Black and Ivory

Color scheme in mind, a 1930’s outfit I would die to have…

The Dress.

Source: J. Peterman Company

1930’s double layer lace gown made by J. Peterman.

The dress is called Bricktop after the American jazz singer, dancer, and vaudeville performer, Ada “Bricktop” Smith.

The Coat & Scarf.

Source: Couture Allure

The dress could easily be worn by itself, but on those cold winter nights this 1930’s coat and scarf will keep you warm and vintage chic. The coat is black velvet and both are newly available among couture allure’s collection of vintage items for sale.

The Necklace.


Keeping with the 1930’s black and ivory theme, here we have a Bakelite necklace available. Bakelite has made a ton of vintage dress clips, pins, baubles, and other jewelry. From my experience, quality has always been wonderful.

The Shoes.

Source: Aris Allen

1930’s style black and ivory pumps from Aris Allen.

Aris Allen shoes have been the most comfortable and affordable vintage reproduction shoes I have found. I think this particular shoe would be a perfect match to the Bakelite necklace. After all accessories can make the outfit.

Any additions any of you, my vintage fashion savvy readers, would add or change?

Men – What would you wear to compliment this outfit?

1920s Red and White Striped Heels

What Is Striped & Red All Over???

These 1920’s style heels. The silver stripe accents are very characteristic of shoe from the roaring twenties.

What Is Striped & Red All Over???

These 1920’s style heels. The silver stripe accents are very characteristic of shoes from the roaring twenties.

1940s Suede Shoes by Walk Over – 1948

Source: Walk Over Shoes

Suede 1940’s shoes with three buckles that strap across the vamp.

Source: Walk Over Shoes

You can get these from, made by Aris Allen, and they are super cute. I always stay away from high heels because they are very strenuous on one’s feet, but these are totally comfy.

Below is a 1948 ad showing a model wearing what is clearly a prototype of them as they don’t look exactly like the vintage ones in the photograph above. Magazine ad illustrations rarely looked exactly like the real thing – in fact many back in the day had little disclaimers: “these drawings are actual photographs”! Especially brands like Air Step with their wildly exaggerated heels. When you see actual Air Step shoes they don’t look a thing like the ads. Red Cross is another brand that, for the life of me, I can never find a real-life version of the shoes in the ads! Maybe the ones in the ads were bait-and-switch… lure them in with a $50 shoe, send them home with a $6 one.

 Another ad for this shoe is posted here: 1948 Walk-Over Shoes Ad.


And below – the Aris Allen version (click here to see the original of this shoe in the Aris Allen Baltimore Shoeseum):

Source: Aris Allen