1920s Purple felt cloche hat. Oh yeah, I’d look ridiculous in it (cloches just aren’t a good look for me), but that doesn’t mean I don’t lust after it.
I am obsessed with antique jewelery. No, really obsessed. I daily wear a ring from the 1920s, a family ring that was my grandmother’s as a young teenager, and my pride a joy: a ring from the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century. It’s a Regard ring (the stones make up the anagram – I love sentimental jewelry) that I scoured the earth for. Most Regard rings one can find these days are from the late Victorian times when they became very popular and were mass produced with paste-stones. So I was very happy when I came across my very early and very unique Regard ring (still on the lookout for a good Dearest ring, though).
And that’s why I like antique jewelry – it is unique. Everyone may have a piece by Tiffany’s or some other big-named jeweler, but how many people bother to raid their grandmother’s jewelry box for striking pieces?
I constantly am on the lookout for new shiny things to add to my jewelry box and have decided to take up a collection for this piece. Who doesn’t love a striking, geometric art deco diamond and platinum bracelet? So send your donations my way so that I can be just a bit more shiny.
Shoes this week. Because everything is always all about shoes. So I give you these – a gorgeous pair of Thayer McNeil’s from the 1940s. Called “The Foot Saver Shoe”, they were meant to be both sensible and attractive. What a novel concept! I love the little covered button and top -stitching details. Adorable.
Back to the ’50s this week with a great dress at Enokiworld (I love this site and they’re based in St. Louis so I just have things shipped to my parents’ house to make things cheaper for me). Fun, flirty, feminine, and totally out of my price range (we’re obviously overlooking the fact that I have the shoulders of a linebacker and therefore 15″ from shoulder to shoulder would barely fit one of my shoulders…), this dress is fantastic. And making me alliterate.
This week the vintage find is a lovely little 1940s pouch bag with bright flowers. The flowers and celluloid frame give it an innocence and sweetness that would make any outfit playful. The print itself would coordinate well with quite a few wardrobe options and the pouch style would look great casual or a bit dressier. It’d look especially great paired with some brightly colored wedges. And it still has its matching mirror case. I’m in love.
In this weekly installment, Willa and I explore our love of all things vintage and retro. Not very surprising that two women with history degrees who walk around in brightly colored banana heeled mary janes would be into the nostalgia of vintage clothing. But it is part of what makes us awesome…especially because we co-op our retro looks, we don’t let them co-op us into crazy vintage hipsters who refuse to wear new clothing. No offense to you crazy hipsters, we love you too.
Anyway, this week we have vintage aprons after the jump.