Yesterday's post ("every vintage girl needs a bombshell dress...") got me to thinking about what other essential pieces a vintage gal's wardrobe should contain - what are the must-haves of vintage style? Something I should probably consider, as I try to build up my vintage wardrobe.
- The Tailored Suit. I'm still working on this one - it's hard to find anything big enough in the bust while still small enough on the waist.
- The Pencil Skirt. I've got two - one black satin, which I love to wear (I don't believe in reserving black satin for eveningwear). I also have one in subtle plaid check.
- The Circle Skirt. Still working on this one too! I would love a red and white candy stripe one.
- The Sweater. I saw a fabulous 1930s sweater on ebay recently, with a picture of a skier knitted into it.
- The Demure Blouse. Mine's a 1940s silk blouse with cutwork decoration, it used to belong to my grandmother. I'm waiting for Spring so I can wear it!
- The Bombshell Dress.
- The Little Black Cocktail Dress. Pick an era, any era! 20s flapper, 30s elegance, 40s vamp, 50s bombshell, 60s mini - it's all good. I've ordered a 1950s crepe and satin number with a big bow, just waiting for it to arrive.
- The Full-skirted dress. Can there be a more flattering style? I have a couple of late 40s gabardine full-skirted dresses which I adore - need more for spring/summer.
- The Shirtwaister. Flattering, comfortable, versatile, and available in myriad colours and prints - this might be a good one to get the essential floral print into the mix.
- The Overcoat. Obviously, otherwise we'd get cold. I have two coats, neither of which are original vintage (for some reason coats only ever come up in very small sizes - did larger ladies have better resistance to cold or something?). I've a black princess coat with corded buttons from the ever-reliable M&S, and a fun periwinkle blue polka dot jacket from White Stuff (warning - this website will make you want to spend money).
- Black Mary Janes. Comfortable and versatile.
- Hats, of course. I would say a pillbox, a beret, and some sort of whimsy or fascinator are the basics.
I keep wanting to add more! Where do you stop? I do feel that every girl ought to have a polka dot dress. And a peasant blouse is always useful for pin-up style. And some sort of tweed skirt should probably feature in any self-respecting vintage lass's wardrobe. And can a wardrobe really be considered complete without a wrap dress?... What do you think? What wardrobe staples could you not live without?
Photo from The Vintage Rose.