A cotton suit like this is a very unusual discovery. Casual wear often didn’t stay in good shape over the years and separates, especially, didn’t stand the wear and tear of frequent use. It’s not rare to run into seersucker, which is a really fun and durable fabric. But, to find a true vintage piece is quite uncommon.
Like in the Fifties, it seems that little casual suits were also popular in the Sixties and were worn like day-dresses used to be. Pants were STILL not hugely popular, with women generally sticking to dresses and skirts more often than we do now.
This outfit has cute little details like waist tabs and notches in the hems – nice tailoring details that are a hold-over from the 1940’s and 1950’s, though I think this suit was sold through one of the catalog houses that were popular then, like Montgomery Ward, Penneys or Sears & Roebuck, and wouldn’t have been considered a high quality item.
Not quite my color and a little large for me, so it probably won’t stay in my closet forever. But, can’t pass up a beauty like this! Such fun . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
Hanger by hanger, moving on through my closet, a true vintage atomic print skirt in a lightweight cotton, so it really moves. That’s an advantage of the circle cut, especially for dancing.
Nothing could be nicer on a hot summer day or any other time from Spring to Fall, with the right additions. The top shown with it is a nice faux linen thing but is not true vintage. I paired them because of the color match, which can be tricky with aqua.
It’s blue, green and black with little satellite-looking things on a white background. Side metal zipper and button closure, with a built-in side-seam pocket for convenience.
Embroidered label says “Nelly de Grab New York”.
This is one of the few items which I have found on the Internet. Online is not my first choice for shopping, because I love my feet-on-the-ground investigating, but it is certainly a worthwhile one as long as you are savvy about how to do it wisely . . . . .
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From the Mad Men Kennedy era, this cute little dress went to town, a casual lunch with a friend and a movie afterward. It’s not dressy enough for the Women’s Club but just right for a relaxed day out.
This little number is an easy-wear slinky knit (LOVE how they feel!) with a pull-on waist in the skirt. We’re started to get Mod – psychedelic lime green calla lillies!!! Hand-washable, of course. Life was getting so easy ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
By the Sixties, sometimes women could get by without the hat & gloves, especially in areas with a warmer climate. However, you needed to be very careful about where you were going in something this dressed-down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Another way to pay homage to the St. P’s holiday, 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 . . . . .
Haven’t run across one of these in a while, so I’m thrilled. They were so popular in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Travelers to Mexico and the southwest U.S. loved to buy them at stores carrying souvenirs, Western-wear and Native American goods and bring them home. The women living there wore them every day(especially if they were transplants from up north)-so comfortable and flattering.
Casual ones like this were often worn with white peasant blouses with puffy sleeves – see Kim Novak wearing one in Picnic(1955) with William Holden. Native American versions with LOTS of ric-rac usually had matching blouses. Pretty sure this one was home-sewn, but nicely done. The hem had been taken up from it’s below-knee original length but it was easy to take those stitches out. It’s fun to see clothing that has been altered over the years to go along with changing fashions. There is one old mend and some wear near the waistband closure that will require a little rehab, but that’s A-OK. I love vintage garments with a history and it testifies to the authenticity.
So, this one’s probably the oldest, but not by much. We’ll got forward in fashion history tomorrow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The style is so un-fussy and classic that it could be worn casually like a day-dress or dressed up. It could have been made anywhere from the late 1940’s to early 1960’s, but I lean toward the ’60’s because of the cotton velveteen-type fabric, which was popular then. Hard to be sure, in this case.
I am certain that the suit was custom tailored. It might even have been done at home. It’s amazing that many women were able to do this. Tailoring requires a lot of skill!
Look at all the covered buttons. And, the buttonholes are also bound. Amazing! Not to mention the lining, interfacing and padding required to make a garment like this fit properly.
Although it looks very elegant as pictured, imagine all the ways it could be worn and accessorized. As separates, the jacket and skirt add more possibilities. Simple suits like this can be great additions to any vintage wardrobe, making a variety of quick-changes possible . . . . . . . . . . . . .
This is a magnificent find, with all the beautiful tailoring details that I love on post-war suits and dresses. Notice the notched cuffs, fabric-covered buttons, interesting pocket treatment, back belt, button trim, interesting collar lapels with little embroidered detail and, of course, the fabulous fitted shape.
It’s worth every minute I’ll spend on altering the size to fit me (a simple job, in spite of the professional tailoring). No need to hire this job out, which is an extra bonus. Someone loved it very much over the years. Just one little, tiny moth nibble on the back of a sleeve and, otherwise, no damage or noticeable wear. Another mother-lode treasure! And, as always, for a mere pittance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Found these two pieces separately, but aren’t they perfect together? The pencil skirt is a true vintage 1950’s design by the vintage California Lorrie & Deb label. It fits like a dream – looks as good on me as it does on Stella.
Later, I came across this blouse. It is a more modern retro design (might still be true vintage by the definition of 30 years old or more) and I fell in love, also knowing that it would likely look great with my skirt.
Well, guess what – how wonderful can you get? I was over the moon when I tried them on together and will remain so every time I wear them. So, chalk up another one for serendipity and the Magicvintagespy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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 . . . . . . .