Rushville Republican


April 11, 2014

Second hand rose...or fashionista?


A strong factor in the popularity of retro fashion has to be the incredible span of styles that evolved during in the mid-20th century. Adaptable to any age or price range selections vary from Disco and Glam-Rock to the simplicity of the Peasant, Surfer and “Annie Hall” looks. In pre-1980’s restaurants women were not allowed to wear slacks pre-1980, inspiring the creation of the (acceptable) flare legged jumpsuit. Skirt styles ran the gambit from mini to maxi dependent upon you taste. Tie die fabric and “love beads” allowed you create your own fashions at home and for the rebellious there was there was always leather and “Punk”.

Fashion experts suggest several tips to get you started on your “retro-robe”. 1) high-cut jeans that sit just above the navel. 2) Polka dot and striped fabric for skirts, shirts and accessory pieces. 3) Over sized sunglasses. 4) Bight colors for day wear. 5) Gold lame and sequined fabrics for evening.........and hats, hats, hats.

Shopping venues abound for retro clothing. Women of the mid-20th Century were a frugal lot who seldom discarded their out of style clothing, making Mom or Grandma’s closet a great {and affordable} way to start your search. Other popular venues include, flea markets, consignment shops, garage sales and second hand shops. Online shopping offers both convenience and wide range selections. Check out eBay, Etsy, and Until next time........Linda

(Linda Hamer Kennett is a professional liquidation consultant specializing in down-sizing for seniors and the liquidation of estates and may be reached at 317-429-7887 or

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