Thursday, August 22, 2013

Buy My Closet ~ 7 Items for Sale

For new readers to Retro Rack, thsi is nto a normal blog post. But I'm selling some of my favorite vintage pieces, right now on ebay and I wanted to give readers first crack. I only do this one a year or so. This is your chance. They all have a top of about size 8 or so and a bottom of size 4-6. Shoes are size 7.5. If they don't sell, I'm going to have some happy friends.

1. United Colors of Benetton Brown Houndstooth Blazer M

This Italian made blazer is classic cut 100% New Wool fully lined probably a size 6 or 8. Base color is khaki-tan with rust brown check, lining is a dark mushroom. It's beautifully made and very warm. Front closes with three brown buttons at good spacing and stance for the busty lady, fully functional pockets: two small patch pockets high, and flap-top normal pockets low with matched buttons. Full length sleeves boast three matched buttons at each wrist as well. Slender classic collar. The jacket is in wonderful condition partly because the fabric is so strong. Jacket has no size label but I'm a busty 6 to 8 and it fits me perfectly.

No photos of me in it, because I rarely wore it. That's why I'm not keeping it. But here are some fun ways I would have styled tweed for everyday and and post on houndstooth.

2. Vintage 50s Green Blue Flowered Pencil Dress S/M


This small/medium sized stylish 1950's cream colored pencil dress with petal collar and short (about 1/2) sleeves has pretty blue flowers and green leaves all over it. The rare, petal collar has a tiny blue bow at the center. There is blue piping at the waist. Strong metal zipper up the back. Fits beautifully as fabric has a tiny bit of stretch to it, particularly the top, the skirt section is lined so less forgiving. Most likely to fit a dress size 6, hourglass shape, slightly top heavy. Skirt section is smaller than top.

 Wearing this dress in France.

I talk about styling this dress two ways in this blog post on my French trip.

3. Vintage 50s Salmon Pencil Dress Unique Neckline S/M


This small/medium sized stylish 1950's dupioni salmon (dark peach) colored pencil dress is perfectly cut with a very unique neckline and short sleeves. The neck is like a reverse sweetheart, giving great modest coverage to the busty lady. There are small catch pleats at the waist. Strong metal zipper up the back. Fits beautifully, the skirt section is lined, but lining has been cut with pinking sheers above the hem. Dress has no label and could be home made. Most likely to fit a dress size 6, hourglass shape.


I wore this dress for my Heartless launch party in San Francisco.


 Retro and modern takes on peach.

4. Vintage 50s Black Pencil Dress Unique Neckline S/M


This small/medium sized stylish 1950's brushed dupioni black pencil dress is perfectly cut with a very unique neckline and short (almost cap) sleeves. The neck is a V, with a double layer color and in slash front, also giving great modest coverage to the busty lady. There are slight pleats at the waist, and the design of the front panel is very forgiving over the stomach area. Dress fastens with eight buttons up the front, close enough together not to gap over the bust, and a safety snap. Fits beautifully, fabric is relatively strong, back is lined, has waist tape and internal hip tabs (which gives it the early 50s feel).

No photos of me in it, because I rarely wore it. That's why I'm not keeping it. Even though it's my only black pencil dress I simply find myself reaching for a black pencil skirt instead.

5. Vintage 50s Green Blue Pencil Dress Sz S/M


This small/medium sized stylish 1950's linen pencil dress is simply cut with a unique bold green & blue leaf print and short sleeves. The neck is relatively high and there is piping detail at the waist. The dress is in wonderful condition partly because the fabric is so strong, almost duck cloth weight. There are slight pleats at the waist. Fit is tight and almost a wiggle dress, skirt is fully lined. This dress is selling for $50 because I love it so much, I'll just keep it if it doesn't meet the minimum.


I wore this dress to ALA in New Orleans where I had the honor of giving a speech on my love of Terry Pratchett. Good memories. Much as I love it, I find myself reaching for my green day dress instead.


6. Green Shoes




Worn twice these Chelsea Crew NIRVANA Ankle Strap High Heel Sandals in Emerald Green are just too small for me. Size 38. I love green shoes so much but these ones simply don't work for my foot.

From a 1940s add. So similar!

7. Cream Bow Shoes


Worn twice these Alfani Cream Peep-toe Heels with Bow Detail size 7.5 are also too small for me. I dithered over buying them and shouldn't have, in the end, because I was never able to break them to fit well. I'll be smarter next time.

So there you have it. Clean well-maintained vintage pieces, hopefully off to new, less boobular homes. Sigh. I shall miss them so.

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