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Some people need sequins, others don’t.

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Some people need sequins, others don’t.

Edith Head

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Vintage sequins

Shirley Ross, in the picture on the left, wears a dress designed by Edith Head for The Big Broadcast of 1938. Marlene Dietrich, in the picture on the right, wears a gown designed by Edith Head for Foreign Affair (1948).

 

 

Fashion Trivia

Edith Head, one of my favourite Hollywood costumiers, once famously said, “Some people need sequins, others don’t.”

She made that comment to the press in reference to a dress she designed for Grace Kelly to wear at the 27th Academy Awards in 1955. The dress in ice-blue duchess satin was very simple, lacking any adornments and yet, it made Grace Kelly stand out from the crowds, Hollywood A-lister crowds that is. Kelly won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in “The Country Girl” that night. Edith Head was the winner for her Costume Design (Black and White) for “Sabrina”.

 

Definition of Sequin from THE DICTIONARY OF FASHION HISTORY Valerie Cumming, C. W. Cunnington and P. E. Cunnington

Period: 1880s onwards.

From the Italian term zecchino meaning a gold coin, the

sequin was similar to the pierced metal spangles of an

an earlier period which were sewn to clothing and accessories.

From the 20th century, they were usually made of

light composition, often plastic, and produced in many

colours and several sizes and shapes.

I never thought I would admit it but, I’m definitely a girl who needs sequins in her wardrobe. This might come as a great surprise to those who know me well and even myself, as there was a time in my life when I would frown upon (to say the least!) at anything that sparkles or is of a colour different to black.

I’ve been wearing clothes, exclusively in black, for centuries and It’s only been the last few years since I opened up to the idea of adding some colour and pattern to my vintage wardrobe. It’s been a very gradual transition, that started with me pairing a green belt with a black dress and then replacing missing black buttons with green ones. Now you will see me in a lot of red, purple and even pink! Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you and you are reading it correctly. What can I say except, that it’s beyond my control! 🙂

Once I felt comfortable enough to wear something other than black, I started experimenting with accessories such as shoes and bags in leopard print and guess what, I loved it!

And then came the sequins. First, it was a black cardigan embellished with a snake made of gold sequins from Wheels and Dollbaby.

Wheels and Dollbaby

Inspired by the 1950s New Look. Prada skirt paired with Wheels and Dollbaby cardigan. Photography Gregory Michael King

Then came the Holy Grail of vintage fashion.

In case you didn’t know, It’s basically a sought-after vintage piece of garment. If I was to define it with one sentence it would be; it’s what vintage girl’s dreams are made of.

In my case, it’s the late 1930s sequin blouse in plush powder pink, that appeared in one of my favourite films starring Bette Davis, Old Acquaintance (1943). It wasn’t actually worn by the great Ms Davis but I’m pretty sure that the film extra dressed in my blouse, bumped into the star at least once. You can see in the pictures below, the close proximity of the sequin beauty to the Hollywood star!

I would like to note, that I had purchased the magnificent sequins blouse before I discovered its appearance in Old Acquaintance. It was clearly meant to be and after that incredibly serendipitous find, I’m definitely adding more 1930s sequins garments to my Etsy basket. Who knows, perhaps next time I’ll be lucky enough to find a sequins blouse or even a dress worn by Ms Davis or Crawford. A girl can dream.

1930s sequins blouse Bette Davis

New to me, 1930s sequins blouse in a beautiful shade of pink appeared in one of my favourite films with Bette Davis, Old Acquaintance (1943). Costume design, Orry-Kelly.

 

For my “Some people need sequins, others don’t” photoshoot, I wore;

  • The 1930s sequins blouse which I bought on Etsy from SundriseVintage.
  • The 1940s cocktail dress bought from Xtabay vintage shop.
  • The dazzling couture socks from Fiori Couture.
  • A vintage bag I bought so many moons ago, I don’t even remember where from.

Photography, Gregory Michael King

1930s sequins blouse

In the picture, I’m wearing a 1930s sequins blouse paired with a 1940s dress.

vintage fashion blogger Dominique de Merteuil

Photography Gregory Michael King

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“Some people need sequins, others don’t.”

Some people need sequins, others don't.

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A 1930s sequins blouse paired with couture socks from Fiori Couture.

Vintage blogger Dominique de Merteuil

I often mix garments from the 1930s with 1940s and contemporary footwear.

 

FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO LEARN!

A very brief history of sequins

  •  Sequins have always been synonymous with wealth. In 1922, when Tutankhamun’s ( 1342 B.C. – 1323 B.C. ) tomb was discovered, precious gold sequins or sequin-adjacent disks were found on the pharaoh’s garment presumably to prepare him for the afterlife.

 

  •  In the 13th century, Venetians used to produce gold coins known as zecchino. Sewing coins on clothing was indubitably a statement of one’s prosperity and for some also a way of safekeeping valuables.

 

  •  In the 17th and 19th century, the sparkly sequins were a popular adornment of garments for women of nobility and great wealth. They could also be found on dresses from the Edwardian era and I’ve heard from several vintage sellers who owned Edwardian dresses adorned with sequins, that to their surprise the sequins were made of gelatin and not metal.

 

  • In the 1920s sequins were incredibly popular amongst the flapper girls. The sparkle made them stand out on the dance floor and beyond. They became almost synonymous with the era, unfortunately, metal sequins were too heavy to dance around in and the gelatin ones didn’t cope well in a hot or wet environment. Staying away from the rain or close embrace was and still is the only way to keep them from literally melting away!

I’m always amazed when I see garments from the 1920s and 1930s embellished with gelatin sequins in almost excellent condition.

  •  In the 1940s gelatin sequins were replaced by acetate sequins which were definitely an improvement to their predecessors but not an ideal solution as they were still prone to the water damage.

 

  • And finally, In the 1950s, Lieberman created the very first washable and heat resistant sequin.

 

 

Crush Vintage shop of the week!

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Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentleman! For my weekly Q&A in the Vintage Shop Of The Week section, which you can read more about  HERE! I present you with Crush Vintage, run by two friends whose mutual passion for vintage fashion led to the creation of a a shop filled with real treasures for savvy vintage shoppers like myself and where you can find garments dating to as early as 1800! With such an exquisite selection of coats from the 1930s-1980s it’s a real struggle to leave their Etsy shop without clicking the “add to cart” button.

Dominique de Merteuil: How did you start your adventure in selling vintage clothes?

Crush Vintage: I started out first on Ebay (during the Sophia Amoruso/Nasty Gal days!) just wanting to sell some of my unworn items, and quickly progressed into building a real customer base. I moved over to Etsy a few years later and haven’t looked back!

Dominique de Merteuil: What can we find in your vintage shop? For example, do you specialise in a particular era or type of garment, accessory, etc?

Crush Vintage: You can find all eras and clothing types from the 1970’s and older in the shop. We specialize in wearable vintage that will blend into any modern wardrobe.

1930s dress

1970s dress Stephen Burrows

Rare Stephen Burrows dress from the 70s in dusky pink rayon. You can buy this beauty from Crush Vintage  via their Etsy shop!

1930s silk gown from Crush Vintage

Breathtaking 1930s silk gown from Crush Vintage! 

Beautiful 1940s Dorothy O’Hara dress can be purchased from Crush Vintage Etsy shop but hurry up because It’s not going to stay there long!

 

Dominique de Merteuil: Is there a process you go through when selecting garments for your shop? Perhaps you have a list or a criteria, that you use when deciding which garments will be perfect for your shop and your clients?

Crush Vintage: When purchasing an item, I run through many questions in my head: Is it in good condition? Can you picture a modern day girl wearing it? Would I wear it? Is it too costume-y or just the right amount of bonkers one of a kind amazing?

Dominique de Merteuil: Where do you find all those beautiful vintage clothes and accessories for your shop? (if it’s not a secret!)

Crush Vintage: It is getting really hard finding good vintage nowadays that I have to search high and low for it! I also have great relationships with several estate sales companies and vendors. And also keeping in touch with those with big vintage collections. I have been cultivating one lead for three years! But she is getting close to selling me her collection…..very soon hopefully.

 

1940s Princess coat from Crush Vintage

One of the most beautiful 1940s coats I’ve ever seen! Available at Crush Vintage Etsy shop!

1940s tilt hat

Beautiful 1940s tilt hat from Crush Vintage!

1930s velvet coat from Crush Vintage

1930s velvet coat by I.Magnin & Co Importers from Crush Vintage.

1950s skirt suit in sapphire blue from Crush Vintage

Dominique de Merteuil: What is your favourite period in time and why?

Crush Vintage: My favorite period in time is right now! I love fashion’s inclusiveness and the fact that you can wear anything and everything and still look chic!

Dominique de Merteuil:  What message/advise do you have for women who have never bought vintage clothes before? For example: what are the key pieces to start building a vintage look? What to keep in mind when making a purchase?

Crush Vintage: The advice I would give someone who is starting their vintage collection is: Buy What You Love and Buy It Right Away. Don’t hesitate. It something speaks to you, get it. Vintage right now is so hot, and the good things get snapped up quickly. You can start with coats, jewelry, handbags, whatever you need to enhance your wardrobe. Oh…and keep your measurements handy!

Dominique de Merteuil: What are your 3 favourite items that you have ever sold and why have you chosen to name those particular ones?

Crush Vintage: Some of my favorite items are priceless things we unearthed. We have had several Adrian items (one gown and some suits!) and an amazing Poiret cape that was sold to a collector. That thrill of finding that hidden tag never gets old!

Poiret cape from Crush Vintage

Skirt suit by Adrian from Crush Vintage

Dress by Adrian from Crush Vintage

Dominique de Merteuil: What are your favourite vintage brands and are they very difficult to find?

Crush Vintage: My favorite vintage brands are so wide and varied! I love Dorothy O’Hara, Lilli Ann, Ceil Chapman…. but there are so many wonderful items with no labels too, we don’t discriminate. I think we have become too label conscious when really, it should be all about construction and quality.

Dominique de Merteuil: What’s in your wardrobe? Do you personally wear vintage clothes on a daily basis?

Crush Vintage: I collect coats! Although, living in California I don’t get a chance to wear them too much! But I love that you can wear jeans and a t-shirt and throw a good jacket/coat on top and look completely chic! I get so many compliments on my vintage leopard coats.

 

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La Belle Vintage – shop of the week!

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If I was to describe Sascha, the owner of La Belle Vintage, in just a word or two, Vintage-Fairy is what springs immediately to mind. The reason being, is that Sascha makes vintage dreams come true by finding exactly what I’m looking for and in great condition so, that I don’t have to stress out about the possibility of having to mend, which I’m truly awful at.  Apart from being very knowledgeable on the topic of vintage fashion, as well as costume restoration, Sascha is also incredibly kind and generous, making the whole process of buying vintage clothes a delightful experience and making me always want to come back for more! You can see my breathtaking 1940s dress from La Belle Vintage here!

la belle vintage

Beautifully wrapped dress from La Belle Vintage!

Dominique de Merteuil: How did you start your adventure in selling vintage clothes?

1930s Henri Bendel Lace Evening Gown

Incredible 1930s Henri Bendel Lace Evening Gown Bolero L Vintage Black & Gold Alencon Lace Art Deco Dress Set. Available at La Belle Vintage Etsy shop!

LA BELLE VINTAGE: Well, I started selling vintage out of necessity rather than choice. When I first came to New York in the 1990’s and wanted to start my Master’s degree in costume history, I found it difficult to find a job that would accept English (UK) qualifications as an equivalent to US qualifications. I remember having two Bachelor degrees back then and potential employers asking me if I had a GED.

Eventually, I got a job working part time at a New York museum. I learned a tremendous lot in the costume department which has shaped my vintage and restoration knowledge. I was then able to start my Master’s at FIT.

In order to supplement my income as I was the sole breadwinner for my family, I started selling the pieces that I worked on in class. The pieces that were used for the practical part of the courses were eventually sold for much more that I had anticipated. These pieces were usually found at flea markets, swap meets etc and were in deplorable condition. However, I was able to restore them to wearable standards and thus a business was born!

I sold at a few flea markets in Manhattan (yes, I am the girl who used to be on the “A” train with a dress form and a suitcase every Saturday morning J) and eventually started selling on eBay in 1999. Back then, there were no photos on ebay. You had to manually take photos with a camera, get them developed and send them to potential customers! It was a long process and then you mostly got paid with checks/money order via snail mail. When Paypal came around, I launched my website and have sold on Etsy since 2007. I have been doing costume designing on the side, so I have a full plate.

This adventure has overtaken every aspect of my life, but there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing 🙂

Dominique de Merteuil:What can we find in your vintage shop? For example, do you specialise in a particular era or type of garment, accessory, etc?

LA BELLE VINTAGE: I sell clothing, shoes, and accessories from all eras. I don’t specialize in any particular time period as each decade has had something special to offer in terms of style.

You will however find the most crazy vintage novelty purses ever at my shop. I love novelty handbags, especially animal shaped ones and the ones that I don’t keep, usually end up in the shop 🙂

wicker frog purse

HUGE Wicker Frog Purse Vintage Convertible Shoulder Bag ~ Custom Creation

vintage beach playsuit

Tribal Tiki Print 40s Beach Playsuit Vintage Sarong Shorts Bra Top Cover-up Set. Available at La Belle Vintage Etsy shop!

Dominique de Merteuil: Is there a process you go through when selecting garments for your shop? Perhaps you have a list or a criteria, that you use when deciding which garments will be perfect for your shop and your clients?

LA BELLE VINTAGE: Everything MUST be wearable! Under-arm stains, tears, holes are a huge no-no at my shops. I spend hours a day working on restoring damaged vintage before listing them. When my customers receive an item from me, it must be ready to wear out of the box. A customer shouldn’t have to spend $300 on a dress and then think about how much to spend on cleaning…it’s not acceptable in my books.  I tend to stick to purchasing quality items in excellent condition, but I am a sucker for wounded birds…especially from the 1920’s/1930’s. Art Deco aficionados like me usually don’t mind vintage from these two eras in less than perfect condition.

Dominique de Merteuil: Where do you find all those beautiful vintage clothes and accessories for your shop? (if it’s not a secret!)

LA BELLE VINTAGE: It is a secret 🙂 but I will tell you that it involves a lot of time and energy. I work 16-18 hour days just in finding, restoring and listing my vintage garments.

1960s suit

Shannon Rodgers Brocade Suit S Vintage 60s Jerry Silverman Yellow Silver Jacket Dress Gloves Purse Set. Available at La Belle Vintage Etsy shop!

Dominique de Merteuil: What is your favourite period in time and why?

LA BELLE VINTAGE: I love all decades and time periods! I love fashion, no matter what era. I could hang out with Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette and Twiggy at the same time…they all had style 🙂

I do love the 1920’s/1930’s as I said above, but I love fashion from any decade.

1930s jumpsuit

30s Ruffled Jumpsuit Set S Vintage Art Deco Lace Over Dress & Lounge Pajamas. Available at La Belle Vintage Etsy shop!

1970s princess coat

Full Skirt Hooded Princess Coat M L Vintage Mohawk Mink Fur Details. Available at La Belle Vintage Etsy shop!

Dominique de Merteuil: What message/advise do you have for women who have never bought vintage clothes before? For example: what are the key pieces to start building a vintage look? What to keep in mind when making a purchase?

LA BELLE VINTAGE: I usually advise on jewelry or accessories like a scarf, belt, handbag or a maybe a hat. Fashion is all about details and what better detail for an outfit than to accessorize it?  After you’ve done that, invest in a measuring tape and use it…know your measurements. A measuring tape is essential before you even think about purchasing a vintage garment as vintage sizes do not correspond with sizes of today. The best way to buy vintage is to know what fits you.

1950s wedges

50s Sculptured Wedge Shoes US 7 UK 5 Vintage Allures Jewel Sandals. Available at La Belle Vintage Etsy shop!

Dominique de Merteuil: What are your 3 favourite items that you have ever sold and why have you chosen to name those particular ones?

LA BELLE VINTAGE: There are so many favorites…what to choose, what to choose?

1)      My first favorite sale was my first sale. It was an 1800’s green silk bodice with amazing lace and ruffles. However, I don’t have a photo as that was 1998.

2)      Second was 1920’s silk wedding dress with a scalloped hem and train. The original owner of the gown said that it took 17 days to cut and sew on the scallops on the hemline. That alone is worthy of praise. But the gown itself was magnificent. I’ve attached a photo of the dress as it was worn by it’s present owner. The customer who purchased  this was incredible to work with and she also started a blog on her 1920’s themed wedding featuring the dress.

1920's wedding dress.

1920’s wedding dress.

3)      Thirdly was an incredible ensemble that was used on set at Universal studios in 1962. I had gotten several garments from a costuming gig that I had worked on. It is a pink silk chiffon catsuit with several matching skirts. Oh my goodness! This thing was incredible. That, I do have a picture of! 

1960s cat-suit

Ensemble that was used on set at Universal studios in 1962.

Dominique de Merteuil: What are your favourite vintage brands and are they very difficult to find?

LA BELLE VINTAGE: I don’t have a favorite vintage brand really. I love all vintage equally…ha ha! I do love designs by Elsa Schiaparelli, Paul Poiret and Peter Minshall who is an incredible Carnival costume designer.  Google Tan Tan & Saga Boy and just watch that magic 🙂

But I have a soft spot for catalog fashions like Lana Lobell, Skylark, Florida Fashions, Bellas Hess, Lane Bryant (circa 1940’s), Roaman’s, Fashion Frocks, Maisonette Frocks, Montgomery Wards, etc.

It reminds me of what the everyday woman wore back then. Not everyone could have afforded couture like Dior and Chanel. The majority of women wore what they could afford and that’s close to my heart 🙂

Dominique de Merteuil: What’s in your wardrobe? Do you personally wear vintage clothes on a daily basis?

LA BELLE VINTAGE: I wear vintage jewelry and accessories everyday. I use the same Coach purse that I’ve owned since 1992. I wear old school Reeboks, the bright candy colored ones from the 1980’s 🙂

I really appreciate the quality of vintage items and I tend to gravitate to wearing or using something older.

La Belle Vintage

The lovely Sascha, founder of La Belle Vintage captured by J Knight Photography.

Vintage Caf – 1920s-1930s fashion heaven

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Vintage Caf- Vintage shop of the week AKA 1920s-1930s fashion heaven.

20s-30s fashion

In the picture on the top left; Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in Great Gatsby. Top right and in the picture below; one of my favourite actresses Kristin Scott-Thomass as Sylvia McCordle in Gosford Park.

Vintage Caf – Vintage shop of the week aka 1920s-1930s fashion heaven.

Whenever I re-watch a drama set in the 1920s or 30s, inevitably, I daydream and lust after an evening gown from that glorious period of time. For those of a similar inclination but who are not in the vintage-loop, you’re perhaps unaware, that there truly do exist magical places, which actually sell true vintage clothes from the time of the Great Gatsby! But… I should point out, you really need to know where to look. And I sincerely hope, that my recommendations will get you closer to finding that perfect vintage outfit; one that perhaps will make you feel like Daisy Buchanan or in my case Sylvia McCordle from my beloved Gosford Park.

To help you in your quest, I’d like to share with you one particular shop on Etsy that is my ‘go to’ with a 1920s-30s wish list and it’s called Vintage Caf! Where, besides fashions from the jazz era, you will also find beautiful clothes from Edwardian times all the way through to the 1960s, along with accompanying accessories and a truly unique, dare I say breath-taking collection of handmade headpieces, all created by the shop’s talented owner who uses antique lace for all of her headpieces.

Ladies and Gentleman! Meine Damen und Herren! Madame et Monsieur! Without further ado I present you Vintage Caf- Vintage shop 

 

vintage headpiece

You can purchase this gorgeous handmade tiara from Vintage Caf Etsy shop by clicking on the image!

vintage inspired headpiece.

 

Dominique de Merteuil: How did you start your adventure in selling vintage clothes?

Vintage Caf: I only started selling Vintage clothes recently after my husband and I decided my personal vintage collection was just too big to store in our home.  Instead of finding alternative storage I decided to sell the pieces I no longer wear.  And so it started from there about 2 years ago.

DdM: What can we find in your vintage shop? For example, do you specialise in a particular era or type of garment, accessory, etc?

Vintage Caf: I sell across all vintage eras but mainly 20s and 30s.  Part of my collection included a large selection of antique lace.  This I did not wish to part with, so I set about making millinery from the lace.  The pieces I make I sell in the shop.

vintage clothes

Beautiful selection of vintage clothes and accessories, that you can  currently find at Vintage Caf! Some from 1920s-1930s ohers from 1950s. In the picture on the top left, a 1930s mint coloured silk dress. Top right; 1950s pink satin evening gown. Bottom left; 1940s silk organza wedding gown. Bottom right; large 1930s, heavily embroidered shawl.

 

DdM:  Is there a process you go through when selecting garments for your shop? Perhaps you have a list or a criteria, that you use when deciding which garments will be perfect for your shop and your clients?

Vintage Caf: The most important criteria for me when buying vintage garments is – would I wear this?  If the answer is no, then I don’t buy it.  The result is that everything in the shop is of my personal taste and something I would wear.  Same with the headpieces.  When making a headpiece I try it on and if it looks good on me, it will look good on others.

DdM:  Where do you find all those beautiful vintage clothes and accessories for your shop? (if it’s not a secret!)

Vintage Caf: Much of what is in the shop is from my personal collection gathered over 30 years.  When eBay first started it opened a whole new world of vintage.  I love going to vintage markets and fairs and still occasionally find pieces on eBay, although the golden era of Ebay is over.  I remember seeing Fortuny gowns for a thousand dollars on Ebay years ago.  I couldn’t afford them then.  Now I still can’t afford them. 

DdM: What is your favourite period in time and why?

Vintage Caf: My favourite period would have to be the 20s and 30s.  I’m an old romantic at heart and the clothes from that era, the flowing gowns, beading and chiffons, are so romantic.  I also love a good structured crepe 40’s outfit.  Hard to come by though.

DdM: What message/advise do you have for women who have never bought vintage clothes before? For example: what are the key pieces to start building a vintage look? What to keep in mind when making a purchase?

Vintage Caf: I’m always trying to convince family and friends of the sense of vintage.  Modern fashion designers all borrow from fashion history one way or another so you can always look stylish and ontrend by mixing up vintage with modern.  If you want to start a collection I’d go with a couple of blouses first.  The 40’s had some magnificent pieces, some with wonderful beading.  A vintage blouse under a suit looks very classy.  Then move into dresses that you can team with a jacket for work or scarf on a weekend outing.  A vintage bag can also give a modern outfit that stylish touch.  Before buying always check for flaws.  I try and avoid pieces with holes as they are difficult to repair.  If it’s an undone seam or hemline that easily repaired. 

velvet 1030s dress

In the picture on the left a Prada dress from last season, a dress, that the Vintage Caf owner fell in love with but wanted to find something vintage and more affordable. In the picture on the right a true vintage 1930s velvet dress, which was beaded and embroidered by Vintage Caf. It cost a lot of work but it was definitely worth it and I don’t know about You but I like the vintage one much better!

DdM:  What are your 3 favourite items that you have ever sold and why have you chosen to name those particular ones?

Vintage Caf: My favourite pieces that I have sold. I didn’t realise how difficult selecting just three favourites would be.

This one because the customer wore it as her wedding dress.

vintage shop

This one because I love vintage crochet pieces and this one is from the 1920s

1920s crochet dress

And this one because I won an journalism award when I wore it.  It was hard to part with.

Silk vintage dress.

I’m a journalist by trade and have been to numerous awards nights and formal events.  My vintage gowns were ideal for walking up on stage. Gives that added glamour.

DdM: What are your favourite vintage brands and are they very difficult to find?

Vintage Caf: Vintage brands are wonderful when you come across them but can be terribly expensive.  My favourite vintage designer is Dior.  I have one Dior jacket in the shop and Madame Gres. None of her pieces. though. 

You can’t go past the homemade vintage dress.  So many more women knew how to sew back in the day and their pieces were beautifully made.  I also sew, so when I come across a piece of vintage fabric, I find a vintage pattern and make it myself.

Below is an example of a dress I made using rare 1920s tulle with cornelli work.  Again I wore it to an awards night and have since sold it to a lucky customer.

20s tulle dress.

DdM: What’s in your wardrobe? Do you personally wear vintage clothes on a daily basis?

Vintage Caf:  I have an eclectic wardrobe.  I have many homemade pieces that I have made and I have a few modern designer outfits.  I like to mix and match.  I almost always wear something vintage everyday, even if its a brooch or handbag or blouse.  I tend to spend more money on designer shoes and bags as they can lift any outfit and last for years.

Off Broadway – Vintage Shop of the week

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After an overwhelming response to my article highlighting the best vintage shops on Etsy (which you can read here), I decided to broaden my investigations by venturing out onto the internet, leaving no link left unchecked during my travels, looking for the most interesting vintage shops across the world. I intend to share my discoveries with all of my sophisticated, vintage-loving readers, featuring one vintage shop per week and through a Q&A, you will be able to find out the history of the shop, what vintage treasures they specialise in, as well as pick up a few tips on how to shop for vintage clothes. So, without any further ado, I would like to start the weekly vintage shop feature with Off Broadway!

Off Broadway

Address:

3110 Central SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105

505-268-1489; offbroadway66@gmail.com

http://www.offbroadwayvintage.com/

 

1920s paisley dress

1920s paisley dress.

 

1950s Adele Simpson dress.

1950s Adele Simpson dress.

Dominique de Merteuil:  How did you start your adventure in selling vintage clothes?

Off Broadway:

My childhood summers were spent at our family farm in a late 1800s turreted farm house. The third-floor attic was filled with trunks of Victorian clothing and other wonderful mysteries.  In the 50s and 60s my mother took me shopping for school clothes in upscale department stores and boutiques, teaching me about fashion and quality.  In high school in the late 60s I started dressing in my mother’s 1950’s dresses.  This bohemian style of dressing served me well as I majored in Fine Arts in college and ended with a Masters in Painting. I even used vintage fabrics and novelty motifs in my paintings.

I started wholesaling a little vintage while I taught art at the university, and finally decided I would rather work for myself.  I opened a small shop in 1984, the year my daughter Grace was born.  Grace grew up wearing vintage and today has incredible style in her mix of vintage and current fashion, plus the best closet in town!  She has an MBA, is a skilled photographer, and was the driving force behind opening our Etsy shop.  Over the past 33 years my little shop has expanded into a successful business in Albuquerque, but Etsy has propelled us globally. Grace and my partnership is the best part.

DDM: What can we find in your vintage shop? For example, do you specialise in a particular era or type of garment, accessory, etc?

Off Broadway:

Our Etsy shop has vintage clothing and accessories from the Victorian era through the eighties. We are particularly passionate about beautiful dresses!

Edwardian gown

Stunning Edwardian cream silk gown that can be purchased via Off Broadway Etsy store.

60s Ceil Chapman dress

Vintage 1960s Ceil Chapman mint green cocktail dress, that can be purchased via Off Broadway Etsy shop, which you will be directed to by clicking on the image.

1930s hooded gown

1930s silk crepe gown with matching hooded jacket. You can purchase the beautiful dress on Off Broadway Etsy shop by clicking on the image.

1920s ivory wedding gown

Stunning 1920s bias cut silk satin wedding dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DDM: Is there a process you go through when selecting garments for your shop? Perhaps you have a list or a criteria, that you use when deciding which garments will be perfect for your shop and your clients?

Off Broadway:

When someone enters my store with an armful of clothes I can usually tell in a glance from across the room if I am interested.  It’s all about the fabric.  Fabric tells me its’ era and style and quality.  I don’t buy clothes that are “tired” or have difficult condition issues.  I want happy clothes with a good pedigree that will inspire my customers.

DDM: Where do you find all those beautiful vintage clothes and accessories for your shop? (if it’s not a secret!)

Off Broadway:

One advantage of being in business as long as I have with a physical shop and a good reputation is that the clothes all come to me.  The disadvantage is I have no time to hunt!

DDM: What is your favourite period in time and why?

Off Broadway:

I love the fresh modernism of the late 50s and early 60s fashion when the United States was in such a hopeful exciting period in history and it was reflected in design.  I lived in Washington DC during the Kennedy administration when my father worked there for the government.  Incredible times!  Then again, the beauty of clothing from the 20s and 30s can make me cry.

DDM: What message/advise do you have for women who have never bought vintage clothes before? For example: what are the key pieces to start building a vintage look? What to keep in mind when making a purchase?

Off Broadway:

Nothing speaks to a woman like a gorgeous dress.  If that is too overwhelming a start for a vintage novice I suggest a great jacket.  The philosophy at Off Broadway has always been that vintage is current and modern and should be mixed with your contemporary pieces for a fashion forward look.  We can easily put you in one era head-to-toe, but that verges on costume.  We stay abreast of current designers to help our customers stay relevant.

1930s floral satin and taffeta gown

Gorgeous 1930s floral satin and taffeta gown, that can be purchased via Off Broadway Etsy page by clicking on the image.

1950s floral Ceil Chapman dress

Summer must-have 1950s floral Ceil Chapman dress.

1950s Peggy Hunt dress

1950s Peggy Hunt dress.

DDM: What are your 3 favourite items that you have ever sold and why have you chosen to name those particular ones? 

Off Broadway:

It’s not just the fabulous clothes that I’ve sold over the years – it’s connecting with amazing people and providing them with pieces that inspire and enhance their lives.  When I sell a wedding dress it becomes a celebration for us as well as the bride.  This past summer an entire family was outfitted from my shop for a very special farm wedding.  I have sold many red-carpet dresses to actresses.   My favourite was a yellow 30s gown for an actresses’ wedding. Such vicarious living!  I recently sold a sweet John Meyer of Norwich suit to the designer’s daughter.  She is amassing a collection of his work for a museum and we had a great correspondence. The designer Marc Jacobs bought a 40s ballerina print dress from me and used it throughout his famous Fall 2016 Ready to Wear show.  That was a thrill. One of my favourite Etsy customers bought my all-time favourite Tina Leser ochre silk dress and coat.  Because of Etsy I connected with an incredible artist – the photographer Suzanne Heintz.  Her work uses vintage clothes in a socially biting and hilarious vignettes.  Check her out! I have hoarded and held back favourite pieces from my shop but recently released a stunning 30s blue silk gown with extravagant  winged sequined sleeves and off it went to be on television.  My stories are not unique among vintage sellers.  It is why we do it with such passion.  And pleasure!

Vintage dress

Stunning Chrysanthemum dress!

 

Tina Leser vintage dress and coat

Tina Leser ochre silk dress and coat.

1930s blue satin dress with sequined sleeves.

1930s blue satin dress with sequined sleeves.

 

Vintage dress

Beautiful 1940s ballerina print dress bought by Mark Jacobs, who was so inspired by it, that he used the print in his 2016 collection.

 

In the picture on the left the original1940s dress with ballerina print. In the picture on the right Marc Jacobs dress from his 2016 collection.

DDM: What are your favourite vintage brands and are they very difficult to find?

Off Broadway:

I have a magnificent Fontana that I am currently sheltering.  An early Jean Patou.  A Pauline Trigere 1940s studded jumpsuit.  A big Lilly Ann suit.  I’m just not ready… and I’m sure most vintage dealers share this affliction!

DDM: What’s in your wardrobe? Do you personally wear vintage clothes on a daily basis?

Off Broadway:

Both Grace and I wear some form of vintage almost every day.  I have a closet full of 40s housedresses, lots of men’s shirts and ties, Chinese jackets, fiesta skirts, and Edwardian pieces.  I never go a day without vintage with my 50s aluminum glasses.  Grace has stunning rayon 40s dresses, 50s party dresses and is lately into wearing 60s.  Today she went off to work in a 60s B&W dress with matching coat in an homage to Mary Tyler Moore.

Best vintage shops on Etsy

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Best Vintage Shops On Etsy

I don’t mean to sound platitudinous but shopping for vintage clothes is not an easy affair. Looking for that perfect Lilli Ann suit, a 1930s velvet gown that will be just the right size and colour or, a Victorian funeral cape in mint condition. All can be quite a challenge, especially now that I don’t have easy access to my beloved vintage fairs in London which were my main source of vintage treasure hunting (you can read about the best vintage places to shop for in London). Since the big move however, my relocation from London to Warsaw, it was Etsy that came to the rescue!

I was a devoted observer, browsing though Etsy’s vintage shops for about a year before I signed up as a buyer. It became almost an obsession to find and save my dream dresses, suits, coats and hats to a shopping wish list. That’s the beauty of Etsy, you can easily save favourite shops and items to folders you create for yourself. So for example, I have one that’s only for Victorian capes, another for 1940s suits and the list goes on. I’m basically creating my dream wardrobe but not being a particularly practical person, I tend to go for pieces that are of a museum quality, a real work of art if you like, clothes that I would make very little use of and that’s why the folders on Etsy help me to compare and decide what is it I really need at a particular time in my life, what is it I almost can’t live without and what’s more of a fantasy that will spend 99% of its lifetime hanging on a mannequin.

If you are as passionate about vintage clothes from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s with Victorian items thrown into the mix, you will love my list of best vintage shops on Etsy! The reason behind my choice of the 36 vintage shops you will find here on my list is very simple, every single time I look for specific garments from my favourite periods in time, I always end-up finding the most ravishing, original, vintage clothes in those shops. I’ve also discovered what an incredible community it really is, we are all so passionate about wearing history, supporting the slow fashion and be it by accident or with full consciousness, we also become eco-friendly, reusing existing clothes, mending them, turning into a new designs, rather than buying cheap mass produced clothes, that will probably end-up in the bin within a month of it’s purchase. As I always say, quality before quantity! Focusing on finding your style rather than getting completely lost in the new trends that become old trends before you even get to wear your new dress. That’s where vintage fashion can help you creating a very original and unique look. I know, that there are many people in the vintage community who drawn upon mixing the old with the new or not being historically accurate with how clothes form one era are being paired with accessories from another, but there are also people like yours truly, who’s style is of mixing vintage clothes with current luxury brands, who are influenced by the past. I will never give-up on buying Wheels & Dollbaby or Vivienne Westwood because they compliment the true vintage in a unique way. Whatever category you fit with, the vintage shops on my list will help you complete your wardrobe or even build it from a scratch! 

Thank you very much to everyone on the list for allowing me to use your beautiful pictures and I hope that this article will be a lot of help to all of you vintage shoppers!

If there are wonderful vintage shops on Etsy that I haven’t put on the list please do add the name of the shop to the comments so that my readers and I may discover them.

The Mood- board

If I was to describe my look and style it would be a mix of  my Holly(wood) Trinity: Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth and Marlene Dietrich with a dash of Morticia Addams.

I present you with a visual/mood-board of what I’m looking for when I browse through vintage shops on Etsy!

Old Hollywood Movie stars

My mood- board, style inspiration. Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, lots of glamour, drama and of course Lilli Ann!

 

Best vintage shops on Etsy

1) Archetype Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

Rhode Island, United States

Over 1700 sales

Hand-picked selection of vintage clothes and accessories such as gloves, bags and hats. Lots of beautiful 1950s dresses not just for the “Stepford Wives.”

1950s fashion. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Vintage 1950s Alex Coleman cashmere sweater and skirt set. Very Glenn Close in The Stepford Wives!

1940s suit. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1940s red wool suit with black glass beaded stars and very dramatic structured shoulders, that I can imagine being a part of Joan Crawford’s wardrobe and mine of course. 1950s black patent Koret bag and a stunning 1940s black woven cellophane hat.

 

2.  Big City Small Town Vintage 

Shipping Worldwide!

Ohio, United States

363 sales

Great selection of fabulous vintage suits and dresses!

1940s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

A simply divine 1940s vintage purple taffeta dress with matching belt and blazer.

1950s suit

Beautiful 1950s grey wool suit with decorative buttons by Don Loper.

3. Bride Of The Fox

Shipping Worldwide!

Virginia, United States

Over 190 sales

Breathtaking collection of rare, vintage garments, some of such historical value that they should be displayed in a museum or better still, my wardrobe!

 

Charles James Coat. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Jaw-dropping, rare 1950s coat by Charles James. One of those museum pieces that I’ve mentioned.

Norman Norell 1950s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Early 1950s Norman Norell dress in shocking pink.

4. Butch Wax Vintage 

Please note that Amanda sells mainly via her Instagram page which you can find here!

Shipping Worldwide

California, United States

Over 2400 sales

The always glamorous Amanda  Suter has years of experience in selling vintage clothes, most are from her personal collection. I’m stalking her Instagram page on a daily basis and putting a lot of the 1950s suits and coats onto my wishlist. She has a real talent for finding the most incredible Lilli Ann suits but you have to be really fast in making a purchase as they’re gone in 60 seconds. Below a selection of my favourite vintage suits and dresses from Butch Wax Vintage.

1950s suit and 1940s dresses.Best vintage shops on Etsy.

 

5) Canary Club Vintage 

Shipping Worldwide!

Minnesota, United States

Over 1200 sales

Magnificent selection of vintage dresses, suits and coats!

1950s navy dress

Gorgeous 1950s navy day dress with decorative buttons, made of textured rayon. If only I looked good in blue!

1950s plaid dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Another example of a beautiful 1950s day dress, a real masterpiece!

6) Cult Of Chiffon

Shipping Worldwide

Texas, United States

Over 870 sales

Dreamy vintage clothes and accessories from 1920s-1970s. Some of the most beautiful pieces of vintage lingerie I’ve seen in years!

Vintage lingerie

Just a small selection of my favourite lingerie pieces from Cult Of Chiffon.

pink 1950s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Lovely 1950s shirtwaist dress made of rose silk jacquard, paired with a cream 1940s metal mesh purse.

 

7) Crush Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

California, United States

Over 3500 sales

Lots of vintage treasures in the form of 1940s dresses, 1930s and 1940s lingerie, hats and a big selection of vintage wedding dresses that could easily be worn as evening gowns.

1930s velvet coat

Stunning velvet 1930s coat with a white collar.

Edwardian dress

I have a weakness for Victorian or Edwardian dresses as well as funeral capes and simply couldn’t resist showing you all this particular example of the treasures that Crush Vintage has in her store! Don’t you think that the dress paired with this  lovely 1940s bag is a match made in heaven!

8) Dandelion Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

Over 1100 sales

Huge selection of clothes and accessories ranging from Victorian to 1980s. Lovely vintage scarfs and lingerie!

1960s suit

This 1960s dark pink suit with fur trim is an example of class and sophistication. I paired it with a Victorian silk lace shawl because I believe that everything goes with a Victorian Shawl. 🙂

1950s suit

1950s navy blue suit with a polka dot lining and matching bow, paired with a wide brim hat from the same period of time and 1960s wooden basket.

9) Dear Golden Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Michigan, United States

Over 14600 sales

Official Website: www.deargolden.com

Address: Dear Golden

211.S Fourth Ave.

Ann Arbor, MI

Breathtaking hand-selected vintage clothes and accessories from 1910s-1980s. Huge  selection of vintage dresses and coats, that are all on my wish-list!

*Due to technical problems,  unexpected loss of internet (for 5hours!) while I was in the middle of writing the article,  I “lost” one of the shops from my best vintage shops on Etsy list and unfortunately it was the Dear Golden Vintage. The order has been restored and the shop is right where it belongs!!!

best vintage shops on vintage

My dream 1950s princess coat (sadly a little bit too small), paired with a gorgeous 1930s dress, 1920s silk chemise and 1950s orange heels with open toes!

best vintage shops on Etsy

Another example of a stunning vintage coat, this time from 1930s! I paired it with a pair of 1940s black satin platforms with peep-toe!

10) Denisbrain Vintage 

Shipping Worldwide!

Washington, United States

Over 2400 sales

The owner’s mantra ” Wear vintage and make the world brighter.”

Fabulous selection of beautiful dresses, coats, 1950s skirts and accessories, especially hats!

1930s gown

1930s-1940s black gown with a fitted jacket, that I’m utterly obsessed with, paired with 1940s tilt hat with a veil. I can resist almost everything but a hat with a veil. It’s Beyond My Control.

1940s suit. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1940s brown, check suit by Kolmer. Love the tailored jacket with shoulder pads and the matching skirt with a back kick pleat!

11) Fab Gabs 

Shipping Worldwide!

Oregon, United States

Over 8000 sales

Beautiful selection of dresses and separates from 1920s, 1930, 1940s and 1950s.

1940s dress

Incredible 1940s dress with sheer mesh and balloon sleeves paired with a 1940s tilt hat shaped like a teardrop!

1930s pink dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1930s dress in a rosy pink rayon crepe and puffed sleeves perfect for Summer days.

 

12) Fairy Floss Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

Texas, United States

55 sales on Etsy since 2016

Dreamy selection of antique and vintage clothes.  Every time I go back to Ruby’s Etsy shop for inspiration I have a sudden urge to listen to Stevie Nicks. 🙂 Really looking forward to seeing how the shop expands over time.

1930s gown

Late 1930s early 1940s cream and chiffon gown with faux pearl buttons. *Fur collar and necklace not included*

Edwardian dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Very romantic Edwardian two piece dress made of gauzy cotton lawn fabric.

 

I know, that my readers are very refined, people of class and good taste so there is no need for introducing Stevie Nicks but at least  I can tell you a funny and sad  at the same time anecdote. Last year I witnessed a conversation between two teenage girls and it went like this:

 

Girl a) ” Have you ever heard of  Stevie Nicks?

Girl b) No, Oh hold on! Isn’t she an actress on American Horror Story?

Girl a) Yeah but you know she’s like this new musician too.”

 

And people wonder why sometimes I go all Joan Crawford on them! 🙂

Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce

In the picture on the left: Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce. In the picture on the right; Stevie Nicks on her album cover for Bella Donna (new out in 1981)

13) Garb -Oh Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

Oregon, United States

Over 1600 sales

Rhiannon, the owner of Garb-Oh Vintage is a real vintage hunter selling clothes and accessories from the 1920s-1960s.

Old Hollywood Glamour dress

1930s blue rayon dress with purple weave that has a dash of satin sheen to it. The wide belt and sleeves ending in a cuff of gold lame make the dress very dramatic. I wish I looked good in blue! I think it goes really well with the 1930s purse. So many of my favourite vintage pieces come in blue and it’s a colour I don’t think I can pull off.

 

1940s princess coat. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Perfect marriage! Stunning 1940s princess coat with cape and you know my weakness for capes! Paired with a 1940s black sequin skull cap with a veil. Sadly my dream coat is a little bit to small for me, unless I decided to wear it over bare skin (hmmm, thinking, thinking) but it will be one lucky lady who gets to buy it!

 

 

14) Guermantes Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Maryland, United States

Over 1000 sales

Rare antique and vintage clothing, a real treasure box of dream pieces! You will find a big selection of couture 1920s coats that are worth maxing your credit card for!

 

1920s coat. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Breathtaking 1920s coat, that has been on my wishlist for a long time but has now been reserved for someone, which proves how fast you need to act if you see something you really love.

Rare 1930s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Stunning and very rare 1930s evening gown encrusted in sequins!

 

15) Hedonist Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

Maine, United States

Over 190 sales

Another treasure hunter with big selection of vintage clothes and accessories from the 1950s -1980s.

1960s wiggle dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of the 1960s fashion but there is always an exception and this beautiful 60s, wiggle dress is just that! Utter perfection.

1930s dressing gown

This stunning 1930s blue satin dressing gown had me fooled for a second and I thought it was an evening gown!

16) Machindance Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Virginia, United States

Over 200 sales

Heaven for those like yours truly in love with 1950s dresses and suits!

1950s Bette Davis dress

This stunning 1950s black taffeta Ceil Chapman dress reminds me so much of the dress designed by Edith Head for Bette Davis in All About Eve!

1950s wiggle dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1950s blue embroidered taffeta dress perfect for Summer parties.

17) Mill Street Vintage

Shipping Worldwide!

Over 2300 sales

Vintage shop with beautiful dresses from 1940s-1970s, a real treat for the eye.

blue 1950s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1950s blue floral cotton dress with detachable belt.

green 1950s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Crying a river over this simple, green with leopard trim 1950s dress, that would be perfect for me. Sadly it’s the wrong size.

18) No Carnations

Shipping Worldwide

Texas, United States

Over 2800 sales

Sheena, the shop’s owner believes that everyone deserves to wear good clothes and that’s exactly what you will find in No Carnations, simply a beautiful selection of vintage clothes and accessories.

1940s dress

1940s black rayon crepe dress with sleeves and collar trimmed in a peach velvet with rhinestones. I paired it with 1940s pink, silk shoes. I find that pink and orange/peach go hand in hand!

best vintage shops on Etsy

Breathtaking 1950s navy linen dress with matching cropped jacket paired with a 1940s hat.

19) Nouveau 2 You

Shipping Worldwide

Over 460 sales

Carefully selected vintage clothes from the 1920s-1950s. If I were to describe Valentine’s clients, based on the treasures she sells, it would be classy Femme Fatales with a love for glamour.

1950s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Beautiful 1950s New Look dress made of silk chiffon fabric and lace, with a wasp waist and very dramatic circle skirt.

polka dots 1950s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Dazzling 1950s cocktail dress with fitted waist, made of blue silk with polka dots.

20) Off Broadway Vintage 

Shipping Worldwide

New Mexico, United States

Over 600 sales

Official website: http://www.offbroadwayvintage.com/

High-end vintage clothes from the turn of the last century through to the 1980s. Big selection of vintage dresses and coats, that look like they’ve jumped of a movie screen!

1930s coat. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Jaw-dropping purple, wool tweed 1930s coat that Joan Crawford would have approved of!

1950s sequins dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Ladies and Gentleman! Guys and Dolls! Behold this glamorous, 1950s Gene Shelly sequins dress with white ostrich feathers.

21) Pale Pink Vintage 

Shipping Worldwide

Washington, United States

Over 600 sales

Vintage dresses, gowns, lingerie and much more from 1920s -1970s

1930s dress, Best vintage shops on Etsy.

In love with this elegant 1930s dress by Grosscraft.

1940s suit

Lovely 1940s grey suit by Marian Ross perfect for a business meeting or a lunch with the ladies.

22) Paper Luna Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Arizona, United States

Over 130 sales

Annie has a lovely selection of dresses, coats and accessories from the 1950s and 1960s.

red 50s dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1950s red and black cotton dress with a cummerbund style waist. Paired with 1950s cage hat with large bow and netting and beautiful 1930s cameo earrings.

1950s sapphire dress

Gorgeous 1950s sapphire blue taffeta dress. The black ribbon sash belt accentuates the waist on a very full circle skirt.

23) Poppycock Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

North Carolina, United States

Over 3300 sales

Beautiful vintage treasures from 1800s-1900. Huge selection of  hats from 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

1930s nightgown. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1930s pink satin nightgown is what every lady needs in her boudoir!

vintage hats

Some of my favourite 1930s and 1940s hats from Poppycock Vintage.

24) Pursuing Andie Vintage

Idaho, United States

Over 2290 sales

Huge selection of clothes and accessories from 1940 to 1980s

1950s polka dot dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Lovely 1950s blue and white polka dot, drop waist dress paired with 1960s woven wicker purse.

1950s navy dress

1950s navy blue and silver patio dress, paired with wicker purse with fruit detail.

25) Ruby Fayes Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Colorado, United States

Over 1260 sales

Gorgeous range of clothes from 1910s to 1950s!

Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Simply magnificent 1940s black and silver sweater, decorated with rhinestones which I paired with a gorgeous velvet bolero.

1950s wool sweater and skirt set.

Lovely 1940s set consisting of wool knit sweater with gold metallic threading and a pencil skirt.

26) Savvy Spinster Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Over 830 sales

Melissa’s shop has only a few garments for sale at any given time but there’s always something amazing. I recently purchased from her a gorgeous 1940s suit, which I will be wearing during my upcoming photoshoot so stay tuned! (You can see pictures of me wearing the suit here!)

1940s suit

New addition to my vintage collection, a beautiful, grey suit from the 1940s.

Betty Barcley vintage dress

A radiant purple, late 1940s early1950s dress, that was snapped up by a shopper before I got a chance to click ‘add to cart’!

27) Selkie Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Over 115 sales

Selkie Vintage sells mainly via her Instagram page, which you can find here.

Graceful vintage clothes and accessories!

velvet suit from 1940s

Very dramatic, velvet ( I would never say no to velvet) suit, that any self-respecting Femme Fatale needs in her wardrobe! Selection of few of my favourite bags from 1940s and 1960s.

Lilli Ann grey suit. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Beautiful dove grey Lilli Ann suit with a dyed fox fur peplum.

28) Simply Vintage Co.

Shipping Worldwide

Oregon, United States

Over 3480 sales

Real heaven for those searching for 1940s and 1950s clothes, especially dresses and suits.

Address: Simply Vintage Co.

1100 SE Division St Ste 102

Portland, OR 97202

 

https://simplyvintageco.com/

Lilli Ann. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Gorgeous late 1940s Lilli Ann suit with velvet collar!

1950s dress

Very sweet early 1950s dress made of a rayon blend with wide waistband and shelf bust.

 

29) Simplicity Is Bliss

Shipping Worldwide

California, United States

Over 4890 sales

The shop has a huge selection of vintage clothing from 1920s to 1960s, focusing on dresses for every occasion.

Lilli Ann coat. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Breathtaking 1950s Lilli Ann coat with a nipped waist and a huge full skirt. I paired it with an antique Edwardian blouse that would look perfect underneath the coat, after all at some point you have to take of that coat.

1950s R&K dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Beautiful 1950s R&K navy blue dress with a very flattering fitted bodice.

 

30) Swan Song Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Oregon, United States

Over 1000 sales

Lovely dresses, suits, accessories and more mainly from 1950s to 1970s.

1940s crepe dress

Delicious 1940s wool crepe dress with black sequins on the front bodice paired with a 1920s opera cape.

1950s New Look dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Spectacular 1950s wedding gown, that reminds me so much of a Dior couture gown. I would have no problem wearing it as an evening gown!

31) The Get Up Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Vermont, United States

Over 400 sales

Dazzling selection of vintage clothes from 1920s to 1970s spiced up with Edwardian gems.

1950s flower dress

A rare 1950s Grenelle Estevez blue rose dress that I paired with an Edwardian bodice, purse and gorgeous 1950s Herbert Levine black sandals.

1950s flower dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Very romantic top and skirt set with a floral motif.

32) The Vintage Net

Shipping Worldwide

Rare and very unusual vintage treasures in the form of dresses, shawls, lingerie and much more.

1940s Mexico skirt. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Extremely rare Mexican embroidered skirt from the late 1940s or early 1950s. Magnificent colours that remind me of Frida Kahlo! I paired the skirt with Victorian gloves to show you all that there are no rules in fashion and mixing clothes from one era with accessories from another can create a very interesting look.

1920s large shawl. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

This magnificent 1920s oversized shawl with floral embroidery is a real work of art and should be displayed  in a museum or on my shoulders!

33) TheVintageStudio

Shipping Worldwide

North Carolina, United States

Over 5300 sales

Jaw-dropping vintage cocktail and evening dresses mainly from 1940s and 1950s is the main reason I stop by their page at least once a day. Oh dear, I think that’s called stalking.

1950s secretary dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Stunning navy 1950s secretary dress with a bow accent.

1950s Bette Davis dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Beautiful 1950s dress made of black taffeta a must have for anyone like yours truly, inspired by Bette Davis in All About Eve.

34) Trailer Park Flamingo

Shipping Worldwide

Missouri, United States

Over 390 sales

Beautiful selection of very unique vintage clothes and accessories from the 1940s to 1970s.

40s wiggle dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

My dream wiggle 1940s dress with gorgeous puffed sleeves! I think it would look great paired with the cranberry fur coat and 1950s kitten heels.

1940s black suit

Very Femme Fatale/ Rachel from Blade Runner 1940s suit with Bishop sleeves. I paired it with 1940s purple coat and black peep-toes.

35) Trunk of Dresses

Shipping Worldwide

Vancouver, Canada

Over 2300 sales

Breathtaking vintage clothes ranging from 1920s to 1970s.

1930s gown. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

1930s dream of a gown in a beautiful green colour, perfect for a red head, with original slip! I paired it with a 1950s cashmere-like shawl.

1950s velvet dress. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

This 1950s velvet evening dress by Murray Fmaburger is simply divine! I paired it with a black princess coat from the same era and I think it’s a match made in heaven.

 

36) Two Old Beans

Shipping Worldwide

Tennessee, United States

Over 580 sales

Official website: http://www.twooldbeansvintage.com/

Darling selection of vintage clothes and accessories from 1940s to 1970s.

1940s evening gown. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Breathtaking 1940s evening gown by DuBarry in a deep purple rayon.

1940s suit. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Can’t stop staring at this 1940s suit in chocolate brown wool which I’ve paired here with 1940s brown pumps.

37) Via’s Vintage

Shipping Worldwide

Minnesota, United States

Over 350 sales

Delicious vintage clothes and accessories from as early as 1800s to the 1970s.

1940s gown- Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Gorgeous 1940s black crepe dress with sequin flowers.

Beautiful 1950s Ceil Chapman dress made of silk. Best vintage shops on Etsy.

Beautiful 1950s Ceil Chapman dress made of silk, paired with 1950s pink and red diamante set consisting of  brooch and clip-on earrings.

 

What’s your favourite vintage shop on Etsy?

 

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