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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An Ode to Laura Ashley

I remember in 3rd grade (or perhaps it was 4th grade) when all I wanted for my birthday were these ruffled lavender Laura Ashley sheets with matching ruffled pillow shams and purple floral accent pillows. I did not get this elusive set of bedding (which amongst my circle of girlie girl friends, having a Laura Ashley bedroom set basically made you impervious to anything “uncool”).

Instead what I got were these pink rose patterned sheets and pillows. And while they were still floral and were bedecked with enough lace and ruffles to make Marie Antoinette proud, they were NOT Laura Ashley. They were a SHAM (haha I just made a bedding pun!).

In case you’re blind (wait, how are you reading this?!) it is probably no secret that I adore anything floral and feminine and have a tendency to lean towards colors that appear sun faded. So without further ado, my ode to Laura Ashley and all things ruffled, romantic, and puff sleeved.

An Ode to Laura Ashley

When I think of Laura Ashley, I think of romantic English countrysides. I think of tiny floral wallpaper and fabrics that seem like The Bennet’s (from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) might have had.

Laura Ashley isn’t the only brand that rekindled a love affair with pastoral inspired fashion. From the late 60s to the early 1980s brands such as Gunne Sax (Jessica McClintock) and Young Edwardian also followed suit. While the latter produced more Medieval and Renaissance inspired designs in the late 70s and 80s, Gunne Sax did start by creating clothing that was inspired by Victorian and Edwardian prairie styles.

An Ode to Laura Ashley

An Ode to Laura Ashley

At Adored Vintage, I’ve come across some vintage Laura Ashley clothing. Laura Ashley reached its fashion peak (in my vintage opinion) in the 1980s.

I wonder if Gunne Sax was America’s answer to Britain’s Laura Ashley? While there were similarities between these brands, it is my opinion that Laura Ashley is quite distinct from Gunne Sax and Young Edwardian.

What do you think? Are you more of a Gunne Sax girl or a Laura Ashley girl?

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