I suppose that I have been feeling rather chatty as of recent and rather uninspired. I think it is the cold weather and sporadically dreary days we have been having in Colorado. It does tend to make it difficult to get out of bed and put your best self together. I find myself reading more blogs and books, doing crossword puzzles on the couch under a blanket, and drink copious amounts of hot beverages mostly while dressed in some dastardly sweat shirt and pants combination.
I just have been unable to shake this winter funk until today when I decided to participate in Joanna's giveaway. I felt that choosing ten splurge items would really test my creativity and decision making. As a vintage enthusiast, it was hard to for me to select ten separate items that would warrant a splurge. Wardrobe cornerstones are the items that I decided upon after pondering this question for a few days. For me, the items that would truly get the most wear are the items that you should really spend the extra money on. I did, however, make a few exceptions for a glamour piece or two.
So, here are my ten vintage (or vintage inspired) items that I feel are worthy of a splurge.
1. Nylons/Silk Stockings
If you are going to wear stockings you might as well spend a little extra money and purchase a pair that are going to last. I own a beautiful pair of fifteen denier contrast seamed stockings. They are made from 100% non-stretch nylon.
I don't know about you but I love tights and stockings. I love the eccentric prints, the colors, and the way they make my legs looks. In the past, I have been known to purchase stockings made of nylon and mystery material. Have you also been the girl whose skirt or dress won't stop sticking to your tights and is probably riding up? I most certain, and sadly, have been.
Since I began to splurge on real nylons, this problem has disappeared completely.
2. Lilli Ann Coat
Lilli Ann coats (and suits) are known for the beauty, timelessness, and durability. An investment in a L.A. coat will pay in dividends over decades if you treat her right.
3. Martin Van Schaak Handbag
Mr. Van Schaak's high end handbags have been around since the 1950's. One very famous client of Mr. Van Schaak was Marlene Dietrich. For more information on this man and his divine creations, visit Lost In A Spotless Mind (she has so much information about him on her website).
I find his creations to be elegant and forever stylish.
Often a last purchase or last thought for women, undergarments are an item you should splurge on. They are literally the base of everything you will place on top of them and will shape the way those items lay and look.
I wear a girdle with many of my outfits; particularly wiggle dresses. I personally feel like I am more put together, thinner, and stand more erectly. I'd say the vintage ad below depicts me in an accurate light. Ask my mother, I am the queen of slouching.
I also wear my bullet bras when I am in full vintage attire. They really lend that something extra to your outfit.
5. Ceil Chapman Evening Dress/Gown
Ceil Chapman made dresses for the 1950's Hollywood elite. She was a favorite of Monroe, Taylor, and Kerr. If you are lucky enough to find a Chapman dress and it fits you, you had better purchase it on spot as they are rare and coveted these days.
6. Prada 2012 Runway Shoes
I realize that these 2012 Prada shoes are not vintage; not even close. I love the fake taillights, the Cadillac inspired fins and faux fire details that were quite obviously inspired from vintage cars. I'd absolutely wear a pair of these with a vintage dress.
7. Alfred Shaheen Dress
I'll be shocked if you aren't already obsessed with this man and his prints. If you want to know a little more about the Mr. Shaheen visit this website.
I personally love that the Hawaiian and Asian patterns; I find them to still be very exotic.
8. Emma Domb Dress
You can judge me all that you want but I love Domb prom and wiggle dresses. Yes, they are completely over the top and that is why I love them!
9. Guilloche Compact
Guilloche is a decorative engraving technique in which a very precise and intricate repetitive pattern or design is mechanically engraved into an underlying material with fine detail. It was used frequently in the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's. I think it is stunning and thus, you are getting three beautiful examples.
10. Bakelite Brooch
Bakelite is akin to vintage as hats, petticoats, sarong dresses, and the new look dress. I'm a fan of brooches so that was my choice.
What are your ten items worth the splurge?