This article is for the lazy vintage lover; someone who wants to find something associated with a time period, but who does not want to trek around to shops and festivals in search of a piece with a great story behind it. This article is more about the “look” than the feeling, because not everyone is as nostalgic and eccentric as me.
Today many retailers create new pieces of jewelry and clothing that resemble great styles and fashion from previous decades. One does not need to be a vintage nomad and grazer, stumbling upon crazy, quaint stores and rummage sales to find pieces that are reminiscent of a prior day and age. That is why I have come to write a different type of article, a “list.” This list is designed to assist those seeking a certain “look,” whereby great mock vintage pieces can be found on trendy websites and available at the click of a finger.
All of that being said, this paragraph is dedicated to a crash course in vintage terminology so that one can understand the “look” that they are trying to achieve. Generally the word vintage should be paired with a year, similar to the way we associate fine, aged wine with a year; i.e.) 1999 Mondavi Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet. The year allows one to denote a time that something of quality was produced. However, vintage can be used loosely to describe the general idea that something of high quality was made in the past. Furthermore, clothing that was produced before the 1920s is typically referred to as antique clothing, and clothing from the 1920s to 20 years before the present day is considered vintage. These definitions are the basis for the “looks” that we see in mainstream stores and websites today.
The list is comprised of 9 photographed items. There are 9 items because I am writing this in the 9th month of the year. I had to find some cute correlation…
Newsboy Cap with Bouffant Floral Piece
I bought this hat at the Sacred Feather in Madison, Wisconsin. It is reminiscent of a newsboy cap, where the style dates back as far as 1910. The bouffant floral piece adds a feminine touch, and a mid-to-late 18th-century Western European vibe, which we later see in hat styles found in the 1920s-1930s.
Woven Straw Cuban Hat
I also bought this hat at the Sacred Feather in Madison, Wisconsin. It gives off the 1940s-1950s vibe of a “Havana Night.”
I will also use this time to share another link to a place that I love dearly… It is a place that feeds my addiction to buying hats, Goorin Bros. Hat Shop.
Art Deco Earrings
These earrings were purchased for under $5.00 a piece at a store called Discovery. Discovery is the kind of place a girl goes to get a quick fashion fix. Prices are overly reasonable and quality is mediocre, average at best. However, these earrings have lasted me awhile and they are reminiscent of Art Deco pieces from say the 1930s. They remind me of something that Ginger Rogers would have worn.
Black Art Deco Earrings
These earrings were given to me as a birthday gift and I absolutely love them. I always get compliments when I wear them. These earrings are truly a reflection of what would be worn in the era of Gatsby. They are from Francesca’s, and give off a Roarin’ Twenties vibe. I could totally see Daisy Buchanan wearing these to a party.
These rings are Art Deco given their bold nature; mindful that Art Deco is known for its boldly delineated geometric shapes and strong colors. These rings were purchased through Premier Jewelry. I must say that the indigo ring on the top is more reminiscent of a 1960s poison ring. SIDE NOTE: Jokingly, my rings do not open.
Art Deco Gem Cuffs
More Art Deco!!! These cuffs are from Bauble Bar. The cuffs are very Gatsby, reminiscent of the 1920s-1930s. I think it is apparent that my love for Art Deco has emerged throughout these photos.
1980s Pendant-Style Jewelry
These beauties are actually straight from my mother’s closet. I came across these pieces by volunteering to clean up my mother’s jewelry box. They are from the 1980s and you can tell by their big and gaudy appearance. Necklaces were often worn layered and most jewelry had large pendants and medallions. Earrings were generally long and dangly with vibrant colors.
Pink Art Deco Earrings
These dainty, yet oversized stud earrings were also purchased at Discovery. They are indicative of the1930s style of a starlet such as Joan Crawford. I can envision these earrings now with that Flapper-style bob haircut.
1960s Patchwork Skirt & Flower Child Headbands
This is a snapshot of a long patchwork maxi skirt that I bought from Ragstock Chicago. I actually own three and they are great for summer and spring days. The patchwork is indicative of Woodstock and the 1960s. The headbands are from Discovery, however they are easily a DIY project if you are up for it. I saw this style a lot at Chicago’s music festival, Lollapalooza.