teen fashions

images from life magazine, taken in the mid to late 1940’s by nina leen. not much has changed.

“teenage girl wearing blue jeans and large checkered shirt which is usual after-school costume. 1944″

“closeup of teenage girl’s wrist covered with six different identification bracelets which are as popular as the milk shake she is enjoying at a soda fountain. 1944″

“teenage girls wearing blue jeans hang out in friend’s living room, eating and drinking Cokes. 1944″

“teenage girl wearing her brother’s slacks and shirt. 1944″

“teenage girls wearing new animal pattern sweaters. 1945″

“madeline calcar modeling teen-age fashions, a short-sleeved sweater and black corduroy skirt. 1949″

“madeline balcar wearing a classic simple blue polka-dot dress. 1949″

the fight to save the midi

love this, such clever execution. makes me think of the old adage of hemlines going up or down according to the mood of the country / state of the economy. i personally wish girls would wear longer skirts, just because i love them. this looks like a pretty interesting issue actually, “the uneasy making of a movie” … “getting high with a lot of hot air”

the thrift collection

pippa and meg from durban emailed me about their new vintage source the thrift collection,

we’re in the business of scouring vintage and 2nd hand stores for pre-loved items that we lovingly repair, clean and re-button in the hopes of finding them new homes (in a way, we’re kind of like the fashion SPCA). All of our items are priced between R10 and R40 (if it’s a little more expensive than that, you know you’re getting something truly special). every month we will unveil a new collection – each with it’s own name – and for our market debut we will be featuring our peggy collection. where you can find once loved skirts, dresses, jackets, shirts, blouses, accessories, belts, bags and shoes. We have also added to our collection a range of lucky packets, full to the brim with goodies that will make you feel like a kid again.

they can be found every month at the I Heart Market from september onwards and online where they also take orders and requests. sounds very cool, if you’re in durban be sure to go check them out.

slacks

first spotted this over at stay fancy free – they were taken by nina leen who churned out countless of amazing photographs that i’m happily discovering all over the internet. how amusing are these college girls parading around in their slacks? what a revelation. looking good.

mad men casting call

okay okay there will be no more mad men posts for a while, this is the last one i promise

have you voted in the mad men casting call competition? basically people take photos of themselves in mad men era get-ups hoping to win a walk on role in an episode of the show. rad! i have to say i do not agree with who is top ranked right now…. these are my personal favourites (click on the pics to be taken to their pages to vote)

vera neumann

vera neumann was an american artist and entrepreneur. she is best known for her bold colored patterns on her linens and scarves, signed with her script “vera” and a ladybug. world war two was in full swing when vera found that the linen supply was dwindling. searching for more linen for her products, she came across extra parachute silk at an army surplusstore. vera scarves launched the business into immediate popularity and vera was soon on a first-name basis with women around the country. marilyn monroe was a fan, as well as grace kelly. women around the country chose vera products for their color and happy prints.

these are from scott lindberg’s collection

plaid jackets

i wish there was a description that went along with these photos, all i know is that they are titled “plaid jackets” and they’re from 1950. perhaps the plaid jackets was some kind of boy’s club at an ivy league university, you had to wear tartan waistcoats and jaunty newsboy caps to be a member. cool.

zelda sweetwater

if every girl wore swimsuits like these i would enjoy going to the beach far, far more. i can see joan holloway running around on the strand in one of them…

“doctor emerson’s a dream, isn’t he? he has a place in south hampton. i’m not saying that i’ve seen it, but it’s beautiful”

found via calivintage