Vintage Trouser Style : Rolled Up Cuffs

Perusing my cache of favorite street style blogs today, I came across this image and was smitten. I adore how she decided (fabulously so) to rock a pair of men’s vintage wool trousers but instead of letting them hang limply at normal length, she simply rolled up the hems. And the leather Oxford loafers without socks is perfect. It has given me a new reason to think twice about wearing men’s pants.

Image borrowed from the amazing Sartorialist. Followed by similar pairs you can buy for yourself! From our website, per usual. Cheers.

What To Wear: SXSW Music Festival 2011

I dropped my man off at the airport a few days ago so that he could escape the non-stop torrential downpour we’ve been enjoying. He fled the scene for the week to trade gray Portland in for sunny Austin, Texas where one of the nation’s largest music festivals is currently taking place. SXSW (South by Southwest) is essentially a Woodstock of sorts. Except that folks stay in hotels, wear shoes and speed stick. For many of the other huge festivals, there are often boatloads of photographers roaming the streets and concerts, snapping outfits of the moment. Daydreaming of shorts and tank tops, I was thinking this morning about this year’s SXSW style. Nothing has been posted online yet, so I’ve pulled garments and accessories from our warehouse; things I would love to see on SWSW’s fashion forwards.

Are you at SXSW? What are you wearing?

For the dames:

Velvet Leaf Bonnet
Striped Straw Pork Pie Hat
Fire Rimmed Sunnies
Butternut Squash Striped Blouson
Little Boy's Denim Shirt
Patchwork Capris
Gingham Flange Skirt
Blueberry Embroidered Oaxacan Peasant Dress

For the fellas:

Dusty Safari Hat
Canary Yellow Harolds Club Mesh hat
1988 Grateful Dead Concert Tee
Peanuts Knott's Berry Farm Tank Top
Blue Silk Shorts
Classic Levi 501's

Long Vintage Skirts. On Short Ladies.

Being 5’2″, I’ve always longed to wear long, romantic and feminine full length skirts. Problem is, they seem to eat up small frames and make us look completely swallowed and even shorter than we are. But when I spotted this gorgeous shorty on Mr. Newton’s street blog this morning, I was so impressed. She is clearly petite and yet managed to find a way to wear this amazing full-bodied sheer crepe skirt in such a way that she looks proportionally perfect. I think her decision to tuck in her fitted pullover helped tremendously. Not to mention she is donning incredibly (incredible) high heels in a cherry popping red. But we can wear heels, right?! We’re vertically challenged so heels are great.

I’m going to try this look out with the next full length blossoming vintage skirt I find. Are you a shorty? How do you wear your full length skirts?

* Image borrowed from Mr. Newton *

Vintage Pea Coats. Always Modern.

Even though the weather is incrementally getting warmer, we are still selling lots of vintage pea coats. These coats have a such a rich history and give off an amazing, instant style aesthetic. Originally made for British and Dutch Naval men as far back as the 1700’s (!!), these incredibly heavyweight wool coats were constructed especially for brisk ship weather. Over the decades, small changes have incurred. For example, pea coats of the 1940’s have fantastic thick corduroy-lined pockets. Coats made in the 50’s and later did not receive the same special treatment and their pockets are simply lined in cotton. The number of buttons along the standard double breasted fronts have varied in numbers from six to eight. Many attributes have remained exactly the same. The deep navy blue or black color is standard, as is the overall cut and style of the coats. Oftentimes, the only way to accurately date a pea coat is by the tag, if it is still intact.

Today, the pea coats still serve their original purposes for military men and women all over the world. And for those of us who just want to walk the streets in style while staying toasty, the pea coat looks dashing and can be paired with causal pants and tops or be classy enough for a night out on the town.

How do you wear your pea coat?

Image from the Sartorialist