So here we are in 2013 and still doing "The Madonna Thing" and wearing lingerie out in public? Hell yes we are! But don't give her too much credit, women have been doing it a long time!
What I have discovered from over 25 years of wearing, buying and selling vintage clothing, is that you are either naturally drawn to vintage clothes or you're not. "In style" or not, there are those who just love to go to thrift shops and those who abhor it.
Myself, I love it all! But as far as vintage, I had at one time over 100 vintage slips/gowns/bedcoats that I wore out as regular clothing. I loved the bright colored '50s, '60s and '70s ones, but I also loved the '20s, '30s and '40s -- especially the baby blue bed coats and the salmon pink full-length silk gowns. You know silk is warm -- in fact I can't stand the touch of it to my skin now that I'm older. In the '80s and '90s in Seattle, those long, silk vintage gowns were perfect; all you had to do was throw a fur coat on, grab your hat and a taxi and you were good to go!
There are also some fun things you can do, like tie dye your vintage slips, here are a few ideas, there are some easy tutorials online on how to tie dye slips, the results can be beautiful.
I first saw them at The Rosebowl Flea Market in the '90s. The one I chose was baby yellow and blood red. It was awesome -- it kind of looked like I had been stabbed or shot from far away. It gave it that "Rampart/Echo Park" look that was so prevalent in the 90's....
A perfect use for all your old ribbons and lace you don't want to throw out, they make great embellishments on re-vamped vintage designs. One of my very favorite companies, Free People, started out re-vamping old tanks and thermals, and they have maintained a recycled look that is very original. Check them out on 1st and Stewart if you live in Seattle, and also at Nordstrom's and Macy's.
Imagine a plain white or tan slip.... There are so many decorative trims these days at fabric stores, I can literally think of 20 different ways to make a slip look amazing with one box of dye and hour behind the wheel of a sewing machine!
Of course the classic black is great as long as you keep it classy and dress it up with some great shoes and nice jewelry. If you find one of these babies at a thrift store, you're a fool to pass it up! They just don't make them like they used to!
Seen here is the adorable Meg White of The White Stripes, wearing a great Vintage style gown.
Another great example -- just happens to be me and an old friend -- I can say that we were quite comfortable in this linen and cotton since we were in New Mexico and it was about 90 degrees outside! Those beautiful rose lace stockings are made by my very favorite lingerie company, Cosabella. Here's Marilyn in an amazing slip that even I have never seen before, and probably never will; like I said, they just don't make them like they used to!
We will be talking more about the vast and amazing vintage stores in Seattle, and doing some great stories on them, so be sure to subscribe to this blog if you love lingerie!
Leave your creative comments or sewing ideas below and you can leave your hat on!