“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.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

MyVintageVogue

MyVintageVogue

The history of 20th-century women’s fashion largely played out in the pages of magazines such as “Harper’s Ba… [read review or visit site]

Fashion Columbia Study Collection

Fashion Columbia Study Collection

The Fashion Columbia Study Collection (FCSC) is the digital home of the Columbia College Chicago’s fashion archiv… [read review or visit site]

1960s Fashion and Textiles

1960s Fashion and Textiles

Put on your go-go boots and check out this wavy, groovy tribute to 1960s fashion and textiles, courtesy of the Vict… [read review or visit site]

Vintage Fashion Guild

Vintage Fashion Guild

The VFG is a non-profit international educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of vinta… [read review or visit site]

Fashion-Era

Fashion-Era

Bursting at the seams with content, this site contains hundreds of pages of fashion and costume history, including … [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Beautiful Womens Burberry Double Breasted Short Trench Coat Mac 10/12 Small/medVtg Indian Cotton Gauze Hippy Boho Festival Dress S M 8 10 12 4 6 70s 60s FolkVtg Indian Cotton Gauze Hippy Boho Festival Dress S M 8 10 12 4 6 70s 60s FolkVintage Novelty Scenic Cotton Fabric Paris Garret John Wolf Eiffel Tower SkirtVintage 50s Lk Pin Up Girl Clothing Pug Jenny Harlequin Dress Size S Uk 6 8 Amazing Original 1820's Antique Ladies Regency Corset-excellent ConditionVtg. 1920's Art Deco Era 2pc. Dress W/ Jacket, Elaborate Embroidery,Vintage 50s Fabric Amsterdam Flower Mart Millworth Converting 3 Yards Skirt?Original 1940's Lilli Ann Of San Fransisco Navy White Trm 2 Piece Suit-uk Sz 6/8Oscar De La Renta Couture Rare Embroidered Crepe Chiffon Bohemian Vintage Top1930's Chez Marie Aqua Puckery Silk Brocade Dress Sm As Is Vtg Ivory Natural White Blonde Real Fur Mink Stole Cape Wrap Shrug Shawl NerzVintage 1950's Kamehameha Hawaiian Sun Dress Sz M L OrchidsVintage 1950's Red Chiffon Ruched Waist Fit & Flare Party Dress Sz Xs Antique Victorian / Edwardian Era Dress, Intricate French Lace W/ Batiste PanelsAntique Handmade C1920s Creamy Yellow Tulle Net Alencon Lace Garden Party DressNwt-50's Vintage "jo-mel" Black And White Gored-skirt Sundress-stunning Design!Vintage 70s Laura Ashley Green S105 Patterned Prairie Wales 10-12ukVintage 1920's Or 30's See Through Dress~has Some WearFred Perry Women's Red Silk Trim Crew Neck Top - Uk 12/ Eur 40/ Us 8 - Mod RareVtg 70's Indian Cotton Bohemian Maxi Dress Floral India Hippie Boho Festival S1930s Vintage Art Deco Blue Burnout Voided Velvet Silk Devore Dress Evening GownAntique Victorian / Edwardian Era 2 Pc. Wedding Dress, Amazing Layered Lace Fred Perry Women's Red Twin Tipped Pique Polo - Uk 8/ Eu 36/ Usa 4 - Mod SkaGenuine Vintage 1970's Phool Hippy Indian Block Printed Blue Cotton Dress - LAuthentic Edwardian Antique Cotton Lawn Eyelet Lace Dress, Sweet!!Vtg 40s Ivory Rayon Crape Long Swing Dance Dress Gown M/l Embroidered SleevesVintage 1970's Flourishing Floral Shelf Bra Flare Open Back Dress Sz LS.mast.q. Vintage 50s Hand Painted Mexican Cotton Full Circle Skirt-m/l Mod Vtg 50s Glam Rockabilly Pinup Hawaiian Skirted Swimsuit Romper Jumpsuit SAntique H & W Ribbon Girdle Corset-steel Stays And Closures Lace Up Ivory SmallVintage 1940's Ocelot Real Fur Coat Jacket Stole Wrap Cites Exempt S M 8 10 UkAntique 1929 Floral Silk Chiffon Dress Bias Cut Wide Swinging Handkerchief HemVintage 40s Dress Fairy Tale Fantasy Novelty Print Pink Blue Rockabilly UniqueVtg 50's Patio Skirt Black W Border Print Flowers Frogs Butterflies Full CircleVtg 80s St Michael Pink Silky Poly Embroidered Pantie Body Teddie Playsuit Uk16Vtg Lingerie Silky Satin Slip Babydoll Full Sweep Negligee Long Nightgown 1x XlVtg Lingerie Silky Satin Slip Babydoll Full Sweep Negligee Nightgown Sz 1x XlLot 3 Pr Ultra Sheer Flat Knit 415 Vtg Hanes Rht 100% Nylon Stockings 10.5m/34Antique Corset, Victorian Corset, Corset Ancienne, Antikes Korsett Patented 1879Lot Of 2 Vintage 1920's/30's Ladies DressesVintage Lace Wedding Dress And Veil 1930'sVintage Olga Neon Lime Embroidered Lacy Nylon Slip & Free Lace Trimmed Panties L1950's Vintage Curvy Day Dress-full Skirt, Colorful Block Plaid, V-collar-10?Vintage 1800's Victorian Green Walking Suit Skirt Bodice 36-26-80Vintage Lejaby Ultra Femme Silky Nylon Lacy Tap Pantie Body Teddie Playsuit 38"Vtg Lingerie Silky Satin Slip Full Sweep Negligee Babydoll Long Nightgown L 2xVintage Drag Queen Plus Size Or Extremely Oversized Silk Judith Ann Tunic Dress Vintage 70s Maxi Dress Calico Floral Lace Peasant Prairie Maroon Boho HippieVintage One Piece Black W/trailing Braid Boning Bust Back Zipper Swimsuit 1940'sAntique Corset, Victorian Corset, Corset Ancienne, Antikes KorsettRare Vintage 1992 Sonic Youth Dirty T-shirt, Long Sleeved, Size LargeVintage 50s Novelty Circus Print Ferris Wheel Cotton Full SkirtVtg Olga Nylon Lingerie Babydoll Sweep Gown Nightgown Miss Elaine Peignoir M LVintage 70s Maxi Dress Calico Floral Lace Peasant Prairie Cream Pink Boho HippieSexy Vtg Slippery Satin Lingerie Slip Long Caftan Sweep Robe Nightgown 2x-4x 16143, 1920's Taupe Beaded Flapper Dress Original VintageSexy Vintage Lingerie Satin Nylon Lace Slip Negligee Long Sweep Nightgown 2x 3x Vintage 1950 Rose Marie Reid Swimsuit Vtg Pinup Girl Overwire Bikini Mermaid 50sVtg 80s Judas Priest Defenders Of Faith Concert Tour Raglan Jersey Usa T-shirt S