How to Wear, and Where to Find Vintage Gowns, Mink Stoles, and Jewelry
Vintage gowns and minks are popular these days. Famous well know people wear them even on the red carpets at huge social events. Beautiful vintage gowns are usually of great quality, and workmanship. They are unique and most are relatively good price. To accessorize your gown, a mink stole and vintage jewelry is a must.
If you want to bring new life into your vintage gown, new shoes do wonders. But remember you want to keep the theme the same in a romantic vintage gown; it might be a best to wear matching pair of vintage shoes of the same quality and era. Furthermore, if you want to emphasize a particular look keep the jewelry and a nice mink stole on hand. Small clutch evening purse always looks the best with evening gowns. Never have a big shoulder bag with a vintage gown that would destroy the whole look. Some of the best places to buy vintage gowns, minks, and jewelry, are EBay, consignment shops, Craigslist, charity based used clothing shops, and antique stores which carry vintage clothing. In recent years fine vintage clothing and jewelry now are being recognized as items of monetary value. Vintage ball gowns and dresses are retaining and even increasing in value simply because they are authentic well-made items from a bygone era, and are made one at a time, with great attention given to detail that gives them lasting value.
In the photo below is a stunning pink evening gown by Oleg Cassini. This sumptuous vintage ball gown is flawless, and timeless. With wonderful fashion accessories such as vintage purses, jewelry, furs, gloves and hats you cannot go wrong when you put your outfit together.
In the photo below we have a beautiful Nina Ricci Evening Gown in cobalt blue from the fine dress department of Bamberger’s Department Store purchase back in 1959. The stunning 14k diamond studded tiara is in white gold with matching diamond bracelet and a breathtaking diamond necklace. The jewelry came from the world famous Bamberger's fine Jewelry Department that was in the flagship store in Newark, New Jersey.
The blonde Mink in the photo above was from Pierre Cardin; this wonderfully well-made stole was originally purchased at the Bamberger's Fur Salon back in 1956, and it was made in Canada. The pelts are still as fresh, soft and supple as they were back in 1956.
In the photo below is an exquisite sea-foam gown by Christian Dior, accented with a Christian Dior ultra-blonde mink stole, and finishing off this stunning look we have opera gloves, matching crystal and pearl earrings, and a three strand crystal and pearl necklace.
It is always important to make sure your fur hat matches your fur stole, jacket or coat. The same color pelts is a must. Mink has to blend flawlessly with your accessories to pull of the vintage look with style. Always try to match your hair color with the mink you are choosing.
Nadine is in her Sea-Foam Gown by Christian Dior.
Having fun with Vintage Clothes from Bamberger's
Opera gloves are a must have to complete the vintage gown. A tasteful vintage tiara and matching necklace and earrings will really give a beautiful vintage gown the wow effect when you are going for the glitz.
Vintage 1940's Fashion - Evening Dresses
It is all about have fun, and enjoying your look. Get into the spirit of the vintage gown you are wearing. Research and see what women would wear with their gown during the era your gown was made. You can be the most stunning person in the ballroom if the accessories are perfect.
Nadine the Bamberger's Girl, shopping all night in Newark New Jersey,
If you are in a Homecoming Court, or up for Queen, nothing can make you the most remembered beauty on the football field that night than a sumptuous and well-made vintage gown. This 1967 Christian Dior gown in the photo below is stunning. They bead work is amazing, and it was a knockout on the football field.
You will never have to worry about another girl wearing the same dress if you buy a vintage one of kind gown. Unless they have a time machine you will be the only one on the Homecoming Court in your elegant gown from the house of Christian Dior in 1967.
Some facts about Vintage Mink Fur Jackets, Coats & Stoles
Vintage mink fur makes the most rich and warmest coat, the mink jacket, coat or stole is rich and less bulky and more feminine and very comfortable. The vintage mink stoles and coats come in a remarkable variety of colors, from the warm and basic dark mink is called mahogany, and the light color brown mink fur is called lunarine. Then the colors go to blonde and then gray or artic blonde.
A Lush Honey Brown Mink Stole, and the Collar is Knock Out.
There are Difference between Male and Female Mink Skins
A very important thing to remember when purchasing a vintage mink coat is there is some difference between male and female mink skins. Male mink skins are by nature much larger than the smaller females, so the coat manufactures can make the same pattern mink stole or coat with fewer skins when male skins are being used in the design. On the other hand the female mink skins are smoother, much silkier, and softer. Plus the female mink skins have a much shorter nap, so the thickness of the leather is much thinner and pliable.
Vintage 1950s Autumn Haze Pastel Natural Mink Fur Coat
Vintage Mink Coats, Jackets, and Stoles hold their Value & More
Vintage mink coats, jackets, and stoles hold their value much longer than any other fur coat, this is because they are a well-made, durable and substantial vintage item. If a vintage mink coat or stole is well taken care of it can hold its value for countless years, as long as it is maintained. I have seen mink coats made in the 1930s look as good today as the day they were purchase from the department store fur department at Bamberger’s or Macy’s and they have held value, and some are even more valuable than they were when they were first made.