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Vintage Florals for May

3 May

Bed of Roses Nightgown – $25

You know what they say about spring showers, don’t you?  Even though for some of our customers, this wacky winter of an early spring may have brought on more snowstorms than warm and fragrant April rainstorms, that’s no excuse not to be breaking out May flower-prints at the optimal seasonal time.

So, we made sure to stock up our store – both online and brick-and-mortar – with lots of sweet floral prints from a variety of eras to satisfy that springtime urge to let your wardrobe blossom.

If you’re looking to spruce up your work ensemble, check out some of our structured 1960s A-line dresses, like this jaw-dropping blue-daisy decked number à la Megan Draper or something from the 70s with a bit more leg like this fresh green dress for work or play.

Floral Play – $45 for the set

And of course, never ignore the opportunity to mix recent fashion revivals with your vintage finds.  In the wake of all the excitement over the peplum come-back, check out the 1960s matching ensemble (right) we found.  All the gorgeous quality of a true vintage find with all the buzz of a “new” fashion craze.

How do you feel about florals?  Are you ready to bathe yourself in begonias with something like a full-length 1970s flower child dress or do you prefer to go the understated route with a flowered accessory like this little clutch?

Let us know!  We want to hear your thoughts and see pictures of your favorite floral fashion finds.  While we wait, we’ll just go back to smelling the roses (and enjoying the weather).

The Style of Mad Men

21 Mar

If you are anything like us (and let’s face it, you are), you are positively giddy in anticipation of Sunday’s long-awaited return of the team at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and all the intrigue and style they bring along with them.

Even if you weren’t on the bandwagon when Mad Men changed the face of network television (and single-handedly brought back the skinny tie), you are doubtless familiar with the enigma that is Don Draper, the concept of sexy, sexy 1960s advertising, and of course, the stunning Christina Hendricks.

While the show has often teetered on the edge of chauvinism while addressing the environment of a 1960s New York workplace, the leading ladies of Mad Men have left a distinguished mark on not only the sexual revolution of the 60s but on embodiments of femininity and style that are as timeless as they are inspiring.

While the guidelines of being a woman may have been redefined many times over since the days of office martinis and jovial sexism, we can all take a leaf from the women of the Mad Men universe when it comes to personal style – both in our wardrobes and in our demeanor.

Betty (Draper) Francis

“You don’t kiss boys.  They kiss you.”

The former Mrs. Draper is not always the most reliable of role-models.  From her tantrums to at least one fowl-related killing spree, Betty is the embodiment of the repressed housewife that populated 1960s suburbia.

She is a cookie-cutter example of the frustrated and unsatisfied housewives whose stories inspired The Feminine Mystique, which is largely believed to have led to the second-wave feminism of the 60s.

While Betty manages unexpected pregnancy, divorce, and a truly infuriating husband, she retains a learned quality of poise and reservation that gives her an air of class and invincibility.

If you need a little Betty in your life to face your current challenges, consider some of her staple style – sophisticated and pristine, like this three piece suit with a mink collar.  You won’t find a more stylish suit of armor.

Peggy Olson

“I’m Peggy Olson, and I want to smoke some marijuana”

Oh, Peggy.  How far you’ve come!

It’s hard to even associate the present Peggy from the days of those horrible bangs and all that drama with Pete.

Peggy is a modern girl who isn’t looking to get married, isn’t content to stay a secretary, and isn’t fetching your damn coffee, thank you very much.

Peggy’s break through into the boys’ club of the advertising industry to a respected member of the creative team is empowering and fun to watch.  Her social and sexual exploits of being young and single in the city are also groundbreaking for her era and require a level of spunk and courage that we all could use a little of in our day-t0-day, whether it’s getting up the nerve to pitch an idea to the boss or approaching a man at a stylish rooftop party.

Peggy’s (newfound) style is understated and professional, generally with a pop of color.  For authentic 60s pieces with Peggy’s flare, try a bright, beaded top over a neutral skirt and shirtwaist dresses with a bit of flare in the skirt to retain a wholesome – yet respectable – shape.

Joan (Holloway) Harris

“I said congratulations, didn’t I? Although, sometimes when people get what they want they realize how limited their goals were.”

Those curves!  That hair!  The strut!  There’s no use denying that Joan isn’t the embodiment of sexuality, all wrapped up in bright colors and a saucy wit.

Joan is a woman who understands the rules and makes sure the world sees her adhering to them, even if they break her damn heart.  (See: losing the script-reviewing job, marrying the biggest jerk on earth).

While sometimes her concession to the male hierarchy of the times is wrenching and difficult to watch, she has a resilience to her that makes it impossible to believe she’ll be brought down for long.

Her unbridled sensuality and confidence have made her character an absolute staple to the Mad Men universe, gotten her elected the sexiest woman in the world, and has created a style icon across decades and Hollywood body presumptions.

While there can only be one Joan Holloway, you can imitate her fashion sense and her poise with well fitted, bright garments like this tailored wiggle dress and this structured bright red number.  And remember, chin up and shoulders back, speak softly and keep it covered or you’ll never be a true Joan.

Romantic Vintage Pieces for February

7 Feb

While spring might not officially be in the air just yet (Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks!), February presents the perfect excuse to get fluttery and romantic with your wardrobe.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and while you pick out the perfect card for your sweetheart, bake heart-shaped cakes for your friends, and all-around dominate the month of February, you might as well look fantastic while you’re at it!

Take a cue from the month’s obvious color scheme and reach for the pinks and reds in your wardrobe.  Layer according to the temperature in your current locale (our model on the left there brilliantly combined a sheer and ruffled ecru blouse with a cozy angora sweater-vest from the 1960s to create a sweet and stylish ensemble perfect for a seamless transition from a spontaneous rendezvous with someone special to afternoon tea with friends and family.

For date night or drinks with your friends, consider a bolder choice like this sexy maxi skirt made from Victorian lace and left entirely sheer to show off your legs.  If you’re the more reserved type, you can still keep it demure (though daring) with a conversation piece like a silk flower for your hair in a bright, light-catching pink.

Remember, the secret to romance is the risk.  Apply that to both your love life and your wardrobe, and you’re in for a February to remember!

Jackie O

8 Oct

During her brief tenure in the White House, she brought an elegance to dressing, a style to American life. Her outfits were Americanized versions of French designs, clean lined, in the bright, solid colors she preferred, but with oversize buttons and coat pockets that would stand out in photographs. YesterDaze has the perfect outfit to give you the fabulous look of Jackie O:

The Outfit:
Wonderful aqua boucle knit suit from the late 1950’s early 1960s with a short boxy jacket and straight skirt. Lot’s of great style features, such as the big show buttons, and front pockets on the slightly gathered at waist skirt. 3/4 Sleeves. The jacket and skirt are lined. The skirt has a 1″ waistband with a size metal zipper. Two labels are in the jacket: “Seymour Fox, Paris-New York” and “Melvin E. Miller, Cleveland, Ohio”.
For more information on this outfit click HERE

The Shoes:
Great looking aqua (turquoise or teal) pumps with classic styling and spike heels! “Glace” with leather uppers.
For more information on these shoes click HERE

The Brooch:
Cute flower brooch with round clear aqua rhinestones and marquis shaped aqua milk glass “petals” in a silvertone metal setting.
For more information on this broach click HERE

The Hat:
Classic Breton styling! Black felt with a rolled brim that is soft and bendable so it can be fashioned for a different look, if desired, such as; flipped down in front for a “sporty” look.
For more information on this hat click HERE

The Purse:
Great classic from the 1940s! Flannel like black wool felt covered with a pleat in front. Inside is fully lined with brass zippered pocket. Gold toned metal “click” type closure on top. Short matching fabric handle. For more information on this purse click HERE

Yesterdazed has the one stop shop for everything Jackie O.

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