Notes from our thrilling journey down the silk route

Every girl dreams of owning the perfect wardrobe. Each item they purchase only brings them closer to achieving their goal. However, money doesn’t grow on trees and designer pieces cost an arm and a leg. So where does one look? I love bright things and a good bargain. My favorite place to look for exciting new additions to my walk-in closet is a vintage store. One of the best things about shopping for thrifted or vintage items is that there is a guarantee that the girl sitting next to you in calculus won’t be wearing the same thing as you.

There is also your own personal touch when it comes to layering your pretty goods. You can mix and match different pieces and create your own mini wardrobe-remix. Vintage stores can be a nightmare for some people. You walk inside and don’t know where to begin. There are rows and rows of clothing on racks and shoes on the floor and scarves drapes everywhere! You begin with a list. Keep in mind what exactly do you need and ask a salesperson for help in directing you towards your sizes. Thanks to our super-connected lives, it’s easier to find great products and deals online.

Stay determined and you’ll have the perfect wardrobe with just the right kind of sassy accessories to spice up your daily outfits! I’ve compiled a list of my favourite vintage must-haves with some links/resources to several fashion blogs written by beautiful and successful women who love shopping vintage. (Credits are at the end of the post)

1- The denim skirt.

From KARLA’S CLOSET. You can dress it up or down and wear it with long sweater or a cropped cardigan.

Read more to check out the rest of the 52 beautiful vintage items.

2- Mustard vintage blazer.

From KARLA’S CLOSET. The striking color adds flavor to a simple outfit consisting of a white shirt with black pants. Add an interesting looking clutch and you’re ready to go!

3- Rumi.

From Light cotton summery sundress, perfect for the beach and to laze around on warm Sundays.

4- Denim Jacket.

From Probably one of my favorite items from the 90’s – the denim jacket. Can be worn over dresses or shirts, maybe even to neutralize a particularly over-dressed party frock!

5- Baggy sweater.

Over-sized and baggy sweaters look very chic and Parisian. Something fun to thrown on if you’re going out for a quick coffee with your friends!

6-Funky tights.

Funky tights are a great accessory for spicing up an outfit. TIP: buy old black tights and some embellishments at the gift shop. Some glue and a little bit of patience, you can make these tights yourself for less than $6!

7- Nautical Jacket.

From The nautical jacket can be paired with a nice button down shirt or a simple dress as shown below

8- Nautical Dress.

From The nautical dress is so cute and girly! Add some accessories and you’re ready for a night out with your friends!

9- Brogues.

From Irene Adler’s photos. Brogues are beautiful and classic. A friend of mine was lucky enough to spot them in her size last time she went to our favourite vintage store and she snatched them before anyone else could! They’re quite comfortable to wear, especially if you wish to wear them to work and have to walk around all day.

10- Coat Dress.

Only Shallow from This 60’s coat dress has such a wonderful pattern! Perfect to wear on a light spring day!

11- Brown Boots.

From Irene Adler’s photos. Brown boots are essential for every girl’s wardrobe. They go with everything!

12- Leather Gloves.

From Irene Adler’s photos. These leather gloves are beautiful! The craftsmanship on these is exquisite!

13- Plastic Bows.

From Irene Adler’s photos. The cute plastic bows remind me of Blair from Gossip Girl


14- Wrap Dress.

Wrap dresses are all the rage at


15- Chunky Bracelets.

Chunky bracelets are so bad-ass

16- High-waisted bubble skirt.

From Irene Adler’s photos. This high-waisted bubble skirt is so cute yet posh! Pair it with a nice shirt with a funky collar.


17- Brightly colored skinny jeans.

Susie Bubble,

Tight brightly colored skinny jeans can rock a plain old outfit and make you stand out!


18- Houndstooth Skirt.

Houndstooth skirt with colored tights is brilliantly paired! Or you can use the skirt with black tights for an interview too!


19-  Ruffled Skirt.

From Ramaida’s photos ( Ruffled skirts are so fun and flirty!


20-  Frilly blouse.

From PIKSI’s photostream (

How adorable is this blouse with a big bow!


21-  Faux Fur Collar.

From ( Add a faux fur collar to glam up your evening look!


22-  Bright Bow Blouse.

From ( Also check out this striking vintage bow blouse! Add a touch of elegance to your wardrobe with this item.


23-  Quilted Bag.

From ( An oversized quilted bag that carries anything and everything!


24-  High waist Flair Skirt.

From ( One of my absolute favourites is the high-waisted flare skirt, I can’t live without them. I think I own at least four of these!


25-  Houndstooth Jacket.

From ( The Houndstooth jacket! A quick introduction to the world of the casually hip look!


26-  1950’s Colorful Apron.

From A 1950’s colorful apron for a Sunday spent baking with your girlfriends!

27-  Little Black Vintage Dress.

From And the absolute must-have in every woman’s wardrobe, a vintage little black dress!

28-  Boyfriend Pants.

From Boyfriend jeans or pants are awesome and they go with everything!

29-  Classic Trenchcoat.

From A classic trenchcoat is an absolute must-have but oh-so hard to find the perfect one!

30-  Little Boy Blazer.

From Irene Adler’s photos. Only Shallow’s Vintage little boy blazer is so cute!

31-  Wool Dress.

50’s Wool Dress at Violetville Vintage is so glamorous! Perfect for a night out!

32- Funky Rings.

From I am addicted to buying funky rings!

33- Pearls.

From My mother always told me the importance of owning a beautiful strand of pearls.

34- Polka dotted blouse.

From Polka dotted blouses are so girly yet chic. I love detail on the sleeves especially.

35- Funky bags.

From liebemarlene. If there is one thing I cannot live without, its bags!


36- White Clutch.

From Liebemarlene vintage’s closet (

It took me forever to find a classy white clutch. They go with absolutely everything!


37- Hairbands.

From liebemarlene. I love cute hairbands and own one in every colour.


38- Crazy Hats.


Crazy hats are essential for whenever your best mate decides to throw a theme party!

39- Fringe Boots.


Fringe boots are back and I am so excited to start looking for a pair!

40- Floral Shirts.

From I think owning a cute floral shirt is very useful. You can wear it to picnics with your friends or to the beach with your new crush or to the office paired with a pencil skirt and pumps!

41- Big belts. belts with a funky buckle can snazzy up an old shirt and add a bit of flavour to your evening look.

42- Summer Hat.

The Stylish Wanderer (

An awesome hat for the summer to hide from the sun!

43- Pencil Skirts.


Pencil skirts are so elegant. I love wearing them. They make me feel so girly yet professional at the same time. I think I own about 5 pairs!


You can’t go wrong with owning a pair of brown flats. They are versatile and comfortable and you can pair them with any outfit. Except if you’re wearing a ton of black!

44- Brown Flats.


You can’t go wrong with owning a pair of brown flats. They are versatile and comfortable and you can pair them with any outfit. Except if you’re wearing a ton of black!


45- Sweater Vest.


A sweater vest may not seem essential but look at the wonders it can do for an outfit!  You can pair it with one of your colourful stockings and a denim skirt.


46- Suspender Dresses.


Suspender dresses look good on all shapes and sizes. I love this particular one with the pinstripe. The detailing is superb!


47- Wool Scarf.


The most essential item in my closet for layering purposes happens to be the SCARF!


48- High Waist Pants. High-waisted pants are also back. People do say they don’t look good on everyone but I say to each their own. As long as you feel good in what you’re wearing, you’ll be a success!


49- Shrug. A shrug is extremely important. Either to cover your sleeves and arms or to add an extra layer over your outfit to finish the look!


50- Leather Jacket.

From ( The most essential item in a woman’s closet has to be the leather jacket!


51- Rouge Silk Scarf.

From SoVeryFancy ( This 1970’s style 100% pure silk scarf is beautifully finished with hand-rolled edges. It’s long enough to wear it many different ways.

52- Lacy Hand-knitted sweater.

From Naughty Monkeys ( Then there’s the delicate, lacy knit pattern. Everything about the sweater (especially the type face on the label) suggests 1950s, so it is probably hand-knit.


15 Comments to

“Top 52 vintage items every woman should have”

  1. On March 30th, 2009 at 8:42 pm Sandra @ DebutanteClothing Says:

    Wow! What an amazing list. I couldn’t agree with you more on all of these. I will add another though – plastic accessories. Lucite bags, Bakelite jewelry, etc.

  2. On March 31st, 2009 at 4:24 am lauren Says:

    Peter pan collar blouse perhaps?

  3. On March 31st, 2009 at 7:44 am Nelda's Says:

    A fabulous list! Very well done…

  4. On March 31st, 2009 at 7:32 pm The American Homemaker Says:

    What a fun post :)

  5. On April 1st, 2009 at 3:32 am Catwalk Creative Says:

    Wonderful list and all beautifully presented. I particularly love (all of them!) the cute lil’ vest top and kitten bow blouse. Thank you for spreading the love for vintage. oxoxo

  6. On April 1st, 2009 at 4:09 am admin Says:

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments. I would love to feature your products here as well.

  7. On April 1st, 2009 at 11:41 am Jen B Says:

    Love it all!! I would add a cute little 50s cotton day dress to the list. ^_^ Great job!

  8. On April 1st, 2009 at 3:06 pm recupefashion Says:

    love the new silkfair blog look

  9. On April 12th, 2009 at 2:27 pm Emily Says:

    Great list! I own most of these. I might add a pair of red shoes. Gotta have them!

  10. On April 24th, 2009 at 2:59 pm Mandy Harvey Says:

    Loving the baggy sweater.

  11. On April 27th, 2009 at 5:26 am Barbara Says:

    Mod Mod fun! Cool to see the fashions in revived mode. Great photos to boot!

  12. On April 27th, 2009 at 7:19 am Vintage Rose Says:

    Great list! Brown boots, a frilly blouse, pencil skirt, white clutch, and a little black dress will never go out of style. And it’s so exciting when you find just the right one! Thats why I love vintage shopping

  13. On April 27th, 2009 at 8:50 pm admin Says:

    Thanks for the comments everyone. We love hearing great ideas from you.

  14. On May 13th, 2009 at 7:22 am ArianaBuby Says:

    Great! Thank you very much! I always wanted to write in my blog something like that. Can I take part of your post to my site? Of course, I will add backlink? Regards

  15. On May 16th, 2009 at 7:38 am admin Says:

    Of course you can Ariana. We’re glad you like the collection.

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