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Outfits of the Day June 17th thru 21st

This week I got to wear some new dresses that I haven’t worn yet. It was very warm most days this week, so I was able to wear some sleeveless dresses.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

I bought this dress during the winter and was saving it for summer. I needed a purple halter swing dress in my life and Sunday was very warm, so I didn’t have to wear a cardigan!

Dress: Amazon

Shoes: Just Fab

1950s halter swing dress

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dress: Dress of the Month Club from Unique Vintage

Fascinator: Made by me!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Even though it is very warm outside, it is freezing in my office so I still have to wear cardigans sometimes.

Top: Wish

Caridgan: Old Navy

Skirt: Unique Vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

I finished sewing another vintage skirt in this wonderful floral fabric, that I purchased from Affordable Fabrics in Uncasville, CT. The skirt Pattern is Simplicity 8446.

Top: Unique Vintage

Skirt: Made by me!

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Simplicity Vintage Skirt 8446

Friday was rainy and I was feeling lazy so I didn’t wear anything exciting or new.

 

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Summer Vintage Wardrobe Essentials – Dresses

I can’t believe summer is almost here! It’s my favorite season because I am always cold and the heat of the summer is perfect for me. Plus I LOVE wearing dresses and skirts in the summer. I’ve been looking forward to adding summery clothes to my wardrobe and I came up with this list of my favorite vintage style summer dresses and where to find them. A lot of vintage reproduction stores now have their summer lines out so its the perfect time to do some summer wardrobe shopping!

The first selection of dresses I am going to show you is from Unique Vintage. I get a lot of my clothes from here, and they sell from multiple brands, so its a good place to look. I love sleeveless or short sleeve shirt dresses for summer and Unique Vintage has several that I really love. Banned Yellow & Pink Beach Parasol Print Cotton Button Up Dress (pictured left), Light Blue & Blooming Floral Print Button Up Swing Dress (pictured center) and

Summer is a great time to wear spaghetti strap or halter top dresses. Having no sleeves will help keep you cool in those hot summer months. I don’t know why but Gingham dresses just scream summer picnics to me, like this Red & White Gingham Retro Picnic Sundress (pictured left). Polka dot dresses are another thing I attribute to summer and this Vintage Style Red & White Polka Dot Cotton Flare Dress (pictured center) is so cute and comfortable, I have the same dress in white with black Polka Dots you may have seen on one of my previous outfit of the day posts. This next dress is one I have been coveting since I first saw it a few weeks ago Retro Style Ice Cream Print Jade Sleeveless Swing Dress by Collectif (pictured right), they also make a skirt in this same print if you’d rather have that. Unique Vintage has many great dresses for summer besides the one I showed you here check out their website for more.

Disclaimer: All pictures above are property of Unique Vintage

The next website that I choose to show you summer dresses from is Lindy Bop. I like Lindy Bop because most of their dresses are less than $50 and are great for us vintage gals on a budget. For some reason this summer I am really in to flamingos and Lindy Bop has this adorable ‘Nadia’ Pink Flamingo Stripe Print Cotton Swing Dress (pictured left). ‘Honor’ White Quaint Floral Border Print Swing Dress (pictured center). ‘Corinna’ Blue Chambray Tropical Embroidered Swing Dress (pictured right).

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If you have a little extra money to spend on your wardobe, Pinup Girl Clothing has some great quality dresses from great vintage reproduction designers like Laura Byrnes. Pinup I really love the Pinup Couture Edie Dress in Palm Print (pictured left) I have a skirt with this same exact print. I love dresses that have the cut out in the stomach area and the Dapper Day for Couture For Every Body Renee Dress in Flag Print (pictured center) has that! Sarong dresses are some of my favorite vintage style dresses for summer and the Bali H’ai Dress in Hawaiian Honeymoon by Charles Phoenix (pictured right) is perfect for a Tiki party.

Disclaimer: All pictures above belong to Pinup Girl Clothing

All these websites provide so many more great options for summer dresses. Be sure to check them out and let me know what your favorite vintage and vintage reproduction dresses for summer are!

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Vintage Tiki Party Essentials from Vivien of Holloway

This post was inspired by an event that I will be working at that was organized by Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc, The Bow Wow Luau in June in Staten Island! It got my thinking about retro Tiki Parties and vintage Hawaiian fashion during World War II. So I went on a search for the best Summer/Tiki/Hawaiian vintage inspired outfits and put together my favorites in case you need some inspiration for your summer parties or wardrobe.

The first site that I am going to talk about is Vivien of Holloway. They have the largest selection of Tiki/Hawaiian vintage style clothes that I found on one site. They not only had dresses, but also skirts and shorts. They also just came out with more casual Hawaiian dresses, if you want to wear it on a regular day.

The first dress by Vivien of Holloway, is a style that I adore. The Sarong Dress. It’s awesome because they have a tons of different prints. It also comes with a Bolero that you can wear or not wear with the dress. I love the Sarong Hibiskiss Blue Bolero Set (pictured left) with out the bolero. They also have the Sarong Malibu Red Bolero Set (pictured center) that has a super cute pineapple and hibiscus print. The even have several different color Sarong dresses with Plumeria flowers, like the Sarong Plumeria purple bolero set (pictured right).

If you don’t want a fitted dress and you are looking for a full swing skirt type dress, Vivien of Holloway has you covered there too. They carry several different Hawaiian floral prints in their 1950s Halter Neck Dress. I love the 1950s Halter neck Deluxe Hibiscus Black Dress (pictured left). You can even pair the dress with a belt like they did here in the Red Palm Print Dress (pictured center). And they just released this beautiful White Blue Pink Floral Halter Neck dress (pictured right) recently.

If you want something Hawaiian inspired that is more casual for every day, there are several cute options as well. Such as the Kitty dress shown here in Hula Girl Pink (pictured left) and Pineapple Sky (pictured right). This is a great every day, comfortable dress if you are running errands or doing stuff around the house

Vivien of Holloway just released another casual Hawaiian inspired dress that I HAVE to have! I think this is a good every day dress, but also nice enough to wear to a summer party or picnic. The Anna Sundress comes in a few different patterns so you can order more than one! My favorite patterns are the Palm Beach Red (pictured left) and the Hibiscus Royal (pictured left).

Vivien of Holloway doesn’t just have Hawaiian/Tiki Dresses they also have skirts! And they are my favorite full swing skirts at that. They just came out with the new Circle Skirt Hawaiian Sky (pictured left) that is so pretty and you can get the same floral print with a black or cream background too! When I think of Hawaiian flowers one that always comes to mind is the Bird of Paradise and this Circle Skirt Bird of Paradise (pictured center) has the perfect print. Another one of my favorite flowers is the hibiscus and the Circle Skirt Black Hawaiian (pictured right) has print ones on it!

As far an vintage Hawaiian/Tiki themed clothes go, Vivien of Holloway has the most options out of all the vintage reproduction stores that I have seen. Go to there site and you will find many more patterns in skirts and dresses besides the ones I featured here! Where do you find your vintage Hawaiian inspired clothes from?

Disclaimer: All photographs are property of Vivien of Holloway.

 

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Outfits of the Day May 12th & 13th

Saturday was my college graduation and I really didn’t know what to wear! It took me forever to decided. I wanted a dress or skirt with pockets that I could put my phone in since I couldn’t carry my purse during the graduation ceremony, but all the dresses that I wanted to wear didn’t have pockets! Honestly, it is my opinion that all vintage style dresses and skirts (swing ones anyway) should have pockets! They are so convenient!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I finally decided on this dark blue dress for my graduation. But alas I didn’t get any pictures of me just in the dress because I had my cap and gown on most of the day. I will have to get a picture next time I wear it. But you get a picture of me at graduation, ha!

2018 SNHU College Graduation

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Today was Mother’s Day and I started the day off right by attending Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with my daughter. It’s fun to have something in common that we can both do together, that is healthy for you. It’s hard getting your teenager to hang out with you and my daughter really loves BJJ, which makes me happy! Then we spent some time with my mom and went out to a late lunch. I wore my favorite color pink!

Cardigan: Mak Cropped Cardigan

Skirt: Amazon (I Can’t find the link)

Pearls & Brooch: True vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Turban: Wish.com

Vintage Floral Skirts

I promise I will get a picture of the dress I wore for graduation. It is still clean so I’ll probably wear it to work this week! Also I decided I need more pink vintage clothes in my life!

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Vintage Style Clothes at EShakti

Welcome to the 3rd weekly series, of “non-vintage stores to find vintage inspired clothes”. This week’s online store is one that I have admired for several years. One of the main reasons I love this website is because you can order the clothes tailored to your height. Most dresses and pants are made for women that are 5’5″ or taller. I know this was personally been a problem for me because I am only 5’1″. But with EShakti you can enter your height on skirts, dresses and pants and decided how low or high you want your skirts to hit. On dresses and some of the skirts you can even choose what kind of sleeves you want! The prices are also very reasonable considering you can pretty much customize the clothes to your liking. The following are some of my favorite suggestions on vintage style clothes on Eshakti.

Of course first I am going to start off with the dresses, but I love them of course! Also its spring (almost summer) and Eshakti has some really cute spring/summery dresses. Another thing I love about their dresses is that a lot of them have pockets! They have a line of nautical themed dresses out now, like this cute Lobster and Crab Print Shirt Dress (pictured left). I’m a sucker for floral dresses at this time of year and the Check with floral print corset dress (pictured center) is perfect for a warm day picnic in the park and yes it has pockets! I have been screeching the internet the past couple of weeks for the perfect vintage style lemon dress and I just found it in Eshakti’s Lemon Print Dupioni Midi Dress (pictured right) and again………..it has POCKETS!!

Because EShakti has so many dresses that I considered vintage inspired, I have to show you more than just three because I love so many of them! I love vintage style dresses that have ties on the neck and this Tie Neck Sequin Tile Print Dress (pictured left) is super cute for summer because its sleeveless. I am really digging shirt dresses for this time of year and this Palm Tree Print Shirtdress (pictured center) would be perfect for a summer Tiki party. I mentioned in previous post that I also love bird prints and this Bird on a wire cotton poplin dress is super cute (pictured right).

Adding to the list of reasons why I love EShakti, is that most of there skirts have pockets and you know how much I love pockets in my skirts and dresses! They have several full skirts, like this Leaf Print Full Cotton Skirt (pictured left), which is a great print for summer. I think every vintage gal needs an essential white full skirt for summer and the White Poplin Full Skirt is perfect (pictured center), you can mix and match with many different tops. I love vintage style tropical print dresses and skirts for the summer time and this Tropical Pineapple Print Skirt (pictured right) is super adorable, I can imagine wearing it to a Tiki Party.

EShakti does not disappoint with there selection of vintage inspired dresses and skirts, and with pockets! That is just beyond exciting in my book. The only thing they are lacking are vintage inspired tops and pants. All there clothes are still lovely, so if you aren’t strictly wearing vintage like I try to, I would definitely check out their other selection of clothes. The fact that they will have the clothes to your height measurements without extra cost, is something that I have not seen a lot of places do and I really commend them for that.

Disclaimer: All photographs contained in this post are property of EShakti.

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Outfits of the Day May 1st to 4th

This week was a short work week for me, because I flew back from Florida on Monday night. I did wear a comfortable vintage style outfit on Monday, but I was running around and then in the airport and on the plane for hours so I didn’t get a picture. So you only get 4 to see four outfits for the week day post update. I do post my outfit everyday on Instagram (sparkleshan), but I save the outfit details  and where everything is from, for my blog posts.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Dress: Unique Vintage

Cardigan: MAK Crop Cardigan from Amazon

Shoes: Chase & Chloe from Amazon

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

I’m not sure if this dress is available anymore, but I got it a few weeks ago during Unique Vintage’s $25 Dress Shop Sale, totally score!

Dress: Unique Vintage

Shoes: Modcloth

Vintage Floral Dress from Unique Vintage

Thursday, May 3, 2018

This dress cost me less then $30 on Amazon and I got 2 day free shipping with Prime. The quality is actually really great for the price and I got a lot of compliments on the dress. I’m wearing the Zest is History Heel from Modcloth. I love these heels because they come in my tiny size 5, and most of my other vintage style heels are 5.5 which is slightly to big, but I make due because I can never find vintage shoes I like in my size. These heels come in multiple colors besides black.

Dress:Amazon

Shoes: Modcloth

Vintage Nautical Dress from Amazon

Friday, May 4, 2018

Top: Steady Clothing

Skirt: Unique Vintage (it has POCKETS!!!)

Shoes: Chase & Chloe from Amazon

Turban: Wish

1940s Style clothing from Unique Vintage

The weather this week was my ideal temperature in the low 80s and 70s, so I got to wear some sleeveless dresses that I haven’t worn before and I was excited about that! Next week its supposed to be in the low 60s (boo) so I have a feeling I will be wearing a lot of cardigans. This weekend is the Kentucky Derby and I can’t wait to wear this awesome new dress and hat and share it with you all in my weekend outfit post!

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Vintage Inspired Clothes at ChicWish

Last week I wrote a post about a non vintage store (Forever21) that you can find vintage inspired clothes. Well I decided to make this a weekly post because I keep finding other stores that are not necessarily vintage that are selling vintage looking clothes. I’m on a budget so I am always on the hunt for the less expensive vintage style clothes. This week I will be showing you some vintage style pieces from Chicwish. I think this store popped up on Instagram or facebook and of course I had to check it out. Now not all their clothes are vintage style so you might have to go digging.

Right off the bat I started in the skirt section, because I am always looking for full, swing style skirts and they had many to choose from. The following are just some of my favorites. Of course for spring we have to get those floral skirts in like the Peony Renaissance Jacquard Midi Skirt (Pictured left). They also have those floral border print skirts that I love with this Gone with Rose Midi skirt (pictured center). And we can’t forget the solid color skirts either like this The Aroma of Rose Embossed Midi Skirt in Hot Pink (pictured right).

 

If you want vintage style skirts other than full, swing skirts, Chicwish has got you covered there too. Like this Stripe Illusion Frill Hem Skirt (pictured left) that comes in cream and black with white stripes. They also have a cute take on a retro pencil skirt, Retro Taste Check Pencil Skirt (pictured center). I love vintage style A-Line skirts with buttons down the center and the Easygoing Gingham Midi Skirt (pictured right) is the perfect pattern for summer. These are just a sample of the vintage style skirt you can find on Chicwish, go check out the skirt section on their site and you will find a ton more.

As far as dresses go, they don’t have as many vintage style dresses as they do skirts, but I was able to find a few cute ones. Like this Blue Floral Shirt Dress (pictured left). This White Rose Print dress  (pictured center) is listed as a prom dress, but it looks more like a cocktail dress or something you’d wear to a Spring Tea. This Pink Gingham Dress is the perfect dress to wear to the park or a picnic (pictured right).

As far as tops and pants go, I did not find anything on Chicwish’s site that I would be considered vintage style so that is why I am not sharing any of those items. But if you are looking for some cute skirts, this is definitely a great alternative. What non-vintage stores have you found vintage style clothes at? I’d love to hear!

 

Disclaimer: All photographs contained in this post are property of Chicwish.com