Category Archives: Evening wear

VPOD: Vintage 1930s Beaded Evening Dress


vintage 1930s beaded evening dress

Planning a wedding?

What a beautiful choice for a vintage bride!

Available at Vintage Textile.

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VPOD: Vintage 1970s Miss Dior Evening Coat


vintage 1970s miss dior evening coat

Ooh la la!

Available at Palm Beach Vintage.

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VPOD: Vintage 1970s Embroidered Clutch


vintage 1970s clutch

Available at JoJos Jewelbox.

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VPOD: Prom Budgets and a Vintage 1950s Prom Gown


vintage 1950s silk chiffon prom dress

I was driving to San Diego on Friday and heard on the radio that the average American family is spending a whopping $1000 to send their daughter to prom this year.

A whopping $1000!

I mean between the dress, the shoes, the bag, the jewelry, the tickets, the limo, the hair, the makeup, the photographer…Let’s face it. All these things add up.

And how things change.

When I went to prom in the early ’80s, I used Maybelline and Cover Girl instead of a professional makeup artist. I was chauffeured by my boyfriend in his dad’s car. My mom and neighbors took pictures. I didn’t even buy my own gown. It was gifted to me as the winner of the Pennsylvania Junior Miss pageant which I had entered in the hopes of winning scholarship money for college.

You’ll be glad to know that I survived the night even though I didn’t get to buy the prom dress of my dreams.

I actually had a really nice time. And I ended up being married to my date for over a decade.

But $1000!

As reported by Visa, even parents earning less than $20k a year were still planning to fork over $1200 to their sons and daughters for prom night!

One woman interviewed for the radio story said she’d work a second job flipping burgers if she had to but she couldn’t say no to all her daughter’s wishes for the big day.

Tet her daughter didn’t think twice about spending more than her mom could comfortably afford.

She was just “doing her part to help stimulate the economy.”

It seems to me that our teenage prom-goers should be able to take a reasonable prom budget set by mom and dad and stick to it. And mom and dad should feel perfectly justified in setting a prom budget that is financially comfortable for them.

If everything in their teen’s prom dream doesn’t fit into the family prom budget, then it’s time for their teen to decide what’s most important and either eliminate or get creative with the other stuff.

Sort of like we adults have to do as we budget our lives and our businesses every day.

Because if our teens can’t do this for their senior prom, then what have we really taught them in the last 12 years?

Of course, one way to stretch a prom budget is to select a vintage prom gown like today’s VPOD. This beauty’s price tag could be further mitigated by selling it back to a local boutique or an online vintage lover at eBay after the big night is over. Or it could be shortened to become a dress that could be worn again and again to future events.

That makes it an even more beautiful find for a Vintage Crusader!

Available at closetcaseVNTG.

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VPOD: Inquisitive vs Acquisitive and a Vintage 1960s Holt Renfrew Silk Coat


vintage 1960s holt renfrew silk dress coat

Let’s face it. We live in a consumer culture where we are bombarded by messages that try to convince us that we need another doodad, an improved something-or-other, a better whatchamacallit or the latest thingamajig if we ever want to be truly happy, content, or satisfied.

But being acquisitive isn’t the way to inner peace.

As soon as you do finally get whatever is was you were hankering for — a new car, a bigger house, that vacation to Hawaii, the new It bag — you’re bound to begin hankering for something else.

And any of those things you work so hard to acquire can literally be swept away in a heartbeat — as was so painfully proved with the Midwest tornadoes last week.

So I say it’s far smarter to be inquisitive.

To spend your time questioning, learning, relating, and gathering up as much knowledge, insight and wisdom as one person can possibly hold. To be curious. To be interested in other points of view. To collect ideas instead of objects.

This too will be a lifelong quest. After all, there will always be something more to learn.

But unlike the quest for more and more shoes, the practice of being inquisitive instead of acquisitive actually makes you a better person.

Which isn’t to say a gal has to resist every call from the online mall!

Today’s vintage 1960s silk coat from Holt Renfrew makes a lovely and glamorous Spring accessory for the inquiring mind of a Vintage Crusader.

Available at Mod-Chic Vintage.

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