Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

I’m thinking of going on a crusade to bring ladies’ hats back into mainstream fashion.  Why did we ever stop wearing them in the first place?  They added so much glamor and style to a look, and they got to wear them every day.  Imagine looking glamorous on a daily basis!  Now, I know you have a Scarlet O’Hara from “Gone With the Wind” image in your head.  Erase it.  That’s not what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about looking chic, not ridiculous.  Here are a few examples:

Ingrid Burgman in 1942’s “Casablanca.”
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They even had it going on in Japan.
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Nicole Kidman in “Austrailia.”  Just imagine wearing that to a party today.
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1930’s style cloche.  Isn’t it gorgeous?
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1920’s flapper style.  The hat just makes it so much more glamorous!
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1950’s couture.  Yowza!
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I feel like I could put one of those hats on and walk out the door feeling like the most stunning woman alive.  And then everyone would look at me like I’m crazy and my dream would be shattered, right?  Wrong!  Remember, we can wear anything if we wear it with confidence.  So, lets bring hats back!  Who’s with me?

Here’s an example of how you can do it:

My latest creation.  Get it here.

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Ok.  I’m being totally honest here.  I have cringed as I have watched the 80’s trends creeping back into fashion.  I was a little girl in the 80’s.  All I can think of when I see those styles are my older cousins and their BIG hair.  I mean, a little bit here and there has always been fun, but when I look around me and feel like I’ve gone through a time warp…yikes!

At least that’s what I used to think.  In shopping for my Etsy shop, I have found myself mysteriously drawn to 80’s things.  For example, this unicorn bracelet:

Isn’t it awesome?  It doesn’t get much cooler than that.  Still, even though I found myself liking items such as this, I thought, “I’m still not giving into it.  A little 80’s flair is one thing, but the entire look?  No way.”

Then, along came yesterday.  I had picked up a little sweater that I thought I might 8o something fun with…maybe cut it up and make something out of it…who knows?  Well, then I got the bright idea to just try it on and see.  Here’s what I came up with:

As a sit here writing this, I am still shocked.  It looks good.  It looks really good.  So, I guess I have officially given in to the 80’s trend.  When done correctly, 80’s fashion can look really, really good.

To celebrate, my Ode to the 80’s–Done Right:

Geometric Blouse from Zachary’s Smile

80’s Strapless Party Dress from Zachary’s Smile

Vintage Andy Warhol Paint Splatter Tunic from Regal Vintage

Vintage 80’s Purple Leather Pumps from Classic Girl Vintage

*Sweater coming soon to The Funky Lamp Etsy Shop!

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This post is the first of what I hope will become a regular feature of my blog…the style feature.  In my style features, I hope to put a spotlight on elements of style that I think are hip, overlooked, classic, or are just plain cool.  I also hope to give you–the reader–the courage to try something that you’ve never tried before.  It should come as no surprise that I favor quirky fashions, but I’ve also been known to keep it simple and even be classy on occasion.  I’ve found that where fashion is concerned just about anything goes (I added the “just about” because I will never condone the hubcaps that rap stars hang around their necks) as long as you have confidence.  If you can put it on, look in the mirror and sincerely say, “I look good,” chances are that the look will work.  However if your conversation with the mirror goes something like this, “I think I look good.  Don’t I?” then take off the outfit and put something else on.  No look is complete without confidence.

It’s that kind of confidence that, through the years, has helped me to perfect my favorite look–the granny look.  I love to wear grandma clothes!  There.  I said it.  My name is Maranda and I wear old lady clothes, but before you judge me, have a look for yourself…

It looks awesome, right?  I took the 1970’s skirt and paired it with a simple t-shirt and a granny shawl (which I made myself…yes, I not only wear grandma clothes, but I actually MAKE them) and…voila…awesomeness.  I think the trick is to take the old lady pieces and make them slightly modern somehow.  In this case I paired them with a fitted tee.  I think it also helps if you have a tattoo but it is certainly not necessary… haha!

One simple way to “update” granny style clothing is to make it fitted.  If you’ve ever been shopping for vintage clothing, you know that a lot of the vintage items are a bit too baggy.  By simply tailoring the items so that they fit better, you create an amazingly stylish one-of-a-kind piece.

Another way to make the old lady look work is to pair the clothing with up-to-date jewelry or other accessories.  You can take a grandma dress and hang a strand or two of beads around your neck and perhaps a beautiful pendant on long a chain, put on some nice earrings and you’re ready to go.  Trust me.  Give it a try.  I bet people stop you on the street to tell you how great you look.

Tell me, what are some of your favorite looks?

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The start of this blog marks a new venture in my life.  Contrary to everyone’s predictions about my “big news,” I am not pregnant.  However, it does concern my future children.  For several years I have thought, “If I ever get to be a stay-at-home mom, I’d like to open an online vintage clothing store.”  I always thought that it was something I would be good at and that it would be a great way to provide additional income for my family.  Fast forward a few years and Ed (my husband) and I are talking about our future as a family.  We know that our destiny is to be an ever-expanding family–bringing in orphans from this country and abroad.  We feel that while it is good to support orphanages, it is better to bring those children into a family.  Every child deserves more than three meals a day and a roof over their head.  Each child that is born into this world is a gift to all of us and they deserve a real family.  A mom and a dad who care for them, nurture them and guide them.  Siblings to love them, grow up with them, argue with them, and stand at their wedding.  Every child deserves to love and be loved.  So, Ed and I have decided to make our home a safe place for children.  We will be biological, adoptive and foster parents, but to the children we will simply be Mom and Dad.

Anyway, as we were discussing our future, we have decided that this year would be a good time for us to buy a home.  We currently live in a 2-bedroom apartment which limits our options for foster care and adoption.  We would love to have a home where we can settle in and allow our family to grow.  My husband has been blessed with a great job as a science teacher in a great school district, but in order to really do all that we want to do we need some additional income.  We had been pondering this for a few weeks when my lovely sister-in-law, Emily, called.  She asked me if I had ever considered selling the things I crochet.  She said a friend of hers makes a good amount of money every month doing that.  I told her I thought it would be too stressful.  Then we had a very nice conversation about other things.

Later that day, I just couldn’t get her suggestion out of my head.  Then I remembered my vintage shop idea.  Bingo!  I had honestly forgotten all about that idea.  So, thanks to Emily, I will be opening “The Funky Lamp” where I will sell one-of-a-kind and handmade fashion and home decor items.  I know it won’t be easy and the competition is fierce, but I’ve just got a feeling about this.  Keep on the lookout for my little store to open next week…and encourage me please!  This is so exciting!  …and intimidating.

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