Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How to channel the 60's (Summer edition)

I just got home from a rather disappointing shopping trip at the Salvation Army in Vineland, N.J. It seems that in the last couple of months the vintage well has run dry and it's not just at the Salvation Army, none of the shops I frequent seem to have any vintage things I like in stock. I'm not a big fan of a lot of 70's and 80's fashions so I don't buy them, if you haven't noticed my favorite decades are the 50's and the 60's. Anyway, what's a mid-century loving girl to do when she can't get the real deal? There are many modern garments that one can wear to capture the fashions and the attitudes of the 60's.

The long short.
In this photo from Labor Day 1964, my Mommom (on the right) models a smashing pair of shorts. Longer pairs of shorts are hard to come by at thrift shops, at least for me they are, so when you find a pair grab them! The high waist styles are the best in my opinion. 

The mini skirt.
This one is a no brainer. What would 60's fashion be without the mini skirt! However, no super tight denim skirts so short that they resemble a belt! Other then that go to town!

The mini dress/ sheath dress
I love dresses because they're so easy no matter what the season. The last couple of weeks have been sweltering and I have been wearing dresses constantly. 
This dress isn't a vintage dress but when I saw it I thought it captured that 60's style so I snatched it up! 

The photo to the left is of my Mommom and Poppop in Florida. My Mommom is wearing a blue and white checked sheath dress, which has been handed down to me. In tho photo to the left my Mommom, Poppop, and my Mom pose in Florida. My Mommom is yet again dressed impeccably in a sleeveless sheath dress. My Mom, whose clothes were alway picked out by my Mommom as I've been told, is wearing a cute little dress with a bold pattern. Which brings me to my next point...

A bold print!
Above you see a photo of Jeremy and I with our furbaby, Ginger, at Easter time. I was wearing a sheath dress with a bold floral print on the front and back. There were a lot of bold prints, especially loud florals, in the 60's. 
This photo is of my Mommom and I last month at my Sister's end of the school year luau. I have on a button down halter with a loud print. This is a candid shot, I wasn't quite ready. 

All of the photos of me in this post feature modern garments. I wanted to show all of you that it is possible to channel vintage styles with modern pieces. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Swimsuit showcase!

We have reached the sticky days of Summer and I can't wait for the season to be over. I am not a summer person. I'm not the outdoor type, I can't play a sport to save my life and I don't eat meat so I'm a lot of fun at BBQs. I also used to dread wearing a swimsuit since most of the modern styles are way too skimpy and only look good on 1 percent of the population, I am not part of that percentage. This paragraph wins the award for most bitter blog opener by the way.

I now somewhat enjoy swimsuit season since I've started a vintage swimsuit collection. This summer I added two authentic vintage suits to my collection.

The first swimsuit belonged to my Mommom.
She told me it was one of her favorites and I can understand why. It's so comfortable and it has molded cups! If you've been reading my blog you know how fanatical I am with molded cups. They just add a whole different feel to the garment. When my Mom took the picture of Jeremy an I on the beach the wind was blowing and that's why he's squinting, that and the sun. He says I need to start getting better shots of him, I think he looks cute. We're just not beach, or sun people. The second one is just me hamming it up for the camera.

The next suit is an etsy purchase. I saw this adorable bikini and just had to have it. It's from Sears and it has held up well. However, it's not meant to be worn while playing on the slip and slide, I popped a seam that way. Anyway there aren't any molded cups but the top is stitched so the cups come out to a point. The photo was taken in the breezeway of the motel we were staying at.
I also have a thing for these sun glasses.

I don't feel confident when I wear modern style swimsuits so I don't. There is just something about the cut of vintage swimsuits that makes me feel amazing, I get a confidence boost just from putting one on. I don't care if I get weird looks, and I actually don't recall getting any while I was on vacation, because I feel that untouchable.

Keep on the lookout for more posts, I have a lot of interesting things to share.