2017 is all about new beginnings and for many it means refreshing their wardrobe. I would LOVE to do an add-on to my vintage collection this year (not restart) but due to current situations in my life and space I’m all about the virtual window shopping instead. So thank you Pinterest for allowing me to fill up my “closet” with so many fantastic vintage goodies.
Lets go shopping in my virtual closet friends!
1940s Rayon Dress. This would be marvelous on the dance floor. Who ever now owns it, is one lucky gal.
1940’s Green Emerald Swing Dress dream.
As I continue to look for a new job, I’m always thinking about what my first day, future new jobs clothing would look like. This Dorothy O’Hara 1940’s wool suit would be so perfect and make quite a statement. Don’t you agree?
One of my dream trips with my husband is to rent a camper in Scotland and drive around to the castles and distillery’s for several weeks. This 40’s red plaid wool swing coat and hat would be so amazing for this trip!
When one needs a gown for a special function, you can’t go wrong wearing a 1950’s Suzy Perette Dress.
Who is not a fan of adorable cotton 50’s dresses? They are perfect for any occasion and come in all figure flattering styles.
This is a Liz dress…right here. I can see it on me already, I can see where I would wear it and how I would wear my hair. Now someone else owns this, but I don’t think that should stop me from dreaming about one day owning this early 1940’s day dress.
Like most of the Vintage community, I have a love for the designer Jonathan Logan and his 1950’s designs. What a great colour combination, and look at those pockets!
Art Deco influence meets 1940’s classic styling.
Are you a card playing, Vegas loving gal? Then this cute kitschy 40’s dress would be perfect for you. I love Vegas, just terrible at cards.
And that is a peak into my virtual closet for this month. If you like what you see, keep up to date on my Pinterest Board, ‘My Vintage Style‘.
Question Time: If you could have any vintage outfit or designers outfit on the planet, what/who would it be?
Next Weeks Blog Post: Vintage Photo Tuesday-Art Deco Toronto
Howard Greer (1886-1974) was a Hollywood fashion designer and a costume designer in the Golden Age of American cinema, and credited by Vogue on having “a sixth sense about the fashion future “.
Notable Career Highlights:
Began his fashion career at Lucile in 1916, working in both her New York and Chicago branches before serving in France in World War I.
After the war, he remained in Europe, working for Lucille, Paul Poiret, and Molyneux, and designing for the theatre.
He returned to America in 1921, and through his theatre work was hired as chief designer for Famous Players-Lasky studios.
He was the first major costume designer to take the leap of establishing his own couture house in 1927.
He designed primarily modern dress films with glamorous wardrobes for the star, no matter what her social standing. Though he did add society women and their daughters to his clientele as his workmanship became more well-known.
His Ready-To-Wear line created in 1947 was sold around the country and he was in the top-tier of American ready-to-wear designers.
He designed custom clothing for the stars until his retirement in 1962 (Source).
Tended toward the expensive afternoon and evening clothes of the fitted torso type with eye-catching effects.
Did not follow the padded shoulder line of the 1940s, and liked to work with black combined with a range of pinks for contrast.
Specialized in cocktail and dinner dresses that he specifically designed to look good seated at a table with stunning necklines (Source).
Fantastic example of beautiful neckline design.
Greer in the Movies:
Katharine Hepburn’s 1938 hit movie ‘Bringing up Baby‘ with Cary Grant featured Howard Greer Designs.
Do you join me in being equally addicted to Pinterest or do I stand alone? I don’t think I do since I find myself liking many of the images and boards that my lovely readers post (I see you! hehehe).
Today I’m going to share with you some of the fun vintage things I’m liking/loving on Pinterest. Maybe you like the same ones? Or have others you want me to see. If so lets follow each other!
Also stay tuned for a super exciting interview I’m working on for next week with the creator of Red Rocket Designs. It’s going to be a fun and interesting read..I guarantee it.
Now lets check out my board “Awesome Vintage Pics“. By now you know I love vintage photos, I’m such a sucker for a good one or two or three. Here are some of the goodies I have fallen in love with recently.
What caught my eye on this wonderful photo was how this young woman has managed to make her work smock super stylish with all these fantastic details. Her well styled 40s hair, her dainty pearl necklace, brooch that looks like it has berries and a pine cone on it, that beautiful small watch and her cute bow in hair as the cherry on top. Wonderful and sure does spice up what could be a super boring work attire.
On the website where this photo came from the blogger mentioned that all he knew was that the picture was 1942 and that was it. His theory was maybe the girl was in Hollywood looking for stardom and I think I have to agree. All her hopes and dreams in one little suitcase, looking out to the world wondering if she will be the next big star, will someone notice her? Gosh I hope something happened for this pretty young woman.
A women’s bowling team poses on the front of Chevrolet in a showroom. San Francisco, California 1945.
Not 100% sure what a Chevrolet and Bowling have in common but I love this photo for all the fun details. Aren’t the ladies outfits just adorable? And I’m kind of crushing on the wedges on the lovely blonde on the left front.
For my final photo in this section, I HAD to share this darling couple from the 1940s. They have such style (can we talk about her shoes for a moment? ohhhhh pretty!) and I kind of think her very handsome man looks a bit like Denzel Washington (or Denzel looks like him I should say).
Next Board “For the Vintage Styled Home“. I live in a teeny tiny small apartment in Toronto so I’m constantly dreaming about my future home..vintage home I should say. Ideally it would be a craftsman or even a mid-century bungalow but I won’t be too picky if it meant I could have a big closet. Here are some of the vintage details that inspire me…
Question..How to move in to this living-room asap and add Don Draper sitting on a bar stool (my husband won’t mind, I swear!).
Atomic Print Wallpaper…love it!
Vintage TV as a cool Retro Bar, yup my husband would approve of this piece.
Friends, I cannot possibly do a blog post on Pinterest and not show off some of the vintage clothing pieces I’m drooling over on the on the Internet..right? So here you go.
1940’s Vintage Dress & Bolero Jacket by James Rothenberg. I cried a little when I saw this stunning and very different dress and I can just see it looking absolutely amazing on some lucky gal who can fit in it. If I owned it, I would just look at my sleeves all day as they are my favorite part (I’m a nerd I know).
1940s Vintage Rayon Dress. This is so Liz and also several other ladies as well from the amount of shares on Pinterest this dress has had. But seriously I don’t blame anyone, how could you not love this simple design?
I have been wanting to get into 1930s dresses for a while now but I not sure about the silhoutte with my figure, however I do believe this particular dress would do the job. A “Solène” Original 1930’s Capelet Gown.
The last image I’m going to show you falls into a couple of categories so I’m showing it on its own. The last remaining sombrero restaurant on old Route 66.
I can just imagine that you can see the top of the Sombrero from miles away. I know I would want to stop, I love Mexican food. Yum!
There it is friends, some of my favorite Pins from Pinterest this week. Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the things that inspire me and I look forward to maybe see your Pinterest loves as well.