Have you worn your bathing suit this summer?

In the history of bathing suit fashion, achieving the right balance of modesty, material, and motion has been a major challenge. Not to mention sex appeal.   Maybe you’d prefer one of these styles from the past…   Many of us without a�?perfect bodiesa�? have experienced some degree of anxiety while parading — or should I say skulking — from the relative safety of lying on a beach blanket to the exposure one must endure...

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The Rise and Fall of Hats in Women’s Fashion

When did hats become a fashion statement for women? From the beginning of hat-wearing history, women were expected to have their heads covered by veils, kerchiefs, hoods, caps and wimples, but it was not until the end of the 16th century that structured hats were worn. The styles were based on the hats worn by the male aristocracy. In the late 17th century, women’s hat fashions finally came into their own. Just as hemlines have gone up...

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A Brief History of the Fur Muff

In my novel, ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE, the story hinges on a journal that is found sewn inside the lining of a fur muff. So it seems only right to present some background about fur muff fashion. Muffs were mentioned in text from the 1400s, and one of the earliest images of one is in an engraving from 1588. In the 1600s both men and women used muffs. Since fur was not as easily attainable, they were more typically made out of silk or satin and might...

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Short skirts and Go-Go Boots!

My mom has all these old Life Magazines she inherited from her mom, who used to own a Tuxedo Rental Store in Sacramento. I can’t stop paging through… “Many wary merchants believe that the new length, which is one and a half inches above the knee, is too drastic for anyone to wear but the young — and only the pretty-kneed young at that. Some designers feel, as Dior did, that all knees are ugly.” –Life Magazine...

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Fur Muff Mania

“I snuggled my hands inside the muff. Something hard pressed against my knuckle. Strange. I looked inside. The black satin lining had been torn at the seam and mended closed with uneven stitches. Had someone sewn something in there?” –from ASTOR PLACE VINTAGE   I’ve begun a new Pinterest board of fur muffs matched up with quotes from books mentioning “muffs” from the same era. Here’s a couple:   Source:...

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