What I Wore on Wednesday - March 18, 2015

by mary March 18, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is this very fun 1940s wool felt Mexican tourist jacket that I got at the shop several years ago.

Mexican tourist jackets were especially popular during the 1940s & 1950s.  The most common color was red & the most & the most common design was a dancing couple.  The second most popular design were scenes of Mexican village life, such as the design on the jacket I am wearing.  The thing I love most about this jacket (& Mexican tourist jackets in general) is the bright colors.  For more pictures & information about Mexican tourist jackets, check out the Atomic Redhead's 4/16/13 blog.

Here's a picture of the back of the jacket.

I also wore 2 pieces of jewelry that I'd made.  The first is a Mexican themed charm bracelet that I made awhile ago. 

The charms include Cracker Jack/gumball & other charms that I thought had a southwestern feel, as well as gemstones found in Mexico (turquoise & fire agate).

I also wore a pair of red & gold earrings that I made from broken chain I found at a flea market, brass-bound red glass beads & a brass-bound red glass piece from a pair of broken vintage cufflinks.

That's it for today's vintage outfit!  To see more Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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What I Wore on Wednesday -- March 11, 2015

by mary March 12, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was this fun 1950's corduroy skirt & knit sweater (possibly orlon?) with satin & rhinestone trim!  With temperatures reaching the upper 60's, what a joy it was to be able to wear short sleeves for the first time this year!

Neither the skirt nor the sweater have labels, which is not uncommon in vintage clothing.  Often, clothing made before mid-20th-century did not have labels.  As for "newer" vintage clothing, Angela, the owner of Dorothea's Closet Vintage told me once that women often removed the labels, thinking they were "trashy" or uncomfortable.

According to one website I looked at, corduroy dates back to 200 AD in Egypt.  The site also said that the name "codruroy" dates back to the 18th century in England, based on the French translation of 'cloth of the King'.  Corduroy has been worn pretty much throughout history; however, since the 1950s, it's gone in & out of fashion.  One of the things I really like about corduroy is how soft it feels -- this is especially true of this skirt.

With my vintage outfit, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry made from vintage broken jewelry I've picked up at garage sales, flea markets & via eBay.  The first piece is a necklace I made just recently.

The pendant is a magnifying class.  I like mixing gold & silver, so used silver rings & gold chain to complete the necklace.

I also wore a pair of brass & goldtone earrings made with beads from a variety of broken jewelry.

That's it for this week's "What I Wore on Wednesday"!  To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore on Wednesday - March 4, 2015

by mary March 4, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was a deep blue 1940s Eisenberg Originals jacket with padded shoulders, superwide lapels, faux fur collar/lapels & cuffs, & rhinestone pins.  This is one of my very favorite 1940's pieces!

Eisenberg began in 1924 as a clothing wholesaler & often included rhinestone jewelry on their clothing  In the 1930s, Eisenberg started its jewelry line, for which it is primarily known.  Eisenberg stopped making clothing in 1958, but continues to make jewelry even today.

With my Eisenberg jacket, I wore a French charm necklace that I made with a small Cialenga perfume bottle I picked up in a consignment shop in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; as well as Ile de France link from a vintage souvenir bracelet, Eiffel tower charm, Saint Gerard medal, fleur de lis, & French coins.  The beads are lapis lazuli to complement the blue on the Ile de France link.  For the chain, I used both silver & goldtone cable chain to complement the gold & silver charms.  While mixing gold & silver used to be considered a "faux pas" in terms of fashion rules, it's been described as one of the hottest trends the last few years!

I also wore a pair of blue crystal bead earrings that I made with blue glass crystal beads from a broken vintage necklace I found at a garage sale. 

And that's it for this Wednesday. 

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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What I Wore on Wednesday - February 25, 2014

by mary February 26, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a fabulous black velvet 1940s jacket with rhinestone buttons.  (My little friend is Belle, our beagle!)

Here's a closer look at the jacket.

Shoulder pads first appeared in women's fashions in 1931 when Elsa Schiaperelli used them in her designs.  In the 30s, they were generally positioned at the top of the sleeve to extend the shoulder line.  in doing so, shoulder pads helped to make a woman's waistline look smaller.  After the start of WWII, women's fashions had a more military look & shoulder pads were larger & positioned at the top of the shoulder, as are those in this jacket, to create a more solid confidant look. 

Today's jewelry includes a necklace I made recently using vintage chandelier crystals.

I also used crystal beads with what I thought was an interesting shape that I had from a broken necklace, as well as broken rosary & other chain.

I also wore a charm bracelet I made with an ice-skating theme, using little Cracker Jack/gumball skating charms.

I thought this bracelet was especially appropriate for today, since it snowed all afternoon here in Des Moines!

For earrings, I wore these Maltese Cross earrings that I made using charms from a broken vintage French charm bracelet that I got in a lot of broken jewelry.

The Maltese cross dates back to the 16th century; today numerous French communes (towns) have the Maltese cross on their coat of arms.

That's it for this week's What I Wore on Wednesday!  To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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What I Wore on Wednesday - February 18, 2015

by mary February 19, 2015

Yesterday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a fabulous 1950s sweater trimmed with pearls & tiny silver-colored glass beads, & a pair of 1970s bell-bottoms!

According to the Fashion Guild, prior to the 1920s, sweaters were primarily utilitarian.  Chanel & Schiaperelli changed this in the 1920s & 1930s with the introduction of cashmere sweaters.  Then in the 1940s, designers began decorating sweaters with beads, sequins, & metal studs for evening wear.  By the 1950s, sweaters were an important part of evening wear, & were decorated in beads, sequins, lace, appliques, rhinestones & huge fur collars.  The trend for decorated sweaters continued into the 1960s.  Most 1950s & early 1960s sweaters had 3/4 length "bracelet" sleeves like this one; later in the 1960s sleeves lengthened to cover the wrist.

Here's a close-up of the trim on this sweater.

Bell-bottoms gained popularity in Europe & North America in the 1960s.  By 1967, they had moved from high fashion to the hippie counter-culture; although by the 1970s they were again part of mainstream fashion. 

To compliment te pearl & silver trim & the pearl buttons on the sweater, I wore a pair of silver & pearl earrings I made with vintage pearls from a broken necklace & silver circular discs from another broken necklace. 

I also wore a sterling silver bracelet I made in a forming class last spring.

That's it for this week's "What I Wore on Wednesday"!  To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

 

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What I Wore on Wednesday - February 11

by mary February 12, 2015

With Valentine's Day just a few days away, Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet outfit was a bright red Leslie Fay shirt dress with bright blue piping on the collar & a bright red & blue the belt!

Fred Pomerantz founded the Leslie Fay clothing business in 1947, naming it after his daughter.  He began making clothing in 1942 when he made uniforms for women in the US military.  After the war ended, he started the company & made affordable dresses & sportswear.  Based on the label design, I'm thinking Wednesday's dress is probably from the late 1960s or early 1970's.

With my Leslie Fay dress, I'm wearing a necklace I made using red crystal beads & rosary chain, as well as a silver filigree heart.  The dangle at the back is a red glass heart.

I'm also wearing a pair of earrings I made recently, using discs that I cut out of tin lithograph scraps I got from my husband's cousin, Ken Keiran (whirly things), & plastic red crystal beads.  One of the things I really like about the tin discs, in addition to the beautiful lithograph patterns, is how lightweight they are -- perfect for earrings!

Finally, I wore this cute "Everybody Loves Minnie!" charm bracelet that I made with old Cracker Jack/gumball Minnie Mouse charms, as well as little red heart charms.  Although Minnie first appeared in 1928, she didn't get her full name, Minerva Mouse until 1942.  She is generally portrayed as Mickey Mouse's girlfriend.

That's it for this week's "What I Wore on Wednesday".  To see more Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing,

check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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What I Wore on Wednesday - February 4

by mary February 5, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit includes this great fun Glentex houndstooth jacket from the 1960's. 

Houndstooth is a 2-tone pattern that features broken checks or abstract 4-pointed stars.  I read recently that it's also called "dogstooth".  Houndstooth originated in Scotland.

I looked up Glentex on the internet & found the registered trademark was applied for in 1939, & the company specialized in scarves.  Glentex was popular in the 1950s, & worked with designers such as Schiaparelli & Gloria Vanderbilt in the 1960's & 1970's.

With my jacket, I wore a pair of black & creamy white earrings that I made with new old stock circular beads that I picked up at a bead shop in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin & black onyx gemstone beads from a bead shop in Valley Junction, West Des Moines, Iowa. 

I also wore a charm bracelet I made with vintage buttons.  I especially love the little lucite buttons & the ones that have rhinestones set in them!

And, I wore a sterling silver cuff that I made in a class I took at the Des Moines Art Center on hammering & forming metal jewelry.

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage Clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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What I Wore on Wednesday - January 28, 2014

by mary January 28, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was a really fun brightly colored tropical maxi from the 1960s/1970s. 

 

The label says it was "Made in Hawaii for Kimo's Polynesian Shop".  Kimo's Polynesian Shop opened in 1964 in the San Fernando Valley.  It was one of two shops in the area (the other was Hawaii in the Valley) that specialized in Hawaiian clothing.  Other shops in the area included the Bora Bora Room Tiki Bar.  The surf craze of the 1960's (including music by Beach Boys and Jan & Dean) made Hawaiian clothing popular again, as did the TV series Hawaii Five-O in the 1970s & 1980s. 

With my fun Hawaiian maxi, I decided to wear a pair of earrings I made out of vintage lucite plastic pieces & matching glass beads.

The hot pink & bright green of the earrings are pretty much a perfect match for the Hawaiian maxi!

I also chose a "Come Fly With Me" charm bracelet that I made this fall with Cracker Jack, gumball & vending machine charms from the 1960s. 

My favorite charm is the little Sabena Belgian Airlines charm -- the Sabena Belgian Airlines began in 1923 & operated until 2001.

It was a beautiful spring-like day here in Des Moines this afternoon, with temparatures in the upper 50's -- perfect for a dress that makes me think of the tropics!

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage Clothing, check out the store's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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What I Wore on Wednesday -- January 21

by mary January 21, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet outfit is a really fun 1950's felt circle skirt & a pink "Futura-Lon" orlon sweater with pink pearl buttons.

The circle skirt was one of 3 styles of full skirts popular in the 1950s.  It was called a circle skirt because it was cut in the shape of a donut, with the inner circle the waist measurement & the outer circle creating the fullness.  Many had appliques, frequently a poodle -- although flamingos, martinis, telephones & the Eiffel Tower were also popular.  They were especially popular among teenagers for sock hops.  They make me think of the movie Grease.

Orlon acrylic fabric was developed by DuPont in 1941.  Initially there wasn't much of a market for orlon, until it was made into a bulky yarn & used in sweaters in the 1950s.  One of the things I love about orlon is its softness, almost as soft as cashmere! 

With my outfit, I wore 2 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry.  First, a 1950's themed charm bracelet that includes 2 "Be-Bop" record charms, as well as a pair of jitterbug dancers, a soda bottle, sunglasses, & radio.  The White Rock Cream Soda charm is especially rare.

I thought the charm bracelet was perfect for my 50's outfit!

For my earrings, I chose a tough girl look! 

I thought the pink hearts, silver pistols & black beads were a great complement to my skirt & sweater, & fit the "bad girl" image sometimes associated with the 1950s in movies like Grease,

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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What I Wore on Wednesday - January 14

by mary January 15, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was a "New Look" suit made by Woolf Brothers from the late 1940s/early 1950s. 

Woolf Brothers was a Kansas City based luxury good department store that was founded in 1865,  For over 30 years in the mid-1900's, it was one of the largest & most respected luxury good department stores in the midwest, with branches in 5 other major cities.  In 1992, however, major changes in retail clothing & other economic factors led them to close the store permanently. 

This suit features the narrow waist & full skirt associated with Christian Dior's "New Look" of the time, & is trimmed at the collar & cuffs with persian wool.

With this suit, I wore 2 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry.  First, I wore a Steampunk-style charm bracelet featuring onyx & amethyst gemstones & some of my favorite charms -- including a little brass female figure that reminds me a bit of Rosie, the robot maid in the Jetsons!

Here's a close-up of the little brass figure . . .

I also wore a pair of black & pink crystal earrings made with charms from old broken rosaries & crystal beads.

I really like working with broken rosaries -- the charms are lovely & they often have such wonderful crystal beads & chain.

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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