Crazy about Vintage

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There are a number of different designers and articles of clothing that represent vintage fashion at its best. Wearing vintage fashion enables people to project an image of distinct class and a flair for the romantic that is enduring despite contemporary trends. Whereas modern fashion standards and styles seemingly change each time the wind blows, there is a classic aura that wearing vintage fashion inevitably projects for a variety of situations and occasions.

Domestic Wear
Anybody remember housecoats? As the name suggests, these garments were coats that were comfortable and just a tad bit dressy, that one would wear while remaining at home. Although these garments, as well as most domestic wear, were most popular from the 1930s to the 1970s, housecoats became quite fashionable at the end of this time period. Most housecoats either buttoned up or zipped up in the front, and came in either short sleeves or long sleeves with roomy pockets.
The hostess gown was another type of domestic wear that was a full-length garment and usually reserved for entertaining in style. Formal, yet not quite enough as evening wear, these garments may occasionally still be spotted at some dinner parties.
Vintage bathrobes constructed from the 1930s to the 1970s were typically made out of quilted cottons or terry cloth and were usually donned after a relaxing shower of bath. Some people preferred to wear them over their night clothes as a durable garment that could stand getting a little damp at times.

Mary Black
Mary Black is a vintage fashion designer who initially came to the United States in the early part of the 1940s due to World War I. She quickly set up a salon and showroom within Manhattan, and became noted for making tailored garments for both specific clients as well as high-end fashion boutiques. One can tell a Mary Black dress (which traditionally sold in locations such as I. Magnin and Bergdorf Goodman) due to the simplicity of their lining and a marked dearth of decoration (the designer once stated that women preferred to adorn their dresses with their own decorations, which is why she usually didnn't make them with jewelry or rhinestones). On occasions, these garments could be found with simple additions such as flowers or bows, which would usually be removable so as not to interfere with the wearer own decorating scheme for the outfit. A number of good ideas for dressing up garments and other crafts can be found at Craft Blogs. Also, Black dresses were almost always bereft of belts, since Black considered belts to detract from the lines of her garments.
What is quite interesting about vintage Mary Black dresses is the fact that she made quite a few of them in large sizes. When we say large, we're talking about all the way up to size 40. The designer sold such dresses to Bergdorf Goodman, which was looking to cash in on clientele of large women who wanted the stylish elegance provided for garments that were typically designed for smaller women. This one particular dress was accentuated with a tiered sheath, a single rose and a draped caplet in the rear and could be found in either blue or black. The only thing about pursuing such vintage clothing is that it certainly has the proclivity to be pricey, at times. Consider this specific dress of Black. This garment retailed for more than $200 when in was initially designed in 1960. Today, that same dress is worth nearly $2,000. Those inspired by Black to hone their own inner eye for design may find some help by getting an interior design degree.

Cashmere Sweaters
The subject of cashmere sweaters has been of considerable interest to a number of people. This fact is largely because there is such a variation in the type, texture, and colors of this type of garment. For instance, some of the more fancy vintage cardigans are designed for evening wear and include beading in a pretty assortment of color combinations including pastels with white, tan with copper and black on red. These vintage garments may be found appliqued with insects, flowers and conventional Asian imagery, with satin edge bindings. In fact, some of these sweaters even incorporate authentic fur collars that can be removed for cleaning. Fur-colored cashmeres typically are made in colors that contrast (to help offset the fur), such as black and white.
Interestingly enough, there is quite a history attached to vintage cardigan sweaters, that were largely utilitarian (such as sweaters for athletes in high school settings) until the advent of the 1920s. However, designers such as Patou and Chanel were largely responsible for turning this garment into a fashion statement post World War I, while Hollywood soon caught on in 1937 by featuring Lana Turner in a flick with a tight-fitting cardigan and the sweaters have been classy ever since.ツ

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