Vintage Style Notes | Land Girls

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During World War One and Two, as men were sent to war, women were needed to help out in factories and farms. Today’s vintage style notes is inspired by the Land Girls! The ladies who ended up working on farms. Their clothes were often neutrals, browns and greens, colors we at Adored Vintage love!

We put together a little list of things you need to be a Land Girl:

  • overalls or trousers
  • hair twisted up with a scarf
  • waist belts
  • baskets
  • collared shirts underneath sweaters
  • knee high socks
  • brimmed hat
  • leather boots

There you have it! Tag us in your Land Girl photos on Instagram! If you don’t follow us yet, our moniker is @adoredvintage.

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Inspiration: 18th Century Fabric Sample Book

I love vintage and antique fabrics and textiles especially those originating from Europe. What an absolute treasure it must to have this antique 18th century fabric sample in your collection!

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This particular antique fabric textile sample book is in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum and was put together by Barbara Johnson (not sure who that is?) between the years of 1746-1823.

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I just adore the little notes and how the fabric swatches are pinned on the papers and the attached fashion plates and inspiration images. There is something so modern about this! Makes me want to start a DIY project just so in 200 years someone can find it and get super stoked about it.

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These two above are probably my favorite. While I adore the floral prints so very much, I love the understated and classic fabrics in muted colors even more. These prints and patterns will never ever go out of style. They are everlasting!

To view more pages from this 18th century fabric sample book, visit the Victoria Albert Museum.

image source: All images are from Victoria Albert Museum Website

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Vintage Style Notes: Secretary Bows

I am a big fan of blouses with secretary bows and also wearing clip on bowties and ribbons on your blouse. When I found this vintage inspired secretary bow blouse, I was really excited to carry it in the shop!

Note sure how to wear a secretary bow blouse? Just look at our inspirations below!

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I predict that secretary bow blouses are going to be popular for the upcoming season. And if they’re not popular, then they should be! (haha!)

All these images were sourced from our Style Inspiration and 1970s Fashion board on Pinterest!

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Defining Vintage Modern

The past week I have really been digging deep into my head about the future of Adored Vintage. How the shop will grow and shift as I grow and shift alongside it. Adored Vintage will always be so very near and dear to my heart and as my company grows and reaches a wider audience a lot of questions have been swirling inside my head.

Where does Adored Vintage fit in? While the beginning of it all was vintage clothing, we’ve since expanded to selling vintage inspired clothing. Which, happily enough, has been received so well by the gals who shop on my website (THANK YOU, seriously, it means so much!)

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When I first started wearing vintage clothing it was for one main reason. I could emulate the current fashion trends at a much lower price point and personalize it to suit my taste.

Of course that quickly lead into a deep appreciation for vintage and fashion history. I’ve always had a taste for it, just never knew how much I would ADORE vintage! That was then of course and now everyone and their mother own a vintage shop. Just search the hashtag #vintageshop on Instagram and a plethora of vintage will swarm your feed.

I am not hating, not at all by any means. It’s just several years ago it seemed special to be a vintage seller. I know it sounds corny, but I felt like I was doing something good for “mankind” (OK, FASHION mankind) by resurrecting these old threads and reviving them and sending them around the world to new homes to be loved.

What once felt like something of my own doing and something unique just feels watered down now. Oversaturated. Mute. You Get the Point. 

So, where do we go from here my loves?

Adored Vintage will always sell vintage clothing but will move forward with offering even more vintage inspired clothes in 2016. The big question is… what does Adored Vintage for the modern girl look like?

It’s not cutesy, it’s not retro, it’s not mod, it’s not high fashion, and it’s not exactly “on trend” … Adored Vintage Modern is…

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Feminine? Yes, but not too overly feminine.

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Classic? Yes, but not boring or basic.

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Romantic? Oh absolutely, but it can’t get too fussy.

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Bohemian? Maybe, just a touch here and there. More folk though than bohemian.

Whimsical? No, probably not. I’m really not a novelty anything kind of person.

Anyhow, as I navigate these new waters I will be sharing all the current fashion and vintage inspirations that will help me decide what vintage modern clothing will appear in the shop (like the inspirations above). If you would like to chime in with inspirations and ideas, leave us a comment!

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