Vintage Seaside Scenic Border Print Skirt

Over the years, my love of vintage has not only taken over my closets but it has become such a huge part of my everyday life. The wonderful people that I have met through the online communities…sellers and fellow collectors have truly enriched my inner circle of friends. It is incredible how fellow collectors and sellers will genuinely go out of their way to help you find those special treasures, spreading good vintage karma among one another. I have been very fortunate to build my collection full of breathtaking vintage pieces through endless hours of scouring of the interwebs, hands me downs from collectors and developing wonderful relationships with some of the greatest vintage sellers. These rare treasures deserve to be showcased for all to appreciate, so I will start featuring my vintage collection one piece at a time! Be warned…this may take a while ­čśë

  • Skirt – Vintage Seaside Border Print
  • Top – PUG Peasant in mint
  • Shoes – B.A.I.T Demi mint wedges
  • Belt – PUG white
  • Jewelry – Vintage Weiss

With the 1950’s being the epicenter of one of a kind circle/swing skirt designs, it is no surprise that they quickly became an obsession to collect them all. Personally I gravitate towards novelty prints, scenic prints, border prints and of course floral prints…plain is boring! One of the places I find many of my most treasured pieces is on Instagram; either from Vintage sellers or fellow collectors. The most important thing is to be quick, these pieces often get snatched up the moment they are posted. Luckily I was able to acquire many pieces before IG sales became mainstream, now it has really become ultra competitive and often disappointing.

Ages ago, I came across this magnificent Vintage Seaside Scenic Border Print Skirt on IG where the seller mentioned it was a wounded bird but still had lots of life left. Remember, most of these skirts are over 60 years old; often homemade from the 1950’s and passed down over the decades with several different owners. Immediately I got in contact with the seller (sorry, I don’t remember which one this was from) to get all the particulars on the condition and of course, price. There she mentioned the skirt had some rust stains and a few holes in the fabric but they were easily lost in the fullness of the skirt sweep. Because of the condition, she was only asking a mere $60…UM WHAT!?! Luckily there was only one gal ahead of me in line and she decided to pass on it…her loss was definitely my gain!

When the Seaside Scenic Border Print Skirt arrived, I immediately assessed the condition and reinforced the small holes with iron on mending patches. The seller mentioned she had already washed and treated the staining the best she could so I did not attempt to do so myself. Most of the rust marks were on one side of the skirt, so the trick was simply to rotate that to the backside when worn and it indeed gets lost in the fullness of the skirt.

Although there is no known designer information available on this print, it is referred to as “Seaside” by vintage collectors. In this series, there is also Switzerland and Dutch Windmills, all available in various colourways. It is always fun to see the different variations of prints in the various colours since I find they really make each one truly unique. I am the first to admit, I sometimes own the same print in two different colours because I simply cannot resist.

*A special thank you to the lovely ladies Kelly and Mary of the Novelty & Border Print Group for helping me with the history on the Vintage Seaside Scenic Border Print Skirt.*




Passion for Peonies

There is nothing more magnificent than the blooming of the lovely peony bushes as spring turns to summer. Peonies are one of my most favorite flowers with the opulent blossoms and craftiness of busy little ants opening each petal. How does one capture the beauty and essence of the peony flower to admire all year round? Well Heart of Haute seems to have found the answer to that very question with the release of their Elizabeth Dress in Bethany Floral.

Available in sizes XS-2X ~ $140.00USD

IMG_8447 As a longtime customer of Heart of Haute, I generally find that their sizing is cut more generously overall from their size charts. Although my measurements (bust 36″, waist 27″) fall in between two sizes, I always size down to a Small successfully. The Elizabeth Dress was no exception, the fit was impeccable and with the adjustable criss-cross straps there was no need to shorten them to fit my petite torso. The Elizabeth Dress features a lined bodice with darting, a straight neckline with back criss-cross adjustable straps, full pleated skirt with a matching tie belt, and side zip closure. The lush border print Bethany Floral is set on a rich deep blue background with gorgeous pink peonies and scattered small blossoms throughout. At 5′-4″ tall, the hemline falls just below the knees.

IMG_8435 IMG_8441The Elizabeth Dress in Bethany Floral is another wonderful classic addition to the great Heart of Haute line up of designs. I personally find their dresses to be very practical for every day wear and no fuss when you are short on time. The strategically placed darting in the bodice creates a flattering fit and allows ample room for comfort in the waist. Now lets talk about the gorgeous border print Bethany Floral; the striking pink peonies and scattered little blossoms took a classic design and made it marvelous! It is not very often that we see floral prints set on a lovely deep blue background and I feel that makes the Elizabeth dress even more fabulous.

IMG_8440 IMG_8461From the moment I saw the lush colours in the peonies, I knew exactly how to accessorize the Elizabeth Dress. One can never go wrong with a timeless vintage pearl necklace as the most versatile accessory of them all. To complete the ensemble, I complimented with plastic bangles in shades of pink, the Ida Fair Pink wedges by BAIT and the picture perfect Lilac Side Comb by Belle Blossoms.

IMG_8443 IMG_8445Heart of Haute has become a household name in our pinup community, delivering classic design staples with the most striking selection of prints season after season. The Elizabeth Dress is no exception and perfect for the busy modern day pinup that is always on the go.