It’s 1990. You’re watching TV and you find yourself at the intersection of surreal and plaid. And so many characters and so many subplots that you needed a diagram to keep up with the twists and turns. Yup. Twin Peaks, iconic serial drama. It’s back. Starting tonight on Showtime, 18 new episodes returning us to the mysterious Pacific Northwest town 25 years after Laura Palmer was murdered. Written and executive produced by David Lynch and Mark Frost? Yup. Returning cast members? Yup. Get the look? Yes please.
Want to decorate your home with things you won’t find in the mall? Looking for something fun to add to an outfit that will make you stand out in the crowd? The solution is simple: THINK VINTAGE.
And the best news is you don’t have to make the change in either your home or your wardrobe over night. You can do it in a subtle way over time and within your budget. Before you know it, your style will be the talk of the town.
Add “unique” to your style with vintage accessories like these found for you by the Vintage Unscripted team:
Hop to it! It’s almost Easter! Time to dress up your front porch, steps, or patio with a touch of Spring!
Here’s a quick round-up of some clever ideas for decorating your entry way for Easter.
Grab a vintage basket or two, fill with live moss or floral moss, then add eggs. You could use colorful plastic eggs, as shown here, or spray paint the plastic eggs to match your color scheme (metallic paint like gold, silver, and copper would look very posh)! If you have an old piece of vintage barn wood, use a piece of chalk and create your own “Fresh Eggs” sign.
Galvanized buckets and pails make a perfect planter for Spring flowers! Fill with tulips, daffodils or other flowers for a bright Spring-time look. Tuck a rabbit figurine into the bucket among the flowers for an extra special touch. Attach a sign to the bucket and you have a welcome display!
Vintage Rubber Boots
Find a pair of vintage rain boots and turn them into planters or vases for your front porch. A bouquet of forsythia will brighten any entry way! Position your boot vases near several old wood pails or baskets filled with Easter eggs or more flowers, such as tulips, and a rabbit figurine or two for a fun Easter look.
Keep your eye open for vintage figurines such as rabbits, chicks, and birds – they are perfect for tucking into baskets filled with flowers and Easter eggs. If you have a large rabbit statue or figurine, set it on a bench on your front porch or even on a step leading up to your front door – it’s sure to put a smile on the faces of all who visit you at Easter!
If you’ve been shopping for your prom dress or tuxedo and all the styles are starting to look the same, do not adjust your set. It’s not an illusion, it’s true. The traditional prom stores offer plenty of variety, but they’re all variations on a theme. It’s almost like there’s an official prom uniform. If you’re looking for something a little different, a little more interesting and maybe even a little more iconic, you might be a vintage prom kind of person.
The easiest way to buy true vintage is online, unless you happen to live in an area that is blessed with a few awesome vintage stores. Dresses and tuxes are available on Ebay and Etsy as well as from vintage sellers who have their own sites. Here are some things to consider if you’re buying online:
Try different search terms: prom dress, party dress, formal dress, rockabilly dress, tuxedo, morning coat, disco suit…
Forget about the sizes, judge the fit by the measurements.
Take your own measurements late in the day, your shape changes from morning to night.
Choose a style that traditionally looks and feels good on you. Trying new things is good, but this might not be the time to do it.
Start your search early so you have plenty of time to choose and have a garment tailored.
Find out if the seller has had the garment cleaned, or if you will need to do that before you wear it.
Examine the photographs carefully, contact the seller and ask for additional photos if you have questions.
A good seller will provide specific condition details. If details aren’t there, ask the seller if there are any noticeable flaws. You want to know about things like seams that might need to be re-sewn, small tears to be mended, stains, lingering aromas like perspiration or smoke.
Look for a seller with good feedback from previous buyers.
Check the seller’s return policy. Many vintage sellers do not accept returns on clothing, particularly on party clothes.
There are a lot of great vintage sellers online, more than we could ever list here. Whatever era, whatever style you’re looking for, it’s out there.
Although as lovers of true vintage, we hardly ever support the notion of vintage-style. But when it comes to clothing, we’re a little more open minded. It’s mostly a function of necessity. Over the decades, we humans have gotten a bit larger. It can be a challenge to find a vintage special occasion look that fits a modern frame. The other advantage of a vintage-style outfit is that the seller is much more likely to accept returns, which means you can order a couple of sizes and styles to get the fit that makes you feel like a million bucks.
There are also some larger well known retailers and/or makers of vintage inspired party and/or prom dresses. Here are a few of the many.
Modcloth If you love vintage style and haven’t discovered Modcloth, oh heavens, are you in for a treat. Despite the distressing news that this spunky little independent site is being bought by the Jet division of Walmart, we still love it. We love the clothes, we love the accessories, we love the shoes. And mostly we love that they use real people models in assorted ages and sizes. (FYI, certain adults who write blog posts about vintage dresses have purchased things from Modcloth for themselves…)
Pinup Girl ClothingThis is not a girl-next-door kind of dress site, lots of dresses inspired by vintage screen sirens. And for women of all sizes, like it should be, eh?
BettiePage More screen siren glam here, in modern sizes. A nice mix of materials and styles, including wiggle dresses, fringed dresses, and dresses inspired by Roman Holiday and Some Like it Hot. They’ve got a small selection of shoes as well.
Stop Staring! Lots of lengths, lots of styles, lots of great dresses made in Los Angeles. They have extended sizes as well and a super helpful guide to fit.
Unique Vintage Oh me. Oh my. Lots of sizes. Styles from the 1920s though the 1970s. Get a cup of tea and clear your schedule. You’ll be here a while.
For Men and Women
These sites offer something for both prom guys and prom gals.
ASOSAlthough not typically considered a vintage site, they do have plenty of dresses and tuxes with a vintage feel at pretty great prices. And they’re one of the few sites to offer shoes in wide widths.
Bennie’s Fifties Store From Holland to you, jackets and ruffled shirts for him, retro fun dresses for her. Shoes and accessories too. Warning, there is no shortage of things Elvis would love.
Historical Emporium If true period clothing or Steampunk is your style, start here. Their Western wear and Victorian gear is great. It’s a one stop shop for an original look from head to toes–their shoes are pretty great.
For the gentlemen out there, lots of tuxedo rental stores have vintage style tuxedos. There are also vintage stores that rent classic tuxes. Here’s a site you might want to check if you want swing era style:
Zootsuitestore Nothing subtle about these suits, but subtlety is overrated when it comes to prom style. They’ve got swing era suits, jackets, hats and shoes.
That’s enough to get you started…
To get you finished, let’s think about shoes.
If you’re the creative sort, thrift stores are always amply stocked with the simple satin pumps that are dyed to match bridesmaid dresses. Using a pair of those as a starter, a paint brush, a glue gun or some shoe clips can turn a $5 pair of shoes into a pretty amazing statement.
But if you don’t want DIY Cinderella slippers, there are a some vintage inspired shoe sites we love:
American Duchess Although these shoes are historically styled well beyond what are typically considered the vintage eras, they will make you swoon.
Royal Vintage Shoes Shop for shoes by style or by era, but be careful, you may wind up with more than just a pair of prom shoes.
Re-Mix Vintage Shoes Lots for girls, a few for boys. Timeless style you can dance all night wearing.
Prom Fashion Through the Ages
Need more inspiration? Here’s a video that takes you through 50-years of prom fashion. Have fun at prom!
Did you have a favorite prom dress? Share the details in a comment below!
Long before Pantone selected “Greenery” as their 2017 color of the year and even before the idea of “going green” became a rallying cry for the environmentally conscious, there was vintage. How does vintage tie in, you ask? Very simply. If you believe in reusing, recycling and investing in quality for your home, vintage is the perfect way to go green.
Add “green” to your home with unique vintage accessories like these found for you by the Vintage Unscripted team:
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Art Deco style pool ball – Declare an “electronics free” evening. Invest in a few old fashioned games and have fun with your friends and family.
Are you lucky enough to have lived in a time when we had General Stores?
Well, probably not if you are reading this, but I would love to walk you through one as it was back then. General stores were typically found in rural populations of small towns and villages and served the locals as well as surrounding ranchers and farmers. Back in the early days, one could find food and consumables, apothecary items and dry goods, but not much in the way of convenience or luxury items. Do you remember watching shows like Little House on the Prairie where the woman was excited to have a “store bought” dress? Yes, me too.
I have put together a collection of things you might find in a general store IF there were still general stores 40 to 50 years ago.
Never fear. Just because he wants a place to watch TV with his buddies, that doesn’t mean you can’t turn that room into a place where the gals would have fun hanging out too. Start with a few accessories from the Vintage Unscripted shops and don’t be surprised if his man cave quickly becomes the “go to” spot in your home.
Vintage Seth Thomas Woodridge clock
Vintage metal 32 drawer hardware bin
Vintage Pro-Aero ice skates
Vintage Niles & Mosier cigar tin
Antique Carters Ink traveler’s case
Antique metal dial tape measure
Vintage film reel shipping case
“We are the people our parents warned us about.” ~ Jimmy Buffett