Endless Vintage Jumpsuit Adoration

I will love them until the very end. Jumpsuits make me happy on a daily basis. And I love that they seem to sneak back onto the runways and vintage shops every single season, in one style, cut, fabric or another. What is not to adore about a one-piece outfit?! Add great shoes and few accessories and you’re off to rule the day, night and wee early morning hours…

Now that the weather has finally (Finally!) taken a sweet turn for higher temperatures, I’m obsessed with short jumpers. Short-shorts, longer shorts, culotte shorts, any shape will do. Since the 1970’s refuse to stop being so amazingly popular, now is a great time to find a jumpsuit that fits your heart and get out into the sunshine.

Below, images borrowed from google and blogs mixed with our best jumpers for sale.

Vintage Leatherman Pocket Knives

We love expressing our gratitude to websites who help share our vintage goods with their reader base. In the last few weeks, we’ve happily had a flurry of sales for our collection of vintage Leatherman pocket tools. Many customers took the time to type in the website they were coming to us from on their sales invoice. Thank you EDCForums.com for mentioning us on your site and in your message boards! EDC Forums is a great online store and public message board dedicated to gizmos, gadgets and tools that make everyday living more fun. They feature items like flashlights, pens and Leatherman knives. We happened to have a great lot of Squirt P4s and P6s in stock that EDC’s readers were buying. They’re super fun little pocket knives that come in bright colors like metallic blue, red and green. Perfect for the teenage boy scout or urban jungle man.

Vintage Langlitz Leathers

Monster Vintage is so proud to have the largest selection of vintage Langlitz leather jackets for sale in the Northwest. We have been selling these extremely well-built and sturdy motorcycle jackets for over a decade to folks all over the world who understand that once you own a Langlitz, you own it for life. The history of Langlitz began right here in Portland, Oregon in 1947 by Ross Langlitz. Working out of his basement, Ross started building the jackets for himself and motorcycle-riding friends. After 40 years of making and selling the world’s finest motorcycle jackets, Ross retired with his wife to their beach house. One of Ross’ daughters took over the business and the magic of Langlitz has continued to flourish.

The jacket below is one our most prized pieces for sale currently. It is a rare green label from the 1950’s. It has all the extra features that have become standard on today’s jackets like belt loops on the back double thick rear kidney belt and semi-bi-swing back for comfortable movement. It is quite possible that this jacket was made by Ross himself, back during his basement days.

1980’s Vintage Concert Tees!

It’s hard to keep them on the shelves. Concert tees from the 80’s seem to remain the greatest garment to layer with favorite bottoms be it jeans, short skirts or cut-off shorts and a grandfather cardigan or long scarf. Tucked in our out, with or without character holes or color fading, condition is less important than the band. Below are a few of my current favorites…

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

NYFW Coverage: Rodarte does Little House on the Prairie

I think Laura (of Rodarte’s design sister duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy) must have been dreaming of another very famous Laura when she and Kate were creating their F/W 2011 line. Laura Ingalls Wilder of the beloved Little House on the Prairie television show from the 1980’s would be so proud to see floor length country dresses walking a Manhattan runway.

Inspired by the rolling farm fields of middle America and The Wizard of Oz, the siblings sent a color palette of oatmeal, wheat, cream and earth down the stage. Floor length wind-swept cinched-waist coats and lots of lace dresses were show highlights. Criss-cross, double and triple triangle flanges and keyhole cutouts decorated necklines. Almost the opposite of the high-energy, sharply colored and silhouetted New York designed woman, it’s refreshing to see softer shades, softer style lines and a little country romance.

Stills from Rodarte’s recent line followed by similar vintage wares from us.

Photo credit: honestlywtf.com

Marc Jacobs & Vintage Polka Dots

New York Fashion Week F/W 2011. Can’t get enough of it. Marc Jacobs, still high from the praise of last season’s first womens line seen from Jacobs in years, continues to be the moment’s catwalk darling. He is still living in the 1970’s, although these silhouettes are the dressed-up version of the fluid and loose outlines he gave us previously.

Dipped in fantastic and over-sized polka dots, we saw fitted peplum blazers, curve-hugging hobble skirts, matching dotted hosiery and the sweetest polka-dotted saucer vinyl berets by milliner Stephen Jones I’ve ever seen. Some of the body-con dresses appeared reptilian, in violet, metallic silver and chocolate brown. The whole line elicited a troupe of saucy airline stewardesses, ready to debark their flight and sashay to the nearest dimly lit cocktail bar. I especially love the sense of fun Jacobs can’t seem to help but inject in his designs. Dressing is sexy and seductive, yes, but you also feel like his women have a wicked sense of sarcastic humor and tricks up their fitted, set-in sleeves.

Enjoy Jacobs’ style lines and use of polka dots, both of which are taken quite literally from the glorious 1970’s. Images followed by our original inspiration garments. For sale on the site right now…