A place to find about styles of vintage clothing from the 1940's to the ‘80's and ethnic and art-to-wear fashion. Enjoy the aura that dressing in vintage clothing and jewelry will create.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dressing like the 1940's

The glamorous, dynamic 1940s may be gone, but that decade's fashion ethos is around. Stars like Gwen Stefani have added '40s style touches to their wardrobe and Scarlett Johansen named the decade as her favorite fashion era. Vanity Fair glamorized the era with a gorgeous noir photo shoot featuring some of most well known celebrities.
It is just one of the eras that influence fashion designers. The fashion industry goes from one era to the other getting inspiration. Actually they mix all the eras to get ideas.
Platforms, which originated in the 1940s, are coming back into vogue and so are other trends
Late '30s, early '40s clothing has become very popular with many women. Shorter skirts are a characteristic of the 1940s because of fabric rationing during World War II. Shirts became short and straight and jackets got shorter to conserve precious fabric; women made suits for themselves out of their husbands' suits, since they were away at war.
Seamed silk stockings were very popular but soon disappeared with the rationing of silk, which was used to make parachutes; women painted seams on their legs to give the illusion of stockings.
Costume jewelry became bigger, flashier and the hats got wilder. Hats were small with big exotic flowers giving that very feminine touch.
If you want that classic, glamorous 1940s look, you will need to wear
For clothing:
 Non-natural fibers like rayon,
 Shorter skirts than previous decades, but not too high above the knee
 Women's suits
 Padded shoulders in just about everything
 Swing dresses
 Evening gowns

For Makeup:
 Red lipstick
 Well groomed, often, dark eyebrows
For Hair:
 Fingerwaves
 Pincurls
 Trademark rolls around the crown of the head.
For Accessories:
 Platform shoes
 Chunky heels with round toes
 Big costume jewelry

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Zandria Rhodes is back!!

Please met a wonderful fashion artist from the 1970’s who is still creating. She is queen of British haute punk. She is famous for her personal eccentricity as for the clashing colors and vividly exotic prints she has shown on the runway since the 1970s. Recently, her talents are once again being appreciated. She has introduced a flamboyant makeup collection for M.A.C., furs for Pologeorgis and a jewelry line. In New York last week she fluttered about in a squiggle-patterned jumpsuit with butterfly sleeves, a look from her spring collection for Topshop, the fast-fashion chain based in London. She was here to talk up her latest venture: a line of lambskin handbags patterned with her exuberant prints. The latest designs represent her design identity that mixes the ethereal and the raw with motifs inspired by Native American, Egyptian or Chinese culture.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Comeback color---1980's Electric Blue!!!

1980’s electric blue is making a comeback. Fashion experts say there's a new way to wear it. Electric blue looks best when paired with minimalist accessories. You can't do too much or then you're the bad '80s comeback but if it’s a simple style, cut and pattern, it will work. You wouldn't want to do the handbag, earrings, dress, and eye shadow together. There's been resurgence in metallic look and we have bags in light silver and gray that is a good accent with blue. Delicate silver jewelry and a crisp white handbag looks great, and chartreuse also goes really well with that peppy blue.
One reason it's so popular right now is that the color is surprisingly flattering on just about everyone. It works on so many different skin tones and is beautiful against sun-kissed skin and will make you stand out in a crowd."
The good news is that the trend is here to stay -- at least for the next year or so. In New York, bright blue is going to continue throughout spring next year so just pair that summer dress with high or low boots and you're good for fall. It's one of the best transition things you can do."

Friday, August 17, 2007

Happy IVGLDSW Day!

Today is International Very Good Looking, Damn Smart Woman's Day.

Always remember this motto to live by: Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Thursday, August 16, 2007

It's Glitters!!!

Soon... all that glitters will be on my ebay store--It's Vintage Divas, at Specialist Auctions as Vintage Divas and on my web site www.vintage-diva.com. It the time to start gathering the sparkling dresses for the Christmas and New Year’s parties because there are only 131 shopping days to Christmas and 137 days to the New Year.

The hustle and bustle of getting ready will soon be around the corner so make sure that you will be relaxed and glamorous with sparkle.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


Love the idea of beautiful clothes and don’t want to settle for cheaply made stuff but finances are tight. So skip the cheap stuff and go “Vintage”.

You will be astonished that you can buy a beautiful, well made silk blouse for less than off the mall rack and that will open your eyes to the world of Vintage clothing. Once it is may have been a necessity because of the price but will eventually become a passion.And passion will ooze once you see the vintage pieces with elaborate details, richly beautiful fabric textures with great color and cut. You will begin to see beyond a piece of clothing draped on a hanger.

Vintage style - it's become the ultimate fashion statement.
Become a trend-setting expert at mixing the old with the new. Whether you're short of cash or just revel in the idea of finding fashion gems from the past, Vintage chic is every fashion follower's passport to unique style. Vintage is for people who want something different and not just the latest looks plucked straight from the Autumn fashion runways.Face it, anyone can walk down the street, spend some money and get a fairly fashionable look but, why settle? Try for something more. An outfit that suggests hidden depths, imagination, allure. You can renew yourself with breathtaking garments others were naïve enough to let go.

Vintage chic isn't necessarily about tapping into the catwalk's latest looks. "If you know what the trends are, you can shop specifically for those shapes, prints or colors. Take steps today for vintage in the future by holding on to existing pieces in your closet that are favorites, classics or simply hold sentimental value - you'll find that in a few years time, what goes around does indeed come around.I

The top ten classics always worth searching the Vintage Shops for...Monochrome, clean-lined trouser suits in impeccable lightweight wool, Hand stitched, slip-on shoes, Little black dress (as simple as possible, but in deluxe fabric) , White button-down blouse(in Egyptian cotton or silk), Wool dress trousers for winter, Linen blend trouser for summer, Dark wool skirt( hemmed to flatter your legs best), Cashmere sweaters, Beautifully made trench coat, and a Great, classic handbag.

Friday, July 27, 2007


Please take a look at my web-site. Vintage-Diva's is selling retro and vintage ladies clothing. We will be changing and adding to the site regularly. There are will be:

  • coats, jackets, sweaters & furs
  • cocktail dresses, long gowns & dressy dresses
  • suits
  • hats, gloves, shoes & handbags
  • costume jewelry

Most of the items will be retro or vintage. The years that I want to cover is the late 1940's to the 1970's. Occasionally, I will have some add some 1980's. I am a fan of shoulder pads(everyone has lapses).

There occasionally will be some new items but they will be clearly marked as "new" and they were only be items that compliment the vintage look.

I will be adding vintage patterns when I can find patterns that have not been cut.

I hope that you will visit my site soon!!!

Sunday, January 14, 2007