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My “Virtual” 1940’s and 50’s Vintage Closet – New Year Edition

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.

1940s Rayon vintage dress
Source: Etsy

1940’s Green Emerald Swing Dress dream.

Vintage 1940s Dress . Emerald Green . Pleated Sleeves
Source: Pinterest

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?

Vintage 1940s Dorothy O'Hara Navy Blue Wool Wiggle Dress
Source: Pinterest

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!

Red Plaid Wool Swing Coat and Hat Set
Source: Etsy-Sweetbeefinds

When one needs a gown for a special function, you can’t go wrong wearing a 1950’s Suzy Perette Dress.

Vintage 1950s Suzy Perette Gold Lame
Source: Etsy- MyLiliMarlene

Who is not a fan of adorable cotton 50’s dresses? They are perfect for any occasion and come in all figure flattering styles.

1950s Vintage Dress - 50s Pink and Silver Floral Cotton Dress
Source: Etsy-Sweetbeefinds

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.

1940s vintage day dress
Source: Pinterest

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!

vintage 1950s Jonathan Logan dress
Source: Etsy-Trunk of Dresses

Art Deco influence meets 1940’s classic styling.

Vintage 1940s navy crepe vintage dress
Source: Pinterest

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.

vintage 1940s dress playing card novelty applique black 40s wiggle dress
Source: Pinterest


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


Vintage Designer: Howard Greer-The Man with the Sixth Sense

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 “.


Deanna Durbin in Hoop Skirt Styled Lace Fabric Flowered Evening Dress Designed by Howard Greer
Deanna Durbin in Hoop Skirt Styled Lace Fabric Flowered Evening Dress Designed by Howard Greer.                Source: All Posters

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).

His Look:

  • 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).
Howard Greer 1940s Cocktail Dress
1940s Rayon Cocktail Dress Source: Flickr-Raina

Fantastic example of beautiful neckline design.

howard Greer 1940s dress
Source: The vintage minimalist

Couple more…

1940s Howard Greer Vintage Dress
Source: Pinterest
Howard Greer 1940s Cocktail Dress
Source: 1stdibs

Greer in the Movies:

Katharine Hepburn’s 1938 hit movie ‘Bringing up Baby‘ with Cary Grant featured Howard Greer Designs.

bringing-up-baby-Howard Greer

Another gown from ‘Bringing up Baby’.

bringing up baby Howard Greer

My Favorite Wife‘-1940 featuring Irene Dunne & Cary Grant.

My Favorite Wife Howard Greer Designs
Source: The Motion Pictures Blog

Irene Dunne in ‘Love Affair‘, 1939. Howard Greer, costume design.

Irene Dunne Love Affair Howard Greer

Designing outside of the movies:

Rita Hayworth in 1941 wearing a pink & silver lamé gown.

Rita Hayworth in 1941 wearing a pink & silver lamé gown

The Wedding Dress for Gloria Vanderbilt for her wedding to Pat DiCicco in 1941.

Source: Dressing vintage

And for something completely different. Greer created a dress called “The Travel Dress” (which I seriously need). Same dress 12 ways for travel. Seen in Look magazine Jan. 1, 1952.

Howard Greer Dress
Source: Coco’s Retro Closet
Howard Greer Dress Design
Source: Coco’s Retro Closet

Today, Howard Greers are very hard to find but I did find some currently on the web, if you have the money and are the right size. Happy shopping!

Buy Now: 1950s navy blue couture cocktail dress.

Howard Greer 1950s Cocktail Dress
Source: Etsy-MotherOfVintage
Howard Greer 1950s Cocktail Dress
Source: Etsy-MotherOfVintage

Fringed 1930s/1940s cocktail dress.

Howard Greer 1930s 1940s Cocktail Dress
Source: Etsy-EadoVintage

1940s, silk dress with lace detailing a chiffon top and balloon sleeves. STUNNING!

Howard Greer 1940s Silk Dress
Source: 1st Dibs

Lastly, looking for a read? Then make sure you pick up his Autobiography, ‘Designing Male’ (if you can find it).

Howard Greer Designing Male

Now friends,weren’t all those dresses just fantastic?! Sigh I sure would love to own them all. What were your favorites?

Liz 🙂

My Vintage Week On Pinterest

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.

1940s Vintage style woman

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.

1942 vintage woman on the street
Source: Old Photos Blogspot

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
Source: Tumblr-Hoodoo That Voodoo

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.

1940s couple in love vintage photo
Source: Etsy-TheTwinkleOfAnEye (not for sale anymore)

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…

mid-century retro living room
Source: Flickr

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 retro 50s 60s
Source-Etsy: littlesuzyhomemaker

Atomic Print Wallpaper…love it!

Vintage TV being used as a Vintage Bar
Source: Fat shack Vintage Blog

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.

1940s Vintage Dress and Bolero Jacket James Rothenberg
Source: Etsy-swingkatsvintage

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 Dress
Source-Etsy: Mill Street Vintage

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?

1930s Solene Original Capelet Gown
Source: Relevant

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!

Route 66 mexican restaurant


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.

Liz 🙂