All about Vintage

In these pages Vintage Ireland along with our guest bloggers hope to give you inspiration and ideas for living the vintage life in style, along with anything else we think might interest you. From time to time we will throw the blog open to fans and friends who would like to try their hand at blogging without having to go to the trouble of creating and maintaining their own blog; so if you have something interesting to say, or want to write about a favourite shop or brand, share tips or write about your treasured antique or vintage possessions, contact Joan for the upload link to the blog. All blogs will be reviewed before publication, submissions may be edited, and publication will be at the discretion of the blog admin.


“A kiss on the hand may be grand but it won’t …help you at the automat.”

Long before there was the golden arches, burger royalty or military chickens, there was the automat. However instead of bright neons, fluorescent lighting, paper plates and processed food think marble tables, wooden chairs, ornate chandeliers and fresh wholesome food. And not just burgers and fries either; the menu in fact had over 400 items to… Read more »

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“Fashion …has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Coco Chanel

STYLE WARS – THE FORGOTTEN ZOOT SUIT RIOTS OF WW2 Once again Miz Chanel demonstrates her unnervingly intuitive understanding of fashion, that clothes are  so much more than just a shield against the elements, that they give people a way to express themselves in a manner more accessible, more democratic than words.  You don’t have to have a degree in anthropology to know that… Read more »

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“You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

“You know how to whistle, don’t you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”  Lauren Bacall as “Slim” Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944) With Lauren Bacall’s death on August 12 another ‘star’ from the Golden Age of Hollywood takes their place amongst the other stars that shine so bright over my little… Read more »

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Wedding Photographer Pearl shares her pics from the Vintage Fair

The Vintage Ireland Fashion & Décor fair is a whirlwind of vivacious vendors, inspirational style and beautiful articles to adorn yourself and your home. I am delighted to be given this opportunity to share my wedding photography with you! My love for salvaged treasures means I won’t miss the thoughtful details you vintage enthusiasts include in… Read more »

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“Without proper foundations there can be no fashion.” Christian Dior

Dior may be referencing many things here but what caught my attention is just how little attention we pay to that most important clothing item of all, our underwear. And no I am not necessarily talking about the thong versus the granny knickers debate, although that scene from the first Bridget Jones’ movie will forever be indelibly… Read more »

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Putting together a prize winning outfit : by Lute Al Raad

The dress that I wore was a 1950s-1960s cotillion/prom style chiffon formal gown in sea foam green, unlabelled but possibly a Sylvia Ann creation

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“Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.” Frank Sinatra

If you were to compare a random group photo from today and  one from the 50’s one of the most noticeable differences would be what people are wearing, or rather what they are not wearing, on their  heads. Hats. Until more recent times hats were just another appendage, something everyone wore no matter the weather,… Read more »

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The fun of the fair

If you have never been to an antiques fair, read La Femme Eclectique’s review of the Antiques & More Fair in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, to see what you have been missing. These events are held on one Sunday every two months in this venue, and in those months when we are not… Read more »

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“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” Mae West

The Sidecar, the Martini, the Manhattan, the Old-fashioned. Their very names conjure up images of smoky rooms, white tablecloths, long satin gloves, feathers , furs and glamorous times. Nothing can take you out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary like a cocktail. When you hold a frosted cocktail, a highball or a Collins glass… Read more »

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