April 18, 2014

Fashion Fridays! Vintage Inspired Tank & Skirt from Legend & Song

This new top and skirt from Anthropologie remind me of vintage batik barkcloth dresses from the 1960's and 1970's.

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Legend & Song tank and skirt.

You can purchase this new tank for $88- from Anthropologie. You can purchase this new skirt for $178- from Anthropologie

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1960's Hawaiian barkcloth dress.

You can purchase this vintage dress for $95- from RegenerationClothing

April 17, 2014

Lulu's Vintage Customer

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Casey of Sydney, Australia bought this beautiful Gigi Young black and white striped dress that I referred to as the Ponytail Barbie Dress because it reminds me of what one of the original barbie dolls would wear. The dress fit Casey perfectly and she looked so pretty!

April 11, 2014

Fashion Fridays! Vintage Inspired Marchesa Clutch & Vintage Jewelry

The decorations on this new purse by Marchesa are reminiscent of vintage flower brooches,  beaded charm bracelets, and beaded seed bead ball jewelry.

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You can purchase this new Marisol floral embellished suede clutch by Marchesa for $1,895- from Net-A-Porter

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You can purchase this vintage rose brooch for $45- from TheRitzyRose

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You can purchase this vintage bracelet for $18- from MartiniMermaid

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You can purchase this vintage bracelet for $45- from GildedAgeJewels

 

This blog post was posted on April 11, 2014. If you have questions about these items or would like to purchase them please follow the links provided under each photo to contact the seller. Lulu's Vintage is not selling these items.

April 10, 2014

Lulu's Favorite Vintage Girl's Clothing from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing has the best selection of mid-century vintage clothing for kids! Check out my favorite picks for girls from their store...

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You can purchase this 1950s skirt for $99- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s skirt for $72- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s skirt for $89- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s ensemble for $135- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s ensemble for $119- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $59- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $49- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $98- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $98- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s romper for $49- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this dress for $18- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1940s romper for $25- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $49- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $35- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $29- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $49- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $45- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

April 09, 2014

Manly Mondays! Spiffy Boys Clothes from Ballyhoo Vintage & Vintage Vixen

Today I wrangled up some vintage boys clothing to share with you. These clothes are so cool you'll wish they were made for adults...

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You can purchase this 1950s sweater for $195- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s tee for $79- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1940s shirt for $45- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s jacket for $124- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1930s sweater for $425- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s jacket for $195- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1940s jacket for $129- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this Hopalong Cassidy jacket for$325- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s shirt for $79- from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing

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You can purchase this 1950s shirt and pants ensemble for $145- from Vintage Vixen Clothing Co.

 

This blog post was posted on April 9, 2014. If you have questions about these items or would like to purchase them please follow the links provided under each photo to contact the seller. Lulu's Vintage is not selling these items.

April 04, 2014

Fashion Fridays! Vintage Inspired Embellished Clothing by Needle & Thread

These sweet confections are the perfect thing to keep you looking cute this Spring...

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You can purchase this new Needle & Thread dress for $565- from Net-A-Porter

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You can purchase this new Needle & Thread blouse for $330- from Net-A-Porter

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You can purchase this new Needle & Thread dress for $280- from Net-A-Porter

April 03, 2014

The Style Council! Tiffany of PinkyAGoGo

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Today's Style Council Interview is with Tiffany from Roch., NY via NYC. Tiffany is the owner of PinkyAGoGo.

PinkyAGoGo placed tenth in the 2014 Lulu's Vintage People's Choice Awards for Best Online Vintage Clothing Store


Please tell us a little about yourself. Hobbies, interests and work outside of the vintage world.


Outside of the vintage world-- I am a Toy Designer. Have worked for many of the big toy companies over the years. Now I only freelance once in awhile as most of my time is spent searching for vintage~ I am involved with a local animal rescue and I am constantly looking for new music that doesn't make my skin crawl :)


What got you into vintage clothing? How long have you been collecting vintage clothing for?


I always liked to dress differently. In high school would haunt the local thrifts and vintage stores
for the coolest finds.  In college, I would spend weekends at the original Domsey's thrift store in
Brooklyn. It was Mecca--30,000 square feet of vintage. It was cheap--jeans by the pound.
The coolest leather jackets.  There were tons of inexpensive vintage stores in NYC in the late 80s and early 90s. And I spent a lot of time (and money) in all of them!!



How long have you been selling vintage clothing for?


I've been selling professionally since 1998.



What avenues have you sold your vintage merchandise through? Your own web store, Etsy, eBay,
Vintage Shows, Antique Malls, Flea Markets, Your Own Brick & Mortar?


I started out selling on ebay--now I am only on etsy.



How much do you incorporate vintage clothing and accessories into your everyday wardrobe?


I always wear something vintage daily.  I don't have much of a choice as almost all of my wardrobe is vintage including jewelry, handbags, etc.  I can't tell you the last time I purchased something new--



Do you source most of your vintage locally or do you shop online or travel to other cities and states to do your shopping?


All of the above!



What do you feel differentiates your store from others?


There are so many wonderful vintage sellers out there and everyone seems to have their own style.
In my store, I just buy and offer what I like, what I would want to wear. I try to show the item from many different angles. And I always keep the background white--I like how the colors of the vintage clothing 'pops' against the white background.



How do you feel the vintage selling market has evolved since you first began selling?


Great question.  I first started selling online in 1998 in the earlier days of ebay. At that time, people were selling clothing items without pictures! It would be a basic title, something like, "Vintage GiGi Young floral dress", followed by a simple description and either no, or one blurry, out of focus picture.
Hard to imagine that today. Today--it's all about the pictures and photography. Some of the photography that vintage sellers produce is amazing. They really tell a story and set an atmosphere. The online selling trend has gone from no pictures, to photographing the item flat on a bed, to using a
half form mannequin, to a full form mannequin, to using live models, to elaborate sets and themes.
Some of the images that vintage sellers are creating look like they have stepped out of the best
fashion magazines.  It is very impressive.



How do you feel the vintage buying market has evolved since you first began selling?


People are looking for quality items that will stand up for years to come. People are appreciating the quality of these vintage garments now-more than in years past.



Do you have any advice that you would like to offer people just starting out selling vintage clothing
online?


The best advice I ever received is...."Just because it's old doesn't mean it's worth big bucks."
And ..."Buy the best quality you can afford."



Do you have any advice for people who are just starting out shopping for vintage clothing online?


I would suggest buying from a seller who gives very good measurements.
Who takes very clear pictures of the garment from different angles.
If there is a flaw, they should photograph it and describe it in a condition report.
Sellers should always show a photograph of the label if there is one.
Also, I would advise emailing the seller and asking questions.
If the seller answers in a quick, polite and honest fashion, I would feel comfortable buying from that person.



What are your favorite eras of clothing for wearing? What are your favorite eras of clothing for
admiring?


I love to wear 1950s - 1960s novelty print dresses and skirts when going out but mostly these days I am wearing a vintage 70s or 80s rock t-shirt with jeans. Right now I am in my moms 70s Stones t-shirt. It's so thin it's almost see-thru but I love it so much.

For admiring it would have to be the dresses from the 1920s flapper era. All the hand beading and work that went into these dresses is just amazing.




Who are some of your favorite vintage designers?


Christian Dior, Schiaparelli, Pucci, Courreges and the Vested Gentress for fun novelty prints!



Who are some of your favorite modern designers?


Jean Paul Gaultier, Yohji Yamamoto, Vivienne Westwood.



What would be your ultimate vintage fashion find?


My ultimate vintage find would have to be any dress or item by Schiaparelli from her surrealist period.
Her "lobster' dress or her "shoe" hat. A girl can dream!



Is vintage clothing popular in the city that you live in?


It's popular with a certain artsy type of clique--not mainstream.



Who are some of your favorite style icons?


Grace Jones, David Bowie, Siouxsie Sioux.



What are your favorite vintage movies, music and television programs?


I love any movie with Bette Davis or Robert Mitchum.
Music....I love it all.  Ruth Brown, Big Mama Thornton, Ray Charles, The Velvet Underground, Iggy and
the Stooges, The Kinks.



Do you collect any other types of collectibles or antiques?


I collect Mexican folk art skeletons and skulls, bakelite dice and brooches, chalkware burlesque girls, salesmen sample hats and shoes, purses, novelty printed fabrics, old carnival side show art.

 

Thanks to Tiffany for participating in The Style Council! To check out my recent picks of favorite vintage clothing items from PinkyAGoGo check out this blog post: Lulu's Favorite Finds from PinkyAGoGo 2014 Lulu's Vintage People's Choice # 10 Award Winner

 

Stay tuned for Style Council interviews with all of the winners of the 2014 Lulu's Vintage People's Choice Awards, as well as Style Council interviews with my 2014 Lulu's Online Vintage Clothing Store Recommendation winners.

 

If you are interested in participating in The Style Council please contact me at lulusvintagepdx (at) gmail.com

April 02, 2014

Lulu's Favorite Finds from PinkyAGoGo 2014 Lulu's Vintage People's Choice # 10 Award Winner

PinkyAGoGo placed 10th in the 2014 Lulu's Vintage People's Choice Awards for Best Online Vintage Clothing Store

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You can purchase this 1920s dress for $424.99 from PinkyAGoGo

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You can purchase this 1920s dress for $699- from PinkyAGoGo

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You can purchase this 1920s dress for $225- from PinkyAGoGo

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $115- from PinkyAGoGo

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $69.99 from PinkyAGoGo

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $249- from PinkyAGoGo

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $199.99 from PinkyAGoGo

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $126- from PinkyAGoGo

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You can purchase this 1970s dress for $225- from PinkyAGoGo

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $279- from PinkyAGoGo

April 01, 2014

The Style Council! Julie Bergmans of Fab Gabs

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Julie Bergmans of Oregon City, Oregon. Julie is the owner of Fab Gabs.

Fab Gabs placed ninth in the 2014 Lulu's Vintage People's Choice Awards for Best Online Vintage Clothing Store

Since Julie's store is the recipient of both the 2014 Lulu's Vintage People's Choice Award and my 2014 Lulu's Personal Top 25 Vintage Clothing Websites I am dividing her interview into two parts. Posted below is Part I. Stay tuned in the future for Part II.

 

Please tell us your name and what city and state you live in.

Julie Bergmans. I’m a Portland, Oregon native. I’ve only lived in two homes my whole life – the house I grew up in NE Portland, my house in Oregon City, where I have been for ten years now.

 

Please tell us a little about yourself. Hobbies, interests and work outside of the vintage world.

I have to admit that the vast majority of my interests are vintage related. Perhaps the most notable departure from the vintage mold is that I attend Burning Man regularly. I just bought my ticket for my fourth Burn. I do wear vintage on the playa – only stuff that is completely thrashed already – and have actually run into another vintage seller (Simplicity is Bliss) there, so even that isn’t a complete departure. I’m interested in fancy cocktails, unique liquers and host lots of parties at my home, as well as planning occasional events in town.

 

What got you into vintage clothing?

Oh, so much at once. I grew up in a household of collectors – my mother and dad collected all of the Decoware apple set, my mother wore vintage hats and my sister and I were trained in how to behave in antique stores early on. Also, I would get up very early to watch AMC in the morning (back when it was all black and white, with a film conservator who spoke between films.) My seven-am’s were filled with Fred and Ginger and the “Road to ….” movies with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour in her incredible sarongs. I was hooked.

 

How long have you been collecting vintage clothing for?

I bought my first piece of vintage that I actually remember at 14. I could walk to the nearest thrift store, Better Bargains, which was a wonderful, junky old place. It looks the same today, but of course, the treasures are gone. I started with the 70s, but by 17 I had found the 1940s. I fell out of wearing vintage for a few years as a young adult, but got rid of ALL my modern clothing a couple months before my 23rd birthday, and have been wearing nothing but vintage or vintage styled clothing since. (I’m 32.)

 

How much do you incorporate vintage clothing and accessories into your everyday wardrobe?

Well, I don’t really have anything else (except some reproduction stuff) so it really makes up the whole of my closet. I mean, I have some under used workout gear. This is not to say I’m fabulous every day. I actually have a few completely destroyed housedresses with tons of iron-on bondex patches holding them together that I tend to bum around the house in. I also like to work at my computer in bias cut nightgowns. Because I can!

 

What are your favorite eras of clothing for wearing?

I’m really a war-era gal at heart, but wear a lot of 1950s pieces, too. In my personal opinion, 1938/9 were the pinnacle of years in fashion, and if I had a smaller figure and unlimited funds, I might very well wear nothing but.

 

What are your favorite eras of clothing for admiring?

I am really in love with the mid-Edwardian era. The workmanship is incredible, but the lines of the clothing are more accessible style-wise than many 1800s pieces.

 

What do you like about clothing from these eras?

In reference to ’38-39, there is absolutely nothing I do not love. The colors! (Oh my god, the colors.) The flattering cuts, the sleeves, the amazing prints. The mix of both girlish co-ed styling and incredible wicked, sophisticated evening gowns. The look is smart and tailored, perfectly flattering. It’s often flirtatious or seductive, but never overtly sexual, like the bombshell clothing of latter years. As for Edwardian - I love the weight of many of the garments. Heavy silk satins, weighty beading, metallic tassels, exceptional wool. There has not been clothing of that quality available outside of couture houses since. The mix of textures and textiles is always stunning.

 

Who are some of your favorite vintage designers?

Can I just sing the praises of Adrian here? While other names exist that impress – particularly Schiap’s surrealist pieces during my favorite years in fashion, I can’t think of another designer that I find on par with Adrian in my heart.

 

Who are some of your favorite modern designers?

I very honestly don’t know how to answer this question. I don’t even know most of the names. I do happen to follow Zac Posen on Instagram, if that counts.

 

What would be your ultimate vintage fashion find?

An Adrian/Dali collaboration, specifically, the horse gown. I know there’s a name for it, but I don’t recall it offhand. I’m surprised that dress doesn’t show up in my dreams occasionally.

 

Is vintage clothing popular in the city that you live in?

It is, although a more casual style than I tend toward. However, we have more vintage stores per capita than LA or San Francisco (I’ve done the math.) And there’s a pretty solid little community of vintage collectors. I like to think I’ve even done something to help connect and grow that community, through my cocktail parties and other events.

 

Who are some of your favorite style icons?

Joan Crawford for fashion, Hedy Lamarr for hair and make-up, Kate Hepburn for casual days. I suppose Dita, too, although it’s terrible cliché, but it’s hard not to admire a woman who always is perfectly coiffed in this day and age!

 

What are your favorite vintage movies, music and television programs?

The Women, which everyone will have guessed by now. And The Wizard of Oz. All of the Thin Man movies. As for more modern pieces with vintage appeal, I believe there’s no more perfect comedy than O Brother, Where Art Thou? I will shamelessly watch even the shoddiest vintage period drama you put in front of me. Just finished Miss Fischer’s…. next please!

 

Do you collect any other types of collectibles or antiques?

I don’t so much collect as much as I simply live among those things. I do collect Bakelite. (Helps that my business partner also runs a Bakelite business… privileges!) But my vintage kitchen wares, while matched, are things I bought for my household, not things I bought because I collect bullet-handled kitchen utensils. My furniture is all vintage, but I bought it for the look of my house. I guess you could say I collect my vintage life, in little bits and pieces.

 

Thanks to Julie for participating in The Style Council! To check out my recent picks of favorite vintage clothing items from FabGabs check out this blog post: Lulu's Favorite Finds from FabGabs 2014 Lulu's Vintage People's Choice Tie for # 9 Award Winner

Stay tuned for Style Council interviews with all of the winners of the 2014 Lulu's Vintage People's Choice Awards, as well as Style Council interviews with my 2014 Lulu's Online Vintage Clothing Store Recommendation winners.

 

If you are interested in participating in The Style Council please contact me at lulusvintagepdx (at) gmail.com

March 31, 2014

Lulu's Favorite Finds from FabGabs 2014 Lulu's Vintage People's Choice # 9 Award Winner

FabGabs placed 9th in the 2014 Lulu's Vintage People's Choice Awards for Best Online Vintage Clothing Store

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You can purchase this 1980s dress for $248- from FabGabs

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You can purchase this 1920s dress for $1,200- from FabGabs

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You can purchase this 1920s navy dress for $448- from FabGabs

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $224- from FabGabs

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $148- from FabGabs

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You can purchase this 1950s dress for $284- from FabGabs

 

This blog post was posted on March 31, 2014. If you have questions about these items or would like to purchase them please follow the links provided under each photo to contact the seller. Lulu's Vintage is not selling these items.


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