Heirloomen Shop Update – June 2019

pale pink 30s ruffled long dress

1930’s Pale Pink Silk Ruffle Dress

blue green floral print swing dress

1950’s Blue and Green Floral and Bow Dress

white and colorful floral pleated skirt

1950’s Garden Flowers Printed Full Skirt

 

white sheer girly blouse 50s

1950’s White Sheer Collared Blouse

pink rhinestone and lace party dress

1950’s Lace and Sequin Blush Pink Party Dress

mint green cotton embroidered shirtwaist dress

1940’s Mint Green Cotton Shirtwaist Dress

pink and white striped top main

1950’s Pink and White Striped Crop Top

aqua draped wiggle dress main

Late 1950’s Silk Taffeta Teal Sheath Dress – Ceil Chapman Pattern

 

Welcome summer! We are enjoying your sunshine and heat (even though I like the cold). New season, means new arrivals in the Heirloomen shop. All of these pieces are either in the shop or making their way into the shop over the next few weeks. I’m so in love with florals and pastels this summer – super feminine and light. What are you into this season?

1950’s Vintage Maternity Dress – 34 Weeks

I’m in the home stretch! 34 weeks down.. and I am pretty uncomfortable and immobile. Going up the stairs is a serious workout, and my meals are getting smaller.

As for this great dress, it belonged to my grandma! Who said vintage maternity clothes were ugly? (a lot of them were, though..) This dress dates back to the early 1950’s and is a beautiful rayon material, and includes matching belt and bolero. Shout out to my grandmother for hanging on to it! The strappy, braided sandals are from the 1970’s. I love their versatility for a range of summer looks.

Truth be told, finding clothing has been a challenge. Most of my vintage is hanging in the closet, awaiting me to shrink back to my normal size. I pretty much am stuck in maternity tank tops and light cotton pants to beat the Richmond heat. Investing in a lot of maternity clothes just doesn’t seem like a good use of money… I would much rather spend it on home decor 🙂

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

Ripley's Novelty Jacket Vintage (1 of 17)2

Ripley's Novelty Jacket Vintage (13 of 17)

Ripley's Novelty Jacket Vintage (14 of 17)

Ripley's Novelty Jacket Vintage (7 of 17)

Ripley's Novelty Jacket Vintage (10 of 17)

Ripley's Novelty Jacket Vintage (3 of 17)

Ripley's Novelty Jacket Vintage (6 of 17)2

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.

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