Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Threads has moved...

Threads has moved to www.amberthayes.com. I look forward to seeing you there! :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


I took a quick trip to the music store today to buy some new piano books. (A trip which is always well worth the crazy drivers on the Interstate!) In the music store they were playing some Ella Fitzgerald music. I loved it! I definitely was tempted to "shop" some more just so I could finish listening to the current song playing. Luckily, I have a ton of Ella music on my iPod and was completely inspired to listen to it all the way home. (Thank you radio adapter). The music of Ella Fitzgerald always makes me think of 1930's and 40's movies, fashions, etc. I go through phases of listening to my Ella albums, and I am definitely back in "Ella Phase" today.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Revolutionary Road

I have not had a chance to see the movie"Revolutionary Road" yet, but I have been told several times that I should see it. I got online to read some reviews about it, watch the trailor, and look at some of the pictures, and I came across this photo of Kate Winslet from the movie. When I saw her dress I right away thought of a dress I had seen in my many adventures to Modcloth.com. I love how similar they are! My favorite part of this black and cream dress is the flower petal sleeves.

Cute Boots


Sunday, June 21, 2009


I love Etsy! You can find some great handmade vintage items.
You must see: Etsy.com


Umbrellas by Threads on Modcloth.com

Go outside rain or shine!

An Evening in the 1950's

The 1950's
The 1950's by Threads featuring Mod Cloth.com

In one of my many vintage research sessions online, I ran across this 1950's dress designed by Frank Starr. (A well-known fashion designer in the 50's). I love the square neckline, the cap sleeves, and how the waist and darting create such a great, feminine shape. What really caught my attention with this dress is the fact that it was so similar in its color and in some of its features to this modern-vintage dress I had saved to my favorites from Mod Cloth.

When I was choosing a shoe to go with this dress I knew I wanted to go with a t-strap heel. The t-strap shoe was very popular in the 1950's but when looking up t-strap shoes online most of them are pretty bulky or heavy for this particular dress. I love this t-strap sandal heel that is much more light, and actually perfect for the look.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

My Vintage Vogue

I just found such a great vintage website that has immediately become one of my favorites. You have to check out My Vintage Vogue.com.

1930's Elegance

1930's style dress
1930's style dress by Threads featuring Forever21

I was so surprised this Spring when I started seeing teenagers and young women wearing such long dresses. The "maxi dress" is everywhere now. So many dresses in this style take on a more Bohemian look, but I love the ones that remind me of the glamorous evening gowns from the 1930's. The evening gowns from the 1930's were generally made of satin, crepe, chiffon, and artificial silk, and were floor length for the most elegant look. I especially love this floral "maxi dress' from Forever 21 for the spring and summer.

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music by Threads featuring Mod Cloth

The "Sound of Music" is one of my most favorite movies. It takes place in Austria during WWII and is therefore full of 1930's and 1940's style clothing. Julie Andrews' dresses are very simple and sweet in this movie. I love the pretty blues in some of her dresses and her cute hat is classic. Definitely go watch the movie, look at some of the photos, and see the fashion of this time period.

While I was looking at Mod Cloth online I came across this dress. The "Sound of Music" and Maria Von Trapp was the first thing that came to mind when I saw it. I love this dress and the very feminine features. While staying true to the vintage look it most definitely puts a more modern twist to the fashion from Austria during WWII.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Graceful Swing

Swing style
Swing style by Threads featuring Nelda's Vintage Clothing

Photography from the 1940's is inspiring. Toward the late 1940's Dior created the "New Look." Skirts and dresses were more full and these styles are what comes to mind when we think of swing. I love this photo of a woman with her style that seems to take on the character of Dior's "New Look" in the late 1940's. The fabric in this photo is heavy and definitely communicates glamor and wealth.
I wanted to find something that would make this 1940's style more modern and light but stay true to the swing style. This yellow swing dress is actually more 1950's but is definitely part of the "New Look." By adding some of these classic accessories and even perhaps making a statement by wearing a hat we can begin to see some 1940's glamour with a great modern twist.