Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Hart and Missy admire each other's coats amidst the fallen golden in the knowledge that their coat "style" has been "in-style" since the beginning of time.

It must be lovely to be a cat.

On the other hand, the fact that human garment styles keep changing over time has its perks too.

For example: Human clothing can be enjoyed at interesting place such as "Decades".

Vintage (before 1950), Retro (1950-1990s) and Contemporary (the last ten years...) clothing is just plain fun to see. I had been rubbernecking this store front on my way to work (late as always....never time to stop) the past three months. Before that I kept hearing "You ought to go to Decades, you would love it!"

So...on my way home on my short work day last Thursday I made a point of finally going in to the store for a look-see.

I could have spent a couple hours just ogling the vintage costume jewelry...

Deciding which classic diamond broach I liked best....

(FYI: My Dallas based friend Bonita informed me of this little tidbit of good etiquette: if you are wearing a clear colorless jewel, you are wearing a diamond. If the jewel is a genuine diamond, then you say it is a "real" diamond. Thanks to Bonita, I can now say that my diamond jewelry collection is quite extensive!)

And then...swoon...there were the hats!

Hats formed a border all around the shop's ceiling, and there were several large hat displays and hat stands as well.

I had to laugh (and take a picture of course!) at the sign in the mirror over a trunk full of hats!
Obviously this is not a LDS member owned business.
Decades had dresses on display from 1890, 1900, 1920....every decade in fact. I especially was charmed by this dress. Can't you just imagine wearing this dress with your hair in a short gamine hair style, dancing to the music of a band whose members were dressed in tuxedos?

This heavily beaded silk dress is from the 1920's.

Twenty three skiddoo...bring on the spit curls!

Another beautiful silky twenties dress...this one a day dress. Can't you just see this dress breezing long on a shopping jaunt, a little grey tight fitting cloche hat on the head, and cute kid gray shoes, with a french heel and a mary jane strap across the instep?

(The dress was for sale at the unbelievable price of $80. Or at least that was what I was told...)

How about this matching hat and handbag? Can't you see them being worn with a smart fitted leaf green suit and shoes? Think 1950's again. That fabric! I'd love that fabric for drapery too!

(I'm very, very tempted to go back and get this set!)

Hand tooled leather bags galore! Isn't the bag with a leaping deer adorable?
Somebody tell me what one should wear with that tooled deer bag!
Yes...cats certainly do have fantastic timeless wear. No wonder we humans want to borrow their look from time to time. I was this very coat made me pull over and finally visit the shop. I think the coat is too small for me...I'm not sure...and I'm afraid I would buy it if it would fit!

I took quite a few pictures inside the shop...and only at the end of my visit was I informed that taking pictures was not permitted. bad...

Pretend you didn't see any of these pictures, OK??? OK!


Vicki said...

Pictures? What pictures? (snicker)

What a great little shop...just not very customer friendly, are they? No playing in the hats? No photography? Sheesh!

Personally, I liked the hat on your head!

Sara said...

I see nothing....but it sure did look wonderful! Lovely sparkly things and vintage styles. Fun to look at and play around with.

Kate said...

Oh what fun! I love vintage clothing shops - and especially those with hats to "play" with. So glad you managed to sneak in the pix. K Q:-)

running wildly said...

Your bad.......hee hee.
That hat and matching bag, I don't really know what to think of that other than it's a very feminine form of camouflage. The fur jacket is fabulous though! I could see you all decked out in it with red heels and red hat. Purrrrrrr.

Islandsparrow said...

what are the owners of this shoppe thinking? No playing with the hats?? No pictures??

I'm glad you're bad :)

Lovella ♥ said...

Jill .. I wish you would have taken a few pictures in the store. . I would have loved to have seen some of their wares. I wont' bother going. . oh . .if only I had something to tempt me with.

This is on my to do list when I come to visit. .okay?