Bold and Bright

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

Heirloomen Vintage - Bold & Bright Outfit

What’s in your wardrobe for fall, this year?

Plaid. Legwear. Bold Colors. Mix match prints. Blazers.

Finally, fashion is quirky and interesting again. Not that I don’t love my usual black leather, it’s just that I could use some color in my life. I’m also a huge fan of oversized blazers, because they are practical and conservative, while still giving off boss vibes.

I’ve noticed some seriously good legwear coming down the runways in Paris and New York fashion week. Sign me up. I nabbed these vintage deadstock socks on Instagram. My blazer was a lucky thirft shop score, and the kid’s sized Switzerland novelty tee is a lucky find that is staying in my closet, though once intended for the Heirloomen shop. Striped skirt from Zara.

Don’t forget, big jewelry. That’s a given.

Believe It Or Not

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Happy October! Fall is the best season of the year, let’s all remember that. The fashion is WAY better because coats, jackets, boots, scarves, hats, knits etc etc, you get it. While we’re still having some hot weather in Virginia, it’s time to bring out the stowed away clothes.

This late 1930’s novelty jacket is a very interesting piece. It is a collectable Ripley’s Believe It or Not linen fabric with some pretty cool fun facts (or not?) and pictures printed all over it. Truth be told, this will probably end up in the shop soon, because it’s not the best fit for me. Super rare and cool, so I wanted to show it off a little bit.

I’m also into the clunky block heels that are making a comeback this season. I enjoy wearing shoes I can actually walk in versus pencil thin stilettos, which do look sexy, but also are not great when living on a cobblestone street. So here are some square toed chunky vintage heels in a nice cream and mustard.

An Antique Blouse with Blue Jeans

I love Edwardian pieces so much, especially blouses. They are full of fine details, little laced edges, intricate structuring and/or flattering and complicated seams. They just don’t make them like they used to..

Edwardian cottons are also versatile and can be worn with a modern wardrobe. This is great for people who feel weird in vintage – No, you won’t feel like you’re in a costume. Antique tops look good with skirts, over dresses, or even with denim. Interested in Edwardian cottons? There are some items available in my shop, here.

I’m wearing this Edwardian blouse with a pair of Frame Denim jeans and a vintage leather clutch. The wooden and leather heels are from the 1970’s and they are too cute for me to part with, but maybe too high for me to wear often. Such a dilemma. Check out the cute details on this blouse that make it so special. It’s also in such great shape for being 100 years old.

Wearing a vintage blouse with modern clothes

How to Modernize A 1940’s Blouse

Do you ever see vintage stores full of beautiful garments but wonder how you can make them fit into your pretty modern wardrobe? It’s a challenge to your creativity, but if you see something you love, why pass it up or let it hang in your closet? Mixing vintage pieces into a relatively modernized closet, isn’t as difficult as it feels. You just have to find versatile pieces, embrace separates, and leverage with accessories.Take a look at this

A 1940’s rayon blouse

I found this at a garage sale and instantly fell in love with the print. Blouses and shirts are a good way to get started incorporating vintage into your style, because they are easy to pair with jeans, skirts, or things you probably already own (like these camel colored skinny pants). I’m also thinking of trying this blouse with a high waisted mustard, knit skirt, next.  This blouse also might work under a slip dress, which would really emphasize the amazing pattern on the collar.

Layer Layer Layer

It’s a lot easier to do this in the fall and winter than the hot summer, depending on where you live. I was able to use another vintage piece from my closet, to add to this outfit. This 1960’s cardigan is super versatile but also extremely detailed, which brings life to any basic look. The brown embroidered edge worked well with the browns in my pants and shoes.

Vintage cardigans are a great first addition to a vintage wardrobe, but beware of moth holes, as critters love to snack on these old natural fibers. Also be sure to clean thoroughly before inviting a vintage wool piece into your closet space. Unfortunately, many vintage stores and sellers don’t properly clean their products before selling (Heirloomen does!).

Layering can also be done with coats, sweaters, shawls, and scarves.

 

1940's rayon print blouse

Accessorize right!

Vintage shoes can be difficult to wear and style. In my opinion, wearing vintage heels with a vintage dress makes me feel like I’m in costume, and sometimes I get weird looks at the office (hi haters!). These brown loafers are from the late 1970’s and have Gucci vibes written all over them. Vintage jewelry is another great starting point for working in your new style. Try a long 70’s pendant necklace, or a 40’s metal animal brooch.

A mix of vintage pieces from various time periods, or a mix of vintage and modern, can be a good first step to feeling comfortable wearing vintage. Also, this prevents you from throwing away your whole wardrobe and starting from scratch.

Do you want to see more looks with mixed and matched vintage pieces? Check out my styling post for a winter day look. Want to see another way I styled these shoes? See my Tangerine Dreaming post.

-Courtney

Windblown Hair, Vintage, and A Goose Pond

What is it about Edwardian cottons? They are full or details and romance and remind me of times I never experienced myself. Alas, I have this Edwardian blouse to cover my shoulders on a sunny day. The wind is kicking up and I am blowing in the breeze.

My vintage 80’s skirt is a beautiful shade of sea foam blue. My locket was a gift to me that belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother. It is truly beautiful and I enjoy wearing pieces with meaning. My shoes Stuart Weitzman found second-hand (the best deals on shoes are one season old on consignment).

Mixing and matching vintage eras has been the most fun for me. It keeps me from feeling like I’m in strict period costume, and allows me to think outside the box. It is also better for people who work in an environment with a more professional dress code. Corporate life can only kill creativity so much.

As for the geese, there were too many. Who is feeding these things? They are aggressive as all hell. Don’t worry, I was not attacked while taking these photos.

A Look at My Studio

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I spent the weekend re-organizing my studio for Heirloomen Vintage. I often feel like I amass so much stuff that never gets a proper place, I eventually reach a breaking point and must re-shuffle my design to accommodate the constant influx of new vintage, and the vacancy of sold items. Space is tight in my apartment, but I do the best I can.

Most of the clutter was accessories, such as hats, shoes, and jewelry. The clothing is all on racks or in my closet. I went through each hat box and grouped everything by for-sale, or not-for-sale, and then by color. I find old hat boxes so charming and useful for storage.

My filing cabinet from Class & Trash RVA was made into a keeper for old photographs, costume jewelry, and vintage clutches. It’s also a great display shelf for some of my collected treasures. One row of the cabinet is missing the drawers. I’ve lined this row with lace (found at a yard sale), and will use it to store small purses.

Now.. I am tasked with getting all these hats listed in the shop!

 

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A July Shop Update

It’s already the last week of July.. how did that happen so fast? Here are the latest Heirloomen Vintage shop updates. All items either recently listed or coming soon in the Heirloomen Etsy Shop within the week.

I try to update and add new items weekly. Every vintage piece is one-of-a-kind, of course. So, don’t miss something if you really love it.

Pittsburgh’s Strip District

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In Pittsburgh for the weekend? You better visit the strip district (before the city demolishes this charming, gritty area of town to make way for 750k one bedroom condos).  My girlfriend and I went out for an afternoon of overcast weather and exploration.

Like brick warehouses with back alleys? The strip has those. Like graffiti walls and half shelled out buildings? The strip has those. Like really good food, donuts and coffee? The strip has all those things, too. While the strip does have a peculiar fishy, garbage smell, it is fun to explore with plenty to photograph for those looking for interesting places to shoot. Did I mention the food? Check out Smallman Galley for a food hall style selection of gourmet fare.

I’m wearing a mash-up of vintage styles. My lace blouse was once an Edwardian dress. I paired this with an 80’s denim pencil skirt. The slouch beaded bag is vintage from the 1970’s, which is nice and easy to carry. Also, I got my 1940’s style turban from Rona Handmade Turbans.