Lately, a lot of my friends have been talking about pants. For me and for many others, pants are a touchy subject. My crazy waist-to-hip ratio makes it hard for me to find pants that fit comfortably and attractively. As I’m roughly 42-32/3-48″, a pair that fits in the hip is almost always too big in the waist. Sometimes, pants are fine in the thighs and WAY too baggy in the knees/calves. Continue reading “The wonderful world of PANTS: Part Un”
But wait! There’s more! Edited on Wednesday, November 21 to add more sales!
For those who love clothing, shopping on the internet, and epic sales, Thanksgiving week is your dream come true! Here’s a smattering of online retailers offering excellent sales on plus and retro styles this week:
- JBR Clothing – This retro and rockabilly retailer is offering special deals every day (except Thanksgiving) through Sunday. The traditional “Black Friday” discount will be 20-25% off, depending on the time of day you buy. JBR carries sizes XS-XL.
- Pinup Girl Clothing – This retro and pinup manufacturer and retailer will be offering a Black Friday special, most likely to newsletter subscribers (sign up at the bottom left of the main page). Past PUG Black Friday sales have included significant percentage discounts on entire orders and Cyber Monday specials on specific items. PUG’s made-in-USA house brand pieces – which include Pinup Couture, Deadly Dames, Laura Byrnes Black Label (Laura Byrnes California), and Dixiefried – come in sizes XS-2X (some in up to 4X).
- Heartbreaker Fashion – This retro and rockabilly manufacturer is offering a secret Black Friday deal to newsletter subscribers. There will also be Facebook sale rack discounts on Saturday and Sunday and a gift certificate offer on Monday. Heartbreaker offers beautiful, American-made pieces in sizes XS-2X.
- City Chic – 60% off sitewide and up to 80% off sale items through November 26. City Chic offers contemporary plus fashions in sizes 14-24.
- Torrid – 40% all regular price items now through Friday for Divastyle members with email code ONLY4DIVAS (web) and email ad itself (in store). The 40% extends to everyone online starting on Thanksgiving, and in stores on Black Friday proper. For free shipping on orders over $25 on Thursday and Friday, use code BLKFRISHIP. Also, BOGO 50% off through today (Wednesday). Torrid carries fashionable plus size clothing for “young” women, including some top pieces from retro manufacturers like Stop Staring! As of this writing, they have the famous Billion Dollar Baby dress in stock on the website in black and red. Sizes 24 and 26 available in each!
- Eliza Parker – 35% off everything through November 26 with code LOTSOFLOVE35. Eliza Parker presents elegant and versatile American-made fashions in plus sizes.
- Kiyonna – From now through November 26, save 30% of almost everything on the site with code THANKFUL (minimum $150 purchase). Kiyonna offers gorgeous American-made dresses and separates in sizes 10-32, including the retro classic Scalloped Lace Boudoir dress and Retro Glam Lace dress.
- Eshakti – Up to 50% off many current styles through Black Friday – no coupon required! Eshakti carries both misses and plus sizes, with custom sizing available for a small fee. Their styles range from contemporary to vintage-inspired.
‘Tis the season for spooky festivities! While some current Halloween traditions have roots that stretch back to antiquity, our contemporary children’s holiday activities – like parties, games, costume parades, and even trick-or-treating – were actually devised in the 20th century as ways to keep kids from partaking in the destructive and dangerous pranks that plagued the season in the 1920s and 1930s.
The following Halloween party ideas come from a wonderful Halloween Program Kit distributed by the Cooperative Recreation Service in Delaware, OH, in the 1930s. My copy is stamped as the property of the Fresno, CA, Works Progress Administration. The kit – marked #28 in the series, revised – was edited by Lynn & Katherine Rorhbough. Continue reading “A 1930s Halloween”
I know I beat you guys over the head with my cardigans all the time, but having just acquired a new one, I thought it might be handy to remind everybody what a super accessory a vintage cardigan can be!
Not only are they practical – they tend to be well-made, warm, and competitively priced (beaded vintage is almost always a better deal than the contemporary alternative, for example) – they’re adorable! My latest is a pink wool, Angora, and nylon blend from Hong Kong. It’s lined and profusely beaded, which makes it perfect for work or a fancyish event of some sort. Continue reading “Seasonal Fashion: Fuzzy vintage sweaters, perfect for fall!”
With the holidays fast approaching, you may find yourself in need of a fancy new frock or two. Yes, I realize that technically, a frock is just a dress that buttons in the back. But let’s suspend that reality for the sake of my prose. Anyway. I have some spiffy suggestions for what to wear for your Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve shindigs, spruced-up goings-out, and maybe even a Thanksgiving dinner or two.
Hallowe’en season is here! To commemorate spookiness’ return, I’ve adjusted my blog theme to feature Daniel Gardner’s “Three Witches from Macbeth.” This pastel triple-portrait from 1775 features Lady Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess of Melbourne; Georgiana Spencer Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire; and Mrs. Anne Seymour Damer, the artist, portrayed as the famous witches from Shakespeare’s play.
The famous Duchess of Devonshire was about eighteen years old when she posed for this piece. It was created not long after her marriage to the Duke, at around the same time she became a rising star in Britain’s most fashionable set, the bon ton. Following in her friend Lady Melbourne’s footsteps, and owing to her marriage into a powerful family of Whig partisans, she would also become the most celebrated political hostess in England.
The three friends make awfully cute sorceresses, don’t they? For more on this piece, check out its official entry at the National Portrait Gallery.
When the 100+ degree weather finally subsides, I suddenly remember why fall is awesome:
- I don’t have to run the AC at night
- Halloween is coming
- Christmas isn’t far behind it
- I can wear nifty dark colors and heavier, fluffier, more luxurious fabrics
I just so happen to have a crap-ton of spiffy fall fashions from some of my favorite vintage purveyors. Continue reading “Outfits of the Season: A very vintage autumn!”
Yeah, it’s that time again. With autumn starting…tomorrow…the moment’s arrived for me to dig up the official Pantone fashion color report for fall, 2012. You may remember my dismay at last year’s muted, somewhat muddy palette. This season’s colors are a welcome change, incorporating clearer, cooler, crisper colors: