I’ll be honest: I’m not really a big fun-in-the-sun beach person. Summer is one of my least favorite seasons, right above winter, because I can’t stand the extremity of the weather. I’m much more a spring and autumn, and fifty degrees Fahrenheit is my perfect temperature.

That being said, I love fashion. I also love jumping in a cool, chlorinated pool as much as the next person, so I still occasionally browse swimsuits from time to time. These are my favorite swimsuits I’ve come across so far, and even though I probably won’t buy any of them, they are stunning! It’s also noteworthy to add that a few of these bathing suits are very expensive, particularly the ones from Unique Vintage and ModCloth.

The first swimsuit I fell in love with is this retro-style sailor bikini set. I think red is a universally flattering color for all skin types, and the high-waisted shorts would make me feel more comfortable about having a bit of a belly. I love that this bathing suit is covered up in all the most important places, but still remains sexy and flatters all silhouettes. It’s also noteworthy to add that the top and bottom are sold separately, as are all of the two-pieces. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but I know from personal experience that all Unique Vintage items are extremely well-made and designed to last for years.


You guys, I am OBSESSED with this one piece. This is the 1950s Barbie one piece that the original doll wore, and it really encompasses that vintage glamour I love and adore. This bathing suit is perfect for small-chested people like me, who can go strapless to the beach without worrying about a nip slip. I absolutely love the sweetheart neckline as well. This bathing suit retails for $88, which is a little pricey for a one piece, but is still slightly cheaper than buying the red bow halter set.


This is actually the first bathing suit I saw that caught my eye and inspired me to write an article about my favorite swimsuits. Isn’t this two piece just absolutely darling? The design feels very romantic and French to me, and yet again, has that vintage twist I adore. For some reason, it reminds me a lot of something Jane Birkin would wear in the 1960s. I also love that the bottoms are high-waisted, because that’s usually a deal breaker for me when shopping for swimsuits. This bathing suit comes in three other patterns, so pop over to ModCloth’s websites and see their other choices!


How could I not love this bathing suit? It’s from ModCloth, high-waisted, and super gay. I love it already, and I haven’t even worn it. This particular swimsuit set is cheaper than the others, and additionally, it has all five-star reviews. This swimsuit also comes in seven other prints, so if you love the cut but not the print, fear not. You’re bound to find another print you like- I particularly love the floral print as well! As I’ve become more comfortable with my homosexuality, I’ve began expanding my wardrobe into more rainbow attire. If I were to purchase a new swimsuit, this one would definitely be a top contender.


LafyKoly Women's One Piece Long Sleeve Rash Guard UV Protection Printed Surfing Swimsuit Swimwear Bathing Suit (M(US:6-8), Black&Floral&Stripe)

I used to not be a fan of long-sleeved bathing suits, but I’m starting to come around. For someone like my mother, who spends a lot of time in the sun and could easily contract skin cancer, I can understand how this swimsuit would be ideal. I love this pattern as well- it feels youthful to me, and the horizontal stripes have a slimming effect on the waist area. This bathing suit is also comparatively cheaper than the other swimsuits, but still has a four-star review from Amazon. It also comes in a huge variety of other funky fresh prints!


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Last but certainly not least, I was intrigued by yet another affordable Amazon swimsuit. This bathing suit has 4.5 stars from 131 reviews, and comes in a variety of adorable patterns. My personal favorite is this cutesy light blue one; it has a vintage feel to it, but the cut and texture both appear very modern. I normally would be wary of trying cheap clothes from Amazon, but the reviews state that this bathing suit is stretchy, well-made, and well-fitting. There are pictures to prove it, and I can confirm- this bathing suit is true to the picture.

Those are my top six favorites, but like I said, I probably won’t have a reason to purchase another swimsuit this year. I’d love to hear which ones are your favorites, and if you’ve purchased any of these, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below!


Links

Red Bow Halter (top and bottom sold separately): https://www.unique-vintage.com/products/vintage-style-red-bow-halter-swim-top

Barbie Chevron Onepiece: https://www.unique-vintage.com/products/barbie-x-unique-vintage-black-white-chevron-stripe-one-piece-bathing-suit

Yellow Floral High Waisted Bikini (top and bottom sold separately): https://www.modcloth.com/shop/swimwear/the-sissone-high-waisted-bikini-bottom-in-yellow-floral/163973.html

Rainbow High Waisted Bikini (top and bottom sold separately): https://www.modcloth.com/sho\=

bottoms/modcloth-the-sara-high-waisted-bikini-bottom-in-rainbow/164774.html

Long Sleeve Swimsuit: https://www.amazon.com/TracyGirl-Protection-Printed-Swimsuit-Swimwear/dp/B07CQLD4D4/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3LULVN09YDHME&keywords=swimsuits+for+women+long+sleeve&qid=1561342837&s=gateway&sprefix=swimsuits+for+women+long%2Caps%2C167&sr=8-4

Bandeau Bikini: https://www.amazon.com/Aleumdr-Womens-Printed-Strapless-Swimsuit/dp/B07P9XK9T2/ref=sr_1_44?crid=6KNASNDO0Z79&keywords=swimsuits+for+women&qid=1561342864&s=gateway&sprefix=swins%2Caps%2C207&sr=8-44#customerReviews


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Hi everybody! I hope you’re all well and enjoying the newfound summertime. I, for one, am not the biggest fan of the warm weather. I don’t mind the sunshine so much, but as soon as the sun starts to heat my skin, I get awfully rashy and blotchy. Per usual, it looks like I’ll be spending a lot of time inside!

I posted my last moodboard about two months ago, and now that it’s summertime, it’s time for another one. My style hasn’t changed much since then, but I am trying to incorporate more colors into my wardrobe, like red and denim. Red, black, and white are all very classically rockabilly colors, so I’m very excited to do some summer shopping and pick up some new garments for the season!

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In regards to clothing, I’ve still been finding some great things on Amazon, like those high-waisted fifties style pants you see in the middle. I think they would be a great investment, because they can be paired with a variety of different tops and accessories, and remain historically accurate to the decade I love. I’ve also been very interested in slightly more vampiric, old-school designs, like the two black and white collared dresses. It’s very Wednesday Addams, and because those dresses are short, they would be appropriate for summer wear. You could also, of course, pair the dresses with tights, and make them fabulous for the colder months as well. I’m not sure where the dress on the left is from, but I know the dress on the right with certainty is from the Dollskill website. Another piece I’d like to incorporate into my closet is a red faux-leather jacket, but I unfortunately did not include a picture. Leather jackets, of course, were also an iconic component of the 1950s, and I’d love to add that as a staple to my wardrobe.

In regards to shoes, I definitely need an upgrade. Since my old black pinup heels broke on one of the platforms, I’ve been wearing the same black skechers flat every day. I’d love to get some super gothic platform heels from Dollskill or Killjoy, but they’re so expensive, I might have to settle for these Fashion Nova heels you see pictured instead. I’ve never purchased from Fashion Nova, but I love those shoes, and they actually appear quite comfortable to me. That, of course, is just based on the picture, so if I do buy them, I’ll be sure to update you on the wearability.

Other accessories I will be continuing to wear are red lipstick and over-the-top bumper bangs. I’ve been wearing bumper bangs in my hair for more than a year, because it’s a very comfortable hairstyle, and also quite easy to do once you get the knack of it down. If you’re interested in reading my vintage hair tutorials, I’ll include that link below.

I’m almost out of my Kylie Jenner red lip kit, so it’s time to find a new red lip. The Kylie Jenner formula actually worked really well on me, and I probably will purchase it again in the future, but I do want to try a matte liquid lipstick from Lime Crime. I have one of their metallic red lipsticks, and the color payoff is smooth and pigmented. The lipsticks also smell like cupcakes, so what’s there to complain about?

I think the overall look I am trying to achieve is spooky, high-femme, and ultimate psychobilly. I love the idea that women can be strong and powerful while still being girly, because that is a personal style I really identify with. I also really enjoy looking a little bit edgy, and standing out from what the fashion norms are. If you know of any other ethical shops that I might enjoy shopping on, let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for new style inspiration and ideas.

Vintage hair tutorials: https://diplomatsdigest.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/3-simple-vintage-hairstyles-that-you-can-do-in-under-ten-minutes/

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All decades of fashion history are interesting, but now that we’re getting into the 1940s, I am getting especially excited! My style is a mixture of retro, metal, and psychobilly, so I draw a lot of inspiration from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. I even have some true vintage accessories from these decades, which I have mentioned in other posts related to fashion. With the emergence of World War II, all industries found themselves affected, and that includes the fashion industry. In Britain, clothes were even rationed during the years of the second World War, and many women actually painted seams on their legs because they couldn’t afford nylon stockings!

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Left: Two-piece, 1945

On a happier note, the 1940s did bring with it some very exciting fashion developments. The two-piece, for example, quickly took off to become one of the most iconic designs of all time. On the left, take a look at this vibrantly-colored two-piece bathing suit worn by Gene Tierney in 1945. The two-piece swimsuit was so important to fashion (and feminism) because it actually drew attention to the womanly figure- something that society had tried to hide in previous generations. Interestingly, the “bikini” was named after the Bikini Atoll, which was the site of a nuclear bomb test in 1946.


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Left: Woman in Hungary, 1943

The 1940s also brought a variety of different colors, shapes, and patterns to women’s dresses. Take a look at this colorful portrait of a woman in the mid 1940s, and just how similarly Modcloth has captured the look in their modern reproduction. Knee-length dresses were especially popular at this time, along with “shirtdress” details and tailoring. A shirtdress, as you may have guessed, is a dress that draws inspiration from a man’s shirt (including the collar and lapels). While the more modern dress has swapped the tailored collar for a simple v-neck, the similarities in shape, color, and length are still there.


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Left: Man in overcoat, 1945

Now, let’s touch upon men’s fashion during this decade. Overcoats were very popular for men at this time, and really, they haven’t changed much over the course of seventy years. While colorful clothing was popular for men in the 1920s, this had fallen out of fashion by the 1940s, and men reverted back to wearing neutral, subdued colors. 1940s suits differed from previous generations in that shoulders were more padded, and the waist was slightly nipped. The overall goal of the suit was to emphasize the man’s figure, while still remaining tailored and clean. The coat on the right, designed by Reiss, resembles the classic 1940s overcoat in regards to color, cut, and length that the coat falls to. To me, they look like they both could have come from the same decade.

What’s your favorite piece from today? I personally love the vibrant shirtdress-inspired Modcloth dress, but then again, I love anything Modcloth puts out!


Sources:

https://www.dhgate.com/product/2018-sexy-swimwear-women-floral-printed-two/410128524.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1930%E2%80%931945_in_Western_fashion

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikini#History

Shrimpton, J (2014). Fashion in the 1940s. Oxford: Shire Publications. p. 19.

https://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/confetti-creativity-midi-dress/152521.html

https://www.reiss.com/us/p/salt-and-pepper-overcoat-mens-whittington-in-grey-black/?_cclid=Google_Cj0KCQjw1pblBRDSARIsACfUG10QCqvrsy9dC__6UYZvRDqUgiQxK4YXgS8xwGVdBz6mgsu2ms9c_jYaAr6HEALw_wcB&gclid=Cj0KCQjw1pblBRDSARIsACfUG10QCqvrsy9dC__6UYZvRDqUgiQxK4YXgS8xwGVdBz6mgsu2ms9c_jYaAr6HEALw_wcB

Welcome back to the 4th installation of my fashion journal! Today we are going to be focusing on the 1930s, which at the conclusion of the Great Depression, proved to be a turbulent time in fashion industry. Man-made fibers were one of the most exciting inventions of the 1930s, and included materials like rayon, nylon stockings, and viscose for linings and lingerie. Fashion trendsetters at this time were The Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII, until his abdication), his infamous companion Wallis Simpson, and movie stars like Joan Crawford. With that being said, let’s get into some of the more specific garments of the 1930s, and how they have created a lasting impact on the modern fashion industry.

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Left: Tea Frocks, 1930

First and foremost, take a look at this absolutely gorgeous frilled dress. The feminine flutters of the 1930s drew inspiration from the earlier 1920s flapper, and this art-deco dress. The dress on the right draws inspiration from the dropped hemline, loose calf skirts, and split short sleeves. Additionally, the color pink was a SHOCKING revelation at the time, so the modern dress on the right is a pretty spot-on representation of the time!


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On the left: Mohair and cashmere coat, made by J. Lubliner of London for Marshall & Snellgrove

Another trend of the time was a luxuriously fur-lined wool winter coat, and it doesn’t take a lot of online searching to realize that has not gone out of style, either. While many designers today have adapted to look to incorporate faux fur, the overall essence and boxy design of the coat is still present. Elsa Schiaparelli is one of the most notable designers of the 1930s who is credited with “changing the outline of fashion from soft to hard”. This 1930s mohair & cashmere coat pictured on the left is the ultimate representation of Schiaparelli’s envision for a masculine, boxy frame, while still remaining bold and elegant. The coat on the right was actually hand-crafted by the women wearing it, which is absolutely incredible! I’ll link her blog at the bottom, if you want to check out her other designs.


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On the right: Gold Embossed Silk Dress by Roland Mouret

As I said, Edward VIII’s abdication of the throne to marry Wallis Simpson was one of (if not the ultimate) groundbreaking event of the decade. Though she was looked upon with notoriety, she did have an influential sense of style throughout her life. Designer Roland Mouret drew direct inspiration from Simpson when he created this gold embossed silky maxi-dress, which he stated was meant to be a tribute to her iconic wardrobe. Simpson is quoted as saying, “My husband gave up everything for me. I’m not a beautiful woman. I’m nothing to look at, so the only thing I can do is dress better than anyone else.” Wallis, you need not worry- your iconic sense of style is just as inspiring now as it was eighty years ago.


This Old Life: http://nabbysvintagelife.blogspot.com/2011/05/its-winter-again.html

Sources: https://vintagedancer.com/1930s/1930s-fashion/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1930%E2%80%931945_in_Western_fashion

https://www.pinterest.com/libbycatt/art-deco-gowns/

https://www.fashion-era.com/

https://cdm16028.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15324coll12/search/searchterm/193*/field/title/mode/all/conn/and/order/nosort

https://www.sophiesiennavintage.com/listing/559477111/vintage-1930s-winter-coat-mohair 

In the present day of 2019, we look back at the roaring 20s as a celebration of womanly freedom, parties, glitz and glamour. Financial royalty was at its height, with a celebration of youthfulness and frivolousness taking center stage after the solemnity of World War I. One of the most iconic archetypes of the 1920s, of course, is the flapper: ironically, seen then as an unstylish woman who embraced a boyish style and sexually liberated life. In the 21st century, we can still see influences of the 1920s carried into our fashion world today, especially in regards to the timeless flapper and her style.

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On the left: Designed by Chanel, early 1920s

Coco Chanel, for example, is still celebrated today as a pioneer in the development of women’s fashion. Although Coco herself is no longer with us, her fashion house and label lives on, continuing to celebrate her image and fashionable contributions. One of the elements that made Coco’s vision so special was her then-radical idea that women’s fashion could be leisurely, laid-back, and loose. In today’s society, sportswear and leisurewear is an incredibly large aspect of fashion, for the working woman and the woman on-the-go. Coco celebrated the idea that women could work, and feel comfortable and at ease while they did so. Additionally, while Coco certainly did not invent the idea of women wearing trousers, she did propel it into the fashion world as a newfound movement. A pair of work trousers is now an essential in any woman’s closet, and for this renovation, we can thank Coco Chanel. On the left, we can see Chanel wearing her yachting pants, which she utilized more for comfort than style. Though they were once thought of as beachwear or loungewear, we can see through the image on the right that trousers and “yacht” pants are often worn in a professional, dressy environment. These particular trousers, sold through NastyGal, are directly inspired by Chanel’s iconic look.


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On the left, British Army boots, circa early 1920s

Even the more serious elements of fashion have made a lasting cultural impact on the designs we see today. These 1920s British Army boots, for example, remind me quite a bit of the modern gothic winklepickers you might pick up on an online shop. While the colors are obviously different (as with the occasions for which they are designed), I see similarities in the cut, height, and of course, side buckles. While winklepickers, the essential goth shoes of the 1980s, hit peak popularity forty years ago, they’ve come slowly come back in style for trad-goths seeking a revival of the vintage boot shape.


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On the left: 1925

One of my favorite fashion moments is the revival of the luxurious fur coat, because we’re still able to enjoy the rich nature of the design with the perk of using synthetic materials! Hooray, for not skinning animals! This coat worn by Eleanor Boardman circa 1925 is quite lovely, with the fur is included for both aesthetic and warmth purposes. Today, because we no longer necessarily need wool due scientifically manufactured thermal fabrics, faux-fur is simply added to most coats as a fashion accessory instead. This certainly rings true for this black faux fur Hell Bunny coat- I can testify from personal wear that this coat is full of all the flirt and luxury reminiscent of the roaring 20s, but without the harm of animals involved. The modernized coat also includes a hood- a modern step up from its 1920s ancestor, and a nice touch of individuality from Hell Bunny.


Sources

Mendes, Valerie, and Amy De la Haye. Fashion since 1900. Thames & Hudson.

“Seven Wonders: How Coco Chanel Changed the Course of Women’s Fashion.” WonderlandMagazine.com.

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Hello, lovely people! The spring semester here at college is winding down, and as a part of my final project for a fashion history class, I am going to be putting out a fashion journal for every decade, from 1900 to 1999. Because of that, I’m going to be publishing FIVE articles a week, instead of three, because I already have my normal articles planned out and set to be published on their normal days. Basically, this is how the fashion journal is going to go: I’m going to post pictures of three garments from each decade, and compare it to a modern garment that was inspired by it. I’ll also be including the sources to the images at the bottom of each article, if you’re interested in looking further into it. Without further adieu, let’s jump into the 1910s!

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On the left: 1907

The first garment that struck my eye is the arrow shirt collar, which was popular in women’s blouses in the 1910s. This collar was desirable to women, because they wanted to appear slim, and with a low, full chest. At the time, being slimmed and elongated meant you were a confident woman, so the silhouette was well-sought out. The garment on the left is pictured from 1907, and perfectly represents that “pigeon-breast” shape. In turn, we can see the inspiration from the arrow shirt collar in this modern blouse, which is manufactured by Farfetch. The flare style, long sleeves, and even the embroidery are reminiscent of the ideal womanly shape in the 1910s, and to this day, it’s still a very flattering, popular design.


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On the left: Early Paul Poiret turban

Hair turbans were also very fashionable at the time, especially with the emergence of Paul Poiret’s designs. As a very theatrical, bold designer, Poiret loved to dress a sophisticated woman, who literally dressed from head to toe. The glittery, dazzling, romantic aura of Poiret’s turban (seen on the left) undeniably inspired the popularity of fashion turbans today. The turban on the right is designed by Julia Clancey, and everything from the backdrop to the turban itself screams “Poiret” to me. The modern turban strikes me as being very theatrical and glamorous, and that’s exactly the aura Paul Poiret wanted to put out.


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Top: Early Homburg Hat, 1907

Now, let’s not leave out men’s fashion! Interestingly, the popular men’s hat on the left, the Homburg Hat, has now become universally unisex. The Homburg Hat was originally made of stiff wool felt, and was characterized by a single dent running down the center of the crown. On the bottom, we can still see the iconic dent, but this hat is made of faux fur and has an embellished bright feather on the side. Like I said, this hat has become a gender-less accessory, while still upkeeping a classic, old-fashioned beauty. It’s interesting to me how shapes and designs can transform socially, while still staying the same structurally, and the Homburg hat is a perfect example of that.


Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1900s_in_Western_fashion#Style_gallery_1900%E2%80%931906https://www.elyxboutique.com/products/elyx-turbans-by-julia-clanceyhttps://www.villagehatshop.com/product/all-fedoras/451139-75907/stetson-fur-felt-homburg-hat.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjw7YblBRDFARIsAKkK-dKklx0sLfknZegAHcSNPIZsfHRzAGct-FCQNvmO76UUgpyGI91Tkw4aAlM9EALw_wcB

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The first day of spring is coming up, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m a total nature girl, which makes sense, seeing how I have a spring birthday. Flowers, rain clouds, and seedlings hold a special place in my heart, and I’m grateful to experience these gifts in lovely, little New England.

With that being said, the direction my pinup style is going in this spring is actually quite ironic. I’ve been interested in the metal scene lately, especially bands like Opeth, Ghost, and In Flames. I still love pinup clothing, makeup, and hairstyles, but Spring 2019 is going to bring a bit of a gothic twist. In case you didn’t know, I recently had my hair dyed teal, which is adding up pretty nicely with my -ever-evolving a e s t h e t i c.

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Most of the clothes in this moodboard are actually items I found on Amazon that I’m planning on purchasing for myself, as soon as I have a bit of disposable income saved up. While I do love wearing all colors, I think that black will be the best color to complement my hair and the overall lewk I’m going for. I have quite a few black t-shirts of my favorite bands, and I think they’ll look super cute with heels and a pencil skirt. Speaking of heels, I absolutely LOVE those little platform heels with the bows on top. Aren’t they fantastic?

In regards to music, like I said, I’ve been really into Ghost, Opeth, Rush, and In Flames lately. This musical influence is really evident in both my clothing and personal idealisms- witchcraft, LaVeyan satanism, nature, and metal. I love taking these darker elements of my personality and combining it with my pinup aesthetic- I think it really makes for a unique twist of femininity with a metal smokiness. It certainly makes me feel very empowered and strong, while still remaining girly.

It might seem like a lot of changes to what I currently have going on, but I’ve been attached to green witchcraft, dark arts, and even gothic style since high school! I did have a “goth phase” in 2016, and this new direction is more or less just the new-and-improved version of that. My bumper bangs and bright red lips aren’t going anywhere!

If you have any band suggestions, clothing shops, or book suggestions for me, let me know! I’m always looking for new pursuits, in both fashion and arts. My spring lookbook is coming up April 1st, so you’ll get to see my newest fashion pieces and outfits very soon.

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Whenever people find out that I buy most of my vintage clothes on Amazon, the general reaction is shock. I totally get that- after all, most of us turn to Amazon for electronics, home decor, and books, but not so much closet pieces. I do enjoy stores such as Modcloth and Unique Vintage, but the reality is, I don’t have the disposable income to support buying all my clothes on those websites.

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That’s more or less the biggest reason I buy clothes on Amazon. Reproduced vintage clothes are going to be a little pricey wherever you shop, but some of the least expensive brands out there are available on Amazon. Grace Karin, Belle Poque, Gowntown, and Dresstells are all within the $20-$40 range, and the quality is actually pretty nice. Meanwhile, an average reproduced vintage dress on Modcloth can cost anywhere between $80-$200. The dresses are beautiful, but when you only make $11 an hour, it’s not really possible to consistently shop there for clothes.

I do want to acknowledge the fact that although Amazon offers cheaper vintage-style clothes, they are often not as ethically sourced as those that are based in the UK, like Modcloth and Unique Vintage. Whenever possible, I like the clothes I order to be ethically sourced and produced using environmentally friendly, but it’s not always that easy. I like brands like Grace Karin and Belle Poque because the garments are made of high-quality cotton, and thus, they’ve lasted a long time. I’ve been wearing the same dresses for more than a year now, washed them more times than I can count, and still, I haven’t lost a button or had to throw out a dress. They definitely are not cheaply-sewn, throw-away dresses destined for a landfill.

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Another reason I usually don’t shop for higher-priced vintage clothes is because of the shipping/ordering process. It can be tricky to translate EU sizing into US sizing, especially if the chart claims that sizes aren’t perfectly aligned in the first place. To order a dress that’s already $80, and then pay $20 for shipping, and then wait 8-14 days for the package to arrive, is just way too risky for me, especially since there’s a chance the garment won’t even fit. With the brands I already know, I’m confident in my ability to consistently choose the right size. It saves me a lot of time, and it certainly saves me a lot of money.

I’m the first to admit I can always do better. Of course it’s better to always choose the better-sourced item, but it’s usually not the most cost-effective. In five years, I see myself working a higher-paying full-time job, and using my privilege to afford some better vintage clothes. In the meantime, though, I’m satisfied with what I’m doing so far. I believe we should all strive for the best option available, but we also need to take our personal situations into consideration.

If you know of any vintage reproduction shops based in the US, let me know! I’m always looking for new places to pick up a good deal. What are your favorite pieces you’ve picked up over the years?

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Hump day, everyone!

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I hope you’re all having a lovely week, filled with lots of positive energy and warmth. I sure am keeping warm in my black faux-fur Hell Bunny coat.  It looks absolutely extra and luxurious, and that’s exactly the kind of energy I’m trying to give off in 2019. With this coat in mind, I drew my inspiration from soft, luxurious, neutral tones, with pops of red and texture throughout. Black carries power because it can be toned-up, toned-down, and essentially paired with any color palette you’re trying to create. Along with browns and reds, I’ve also incorporated other neutrals, like dark blue and gray, into this collage below. All of these color schemes can be naturally paired together, giving you maximum matching abilities and dozens of combinations to choose from. I’ve put together my own mood board (using Microsoft Paint, of course), and unfortunately, I can’t make the picture bigger without turning the picture vertically. I’ve been zooming in on my laptop myself to see it better, so I recommend that to you if your eyesight isn’t great. Anywho, let’s jump into it!

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When I think of winter in New England, the first thing that pops into my head is “F*ck, it’s cold.” Shortly after that, however, I’m captivated by the beauty around me- the colors, the textures, the way my environment makes me feel. And, ultimately, how to incorporate fabulousness into every outfit, especially on those unbearably frigid days. Luckily, it is possible to remain stylish while staying warm. Faux fur on coats is an excellent way to stay both fashionable and safe in dreary, snowy weather. I was in Boston this New Year’s Eve, and though it was raining profusely, I hardly even noticed. My big, fluffy hood and arm muffs kept me warm and protected, and I got quite few compliments throughout the night!

Wool in general is an excellent staple for any stylish winter accessory. As you can see from the mood board, wool coats with large lapels and buttons look very posh and elegant. Wool can also extend to hats, scarves, gloves, shoes, etc. Seriously doesn’t that wool hat look absolutely lovely? Pillbox hats (among other hats), look absolutely perfect paired with woolen winter coats. Browns, reds, and cremes will look great on any skin tone, especially against the striking whiteness of the snow.

As for makeup, deep/cherry reds are always in! Besame Cosmetics is a fantastic place to start if you’re looking for new vintage makeup. All of the colors are replicas of real lipsticks sold in the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. My personal favorite shade is the 1946 lipstick. I forget the name on the tube, but it’s an absolutely lovely rusty red. I always make a point of popping on some red lipstick when I leave the house, which looks lovely when paired with a coat and hat. Lipstick really can tie a look together, and adds a bit of brightness to the stark, winter day in front of you.

Finding vintage footwear for the winter can be tricky, but there are still lots of options available. Boots, of course, are extremely versatile and come in a variety of styles and colors. I like to add thick socks under my boots to add extra warmth and texture, and it certainly does give my entire outfit an added flounce of vintage. Above all, be safe, be comfortable, and use common sense! I hope you have a good time analyzing my mood board, and leave me your thoughts below!

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In case you couldn’t tell by now, I’m a big fan of doing tag questions and challenges. I don’t even get tagged to do them, I just google them and do them without anyone asking. I found this tag in particular from a blog called “Makeup, Beauty, and Everything Superficial.” I’m a big, big fan of makeup, and it sure does take up a large chunk of my disposable income, so why not try out a makeup tag? Feel free to copy and paste the questions yourself!

SKINCARE
-How many times do you wash your face daily?
Ideally, I try to wash it once in the morning and once at night, but if I’m having a lazy day, it might only get done once.

-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
My skin is relatively oily, but I actually find it much more appealing than having dry skin. It’s generally more comfortable and easier to manage, in my opinion, so I’m happy with it!

-What is your current facial wash?
Right now I’m using the CeraVe foaming facial cleanser.

-Do you exfoliate?
I do not, due to the fact that my skin is already sensitive to essentially everything. Even hot water gives me an occasional rash.

-What brand do you use?
N/A

-What moisturizer do you use?
The CeraVe facial moisturizer has been my go-to since middle school!

-Do you have freckles?
Unfortunately not, but I sure wish I did.

-Do you use eye cream?
Not yet! Probably someday, though.

-Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
My skin used to be extremely acne-prone, but it’s gotten much better over the years. I attribute this to really nailing my skincare routine, taking oral birth control, and just figuring out what really works for me. I definitely think my diet has also helped my skin.

-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
I did! That was definitely a big staple for me in middle school.

MAKE-UP
-What foundation do you use?
Right now I’m on my second bottle of the Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour foundation in the shade “Linen.”

-How about concealer?
I, like many others, swear by the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer.

-Do you know your undertone color?
I think it’s somewhere between being cool and neutral, but I’m not totally confident in that.

-What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I do like them a lot and use them daily, but because my eyes are so tiny and hooded, I usually cut the lashes in half to make them look less overwhelming on my eyes.

-Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
I did know that, but I probably don’t abide by that as well as I should! That being said, I have started using the Besame mascara cake, which has a two-year shelf life.

-What brand of mascara do you use?
On the days when I have extra time, I use the Besame mascara cake. If I’m in a rush, I use the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, because it’s super volumizing and only requires one coat.

-Sephora or MAC?
Definitely Sephora, but I prefer Ulta and Hush above all.

-Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
I do not; I don’t care for MAC or other non cruelty-free brands very much.

-What makeup tools do you use in makeup application?
I use a beauty sponge for my base, and tons of different brushes for my eyes and eyebrows.

-Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
I used to use primer, but unfortunately, most of the formulas gave my eyes an allergic reaction. Now, I just use foundation to prime my eyes.

-For the face?
My go-to is the E.l.f. Tone-Adjusting primer, which nicely combats my extremely red skin.

-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
I love matte, creamy brown shades, particularly the formulas produced by Jaclyn Hill.

-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Only liquid liner could get me a wing sharp enough to cut a bitch.

-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
I like to think I have a pretty precise hand. I haven’t poked myself with an eyeliner pencil since middle school.

-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I’m assuming this is referring to pressed pigments, which I have not tried before. I have heard, however, that they are usually highly pigmented and have a great color payoff.

-Do you use mineral makeup?
I might have one or two things in my makeup stand, but nothing particular comes to mind.

-What is your favorite lipstick?
It’s a tie between Ohii’s matte liquid lipstick in the color “Hero”, and Kylie Jenner’s “Mary Jo K.”

-How about lipgloss?
I haven’t used a lip gloss in years. I don’t really like the way they make my lips feel sticky.

-What is your favorite blush to use?
I have a blush palette by the brand Beauty Treats that I’ve been loving for months on end!

-Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
I never have, but I might consider buying real vintage makeup someday for purely novelty purposes.

-Do you like drugstore makeup?
I like some of it, but only the brands that are cruelty-free. E.l.f is probably my favorite drugstore brand.

-Do you go to CCO’s? (cosmetic company outlets)
I live in quaint ‘ole New England. Do we even have those?

-Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?
I did actually look into that when I was younger! I have never actually taken a class, though. A lot of the makeup inspiration I get is from YouTube.

-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Oh, I am absolutely clumsy when putting on my makeup. I always get mascara on my eyelids, my fake lashes are always slightly a battle, and I drop products while I’m using them all the time.

-Name a makeup crime that you hate?
When people sleep in their makeup! NEVER sleep in your makeup!

-Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
I tend to wear a lot of neutrals and matte browns on my eyes, but I always leave the house wearing a bright red lip.

-Which celebrity always has great make up?
I don’t pay much attention to patterns in celebrity makeup, but I do actually really like the way the Kardashian-Jenners apply their makeup. I especially enjoy Kylie Jenner, as we tend to do similar eye makeup looks. There are quite a few pinup gals with amazing makeup that I follow on Instagram, so I get a lot of inspiration from them! This includes Samantha Van Wie, Noortje Laan, and Eve Pain.

-If you could leave the house using just ONE makeup item,what would you use?
Definitely my eyebrow pomade, and soon you’ll understand why.

-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
I could leave the house without foundation or eye makeup, but I absolutely cannot leave the house without at least drawing on some eyebrows. My current natural eyebrow situation is extremely sparse and laughable, because I purposefully shave them off at the tail to reshape them.

-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I don’t think I look bad, but I’m also not a supermodel by any means. I think I have a simple, average-looking face, and I’m okay with that.

-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
It really is so hard to pick a favorite, but I will say, I really enjoy Bad Habit and Lorac. I feel like both of their eyeshadow palettes are consistently highly pigmented and reasonable for the price, especially Bad Habit. I also love Besame, but they are definitely on the pricier side.

-What do you think of Makeup??

I think makeup is an extremely fun and exciting way to express your personality and enhance your beauty! I definitely consider myself a makeup fanatic, and love everything from buying the products to applying them when I get home. Makeup is art, and makeup is for everybody.

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