• How to Wash Sequin Sweaters

    Sequined and beaded wool sweaters and cardigans were extremely popular in the 1950's and 1960's. They are often wardrobe favorites, coming in fun colors and styles. Many times, the general age and nature of wool has led to dust absorption and storage odors, which must be removed. These types of tops are relatively easy to clean with some care.

    First, create a luke-warm soapy bath with a bit of Woolite -- a few drops should do. Quickly stir the water until some bubbles form.



    sequin sweater soaking

    Soak the garment in the Woolite dishpan or tub bath for 30 minutes to an hour depending on soil level. Gently agitate occasionally. If water turns dark, you may want to repeat the soap bath to remove more dirt.

    Once Woolite bath water is clear, empty pan and replace with fill with clean water stream until garment is completely rinsed out of any soap. 

    When ready to remove from water, DO NOT WRING OR HANG (this can distort the shape). Place flat sweater on a thick towel or two. Fold over and gently pat water. Loosely roll towel to absorb excess moisture. 

    hand drying sequin sweater


    Now that the sweater is not so heavy, it can air dry, flat without dripping. I recommend a netted drying rack. Hanging the garment to dry may cause sagging of the fabric or distortion due to weight of these types of clothes. Heavy beaded sweaters and dresses should be stored folded in a cedar lined chest or drawer, when dry.

    lay flat to dry too

  • The Wide Leg Pant

    What I'm Wearing:
    1970's Wide Leg Red Pants
    1950's Gray and Trimmed Zip Up Cardigan
    Modern Leather Platforms
    Topshop Nude Ribbed Tank

    I'm so happy that wide legged pants are on trend, right now. These 70's red pants belonged to my mother, and now they are mine! I adore any "high-waisted" or natural-waist anything. The low rise fad of my younger years was terribly unflattering and uncomfortable. This short, knit zip-up from the 50's was sourced locally in Richmond, Virginia.

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  • My Favorite 1940's Dress : Polka Dots!

    Summer is coming to an end, despite hotter than hot days here in Virginia. I'm ready for boots, scarves and not getting sunburnt walking to my car. A long summer calls for wearing a few favorite dresses just a couple more times.
    This 1940's navy blue and white polka dot, rayon dress belonged to my grandma. It fits like a glove and goes well with today's trend accessories, like my perforated white leather heels. I tried some new hair products and my style stayed in the entire day. I used light eyeshadow, pink blush, and red lipstick for the makeup.
    1940's day dresses are surprisingly easy to wear and pair with modern accessories. The tailored cuts and rayon fabrics also are much more noticeable high quality than even some expensive rack brands, today. People are often surprised when I tell them I'm wearing a 70 year old dress!
  • Heirloomen Now Has Free Shipping!

    Hello all! I'm excited to annouce Heirloomen Vintage Boutique now has free shipping to all of our U.S. customers when they shop online. Nothing dissapoints me like finding an item I like, adding it to the cart, and realizing the high shipping charges as I'm about to check out. No more second guessing getting the vintage dress of your dreams because of shipping fees. We will still offer expedieted shipping upon request for urgent orders. Enjoy!

  • What is True Vintage?

    With the rise of e-commerce stores, Etsy, and EBay, there have been more and more vintage shops and sellers popping up on all platforms to peddle their wares. Not all shops are created equally, as there are many categories and niches among the broad tag “vintage”. Google the term “vintage clothing” and you’ll see results come up with mostly reproduction, or loosely inspired vintage clothing shops, which stack the first few pages of returned sites. Browse the vintage section of Etsy and you’ll find items from antiques to late 90’s graphic tees (Etsy deems any item 20 years or older to be vintage). Vintage is a broad term, so it’s time to get specific.

    You may see the term “True Vintage” popping up on your Instagram or in tagged photos of your favorite vintage-wearing muse. This phrase is being used to categorize authentic clothing and accessories pre-1965 (arguably 1960, but generally the pre-polyester explosion era). Just search the term #vintage on Instagram, you’ll see why there’s a need for more descriptive terminology for an era of such great silhouettes and fine attention to detail. Some true vintage collectors say the shape and make of the clothing is more flattering, as opposed to today’s fashion, which is over-exposing in a cheap and tacky way. Fair enough.

    Most of the fabrics and details of true vintage garments are notably high-quality even though they are 60+ years old and often hand-made. Garments can frequently be found with mends or small repairs, as times of war and economic instability lead to a generation of frugal, and handy people who fixed their belongings rather than replaced them. Many collectors know to expect small flaws and even find them charming. Fast fashion, mass manufacturing, and outsourcing later changed the way people bought, wore, and discarded clothes.

    In a nutshell, true vintage is authentic clothing from the first half of the 20th century or before, including antique garments. Women (and men too!) are gaining a huge appreciation for fashion history by loving and wearing clothes from previous generations. Keep your eyes out for true vintage focused shops and sellers, as they can be tucked away, like hidden gems in the vast internet desert. Find boutiques, fashion bloggers, and Instagram fashionistas who style in early vintage by looking through the True Vintage tags on social media. Google still has some catching up to do.

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