I’ve always been fascinated by clothes, especially from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. There’s something about slipping into a poodle skirt that makes you feel like you’re walking through history, and proudly wearing it on your body. For me, it has always been truly magical.
That being said, acquiring real vintage clothing and artifacts can be both tricky and expensive. I am lucky enough to have some lovely items passed down to me from friends and family, and, of course, access to the internet so I can shop for vintage items online! Today, I’ll be showing you some of my favorite items I have picked up over the years. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy sharing them with you.
First, I want to give a huge shoutout to my good friend, Adam Pajkowski. He, like me, is a vintage fanatic who enjoys dressing in the 30s-40s era. Many of my favorite vintage items are actually gifts from him, so thank you, Adam! (He is also a fantastic fashion designer, and I am honored to be modeling for his Spring 2019 collection next year.)
This hat is an authentic vintage item, perhaps from the 40s. I have about four other vintage hats, but I unfortunately left them in my dorm while I’m home for vintage break. This particular hat has some lovely jewels attached on the side, along with some fake feather action going on. It’s a perfect hat to pair with holiday outfits, if I do say so myself, and it’s still in remarkably great condition. I’m not quite sure what the material is; Adam didn’t mention it to me, so the fibers could either be natural or synthetic. Although the hat is definitely a statement piece, I do wear it quite often. Black does match everything, after all!
This watch and locket were also gifted to me from Adam. The locket, he says, is at least 100 years old, but I’m not sure about the watch. Although the watch no longer tell the correct time, I do feel quite fancy when wearing these beautiful pieces out. The delicate detailing on both the watch and locket are absolutely lovely, and the fact that they’re still in such great condition is such a bonus. It feels very special to be able to wear history on one’s body, especially history that is so well-preserved.
Next, I have another necklace, but this one was gifted to me by my great-grandmother. When she was alive, she showed me her prized jewelry box (it was actually more of a closet), and even let me keep some of her favorite pieces from the 40s and 50s. Now that she has passed, this necklace holds an even deeper place in my heart. The pearls aren’t real, but it’s still a dainty, gorgeous piece of jewelry. Of all the items I own, this is probably my favorite, and the one I wear most often. It’s elegant and simplistic, and absolutely timeless (on top of having sentimental significance).
This stunning red dress is actually one that I picked up fairly recently in a vintage shop. The tag on the dress appears very modern, so I am assuming this dress was manufactured in the 70s to replicate a 40s dress. Needless to say, it’s still a fantastic dress, and I was even able to purchase it on sale! Can’t you picture this paired with some bumper bangs and a pair of Oxford’s on Christmas eve? Another great thing about this dress is that it doesn’t carry that old, dusty smell some vintage items pick up over time. When I slipped into it for the first time, it truly felt like a brand-new item.
I’m not really sure what era this dress is trying to achieve. The silhouette reads to me as seventies, but I feel like the print is screaming…early eighties? Nonetheless, it’s a very unique dress, and one that I feel lucky to have come across in the first place. I purchased it from a giant thrift store in Boston called The Garment District, which is famous for its phenomenal vintage pieces and truly retro vibe. Seriously, if you’re ever in the Boston area, GO TO THE GARMENT DISTRICT. I promise you will not be disappointed, especially with dresses like these lining the shelves.
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