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Vintage Swim Wear Again

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I just found a great Jantzen wool bathing suit from the 1930’s and for some reason, maybe because of the warmer weather, I can’t get swim wear out of my mind. Even though I did a brief tour of swim wear in my last post I thought it might be fun to surf around Etsy and other sites for more vintage men’s and women’s  bathing suits for sale right now.

Make sure to visit this link on beefcake swimwear for a great history of men’s beach fashion.

Oh, and check out the 2010  ad campaign for Jantzen.  The video has a fun retro style.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Here is a small selection of the most interesting suits out there starting with my latest Jantzen find.

Vintage Jantzen Swim Suit
Vintage Jantzen Swim Suit

60's Neon Pink Psychedelic Bikini Halter Top Sexy Beach Hippie Swimsuit1960’s Neon Pink Psychedelic Bikini Halter Top  from lightyearsvintage

Vintage 1950s DeWeese Pin-Up Vintage 1950s DeWeese Pin-Up from PINKYAGOGO

Catalina Polka Dot Bathing Suit 14Catalina Polka Dot Bathing Suit 14 from AphroditeEternal

MONOKINI vintage SwimsuitMONOKINI vintage Swimsuit from TractorDog

1960’s Yellow Hollywood Wiggle Swimsuit from FASHIONRERUN

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Christian Dior – The New Look

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Christian Dior turned the fashion world on its head on February 12, 1947 when he introduced his first line which came to be known as the “New Look” featuring rounded shoulders, a cinched waist, and very full skirt. The “New Look ” celebrated femininity and opulence in women’s fashion. Dior created a sumptuous and lavish look that broke away from the spare and masculine styles of the war years. This was a totally new direction for fashion and helped return Paris to its place as fashion capital of the world.

I’ve scoured Etsy and have found some beautiful garments from that time and style. How wonderful that we can still experience first hand these gorgeous and historical works of art.

1950s Vintage Traina - Norell Silk Print Womens Dress and Skirt1950s Vintage Traina – Norell Silk Print Womens Dress and Skirt from marvita13

Vintage 50s 1950s couture designer CEIL CHAPMAN black bombshell wiggle cocktail dress The ultimate little black dressCEIL CHAPMAN black bombshell wiggle cocktail dress The ultimate little black dress from Xtabayvintage

Circle Skirt Pin Up Bomb Shell Sundress Cocktail Party Prom Dress 32 BustCircle Skirt Pin Up Bomb Shell Sundress Cocktail Party Prom Dress 32 Bust from Badgirlvintage

Vintage 1950s White FRENCH BUTTERFLY Cotton Party Dress M/LVintage 1950s White FRENCH BUTTERFLY Cotton Party Dress M/L from millstreetvintage

Vintage 50's Taffeta Evening Dress, Black and White Check with Lipstick Red AccentsVintage 50’s Taffeta Evening Dress, Black and White Check with Lipstick Red Accents from VintageDevotion

Floating Frills... A 1950s Tulle and Lace White Wedding Dress with Four Decadent Tiered LayersFloating Frills… A 1950s Tulle and Lace White Wedding Dress with Four Decadent Tiered Layers from Fabgabs

Let me know what you think!

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Mod Girl Vintage

Mod Girl

Last weekend I took a trip down to Philadelphia to visit some friends and stop by the Antiques Center at 615 south 6th street. It’s always fun shopping there. Vintage clothing, vintage jewelry and a wide variety of collectibles abound.

I especially enjoy shopping at MOD GIRL. It’s the first booth you see as you enter the building. There’s Jill, seated behind her jewelry counters chock full of bakelite bracelets, rhinestones necklaces, marcasite brooches, sterling, copper, glitz and so much more. A staple in this center, as Jill says, she’s been there forever. And she has been there for a long time indeed filling her customer’s needs for fine vintage clothing and jewelry.

People come from New York, California and even a few Philadelphians stop by. Many New Yorkers now have second homes in Philadelphia finding it very cosmopolitan and much more affordable than the big apple.

This past summer Jack Nicholson was in town shooting scenes for a film by James L. Brooks and the director himself stopped by and bought two bakelite bracelets.

Searching through the clothing racks I spotted dresses of many different styles and periods. There were a lot of nice wearable dresses from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. I also found a good variety of  classic formal numbers, along with a lot of fun kicky pieces. Coats, sweaters, scarfs, bags, shoes…….…it’s all there. I even noted some designer items as well. Pauline Trigere, Pucci, Adele Simpson, YSL, Schiaparelli, Valentino and many others. It’s definitely worth the trip. I know I’ll be back again soon.

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Etsy Preview – Scandinavian Silver and Enamel Earrings

Scandinavian Sterling and Enamel Tulip Earrings
Scandinavian Sterling and Enamel Tulip Earrings
Scandinavian Sterling and Enamel Tulip Earrings

Here’s a preview of one item I’ll be listing tomorrow on Slapmefabulous Etsy.

These adorable and finely made earrings are most likely of Norwegian origin.

Black enamel over sterling silver measuring 1″ long and in very good vintage condition.

Very sweet.