Vintage & Fashion news, pretty vintage items and of course wee bit personal life style ramblings of an eleven year on line vintage clothing seller, avid fashion, antique and vintage lover

Monday, November 22, 2010

Vintage Pretties New With Tags Lingerie Perfect for Gift Giving

It always amazes me to find vintage items, new never worn. The manufacturer tags still attached, hanging from a sleeve just as it was when it was purchased 40+ years ago. How can someone possess such beautiful items and never enjoy or wear them?

Possibly, the recipient received more items as gifts than they could wear in a lifetime! My grandmother always wore dresses. Always. pants were just not an option. For gift occasions, we always gave her slips or flannel nightgowns. The nightgowns were hard to find unless we bought vintage.. she was set in her ways and only wore certain cotton flannel ones not available today.. And of course, she had tons of slips with the original tags on them.

You have to admit, it makes an even nicer gift ~ not only are you giving the ultimate in recycling, the bonus is better quality fabric, superior construction and often designs, incredible laces and trims just not found in today's garments! A gift you can be proud to give, and hopefully the tags cut and the item enjoyed!

Here are just a few of the Vintage Items I have new with tags, more coming daily!

Vintage Full Slip Snip it Hem size 36 M L

Vintage Nightgown NWT Shimmery Satin Flannel lined

Frilly Ribbon White Satin Hand Embroidered Barbizon Nightgown

Vintage Robe Caftan Hostess Lounger in Lilac S M ~

Vintage Nightgown Demure Sheer Peach M L

Beautiful lingerie for wonderful Christmas gifts~

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ugly Sweaters Ugly Sweater Parties .. A Matter of Opinion"

One of my favorite things about the sitcom "two and a half men" is watching to see what sweater the character Rose the quirky neighbor will wear. Sometimes fabulously beaded, sometimes fun, and often outrageous. A matter of personal opinion, as I love them all, but others would beg to differ. Are they really ugly sweaters?

This "difference of opinion" came up last February when my daughter visited from out of state, asked if she could "borrow" a few sweaters from my vintage sweater inventory. She chose a mans sweater in gray mohair. fuzzy vintage 60s with sea gulls woven into the knit. For herself, a most beautiful pink crochet sweater, with orange, pink and yellow flowers.

Smiling, I said she had chosen two of my favorites, and was pleased she was taking them. Her reply? "We're going to an Ugly Sweater Party, and these are perfect."

I was just crushed. Worse, when she called excited a week later to report she and her husband each won first place! Their "ugly" sweaters were a hit.

Yes. Ugly Sweater Parties, Ugly Sweater Pub Crawls and Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties are the trend. They really are fun, as is the search to find what each person terms "ugly."

The most popular are the embellished sweaters of the 1980s and '90s. The more appliques or wild the better.

Big padded shoulders? perfect! Rule of thumb is something your teacher wore when you were in elementary school, or your grandmother wears now.

Stripes are perfect if you are a little more conservative but still want to join in. Contradictory regions also are fun ~ live in FL where there is no snow? snowflakes. Up north where there's plenty of snow? a tropical design. You can always kick it up a notch by adding an ugly tie or wearing a printed turtle neck under your sweater.

If you are like me, you will find the sampling of sweaters shown here pretty, but each would be fun to reflect your personality at a Ugly Sweater Party.

Just try to spare your mothers feelings if you win first prize in her favorite sweater.
Here are just a few for the traditional ugly sweater parties, available at Vintage Outlet

all these as well as Ugly Christmas sweaters are available at my shop ~ Vintage Outlet