Since the devil's in the details, I'm focusing on accessories. Specifically my favorite accessory: SHOES. While I've owned vintage shoes in the past, the sizes/widths available and the cost involved make them almost impossible to have at this time. So I make do with vintage inspired stuff.
If you've got the cash, Dillards is the best place to get brand new, vintage inspired shoes. Every shoe I've linked is under $100.
- Oxfords were the workhorse shoe of the 30s/40s. These are a more 40s style.
- T-bar sandals like these or these were worn dancing and ballroom dancers still favor them today.
- Sandals and wedges were worn during the 30s/40s for "play" time.
- Mary Janes like these or these or these have a retro feel without being necessarily time period specific. This pair is early 20th century in feel. Maybe 1920s/30s.
- Round toed pumps like these or these hint at those shoes popular during the war years.
- While peep-toes like these, these, these and these say 1950s.
- Moving on to pointy toes takes us into the 60s with these, these & these.
Payless has (all under $50)
- Pumps with a 40s feel.
- Slingbacks that have a midcentury vibe.
- Peeptoes that say "Mad Men!"
- Mary Janes that allude to the 30s.
- Kitten Heels that remind me of Ann Margaret in Bye Bye Birdie.
- Pointy Toe Heels that are reminiscent of the 60s.
- Wedge Sandals that are dying to be worn with a sunsuit or sun dress.
- Pointy Toe Kitten Heels that are to die for.
- There are flat oxfords and ones with heels.
- There are pointy toes in heels, kitten heels, faux croc and ballet flats.
- There are peep toes galore! Plain, Platform, Party shoes and Ankle Straps that could've belonged to Ginger Rogers.
- There's a plethora of pumps. From Conservative to Demure to Sassy!
- Then there are T-Bars with closed toes and sandals.
- Round toe ballet flats that remind me of Leslie Caron.
- Espadrilles both plain and frilly.
|Handbag c. 2004 - Payless Shoe Source|
|"Mia" brand found at Goodwill - $4|
|Shoes to match the handbag - ~$20 at Payless|
|Gianni Bini peep toes, year unknown - $7 at a thrift shop.|
Retail price was probably in the neighborhood of $80.
Ginger Rogers wore a pair similar to this in a few movies.
|Currently available at Target for $25|
Again, very much a 30s/40s feel.
|Currently available at Target.com for ~$20.|
I picked them up on clearance for less than $7 last week.
I also have them in camel.
Until next time!