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Iron Orchid Vintage: February 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Early Spring Preview: Vintage Day Dresses and Vintage Separates

I know that the weather has been crummy lately, but I've got a few fancy Iron Orchid Vintage spring previews to cheer you up! A few items have already been updated in the shop, but I'll be adding more throughout the weekend and into next week.
 Vintage 1950's I. Magnin Abstract Print Set
 Vintage 1960's Cornflower Pintuck Pleat Dress
 Vintage Belted Navy and Green Stripe Dress
Vintage 1940's Turquoise Day Dress
Vintage 1950's Wiggle Dress
Vintage 1950's Pale Pink Stripe Cotton Wiggle Dress
Vintage 1960's Pale Pink Linen Dress
Vintage 1950's Brass Details Boxy Purse
 Vintage 1970's Gunne Sax Pale Blue Ribbon Day Dress
Vintage 1960's Tiffany Blue Skirt
Vintage 1960's Pink Checkered Skirt

Salvageable Set: Vintage 1970's Pink Floral Ascot Dress and Ruffled Pinafore Dress
Vintage 1970's Yellow Floral Ruffled Prairie Skirt
Vintage 1960's Magenta Day Dress

 Vintage 1980's Anne Klein Trapeze Tunic

Vintage 1970's Ethnic Sari Fabric Day Dress  

Vintage 1970's Beaded Ethnic Tunic
Vintage 1970's I.Magnin Eggplant Skirt and Cardigan Set

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

BonBon Brunette and the 60's Princess Coat

Doesn't this post's title sound like a 1960's cover band? I love it! 
Believe it or not, it gets cold around here and although most of my coats are woolen, which do keep me warm and dry, only this one has a hood. I know we're all trained to stay away from piling on a single color, but I couldn't help but enjoy myself in these rich, chocolate browns. This checkered-collar dress is one of those perfect "cold day" dresses, too. It is wool, but soft, and although I always wear a slip, it doesn't have the faintest trace of being scratchy. I hadn't intended on going out in full retro, but after I added the purse, I think I sealed the deal! My color balance on the camera was off as the outside light kept changing from overcast, to cloudy, to sunny. The purse, belt and shoes are all very close in hue. The dress, being a bit more muted and  dark really contrasted well against the trim of the coat. As for me, well I'm a natural bonbon brunette, so I guess I had no choice but to be complicit!

Outfit Details:
Wool Coat with Faux Fur Trim: Vintage 1960's from Crossroads Trading Co.
Dress: Vintage 1950's
Shoes: Tahari
Purse: Vintage 1950's borrowed from mom
Belt: Vintage 1980's YSL
Bracelet: Gift
Tights: DKNY

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Clever Nettle's Sponsor Interview with Iron Orchid Vintage

Hi All,

I recently did a sponsor interview for Clever Nettle where I answer everything from what my favorite era's of vintage clothing are, to what my weirdest vintage shopping experience has been. Feel free to top by their blog and check it out!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Etsy Shop Preview: Something Simple, Something Wild

Here's a small preview of dresses that are going up in the shop within the next few days.
Vintage 1950's 1960's Pleat-Waist Black Cocktail Dress
Vintage 1980's Leather, Gold and Rhinestone Belt

Vintage 1980's Safari Print Shirtwaist Dress
Vintage 1960's Peplum and Pleat Waist Top

Vintage 1960's Faux Fur Stole
Vintage 1950's Fur Collar 

Vintage 1960's-1970's Gant Gaither Silk Scarf

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Vintage Heritage: The Inaugural Post - Celebrating Black History Month with Vintage Style

One of my favorite things about owning an online vintage shop is that I get to chat with ladies from all walks of life and from around the globe, who share a common love for vintage fashion. As a tribute to the variety of nationalities, ethnicities, and stylish ladies who've shopped at my store, I'd like to start collecting photos from different countries which showcase what styles were like over there, "back then". I'm sure we'll find a bunch of similarities, but if anything, I'll get to showcase a myriad of beautiful women looking stylish.
This monthly feature, entitled "Vintage Heritage", intends to be a quick, multicultural look at fashionable photographs from around the world, and the beautiful garments (and ladies!) that make up our collective heritage of vintage style. In the United States the month of February is dedicated to the remembrance of events and achievements from within the African American community, and is more commonly referred to as "Black History Month". In the spirit of this American celebration, I'd like to open the first "Vintage Heritage" post with a quick look at some photographs of stylish women (some famous some not) from within the African American community, throughout the '30's-60's.
(If I came across this coat, I would never let it go!)

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Etsy Shop Update: The Sweet, Champagne and Pale

Here are some sweet and subtle, neutral colored separates, in the store now!

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