Blossom & be pretty in pink. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.britishretro.co.uk (link below *). 

‘Rhonda’s Revenge’ Magnolia Orchid Vintage 50s Style Limited Edition Pencil Dress designed & manufactured in the UK and featuring an off-the-shoulder Bardot style neckline with classical angled sleeves and a straight bateau back neckline. The dress is made from stretch cotton with a satin lined & front boned bodice and a concealed zip at the back. There is also a 8 inch vent at the back of the skirt. Priced at £58.00.

Yesterday I was wearing from What Katie Did…


…Seamed Stockings Sky Glamour that come in an array of delightful colours including (and featured before)…

15 denier Seamed Stockings Pink Glamour H2049 (link below **) featuring a shocking pink seam with a translucent champagne leg and pink point heel, seam and welt. Made in Italy from stretch nylon and elastane for ease of fit. Priced at  £10.00. 

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* https://www.britishretro.co.uk/product/rhondas-revenge-pink-floral-vintage-50s-style-pencil/

** https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1425/seamed-stockings-contrast-pink-glamour

@Rations2R_n_R neither owns the copyright to the images nor much of the written content included herein. We use our blog to showcase retro and vintage fashion and, where we can, credit the copyright owner of any content by way of a link to their website. Please email rations2rocknroll@outlook.com if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either amend or remove anything that we post. 

Stocking up ones hosiery draw. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick where I have selected two pairs of stockings that I possess.

I should also like to explain a little about each pair that are quite different for a number of reasons.

Firstly from http://www.touchable.co.uk (link below *).

Genuine reciprocated heel and reinforced (RHT) toe sheer stockings featuring a deep welt and after welt with an external seam from welt to toe for extra definition. Made from 100% Nylon (and therefore non-stretch) the 15 denier construction using the sheerest of yarns specifically matched to give an appearance as stylish as fully-fashioned stockings. Priced at £12.95.

Secondly from http://www.whatkatiedid.com (link below ** and I am hoping that the colour is as sweet as it appears in the promotional photograph).

Seamed Stockings Sky Glamour H2051. 15 denier seamed nylons with a translucent champagne leg and sky blue point heel, seam and welt. Made in Italy from stretch nylon and elastane for ease of fit. Priced at £10.00.

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* http://www.touchable.co.uk/shop-pages/product-stockings-reinforced-heel-toe-rht-seamed-15820.html

** https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1427/seamed-stockings-sky-blue-glamour

@Rations2R_n_R neither owns the copyright to the professional images nor much of the written content included herein. We use our blog to showcase retro and vintage fashion and, where we can, credit the copyright owner of any content by way of a link to their website. Please email rations2rocknroll@outlook.com if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either amend or remove anything that we post. 

Candyfloss and she’s a cracker. 

I believe that I have fallen in love with today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From https://prettykittyfashion.co.uk (link below *).


Light Pink Ruffle Shoulder Bodycon Pencil Dress featuring ruched detail to waist and a gold reverse zipper. Fully lined. Measures 32″ from underarm to hem. Available up to Size UK 18. Priced at £49.99 with free postage. 

I would suggest seamed hosiery would complete a classic look.

From http://www.whatkatiedid.com (link below **).

15 denier Seamed Stockings Pink Glamour H2049 with a translucent champagne leg and pink point heel, seam and welt. Made in Italy from stretch nylon and elastane for ease of fit. Priced at £10.00.

Or, for those that prefer tights, also from http://www.whatkatiedid.com (link below ***). 

Seamed Tights Pink H2061. Sheer champagne colour tights with a delicate baby pink seam. Contains elastane for a perfect fit combining comfort of today with glamour of yesteryear. Sheer 15 denier with a contrasting heel and seam to the top of the leg. Made in Italy. Priced at £10.00.

Find the shoes to match. After all I cannot do all the work and ready to go! 

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* https://prettykittyfashion.co.uk/products/pale-pink-ruffle-shoulder-bodycon-pencil-dress?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=39071691139&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8Ijb4dmz1QIVzpPtCh1pJgOTEAQYAiABEgIWCvD_BwE

** https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1425/seamed-stockings-contrast-pink-glamour#&gid=1&pid=2

*** https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1478/seamed-tights-pink

@Rations2R_n_R neither owns the copyright to the images nor much of the written content included herein. We use our blog to showcase retro and vintage fashion and, where we can, credit the copyright owner of any content by way of a link to their website. Please email rations2rocknroll@outlook.com if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either amend or remove anything that we post. 

My heart skips a beat. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.kit-n-heels.co.uk (link below *).


Wilma – Vintage 1950’s Style Wiggle Dress – Lindy Bop with heart shape print chiffon fabric to top and insert at base of skirt, heart shaped buttons at top and above skirt inset, fitted pencil skirt and Peter Pan collar. The dress also features contrasting heart shape to bodice, a 6″ kick pleat to back, short chiffon sleeves and a hidden back zip. Priced at £36.00.

The dress is shown paired with seamed hosiery; the ideal accompaniment for a pencil dress, to achieve an authentic vintage style look.

Please find below a link to our friends at online hosiery boutique Heels and Toes Inc. (**). 

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* https://www.kit-n-heels.co.uk/products/wilma-wiggle-dress

** http://www.heelsandtoes.ca/

@Rations2R_n_R neither owns the copyright to the images nor much of the written content included herein. We use our blog to showcase retro and vintage fashion and, where we can, credit the copyright owner of any content by way of a link to their website. Please email rations2rocknroll@outlook.com if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either amend or remove anything that we post. Christine Ashbeck (founder of @Rations2R_n_R). 

Girdle. Oh, I want you, I need you, an’ I’ll never do you wrong.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick and a return to the foundation of ones outfit. 

From http://www.secretsinlace.com (link below *).

Rago 6210 Long Leg Zipper Panty Girdle featuring four sections made of Powernet Spandex stretch knit for all-over control with rigid nylon satin front and sides that holds and firms the stomach and thighs. Fastened with a zipper with hook and eye. Four removable concealed suspenders. Priced at US$68.00-US$77.00 (£53.00-£60.00).

I am able to personally recommend Rago as a brand…probably the preeminent in their field, and certainly quality shapewear that I am pleased to have in my lingerie wardrobe.

Looking for hosiery to accompany your Rago girdle then look no further than Heels and Toes Inc. who are featured in my blog post https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/stepping-out-in-style-with-heels-and-toes-inc/.
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* http://www.secretsinlace.com/product/Rago-6210/Rago_Shapewear_Salon?full=y

Stepping out in style with Heels and Toes Inc.

I am immensely grateful to have the opportunity to chat with the founders of Heels and Toes Inc. I should like to express a sincere appreciation as I understand how busy that they are in both their personal and professional lives. 

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C) Our followers would love to know about the people behind Heels and Toes.

@HeelsToesInc (H) Heels and Toes Inc. is an online hosiery boutique featuring superior legwear, including tights, stockings and unisex fashion socks. We are a husband and wife team, raising two rambunctious young children, who want to offer women and men quality, stylish, contemporary European legwear right here in Canada.  


(C) Please tell us about the motivation that led to Heels and Toes.

(H) As a couple, we love to get dressed up for a night out. A suit or sport jacket and tie for him and a fabulous dress or skirt for her. Given Canada’s cooler climate, hosiery is a possibility for many months of the year. Accessorizing an outfit with an alluring seam or sensuous stocking became a fun way to add some glamour to our evenings out. Over the years, we built up a large collection of quality tights, stockings and holdups and one day we jokingly said that, “We had enough hosiery to open up our own store!”. We looked into it and decided to create Heels and Toes Inc as a ‘side business’ to our professional careers. Our own experiences have taught us that quality fashionable products are often difficult to find, especially in the Canadian market. We want to offer superior service and quality products at reasonable prices.

(C) When was Heels and Toes online boutique established?

(H) We opened our online boutique in October 2016. It’s been quite an adventure for us as we navigate the art of business and try to merge it with our love of fine legwear and socks.

(C) I am interested to learn the reasons for stocking the brands that you do?

(H) Over the years, we have become familiar with many different brands. Trasparenze, an Italian manufacturer, quickly became one of our favourites. They are a fantastic brand that hold up well over time and offer some very creative designs.

We made the decision to carry Fiore due largely to their extremely creative designs, patterns and products.

We were introduced to Cecilia de Rafael during our honeymoon in Spain and love their glossy Sevilla pantyhose.

When looking for quality stockings, we found Secrets In Lace to be second to none. They offer the finest stockings and their seamed hosiery is stunning with both modern outfits and for that retro look.

We added Glamory to our collection when we began receiving requests for quality hosiery for the curvier and taller woman. As half of our company falls into the ‘tall’ category, this is always an area that we feel is worthy of investigation. We quickly fell in love with their products and found everything they said to be true. The response to this product has been positive and it clearly fulfilled a need with our clientele.

We also wanted to add some great socks for the men. HS is a worldwide brand that offers high quality products and very cool designs. Friday Sock Company is a local brand, based here in Calgary and offers fantastic mismatched socks that are some of the most creative designs we have ever seen.


(C) Of the products that you stock which are the most popular and why do you believe that is?

(H) Our most popular products are Cecilia de Rafael Sevilla Gloss Tights, Fiore Lili Sheer Tights, Trasparenze Sara Stockings and Fiore Glam Hold Ups. We have also begun receiving a great response from our Glamory line.

We have a distinguished client base of professional women who wear the Sevilla and Lili sheer tights on a daily basis. These products are offered in a great size range, hold up well to multiple wears and are priced at or below department store brands.  

The Trasparenze Sara are fantastically soft, plain top stockings that offer superior comfort at a reasonable price. There is something almost magical about a woman in plain top stockings. Simple and sexy!

The same can be said for the Fiore Glam Hold Ups. They are a comfortable satin top thigh high that fit perfectly at the office or for a night on the town.

Glamory is quickly becoming better known and offers ALL women the comfort of quality tights, stockings and holdups.

(C) Rations2RocknRoll has a love of vintage style fashion and favours stockings as part of my retro ensemble. Stockings have had somewhat of a renaissance in recent years. I would love to hear your thoughts as to why this is.

(H) Stockings are the epitome of sexy. They offer an alluring glimpse into our past and today’s manufacturers have created such a comfortable product that women can now enjoy both comfort and sexiness, all at once. For many, stockings are the most alluring of lingerie products. The glimpse of the stocking top and the thought of what lies underneath, drives men crazy and allows women to feel sexy. They are a classy way to add something special to any outfit.

(C) Does Heels and Toes ship internationally?

(H) Our main focus is to provide hosiery to the women of Canada and the United States although we do ship internationally to most of Europe, Australia and Japan. Unfortunately costs for shipping outside of North America are relatively high compared to some of the great hosiery retailers in the UK and Europe.


(C) Our followers would love to hear about the plans for Heels & Toes for the future.

(H) Our goal remains the same as it was the day we opened. To provide women and men with quality service and the finest in hosiery. As we grow our brand, it is our hope to add more products and manufacturers to our line. Whether it be tights, stockings, holdups, leggings or socks, we want women and men to experience the comfort that only quality hosiery offers.

(C) Please tell us your website address where customers may view your hold up highlights, your stockings selection and your tantalising tights?

(H) Our website is http://www.heelsandtoes.ca. Heels and Toes Inc. offers unique and fashionable hosiery for work and play. Whether it’s classic office attire, something ‘special’ for that evening out or colourfully designed dress socks, Heels and Toes Inc. wants to have you covered and looking your best. We are located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and offer our customers the ultimate in quality, craftsmanship and creativity.

This has been a most interesting read and is clear evidence of the passion that Heels and Toes have for quality hosiery. 
Thank you again to Heels and Toes Inc. for their enthusiasm in the latest of my collaborative blog posts.

I send my best wishes for every success in the future.

Cx.

Rockabilly’s cool. Oh yeah! Rockabilly rocks. Let’s bop!

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.dollyanddotty.co.uk (link below *).

Wendy 1950s Retro Polka Dot Rockabilly Dress in Dark Purple featuring a V neckline, a full circle swishing 1950’s skirt and gathers around the shoulders and waist. The dress fastens at the back with a concealed zip and is made from soft cotton with stretch. Priced at £34.99 and also available in Black, Blue, Brown, Dark Green, Dark Peach, Hot Pink, Light Blue, Light Green, Red, Teal and Yellow.

I would wear this dress with; from http://www.whatkatiedid.com….

….15 denier Seamed Stockings Purple Glamour H2050 with a translucent champagne leg and purple point heel, seam and welt. Made from stretch nylon and elastane for ease of fit with a wide welt that is more authentic to the 1950s. Priced at £10.00. (What Katie Did provide similar stockings in a range of colours that would co-ordinate nicely with many of the colours in which the Wendy Rockabilly Dress is available).

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* https://www.dollyanddotty.co.uk/wendy-retro-polka-dot-rockabilly-dress-in-dark-purple

** https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1426/seamed-stockings-contrast-purple-glamour