One of a series of sweater dresses she owns. You can’t see it here, but it has a deep V in the back, along with this great fishtail-like hem.
- Vintage 1980s floral knit sweater dress
- Rebecca Minkoff bag
- Obsession Rules black and goldtone platform heel booties
Oh yeah… I forgot about this one. #museumquality #vintage #zandrarhodes #blouse from a storage unit sale in #lasvegas we randomly stumbled upon, with others. More to follow. #fashionholygrail #fashion #vintagefashion #bestkeptsecret #designerfashion #findoftheyear #fashionisart #vintagevegas #fashionhistoryisarthistory #amenfashion (at random Las Vegas storage unit sale)
Saturday Stroll: Textured Maxi-Dress
This vintage maxi-dress was perfect for the “warmer but still winter” weather we had this past weekend.
- Vintage 1970s long sleeved knit maxi-dress
- Moschino monogrammed bag
- Calvin Klein cork and orange suede platform heels
- Vintage 1970s Lee Bernay necklace
- Sterling Silver hoops
- Clear acrylic bangles
For sale @ebay #vintage #shogunwarriorsgodzilla under $30! #shogungodzilla #godzilla #vintagegodzilla #vintagetoys #gfan #happy60thbirthdaygodzilla #nostalgia
#thriftscore of the week: #vintage designer handkerchiefs. I just might keep these in my #backpocket and create my own #hankycode #vintagehandkerchief #vintagegucci #vintageysl #thrift #thrifted #thrifting #thriftstore #thriftshop #vintagehandkerchiefs #amenfashion #fashionfind
Anatomy of a Munster
As I understand it, John Fluevog never does a re-issue. Certain styles sell well for very long periods, and are kept in stock. Once a style is discontinued, it’s discontinued. But there’s always an exception to the rule. That exception, I’m glad to say, is the Munster.
Unbeknownst to me, the 1990s Munsters were also reissues of a 1970s style. From a fashion history perspective, this shoe helped usher in the 1970s retro redux of the early 1990s. they were hard to miss on Paula Abdul, Madonna, Lady Kier from Deee-Lite (she has them on at the 1:14 mark), and in the C + C Music Factory video “Gonna Make You Sweat” (they show up at the 1:51 mark). With a re-re-issue almost 20 years later, we see another resurgence of 1970s style coming back into the fold. Which made me incredibly happy to find them, on sale, in her size. I secretly wished she had them back in the 1990s, and now my fashion wish came true.
It would have been too easy or predictable to put her in some bell bottom jeans and a peasant skirt. So I pulled these items which I think complement the shoes in an unexpected way.
- AKRIS silk cover
- A-line skirt made from upholstery fabric
- John Fluevog 40th Anniversary Munster re-issue heels
- Vintage 1960s hexagonal Lucite handbag
- Vintage 1980s “doorknocker” earrings
- J. Crew necklace worn as a bracelet.
- 1 note
Xmas vignette number 3: my #puertoricanxmas #vintage #aguinaldo #vinyl #cocquito #threekings made from plantain leaves #xmasdecorations #puertoricancaroling #mypuertoricanxmas #whoneedsatree #diadelosreyes #puertoricannativity #puertoricaneggnog #wethreekings #thrift #thrifted #thrifting #thriftshop #thriftstore (at home)
High School Reunion
Going to my 20-year high school reunion was unexpected of me. Truth be told, I kind of hated high school. The relentless search for identity. The bullying. The wretched transition period between 80s and 90s fashion (paisley rayon dress shirts? harem pants?). Mira and I were in the same grade since 4th grade, but in high school she was doing her own thing, and rightly so. Then things change for me senior year. I was starting to get myself, I met my bff, 1970s retro fashion was in full swing, and Mira and I began our love affair with vintage fashion.
(The Spindle: 1993 Lowell High School yearbook portrait)
I jokingly asked my bestie L (who lives in FL) if she would come up and go to the reunion. A resounding “hell yes I’d go" was her response, so I was in. Mira wasn’t an immediate yes, but with some coercion, she agreed. My compelling argument? If anything, I can style you and we can make a blog post out of it.
Some people go to these things to brag, some to behave like a 19 year old one more time, and some for curiosity. For me it was a little of all of that. We laughed, we connected, we drank, we danced. There was a raffle to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of a 1930s clock on the exterior of one of the high school’s buildings. As a student of things vintage and historic, I decided to buy one ticket, you know, to participate. The universe vibed on my good intentions and I won a prize!
Otherwise, the food was decent, the music had its high and low moments, and the centerpieces didn’t go with the place settings. The bullies are gone, we are more self-assured and self-confident. And our fashion is on point.
- Zara Man cable knit sweater
- John Varvatos plaid dress shirt
- Nicole Miller black tie
- Kenzo pants
- Kenneth Cole dress shoes
- Cynthia Rowley strapless black dress
- AKRIS silk shrug/bolero
- Vintage 1960s gold clutch (thrifted)
- Bagley Mischka black satin d’orsay high heels
- Vintage 1980s pearl necklace worn as bracelet (thrifted)
Day four of Diane von Furstenberg sinspiration. DvF meets a yarnbombed boudoir.
- Diane von Furstenberg black pleated wrap dress (thrifted)
- Diane von Furstenberg green suede hidden platform heels
- Vintage 1950s black leather handbag (thrifted)
- Diane von Furstenberg chevron/herringbone print shift dress (thrifted)
- Kenneth Cole black patent leather pumps
- Vintage 1960s tin/acrylic handbag (thrifted)
- H&M metallic bib necklace
- Metallic wire-wrapped agate cuff bracelet
- 3 notes
Another #treasuretrove of #thrifted #costumejewelry including #katespade #jcrew and #vintagejewelry #vintage #getyourdragon #fashionordie #necklace
2013 #HalloweenCostume, took 1st place prize at work! #chrismarch for Target #foamwig #diy #poodleskirt I made in 2003, #vintage #1950s #thrifted #purse, company front button black shirt, #betseyjohnson #whitebelt . #volume #structure #color #create #creative #sewing #crafts #costume
#vintage #findoftheweek #extant #lacemantilla with original tag #madeinfrance #makesmewanttopray #vintagefashion #vintageaccessory #thrifted #thrifting #thriftshop #thriftstore
Laced with Sentiment
Both of us have had our share being part of a formal party, like a wedding, First Communion, or quinceañero. For us, the question was never what do we do with this outfit; it was more like how long can we hold on to this by keeping it looking updated? No matter how much we bargain shopped, formal wear was always more than what we were willing to spend.
Bridesmaids dresses, especially ones from the 70s and 80s, are only as ugly as the sum of its parts. Deconstructed and re-worked, it can be re-contextualized and incorporated into a new, less formal look. We thrifted a bridesmaid’s because we saw something interesting in the pseudo-Victorian-style bodice. So we deconstructed the dress by removing the bodice from the rest of the dress, and styled it with a denim pencil skirt for a “dressy casual” look.
This way, you have the sentimental attachment of keeping a part of the dress without sacrificing too much closet space. Just as long as you save the pictures of the original dress (with you in it).
- Vintage 1970’s lace bodice (from a bridesmaid dress)
- Dolce & Gabbana Jeans dark denim skirt
- Fendi prism baguette
- Nine West hidden platform open-toe heels
At the risk of looking like a #teacherspet for Textile Science class: #thrifted #extant skirt made of #dacron #polyester #dacronpolyester and #nylonzipper from the #19sixties #textilescience #showandtell #vintage #vintagefashion #vintageskirt #madmen #fibertechnology