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The Flowers of Spring!

While it may be getting hot in my neck of the woods, for most parts of the country Spring flowers are abounding in glorious abundance.  So, I’m presenting a bouquet of Spring Floral Dresses for you.  Take time to stop and smell the wonderful fragrances of this delicate bouquet.

First up is a lilac print on white seersucker.  Dress is short sleeved and has a drop waist.  Print has gorgeous cascading lilac blossoms…I can almost smell the fragrance!

Next is a tone on tone highlighting large peach poppies.   Maxi dress has a square neckline with three pleat accent & a lovely bias cut skirt.

Third, brings the delicate violet flower.  Maxi dress is white lace with a silk  screened violet pattern all over.

I love this next dress by Young Edwardian, that is done in a silky faux wrap dress with delicate hued water color floral print.

This dress is definitely a spring bouquet, with it’s bright & bold tulip taffeta print!


Stilletto! The Well Heeled Lady!

Stiletto actually means a thin tapered blade referring to a knife like object, but in shoes “stiletto” refers to a type of shoe heel that is pointy, thin and high. Also called “spike” or “spiked” heels. Made popular in the 50’s/60’s, and certainly that holds true for today! An interesting quote I came across in my “Stiletto” book by Caroline Cox states “Most women prefer a trip to hell in high heels than to walk flat-heeled to heaven! The “Stiletto” spells sex, with an erotic
allure and the supreme symbol of femininity!

At Scorpio Vintage we offer the “Original” 50’s stiletto, along with the current version worn today!

The first is a 60’s silk plaid sling back pump

Second is 50’s Tapesty Classic Pump

Third is a 50’s color block suede pump

Last is a Modern version of the classic pump in a cream sling back!


Vintage Vanity Fair Lingerie – 1899 to NOW

The roots of Vanity Fair go back to 1899, when eight businessmen formed the Reading Glove and Mitten Manufacturing Company. The name of the company was changed to the Schuylkill Silk Mills in 1913 and the next year they added silk underwear to the company’s line of gloves.

During this period of time, the women’s underwear industry was changing rapidly. Women’s styles were changing and more simple undergarments were required. In 1917 Barbey had a contest to get a new name for the company. From all the entries, the name “Vanity Fair” was chosen. The company then began an extensive advertising campaign designed to show that the new, simpler undergarments could be pretty as well as functional.

Like many lingerie companies, Vanity Fair spent the WWII years making parachutes. After the war was over they turned increasingly to the use of nylon and in 1948 announced that they would be using nylon exclusively for their products.

During the 1950s they introduced new colors and even prints. In 1953 the long term bestselling leopard print was introduced and it was soon followed by other prints, including a zebra stripe and a butterfly print.

Today the VF Corporation is no longer in the lingerie business, having sold Vanity Fair to Fruit of the Loom early in 2007.

Below is a selection of VF Lingerie items, and I have several more Leopard Prints that will be added soon!

Black Nylon Robe with Leopard Tie Belt


Leopard Print Nylon Gown with Spaghetti Straps

Floral Print Gown with Matching Hip Length Robe

Plaids & Tartans! Is there a difference???

Usually when we think of “Plaids” we think of Scotland, and Tartan plaids, but it can be any fabric in which bands of color running horizontally & vertically intersect for form squares.  Plaids date back to the 1500s and now come in many patterns from argyle and gingham to madras and windowpane, always evoking classic style.

Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Tartans originated in woven cloth, now they are used in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns (Tartan is also know as plaid in North American, but in Scotland, a Plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder or a blanket.)

Tartan is made with alternating bands of coloured (pre-dyed) threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each other. The weft is woven in a simple twill, two over – two under the warp, advancing one thread each pass. This forms visible diagonal lines where different colours cross, which give the appearance of new colours blended from the original ones. The resulting blocks of colour repeat vertically and horizontally in a distinctive pattern of squares and lines known as a sett.

Scorpio Vintage proud offerings range from an authentic MacKinnon Hunting tartan, a homespun pastel skirt & shawl, an argyle sweater; ending with a high fashion tone on tone plaid skirt.

Vintage MacKinnon Hunting Tartan Plaid Skirt

Pastel Plaid Skirt/Shawl Suit

Vintage 80’s Angora Arygle Pullover Sweater

Escada Tone on Tone Red Plaid Skirt


Suits for All Occassions!

While in the past decades, suits were a staple for the working girl, today it’s a different story.  Suits can & do go anywhere.  They’re great travel pieces with versatility. If you have a three-piece suit, with both a skirt & pants it would be ideal to pack if you’re planning a cruise.  Basically they are a staple that can be dressed up or down, and mixed with other pieces that you’ve brought along.

If you want to go “glam”evening suits can give you a tuxedo look, or you can go with a highly decorated beaded & sequined suit with a full length skirt.

And…suits don’t have to have a traditional jacket.  Some incorporate a “Poncho” look, while others take on a more dramatic look with a shawl.  No matter how you cut it, suits are great little additions to your wardrobe.  Scorpio Vintage is proud to present these suits for your pleasure!




Salvatore Ferragamo, Shoemaker to the Stars!

Salvatore Ferragamo was a Florentine and Italian shoe designer. He worked with many Hollywood stars in the 1920s, before returning to Italy to found his company, making unique hand-made footwear. His scientific and creative approach to shoes spawned many innovations such as the wedge heel and cage heel. Film stars and celebrities continue to patronize his company, which has evolved into a luxury goods empire spanning the world. Here are a few more up to date 80’s shoes from Scorpio Vintage!

Understated Elegance – St. John Santana Knits

St. John Knits! In order to stretch her own limited wardrobe budget, Marie St. John made her first pure wool knit dress on a flatbed knitting machine in 1962.  From then it was only up, with her fabulous Santana knits.  Her then-fiancé and salesman Bob Gray pitched her designs to department stores and got an order for 84 dresses on his first try. St. John Knits took off quickly, appealing mostly to a clientele of mature career women who preferred a classic look.  Expensive yes, but they last for years, are noted for their ease in taveling, and can blocked several sizes up or down.  Here are few that are currently listed at SCORPIO VINTAGE!