As we close our eyes. Nightie night. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From MaddyJamesLingerie (link below *). 

Katharine 1930’s Reproduction Vintage Jumpsuit Pajamas Lingerie handmade from imported Belgian silky polyester that is very soft to the touch, and is trimmed in imported lace. The jumpsuit features a sleeveless wrap around top that ties in the back, with wide legs and just a bit of elastic in the back waist for comfortPriced at £80.16.

Cx. 
* https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/213398264/katharine-1930s-reproduction-vintage?ref=shop_home_active_34

Tea for three!

In a brief diversion from vintage style fashion I thought that I would briefly share today’s afternoon tea experience.

The cafe, situated on the high street of a provincial town, has a favourable reputation amongst the many bars, cafes and restaurants nearby.

We have visited on a number of occasions although usually for breakfast.

Today; our first experience of afternoon tea, and a generally, but not entirely, positive one.

The three of us each selected our drinks from a relatively comprehensive menu…choosing cherry jasmine green tea, Camomile tea with honey and iced latte.


The food goodies included ham and wholegrain mustard and egg mayonnaise and cheddar finger sandwiches, mini quiche, savoury scones and cream cheese, prawn cocktail on lettuce leaves and crab on cucumber. There was also the traditional selection of cakes and fruit scones with clotted cream and jam.

The afternoon teas are priced at £15.95; although we had been given a voucher for afternoon tea for two, and so we only paid for one person.

The only disappointments were that it was unclear whether or not drinks were unlimited, which it appears they were but, more importantly…

The finger sandwiches were quite poor compared to my last afternoon tea that included some quiet lovely smoked salmon sandwiches…and the bread had become dry in the heat by the time it was served.

The service was good and the surroundings were pleasant although familiar. Probably wouldn’t pay £15.95 each for three people though. 

I hope you have enjoyed my small detour into the world of afternoon tea and would like to hear your feedback.

Cx.

It’s the summer of love. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From Pretty Kitty Fashion (link below *).


Strap Notch Neck Sleeveless Summer Rockabilly Swing 50s style Dress featuring Pink & Blue Floral Print on a White Stretch Cotton Fabric with V Cut Out Detail Straps, Flare Skirt and a concealed side zip. Priced at £36.99.

Cx.

* https://prettykittyfashion.co.uk/products/strap-notch-neck-sleeveless-summer-rockabilly-swing-dress?variant=39717002947

Walking on the beaches…

Nearing the end of a day, that has been truly magnificent in terms of the weather, and an ideal time to feature beachwear in today’s vintage style fashion pick.

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

Into the Sun Vintage 1950s style Jumpsuit with Hawaiian floral print on turquoise fabric and halterneck detail. Featuring a sporty white belt, side pockets and 3/4 length legs. Made of 97% cotton and 3% elastine the jumpsuit is flattering to the feminine curve. Available in sizes XS-XL. Priced at £41.95.

Cx.

* https://www.bettylicious.co.uk/into-the-sun-vintage-style-jumpsuit.html

Pink is the love you discover. 

Welcome to today’s vintage fashion pick; from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing (link below *).

Summer 1950s Pink Eyelet Cotton Day Dress. The pattern of the eyelets includes embroidered vines and leaves. (Belt not included). Bust 40″ – 42″ Waist to 36″ Hips 47″. Priced at US$69.00 (approximately £54.00).

Cx.

* http://www.ballyhoovintage.com/product/38146.html

Slip into something comfortable.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick and a return to lingerie.

From http://www.secretsinlace.com (link below *) and available in Ivory…


…Red…

…and White…

Dominique Full Slip featuring delicate lace around the hem, front slit and bust. Fabric Content: Poly Charmeuse. (Also available in Black, Champagne and Pink (Black Lace). Sizes: S,M,L,XL,2X. Priced at US$69.30 (approximately £54.75). 

Cx.

* https://www.secretsinlace.com/product/vintage-dominique-full-slip/Slips_and_Camisoles?full=y

When is vintage not vintage? 

Although I shall admit to knowing very little about cars and, even less about them mechanically, I should like to start this blog post with reference to the words “veteran” and “vintage”.

A “veteran” car is an old style or model of car, specifically one made before 1919 or (strictly) before 1905…well that’s clear!

More clear is the definition of a “vintage” car as an old style or model of car, specifically one made between 1919 and 1930.

I’m hearing whisperings from the unruly bunch at the back of class that they thought that they had enrolled on a fashion course and not a lecture on motor mechanics.

So let me explain the automobile analogy! 

Exploring fashion in preparation for my daily vintage style fashion pick I often come across garments that represent designs as late as the 1990s being described as vintage.

Let’s look at representations of each decade in the 20th Century.

1990s…

Early 90’s Vintage Checked Pinafore Dress priced at £24.95 from The East End Thrift Store (https://m.marketplace.asos.com/listing/dresses/vintage-90s-checked-pinafore-dress/3276104).

1980s…

Vintage 80’s Denim Pencil Dress priced at £25.00 from LuckyGirlVintage (https://m.marketplace.asos.com/listing/dresses/vintage-80s-denim-pencil–dress/3280024).

1970s…


Fringed black and gold disco era late 1970s mini dress priced at £35.00 from Candy Says Vintage Clothing UK (https://www.candysays.co.uk/collections/new-in-vintage-products/products/fringed-black-and-gold-disco-era-late-1970s-mini-dress).

1960s…

Bell sleeved black lace and pleated cotton 1960s maxi dress priced at £65.00 from Candy Says Vintage Clothing UK (https://www.candysays.co.uk/collections/1960s/products/bell-sleeved-black-lace-and-pleated-cotton-1960s-maxi-dress).

1950s…

Fifties Spring Floral Dress priced at US$79.00 (approximately £62.00) from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing (http://www.ballyhoovintage.com/product/38125.html).

1940s,,,

1940s Sheer Print Dress priced at US$128.00 (approximately £100.00) from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing (http://www.ballyhoovintage.com/product/38129.html).

1930s…

1930s Vintage Style Tan Tulle Sleeved Long Dress priced at $252.00 (approximately £197.00) from Unique Vintage (http://www.unique-vintage.com/clothing/shop-by-era/1930s/1930s-vintage-style-tan-tulle-sleeved-long-dress.html).

1920s…

1920s Style Seafoam & Ivory Wilshire Flapper Day Dress priced at US$78.00 (approximately £61.00) from Unique Vintage (http://www.unique-vintage.com/clothing/shop-by-era/1930s/unique-vintage-1920s-style-seafoam-ivory-wilshire-flapper-day-dress.html).

1910s…

Hand-embroidered linen walking suit, 1910s priced at US$1,275.00 (approximately £995.00) from Vintage Textile (https://www.vintagetextile.com/new_page_380.htm).

1900s…

B. Altman French satin tea gown, c.1900 priced at US$1,400.00 (approximately £1,092.00) from Vintage Textile (https://www.vintagetextile.com/new_page_41.htm).

To return to the question posed as to the latest era that may be regarded as vintage.

The dictionary defines “vintage” as “…something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind”. Using this definition and interpreting it in the most strict of ways a item from “yesterday” could be described as vintage. I suggest that each individual will have their own interpretation of vintage without their interpretation coming under scrutiny.

To me I consider anything before I was born as vintage and hence the 1950s and earlier. Personally this nicely corresponds with my belief that 1950s fashion was the last era where “old-fashioned” elegance and glamour were the “norm”. The 1960s then brought a revolution in clothing. 

I would love to hear comments.

Thank you.

Cx.