June 19, 2013

12 of my top vintage fashion wish list items


Hard as it may be to believe some days, we're more than half way through the year at this point. I don't know about you, but it sure does feel like it's been a busy, sometimes tumultuous, sometimes wonderful, frequently action packed first half of 2013 with more than its fair share of twists and turns too. It's not what I expected it would be in some regards, though to be perfectly honest, unlike last year, I didn't kick this one off with too many specific long terms plans in the works, so it's been both fun and fascinating to watch how it's unfolded thus far.

Every now and then, I'd say one to three times a year, I like to take serious stock of my wardrobe as well as my short and long-term fashion related purchasing goals (a topic we last delved into early last January in Thoughts on my wardrobe for the year ahead). By doing so, I often spot areas where I need to focus my attention more, can cross things off my shopping list that I've purchased in recent months, and revamp my vintage clothing and accessory wish list as needed.

It was on the latter that I was focusing last night, so I thought it would be fun to share some of the items that are on this list with all of you. This is not the list in full (that would probably fill a hefty sized book at this point!), but instead a selection of twelve of the items that are currently coming out near the top and which I hope, at some point in time (be it throughout the second half of 2013 or beyond) to add to my closet.

Back in February, I wrote about Ten investment worthy vintage wardrobe items, some of which I already own, others that I hope to welcome into my closet in the future. A few things on there (such as an awesome 1940s pinafore dress) are definitely wish list entries for me (as is this fabulous Canadiana themed vintage bathing suit), but there several that I haven't chatted too much about here over the years, and it's a selection of these that we're going to be focusing on today.

Come along with me, won't you, as we take a gander at some of the vintage wardrobe items that have been filling my daydreams for ages, and which continue - for whatever reason (price, sizing, rarity, etc) to elude me. Most stop, to my mind, shy of being "holy grail" items (aka, an original Dior Bar Suit) that may never happen (even if I had a millionaire's bank roll) though, and are, at least in theory pieces that I should eventually be able to find in my size and budget eventually.




{1940s or 50s prom dress}




{The more layers of tulle and or lace the better! I've seen scores of great vintage prom dresses over the years, but most have been for those with super slender waists (oh, you lucky gals who can fit into a 24" waist!) and of those that were the right size, I've either been outbid or unable to wrap my head around their sky high prices enough to purchase one. I keep hoping the thrift store gods will here my plea and lead me to find one in my size for a total song one of these days.}


 

{Italian themed novelty print circle skirt}




{While I certainly wouldn't say no to any vintage hand painted or printed Mexican, or novelty print, circle skirt that worked for me, I would especially love to find an Italian/Mediterranean themed one, of which I've seen a few here and there over the years, in honour of Tony, who was born and raised in Italy.}



{1930s, 40s or 50s winter boots}



{Hailing from Canada, a land famous the world over for its snow, it's high time I finally hat a pair of genuine (or very authentic looking repro like the gorgeous Miss L Fire pair pictured above) mid-century winter boots (if only they were easier to find in a medium to wide width modern size 8/8.5!). All the better if they happen to be fur trimmed (real or faux), a look that I just adore.}


 

{Vintage or repro high-waisted trousers}



{This is one of those items where fit has kept me from finding my dream pair time and time again (I'm both short in terms of height and relatively short waisted with lots of curves). While I've had great success with my Freddies of Pinewood Jeans, when it comes to trousers made out of fabrics other than denim, I've had rotten luck finding a pair that fit even remotely well, and have ended up selling or giving away those that I have bought over the years. The quest continues though - even if I have to commission someone to tailor make a pair for me!}


 


{Carved floral bangle bracelet}



{There are some breath-takingly lovely 1930s/40s carved floral bangles (often made from Bakelite or celluloid) to be had, and it is precisely that which I'm hoping to add to my bracelet collection a whole lot sooner than later.}

 

{Quilted 1950s dress}



{Having lucked out found one of my previous wish list items – a classic 1950s quilted circle skirt - for a steal of a deal the winter before last, I’ve been on the prowl ever since for a quilted dress from the same era ever since.}

 


{Equestrian/top hat inspired tilt hat}




{It's scarcely a secret that I adore vintage tilt hats of all kinds, but did you know that I've been hankering for an equestrian/Victorian top hat inspired one for as long as I can recall? And on the subject of wish list top hats, I certainly wouldn't say no to one adorned with dramatic bird wings or whole millinery birds either.}

 



{Black Bettie Page Clothing circle skirt jumper}



{Have you ever had one of those times when, after swooning over (and/or saving up for) an item for weeks or even months, you're finally in a position to buy it at long last only to discover it's no longer (or at least not currently) available?

That is precisely what happened to me with this terrific black circle skirt jumper from Bettie Page Clothing. I'd been pining after it for months, went to purchase it from their site mid way through the spring, and they were sold out of my size and the next one up. I've tried looking for it elsewhere online from a North American source, but no one seemed to have the black jumper in stock any more, so for now I'll just hold tight and cross my fingers in the hope that they'll restock it again in my size.}


 


{Elegant 1930s or 40s cape with a hood}



{I absolutely, flat out adore vintage jackets, coats (especially opera coats), cloaks and capes with hoods, yet own nary a one. I'd happily pounce on any of these hooded outerwear options in a heartbeat, but would be especially tickled pink if I could find a vintage hooded cape - ideally in a fabric other than wool, which I'm allergic to - for when the chilly weather returns.}


 


{Western wear suit}




{Though you might not know this about me, I've always had an inner cowgirl and love of Western culture and history. In honour of this fact, it would be a dream come true one to own an authentic vintage western suit (dress, skirt or pants and jacket), and in turn to then head on out to Alberta one July and wear it for a day spent at the Calgary Stampede.}


 

{Classic brown loafers}



{Of all the items on these list, these certainly seem like they'd be one of the easiest to find, and generally speaking, they certainly are. However, as you may have heard me mention in past posts, I have rather hard to fit feet, and have yet to find a pair of classic brown loafers that fit me well. Hopefully this will be the year I finally do!}


 


{1950s style fitted blouse from Big Beautiful Barbara Brown}




{This incredibly charming 1950s inspired blouse from UK vintage reproduction clothing seller is me and my feminine style to an absolute tee. I just wish the exchange rate between Canadian dollars and UK pounds was friendlier (that's the only thing stopping me from ordering it right now!).}


{To learn more about a specific item shown here, including pricing and sizing where applicable, please click on a photo to be taken to its respective link.} 



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As I started putting together this list, it struck me that twelve would be a good number of entries because there are twelve months in the year. I highly doubt all of these items will find their merry way into my dresser drawers and closet racks by June 2014, but in the spirit of wish lists everywhere, it never hurts to hope and continue to daydream.

In just about every case, I'd seen and bid on at least one such item that would have fit the bill perfectly. For some pieces, it's almost become a personal running joke how I've often been outbid (or had some one else purchase an item that was on my etsy wish list before I was able to do so myself) time and time again on them. No matter though, I'm not one to be easily deterred (even by last minute eBay snipers!) - plus, a part of me genuinely adore the hunt, so I'll remain on the prowl for each and every one of these pieces until, all things willing, I find them.

If one was going to try and score these twelve pieces in the following year, that would mean six of them could potentially be mine before this year is up! What a marvelous thought! Though I'm doubtful such will prove to be the case there's no harm in imaging such at all - not to mention looking for, and jumping on, any potential opportunities do so just that which might come my way in the second half of 2013.

I'll be sure to keep you posted down the road of how fruitful (or not) July right on through to the last day of December proves to be on the vintage wardrobe wish list front, and really hope that by this time next year, at least a couple of these beauties will have found their way into my life and closet.

71 comments:

  1. Wonderful, wonderful list! I hear so many great things about VOH swing trousers. They are great for women who are hippy. And as for Bettie Page clothing, I have a link {lol, I always seem to say these things} for you. I can send you via fb message. :)

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    1. Hi sweet Sean, that would be awesome, thank you very much!

      ♥ Jessica

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  2. Great list! I was JUST this morning looking at Mexican skirts on etsy and wishing I had $200 plus dollars for some of them...sigh. Maybe some day. On my "wish list" is an Alfred Shaheen dress and/or a Jonathan Logan dress (sooo pretty!). Must win lottery and get my waist to a size 24" lol

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  3. I too really love that blouse. But I admit, I am a sucker for florals- ever since I was a little girl and Mum took me into Laura Ashley ;) I wonder if she still has that dress?
    It'll be exciting to see if you get your wishlist items. I'll keep my eyes peeled for you ;) (I did once see a prom dress for sale, but when or where I cannot remember :o )

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    1. Ooohh, you and me both, dear Rachel. Florals - especially vintage florals - are my all-time favourite pattern. I love classic Laura Ashley dresses - I'm sure that seeing them (I didn't own any back in the day) when I was a little girl and swooning over them then is a big part of why I adore florals so much, too.

      Thank you very much - definitely let me know if you see any of these items (the easier on the ol' wallet the price, the better), I really appreciate that.

      ♥ Jessica

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    2. When I was very young, Mum took us all into Laura Ashley for special occasion dresses. My sister and I had a dress that 'matched' Mum's dress- we called them 'waterfall' dresses because they had tiered flounces :) We also had sailor dresses- which my DD now wears! (She actually wears my sister's one ;) )

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  4. This is a great wish list ... a feast for my eyes!! I emailed you ...

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  5. Wonderful list Jessica! I would love a 1950s prom dress. i doubt I'll have much luck finding one however. I'll never be that tiny. I'm always keeping my eye out for a quilted skirt. I figure it would be nice to own one or two of these for the colder months. I have planned to make a few wool skirts soonish. I also want to make a few pair of trousers. Maybe in some nice corduroy. I love jeans but they don't go with everything in my closet.

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    1. Thank you very much, honey. Quilted skirts are marvelous - though I haven't documented (me wearing) mine in a post here year, I enjoyed sporting it numerous times this past fall and winter (it's so cozy and comfortable to wear around the house, then wonderfully warm, especially when partnered with tights, outdoors), I really hope you're able to find (or make?) one of your own. Wool skirts are wonderful, too - what colours are you thinking about making?

      ♥ Jessica

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  6. What a great list! Ive been thinking a lot lately about what my wardrobe is lacking, some I would even consider essentials but I've never actually sat down and made a list. I should do this.

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  7. I love, love, love that equestrian hat!!! Oh and I got my classic brown loafers from LL Bean and they are men's by the way!!! Just a thought... I couldn't find the style like in your photo for women but the men's section had them... and lots more options for sizes.
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  8. It was so nice to see your wish list for the future! I actually may have to steal this idea as I would love to share some of my hankerings with you too. Some of ours are similar too. I would love to find a pair of winter boots and a 30s cape with a hood. As for trousers, I just ticked that one off my list. I had a terrible time finding ones that worked too, so I had a pair made for me. I haven't received them yet, but when I do I'll let you know how they worked out and maybe you could use the same lady.
    Fingers crossed!
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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  9. What a lit! I agree with all of these! And many of them are on my wish list as well! Here's to us being awesome!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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    1. Very cool! I love how often our vintage tastes and interests mesh! Three huge cheers to us being awesome, dear gal!

      ♥ Jessica

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  10. I love those Miss L Fire boots - a pair like that are on my autumn wish list!

    And I need some of those celluloid or Bakelite bracelets in my life too but whenever I try them on - they always seem to fall off too easily :(

    Good luck hunting!

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    1. Hi sweet gal, thank you very much for your lovely comment. I have fairly small hands and wrists myself, too, and can relate. Some of the tricks I've used with bracelets that were a bit big on me are:

      - Wear them overtop of a pair of gloves (the thick the glove fabric, the better - suede is especially good in this regard, plus it has a bit of natural grip which helps, too).

      -Find one that fits well (or close to well) and wear it closest to your hand, so that it acts like a stopper for any others that you put behind it.

      -Wear them intentionally pushed higher up on your wrist/forearm.

      -Much as with gloves, wear your bangles over the sleeves of your shirt, blouse, cardigan, sweater, etc.

      -Wear a watch closest to your hand to serve as a stopper for the bangles.

      -Loop a lovely little fashion scarf around your wrist first, then put the bangles atop it, or again use it as a buffer/stopped between your wrist and hand, the bangles are less likely to slid off.

      Hope these ideas help you, honey.

      ♥ Jessica

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  11. I hope you get to score them all mama! You sure know your vintage pieces! I love the quilted dress! Swoon!! xox

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  12. What a super wish list! I really hope you find some of them soon. I could definitely see you in the hat and those boots are just so cute. I love vintage styles (I think they appeal to my romantic side and interest in history), but don't have many vintage items myself, sometimes when I see the photographs you post I am surprised how up to date some of the things look (in this case the loafers). Some styles really are timeless.

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  13. Love all these pieces!!!
    I have the boots and they are comfy and gorgeous...
    We have the same taste for sure.

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    1. Oooh, you lucky lady, I so adore those boots! I've missed out each year so far on their winter offerings, but am really, really hoping to grab a pair (assuming I like them, and I'm sure I will) of their winter boots this year. It will be a big splurge, but one that's more than worth every penny in a country that often has snow for six (or more) months out of the year.

      I really agree, we have such similar fashion tastes and I just love that fact!

      Big hugs!
      ♥ Jessica

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  14. I love the Bangles and the Bettie Page circle skirt jumper! What a fantastic wish list!

    Alexa

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  15. What a lovely list! I hope you are able to cross off some of these wants quite soon. It's funny that you have swing trousers on your list. I've been looking for these for quite some time. I wanted a pair of Vivien of Hollaway but they sold out in my size. I just love the big button side look so I decided to splurge for Heyday trousers. I haven't gotten them yet. It's interesting how most are made in the UK. They are ahead of the game:)

    The blouse you selected is just lovely and would look great with a pair of high waisted trousers too!

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Joanna - I hope so, too (who knows, perhaps my birthday next month might yield one or more of these yearned for vintage treasures).

      So true, the UK leads the way, by and large, on the vintage reproduction front. I so wish we had more companies selling period appropriate repro fashions on this side of the pond! Ooooh, I hope your Vivien trousers fit perfectly and that you love them to pieces. I've never bought anything from them, but I've been daydreaming about their offerings for years now. Can't wait to hear what you think about about your new swing trousers.

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  16. Great list and best of luck finding the right ones for you. I know the search can sometimes be hard but it's always worth it in the end. I really *need* a prom dress… which I almost bought the other day but it was too large in the bust so I made the very *adult* decision to let it go. I'm still kinda thinking about it!
    xo

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  17. Beautiful items, and i don't blame you a bit for adding them to your wish list! I hope you have great luck and detective skills and can find every one you want.. Jessica! :) I especially love the boots and the bracelets. Magnificent and so much fun!

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  18. Lovely items!
    http://balearaitzart.blogspot.com.au/

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  19. GASP!!! That Mexican circle skirt is HEAVENLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love love LOVE!!!
    Great fashion lineup, lady!!!

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  20. I just love that you're from Canada and BC to be exact!!
    I'm from Edmonton and am so happy to find your blog as it's nice to see a vintage gal from Canada :)
    Love your style and how you put all your beautiful outfits together

    Thanks for sharing!! Keep up the good work :)

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    1. Hello my fellow vintage loving canuck, thank you very much for your wonderfully nice comment. There are so few (by and large) of us spread out across this great land, and I just love it when we get a chance to connect.

      Tons of hugs from B.C.,
      ♥ Jessica

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  21. What an interesting post! I'm only very new to dressing vintage/rockabilly and to say my wardrobe is limited would be a massive understatement. I love following your blog and seeing your gorgeous outfit posts so, somewhat naively, I assumed you had a "complete" vintage wardrobe. For some reason I find it comforting that we're both works in progress!

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    1. Hello dear Katie, thank you very much for your comment. I think that, at this point in time, I have what I'd call a very good working vintage wardrobe. The bulk of the basics I want are covered, plus plenty of extras, but there will always be oodles more items out there that I want (or need - depending on how you look at it :) ). That's so much of the fun of collecting and wearing vintage, there's always more treasures to be potentially added to your closet, and for each item you buy, there are usually ten (or a hundred!) more you're yearning for, too.

      If I can ever be of any help to you with finding items (be they basics, wishlist pieces, or "holy grails") on your vintage shopping list, please don't hesitate to ask - I spend tons of time on sites like eBay and etsy each week, and am always happy to keep an out for anything you might be looking for.

      ♥ Jessica

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  22. Oh wow! I think a printed skirt like that would be wonderful, a prom-dress, the high pants, these are all definitely things that I would have on my vintage wishlist (if i had one) And there are some lovely items here that I hadn't even thought about. I don't really have a vintage wishlist. I like finding nice dresses/skirts and repro stuff, but the 2nd hand stores here are lucky to have anything prior to the 80s there. so you just take what you can get.

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  23. Ooh good luck on your hunt for these items! We are the same shoe size so if I ever come across some winter boots that are too roomy on me (I have narrow feet) I'll point them in your direction. Otherwise, I hope you find your prom dress, because that pink one is just amazing. And I have never seen a hat like that! It's so unique!

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet gal - likewise, if I spot any for narrow feet (which are often a little easier to come by), I will be sure to let you know. Are there any vintage winter boot styles in particular that you're after?

      Isn't that hat incredible? I have the biggest crush on vintage (and antique) fashion with an equestrian flare to it like this stunning chapeau.

      Oodles of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  24. A very eclectic list! Vintage novelty print skirts are always on my wish list too. Whenever I find one in my size I usually keep it rather than sell it on my site because I know how hard they are to find, never mind in wearable sizes! And you just can't find prints like that nowadays. Also, love the high waisted pants and I've had a devil of a time finding any that fit me too. I'm hippy with small waist. Very frustrating! I'm actually considering having a seamstress make me custom ones because I love this style too much not to have some.

    Good luck with your treasure hunt!

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    1. Hi Theresa, I'd do the exact same thing if I was selling vintage and came across any novelty print skirts in my size. They're such charming garments - I feel like each one really has a vibrant personality all its own. I have a couple so far, and truly hope to add more to my collection over time.

      Same here, I'm thinking that a talented seamstress and sturdy material (much more figure forgiving, I often find) will be my route to well fitting high waisted trousers, too.

      Many thanks for your great comment,
      ♥ Jessica

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  25. That pink prom dress is to die for!! I would feel like a princess if I was wearing it.

    I haven't had a 24-inch waist since I was about 13 years old!! I marvel at the tiny waists on all those gals in the classic films. Perhaps they never ate!

    I reactivated my Facebook account and am now following Chronically Vintage on there. I have a real love/hate relationship with FB, though, so I don't know how long I'll be there.

    Hugs,
    Patti

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    1. Hi sweet Patti, thank you for letting me know that you're on Facebook again, I really appreciate that you liked CV there once more. No worries at all, I'll alway completely understand if you part ways with Facebook once more. No website is fun (or worth spending time there) if you don't feel comfortable or happy with it.

      ♥ Jessica

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  26. gal, we probably have almost the same pieces on our wish lists. i already found a 50s style blouse with puffy sleaves and 50s like collar (black and white print) some days a go while trhifting.
    i saw some amazing prom dresses at glenna's clothing store (you find the link to her facebook in my recent post), also one or two hand painted skirts. ... she also had some quilted 50s pieces. a lovely quilted skirt for sure. ... you would love this store!!!

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    1. Hi honey, thank you very much for your wonderful trio of comments today. Yay! I love that you're having good luck on this side of the pond. Your new 50s blouse sounds wonderful! I'll be sure to check out Glenna's online - I really hope to make it to Seattle one day, too, and will add her to the list of places I hope to visit if such a trip ever happens.

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  27. Dang, your posts like this do NOT disappoint! These are some of the most covetable vintage items I can imagine. And my goodness how I know you'd rock some of these in particular, like the 50's blouse. It's like it was made for you!

    http://dresseduplikealady.com

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  28. I love all of these pieces Jessica and hope you can find some of them! I think I really need a pair of vintage winter boots since it has started to get particularly chilly here now!

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  29. Those Miss L Fire booties are on my list too! I absolutely adore them!

    My list is quite lengthy as well! I am working on my sewing skills so I can eventually make anything I want, plus I know it will fit me perfectly.But there's nothing quite like finding an amazing vintage piece that fits to a T! I didn't know that Bettie Page discontinued that jumper! It's surprising because its such a wardrobe staple!

    Abbi :)

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  30. Another great list - I love all of those items! Funnily enough, although I have a quilted skirt, I have never even thought about quilted dresses - in fact I'm not sure I've ever seen one before...they would be brilliant for the winter months! I really hope that you end up getting everything on your wish list! :)

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    1. Thank you very much, dear gal! Quilted dresses are not the most common of vintage items by any means, and they often fetch quite the premium if you can find them, but I'm dead set on tracking one down (in my size and price range) eventually. I need head-to-toe quilting to help keep me warm during the freezing Canadian winters! :)

      ♥ Jessica

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  31. Awesome list! I have a similar one.. a hand painted mexican circle skirt is on it!! I've yet to find one that makes my heart sing and doesn't make my wallet cry. lol!
    And equestrian style tilt hat is on my list too! There is one at a local antique mall here that I've been eyeing for many many months. At $75 I've yet to give in to it.
    I'd also love a straw boater style tilt hat.

    Now you've got me started... lol!

    Lisa.

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    1. Thank you very much, honey! So true about the sky-high price of Mexican circle skirts. I remember the days when they could be had more readily for under a $100, and kick myself for not investing in one sooner (yes, you might find one for under a hundred now, but often times they're double that or more these days).

      If the equestrian hat is in really good shape, that might not be an outrageous price, but it would certainly be an investment all the same. I'd be tempted big time though, let me tell you! :)

      I'd love to hear what other items are on your vintage wishlist, too. :)

      ♥ Jessica

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  32. I have loafers and another pair of high waisted trousers on my wish list as well!

    It's so much fun making wish lists. Even though you aren't able to purchase everything, it's a good way to know on what to spend your money. It often happens to me that I wander a bit away from what I really need or want. A wish list helps keeping me focused. (I hope I'm a bit clear)

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    1. How cool that we have some of the same items on our wishlist, dear Anthea. For sure, I know exactly what you mean. Lists like this are really fun. I'm a big list maker in general, so it just makes sense that I'd do the same for my vintage wardrobe.

      Happy start of summer, honey,
      ♥ Jessica

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  33. I wish you good luck in your search. :) I also have a few things in my head I look for everywhere - both on the internet and when frequenting flea markets and charity shops. You never know where they pop up. Have a lovely weekend. :)

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  34. I giggled when I saw your list because almost every single item is on my top ten list as well! We have such good taste! Hehe!
    I did not realize you were short; you appear so lovely and tall to me in your posts! I've been wanting to get some Freddie's jeans but was worried because of my height issues. No problems though?
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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    1. Hi darling gal, thank you very much! It's always a sincerely flattering compliment when someone says they think I'm taller than I actually am. Not that I dislike my height, I don't at all, but is lovely to have someone think I'm taller than I am every now and then.

      No problems at all to report with my Freddies. I've hemmed all three pairs a few inches and they still fit like a dream (the waist/inseam fits where it should). My only warning to all those considering Freddies denim is that, it fits really true to size and (at least the pairs I have) doesn't have any stretch, so if you're between sizes or like a little extra breathing room, perhaps go up one size over what you normally would with stretch denim.

      ♥ Jessica

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  35. this is a whishlist of my taste;) i especially love the mexican style skirt, lately i´m so obsessed with mexican prints, and carmen sleeves and all the vintage latina glamour look;) but also the prom dress is to die for!
    i wish you a great weekend!
    kiss,mary
    http://www.maryloucinnamon.com/

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  36. great list, have you tried bass shoes for the loafers, but I know you said that you have hard to fit feet, but I like their loafers a lot. They last well too. I want some high waist trousers too and just used a bonus check from work to buy a pair of allure originals convertable overalls. Im so excited because Im hoping this will tick off too wish list items for me high waist trousers, and high waist overalls. As always you have fantastic taste

    kate

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  37. Beautiful wish list! I love those high waisted pants! Love everything actually! I would love to own a similar grey skirt suit that Kim Novak work in the movie "Vertigo".

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    1. That would be so sophisticated beautiful! I will let you know if I ever see one for sale that reminds of it, dear gal.

      ♥ Jessica

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  38. There are some great picks on here - I might have to update my own wish list to include some of them. You have fantastic taste in clothes!

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  39. Ohhh - fantastic wishlist. As impractical as it would be for me (given I rarely leave the house) a 50s prom dress is on my wishlist too. Also a victorian equestrian hat is something I am always scouring for. It is one of the first hat blocks I am going to buy and I have ideas of using taxidermy bird wings as well....

    seems like our tastes are surprisingly similar!

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  40. Very nice post. I am in love with the two bracelets in photo n. 5!
    I have seen some Italian theme in Dolce e Gabbana's collections. They also have wonderful raffia bags with crochet flowers...

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  41. Aaah, I love the bangles and everything else.

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  42. WOW Jessica, I have to admit you have impeccable vintage taste!
    I would also love the carved bangles, the prom dress and circle skirt.

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  43. This pink dress...I have no word it's a dream!
    I have the feeling that if I wear it someday, I'll feel like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face...Simply beautiful <3
    Love
    Melodie
    http://sevenlivesandmore.blogspot.fr/

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  44. What a great selection of items!
    You probably already know this - but have you tried Heyday Vintage Swing Pants? They fit quite well ;) plus you can move the side buttons to jig the fit a bit if needed.

    x

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  45. what a great collection of dresses.Thanks for the review. It will be very useful .

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  46. What a wonderful list! I'm actually compiling a similar list myself right now, and wanted to have a gander again at yours! RE: the snowboots. At the suggestion of Brittany from Va-Va Voom vintage, I looked on ebay for vintage snowland boots and scored a great pair of vintage 1960s era snow boots with great fur detailing, fleece lined insides and 1940s styling (I've seen similar boots in shoe ads from the mid-1940s) for around $40. I'm sure if you use the same search term, you'll find something wonderful too! I'm also a hard to find foot size. I was a 6.5 wide before having children, but my arches changed (got higher and they were pretty high to begin with) and my feet got wider and I now wear an 8 in most shoes. I find Clarks and Bass to be decent for my feet--I just found a vintage pair of Bass weegums (leather penny loafers) on ebay for $20.

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  47. Hello Jessica! 
Gosh I stumbled upon your blog and I must say I am in Retro Heaven!!! Up until this very moment, I’ve followed just one Blogger (http://www.tobebeautifulingodseyes.blogspot.com), written by an admirable young lady that has become my Style Idol, and a friend!
    I came across your Top 12 Wish List---it really caught my eye--and it made me realize “Hey I must Check this Blog Out”—-so I did…and VoilĂ !

    It is Divine : ) I love that you recognize not only the beauty, but the historical significance of Vintage Fashion.

    I am drawn in by any well-made & interesting piece of Vintage, hooked by a silhouette or a textile or a fabulous, small detail. The 30s & 40s—definitely my personal favorite, but I think the 70s rock too....well, of course the 60s as well.....and can't forget the 50s...lol—all in all, it sounds like you and I share the same adoration of Bygone Eras......!

    LOVE your wish list---have you been reading my mind? :) Wish my husband could do that!

    A little bit about your newest Reader? We are blessed with a little Vintage Fashionista-in-the-making in our Family— and her name is Lola.

    At 5 years old, she is wise beyond her years (or “wise beyond her ears” as she believes the phrase to be…), yet still such a true and unyielding child! She is convinced that Beatrix Potter's series "Peter Rabbit" is indeed “the story of a real time family”! She also believes that if I hold her eyelids open & gaze closely into her eyes, I can “see” whether or not her brain has received enough “good nutrition" after a meal or snack. Sometimes her brain says she needs 2 more bites of broccoli. Or 3 more baby carrots. Or nope, good to go…!

    She is a delight! Where was I going with this…oh yeah!!

    I’m having 3 pairs of retro style pants made for her, and one pair is JUST like the high waisted ones you show in your Wish List—-with the buttons & even the little pocket. Hers will be a pink & white Vintage toile de Jouy!

    Lola chose the style and print on her own--she LOVES bespoke garments and honestly considers them just as much of a treat as candy or watching an animated movie!! She takes very good care of her things too, so I cannot often resist her requests…..and she comes up with the sweetest ideas!

    She is making her Halloween costume already—she will be an ANT, with a Paper-Mache Body and….this Ant wears a Fascinator! Glad we started early because huge Paper-Mache works can take FOREVER to finish!

    She tells me that she chose an Ant because they "work so hard without anybody recognizing them AND they do Team Work"!

    She says the Fascinator will be the perfect way to “make us see how Ants carry it's yum-yums”—lol, yes she still struggles with language & grammar!

    THANK GOODNESS there are fabulous Artisans on Etsy who are glad to make a wacky Fascinator with Yum-Yums for a Paper-Mache Ant costume!! Oh goodness, how I do digress…..

    Well at least now you know a little bit about us….and I am going to spend the next hour or so reading your past entries---so I can learn more about JESSICA!!!

    Looking forward to catching up on your entries….!!

    Thanks for taking the time & effort to share such beautiful images & info….and capturing the Past to share with those of us in the Present : )

    Diana

    www.etsy.com/shop/Moxie2RunwayVintage

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  48. Hello dear Diana,

    Thank you very much for what really and truly has to be one of the most friendly, upbeat and enjoyable blog comments I've ever received. I sincerely appreciate that you took the time to share so much about yourself and Lola. You both sound like fantastic gals and I'm delighted that you found your way to my vintage blog.

    Happy costume making (so true. paper mache isn't the quickest of projects!) and may you and your family all have a resplendent springtime!

    Many hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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