“Clothes make the man,” said Mark Twain. “Naked people have little or no influence on society.” Women tend to take their fashions a bit more seriously: “While clothes may not make the woman,” said cosmetics entrepreneur Mary Kay Ashe, “they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence—which, I believe, does make the woman.”

Regardless of how you feel about the clothes you wear and the effect they may or may not have on your psyche, there’s no denying that antique or vintage clothes add a whole other dimension to the act of getting dressed. For example, a tight-fitting Edwardian corset worn, say, for a costume ball will likely make you wonder how women of the Belle Époque could have subjected themselves to such suffering on a daily basis.

Fashions from the 1920s imbue one with a sense that is more carefree, thanks to the loose beaded tops and still-stylish cloche hats that characterized the Flapper era. Austerity ruled women’s fashions throughout the Great Depression and World War II, as the occasionally androgynous styles of the ’20s got downright masculine. After the war, Christian Dior focused on femininity by introducing his New Look, which swaddled women in miles of luxurious fabric.

Fashions from the 1950s translate especially well to the needs of women today. Those Chanel suits look every bit as smart as they did when the great Parisian designer updated her own creation in 1954. Vintage cashmere sweaters can be paired with everything from faded Levi’s off the rack to shiny Capri slacks. And period-perfect little black dresses with matching pumps will make you stand out at any cocktail party.

Sixties fashions are even more a part of our contemporary culture. You can go the short-skirt-and-tall-boots route, repurpose the brightly colored resort wear of Pucci, or slip into an Yves Saint Laurent tuxedo jacket, which can be worn as a suit or a separate for perhaps the ultimate in self-confident looks.


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Lark is two floors of vintage clothing (and luggage and furniture) at the top of a hill in Frome. Pieces date back to the Edwardian era with hand-beaded and -embroidered corsets and wedding dresses. The local designer Pearl Lowe sells her vintage...Read more

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Huffington Post, November 18th

No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my Weekly eBay Roundup of top vintage clothing finds. This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage clothing and accessories caught my discerning eye because of its ...Read more

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Queen Anne View, November 17th

Formerly located in Madison Valley, Vian Hunter has found a home on Queen Anne. Owned by Lisa Vian Hunter, the shop features vintage clothing from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, plus new clothes and a wide range of accessories. You can check out a sample of ...Read more

New shop opens in Milan selling antiques and vintage clothing
Heritage Newspapers, November 16th

Photographed cutting the ribbon at the Now Then & Again, antiques, vintage, thrift and consignment shop located 23 Wabash Street are board members and Milan city officials, Norma Smith, Diane London, Mayor Michael Armitage, Councilwoman Martha ...Read more

New vintage fashion show Sunday Best to be held at Casula Powerhouse ...
The Daily Telegraph, November 10th

RECYCLED FURNITURE AND VINTAGE CLOTHING AT THE EMPORIUM · PARRAMATTA RD SUBJECT OF PHOTOGRAPHY ART PROJECT. The Sunday Best Vintage Fashion Fair is the first of its kind and will be decked out around Casula Powerhouse's ...Read more

Just In Time For The Holidays, Chairish Introduces Vintage Fashion Accessories
PR Newswire (press release), November 5th

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chairish (www.chairish.com), the "go to" website for design lovers to sell and buy vintage and pre-loved decor, will expand its marketplace by launching vintage jewelry, handbags and fashion accessories...Read more

Photos: Vintage finds
Ottawa Citizen, November 1st

Marley McRae of the Rebel/Recluse store poses with vintage clothing and jewelry at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show at the Convention Centre on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Patrick Doyle / Ottawa Citizen. Share Adjust Comment Print. The Shaw Centre was ...Read more

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Huffington Post, October 28th

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