At first I was excited about sharing my wish list with our readers. Then I realized that I’ve fallen madly in love with all these things. After seriously considering rewriting the article to showcase less desirable items, I gained my once-firm grasp on reality and reminded myself of the impossibility of affording these things. So please, friends, buy these precious goods and tell me about them so that I may live vicariously through you!
Vintage Caramel Bakelite Wilardy Purse, $675 Bakelite Boutique
I think this hand-painted peacock purse is absolutely amazing, especially because I harbor a not-so-secret ardor for bakelite. It’s the perfect vintage accessory for an afternoon shopping jaunt or an evening on the town. It’s sure to swirl up some major desire and transform even the most pious fashionista into a hopeless coveter.
John Fluevog’s Vespa Modvog, $215 Fluevog.com
John Fluevog has answered my prayers! Fluevog invokes the spirit of the British invasion with his ultra-mod Chelsea boots. These would look fantastic with a pair of super skinny black jeans. The perfect addition to any vintage lover’s shoe collection. Hallelujah!
Honeycrisp Sweater Coat $288 Anthropologie
My roommate has this sweater. All I have is an unrelenting desire to wear it.
Modernist Pendant c. 1950 $395 Trocadaro/20th Obsession
I could start a miniature and wearable art collection with this mid-century modern pendant.
Chiné Silk Taffeta Party Dress, c.1950, $850 VintageTextile.com
Why dress for a funeral when you’re going to a party? While the rest of the world swathes itself in black this holiday season, I plan on keeping it colorful. This taffeta dress is simply stunning; the watercolor-like pattern is cheerful and fun while the halter straps widen into a built-in shawl and add elegance. Anyone wearing this dress is sure to get a kiss without needing to enlist the generous services of the mistletoe.See the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40