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What Real People Wore: Volume 19

It has been a very long time since I blogged, let alone blogged this series!  This is meant to show fashion through everyday photographs, to give an idea of how fashion was adapted in a practical way in everyday life.  You can see my prior posts on this here. These photos come from a rather […]

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What Real People Wore: Swimsuits, 1926

Today I’ve got some fabulous inspiration to share from one of my favorite vintage finds ever!  This comes from a scrapbook kept by Eva Kaplan- Class of 1927 from South Philadelphia High School. Here’s some terribly adorable photos taken in  August, 1926, with handwritten captions by Eva. And on the back of this last photo, […]

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What Real People Wore: Edwardian Inspiration

As you can tell by the title, we had a winner from the poll I gave a while back asking what you prefer for these posts where we talk about fashion in everyday.  More than 40% of you said you like the name as I originally chose it, so here it is! Today I have […]

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>What Real People Wore- Ready for their Close Up

> Here’s some vintage German photos of some close ups and a studio shot.  These are great for hair and makeup inspiration, and it’s also somewhat nice, in my opinion, to see that not everyone was as glamorous as the Hollywood stars or Vogue models. Strange to think that these may be someone’s grandma (or […]

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>What Real People Wore- Vintage Bathing Beauties

>Oh no!  This post mysteriously went missing! Sorry for the repost, but I wanted to make sure these images were still up here :) I can’t really remember what I wrote, but here again are the images shared: A dream worthy vacation spot!  If only beach escapes still looked so charming with the rattan beach […]

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>What Real People Wore- 1900s in Texas

>Since I’ve been posting rather a lot of Edwardian images lately from magazines and catalogs I thought today I’d share a few “real people” photographs.These come from rather an odd photo album.  As far as I can make out it is from a Texas family who somehow involved with cattle and oil, as rather a […]

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>What Real People Wore- Ladies Overcoats- 1932 and 1940

> I was very fortunate to have recently acquired a large group of old German photos.  They range from the 1890s to the 1960s, and it’s interesting (and somewhat eerie) to see the transformation within that time. It’s also rather interesting to see the differences and similarities in modes of dress between America, where the […]

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>What Real People Wore- 1930s Fashion Show

>My good friend Kathy (of Blitz Visage Makeup Artistry) sent me a lovely surprise package and included in it was this very fun photo from a 1930s fashion show!My guess is that this is probably from 1937-1938.  Isn’t this great?  We’ve got grand-pere there in the back with the girl who won looks like she […]

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>What Real People Wore- Down at the Dock in the Mid 1930s

>  Here’s a trio of fun photographs from probably the mid 1930s that I thought you might like. This set of photos is more of the fun-loving group I’ve shared in other photographs in the past.  Here we’ve got some gals in trousers, a couple of guys with rolled up shirtsleeves, and the mom in […]

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>What Real People Wore- Winter Coats

>It’s still cold and snowy in so much of the world- so I thought you might enjoy some vintage ladies to match the weather!  We’ve got an unusual trio today.  I tend to horde sportswear and summery photographs but I found three ladies who had winter wear on that I thought you might enjoy. The […]

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>What Real People Wore- on Camel Back

>This photograph is fascinating to me.  Not only does is show a couple in the early 1900s on camel back in a foreign land- it also brings up images of far off adventure, travel, and past times.  I could weave an entire story around the people in this photograph. This photo comes from a very […]

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>Women in Trousers- Mid 1930s- What Real People Wore

> I’ve always been particularly inspired by women’s sportswear.  I love vintage casual looks!  Here’s a few really cute pictures I’ve collected of a group of gals from the mid 1930s playing around while wearing trousers.  Thought you all might enjoy and use as inspiration for yourselves! Check out the sheer volume of the pant […]

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>Put on a Happy Face- What Real People Wore

>Today’s one of those days that has me down- all running around in circles and not much getting done.  So as a pick me up I’m posting some great old photos that make me happy.These photos are real people doing real things and having real fun!  In my travels I love to sift through boxes […]

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>Snow Play- Mid 1930s- What Real People Wore

> In lieu of catalog scans today I’m back to my little picture stash, sharing some fun little snapshots from the mid 1930s of a family or a group of friends in the snow.     Snowsuits are some of my very favorite vintage fashions.  I don’t own one yet myself, but I adore the […]

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>Beach Pajamas in New Zealand- What Real People Wore

>A very good friend emailed me shortly after my last post on the lady with beach pajamas sharing with me a fabulous picture of her grandmother in New Zealand. She says the photo is from around 1931 or 1932. She says in her email :“It isn’t very easy to see alot of detail, unfortunately (it […]

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Keeping Warm in the 1930s- Overcoats!

Now that’s we’ve taken a quick look at what goes on underneath, let’s skip to what goes on top!  Many gals have mentioned that layering is what’s needed, since it can be frigid inside and then toasty indoors.  Luckily, we can remove the overcoat. Unlike today, when a girl can choose (or thrift, or make) […]

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A Big “Thank You” and a Poll

WOW! I am totally blown away by all of your supportive comments on my last post dealing with vintage photographs used for style inspiration or clothing history study.  You guys are TRULY awesome.  I feel so much better, and you all made me feel so chipper!  As I mentioned before, I’m sometimes hesitant of sharing […]

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Countdown till break- 3…2…1…

Well, not quite!  But just a heads up that I’ll be taking a break from this coming Tuesday until the Tuesday after (7/26/11 to 8/2/11).  I won’t be around for emails and all orders placed on my website or Etsy store within that time will go out early August.  If you place an order by […]

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>A laughing trio, circa 1939

>A good friend sent me a charming package of some old photos and some fun pinbacks.  I want to share them all, but I’m starting with this one.  Hopefully this will be a series of “What Real People Wore”. This  handsome trio on the grass reminds me very much of myself and two of my […]

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The Grisette

(image source) I have recently come across a new-to-me description of a type of woman common in Parisian culture of the late 16th through 19th centuries.  I thought this was rather interesting so thought I’d share.  I’m sure that others know more about this subject, but from my very short acquaintance, here is the information […]

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Tips for Surviving a Costume Event while Pregnant

If you haven’t been following my Instagram or Facebook page, you may not know that my husband and I are expecting.  Surprise!  Like a truly dedicated crazy person, I decided to attend Costume College, an annual costuming conference in Los Angeles, while five and a half months pregnant.  For those who don’t know (because I […]

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Recap & Tips: Brimfield Antique Market

My husband and I just got home from our trip to New York to visit his family.  Since this trip overlapped our anniversary, we decided to do a little trek up to Brimfield, MA for their legendary antique market. Three times a year the little town of Brimfield is overtaken with nearly a week long […]

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Costume College 2015: Thursday and Friday

Costume College this year was a blur!  It all went by SO FAST, but I had SO MUCH FUN!  I highly suggest anyone who has not gone come check it out sometime.  Contrary to the name, it’s not a college program, but an annual costuming conference with choices of lectures or workshops during the day […]

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A Primer: 1930’s-1950’s Trousers & Pants For Women

One of the most desired, and often most misunderstood, articles in the vintage wardrobe are the trousers. Today I’m going to delve a little bit into the basics of the transition of trousers from the 1930’s through the 1950s.  It’s a quick overview so I’m not touching on everything, but it will give you a […]

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Costume College- Thursday and Friday

Costume College 2014 has come and gone already.  I can’t believe it!  It was a great year, but it went too fast, as it always does.  I got to see some great friends who don’t come out every year (yay!) my regular friends who do come every year (double yay!) and met some new people, […]

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In Restrospect: Vintage Viewpoint Panel Discussion

Last night I attended the Fashion Group International of Los Angeles’ event, “Vintage Viewpoint: Vintage Influence on Contemporary Fashion” at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandizing (my alma mater). The panel was composed of four individuals who come from backgrounds in fashion- either as antique dealers or as designers.  Present were Alicia Estrada, CEO/Designer, Stop Staring!, Madeline […]

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Repro Vintage Clothing- Musings From The Other Side

I have a confession.  I used to be a vintage snob.  Not only that, but I thought my fashion school training was grounds for me to be a know-it-all.  What a sad, sad, combination that was. This was me, nearly 10 years ago Now, don’t get me wrong- I didn’t care too much what individuals […]

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Inspiration L.A.- Vintage Americana Show

This last weekend was the L.A. Vintage Weekend in downtown Los Angeles, CA. For market research, and just because I wanted to check it out, my husband and I decided to make the trek up to L.A. to go to Inspiration for the first time. Oh. My. Gosh.  It was AMAZING. Just my speed.  A […]

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A 1909 Peek at Past Lives- “Thanksgiving Folks”

A while ago my mom gave me an old magazine that was without the cover, and a Good Housekeeping.  I usually don’t go for those types of magazines- preferring those that focus on fashion like McCall, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and the Delineator- but after I flipped the first few pages, I stumbled across this series […]

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Giveaway Time and Guest Post by Debbie of The Vintage Dancer

Happy Saturday everyone! I have a real treat for you today.  Debbie Vintage Dancer has kindly offered to host a giveaway here on my blog!  In celebration of The Great Gatsby and all things 1920’s, Debbie has compiled a great e-book full of lovely images of 1920s fashion next to the literary great.  Please read […]

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Keeping Warm in the 1930’s- Socks and Stockings

I’m so glad that so many of you loved the theme of “keeping warm” for upcoming posts!  I admit there was a lot more response on the last post than I expected.  I guess there’s lots of us who like keeping warm and toasty! Next up, since we’re on the subject of what goes on […]

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>Why Sew Vintage- My Top Ten List

> I’ve been going through an interesting transition the past few years- from the quest to tracking down the perfect vintage dress to gathering inspiration and sewing most of my own clothing.  My family have always been collectors and I was encouraged at an early age to find a passion and learn about it, collect […]

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