Vintage ringer tee with iron-on “Taxi” TV show photo

 

As classic TV shows  from the late 1970’s go, Taxi launched the careers of most of its cast members, including Tony Danza, Danny DeVito, and it made Andy Kaufman a household name.  Interestingly, Judd Hirsch is conspicuously absent from this cast photo.  Unmistakable red “ringer” tee makes this a great shirt for anything from flared Levi’s to corduroys.  Added bonus is the sparkling gold glitter lettering to make it abundantly clear what show you love!  Click here for more details and sizing information.

1940’s beaded crepe cocktail dress with peplum

The 1940’s were remarkable for many reasons, but this dress tells a great story about why that is.  During the second World War, fabrics were rationed for the war effort and the cut of women’s dresses reflected this:  Skirts were not full, very few ruffles and frills were used, and women were encouraged to spruce up the same dress with scarves, pins, and other accessories.  One fabric extravagance that could be found was the peplum, and so it is with this dress by “Champagne” of New York:  Its very simple silhouette is not very different from the everyday cut, and yet it is clearly a sophisticated garment for a night of celebration.  This message is clearly communicated by the decorative beading at the collar, the slyly asymmetrical gathering and bow fashioned of the precious “extra” crepe-like fabric, the dramatically padded shoulders, and by the contrast between the matte black of the dress itself and the light sparkling off the beads.  Click here for more views and sizing.

 

1950’s Pendleton virgin wool plaid “Battle” shirt-style jacket

Again taking some cues from military styling, this plaid piece from the 1950’s fashions virgin wool into a smart, masculine-looking complement to slacks or more casual pants.  The defined dropped waistband helps to establish this broad-shouldered shirt-style jacket as somewhere between everyday wear for business, but also is not a jacket that would be worn to chop down a tree.  It says, “I have some free time, and I look good in plaid.”   As with all vintage Pendleton, this garment is made with all-Oregon wool and crafted by Oregonian hands! Click here for more views and sizing information.

 

Yellow 1970’s felt beaded circle skirt

The circle skirt is widely associated with the 1950’s, when it partnered up with the poodle to make one of the most recognizable women’s styles of the twentieth century, but this style didn’t just fade away!  Oh no.   Because the circle skirt is an inherently fun cut, it is always open to re-interpretation.  That’s what we have here.  Bold colors, beading, and a freer, almost abstract design, with the potential to be worn with more “ethnic”-looking shoes and tops, or it can be part of a retro ensemble in the spirit of movies like “American Graffiti” and “Grease”.   Click here for more views and sizing information.

 

 

1991 Killer Dana vintage surf tee

 

Originally sold by the Killer Dana Surf Shop, the surfer’s paradise that gave its name to the company and thus to the shirt was a famous surf spot off the coast of southern California.  As with skateboarding, surfing enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the form of apparel from the early 1990’s onward.  Show your love of surfing with this tee, complete with abstract wave pattern and bubble-y, stretchy white font on a black background against the solid brown color.  Versatile, easy to wear with shorts, pants, and casual enough to pair with flip-flops.  Click here for more views and sizing information.

Early 1970’s A-line houndstooth check dress

Combining the flattering and youthful A-line cut with the ever-popular houndstooth check pattern, this fully-lined dress is a made of a wool blend and can be worn in winter, despite its mid-thigh/above the knee length.  Contrasting red and brass-tone accents give the whole dress a vaguely military efficiency, but it’s clearly of that period where it would have been worn with or without pantyhose or tights and with thick-heeled shoes, possibly with a high tongue. A-line cut is flattering on a variety of figure types while being comfortable.  Click here for more views and information.

 

Vintage gold and silver Montana Western belt buckle

Fun fact:  The decorative belt buckle as men’s fashion accessory dates to roughly the middle of the 20th century.  The trend for unique and visually interesting buckles is said to have been popularized through Western films, so be sure to thank Roy Rogers and John Wayne for making buckles like this one possible!  Fashioned in Montana, which has  genuine Western “cred”, this silver and gold piece includes scrolling and horseshoe motifs to really pull together outfits that need a little cowboy emphasis.   Click here for more views and information.

Sparkling paisley late 1960’s/early 1970’s women’s jumpsuit

Paisley has a long and varied history, originating in Iran and eventually enjoying wide popularity throughout southern Asia.  More recently, the large paisley print enjoyed  popularity with the hippie and psychedelic period in the 1960’s.  And so it became a new innovation to combine metallic fabrics, such as on this jumpsuit and top, with big swooping dramatic colors.   Click here for more views of this sparkling and dramatic multi-piece set!

Black 1980’s Bugle Boy nylon parachute pants

Warm up your breakdance moves; the ultimate in early to mid-1980’s style is here.  Seen on many a young adult, often with high top sneakers, nylon jackets, and sometimes even with suspenders and sweaters, these nylon parachute pants are a great reminder of a culture of music and dancing mixed with popular fashion.  Made by none other than Bugle Boy.  More views and sizing information here.

 

 

Vintage Montgomery Ward 1970’s plaid C.P.O. shirt-jac

 

For the all-American menswear piece from the 1970’s, this C.P.O. plaid shirt jacket from Montgomery Ward is a great way to go.  Worn with button-downs or chunky turtlenecks and solid-colored pants or Levi’s, this is a classic wardrobe staple that never goes out of style.   More views and sizing information here.  Don’t forget to check our great Levi’s 501 jeans prices!