The stylish way of wool

The Stylish Way of Wool: 1920s style in the 1970s

The 1970s had a bit of a love affair with the 1920s (understandably so!) and I absolutely adore these deco-esque illustrations used to showcase the 1971 Pure New Wool Fashion award winners. “Wool remembers when style was style… that’s the way wool is in 1971.” “Wool, now — the way it’s done. With a certain […]

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Cute as a vintage button!

Vintage fashion tricks with buttons

I’ve collected quite a few buttons over the years. I’m sure you have too! You never know when you’re going to need one for a vintage dress or… when you’re feeling a little creative! “Old buttons plus old dress equals new look.” Nifty, don’t you think? I particularly love the idea of sewing on clusters […]

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Confessions of a Cole-crazy girl

Cole of California swimsuits and sun frocks | October 1953

Sunny days abound at the moment and nothing says “Hello Summer” better than a glamorous vintage swimsuit. Cole of California is an American company who’s swimwear and sun frocks were manufactured and sold in Australia during the 1950s and 60s by California Productions Limited. Gorgeous aren’t they? I particularly love this cute advertising campaign which […]

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A South Sea Summer with Malia

1970s Malia Foster summer dresses

Malia is one of my favourite vintage dress labels from the 1960s and 70s. Originating from the United States, Malia was designed in Hawaii by Mary Foster (‘Malia’ in Hawaiian means ‘Mary’) and they were also made under licence in Australia, with the label ‘Malia Foster’. There are numerous reasons why I love these sundresses. […]

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Mail order shopping… the 1950s way!

MYER Australia Autumn-Winter catalogue 1955

Vintage shopping catalogues. I love them! Just like with vintage magazines they not only provide wonderful vintage eye candy but they’re also excellent dating resources. This Myer (an Australian department store still around today) Autumn-Winter catalogue from 1955 is one of my favourites. It’s filled with fashion, kitchenware, tools, gardening equipment, dressmaking supplies and books… […]

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Combining 1950s fashion and cars

1950s Hillman cars fashion competition

Fashion and cars seem to feature quite regularly together but apart from taking a convertible out for a weekend drive, while wearing a gorgeous frock with the wind blowing through my (short) hair (not very Grace Kelly-like!)… that’s probably as far as my interest in combining the two goes. That was… until I saw the […]

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An ode to vintage Faigen handbags

1970s leather clutches by Faigen

Along with Glomesh, I love finding Faigen handbags when I’m searching for vintage. Faigen is an Australian handbag label that was predominately sold in David Jones’ department stores during the 1960s to 80s. Why do I love them so? Well… they came in so many marvellous styles and this 1960s one is a recent addition […]

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