A while ago, I shared my love for vintage fashion on this blog – my favorite designs coming from the 1940s and 50s, with rare exceptions from the 30s, 60s and then the 80s. And since I love to pay tribute to our fashionable (grand)mothers by copying their style, it is time to share my latest findings because no matter how stuffed my closet already is, I still love to shop. Be it circle skirts from the 50s with a matching blouse or sweater and a scarf, collar dresses, cardigans, two-inch heels or fancy flats, pencil skirts, shirt dresses from the 40s or the combination of an over-knee skirt with boots and a turtleneck from the 80s – I’m crazy about them all. And the stores below more than help me fill my hangers and eat away my dough, moolah and smackers.
Etsy is one of those beautiful examples – a portal filled with original pretties from different sellers, including clothing, jewelry and other “usefuls” like aprons, toys or candles. Other stores are PinUp Girl Clothing, Tara Starlet, Queen of Holloway and Lady K Loves. They offer new vintage chic for modern pin-up dames, housewives and working girls. Their designs are mostly inspired by the 1930s through 60s and the patterns and fabrics vary from each shop and collection but always include classics such as polka dots or gingham.
So whatever works for you – if you’re into Rockabilly or just love to look like your favorite golden Hollywood character or star, these stores are a great addition to your shopping list. They offer fashion that goes beyond the renewed Mad Men mania and their hyped 60s nostalgia. They bring the fun back into dressing up, depending on your preference, making you feel classy, feminine or perky. Most stores also offer stockings, intimates, coats and shoes to complete the feeling of traveling back in time a little. With the right purse and luggage, who knows, you may even wish to never return to our day and age again.