Thursday, April 10, 2014

In Your Easter Bonnet...

...with ALL the frills upon it...

...with some of the frills upon it...

 Hey Viv ! 1950's Floral Pillbox Hat

...with a bunny in it?

An Easter bonnet is a fun and colorful way to celebrate spring! Whether you decide to go vintage, pick up something new, or devise your own creation, don an Easter bonnet and dare to be the grandest at the Easter parade.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Step into a Shirtwaist Dress

Dress lovers know that the dress is more than just a single garment--it's a whole universe of clothing unto itself. Mini, midi, maxi, A-line, fit & flare, bombshell, wiggle, sheath, shift, pencil, gown, jumper--it can be exhausting just trying to list them all. If you find yourself adrift in a sea of choices, consider the shirtwaist dress (also known as a shirt dress).

Shirtwaist dresses are named for their shirt-like bodice (most commonly a button down style). The style has been popular since the 19th century, when the shirt and skirt were actually separate pieces, but its heyday was the 1950's. From Dior's New Look to I Love Lucy, the shirtwaist dress was a staple of fifties fashion, worn by teenagers, housewives, and socialites alike. 

If you prefer a contemporary look, you can still find lots of great shirt dresses in today's styles. Over a century and still going strong--the shirtwaist dress is a true classic!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Vintage Lovely Lady Mannequin Head - Millinery Hat Display

Vintage Lovely Lady Mannequin Head - Millinery Hat Display

Oh Madam....     This sweet lady just wants to model hats for you. Yes, she has some dings but wouldn't you if you'd traveled through the rough and tumble fashion world like she has. Her calm expression, delicate arched eyebrows and cherry lips say "Take me as I am and I will be serenely lovely for you "

"A mannequin (also called a manikindummylay figure or dress form) is an often articulated doll used by artists, tailors, dressmakers, windowdressers and others especially to display or fit clothingMannequin comes from the French word mannequin, which had acquired the meaning "an artist's jointed model", which in turn came from theMiddle Dutch word manneken, meaning "little man, figurine." Wikipedia

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Night & Day

Today, it's pretty easy to go from a day's work to an evening out when there's no time to stop home and change. A cute blouse or a simple dress can be dressed up or down, and a lot of accessories are pretty much good to go for day or night wear.

Ever wonder how ladies did it back in the formal old days of gloves, girdles, and garter belts (not to mention dress hats)? Some fashion forward thinkers had a little help from a patented innovation developed by Lowy & Mund for their high-end Edwards line--the 3 in 1 bag.

 Vintage 3 in 1 L&M by Edwards Purse

Made with a patented design, these bags had an outer cover that snapped on to the outside of the bag. One side might have an elegant design appropriate for a classy night out, while the other sported more subdued velvet or vinyl in a solid color, often black, that was a good fit for an office setting. Leave the cover off entirely, and you were left with a more casual, fabric purse.

As it often goes, many of these clever bags have been lost their outer shells over the years to damage or separation, while others have been discarded entirely as styles changed. Today, you can still find a few of these gems bouncing around vintage stores, the internet, and (if you're really lucky!) at garage sales.

For more information on these purses and the company that made them (plus some super cool vintage images), check out Bag Lady University's great post about Lowy & Mund.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

I'd Like to Know Where You Got the Notion...

Sewing is becoming something of a lost art, but at one time it was common practice to make clothing at home instead of buying it at the store. If you shop vintage, you've no doubt seen the tell-tale signs of home sewing in one of your favorite finds (sometimes it's exquisite craftsmanship and sometimes it's, well, let's say "homespun charm").

Today, you can pick up vintage patterns for next to nothing at thrift stores and make your own retro looks in whatever colors or patterns you want. A wealth of vintage fabrics, buttons, and other notions are available at Etsy and elsewhere online if you want to be a perfect picture of the past, or you can use newer fabrics if you want something that looks more contemporary or is a bit sturdier. Got skills already? Use them! Don't? Learn them! When you make it yourself, you can have exactly the size and style you want!

 1960s Tiki Style Plastic Buttons from Hey Viv ! - The internet is a treasure trove for the adventurous seamstress!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Member Spotlight - Better Dresses Vintage

Liza D. 
Shop Name: 
Better Dresses Vintage (
Bee Dee Vintage (

Blog Link: "From My Closet"

How long have you been in the business? 
I opened my main site in May 2011, and the little sister site in September 2011. 

What made you decide to start selling online? 
 I've been wearing vintage clothing for many years. Eventually, I had the opportunity to turn my lifelong interest into a business. It's been a truly wonderful experience. I work extremely hard, and love every minute of it.

What are your favorite ways to find items to sell? 
I most enjoy buying from individuals who contact me directly. The histories they share are not only memorable, they imbue the vintage items with personal meaning. For me, these interactions are the best part of the business. I've already blogged about a few of these adventures.

What types of items can usually be found in your shop? 
At Better Dresses Vintage I stock mostly mid-century (40s-60s) women's clothing and accessories, although I have some items that are much older or a bit more recent. At Bee Dee Vintage you'll find an eclectic mix of fun and affordable women's and children's vintage items, with nothing over $100. In addition, both sites usually have vintage sewing supplies, patterns, and the occasional eclectic item or oddity I just couldn't resist. 

What are your goals and plans for the future?
This year, I'll continue to focus on providing first-rate customer service, as happy customers are the best form of advertising. To that end, I'll keep learning all I can about every aspect of vintage fashion.

If you could give one piece of advice to buyers who are shopping for vintage online, what would it be?
Look for sellers who are trade members of the Vintage Fashion Guild to greatly improve the odds that the item you're interested in is authentic and honestly represented, and that you will be treated fairly. VFG members must meet and maintain strict, self-imposed standards.

If you could give one piece of advice to a seller who is just starting out, what would it be?
Research, research, research. You must be willing to take the time and make the effort to learn everything you can about vintage, so that you do not unwittingly deceive your customers.

I appreciate being given the opportunity to share my shops and my love of vintage with The Vintage List's readers. I hope they'll visit my Facebook Page, take a look at my blog (From My Closet), and follow Better Dresses Vintage on Twitter (@betterdresses) and Pinterest. They can also sign up for the BDV newsletter at the main site. If they want to learn more about vintage, I recommend visiting the Vintage Fashion Guild's Public Forum

Friday, August 30, 2013

Hey Viv ! Vintage Giveaway!

If you love vintage, you know that stretching your vintage budget as far as it will go is an art. Digging through thrift stores & tag sales, searching Etsy every single day--we've all got our method for snagging great finds at enviable prices.

This week, Hey Viv ! is making it just a little easier. We've partnered with super-stylish vintage blogger Marlen of Messages on a Napkin to offer a special $50 giveaway contest! Entry is free and painless, and you can enter up to five times. $50 could land you this flirty dress and a great scarf to complete the look!