At left: Niki of Bombshell Shocked wears a pretty Spring floral ’50s shirt dress with big pockets. This dress never made it to my website, but Niki was able to get it at my open house sale. I love how Niki styled it with a black leather belt and a minty green sweater which compliments her cute white bobbie socks and mary janes. I witnessed Niki receive many compliments on her outfit on the afternoon she wore it and you know why? Because she looked MIGHTY CUTE! Oh, and also, her bicycle is a 1940′s bike that’s not in the least bit restored. It’s beautiful in all of its rusty, clanky glory. Niki rides that thing everywhere. She’s an awesome vintage dealer and a super fun new friend.
At right: I’m wearing a vintage Viet Nam tour jacket from my store. I yanked this from my website because nobody wanted to buy it. This is the third tour jacket that’s found its way into my closet. It didn’t fit me when I got it, but it seems to fit fairly well now. I bought it for resale at least ten years ago. It wasn’t something easily found while browsing for vintage. The back of the jacket had been completely covered by a large patch. It seems as if someone was using the jacket as part of a costume because the big patch covering the map of Viet Nam was some kind of fake ’50s/’80s girl gang “logo” that was not well designed and featured terrible graphics. The patch was ironed on with Stitch Witchery. It was with great effort that I removed the patch and all of the gunky glue-y residue left behind. (Total pain in the ass project, but I just knew there was something behind that worth investigating.)
At right: Karyn of Dethrose Vintage wears a darling vintage 40s dress she bought from me at my most recent open house sale. It suits her so well. Karyn is a porcelain blonde with gorgeous hair highlighted with pink streaks. You can see more of Karyn’s style here. (Delight in it.) Karyn also bought this dress which is without a doubt one of the most gorgeous things that’s ever been worn by a human standing in my living room. I believe one of Karyn’s friends said something to the effect of: “See. Now why would someone go to Anthropologie for a dress like this when this vintage dress is so superior? It’s made better and it would probably be priced higher at that store anyway.” It’s true. The red cotton is sturdy. The fit is amazeballs. The metallic print is truly outstanding. You won’t see a contemporary textile like this at the mall. Ever. I hope to show you Karyn wearing it this summer. (Hint, hint @ Karyn.)
At left: Merl wears a stunning maxi dress from the ’70s that suits her perfectly. When she walked into the living room wearing it, we were all smitten. This dress was meant to be worn by this woman! Because Merl liked the dress so much and it fit so well, she was positively radiant in it. The strong colors and the bold print compliment this ginger woman. She plans to pin up the dress on one side to show some leg. She’ll probably pair it with a brightly colored pair of tights. Surely, she will wear this with some great jewelry. (You can look at her handmade jewelry here, by the way.) I look forward to seeing how Merl wears this in real life. Pulling up one side of the dress is a really nice plan since the bodice of the dress is fairly understated and modest. Good pick, Merl.
Darling ones, it seems I’ve been showing a fair amount of vintage worn by regular people. Now–ahem. What about you? Have you purchased vintage clothing from me in the past? Why don’t you send me photos of you wearing vintage from Lucitebox? Send me the evidence before I have a conniption fit and hire some of my friends to go on a reconnaissance mission to find all of you. I want to see you in your Lucitebox vintage. I know you’re out there just waiting to be seen. If not, then why do you even buy cool clothes from me? Huh? Why?