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5 things: Pink vintage for a cause

This October is the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A number of pink items in my eBay store are being sold to support Living Beyond Breast Cancer, my way of honoring those who have survived cancer, and remembering those who I will miss forever.

(Click on photos for more information about the items.)

1. 40s peach rayon blouse with pink sequins and clear beading


2. 50s designer jacket with great details


3. 3-part harmony by the beloved designer Bonnie Cashin


4. Hand-knit sweater jacket with roses


5. 80s blouse with fabulous ruffled collar

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5 things: Green vintage

It's emerald city out there in the greater fashion world, and here are five vintage options from lime to olivine to emerald (click on photos to link to items):


1. Lettuce-edge party frock by Miss Elliette


2. Fiery emerald rhinestones by Hattie Carnegie


3. Frothy tulle and taffeta party dress extraordinaire


4. Fresh lime (I can't stop showing this one off!) by Bonnie Cashin


5. Splendid 30s silk gown by Yolande


Of course, vintage is recycling, so go green!!

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5 things: Vintage coats

A few of the coat styles found right now at denisebrain.com (click on photos for link to items):



1. Bright canvas

Iconic Bonnie Cashin, with leather trompe l'oeil shoulder bag pocket.











2. Band uniform braid

60s weighty wool with glittering buttons and elaborate braid.











3. Warm brown cashmere

Light, soft, and warm pure cashmere, with typically great 1950s buttons.













4. Surprise lining

1950s Lilli Ann cream wool clutch coat with satin stripe lining.












5. Tie-waist corduroy

Early 40s insulated cotton cord coat, labeled Neusteter's - Denver.

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5 things: Vintage classics for fall

If you cast even a sideways glance at current fashion websites and magazines, you will see the strong presence of classic clothing that could have been made yesterday...or 40 years ago. Here are some vintage items that will put you in step with trends while—perhaps ironically—appearing timeless.

1. Camel coat


The look: Comfortable and elegant wrap style, camel-colored if not actual camel hair. Hard to think of somewhere it's not appropriate.

Camel coat heroine: Ali McGraw

One vintage option: Early 1970s, in my eBay shop


2. Leather bag


The look: Simple, elegant style and quality that looks like it will last a lifetime...and probably will.

Leather bag heroine: Bonnie Cashin
(Bonnie Cashin for Coach bags ca. 1968, nytimes.com by way of forums/thefashionspot.com)
One vintage option: Non-Cashin mid-70s Coach bag in my Etsy store


3. Fit-and-flare dress


The look: A dress that celebrates an adult woman, mostly absent from fashion design for decades

Fit-and-flare dress hero: Christian Dior
(Robert Capa/Magnum Photos)
One vintage option: 1950s silk print dress by Claire McCardell, in the denisebrain web store



4. Leaves


The look: Jewelry you pull out just for autumn, especially in gold and rhinestones

Leaves hero: Granny
(Charlotte Cleo Meyers, Milky Way Jewels)
One vintage option: Golden leaves choker in my Etsy shop



5. Faux fur


The look: Guilt-free glamorous and fun coats and accessories

Faux fur heroine: Edie Sedgwick

One vintage option: Late 60s, in my webstore

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