Swing Dance Clothes

as i have said before, i dont really dance anymore, but i did go to a dance tonight.
i was sporting the best shirt. ever.
Cinderella - Long Cold Winter Tour 88-89
its so awesome. its that niiiice 80s buttrock thin cotton.
thats what swing dancing is all about.
 

pygmalion

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Woa! I found a couple websites with vintage-look clothes and shoes. Has anybody tried them? Re-mix Vintage Shoes for 1940's wedgies, and 50's flats, and cool wingtips for men. And Zoots by Suavecito for zoot suits. Anybody? These clothes look cool! Oh yeah, and no Bleyers are involved. :lol: :lol:
 

Vince A

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pygmalion said:
Woa! I found a couple websites with vintage-look clothes and shoes. Has anybody tried them? Re-mix Vintage Shoes for 1940's wedgies, and 50's flats, and cool wingtips for men. And Zoots by Suavecito for zoot suits. Anybody? These clothes look cool! Oh yeah, and no Bleyers are involved. :lol: :lol:
Hiya Jenn,
In all of your travels on Google, have you run across any sites that have men's shirts, like the swing dancers wear . . . short sleeve, mainly black, where the whole front sections are a pattern or something like that? Kinda like the one in my "photo album" pictures, the one with Carolyn and SDsalsaguy.

I'm looking for some with musical instruments or cars themes too!

If you happen to see any . . . let me know???
 

pygmalion

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Vince A said:
pygmalion said:
Woa! I found a couple websites with vintage-look clothes and shoes. Has anybody tried them? Re-mix Vintage Shoes for 1940's wedgies, and 50's flats, and cool wingtips for men. And Zoots by Suavecito for zoot suits. Anybody? These clothes look cool! Oh yeah, and no Bleyers are involved. :lol: :lol:
Hiya Jenn,
In all of your travels on Google, have you run across any sites that have men's shirts, like the swing dancers wear . . . short sleeve, mainly black, where the whole front sections are a pattern or something like that? Kinda like the one in my "photo album" pictures, the one with Carolyn and SDsalsaguy.

I'm looking for some with musical instruments or cars themes too!

If you happen to see any . . . let me know???
Sorry I missed this before, Vince. Sure. I'll keep my eye open.
 
I have some sites on my list but I often find that going out around town in our own jackyard can be an advantage. Jenn there is are 2 vintage shops in 5 points which is located on the riverside of jacksonville. One of them has bee naround for a couple of years and it is a cool little retro shop. The other one is eith right next door or liek 2 doors dow ncalled Violet and it has alot of vintage skirts, shirts, jackets, scarves, hats and i stay i nthere for a while just chattign to the lady about the clothes, and droolign over the clothes and I htink I wil go back tommrow. lol
for shoes I like Bleyers, and converse-all stars, I have flat feet so I am particular about the shoes I get. i HAVE TO WEAR MY ACTUAL "DANCE SHOES" to get the complete slide effect. everyone has a different style too. mine is kind of "punkish." and so I rarely dress up but I do have a few things in my collection.
-amber d
amber d.
 

pygmalion

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I know what you mean, bgirlswinger. Some of my best retro clothes I've gotten from my (10 to 20 year) older sisters and my (older than that LOL) Mom.

Also, for people who sew, a few pattern companies (Vogue, Butterick, Simplicity and McCalls, I think) have retro patterns currently in print. Move quickly, though. Some of those retro patterns are already being discontinued.
 
Actually, most of those have already been discountinued. I think Vogue is the only line still carrying vintage patterns. There are several companies that sell actual vintage patterns on the internet.
Also, there are lots of patterns you can easily modify to look vintage, and some patterns, though not "vintage" have that retro look anyway.

As far as nice shirts for men go, sewing your own is always a good inexpensive option, but also check out www.daddyos.com for some nice (but not all of them are!) shirts.
 

pygmalion

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LindyKeya said:
Actually, most of those have already been discountinued. I think Vogue is the only line still carrying vintage patterns. There are several companies that sell actual vintage patterns on the internet.
Also, there are lots of patterns you can easily modify to look vintage, and some patterns, though not "vintage" have that retro look anyway.
Yup. You're right about the patterns being discontinued. But guess what I found out? (via google, of course :lol: ) Butterick, Vogue, and Simplicity all carry a stock of discontinued patterns. I googled on discotinued Vogue patterns and got contact info. Just contact the company, and you can get one of those old vintage style patterns. Cool.

And as for actual vintage patterns -- I bet they are more authentic. But, from a seamstress's point of view, a lot less user friendly. Dress sizing has changed since the 40's/50's, seam allowances have been added, and a bunch of other stuff. A retro pattern is probably easier to work with, unless you're a very experienced seamstress.
 
d nice said:
Lindy Hoppers tend to be "slobs" by westie standards. Lindy Hoppers tend to be younger and the new generation of America's teens have taken "casual" to a whole new level. Baggy or loose jeans, cargos,"rave-pants", shell top addidas or other sneakers that have been chromed, baggy shirts for the guys baby tees and other close/tight tops for the girls. These tend to be what you'll see at lindy hop events.
Don't slam me, but around here, we call those "teenyboppers". ;) The "grownups" tend to dress a little differently...
 
My swing dancin' outfit:

*b&w wintip Stacy Adams w/ dance sole
*dress socks
*black slacks, baggy
*suspenders (button on) and/or thin classy belt
*T-shirt or a beater if summertime
*lounge shirt (I have a total of 15 to choose from currently) [ great examples at www.bowlingshirt.com, don't have any of those tho]
*porkpie hat

That's my usual, it's dressy (swank) yet light and keeps me cool (I get *really* hot dancing, I swing hard). Sometimes the occasion calls for something more dressy, so that's when I don my black w/ white pinstripes zoot suit (my mom made via my tailoring instructions! :p )

--Diavo
 

pygmalion

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Sounds cool, Diavo. Got any photos? You can always post in the photo album and let us see how cool you look. :wink: :D

I like your look. Cool, but just dressy enough. Excellent taste, if you ask me. :D
 
You can see a couple of pictures of me swung out at my website
www.geocities.com/CoolestIntentions >Enter>Photos>Swing and also >Photos>Magic (I'm a magician and there's a pic of my friend doing magic tricks for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy summer '03 in Baltimore)

More coming when I finally finish this roll of film on my camera, it's mostly of swing dances! =)

--Diavo
 

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