12 February, 2013

10 Things Worth The Splurge

Joanna {of Dividing Vintage Moments} just posted this wonderful list of must haves in your wardrobe. Along with a fab giveaway, so you must check it out. Now I give you my list...

1. A basic cotton day dress.

Whether you are a 1920s lover or you are a fan of the 1950s mid-century fashion, every woman had a basic cotton day dress. She would use it to clean house, do her errands, shop, pay calls, etc... And a lot of these can be pricey, but if you search long enough you can find some {depending on the era and demand for said item} under $30.00. Not kidding. Just keep searching, ladies!

2. A statement piece.

A statement piece is pretty much self explanatory. What I feel a statement piece is, can be a nice cocktail dress, something with a bold color, eye catching print, or just something that will turn heads. I have a couple. My favorite is my 1940s navy cocktail dress.


But a statement can be a hat, purse, or killer pair of heels. Just make sure it's memorable!

3. Vintage dungarees.

Like you didn't see that coming. ;-) There are loads of vintage reproduction clothing lines {sadly most are based within the UK where there is sky high shipping rates} that I can give you. The most popular are Freddies of Pinewood and Vivien of Holloway. Then if you are lucky and can find a pair in your measurements, get a pair of original vintage dungarees! The fit will feel weird at first because today's pants are so low waisted, but to me high waisted jeans are so worth the splurge.

4. Bernie Dexter Clothing

As of late I've been quite obsessed with Bernie Dexter's clothing line. Both pinup model and entrepreneur, she's quite the inspiration. And I hear nothing but praise for her wonderfully fit items.


5. Knitted Sweater

I think there is just something special about a hand knitted piece. Whether you buy it vintage, or use a vintage pattern to make one yourself, it's just special. Unlike the mass produced items of today that lack quality and uniqueness. I have loads of patterns, even this pattern shown above called "The Katherine Hepburn Cardigan". If you are interested in knitting, but can't afford all of the patterns you would like, contact me. I have tons and I mean tons of vintage repro or inspired patterns that I can scan for you. :-)

6. A locket.
Nothing says war years fashion like a vintage, or vintage inspired, locket. This can be quite pricey. Especially if you need something of higher quality like myself. I have to have something that is at least sterling silver or a 14 gold to keep my skin from turning green. If you search etsy or ebay you can get some pretty pieces. But I would suggest something from 1928 jewelry. {If you haven't heard of it, 1928 is actually a brand and a fantastic one at that!} They have scads of vintage inspired pieces made with sterling silver and quality gold. It can be pricey, but well worth an investment!

7. The little black dress.

Every single woman needs an Little Black Dress!! I have had one and sadly I got a size smaller than I should have thinking it would work. Won't make the same mistake twice! Anyway, the basic black dress should not only be a staple in a vintage dame's wardrobe, but any woman's wardrobe for that matter!

8. Basic pump

You can find a basic pump anywhere and it doesn't have to be vintage. Just take a gander at modcloth's lovely items. I make sure mine are interchangeable with quite a few items before purchasing. Oh, and make sure they are comfy!!

9. Separates
The basic white blouse, high waist gored skirt, simple cardigan, etc... Even if you go to some reproduction sites for some of them, if you know you'll get enough wear out of them, then you should definitely splurge!

10. Quality hair products


If you love styling your hair in these great styles shown above, invest in some quality hair products and they don't have to be expensive. I use Aussie shampoo and conditioner as well as their hair gel. All are reasonably prices and will keep your hair healthy. And if you do a lot of heat damage, please invest in some thermal heat spray. Tresemme has one works and smells wonderful too! I actually recommend against the high level hair sprays. Get one that has at least a 2 or 3 out of 5 and just use a bit more. It will give you the longevity of your style without turning it into a helmet.

I really enjoyed doing this post and to be honest it was difficult to come up with some of the answers on short notice. Anyway, I hope you give this a go and remember the lovely lady who started this is having a spectacular giveaway. I have a link at the top of the page, so hop on over to her blog for more information.

16 comments:

  1. These are some great things to splurge on. I'm trying to focus on saving for big ticket quality items like these instead of tons of cheaper things to really improve my wardrobe (because really I have tons of clothes (and shoes, and beauty products, and fabric!)).

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    1. I'm wanting to do the same thing. I'm always browsing ebay and etsy for some of these items!

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  2. Love everything...but I'm going to check out the Bernie Dexter clothing asap!

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    1. Oh, you must!! But, you must be careful because you'll fall in love with many of her garments.

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  3. You have a really great splurge list. I'd love to get a pair of vintage dungarees but they are all so small and I just can't justify paying a ton of money for pants I won't fit into. I have thought about making my own though. I doo want to make a couple of cotton dresses to wear around the house once it warms up.

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    1. Thank you! I find that common too and am not thrilled about it. I have to go up two or three sizes just to accommodate my hips. I am thinking the same thing. I don't have nearly enough dresses and none that are 1950s style.

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  4. Oooh. i really liked this! i'm a big fan of everyday dresses and high waisted pants. i'm a little timid on wearing authentic vintage dresses for everyday, so i usually end up making my own. I also love high waisted things, especially jeans. not only does it make the legs look longer, but they just fit better and i used to wearing things around my real waist.
    Beth

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    1. Thank you, Beth! I know what you mean. If I make it and it's damaged, then I won't feel so bad. But if a nice piece of history gets hurt because of me. And I'm such a klutz as is.

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  5. Sean, this is a great splurge list. I hope you are able to "X" out a few of them this year:)))) Thanks for participating! It is fun to see where you'd "splurge" your money at, isn't it? :)

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    1. Thank you for the inspiration, Joanna!! :-D I hope so too!

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  6. I'm positively in love with your list, sweet Sean! Totally agree with your choices and really hope to splurge (invest in) some of the pieces here that I don't have any/many of (Bernie Dexter dresses, I'm looking at you! :) in the coming years, too.


    Happiest Valentine's Day wishes!!!
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Are you going to do this?? I'd love to see what your splurge list would be dear Jessica! :-) Thank you!!

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  7. Love the list! :) I may have to steal your splurge list idea. :) I have the majority of those things. The dress, a statement piece, the dungarees, but my favorite thing I have is possibly my locket. :) I actually posted a picture of my locket on my last post, I have a picture of my Papaw in his military uniform from way back when in it and love it. :)
    Kalin from http://modestyismypolicy.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you, Kalin! That's fabulous, I think I saw the locket, so pretty! You should do this list too. It would be lots of fun to see what your splurges would be. :-)

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    2. I think I'll probably post the list tonight on the blog. :) I've been a slacker lately, so it would be a good, easy thing to post since it's been so hectic around my house! Haha! It looks like fun! :)

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    3. Neato!! Oh, no you haven't, you've been ill. I can't wait to read your answers. :-)

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