Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Vintage Capsule Wardrobe

 
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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The Circle Skirt. Still working on this one too! I would love a red and white candy stripe one.
  4. The Sweater. I saw a fabulous 1930s sweater on ebay recently, with a picture of a skier knitted into it.
  5. 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!
  6. The Bombshell Dress.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. Black Mary Janes. Comfortable and versatile.
  12. 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.

2 comments:

  1. This is great! All in one list.
    What's particularly exciting is that I can reuse some of my existing high street clothes with the right brooches and belts a lots of red lippy! I shall be sending my blog readers here!!!

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  2. I'm new to this vintage lark, but I have the same problem - I'm an inverted triangle and go from a size 18 bust, 14 waist and slinky size 12 hips!

    I have a small head on this 5'8" frame so hats are tricky. I bought myself a beret and looked like Pearl from Last of the Summer Wine.

    But I don't give up.

    Maureen

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