20th Century Inspired Toe Rings

Toe rings have been around for hundreds of years and been worn by both men and women, especially in Africa and Asia. They were worn for various cultural and traditional reasons, but certainly not as fashion accessories way back then.

In certain cultures and traditions of Africa for instance, young men wore rings on their big toe, supposedly for curative purposes. They also believed that wearing toe rings boosted their virility, and ascertained their masculinity.

And in Asia, notably India, women with toe rings on is symbolic of being married women. It serves as a mark of a change in status from being single to becoming married. It was and still is a common sight to see Asian brides adorn their toes with rings, on as many as four toes (except the little toe), and sometimes on both feet too!

In the western world, there is no symbolic interpretation or representation for wearing rings on your toes and they are only regarded as fashion accessories used to enhance, adorn and make the feet look feminine and pretty. Meaning they are worn simply as a stylish statement

It is not uncommon to find some men wearing a toe ring on a lone toe though.

Two Types of Rings


There are basically two types of toe rings, closed band and open-loops, however, most are made as open-loop rings for obvious reasons - they are easier to wear and are adjustable.

Unlike fingers that are long and slender, toes are short, sometimes chubby, scraggly, and even contorted. They can be expanded before slipping them on and tightened thereafter, to give a perfect clasp.

Which Toe?


Today, many women wear one lone ring on the second toe of the left foot. Though many others claim it's best to wear it on the second toe of the right foot, trendsetters wear theirs on the second toe of the left foot.

Best Ways to Wear Toe Rings


Most of us wear our toe rings for a long time and barely take them off but others will change their toes rings every day, ensuring it matches what they wear.

So, what’s the best way? Obviously, in order to show off your ring adorned foot, you’ll do good to wear footwear that exposes your toes.
  • Open toe shoes in general (except peep-toe shoes)
  • Slippers (slip-on)
  • Heeled sandals
  • Slip-on sandals
  • Lace-up sandals
And if you are at the beach or swimming pool, walk barefoot.



20th Century Style Toe Rings


Exquisite toe-ring designs that make statements are stylishly crafted and styled after 20th-century motifs and themes of swirls and figurines, fauna and flora, including inscribed bands and love themes. They come in semi-precious materials.



It’s always best to go for rings made from lasting materials like gold, enamel, brass, and silver because they last for years and are the type that’ll always make your feet look delicate and classy.


Gifts for Her - Vintage Inspired Intimate Lingerie

If you are a man in "romance mode", when it’s about gift giving time, this is for you.

Women love special gifts, especially if they are romantic presents. It makes them feel you are passionate and they like that.

Of course, there are beautiful romantic greeting cards with quotes that will melt her heart, but when you are deeply and emotionally attached to someone, finding the ideal gift to give isn't anywhere near ‘a breeze’.

Here is a tip. A woman is more likely to appreciate intimate gifts than men do, so if you are thinking of what’s best to give her and still don’t have a clue, think exotic lingerie. Not the usual run-of-the-mill kinds, but glamorous, feminine vintage-inspired undergarments that will make her feel special.


Whether she is 'rake' slim or plus size, an intimate gift is always one of the best presents to give.

So, if you are looking for a romantic present for your partner, forget chocolates. Forget a new toaster, exotic gourmet sweets, or a great perfume.

Yes, diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but only if you can afford them! A beautiful dress is nice but nothing romantic or special about that. And none of them has an element of surprise.


Give her a unique gift that’s beautiful, sexy and intimate, something "for your eyes only" like chic vintage style lingerie that will really tickle her mind, something that will make her warm and “mushy” inside.

Recommended intimate lingerie gifts:
Bustiers and Corsets
Babydolls and Chemises
Garter Belts 


Fancy Bra Straps with Rhinestones

Fancy bra straps are today's beautiful fashion accessory that provides a new opportunity to accent your strapless gowns and tops as they are made to be exposed. As we all know, exposed straps are no longer a fashion faux pas; they are now 'show-off' accessories and have even become part of a complete look.

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Though there are simple understated ones like the see-through straps that appear invisible, the most appealing and sought after kinds are embellished with rhinestones and sparkling diamante gems which make them not only elegant but also very attractive without going over the top.

They are really great for adding a touch of glitz and glamour to formal evening dresses and gowns. Not only that! Rhinestone studded bra straps can also be worn to beautify less formal clothing like strapless blouses, tank tops (tubes), camisoles (if you like that double strap look), and bustier tops,.

They are wonderful pieces of accessories that will give you a fashion upgrade whenever you need one . . . like turning a simple day wear into an attractive evening outfit, wearing them with old favourites, or giving your ‘dumped’ clothes a totally new look.

Asides being fashionable and trendy, these fancy straps are also functional accessories that serve to hold strapless bras firmly while eliminating chances of sagging which is a common feature associated with cheap strapless brassieres.

Varieties come as see-through straps encrusted with:
  1. Crystal clear diamante
  2. Black sparkling rhinestones
  3. Multi-colour Swarovski gemstones
  4. Dazzling charms and silver hearts
  5. Silver or gold sparkling stones
They come with adjustable chains or straps that allow them to be worn at any length desired.

Rhinestone encrusted bra straps are detachable and easy to fix onto your bra or tops (if you can sew on a loop). Spice up an old top, sew on loops that you can hook you pretty straps on! And because they are multi-way bra straps, you can use them the conventional way, as halter-neck straps, cross-back bra straps, or as a single (cross or straight) bra strap.

How to Choose the Best Type of Diamante Strap


This is about what to look out for when planning to buy fancy straps for convertible or strapless bras. The kind of bra you wear them with is important to know because they don’t necessarily work well with all bra types.
  • When buying a convertible/strapless bra that you intend to use fancy straps with, ensure the loops are not too close to your arm sides
  • Ensure that the bra loops are closer to the top centre of its cups 
  • Decorative bra straps don't work well with some bra loops that are almost under the arm (at the edge of the armpit) 
  • There must be some stretch in your choice of straps so they fit correctly and snugly 
  • One size strap does not fit all so ensure you go for those that come elasticized if you prefer this function
  • There are some brands that carry multiple sizes. Ensure you only purchase packs with multiple sizes. These are more affordable than purchasing different sizes individually 
  • The size of a bra doesn't determine the size or length of bra straps to purchase. It will mainly depend on the bra band location

Lucite Purses - Popular Bags of the 1940s

When many ladies hear “Lucite handbags”, they stereo-typically associate them with plastics (PVC), meaning low-price, cheap, economical, or low-integrity.

How far from the truth!

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During the prosperous years that followed the end of the 2nd World War, the boom years to be precise, a thermoplastic product was the rave. From interior and industrial design where plastics were used for furniture and geometric forms, to fashion and style where designers created fashion accessories like jewelry, handbags, clutch bags, and purses using strong and durable thermoplastics.

Vintage Lucite is sturdy and was a much better than Bakelite, an earlier plastic of the 1920s used in radios and jewelry.

Lucite bags became popular in the 1940s with purse lines which include:
  • Rialto
  • Maxim
  •  Shoreham
  • Tyrolean
  •  Llewelyn
  • Venzer
  • Charles Foster
  • Wilardy Originals


Lucite hand bags and purses came in so many forms and variety including the trendy shell-shape purse, the flashy rhinestone studded birdcage bag, and the regal blue-beaded bag inspired by the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

There were also handbags with their casings pre-filled with anything from smooth pebbles, seashells, raffia and artificial flowers, to glitter, ribbons, and even pressed butterflies.

Some feature embroidery and hand painted details, with embellishments like faux pearls, diamanté, beads, and metals. Many Lucite handbags had matching compacts and/or cigarette cases often mounted directly onto their lids but then in some way, these handbags originated from designs of women jewellry boxes created by Will Hardy, son of Wilardy founder.

According to history of fashion, “After he designed a Lucite jewelry box for buyers at Saks Fifth Avenue, they recommended adding a strap to turn the box into a handbag. This led to Hardy’s entry into the world of plastic purses, and by 1951, the Wilardy business was producing 64 styles of Lucite bags in 14 different colours”.

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Women T-Shirts with Vintage Art Illustrations

There are lots of t-shirt designs for women out there, so many that most times, it is hard to make a choice but how often do you find stylish ones with vintage art illustrations printed on them?

Not often!

From whimsical prints of the European circus to vintage poster art, famous 20th-century quotes, and fashion icon reproductions images, tees with classic illustrations are beginning to get the attention of tee shirt lovers, especially women.


Baby boomers that grew up in the 20th century still reminisce about the past and many of them will love illustrations of the famous bands of the sixties, images of a young Paul McCartney, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, or Coco Chanel on their tees, hoodies, sweatshirts, tank, or crop tops.

Then there are vintage art graphics and designs . . . retro prints, automobiles, motorbike riders, rock bands, quirky or ritzy themes, star wars, cat-woman, Wizard of Oz, sepia, and black and white old photography images.

Vintage Art on Tees - What to Look Out For


When you seek t-shirts with classic graphics, look out for those with images, caricatures, black and white prints, sepia finishes, and bold patterns. Also search for those with 20th-century themes of crazy characters, poetic quotes, and photographs of your favourite silver screen goddess.

You Can Make Your Own T-Shirts Online


Whether you want to make a couple for yourself, or you think this may be a great business idea to venture into, you can make these vintage inspired t-shirts online.

As a business project, you can make them and sell them! Your customers will include your friends, family, schoolmates, and colleagues. And because it is an easy way to make some extra money on the side (consider the fun aspect), making t-shirts online is a venture that you’ll find is worth your while.

Find these classic creations at Tees to Treasure

You can make it a hobby or even create your own special t-shirt line and if you need some inspiration as per designs to use, you can search for royalty free antique or vintage graphics, inspirational quotes, old photographs, patterns, characters, and 20th-century comic themes.

Upload your chosen illustrations and make your own tees on Zazzle or SpreadShirt. Print them on hoodies, short sleeves and long sleeves, sweatshirts, tanks, and vests.

You can 'go' trendy, sassy, swag, cool, or quirky!

Vintage t-shirts with vintage art illustrations are a popular choice today. They are highly sought after and a trending 2016 fashion.


Video - How to create a shop and make your own t-shirt clothing line, free on SpreadShirt



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Box Handbag - Trending Vintage Inspired Bags

Vintage inspired box handbags make elegant statements and women who love accessorising with anything classic and unique can attest to this.
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This square box handbag is not only stylish and different from the rest; it is eye-catching and comes in various designs, shapes, and sizes that resemble anything from treasure chests and fine hard luggage to lunch boxes and trunks.

This certainly proves that fashion is always cyclic. But then, any fashion trend that lasted close to a decade in the 1900s almost always makes a comeback.

The handbag designs come as clutch bags, mini-handbags, and larger designs with adjustable and removable shoulder straps.
Retro Style Box Handbag 

From Lucite, canvas, and leather, to faux leather, fabric, alloys, and wicker, this vintage inspired piece is made from a good number of both classic and modern materials, meaning you’ll probably find one that’s perfect for your style . . . modern, traditional, retro, or quirky.

Braccialini Style Pink Cartoon Box Women Handbag 

A box handbag is one fashion accessory that should be a part of any woman's wardrobe basics, especially if she is one fashionista that loves and appreciates classic vintage inspired styles.

Authentic Vintage Box Bags and Purses (while stocks last) 




 
Faux Reptile Snakeskin Box Bag

Quirky Women's Box Handbags


Braccialini Style Cartoon Box Handbag 


Lego Acrylic Box Clutch 

How to Look Vintage Chic in Everyday Clothes

To create a vintage inspired theme is not so hard even if all you have are plain simple clothes to create the look. As we know, accessorising can help dictate a look and as long as you take care of the details, you’ll be able to achieve that lady-like charm that’s so characteristic of vintage fashion.

Classic Vintage Fashion Accessories (created by Viryabo@Polyvore)
If you are a devotee of classic styles you will look fabulous if you add the most unexpected details to your ordinary looking outfits; appealing details like a pair of dazzling flapper earrings embellished with Deco details, a charming retro pagoda hat for a great summery look, a voluminous petticoat for your perfect swing dress, or sky-high heels for some vintage chic ‘Va Va Voom’.

Re-create Vintage Fashion with Old-fashioned Accessories


So if you feel like 'glamming' up your attires to put a swing back into your style, ensure you have at least one set (or pair) of each of the following fashion accessories as wardrobe basics. They are the easiest and affordable items you’ll need to create a vintage inspired stylish look.

  1. Classic sunglasses – 50s cat eye sunglasses and browline sunglasses, 60s over-sized and retro square glasses, 70s tinted lenses, 80s aviator sunglasses, and 90s round wire-framed glasses
  2. Hats – 20s cloche, 40s tam hats and berets, 50s pillbox hat, cartwheel, boater, fedora, half hats, and fascinator
  3. Handbags and purses – retro bags, beaded flapper purse, floral, coin purses, Sister Jane handbags and Lucite bags
  4. Vintage style umbrella – heart, parasols, and pagoda umbrellas (ruffle-edged, plain, stripes, or polka dots)
  5. Jewelry – 20s flapper jewelry, brooch pins, choker necklaces, statement rings, Cameo, bib necklaces, whimsical and flirty pin-up jewelry, cuff bracelets, and art deco rings
  6. Hosiery – petticoats, vintage seamed stockings, fishnet, and thigh-high stockings with garters
  7. Under/outerwear – bullet bra, corsets and bustier, and chemise
By the time you add some of these vintage inspired charming accessories to your simple everyday clothing, you’ll have created your own unique style and polished off your appearance without needing to scour the shops looking for authentic vintage clothing.