Empire Waist Tops

Velvet Brand Clothing

Velvet Brand Clothing

Empire Waist tops are very popular this upcoming winter.  We’re seeing lots of empire waists that are long creating a modern twist on the tunic style tops. We think this style of top is a mainstay of creating a vintage style look.

One of our favorites at Vintage Fringe is the Vevina top from Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  We love the empire waist, the length, and the buttons used for accents on the sleeves and neckline.  It has a fitted bohemian style top that gives you that sophisticated, yet casual look.  This top is currently available in white, brown (mushroom), pink, and black.

Another great empire waist style top at Vintage Fringe is the Discharge top by AlixK.  The AlixK line features a distinctive fabric with a silk cotton blend and unique hand made embroidery on every top.

AlixK Clothing

AlixK Clothing

They also pay so much attention to the details on the tops with each shirt featuring things like gathered turtlenecks or darts on the bodice.  What we love about the Discharge is the empire waist and design currently available in Black with Grey embroidery and Brown and Lighter Brown  embroidery.  We also have it in Ivory with ivory embroidery that will be available for sale next week.  We hate struggling with some turtlenecks in getting them to stay in the right place.  We love the gathered turtleneck that just falls in place on its own.  You’ll also love the gathered cuffs on the sleeves giving this top another added feminine detail.

These are just a few of our favorite empire waist pieces currently available at Vintage Fringe.

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Vintage Style Sale

We’re putting Vintage Style on sale!  At Vintage Fringe we’re having a special 3 day only sale of 25% off every order!  The sale ends on Friday, Oct. 31, so be sure to get your order in while the sale lasts.

We also want to highlight one of our favorite pieces that is a bit of a throw back to the good fashion trends from the eighties with the patches on the sleeves.

Zooey Satin Patch Long Sleeve Top

Zooey Satin Patch Long Sleeve Top

You’ve likely seen the resurgent trend with patches on the sleeves of jackets, tops and sweaters, but here’s one that in our view takes the cake.  This Satin Patch Long Sleeve top by Zooey is a great combination of vintage style and fringe.  This soft long sleeve top is so comfortable, but what we really love is that it goes a step beyond and makes a statement with the contrasting yellow patches.  The perfect top for the individual in all of us.  It is one of our favorites from Zooey.  Did we mention it is also on sale!  Be sure and get yours today.

Don’t forget the 25% off every order ends on Friday, Oct. 31!

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Winter Sweater Trends

Laurie B. Sweaters

Laurie B. Sweaters

It’s sweater season and this winter we wanted to let you know what we’ve seen for upcoming sweater trends.  We love the sweaters we carry from Laurie B.  One reason why we love them so much is because they are not your typical stuffy sweater.  These sweaters are all super stylish and what makes them Vintage Fringe worthy is their attention to cute details like pockets and large buttons.

One trend that we’ve seen are the short sleeve cardigan sweaters.  With a bit of a twist on the retro cardigan from years gone by, the new short sleeve versions are perfect for layering over turtlenecks or long sleeve tops.  These cardigans are a great alternative to a vest and would be amazing with leggings or boots.  We love the Laurie B. details including the pockets, the off-center snaps that give it that finished look.  At Vintage Fringe we currently have two versions the Emmy (shown) and the Sunset cardigan.  The Emmy features an acrylic/wool/mohair blend and the Sunset is made from a cotton/elite blend.  Both are fabulous sweaters and this style of sweater the short sleeve cardigan is a big trend this upcoming winter season.   We currently  have a few left of the Sunset version available in Navy Blue and Black and the Emmy available in Green (shown), Sky Blue, and Brown.

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Vintage Style Trends

While vintage style clothing is of course based on vintage fashions, in our focus to find women’s clothing that is vintage inspired, but also new and never worn, we attend markets to purchase these new vintage style items.  Our latest market was last week and we wanted to let you know what to expect this spring in the upcoming vintage style trends.  First, bold colors.  Orange is very popular this year and so are blues and yellows.  Second, long dresses are all the rage.  Every line we viewed had many long dresses to remind us of the classic Whitney Houston dress in the 80s.  We picked up a few in our purchases, so you’ll have to be sure and check them out.  Next,  tunic length tops are very popular.  We love tunics so we found several tunic length tops at Sweet Pea.  We hope you will love them as much as we do.

In short, we’re sure you will love our new items from our existing designers new collection of organic cotton Zooey tees, our tunics in bold patterns from Sweet Pea, and our spring colors from AlixK, our spring dresses from Zooey, Velvet, Splendid, and Ella Moss (coming soon to Vintage Fringe). We’re also betting that you’ll love the new stuff we have right around the corner too.  New lines, new colors and new styles!

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Vintage Style with Boots

Zooey Long Sleeve Crew Neck

Zooey Long Sleeve Crew Neck

Sweet Pea Dress

Sweet Pea Dress

Nothing complements vintage style better than boots.  It’s that time of year where boots become a wardrobe staple.  While we don’t yet sell boots at Vintage Fringe, we do have several tops that would be fabulous with boots.  Starting with The Frock from Laurie B., we love this tunic length sweater that can also be a dress if you have that perfect body.

Laurie B. Frock Sweater

Laurie B. Frock Sweater

Available in Bark (Taupe) and Plum (Aubergine) both of these tops would be great with your basic black or brown boots.  Boots will absolutely rock this sweater.

Another bootworthy top/dress is the Orange and Black Empire Waist dress by Sweet Pea.  This dress can really be worn almost any time of year, but for fall/winter this dress would be absolutely perfect with boots.

The empire waist gives it that added level of femininity and with boots and the vivid colors and pattern, this dress is sure to make a bold statement.

Another perfect combination with boots are any of our Long Sleeve Crew Tunic length tops by Zooey.

They have a great, long length and would look ultra hip and stylish with boots.  This top is available as shown in Grey (Dungeon), Brown (Ebony), Navy Blue (Midnight), Black, Magnolia (Yellow) and of course White.

Let’s be honest, each of these tops will help give you a unique look as they are, but we think they would be fabulous with boots too.

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Vintage Style at Velvet

Velvet Brand Clothing

Velvet Brand Clothing

Velvet by Graham and Spencer is the topic of our latest vintage style observation.  One of our favorite pieces is this Velvet brand Olka dress featuring a V neck empire waist with pleats accented with a bow at the base of the V.  The 3/4 sleeves also make this great to wear in just about every season.

We love the baby jersey fabric in a mushroom (light brown) color.  What we especially love about the dress is its vintage style.   This Olka dress reminds us of a dress worn by Ginger Rogers pictured below.  The Velvet version features a few distinctions with the bow and the wider V versus the wrap V.   Shown here with heels, we think that the modern fashionista could easily rock this dress with boots too.

Vintage Style Dress

Vintage Style Dress

We love that about Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  All of their designs have that vintage style combined with great fabrics that make them versatile, stylish and comfortable all at the same time.  We love their feminine touches such as the bow and the pleats.  We’re sure that you’ll love the style of this dress as much as we do!

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Classic Vintage Style

Splendid Clothing

Splendid Clothing

Vintage style has a host of meanings to different people.  In an effort to dispel the myth that vintage style refers to old lady clothes, at Vintage Fringe we have found many vintage styles that are far from matronly or stuffy.  One such example would be a new top from Splendid’s fall line that to us exemplifies timeless vintage style.  The vintage example a sweatshirt worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s looks adorable on her (no surprise there).

Timeless Vintage Style

Timeless Vintage Style

We couldn’t help but notice the similarity between this top and a couple of our new arrivals from Splendid.

They both even feature that classic sweatshirt V stiched in the center.  Of course at Vintage Fringe, we love the little details like that which bring meaning to the Fringe in Vintage Fringe.  In our opinion, the Splendid version is more sophisticated.  The newer versions from Splendid also feature a few distinctions such as flared cuffs and a more fitted look, but we’re sure you will agree that both of these tops pass the test of being timeless.  Not to mention that once you wear the Splendid top, you will be truly amazed by the luxurious feel of the fabric.

We find that such timeless tops will last beyond the quickly changing fashion fads.  As this vintage style illustrates, such pieces will never go out of style.   Plus when you feel the fabric you really won’t want to live without this top.

We currently have the Splendid Boatneck Long Sleeve Top available as shown in Coal (Dark Grey) and Russet (Orange).

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Vintage Style Tees

Vintage style tees are becoming increasingly popular.  At Vintage Fringe we carry a handful of vintage style tees that are currently on sale!  We don’t sell a lot of your typical t-shirts with prints and messages, but we do have a few that would qualify in that category.  Our focus in today’s post is on Alternative Apparel tees.  The classic vintage style tee is the Rainbow Basic Crew.

Alternative Apparel Rainbow Basic Crew

Alternative Apparel Rainbow Basic Crew

First, we love the fabric.  It feels vintage and worn, but it is truly brand new.  We also love the rainbow style.  The colors are somewhat muted and faded adding to the vintage style look.  The length on this top is also long making it so comfortable and fun to wear!  This is truly a classic vintage style tee.

Alternative Apparel White and Black Basic Ringer Tee

Alternative Apparel White and Black Basic Ringer Tee

Another Alternative Apparel vintage style tee is the Basic Ringer tee.  Available in either a white body with a black collar and cuffs or in powder blue with a red collar and cuffs. The Basic Ringer tee is simple, yet classic and reminds us of the current boyfriend tees you see in stores, but also something a little retro that you might have even seen in the 80s.

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Garbo Vintage Style

In our vintage style quest to find clothing that has a bit of flair while also incorporating a bit of vintage style, today we are highlighting a piece that we think would have been the perfect fit for Greta Garbo in “Grand Hotel.”

Garbo's Vintage Style

Garbo's Vintage Style

We love the flowing top and think that today’s modern version would have even Greta smiling.  The modern version is made by Zooey which means that of course it feels luxurious enough that even Greta would approve.  Made with supima cotton and a contrasting voile fabric, this Pintuck Empire top creates the ultimate vintage look.

The collar is really a modified mandarin collar which is connected by two accent buttons.  With 3/4 length sleeves and the voile fabric that flares on the sleeves, this top is sure to be a favorite.  While the top is loose at the bottom, it still provides a fitted look because of the empire waist.

Zooey by Alice Heller Pintuck Empire

Zooey by Alice Heller Pintuck Empire

Zooey by Alice Heller is a great brand with fashions ranging from basics to extravagance, but even the basics are made of supima cottons so they feel far from basic.   Zooey quickly became a staple in our wardrobes for every season.   We love all of Zooey’s designs and this Pintuck Empire is no exception.  We would be crazy not to mention that this top is currently on sale for $70 at Vintage Fringe.  Get your’s today while they’re still available.

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Sweet Pea’s Vintage Style

Vintage style is one of our central focuses at Vintage Fringe.  We try to find vintage style clothing when we search for designers and then within their lines.  Today two of our favorite vintage style tops are from Sweet Pea whose awesome tops are all extremely comfortable and made in such adorable styles.  Their patterns are all completely unique from month to month.   The first top that we think embodies that ultimate vintage style is the Multi-Color Bohemian Tunic top.  We love the variety of colors, the empire waist and the contrasting brown trim.

Sweet Pea Multi-Color Bohemian Tunic Top

Sweet Pea Multi-Color Bohemian Tunic Top

Another great vintage style top features a scarf tie around the neck.  We love the bright blue pattern and the unique style.  Again this is by Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati.

Sweet Pea Long Sleeve Scarf Top

Both of these tops are so versatile!  They are both perfect to wear with that cute skirt to work, hip enough to be worn out for a night out, and casual enough to wear just about anywhere with jeans.  The best part about vintage style clothing is the ability to create that truly unique look and make it fashionable today.   Sweet Pea’s patterns and styles frequently create that vintage look and added distinction.  Made from a nylon mesh fabric it is amazingly comfortable and wearable.  Create your vintage style today while supplies last!

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