Lovely vintage summer swimwear for petites

on LAYAWAY - - - - - - - Vintage 40's 50's 'Catalina' Red Scalloped Cutout Two-Piece Swimsuit XXS or XS

1950s Catalina red suit with cutouts and scalloping

 

Back to the 1930s with this coral Jantzen one piece

 

Another red 1950s one piece by Rose Marie Reid of California with scoopback. Another small 1950s one piece by Rose Marie Reid.

 

1950s Alfred Shaheen one piece

 

vintage 50s retro swim suit / size sx

Black and white one piece

 

1950s Vintage Jantzen Plaid Swimsuit size 14 (XS) bust 28-32

1950s Jantzen in plaid

 

Retro Rose Mary Reid One Piece Bombshell Pin Up Girl Swim Suit Floral Pattern Button Adjust Straps Cute Ladies XS/Small

1960s floral one piece in brown and orange

1970s deadstock one piece belted in neon plaid

 

1980s Adrienne Vittadini strapless and floral

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American made ball caps

Brooklyn Eagles 1935 Vintage Ballcap
Ebbets Field Flannels 1935 Brooklyn Eagles ball cap

After several hat purchases – all products imported from abroad – that have been underwhelming for a variety of reasons, and after seeing J.Crew carry American-made hats, I became curious about what hat options are left after all of the imported products are filtered out.

Well, there are only three companies that I can find that make (or at least firmly claim to make) their baseball caps in the USA.

But first, here are some amusing statements I’ve seen along the way:

USA Seller
(printed in red white and blue flag-like graphic reminiscent of classic Made in USA logo)

Made in USA and/or Imported

Made in USA and Imported

 

Ebbets Field Flannels (see lead photo), based in Seattle, looks like a pretty cool shop that specializes in reproducing vintage baseball paraphernalia with great attention to detail, craftsmanship, and material selection. It’s hard to choose just one of their many hat styles. They even offer blank hats now and they’ve been collaborating with J.Crew.

 

Light Liberty Clouds Ball Cap

FairEnds Light Liberty Clouds hat

 

FairEnds says their hats are made in California, and they’ve collaborated with Madewell in the past. They seem to focus on minimalism, eschewing logos and branding in favor of producing a classic product that works for everyone, kind of like the Rayban Wayfarer of baseball hats. Their hat silhouettes somehow manage to simultaneously feel both vintage and modern, at least on the heads of their Madewell-esque models.

 


Bayside hat

 

Finally, there is Bayside, which makes both structured and unstructured caps in brushed and washed twill using 100% cotton material. They also have union made t-shirts in five styles. These are pretty straight-forward hats veering towards utilitarian, free of any hipster-like qualities. They only come blank, ready for your own creative printing project, crafty embellishments, or minimalist styling.

That’s it! I could only find three! (For comparison, according to one website, about 43.8 million baseball caps are sold in the US per year as of 2016.) Anyone know of any other American hat manufacturers?

 

Sunday Funglasses

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Aerie Pineapple Sunglasses

Yes, I am fully aware of how frivolous and unnecessary funglasses are. Nobody needs a pair of cheap shades with lenses shaped like hearts or fruits or charismatic pandas. The lenses are never as clear or sun-protective or scratch-resistant as the glasses one might procure from an opthamologist in standard oval, square, or cateye shapes. They never have the option to add a custom prescription or anti-glare coating. They never come polarized.

Yet I have been sporting a pair of classic heart-shaped sunglasses for the better part of two years that I got for just a few dollars at Claire’s of all places, and am delighted to report that while nobody’s life is changed by standard eye-doctor sunglasses, a pair of classic heart-shaped glasses has the power to transform other people’s ordinary, errand-filled, hum drum days into hum drum days punctuated by an extraordinary moment of highly memorable joy.

Funglasses are an easy way to filter the debbie downer grumps from those gems of humanity that have a healthy sense of humor and appreciation of creative self-expression and random quirkiness. Because the most highly evolved humans do not judge you sternly for your decision to pursue frivolity and fun in your fashion choices. No. They are overcome with amusement and giggles and delight in the silliness of it all. They understand that life is hard, so why not shape a pair of eyeglasses into pineapples.

I am all about delicately balancing form against function, with function as the foundation of good design. Eliciting pure joy from a form that also (mostly) fulfills its utilitarian goals is what great design is all about.

Pink Heart Sunglasses from Paper Source. (Unsure about sizing.) Also, Unicorn Lipgloss and heart shaped drink straws.

Daisy Sunglasses, also from Paper Source. (See product description for sizing info.)

Pink Flamingo Party Sunglasses / Tenacious Peacock (Unsure about sizing.)

Wedges through the ages, 1930s-now

1930s gold wedges | vintage 30s shoes | size 4.5 5 wedges

Today I’m rounding up wedges currently available for sale in small sizes starting with the oldest pair I can find, a pair of gold 1930s gems, pictured above. Apparently, Salvatore Ferragamo is credited with inventing modern wedges in the 1940s, but another source dates his invention to the mid 1930s, citing a limitation of leather and rubber as the reason he employed cork and wood. The same source says the lack of leather and rubber during World War II contributed to the wedge’s rise in popularity during that era. The wedge silhouette isn’t exactly the first shoe shape to come to mind when one thinks about the 1950s (understandable), yet examples do exist. Who knew the wedge sandal never really went out of style? But first, the 1940s.

Vintage 1940s 1950s Cream Studded Wedge Ankle Strap Peep Toe Sandals Shoes - size 35

1940s wedge.

 

There was the lady who lived in a shoe, and then there is the shoe with the home carved into it by hand, apparently circa 1940s.

 

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50s wedge slippers.

 

70s slingback wedge. Another floral wedge.

 

1970s red velvet wedge platforms with flowers  - size 5 - 1970s platform sandals - red platform shoes - Taxi Driver - red platforms

Red platforms.

 

Psychedelic wedge.

 

Bright green wedge.

 

PEEP SHOW Vintage 1970s Suede Peep Toe Platform Sandals / Size 5 / Montgomery Ward

Peep toe platform by Montogomery Ward.

 

70s Platform Sandals w Fruit/ 1970s Wood and Leather Wedges/ See Thru Shoes/ Womens Size 5 5.5

Fruity platforms.

 

70s Vtg Whiskey Brown WOVEN Genuine Leather & Wood  Platform Wedge Sandals / Hippie Boho Stitch Bonded Made in California! 5 Eu 35

Huarache wedge. Similar pair for even smaller feet. Another similar pair.

 

Mix-matched lace-up slingback wedge.

 

Another red wedge.

 

Glitter wedge.

 

Striped foam platform wedges, circa 1990s.

 

90s Vtg Killer! Black + Silver STUD Velcro SPORTY Platform Wedge Sneaker BOOT / Club Kid Avant Garde Cyber Punk Deadstock! 6 - 5.5 Eu 36 35

Studded mega platforms.

 

DKNY clear wedge sandals / clear sandals / 90s sandals / platform wedge sandal / 5.5 - 35.5 / minimalist / clear heel sandals / clear wedges

Clear wedge.

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Marc Fisher wedge, circa 2017.

Currently thinking about: Kork-ease

Kork-Ease Style #K37306

Every now and then I carve out some “me time”. I go to my favorite place for discounted shoes and proceed to try on everything in my size, plus or minus half a size.

I love that at these places, no one appears to be working on commission, and so therefore, no one approaches every five minutes to ask if you are “finding everything all right?” You don’t have to bother someone with retrieving your size from a back room for every style you are mildly intrigued by but that you don’t think has any real purchase potential. You can just hang out in there, with one foot in a clog and another in a Stuart Weitzman wedding sandal, strutting down the aisle like it’s a catwalk at New York Fashion Week, and no one will care. Well, one time I caught an old high school classmate spying on me from around the corner. Who does that?

Anyway. I, like Carrie Bradshaw, love shoes, so this place is like footwear heaven. Sometimes there is nothing interesting, and other times I discover new brands that I didn’t know could work for me. This is how I found out Calvin Klein and Kenneth Cole Reaction and Franco Sarto make decent quality, affordably priced, on-trend shoes (in small sizes, too) that are surprisingly comfortable; how I discovered the quality and comfort of Vaneli, Aquatalia, and Via Spiga; why I know that 14th and Union is surprisingly not the bargain bin quality I had assumed it was for years solely based on the graphic design of its logo.

My latest discovery is Kork-Ease. I’ve seen this brand before, and thought it was “too comfort-driven”. I saw a pair today and thought I’d give it a whirl, and was stunned by just how comfortable it was. None of the other shoes there, including my Birkenstocks, were comfortable enough after trying the Kork-Ease sandals on.

No one else seems to be talking about these amazing shoes, but the best styles and colors are sold out everywhere, so maybe they’re the best known secret.

Do you have a pair? What’s your current go-to shoe?

 

Etsy faves: true vintage 70s edition

Vintage dress on Etsy

Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite true 1970s vintage finds available now on Etsy in small sizes.

Belted puff sleeve v-neck LBD dress

Black and white avante garde maxi dress

Red silk midi dress

 

Feathered off-the-shoulder maxi evening dress

Orange backless halter maxi dress with ruffled neckline

High-waisted black gunne sax skirt

 

Vintage 70s Daisy Picnic Boho Ruffle Wrap Skirt // Long Maxi Checkered Plaid Skirt

Geometric print wrap maxi skirt

 

Levi’s high-waisted plaid wide leg pants

Emerald green velvet shirt dress (that could double as a duster coat)

Shiny black wide leg halter jumpsuit

 

Tie-waist mini shirt dress in mod tree print

 

Tiered black floral spaghetti strap dress

Luis Esteves silver mermaid wrap evening gown

High waisted Wrangler jeans

Sears Polynesian print midi dress

Wrap style LBD wiggle dress

 

Navy blue belted Albert Nipon dress

Wanted: the perfect petite jumpsuit

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I think I am the only person on earth that doesn’t own a jumpsuit at this point, and I like that they have finally expanded from ultra casual adult onesies with elasticized hems and drawstring waists to more tailored outfits.

I was reading the reviews for Gap’s Sleeveless TENCEL Culotte Jumpsuit, which is offered in petite and tall and black, white, and a vibrant red-orange, and reserved it in-store in the regular sizing immediately (because they do not carry petite or tall sizing). The reviews describe this as short in the torso, narrow in the bust, and running a little small and short. Normally I would pass just at the sight of the word “tencel”, but reviewers weren’t strongly opposed to the fabric, and some were quite enthusiastic about the overall style and silhouette. Sounded like it had real potential since it seemed to run small.

I tried the regular version of my petite size (the latter which is sometime too large for me). I didn’t mind the tencel-linen blend fabric, and love that it can supposedly be machine washed. I didn’t mind the v-neck. It took me forever to figure out how to get into this thing through the side zip, which was a recurring gripe for a lot of reviewers. You have to unzip it and then step into it from the top, and if you do that, the side zip is actually better than a back zip in that you don’t have to stretch and contort your arms to zip up the zipper all the way.

My main issues with this piece are that the waist sits lower than true waist (more like where a mid-rise jean might hit), there is a lot of fabric in the leg area, and even though I am petite in stature the inseam is quite cropped (like mid to low thigh) in regular sizing and I think that might be a little too trendy to qualify this piece as timeless.

I don’t know if I want to size down to petite sizing because I like the longer inseam of the regular (do I really want a just below-the-knee jumpsuit as pictured in the product photos?), and the looser fit. If this could be taken up at the shoulders, the waist would be in the right place for me, but doing so makes the armhole openings uncomfortably small. Therein lies the main problem. If I saw that I could take this up at the shoulders, I probably would have purchased it.

If I can fit into regular sizing this well, this piece runs surprisingly small relative to typical Gap sizing. You may want to consider sizing up, maybe even more than one size.

I really like the deep v-neck, which wasn’t too deep this time. It is very reminiscent of those 1920s day dresses with straight, shapeless silhouettes. Love. I’m also really loving wider tie-waist belts right now and tailored wide leg trousers. Very 1970s. It’s interesting to me to see these details combined into one outfit. I think it could be very versatile, just not for me. And I agree with another reviewer that it should have a full length pant, or maybe ankle cropped inseam.

It’s wonderful to see a piece with more tailoring. I’m so sick of stretchy, knit, cheaply made everything in twenty versions of the same silhouette each with small differences in details each season.

Speaking of stretchy knits sans tailoring, I tried this Wrap-belt Midi Dress while in store in regular sizing and it hit at the ankle for me in length in regular sizing. I just wasn’t that much of a fan of the skirt hem, and the top half didn’t really fit that well (cut for taller person, large gaping armholes, broad wide shoulders). I won’t be pursuing it in petite sizing.

I also tried the Softspun Midi Skirt in regular sizing. It ran slightly wide in the waist, but hit at a flattering, on-trend length just below the knee. If you need a black pencil skirt at an affordable price or like the idea of a tailored, more formal piece in a casual fabric (so J.Crew), this is a good candidate. I did not care for the gray colorway at all – a very casual color on a casual knit fabric limits the versatility of the pencil skirt silhouette and in my opinion completely defeats the purpose of having a pencil skirt in a knit jersey (that, in black, could be dressed up or down).

Where did you get your most versatile jumpsuit, or are you still on the hunt like me, or are you skipping this trend entirely? How about midi dresses and skirts?