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7 Modern TV Shows for Vintage Style Inspiration

Virginia FrancesComment

I grew up on Nick At Nite. Mostly because my parents were super protective of what our developing little minds consumed and they could really only vouch for the shows they grew up watching. We were strictly a G-rated household and that meant I was totally out of the loop on all the hit 90s shows my friends were talking about: Friends, Buffy, Dawson’s Creek- I had no flipping clue! The plus side though was the vintage fashion schooling I gained at a very young age which has influenced me to this day. I can thank the Bradys, Lucille Ball and Mary Tyler Moore for much of my own sense of style. And I suppose I really have my parents to thank for that. 

While I still watch old movies and tv shows for inspiration, the last few years of modern television have been an incredible time for period-based storytelling and the amazing wardrobe that comes with it. Below are my top seven new(ish) shows for vintage fashion inspiration (in no particular order). These also happen to be some of the greatest productions featuring strong female leads and for that reason too they are some of my all time favs <3

1. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (1958)


2. GLOW (1980s)


3. The Crown (1947-1964) 


4. Mad Men (March 1960-November 1970)


5. Downton Abby (1912-1926)


6. Stranger Things (1980s) 


7. Godless (1880s)  


Vee Pro Tip: Let your shoes inspire you

Virginia FrancesComment
If you are going to splurge on one thing you wear, be it shoes.  Shoes are the catalyst to incredible outfits.

Vintage or not, of everything I buy I am most thoughtful about what I put on my feet. They must be comfortable. They must be well-made. And they must make me very happy when I look down at them. 

The outfit above was inspired by the shoes (close-up photo below). The pastel blue and distinctly pointed toe lead me to choose the wide legged peach-colored pants, which then lead me to select the white and yellow striped duster (also known as the 1970s Sunshine Duster now available in my shop *wink*). The white vintage sunglasses just topped off the look perfectly. The more unique and colorful your shoes are, the more they inspire incredible new outfits! John Fluevog is my favorite shoe designer for this reason. Fluevogs are always innovative and sometimes edgy, never lack incredible color options and do not follow traditional fashion trends each season. Let's just say that John Fluevog might be my spirit animal. 

A personal note on these particular blue shoes: I sort of knew all along that I wanted to wear Fluevogs on my wedding day. But as usual, I was open to fate. Working downtown Seattle I often walk past JF on my lunch break "just to look". Well this one day I walked by and I spotted these beauties in the window and my heart skipped a beat. You guys, it was the first day they were put on the sales floor- they weren't even online yet! (And, they are named Vivian! I'm a sucker for 'V' names for obvious reasons.) So.... I listened to my heart, went inside, tried them on......gave it the ole' time test....and bought them a week later. At that point my wedding was still 8 months away. I just couldn't stand for them to sit in the box until then, so I've been wearing them around the house, and for photo shoots :)