Cocktail hats

Mini things are just cute, that’s all there is to it. I’ve recently been getting into jewelry and “statement pieces” and I feel these guys fall into this category. Little cocktail hats and feathery, flowery fascinator headpieces have been around since the 1800’s. A fabulous vintage look that has been very popular in England and Australia for quite some time and has finally caught on here in the States.

Cocktail hats, or fascinators, were especially popular during the 1930’s and 40’s when they were worn in the evening for cocktail parties, and they are finally making a comeback now that more women realize how awesome and stylish they are! These little couture hats generally featured a veiling flourish of some kind, were usually brimless, and were worn tipped forward on the head and often slightly over one eye.

Here are some hats I’ve recently been looking at:

Mini black felt top hat 7″ width and 3″ high. A stunning victorian/mourning hat with a fantastic plumage of fluffy feathers ostritch feathers. It has a beautiful black silk ribbon around the brim which goes into a bow at the back. The look is completed by a black plumage of feathers.

From Mini Top Hats

An assortment of styles by Claudette Chapeau at Pixie Market for about $39-$64 a pop.

pink and lilac tuile mini hat mini peach top hat mini top hat

A variety of hats at Hot Topics. Prices range from $20-$28.

Mini Feather Cocktail Hat Red Bow Cocktail Hat Black Feathered Cocktail Hat

Some other hats that have grabbed my attention:

From Artikle Millinery, $150.

Velour freeform cloche

Velour freeform cloche

From Savoy Truffles on Etsy for $50:

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita from Savoytruffles on Etsy

From NY Fashion Hats for $260 (eeek, that’s pricey):

Beige Champagne Pillbox Hat

Beige Champagne Pillbox Hat

Fascinators

I recently found Etsy and fell in love with the site. I spent HOURS on it my first night and now regularly check to see what’s new in the world of handmade goods. It’s ridiculous what you can find there.

Recently I’ve been geeking out on fascinator. Ok fine, longer than just recently, more like since I started hanging out with Sharon Davis who is a burlesque star, business woman extraordinaire, website creator, photoshop wiz, lindy hopper, and a bonafide Aussie. Oh yeah, and a style icon. So she has some rad looking head gear and I wanted a piece of the action! After hours of perusing the world wide web, I found some mad-pretty things on Etsy.

VintageBox1947, otherwise known as Nina (but not that Nina), creates feather and flower fascinators. Her stuff is absolutely gorgeous!!! Here are some of my personal favorites:

black-feathered-swag cream-swag-fascinator hot-rod-fascinator FLAPPER GIRL HEADBAND WITH PEACOCK FEATHERS Teal Feather Fascinator with black and diamond glass stones Pure White two sided faux pearl head dress with Swarovski Crystals

Lots more stuff on her Etsy site so go take a look. They are very reasonably priced and they ship super quickly. I reccent received the beautiful fascinator and I absolutely love it! If you’ve ever thought about buying one, you should buy one from Nina. Great service, fast shipping, and a great gal to boot!! These badboys will run you between $20-$45.

Vintage Swimsuits

I’ve been looking for a vintage bathing suit for the summer for the past few months, and they are kinda tricky to find, believe it or not. Here are some of the pretty things I’ve found: ModCloth: Bathing BeautyVeronica Bikini Betty swimsuit These suits run between $70-$130. If you’re on the East Coast, you’ll have the item in a few days since they ship from PA. I’ve ordered from them before and I really dig their stuff. Great customer service too. (If you’d like the bikini in the center in a different color, click here.) Anthropology: Vargas two-piecePeaks and Valley's bikiniLorelei one-pieceouteniqua-one-piece I have not bought anything online from Anthropology, but I do enjoy wandering around in the store. These suits run between $170-$300 with shipping and taxes. Lolita’s Girls Black Marilyn Bathing SuitSailor Betty These suits run about $100. The site has a Rockabilly flavor to it. The company’s vintage designs are inspired by the fabulous pin-up girls of the 1940s and 50s. After several successful years of selling pin-up inspired lingerie and dresses, Lolita-Girl launched “Poolside,” a playful pin-up line of women’s swimwear. The glamor girls of decades past were revived with this sweet, playful pin-up collection that has been an overwhelming success. My Baby Jo Pink-cherry one-pieceRetro red polka dot one-piece Both suits are $72 plus tax and shipping. This 1950s retro-inspired swimsuit is flatter for all shapes and sizes. Popina Swimwear Jantzen There is something about this website design that I don’t like, but I what this suit looks like (now on sale for $80). Revamp Vintage produces fine reproduction vintage clothing for both men and women focusing on silhouettes from the 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Recently they produced a line of swimwear. Some final pieces I found on Get Go Retro that I think are rather cute: Johnie – a blue bandeau 2 piece. $115 Norma Jean – a lovely white suit with a sweetheart neckline. $110 Oh La La – a 2 piece blue suit with two parallel white piping lines and rouching detail in the middle. Looks like a one piece.$119 Ok, so there you have it. If you know of any other high-waist bikinis or retro inspired bathing suits, drop me a line so I can add it to the list. For more fashion, check out SwingFashionista.com. Thank you Sharon Davis!!! Ester