Deadstock designer blue 1980’s gown by Alyce Designs

Combining 1980’s  love for asymmetry and royal blue, this deadstock gown by Alyce Designs is in a timeless empire cut with a sheer, diaphanous overlay of what could be called “raining roses”.   The flower motif adds tons of visual interest and glitz for the gown’s intended purpose as formalwear.  As with many of the “true” hues, royal blue looks good with several skin tones and hair colors.    Most of all, this is a unique piece and has never been owned before!  Click here for more views and sizing information.

 

1980’s Australian military men’s camouflage shirt

Camouflage print says a lot about a place.  The way modern camouflage patterns and colors are developed is ingenious while being practical at the same time.  According to our high-powered Internet research skills, Australian camouflage uses analyses from aerial photographs and interprets those photos into disruption patterns and colors to help conceal the wearer in any Australian terrain from bushland to jungle.  We at Monster Vintage do not recommend trying to blend in to any environment using camouflage shirts, especially outside of their place of origin.  These colors certainly would not work in Oregon!  Click here to see more views and sizing information.

 

1960’s/1970’s purple hot pants

There’s a song from the 1960’s that asks the question, “Who wears short shorts?”  Many a fashion-forward female from the mid-60’s through early 70’s did!  It’s hard to imagine now, but miniskirts and hot pants were completely revolutionary and scandalous when they were introduced in the mid-1960’s, riding the tide of sweeping social change along with see-through dresses made of vinyl, disposable paper fashion, and swimsuits that happened to be missing the top.  Mary Quant, who gave us the miniskirt, is credited with designing early hot pants.  The style of these very short shorts went through its own evolution – at first, they weren’t as short as they would eventually get, and the fabrics changed over time.  A pair of hot pants like these, made of leather, in a bright hue of purple, and with conspicuous white contrasting stitches would most likely be paired with white knee boots, although a big-soled shoe would not be out of the question.  Emphasizing the smallness and youthfulness of the body was the name of the game!   Click here for more views and sizing information.

 

Colorful poncho with eagle/thunderbird motif

The poncho:  An ancient yet ever-recurring clothing trend of Central and South America.  There are several variants on the idea, but the genius of the design is simplicity plus functionality.  Some ponchos are worn with the points down in the center front and back, but this is worn as a rectangular shape and covers more of you from the elements.  With accents of red, maroon, and yellow against black, white, and gray, this can be worn with a variety of colors and styles.   Click here for more views and sizing information.

 

Reyn Spooner Pittsburgh Pirates men’s Hawaiian shirt

 

Show your love of baseball, but not with another jersey or t-shirt!  This vintage Hawaiian shirt, made for the 1979 World Series, is a colorful riot of Pirates images with Hawaiian styling accent so you can represent for the team with a tropical punch.   The winning accent (in our opinion):  The baseball-look coconut buttons!  Click here for more views and sizing information.

1970’s women’s terrycloth jumpsuit

Celebrate freedom of movement in a soft, figure-hugging, very seventies jumpsuit in beige and black.  Pair with wedge shoes to extend the vertical line of this garment and accessorize with the belt , some hoop earrings, or any other fun accessory of your choice.  Like many garments of the seventies, this is an easy-on, easy-off and washable piece.  Click here for more views and sizing information!

 

1980’s Military Naval Pea Coat in black

 

Pea coats have been in use and in style for a very long time.  According to our ongoing vintage research, some pea coats were so heavy that they included a chain so that they could be hung up!  This is not the case with the 1980’s model:  It is efficient, it is masculine, and it is a short length for ease of movement, while incorporating the telltale broad collar.    Click here for more views and sizing information, and check out the rest of our pea coats!

Red and white hearts and flowers apron

Whoever said that something is “not all hearts and flowers” clearly had not seen this light, airy, and very Valentine-y apron.  We here at Monster Vintage think this is just perfect for entertaining for the most famous February holiday or just anytime you want to look great while serving cookies or cupcakes!  Click here for more views and information.

 

1960’s green and turquoise wool men’s shirt

For fans of wool shirt-jackets, this comfortable piece by Woolshire delivers style and durability while bearing a strong resemblance to Pendleton shirt-jackets.   Pair with pegged or skinny pants for an authentic 1960’s vintage look. As a handy bonus, this wool shirt is hand-washable, making for easy care.  Click here for more views and information.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions: Will it fit?

A very common question people ask with any vintage is this:  Will it fit?  There are a few tips to making sure the size you need is the size you get.  Most of our apparel items are described in hand measurements done with a tape measure.  This is because sizes on clothes and shoes have changed over time and even vary by brand.  What was a “medium” in the 1950’s is most likely a “small” or even “extra small” now.  If you live in a country that uses Metric for measurements, there are many websites for converting inches to centimeters.  One easy-to-use website is http://www.onlineconversion.com .  To go directly to centimeters, inches, et cetera, go to  Online Conversion – Common Lengths .

When shopping online, people have understandable reservations about ordering something they’ve never tried on.  At monstervintage.com, we absolutely understand this.  We want to ensure that you have the best vintage-buying experience.   For our return and refund terms, please go to  http://monstervintage.com/information/fyi.html .  If we make a mistake in listing the size or other detail on an item, we do not charge a re-stocking fee.  We also refund the postage in those cases.  If you have any questions at all, give us a call at (503) 236-7542.