Seven Vintage Fashion Bloggers You Need to Follow

Seven Vintage Fashion Bloggers You Need to Follow

Hello, one and all! I’d love to share a collection of vintage fashion bloggers that are so very inspiring and deserve recognition.

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Many of them listed below are ones that I followed even before I began Simply Megan Joy, and were the main inspirations to have my own blog! So check them out and give them some love!

disclaimer: the photos shown below do not belong to me and I do not take credit for them. They are the properties of the awesome bloggers featured below! I hope you go follow them!

Minnie Muse

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Madison from Minnie Muse has an amazing blog about fashion, life, and all things beautiful! She recently got back from a trip to New York City and is sharing all her wonderful adventures on her site!

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Miss Hero Holliday

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Miss Hero Holliday has the most gorgeous collection of vintage dresses! Each week she shares her lovely outfits and I just adore every one!

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The Boyer Sisters

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The Boyer Sisters blog was the first vintage fashion blog I ever followed, and it was the main inspiration for me to start my own! Recently, they branched out with a second website and started following their own personal dreams. It’s always fun to scroll down and read their old posts full of so many inspirational outfits!

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Gracefully Vintage

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Kayla from Gracefully Vintage lives on the Central Coast of Australia and loves dressing from the 1920s to 1970s! She has so many cute posts up on her blog that you should go read!

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Brigid Everson, (formally one of the Boyer Sisters) has started her own blog where she shares her fashion and sewing adventures! I can’t wait for her next post as they’re always fun to read!

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Ruffles and Grace

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Victoria from Ruffles and Grace has a love for fashion, sewing and writing. She has her own seamstress business and even has a book published! She loves writing and sharing her many passions on her blog, so go check it out.

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A Clothes Horse

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Rebecca from A Clothes Horse is probably the most inspiring vintage fashion blogger I’ve ever found. The outfits she creates and the amazing photography to go with them make her blog such a splendid place to visit. Anyone who loves vintage fashion will love A Clothes Horse!

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Have you already checked out some of these amazing blogs?

What are some of the vintage fashion blogs you follow?

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Megan Joy

Top Polyvore Styles // Winter 2018

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If you’ve ever tried Polyvore, it’s quite possible that you’ve spent hours upon hours creating the most fun and fashionable outfits and charming accessories to match! If you have never used Polyvore, I am here to tell you how useful it is for any fellow fashionistas, whether vintage loving or not! With Polyvore, you can search thousands of photos of dresses, shirts, pants, shoes, coats, bags, jewelry, and accessories, mix and match them, and create countless outfits full of fun possibilities! It’s free and you can download all your oufits to your Pinterest page quite easily! I’ve found it to be very inspirational when you somehow discover yourself in a fashioning lull! At the bottom of this post, you can find my Polyvore link, which will take you to a list of all the items featured in this post and where to buy them!

Now enough jibber-jabber; let’s get to some outfits!

One // Waiting for the Train

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Two // Highland Roses

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Three // Quick Call

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Four // London Librarian

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Five // Valentine’s Brunch

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Six // Look Who’s Here

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Seven // Winter Walk

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Go check out Polyvore to create some amazing styles both vintage and modern!

Hint: If you make 25 different designs, your account gets upgraded to “Style Setter!”

You can find me on:

 Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/SimplyMeganJoy/

Polyvore: https://simplymeganjoyblog.polyvore.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simplymeganjoy/

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Have you ever tried Polyvore before?

What clothing pieces have you been styling for your “winter fashion?”

Follow me on the accounts listed above so I can follow you back!

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Megan Joy/

My Crimson Christmas // Ft. Lindy Bop

Quick disclaimer: This is not a paid sponsorship nor am I in affiliation with Lindy Bop at this time.

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This wonderfully beautiful 1950s inspired dress called the “Marianne Red Swing Dress and Jacket Twin Set” came from Lindy Bop! It was the first time ordering from them and I can’t wait to order another dress in the future! I also bought the crinoline there which I’ve already wore this my last fashion post!

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The crimson color, the fullness of the skirt, the style of the jacket, and its perfect fit made this the best Christmas dress. I just love it! Incidentally, it also comes in dark blue, light blue, pink, burgundy, black, gray, and white, all of which I would love to have. Coming from London, it is of high quality and of wonderful craftsmanship. Unfortunately, the price matches the high quality, so I shall be content with this red one for a while. (P.S. I bought this particular dress on sale. Three cheers for Christmas sales!)

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If you love vintage fashion and classy clothes, you must head over to Lindy Bop! They have so many great finds, and coincidentally, they’re having a 60% off end of year sale, which includes the “Marianne Burgundy Swing Dress and Jacket Twin Set!” Go check it out and come back and tell me if you like it!

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The New Year will soon be upon us, so this will be the last fashion post of the year! Do you have any specific goals for 2018? Any fashion goals?

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dress and jacket // lindy bop

shoes // payless

crinoline // lindy bop

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Megan Joy

1940s Red Floral Frock

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I love how this dress is so World War II inspired! It feels as though it could be right out of an old 40s movie! It’s truly a gem in my vintage wardrobe!

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I found this brooch at a flea market one day and decided to pair it with this dress since the roses seemed to match it perfectly. It is a replacement of an original pin I have worn with this dress, since the old one is no longer with me. We, the old pin and I, parted sadly one stormy day while I was attending a car show. There were cars ranging from the 1910s to the 1980s, all of them Buicks, driven there from all over the country and Canada. It was a lovely day as I donned this red dress and my little rose pin, until a crack of thunder had us running into the nearest building to hide from the rain until it passed. The downpour stopped briefly as we ran to our car and headed home. It was then that I realized the absence of my little pin. We turned back, threw on ponchos, and searched the entire muddy show grounds; me in my bare feet not wanting to ruin my shoes. I watched as the paths were transformed into rivers, carrying leaves and things down the way and into the storm grates below. I, still to this day, wonder where my tiny rose pin ended up. It would be nice to think that someone has found my little treasure and is taking good care of it, better than I had.

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dress // thrifted

shoes // thrifted

purse // thrifted

brooch // thrifted

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Do you like 1940s fashion?

Have you ever lost a special piece of jewelry?

Do you ever imagine what could have become of it?

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Megan Joy

SIY (Sew It Yourself) // Garden Dress

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I made this dress last summer for gardening. It was one of the easiest sewing projects I’ve ever done! The top quarter is elastic to make it stretchy, and you can find this kind of fabric at JoAnns or any fabric store for around $8 a yard, which is great because you only need 1.5 yards!

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I finally weeded my flower bed that I let overgrow for too long! The weeds choked all my flowers and only one bloomed this year. That’s what happens when I don’t keep up with the weeds! But next year will be better. . . I hope!

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P.S. Last week I wrote a post about my vintage key collection. I had asked if anyone could guess or count how many keys were in one of the photos and then put your answer in the comments! The winner is. . .

T.R. Noble over at Inside Cup! She guessed 68 keys and she was right!

Second place goes to Margaret from The Word, she guessed 69, just one away!

Don’t forget to check out their lovely blogs!

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Do you like gardening?

Did your flower/vegetable garden do well this year?

Do you like quick and easy sewing projects, too?

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Megan Joy

Five Things Learned at a Civil War Reenactment

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If you’ve ever attended a Civil War reenactment, you’ve probably seen the rifles, cannons, tents, and hoop skirts. It’s like stepping into another world of the past. But recently, I was able to experience it like a true reenactor because. . .

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I now own a tent!

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Along with having a tent is the necessity of knowledge and experience about such things. Unfortunately, you don’t have this knowledge or experience until after you’ve attended multiple reenactments and have learned as you go. I’ve certainly learned a lot from my latest reenactment! Here are five things I learned at a Civil War reenactment.

1)     When pitching your tent, it’s best to know which way the wind is blowing.

Explanation: When we arrived at the Civilian’s camp, there was a large bit of land across from many other tents and a cooking fire. The fire burns all day to boil water, bake bread, cook stew, and is there for anyone’s use. What I hadn’t known was that I had staked my tent directly in line of the smoke trail from the fire. All weekend, it burnt our eyes, made us cough, and blew ashes and sparks into the tent, hence the empty plot of land that nobody had wanted for those reasons!

2) Get accustomed to people taking your picture.

Explanation: Being dressed up and doing living history in public means that people are going to take your picture. Some are so kind as to ask permission politely and sometimes little kids come up and stand next to you and smile. Others, on the other hand, don’t ask. They either get out their phone and tap the screen a million times, or they pull out a huge camera with a lens seven feet long. Then they stand in front of you from 5 seconds to 5 minutes taking your picture. Some will even instruct you how to pose while others catch you when your bonnet flies away with your hair in a mess.

3)     Learn to bite your tongue.

Explanation: As the battle reenactment occurs, you watch from afar with many other viewers. You must learn to bite your tongue when someone behind you begins “explaining” to their friend that the Battle of Gettysburg was the Japanese fighting against the Americans (yes, I actually heard this one). You must also learn to remain quiet when you hear questions among others like:

“Where are their tri-cornered hats?”

“Did the soldiers hide behind all those monuments on the battlefield?”

“Did the British win the Civil War?”

4)     Say, “thank you” a lot.

Explanation: People like to complement those dressed in historical clothes, so you must get used to replying, “thank you” when someone pronounces a quite common statement such as – “I love your dress!” Not that I’m complaining, it’s just something I’ve learned. The last time this happened to me I was watching my brother in the battle about to be shot (pretend, of course!) and a woman tapped me on the shoulder to say how much she liked my dress. After I said, “thank you” and eventually turned back to the battle, my brother was already down in the grass! I had missed the whole thing!

5)  Don’t stay in the soldier’s camp too long.

Explanation: If you’re in ear range of where the men gather around the fire to talk, you’re bound to hear a few words that may not be very suitable. . . so, it’s just better not to listen too carefully to their conversations!

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There are five things I learned at a Civil War reenactment!

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Have you ever been to a Civil War reenactment?

Have any of these things happened to you?

Megan Joy

Stars and Stripes Forever

Happy belated Independence Day, America! Today I donned one of my patriotic outfits with a little bit of 1940s flare here and there!

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This the first time I’ve successfully worn my hair in a 1940s faux bob! It’s more of a lob because it fell before I even stepped out the door, but now, after looking at the photos, I think I have figured out a better way to do it! Hopefully, you’ll see a better version of it in some upcoming posts!

I just love these little hair clips! They’re really useful and can hold a lot of hair!

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dress // j.c. penney

sweater // thrifted

shoes // payless (my sister’s)

belt // thrifted

hat // boscovs

hair clips // icing

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Have you ever tried a faux bob?

Any ideas or tips on how to make a bob?

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Megan Joy

Schoolgirl in Summertime

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I happen to love this dress so much that I wish I had seven of them in different colors, one to wear each day of the week! It’s so cute and comfortable I wear it all day long!

When I wore this dress to church one day, a lady came up to me and told me that she used to be a teacher in Australia many years ago and that the schoolgirls down under would wear something like this every day to school! That conversation is what inspired this post!

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I love collecting old book! Pictured here we have:

“Mrs. Browning’s Poems”, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. There isn’t a date printed, but it was first published in the mid-eighteen hundreds.

“The Clue in the Crumbling Wall”, by Carolyn Keene, 1945.

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, by Lewis Carroll. It was first published in 1865 but since this copy also includes “Through the Looking Glass” which was written in 1871, it would have to have been printed after that date.

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dress // thrifted

belt // thrifted

shoes // payless (my sister’s)

glasses // gift

bobby-socks // dance store

books // thrifted

book ribbon // my great-grandmother’s

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Do you like old books?

Have you ever read the three in the post?

Megan Joy

Hints of Pink // Sunday Bests

First, I’d like to say Happy Mother’s Day to my mom! I love you!

Here’s another Sunday Bests on this beautiful day!

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The hints of pink are my favorite things about this outfit!

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Lost in a jungle (not).

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dress // kohls

shoes // payless

headband // icing

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How was your Mother’s Day?

Do you like wearing hints of pink?

Megan Joy

On the Waterfront // 1863 Camp Dress

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This weekend, I attended my first Civil War reenactment of the year! The three-day event was filled with dresses, tents, campfires, and soldiers. There were two mock battles fought and many drills performed. My brother even joined the Union army and marched into the battles this year! I was so pleased when he came out alive. (Just a note, no one was using real bullets, of course; just blanks.)

After the last battle, my sister and I were able to sneak down to the waterfront and snap a few photos.

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This is my new camp dress that I bought from one of the sutlers at the reenactment. Sadly, the first time I wore it, it was torn while getting out of a truck! It’s only a minor rip and I can sew it up, so it’s not too bad.

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I found a stone that looked like a nugget of gold! It wasn’t, though.

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Now, I’d like to share a story that occurred after the event had concluded!

After leaving the reenactment, we stopped at the nearest mini mart for a snack to eat on the way home. We were still dressed in our Civil War attire, but weren’t too concerned about the funny looks we might get. To our amazement, a Confederate soldier entered the store just as we did, and we laughed to see each other. After departing the store with a snack and a cheerful story to tell later, we never could have imagined what would be added to our tale! As we neared our truck, we noticed that something was dangling from beneath the engine. Upon opening the hood and taking a closer look, we noticed that the fan belt had frayed and half of it had dislocated itself from the rest. When trying to remove the loose piece, we realized that it was stuck, tangled, and in need of some brute force to get it free. My brother, dressed as a Union soldier, crawled underneath the truck, and attempted to untangle the mess but to no avail. At the same moment, the same Confederate soldier was then exiting the store and noticed our troubles. He offered his help and suggestions to dislodge the piece and managed to pry it a little looser.

Meanwhile, another Confederate had parked just ahead, and when sighting our dismay, came to help. Seeing that more help had arrived, we thanked the first Confederate and he drove off on his long ride home. Now, the second Confederate was able to pull the belt free with my brother helping from beneath the truck, while my sister and I watched from the side. This task was completed. Now, the next question: could the truck be driven the long ride home with half of the fan belt? Probably not. As we discussed this, two more Confederates pulled up and asked if they could help! They helpfully told us of four auto stores nearby, and offered directions to them. After a game plan had been settled, we thanked all the Confederates and we dispersed on our own separate ways. It had been a joyful reunion between both strangers and “enemies” – Yankees and Rebels. It was surprising to realize that four Confederate soldiers would be so gracious as to help a Union clad solider when just hours before, they were in battle against each other! It proves that there are good people in the world, and found in the most unusual circumstances, too!

So, to carry on with the story, we had to drive to several mechanical stores until we found someone willing to help us so near to closing time. Once our truck was accepted (I sound like we were trying to get it into college!) and was pulled into our last resort garage, we were asked to wait while the mechanics replaced the belt. Then we realized that the snack we had bought in the first place was now five feet high on the car lifter thing in the garage! We had spotted a Wendy’s down the block earlier and decided that some of us could eat there. We assembled a parade and marched down the busy street in fashion! We received many a strange look once inside, but smiled and had a grand old time. Soon the truck was fixed and we headed home with a new experience to keep under our hats!

The moral of this story: “When in doubt, ask a Confederate!”

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dress // sulter tent

bonnet // sulter tent

belt // handmade

bag // thrifted

shoes // thrifted

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Have you ever been to a Civil War reenactment?

Can you relate to any part of this story?

I challenge anyone to walk into a Wendy’s, wearing an historical outfit, and order fries to go! If you do, don’t forget to take a photo, and send it to me via email! The first person to capitalize on this awesome challenge before the end of May will win a $10 Wendy’s gift card!

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Megan Joy