1950s Style for 21st Century Women

October 13th, 2013

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1950s style was the birth of American fashion and today, is one of the most popular vintage trends to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe.

After World War II ended in 1945, the doors for American fashion designers opened wide with stylish opportunity. The haute couture houses of fashion in Paris stopped producing designs during the war, so by the mid ’40s  their influence had waned. In their place, vintage designers like Bonnie Cashin, Ceil Chapman and Pauline Trigere were introduced to women’s closets in the ’50s.

The ’50s was an era for new blood in the design world, but before America gained fashion ground European designer Christian Dior released his “New Look” collection in 1947 that laid the foundation for all of ’50s fashion design.

Embraced for re-defining the female silhouette, the New Look collection (also called the “Corolle” line as dubbed by LIFE Magazine)  introduced styles designed with full skirts that dropped below the knee, tightly nipped to emphasize a woman’s waist.

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The collection purported a feminine softness totally opposite from the ’40s militaristic styles of wide shoulders jackets, short skirts and an overall ethos of less-is-more (limited adornment or elaborate designs) made from minimal materials to conserve for the world.

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10 Ways the 1960s Invented Today’s Fashion Trends

October 12th, 2013
10 Ways the 1960s Invented Today’s Fashion Trends

Just like the changes of the 1960s themselves, the fashion trends were similarly groundbreaking and for the most part, completely new and novel ideas to the landscape of fashion.

While ’60s designers still defined trends for the season, for the first time ever counterculture groups like London’s “mod” scene and America’s “hippie” sect influenced the styles and clothing types produced by mainstream fashion brands and marketed to the decade’s youth.

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70s Clothing Trends You Can Wear Today

October 11th, 2013
70s Clothing Trends You Can Wear Today

One of my favorite fashion decades is the ‘70s because for the first time in fashion history, the American female was purchasing clothing for various activities and occasions in her life, including home, office, formal and casual wear. The opportunities to buy “different” kinds of clothing had expanded — which ultimately led to the expansion of the American female’s closet, too.

The 1970s was a free-spirited time not only of fashion revolution but political, cultural, social and economic change for the American female, too. These changes — while considered normal by today’s standards — had major influential shifts on the styles and the lives of the modern ‘70s woman. After the ‘70s, fashion for woman has continued to be liberal, creative and free.

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’80s Clothing Trends You Love to Remember (or Wear!)

October 10th, 2013
’80s Clothing Trends You Love to Remember (or Wear!)

I’ve encountered many vintage lovers who dislike ‘80s clothing trends, shuddering at the thought of stonewash denim, batwing sleeves and shoulder pads. While the clothing styles of 1980s are a far cry from the feminine fashions of the 1950s, I believe that the ’80s is worth honoring because its trends were so avant garde in style, design and wear by the modern woman of her day.

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10 Memorable ’90s Fashion Trends Shopped from a Thrift Store

October 9th, 2013
10 Memorable ’90s Fashion Trends Shopped from a Thrift Store

1990s fashion has a style all its own that will soon have its place in the canon of fashion history. Since I was a ‘90s child and can remember the trends firsthand, I decided to thrift my favorite ’90s styles for a trip down memory lane at my hometown Salvation Army store. Keep reading after the jump to see the ‘90s fashion trends I thrifted!

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MY BLIND DATE DISH —> We Receive the Love We Believe We Deserve: Lipstick Affirmations Day 19

September 27th, 2013
MY BLIND DATE DISH —> We Receive the Love We Believe We Deserve: Lipstick Affirmations Day 19

In today’s video I discuss why ultimately, we receive the love that we believe we deserve. When we believe that we deserve GOOD love, then we become open to seeing opportunities FOR good love to enter our lives. What we find is what we look for and in knowing this amazing ability to attract what it is we want in our lives, it’s up to us to calibrate on the energy we wish to have. This affirmation was inspired by my recent “blind date with destiny” as orchestrated by the fabulous and legendary E. Jean Carroll of Elle Magazine!

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Download Now! Customer Survey Results, “Your Experiences Buying Vintage Online”

September 25th, 2013
Download Now! Customer Survey Results, “Your Experiences Buying Vintage Online”

Last July I released the survey, “Your Experiences Shopping for Vintage Online” to connect with the online vintage customer community and learn more about their thoughts, opinions and concerns behind shopping for vintage online. I gathered this information to give vintage sellers so that – based on their own analysis of results – make changes to their online shops and selling strategy to better serve #vintagelovers everywhere.

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My (Blind) Date with Destiny: Matchmaking by Elle Magazine’s E. Jean Carroll

September 23rd, 2013
My (Blind) Date with Destiny: Matchmaking by Elle Magazine’s E. Jean Carroll

Since April 2012, I’ve been “open” to the romantic possibilities the universe wishes for me. I believe that there is a higher power at work in all of our lives, and that the best thing we can do is stay in a place of joy which welcomes any and all opportunities which cross our paths. Which is why, when HowAboutWe and Elle Magazine contacted me to experience the matchmaking services of famed dating columnist E. Jean Carroll, I said “yes!” without hesitation and full knowing that this was another step on my journey to inevitably meet “the one.”

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