Vintage-inspired shopping

Fashionable Hats

Favorite wearable art and refashion links

Shop a Girl Thing

Love this wearable pixie dress for girls.

Recycle a vintage slip dress

Nine Muses of Crete

Slip dress idea

Slip dress idea

Slip dress idea

Broken Ghost Clothing

Slip dress idea


Slip dress idea

My Bonny

Refashioned dress

Refashioned dress


Refashion Confidential

Dahlia Drive

Here’s a list of my favorite resources for researching vintage fashion:


Kent State University Museum

An online fashion catalogue of photographs, illustrations at objects


A rich resource for fashion history

Godey’s Lady’s Book

A partial representation of Godey’s Lady’s Book with some commentary

Vintage Pattern Wikia

An exhaustive resource on vintage patterns

New York Public Library’s Digital Fashion Gallery

A searchable database of fashion through the ages

Moth Food

A forum and directory full of useful help for vintage buyers and sellers

My Vintage Vogue

An archive devoted to popular fashion from the 1920s through the 1960s, edited by a knowledgable devotee of vintage fashions.

Vintage Fashion Guild

The ultimate resource for vintage fashion aficionados with a database that allows you to research labels

Women’s Page History

A blog devoted to women’s page editors, including fashion and food editors, beginning during World War II (when many women were hired by the newsrooms until the war ended) through the early 1970s when the women’s pages were transformed into lifestyle sections.

My working bibliography of fashion in fiction

The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott

The Luxe series of books, by Anna Godbersen

*The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

*I Like Old Clothes, by Mary Ann Hoberman

A Vintage Affair, by Isabel Wolff

The Shoemaker’s Wife, by Adriana Trigiani

* Designates a children’s book

My working bibliography of non-fiction books related to fashion

Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century, Taschen

Fashion: 150 Years, Couturiers, Designers, Labels, by Charlotte Seeling

Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun, by Amy Barickman

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, by Jennifer Cline

Grace: A Memoir, by Grace Coddington

The Little Dictionary of Fashion, by Christian Dior

Vintage Weddings: One Hundred Years of Bridal Fashion, by Marnie Fogg

The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping, by Melody Fortier

Glamour: A History, by Stephen Grundle

Antique & Vintage Fashions 1745 to 1979: A Collector’s Guide, by Barbara Johnson

Alligators, Old Mink and New Money: One Woman’s Adventures in Vintage Clothing, by Alison and Melissa Houtte

The Dress Doctor: Prescriptions for Style, from A to Z, Edith Head

The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, by Karen Karbo

Parisian Chic: A Style Guide, by Ines de la Pressange

Decades: A Century of Fashion, by Cameron Silver