Monday, May 19, 2014

5 Garden Party Essentials from Hey Viv ! on Etsy

Any party can be a lovely affair, but what's lovelier than sipping stylish spirits and nibbling elegant edibles among the greenery and sweet blossoms of a warm day? I'm inclined to say probably nothing. Here are a few ways to look right at home at a genteel outdoor affair while showing off your vintage flair.

1. A Fancy Floral Frock

There's nothing like a flowy, flowery, summery vintage dress to put you in a festive mood. Something comfortable and flattering will make you look and feel great no matter how long you stay.

2. A Stylish Jacket
Be prepared when those garden breezes blow! Temperatures can drop at night, and a fitted bolero jacket, cute cardigan, or pretty shawl will keep you warm without hiding your sundress under a sweatshirt.

3. A Jewelry Accent
A small piece can make a big difference. A charming vintage brooch, necklace, earrings, bracelet, or matched set with a flower or leaf pattern will lend a sophisticated and sweet touch to any ensemble.

4. A Colorful Scarf
Wear it around your neck as a kerchief, don it as a head wrap, tie it to the straps of your purse, pin it as a shawl, or come up with your own clever way to show it off--a fashion scarf is a retro must.

5. A Chic Chapeau
Isn't this really why you showed up to begin with? To show off that fabulous vintage hat that you never seem to find the right occasion to wear? It's okay--that's why we're here, too.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

5 Ways to Wear Cherry Red

Is your look looking a little drab? Revitalize your retro style with vintage and vintage-inspired pieces in bright, vibrant cherry red. Here are five ways to work this eye-catching, sexy color into your wardrobe, whether you want to be :

1. Add a splash of scarlet with a jewelry accent piece.

Heart Bib Necklace by Hey Dollface

2. Sport a fun, flirty skirt.
Vintage 1950s Novelty Print Circle Skirt from littlestarvintage on Etsy

3. Brighten your night in crimson lingerie.
1960s Red Babydoll Nightgown from Hey Viv ! on Etsy

4. Keep your change together with a cute coin purse.
Red Cherry Retro Oilcloth Coin Purse Zipper Pouch by MiriamGarber on Etsy

5. The whole nine yards--a sexy pencil dress guaranteed to turn heads.
Red Robin Pencil Dress from Hey Viv ! Retro Clothing1980s Cherry Red Satin Shirt Dress from Azucena Vintage on Etsy

Can't get enough bright cherry red? Check out our Pinterest board for more great inspiration:

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

Hey Viv ! on Etsy - Vibrant and fanciful clothes with personality

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!