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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Amid the Gusts | A Shop Update

We have more autumn pieces for you gals (including some that would be great staples) and a bit of jewelry! Often times when I sift through outfits, I like to imagine where I would go in them, and the things I would do. These definitely have a strolling by the river on a cloudy day while drinking pumpkin lattes feel. What do you see yourself doing in this collection?


vintage 1950s red grey plaid strapless dress | vintage 1950s brown orange plaid schoolgirl dress | vintage inspired navy plaid belted jacket 


vintage inspired navy plaid belted jacket


vintage inspired grey wool floppy hat with feathers


vintage inspired cranberry a-line skirt


vintage inspired black print peplum blouse


vintage 1950s red grey plaid strapless dress


vintage 1950s brown orange plaid schoolgirl dress


vintage 1930s citrine art deco necklace


vintage 1940s white carved floral brooch pin


vintage 1940s wooden button autumn brooch


vintage 1950s dusty pink veil hat with mink


vintage 1970s reddish brown leather heels


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Emerge At Twilight | A Shop Update

Although we’re past the fall equinox and leaves are scattered on the sidewalk outside, it seems that Portland summer is still lingering around. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the morning and afternoon light shining through my windows and crisp sunny days. However, I am truly missing grey skies and the moody, cloudy Pacific Northwest weather I initially fell in love with. In the meantime, as we wait, here are some new things in the shop! Shady and grey tones to prep us for when Portland’s autumn decides to come into full swing.

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Vintage Movies: I’ve Always Loved You (1946)

I've Always Loved You (1946)

Amazon Prime Video is now streaming the 1946 movie I’ve Always Loved You starring Catherine McLeod. Admittedly I’ve never heard of this movie, but started watching it because it was suggested to me. I immediately fell in love with Myra’s (Catherine McLeod) wardrobe and the charming country house she lives in!

Doesn’t her ensemble above remind you of Belle from Beauty and the Beast? It was the first thought that came to my mind!

I've Always Loved You (1946)

The premise of the movie is about a young gifted pianist (a country girl) who is torn between her admiration for her brilliant (albeit snooty as heck and kind of a douche) maestro who comes from old Eastern European money and the farm boy she left at home (the one driving the tractor) Pick the farm boy! Pick the farm boy! Always pick the farm boy…helloooo Dread Pirate Roberts!

Also I’m pretty in love with their country house. I’m such a country girl at heart, I really am.

I've Always Loved You (1946)
I've Always Loved You (1946)
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OH MY GOD. Isn’t this yellow dress just to die for?! I re-watched this scene over and over just to stare at this dress. I need this in my life! Yes, I do! Also, I have major hair envy here…

I've Always Loved You (1946)

Now, this movie has some serious shoulder pad/wide shoulder silhouettes that the later 1940s were known for. I don’t care for those too much, so I’m just showing you my favorite ensembles. Oh, there is also a scene where Myra receives a STUNNING piano shawl from Leopold when they travel around the world and she takes him under his wing. This piano shawl would fetch a pretty penny in a vintage shop today!

There is a rather sad part in the movie when Myra (spoiler alert!) finally gets to debut at Carnegie Hall and you can really see how her heart breaks because she loves her jerk maestro so much. There’s a SERIOUS SHOWDOWN and Myra is in this breathtaking in a 1940s pink gown with rhinestones.

I've Always Loved You (1946)
I've Always Loved You (1946)

Isn’t this ensemble just wonderful? I do adore the abundance of poet sleeve blouses in this movie and the pointed collars! I am so excited for this ensemble because I own something very similar (in the mending pile though) but the colors are a little different. Sorry these screen caps are so low quality, I hope you can see the wonderful clothing details anyway!

I've Always Loved You (1946)
I've Always Loved You (1946)

OMG I love this scene. The lake, the tree, her outfit, his hand in his pocket…that charming house in the background… how wonderful. The acting here is really wooden. It’s a little painful to watch, just ignore that and pay attention to the charming outfit Myra is wearing.

Babushka, Leopold’s grandmother, has the best lines in the movie and is often the voice of wisdom. I also like that she calls Myra “Butterball”

Did they know you? No, Leopold. Not for an instant. There is your mistress. Music. Only music, Leopold…

Pretty faces grow old, pretty hands grow thin, soon there is nothing but name on stone. Music goes on forever.

Now this movie is very interesting for fashion because there is a span of about 20 or so years and the styles never change! They don’t ever tell you in the movie what year it is, but one can assume it begins after the war in the 40s and then all of a sudden 16 years pass and they are still in the 1940s!

I've Always Loved You (1946)
I've Always Loved You (1946)

This color combo is pretty fetching! Also doesn’t Catherine McLeod resemble Megan Fox a little here, or rather the other way around.

I've Always Loved You (1946)

This robe and slip combo is pretty amazing. I can’t tell what color it is exactly, I am guessing a soft mint blue? Next we have some pretty stellar fur stole action… also this depicts two very beautiful colored gowns in the movie. I won’t show you too much because it will spoil things…

I've Always Loved You (1946)

And last but not least, the final gown Myra wears in the movie. The draping is incredible and I love this color! If you don’t want to see the whole movie just skip to the last 15-20 minutes so you can see the entirety of this gown.

I've Always Loved You (1946)

That is all for this month’s VINTAGE MOVIE night! Thanks for the recommendation Amazon!

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Vintage Sewing Booklets 1949, 1958, 1961


Let us dive into some vintage sewing ephemera! I obtained these three booklets from an estate sale. Quite some time ago. I often pick these up as they are wonderful for research especially in dating vintage clothing and also in general sewing knowledge.


This is a feature inside the 1949 Simplicity Sewing Book. I love that so much attention was paid to what colors suited you best. I feel this is something we don’t really take into much consideration anymore.


Inside the 1949 sewing book is an illustrated guide of sewing tools one should have. I really dislike this bright orange color motif (the ENTIRE booklet features this highlight color, yuck)


Here are two advertisements for fabrics in the Spring 1961 McCall’s Pattern book. On the left Paris inspired prints from Lowenstein and on the right an advertisement for Du Pont fabrics showing Dacron (a type of polyester fabric) and Cotton.


Another fabric advertisement in the McCall’s 1961 Pattern Fashions book. This time for Estron acetate fabrics.


These are pages from the Vogue 1958 August-September Pattern Book. It is interesting for me to note these styles look more in tune with what we know the early 60s fashions to be in America. BUT, remember! These are fashions from PARIS and Paris was always on ahead in fashion!


These couple of pages from the 1958 Vogue Pattern book features a lot of wonderful separates and I love that they are referred to as “Change-About Wardrobe” I quite love the  dress worn with the peter pan collar blouse.

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