Monday, September 30, 2013

All Tied Up: Bow Ties for Ladies in the 1940s

I'm new at the Vintage Bulletin and I'm so happy to be here. My name is Desiree and I run the blog Pop-o-matic Deluxe about vintage fashion and culture in New York City.

Last year at the Brooklyn Flea, a must-see if you're a visitor or a New York resident\, I picked up an issue of Life magazine in pristine condition (that little coffee mark on the cover is my own fault. Ugh.). This issue from March 1, 1943 caught my eye because of the cover. I love to see women in menswear. Though "Women Take Over Another Item of Male Attire for Their Mannish Suits"was the cover story of the issue, the actual article was quite short, and a little nasty in tone:

"For years women have been buying about 80% of the men's neckties in the U.S. They bought them not for themselves but for their husbands, sons, fathers, beaux. Now, for the first time in a quarter century, they are buying ties for themselves.
Little by little women have encroached on the field of men's wearing apparel. They have taken their slacks, vests, shirts, sport jackets, overalls, moccasins and adapted them to their own use.
This year, not only the smart dressers but all busy women seem to have discovered the comfort, style value and well-groomed look of a suit tailored like a man's. Only the tie remained for them to filch. Now even the tie has gone.
Typical of the new men's ties for women are the two on this weeks's cover and the one above. These are similar to men's bow ties in shape and fabric, but are cut wider and longer."

Damn those meddling women! Stealing men's fashion! Why, soon they'll want to work after having babies, for goodness sake! And yet on the following page, the author gives women advice on finding the perfect bow tie. That second one is just the thing for "actual or aspiring lady legislators."
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fall into Vintage Outerwear at Noble Savage Vintage

Fall is upon us.  My favorite time of the year.  The air is crisp with a slight chill and the fashion is is at it's finest.  Wrap yourself in rich velvets, wool and suede and don't forget the rainwear.   It's time for layers and for fabulous sweaters and outerwear.  Whether you are looking for a fabulous show piece or that coat or jacket that you will look forward to slipping on every day, we've gotcha covered in our shops on Ruby Lane and Etsy.  I hope you enjoy our little Fall preview.  

Dark and dramatic your style?  This velvet caplet is sure to knock then dead.  
Late Victorian Capelet
 This one's a classic and will keep you snuggly warm.

1950s Orlon Sweater Cardigan with Rabbit Fur Collar

 Rock 'n Roll more to your taste? This fantastic shearling edged suede coat will keep you warm while looking oh so cool.  

Vintage 1970s Lantry Leathers Suede and Shearling Coat

 The perfect suede jacket for your Boho skirts or jeans. 

1970's One World Suede Jacket

 You will never again say rain, rain go away with this lovely raincoat hanging in your closet.  

Vintage 1970's London Fog Maincoats Raincoat

 Everyone needs a trench coat in their wardrobe and this lovely shade of green makes this trench a standout.  

Vintage 1970's Green Raincoat Trenchcoat

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Holiday Parties are right around the corner....

Hello Fashionistas!

Can you believe how fast this year has seemed to fly by?

I don't know about you- but I can't believe the holiday season is creeping up on us. In a panic, I already started looking at my closet planning out some outfits.

I also started listing some holiday attire on my webstore to get in the spirit. I know many of our shoppers are already looking for that perfect vintage dress to wear to their parties. I wanted to get a jumpstart on it!
Richilene Velvet

Pauline Trigere

Anthony Vask

Criscione Leopard metallic print

Eletra so Rita Hayworth

Oscar De La Renta velvet Goth

Vintage is the perfect way to go if you want to stand out in the crowd. So many vintage fabrics are lush and elegant. Vintage dresses have stood the test of time and are very well made. Vintage attire is always a great conversation piece too.

I have just showcased some of the beautiful vintage dresses available at:

I hope you will share some of your fancies in the coming weeks with all of us as well.

Bring on the fun! We will be ready with amazing vintage pieces for you fashionistas.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Jean Shrimpton 1960's model

Jean Shrimpton is an English model and actress born in 1942 she was an icon of the Swinging London Scene. She is also considered to be the worlds first super model having appeared on the covers of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle, Ladies Homes Journal, Newsweek and Times magazines.  She also starred in the film Privilege alongside Paul Jones the front man of the pop group Manfred Man.

Shrimpton also help launch the mini skirt  and in 1965 caused a sensation in Australia when she wore a white shift dress designed by Colin Rolfe which ended 10cm above her knees at the Victoria Derby. 

She wore no hat, stockings or gloves and wore a man's watch which was unusual at the time.

For 1960's sewing and knitting patterns, buttons etc visit