Saturday, December 28, 2013

5 More Vintage Styles that Need to Come Back

Recently, HuffPo style ran a list of 10 Vintage Styles that Really Need to Come Back. It listed petticoats, gloves, seamed stockings, and a lot of things that are par for the course for a lot of us midcentury-loving ladies. I think, though, there are a few other fashions they missed. Here are five I'd like to add to the list.

Smith college, 1937 via


These nice little bunches of flowers were pinned to clothes for special occasions--think every courthouse wedding scene in old movies. Such a nice way to make an event especially special and you can dry it for a nice souvenir.

Rain Bonnets

I'm happy to report I've already brought this style back. I wear a leopard print Bubble Betty rain bonnet on a fairly regular basis, but I have one or two plastic ones from the drugstore, too. If you're prone to frizz like me, even with an umbrella, you need to have one of these in your purse.

Hostess Dresses

A couple weeks ago, I threw a party and I kinda wish I'd planned ahead to grab one of these on Etsy. A hostess gown is a full-length, but not quite formal, dress for entertaining at home. From the 1930s through the 1970s, women wore these to look put together while prancing around the living room with a tray of manhattans before the first course.

Boudoir Slippers

You could slip a pair of these on under your hostess dress, or just put them on in the morning. Slipping into heels first thing in the morning makes me feel ready to take on the day, even before the first cup of coffee. They're a lot more elegant than bunny slippers, and with their hard bottoms, you can run down with the trash.

2-piece Knit Dresses

When leisure became a thing rich people felt they needed more clothes for, Coco Chanel made soft, comfy knits. I love the idea of being able to mix and match (and the fact that so many of these knit sets have elastic waistbands0. I have a vest and skirt set from the 1950s and I've since been trying to get more. Because as much as I like looking fancy and elegant, I also really just want to be comfortable. From what I can see, people stopped wearing these adorable sets around the 1970s.

This post was originally published on The Vintage Bulletin


  1. Yes, I absolutely agree about the rain bonnet!!! Where did you get yours from?

    1. Tanya, I got it from Bubble Betty: They have a lot of fun prints and it comes with a cute little box you can put the bonnet in once you're in from the rain.

  2. Totes agree on all counts. A hostess dress, for example, seems a lot like putting on a costume (in a good way) to get into one's role.

    1. Yes. I think I would put it one and swan about like Rosalyn Russell in Auntie Mame.

  3. You are right about wearing a rain bonnet to stop your your hair from frizzing. It is the only thing that works for me , and believe me I have tried everything. But wearing a rain bonnet comes with it's own problems , you see I am a guy and it took me a while to get used to wearing one. It is clear with black trim and has a visor. It is the most practical rainwear I have ever bought. And I just think to myself this is 2014 and not the 1950s.

    1. If it works (which it absolutely does) then rock it with pride! My leopard print one has taken a beating. It's time for a new one.

  4. Hi Desiree , thanks for replying to my comments on rain bonnets (Anonymous May 4 2014). I just thought I would mention that the one that I wear also extends over your coat collar , stopping rain water from going down your neck. They are called Magic Waterproof Rain Bonnet and you can buy them from Amazon.


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