALMOST WIGGLE DRESS FROM THE 1950’S

A FAVORITE TRUE VINTAGE ALMOST WIGGLE DRESS FROM THE 1950'S

This is another dress from the 1950’s that I wear often, because I really like the fit. It’s not tight enough to qualify as a true “wiggle dress”, I’d say, but it’s very flattering. And, a fit that’s not too tight is much more versatile and, many would say, even sexier. I think so.

It is really a simple day dress, cut well. The big pearlized buttons are such a fun addition to the style. The slightly-wider belt also accents the waist a little more.

These neutral black/white tones can go any time of year . . . . . . . . . .

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TRUE VINTAGE MEN’S SHIRTS FROM THE 1950’S THAT I LOVE TO WEAR!

TRUE VINTAGE MEN'S SHIRTS FROM THE 1950'S THAT I LOVE TO WEAR!.

TRUE VINTAGE 1950’S – EARLY 1960’S DEBUTANTE GOWN

TRUE VINTAGE 1950'S – EARLY 1960'S DEBUTANTE GOWN.

TRUE VINTAGE CUFFED HIGH-WAIST PANTS FROM THE EARLY 1970’S IN A SUMMER RED GINGHAM CHECK

TRUE VINTAGE CUFFED HIGH-WAIST PANTS FROM THE EARLY 1970'S IN A SUMMER RED GINGHAM CHECK

They’re back again! This style was the thing in the 1940’s (think Katherine Hepburn) and didn’t really show up like this again until the early ’70’s, though waistlines sat at the true waist mostly during the 1950’s and 1960’s (with the exception of “hip-huggers” in the late ’60’s). Cuffs, especially for women, have been sporadic.

I’m not a fan of super-low-show-almost-everything waistlines, but I’m not sure how flattering these high ones are, either, on most people. Oh, well, the 1970’s were not really a decade with lots of classic style and elegance. It was more casual fun and, the rule is always – WEAR WHAT YOU LIKE.

These are just regular, average clothes in 100% cotton by a company called Beeline, which has since disappeared.
So, why would you prefer these over something you can buy at the GAP? I don’t know – probably just because these are the original, which is usually the best.

If you keep your eyes open, pay attention to the details and refuse to settle for less, you just never know. . . . . . . . . .

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BACK TO THE FIFTIES! OR, A BEACH BLANKET BINGO BIKINI

BACK TO THE FIFTIES! OR, A BEACH BLANKET BINGO BIKINI.