This shirt called out to me not only because it’s fairly lightweight and short-sleeved for summer, but because the tropical print is so subtle and graceful, like the leaves are wafting in the wind. The colors are muted, yet complement each other. Click here to view details and sizing information.
This striking straw hat looks more than a bit Mod to us. Featuring very dramatic colors and a distinctive silhouette, the brim gracefully frames the face uniformly, in a perfect circle. To top it off, there’s a final touch – a little wooden buckle on the side of the crown. Great for summer activities or anytime you want to fashionably protect your head and face from UV rays! Click here for sizing and details.
Before the more relaxed and open-collared Guayabera shirt, there was the style with the button-down collar. We think this is a really interesting, simple style in a lightweight fabric with subtle gold decoration for day or night wear. Click here for more views and sizing information.
Our neighbors to the north are probably tired of the association with red flannel lumberjack shirt, don’t you think? In the spirit of associating Canadian fashion with something different, we’d like to call your attention to this very stylish buttery gold wool shirt with a more geometric and minimalist interpretation of plaid. It also has a great tag reading “Timberline by Concordia”. The company apparently was from Winnipeg, but the shirts are hard to come by and there’s little to no information about them online. More views and sizing information here.
For a casual yet together summer look, we submit these Bermuda shorts from Sears. Muted gold color is accented by thin white pinstripes about 1 cm / 1/3″ apart. Click here for more information and views!
The heels on these things must be seen to be believed! If the color doesn’t grab you, the sculptural shape of the heels certainly will. Click here for more views. Label says “Wild Rose”.
Vintage Original Grateful Dead tee shirt Carolina Halloween! Grateful Dead Oct. 31, 1985 Carolina Coliseum Columbia, South Carolina. Artist Den ’85. Half skull with open winged bat in pumpkin outline. Hanes Beefy-T 100% cotton Made in U.S.A. label. Nostalgic rare Jerry Garcia collectible. Halloween orange t-shirt in great condition. Click here for sizing and more pictures!
Friends of vintage, friends of Mad Men, we have here a tie-in to a major plot point on a recent season of Mad Men. Fine, it’s not super-recent, but this blogger doesn’t have cable and has to be patient.
In the pilot for the fourth season of Mad Men, there is a contentious meeting between the main characters and some stuffy executives from Jantzen, who are wary of too-risque ads for their company’s two-piece swimsuit. Something like this piece, but with a little less material!
While in the show, the tension between the bold ad men and the conservative Jantzen representatives served as an important way to remind the viewers that the sixties were well underway, the episode launched a firestorm of blog posts after its airing. In reality, apparently Jantzen had no qualms about using “a wink” in their ads. You just have to suspend your disbelief to watch any show that revisits the past.
Luckily, you don’t have to suspend your disbelief when admiring this suit we have in our collection of women’s swimwear! It’s so very sixties. It’s a two-piece, but it still covers quite a bit compared to the suits Jantzen would produce just a few years later. This suit is neither itsy nor bitsy by today’s standards. However, it is a vibrant shade of coral (a bit brighter and more orange than on my monitor – it’s day-glo coral), which is surprisingly flattering on several skin tones. You can find sizing information and views at this link.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Mad Men Moment, but it’s even more relevant when you realize that Jantzen is an established company right here in Portland, Oregon! So from the perspective of Monster Vintage, this is local history, pop culture, and really nice vintage swimwear!
It’s possible this unique purse was a play on words. It’s literally a carpetbag, as seen through a 1960’s lens and in a metallic sky blue with just a hint of green. Lots of room inside for any vintage or modern things you need to carry around. More views here!
Are you a serious Dire Straits fan? Get the t-shirt to prove it! This 1985 heather gray and blue Dire Straits shirt shows the Beltona guitar used in the recording of their “Brothers in Arms” album. More information and views here!