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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).

Disclaimer: All pictures above are property of Lindy Bop

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!

Outfit of the Day

Outfits of the Day May 14th to 18th

The weather was very weird this week, not the warmest and raining and cloudy mostly. The 80 degree weather we had two weeks ago was a tease! I actually had to wear thicker cardigans a couple times this week. We’re also at that weird in between stage where its too warm for my thick, wool vintage swing coats, but not warm enough to wear no nothing outside.

Monday, May 14, 2018

It was a chilly, grey day so I wore 3/4 sleeves and a grey skirt that has been sitting in my closet unworn for a few months.

Shirt: Banned Retro from Unique Vintage

Skirt: Amazon

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Vintage Inspired Pencil Skirt Outfit

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Today it was chilly again, so I wore a black knit cardigan, but I took it off for the picture because I liked the outfit better without the cardigan. I’m taking advantage of wearing these turbans while its chilly to keep my head warm. Once it gets hot I won’t be able to wear them for a while, sadly. This button up top by Banned Retro is a great staple for vintage outfits because it comes in several different colors as well and you can mix and match with different skirts and pants.

Shirt: Banned Retro for Unique Vintage

Skirt: Unique Vintage (same skirt but they don’t carry the color I’m wearing, but have a few other colors, and it has POCKETS!)

Turban: Wish

Enamel Pin: Weeki Waache Springs State Park

Vintage Inspired Outfits from Unique Vintage

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I guess I can tell by my outfits so far this week, that the weather is affecting my dark color choices!

Dress: Amazon

Gloves: Unique Vintage (these are fall/winter gloves and they don’t have them for sale right now)

Glasses: Zenni Optical

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Fascinator: Amazon

Vintage Dress from Amazon

 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

So I wore green two days in a row! But it’s a different shade of green so that’s ok right? I love the fit of this dress and how the skirt flares out just at the bottom. This dress comes in multiple colors on Amazon and I am definitely going to have to go back and order more colors, especially since its less than $35. Today was accessories day for the Instagram Vintage Fashion Challenge so I had to wear this awesome hair flower clip. I need more flower clips in my life!

Dress: Amazon

Hair Flower: Lady Luck’s Boutique

Earrings: Stella and Dot

Pearls: true vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Today I was loving my outfit. I’ve worn this dress before, but only by itself. Today I paired it with a cropped cardigan because it’s chilly again. I LOVE the way this outfit looks! I need more Heidi dresses with cropped cardigans! The Red in the Cardigan doesn’t match the red on the dress exactly, but I’m probably the only one that notices lol.

Dress: Pinup Couture from Pinup Girl Clothing

Cardigan: Sidecca from Amazon

Hair Flower: Amazon

Snood: Amazon

Glasses: Zenni Opitcal

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Spanish Fan Heidi Dress by Pinup Coutore for Pinup Girl Clothing

This weekend is supposed to be raining and crappy again, so it will be interesting to see what I put together for outfits. Next week starting Monday though we are supposed to have sunny weather in the 60s and low 70s all week, so I am excited for the outfit possibilities. If you want to check out this weeks prompts for #thevintagefashionchallenge on Instagram my username is sparkleshan, the pictures are different then my outfit pictures in this post.

Outfit of the Day

April 23rd-26th, 2018 Outfits of the Day

Rather than posting a new blog post every day for each outfit I wear, I decided to group them into one post for week day outfits and one post for weekend outfits. So basically I will be posting what I wear to work during the week and what I wear on the weekends. This week I am only worked 4 days because I am getting ready to have a long weekend in the warm Florida sun. This is my first full week in a long time wearing dresses and skirts every day because the weather was actually bearable. I was also excited to wear some new pieces I’ve been savings for warmer weather.

Monday, April 23rd

Mondays are tough because I am not a morning person and Monday is my early day of the week to wake up. So please don’t play attention to the fact that my hair is not curled and I have pretty much no makeup on. I’m wearing this Dress for the first time that I got on Amazon a few months ago. I only paid $9.99 for this dress!! Unfortunately it is not available at the moment or else I would give you a link to it. For the price that I paid it is very nice quality and the material has a little bit of a stretch to it which I love. The only problem I had was with the belt that came with it. The belt didn’t have enough holes to make it small enough for my waist, so I ended up taking a belt from another dress to wear with it.

Miss SparkleShan's Vintage Life Outfit of the day

Tuesday, April 24th

Today I woke up and it was sunny, so I decided to break out the floral skirt that I have been saving for a warm sunny spring day. I bought it about a month ago, believe it or not at Forever 21! It was also the perfect outfit to wear my true vintage 1950s hat that I found at The Vintage Market in Salem, CT a few weeks ago. And how could I know wear my Take My Leash not my life enamel pin from Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc. I am definitely enjoying this weather and I look forward to more!

Hat: True Vintage from Va Va Voom Vintage in Waltham, MA (check them out on facebook)

Top: Unique Vintage

Skirt: Floral Pleated Midi Skirt from Forever 21

Enamel Pin: Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc


Thursday, April 26th
Ok, so you might have noticed that I skipped Wednesday. Well that was because it was a really crappy day and down pouring rain all day, so I didn’t wear anything cute or new. I am a wimp about wearing dresses or skirts when the weather is bad, mostly because I have a long walk from the parking lot to my building at work and I didn’t want my feet to get wet. Wet cold feet are the worst thing to me. Today I am excited that I did get to wear a new dress that I bought during the winter and have been saving. This Navy and White Polka Dot dress was another inexpensive score from Amazon!! I am really impressed with the quality of the material of the dress. It fits perfectly and the dress has a little stretch but its not a spandex material so it still looks nice. It was less than $35 and if you have a prime account you can get free shipping. The dress also comes in a ton of colors, so I will definitely be buying more.

Dress: GownTown 1950s Vintage Dresses Swing

Pearls: True Vintage from my Grandma

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Gown Town Vintage 1950s Swing Dress

Tomorrow I leave for vacation so I am counting Friday’s outfit as my one of my weekend outfits, which I will post separately once the weekend is over. I am going to sunny Florida so I am excited to wear some new summery outfits!

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Vintage Spring Wardrobe Essentials – Skirts

Last week I talked about good pants/trousers to wear in the spring time, but today its time to talk about skirts! Now the weather during the day is starting to warm up as Spring moves along and I can stop being a wimp and wear skirts. I don’t know why but I personally feel like spring is the perfect time to wear swing skirts. There is just something about them that screams spring to me. Below I have complied my favorite spring looking skirts and where you can purchase them.

Of course my go to Vintage online store, Unique Vintage is going to be first up. I really like Unique Vintage because they also carry most of their clothes in Plus sizes and I think that is great because I have heard from several of my friends that it is hard for them to find true vintage in their size if they are more curvy ladies. Right now I am feeling floral and light colored skirts for spring and Unique Vintage has a few that fall into this category. The first skirt I am sharing is the Plus Size Floral Mexico Swing Skirt by Hell Bunny (Pictured Left), I love vintage reproduction skirts with more modern patterns that you wouldn’t have seen back in the day, and this one definitely delivers (Link to regular size skirt). Pink is my favorite color and the perfect color for a spring swing skirt. I’m loving this Pink and White Polka Dot Circle Skirt (pictured center) on Unique Vintage’s site. It also comes in Mint and White Polka Dots too and it has POCKETS! You can never have to many polka dots! Solid colored skirts are also a great option to have in your wardrobe as well and I’m digging this light blue Circle Skirt by Voodoo Vixen (pictured right). These are just 3 of my favorite spring skirts that Unique Vintage carries. They have a ton more to choose from too! (images are property of Unique Vintage)

The U.K. has a ton of great vintage reproduction clothing sites and one of my other favorites is Collectif, based in London. If you are in the U.S. like me, make sure you check the conversion rate from pounds to dollars, because the site only lists the prices in pounds and the pound is more than the dollar, so you are going to end up spending a little more than the price you see (I made that mistake once). Also, U.K. clothes are sized differently so make sure you check the size charts to see what size you are in the U.K. For example if you are a U.S. 6 you will be a U.K. 10. I love fabrics that have a border print, and this first skirt from Collectif is a great example of that, Vintage Jasmine Floral Broder Print Swing Skirt (pictured left, images are property of Collectif), gives you just enough floral without being too overwhelming. I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but I absolutely love when my vintage skirts and dresses have pockets, when ever I am looking at them I always check to see if they have pockets. This next dress not only has a super adorable pattern, but it also has pockets! The Theodora Charming Bird Flared Skirt (pictured right, images are property of Collectif) is a vintage inspired full swing skirt, and how cute are those birds?!?!

If you are on a budget like me, the next store I am going to tell you about will be great for you. They have some awesome skirts to choose from, all under $40. Lindy Bop, is another international based company but the have a U.S. site (it displays U.S. prices so you don’t have to try and figure out the conversion) and they only charge $7 to deliver to the U.S. I also love Lindy Bop, because they have sizes from XS-6XL. Lindy Bop has several different skirts with bird prints that I think are great for spring, like the Marie Pink Heron Print Swing Skirt (pictured left, images are property of Lindy Bop). Did I mention I love pockets in skirts yet? LOL. Lindy Bop has a bunch of skirts with pockets like the Daniella Pink Swan Border Print Swing Skirt (pictured right, images are property of Lindy Bop), it also has that awesome border print that I think is really neat. If it is your first time shopping with Lindy Bop, make sure you sign up for their newsletter and they will send you a code for 10% off your first order.

Believe it or not another website that I have been able to find vintage reproduction clothes for fairly inexpensive is Amazon. Maggie Tang 1950s Vintage Retro Polka Dots Swing Rockabilly Casual Party Skirts (pictured left) comes in several different colors, including polka dots and solids and is les than $30. Amazon also carries GRACE KARIN Women Pleated Vintage Skirts Floral Print CL6294 (Multi-Colored) (pictured right) in many different patterns and colors, they are less than $20 and if you have an Amazon prime account you can get free shipping.

There are tons of options for ladies of all sizes and budgets to find vintage skirts for spring. These are just some of my favorites. What is your favorite vintage skirt to wear in the spring?

 

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Vintage Spring Wardrobe Essentials – Tops

Now is the time when we can start wearing lighter weight tops and short sleeves! But like I said in my previous post, it is always best to keep a light weight cardigan handy for those chilly spring mornings and nights. Luckily for me I work inside so I am protected from the Spring elements during the day and can show off my beautiful arm tattoos in short sleeves. The following is a list of my favorite spring tops that you can pair with skirts and pants. Sometimes in the spring it is still a little chilly so pairing a short sleeve top with a pair of nice vintage trousers or jeans will keep you warm enough, but also help you from over heating.

The U.K. based vintage reproduction clothing company, Vivien of Holloway makes a lovely Mandarin Short Sleeve Top  (images are property of Vivien of Holloway) that comes in 17 different colors! This top pairs great with both swing skirts and vintage trousers.

 

 

Another great spring blouse, also made by Vivien of Holloway, is the Jojo Blouse  (images are property of Vivien of Holloway). The Jojo blouse comes in both satin crepe in solid colors and crepe gingham.

 

 

Another one of my favorite sites to purchase vintage reproductions clothes from is Unique Vintage. They have many great blouses and tops to choose from. Spring is the prefect time to start adding floral back into your wardrobe, like this 1950s Style Mint Floral Chiffon blouse by Hell Bunny (pictured left, property of Unique Vintage). Another great spring top option is a vintage short sleeved sweater (pictured middle, property of Unique Vintage).  A great staple blouse is this Retro Style Short Sleeve Button up Blouse (pictured right, property of Unique Vintage), it comes in several colors and it pairs great with trousers, swing skirts and pencil skirts. And a plus Unique Vintage carries all these tops I mentioned in plus sizes as well.

 

 

If you aren’t ready to fully commit to short sleeves yet than go for a 3/4 length sleeve. There are several different vintage options for those that I have found. Pinup Couture makes the Doris Top (pictured left, property of Pinup Girl Clothing) in several different colors and sizes range from XS to 4X.  And another staple that pairs perfectly with pencil skirts and trousers is the Banned Retro Three Quarter Sleeve Love Top (pictured right, property of Unique Vintage), it comes in several different colors for easy matching with several different outfits. I have this top in 3 colors 🙂