What's Your Red Carpet Style?!

With the holiday season winding down, it only means one thing: red carpet style is revving up! At The Way We Wore, this is definitely our favorite time of year! It’s when we all gather around the fashion websites and salivate over our favorite red carpet looks for three months straight! The challenge is always deciding who does it best? We’re inundated with so many beautiful women in stunning gowns that it’s impossible to choose.

With this weekend's Golden Globes ceremony kicking off award's season, we’ve put together some of our favorite red carpet style looks. Read on for inspiration (and some instant gratification--this story is totally shoppable!).

Old Hollywood Glamour

This one is a no-brainer! Give us a jaw-dropping beauty (ahem, Angelina Jolie), a slinky 1930s bias cut gown, throw in a rhinestone clutch, and bam! Hollywood bombshell. For this look, we also think of super babe Scarlett Johansson who always rocks a glamorous red carpet moment, and Marion Cotillard, consistently exuding the sweet sexiness of silent film-era starlets like Clara Bow and Marion Davies.

 1. 1930s Blue Floral Lamé Evening Gown with Peplum Jacket

2. 1940s Coro Clear Stone Bracelet

3. Multicolor Rhinestone Clutch

4. Joseff of Hollywood Brass Rhinestone Bib Necklace

5. 1950s Copper Satin Evening Gown

6. 1960s Tiered Wool Gown with Fur Trim

7. Rhinestone Collar Necklace

8. Alexander McQueen Emerald Green Chiffon Gown with Belt

9. Josef Canary Yellow Beaded Clutch with Hobé Hardware

10. 1960s Multicolor Rhinestone Necklace

Modern Classic Beauty

Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson: these women have mastered the art of modern red carpet style and glamour. Clean, simple silhouettes, muted palettes, and elegant embellishment are the hallmarks of their stunning red carpet looks.

 1. Lifetime Versace Navy Wet Look Evening Gown

2. Judith Leiber Rose and Butterfly Rhinestone Purse

3. De Lillo Lucite Cocktail Ring

4. Chado Ralph Rucci Ombré Pink Chiffon Gown

5. Pierre Cardin Couture Cocoon Gown

6. Caovilla Rhinestone Butterfly Mules

7. Barrera Hammered Silver Tone Cuff Bracelet

Young Hollywood Starlet

We’ve had our eye on young starlets who walk the red carpet like fashion veterans, dressing with vibrant, energetic elegance. Jennifer Lawrence, who’s been rocking Dior like nobody’s business, shows that gowns and statement jewelry can be effortless and chic. We love Dakota Johnson’s balance of sexiness and classic glamour. And, ever since Alicia Vikander came on the scene, we’re always in eager anticipation of what rad, bohemian look she’ll deliver!

1. Adolfo Polka Dot Strapless Gown 

2. Judith Leiber Brushed Gold Evening Bag

3. Donna Karan Black Jersey Gown with Gold Collar

4. Callaghan Purple Jersey Gown with Lucite Halter Neck

5. Kenneth Jay Lane Blue & Purple Rhinestone Chandelier Earrings

6. Kenneth Jay Lane Purple Rhinestone Drop Earrings

7. Nina Ricci Blue & Silver Netted Slingbacks

Edgy and Daring

Tilda Swinton. Need we say more?! Year after year, Tilda fulfills our craving for exciting, original, and daring red carpet looks. Often fusing fashion with architecture, her style brings an element of originality and energy to the red carpet without too much fuss. Rooney Mara is another star who’s red carpet style is original, a little moody, but always outstanding.

 1. Yohji Yamamoto Diamond Grid Gown

2. Galanos Magenta Snakeskin Belt with Rhinestone Buckle

3. Trigere Silver Midcentury Collar

4. Cavalli Sheer Black & Gold Cascading Tulle Gown

5. Jacqueline de Ribes Tangerine Architectural Gown

6. Alex + Lee Mixed Media Braided Necklace

7. De Lillo Marbleized Amber Collar

8. Gucci Feather Beaded Earrings

The Fashion Muse

Oh, to be a fly on the wall when Julianne Moore and Tom Ford, Michelle Williams and Nicolas Ghesquière, and Sarah Jessica Parker and, well any designer ever, get together! The designer-muse relationship has always been an exciting evolution to watch (think of Yves Saint Laurent and Loulou de la Falaise, Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn), and that still holds up today. Sarah Jessica Parker’s Oscar De La Renta gown at the Met Gala in 2014 was the ultimate homage to the designer-muse relationship, and there’s no doubt we’d love to see more of that red carpet style during this awards season!

1. Christian Dior Haute Couture Lesage Embroidered Gown

2. Coppola e Toppo Attributed Collar Necklace

3. Norell Gold Sequined Mermaid Gown

4. Versace Black Satin Evening Gown

5. Gucci Beaded Snakeskin Motif Evening Purse

6. Chanel Gripoix Necklace

7. 1980s Enamel and Rhinestone Tiger Set

What’s your favorite red carpet style?! Leave a comment and tell us what you would wear or what you'd like to see more of. We are here to make your fantasy a reality: shop online at thewaywewore.com as well as our storefront on 1stDibs.com to find the killer red carpet looks you’re dreaming of!

Kiki's Paris - Shades of Yesterday's French Fashion Still Relevant Today

In all the years I’ve been buying, selling and collecting vintage, fashion styles have come and gone, but I’ve always been drawn to French fashion from the 1920s and 30s. Was it a wonderful past life during that time or perhaps a book or movie that had a deep impact on my psyche? Or was I just attracted to the incredible aesthetics and quality of clothing and accessories from that era? I wouldn’t be lying if I said I believe it’s probably a combination of all three reasons. The wonderful connecting thread is, usually, the best pieces that I come across from this era are French. Classic beaded 1920s flapper dress, robes de style, bias cut dresses, gowns and haute couture are fashion’s gifts coming from a country that also gave the world some of the best in avant-garde literature, painting, photography and theatre. All this beauty and culture coming from a place that a century ago was in the middle of a world war. I’m often asked what my favorite period is and I would say 1920s glamour and most specifically the period between 1924-1932 which captures an amazing moment in history on so many levels. Fashion in the 1920s was a time when design continued to go through a major transition and women started to dress aware of their sexuality and sensuality. Thank goodness!!

Many of the items I picked for my first post in this new "Curator's Corner" column are made with luxurious French lamé. There’s something almost ethereal about the feel and the weight of the lamés that cannot be duplicated today--even with the advancements in modern technology. I always have a visceral reaction when I’m fortunate enough to come across a well cared-for dress, cape, coat or shawl and I get drawn into the artistic spirit of the actual fabric. The next thing I focus on after the fabric is, I take time to notice the style plus any attention detail that almost all of these French fashion survivors have. These designs are still relevant today and many contemporary designers are still inspired by the silhouettes.

The Way We Wore has a pretty large selection of these nearly 100-year-old beauties, so if your heart also skips a beat with treasures like these and you want to add significant value to your personal collection, please email us for additional images of other items we currently have in stock and we’ll be happy to provide you with photos. Have fun with the way you dress!!

Happy holidays!


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Designer Spotlight: CHANEL

Presently, we can all agree that Chanel is perhaps the most universally recognized design house. Ever the businesswoman, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel knew marketing: while Paul Poiret was the first designer to sell perfume, Chanel was the first to put her name on the bottle--a genius branding maneuver.

Chanel’s success can be attributed to the fact that everything is created with utility and ease in mind: from the fabric (she was the first to implement jersey in womenswear--previously reserved for men’s underpants) to the silhouette (she was also the first to make sailor shirts, trousers, and straw boater hats common staples for women on holiday), Coco designed pieces mostly for herself. The idea of women adapting men’s clothing to their own needs was revolutionary: the reduction of excess--of floppy, adorned wide-brimmed hats, of underpinnings and hoop skirts, and of buttoned-to-the-neck collars--was at once freeing and exhilarating.

Chanel’s background and experience--as reflected in her designs--ushered in a new era of European femininity that ultimately trickled down into everyday womenswear. Coco fundamentally shifted the status quo and inspired decades of style.

Apart from the interlocking Cs, Chanel was known for such staples as The Little Black Dress. In 1954, Vogue likened the highly copied LBD to the mass-produced automobile, “...declaring that its quality was assured by its brand name, just as the Ford name guaranteed the quality of the company’s cars: ‘Here is the Ford signed Chanel’”. Since Karl Lagerfeld revived the house in 1983, more than ever, women the world over proudly display the Chanel logo, an indication of taste and distinction.  

Lagerfeld honors Coco’s essence by incorporating iconic elements such as the bouclé suit, boater hat, quilted purse, and Parisienne stripes, but always with a modern spin. In doing so, the Chanel woman, who from the very start in the 1920s was viewed as progressive without compromising style, effortlessly evolves with time.


With that said, wouldn’t you like a little more Chanel in your life? Apart from the obvious, there are a few things that make Chanel an enticing investment:

  1. It’s Chanel.
  2. Vintage Chanel maintains and even accrues value, depending on how collectible the item is.
  3. Chanel pieces are lifetime pieces. That classic black quilted flap bag? You’ll have it forever. And your daughter will love it.
  4. It’s Chanel.

We’ve put together a fab collection of Chanel bouclé jackets, iconic accessories, and of course, quilted bags. Shop the collection now!

1. Vintage CHANEL Black Leather Quilted Bucket Bag - $1850

2. Vintage CHANEL Goldtone Brooch - $1400

3. Vintage CHANEL 90s Cork Sandals - $450

4. Vintage CHANEL Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings - $750

5. Vintage CHANEL Red, White & Blue Bouclé Jacket - $1950

6. Vintage CHANEL Lapis Lazuli Brooch - $1400

7. Vintage CHANEL Black Quilted Shoulder Bag - $1400

8. Vintage CHANEL Gold Hearts Quilted Belt - $1200



Charles-Roux, Edmonde. Chanel and Her World. Reprint ed. Vendome, 1979. 256. Print.

Koda, Harold, and Andrew Bolton. Chanel (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications). 1st ed. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. 216. Print.

Decade Spotlight: Fashion In The 1990s

At the end of the 1980s, Geoffrey Beene predicted the future of fashion in anticipation of the millennium:

“There will be a backlash against overdressing and ostentation. Economic conditions will change things, clothes will have to work for life.”

Whoever hedged their bets in favor of Beene’s prediction enjoyed a victory in the 90s. The decade was a turning point for the world of fashion; not only in silhouette and style, but in how fashion was presented and consumed.

The 1980s was marked by status, celebrity, and opulence. Designers such as Romeo Gigli, John Galliano, and Christian Lacroix celebrated the romantic aspect of high fashion. Height, decoration, and volume were crucial, and the women who wore this clothing demanded notice.

Another school of thought came out of the 1980s, one which certainly influenced the democratic style of the 90s: avant garde minimalism. Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Geoffrey Beene focused their eye on clean, architectural, simple clothing.

The 1990s ushered in a new breed of woman: gone was the big hair and big shoulder pads. It was about the working woman who didn’t have to trade style for function. Furthermore, the 90s welcomed sexiness. Slip dresses, usually reserved for the home, became a ready-to-wear staple, styled with anything from strappy pumps to suede boots. Calvin Klein said,

“The eighties were a very conservative period, sexually and in so many ways. There’s a restructuring of priorities. It’s less about flash and more about people in the streets, the environment. People are becoming more real.”

Out of Belgium came Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, and many more who were known as the “new brand of fashion intelligentsia.” These designers established solid footing in the 1990s, showing that the fashion industry was forward-thinking and modern.

The 90s also demonstrated that honoring decades past could be modern: in a nod to the 1960s, flares, platform boots, and Pucci-print psychedelic leggings were seen everywhere.

Additionally, designers became more aware of the consumer and expanded their reach. A focus on branding brought logo-based accessories that more people could afford, so that owning designer pieces was a reality to a greater amount of women and men. Tom Ford was a sensation at Gucci, rebranding the house as an icon of the chic, modern woman. Ford reinvigorated classic Gucci styles with a 1990s flair and made the house the most successful it had ever been. Karl Lagerfeld had been rejuvenating Chanel since he took over in 1983, and in the 90s, the interlocking Cs became one of the most recognized--and coveted--logos in the fashion world.

The 1990s also brought about theatrics during fashion shows, most notably from Alexander McQueen. Fashion served the public more than clothing; it was cultural and bound the real world to what was being paraded down the runway.


We’ve created our own ode to the decade, with a shoppable selection of fabulous 1990s pieces. From psychedelic leggings by People of the Labyrinths to a Gucci monogram pencil skirt, there’s a little bit of the 90s for everyone!





Watson, Linda. 20th Century Fashion: 100 Years of Style by Decade and Designer : In Association with Vogue. 2nd ed. Buffalo, N.Y.: Firefly, 2004. Print.

Costume Design Spotlight: Lou Eyrich & American Horror Story

One of the great thrills of the day-to-day excitement in The Way We Wore is the opportunity to work with award-winning costume designers. Emmy Award-winner Lou Eyrich (“Glee”, “American Horror Story”, “Scream Queens”) has become a member of our extremely talented extended family, helping to craft and mold some of television’s most memorable and beloved characters.

Lou is a woman who lives and breathes her art, and we can’t help but to get swept away with the fantasies she’s creating every time she walks through our door. From the sweet and precious characters on “Glee” to the fantastical and twisted looks on “American Horror Story”, Lou nails it every time (it’s no wonder--just check out her own red carpet looks!).

Wednesday marked the premiere of the highly anticipated 5th season of AHS: Hotel, starring another TWWW fav, Lady Gaga. We’re all in agreement that Lady Gaga’s chameleon sensibility is the perfect fit for AHS’ fantasy-spinning tales, so we’ve been super eager to see how Lou would build Gaga’s look as the enchanting Countess.

Not surprisingly, Doris provided an amazing selection of outrageous gowns, jewelry, and accessories to help Lou build an arsenal of sensational looks for the AHS cast, namely Lady Gaga. Entertainment Weekly gave us an exciting sneak peek of LG as the Countess, dressed in a vintage black lace Lagerfeld gown from yours truly!


With a fabulous Downtown LA deco building as the backdrop for AHS: Hotel, we had fun watching Lou build the vibe of each character: from Lady Gaga’s twist on old Hollywood glamour to Sarah Paulson’s seedy rock n’ roll looks, each cast member is distinct and unique.

Our job is to help costume designers like Lou make their vision a reality: television and film productions create an opportunity to think outside box with vintage clothing, and we always aim to deliver! When costume designers come to the boutique, the challenge is in sticking to the specific guidelines and characteristics called for by the script, while also being adaptable to changes in direction as the production goes on. Each gown or hat or piece of jewelry has its own personality and purpose, and part of the fun is watching them come to life on the screen!

Spotlight: Native American Jewelry

A common thread in the vintage community is that we’re drawn to the garments because they tell a story: the silhouette, fabric, print, and embellishments are indicative of how people lived before us. Vintage clothing tells us about the ebb and flow of culture and politics, and how people desired to express themselves.

In the same vein, much of the vintage community is drawn to Native American jewelry. The pieces are hand-crafted by Native American artists for the purpose of adornment, ceremony, display, and trade. Historically, different Native American tribes used adornment as a mode of communication; while each tribe has an individual aesthetic, they have begun to borrow motifs from one another throughout the years.

The jewelry is crafted from natural materials such as gemstones, metal, bones, teeth, hide, and so on. Zuni fetish necklaces are hand-carved with the belief that the talismans have special power. For instance, an eagle fetish represents both integrity and divinity; a turtle is the oldest symbol of Mother Earth and inspires longevity; buffalo encourage bountiful game.


The Navajo squash blossom necklace is perhaps the most sought-after piece of Native American jewelry. The most common structure features a crescent-shaped pendant made of turquoise, but the general structure of the squash blossom necklace has evolved into grander and more adorned versions. Our example of a Navajo squash blossom necklace features large, natural turquoise pendants set in cast sterling silver and has bear claw accents.


All of this, though, is just scratching the surface. There’s a wealth of information out there about the history of Native American jewelry--a topic certainly worth spending some time reading about!

Here you will find a list of Zuni fetish talismans and their symbolic meaning: http://www.zunifetishesdirect.com/about.htm

Sporty Chic

We could spend days and days poring over this season's couture collections: what's not to love?! Fortunately for us, we've been lucky enough to have some jaw-dropping couture pieces of our own in the boutique. When I was scanning our racks of gowns, I got to thinking about the fantasy inspired by all of this incredible vintage fashion. As a fairly normal L.A. girl, it's not often I get the opportunity to wear formal gowns (let alone couture), well, ever. Combined with the sporty-chic trend that's been gaining momentum over the last few seasons (Nike Air Max's with Dior, anyone?), I wanted to know more about how mainstream women's sportswear came to be.

Thank goodness for the patron saint of vintage, Doris Raymond! I expressed my interest in sportswear to her one afternoon, and lo and behold, she led me to an awesome collection from American designers such as Claire McCardell and Bonnie Cashin (most commonly known for revolutionizing Coach's handbag designs in the 1960s). Ask and you shall receive!




Born as a reaction to French couture grandeur in the 1930s (and which lasted through the 1970s), American designers shifted gears toward accessible, thoughtful, and practical outfits made of simple materials. In a way, this movement in fashion was an act of freedom for women: constricting undergarments were no longer necessary, and the notion of wrapping oneself up into intricate frocks was not as important. Women wanted clothing that was beautifully made and easy to wear; and, actually, some of the designs are so timeless that they continue to be reproduced (or reinterpreted) today. 



As I was perusing Doris' collection of sportswear (i.e, American ready-to-wear), I realized how contemporary most of the pieces look. It's proof that these designers truly had modern vision. To find out more about the evolution of sportswear in fashion, read Richard Martin's fascinating article for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:  https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/amsp/hd_amsp.htm

A Brief History of the Independence of Self Expression Through Fashion
 Don't get us wrong: the 4th of July is definitely all about pool parties, BBQs, and hanging with the family. Going through our inventory for some fun Independence Day-related pieces, though, got us thinking about the value of the freedom of self-expression through clothing, and how it has evolved over the last 50+ years.
(American Flag Dress)
Fashion is one of the most crucial elements of our culture: it's a reflection of the social climate and an indicator of economic and political conditions. More often than not, fashion is associated purely with materialistic values: the truth of the matter is that fashion is the purest forms of self-expression we have!
The 1960s and 1970s were an especially transformative era for fashion. As we're well aware, hemlines were on the rise, necklines were on the decline, and women were taking ownership of their bodies--and their identity--through clothing. 
Rudi Gernreich's "monokini" was made famous in the 1960s for blatantly flaunting a woman's breasts for the first time in mainstream fashion. While many were shocked and outraged, the designer's creation added fuel to the fire of non-conformist, progressive expression. Fashion is anti-establishment while simultaneously upholding, altering, and tweaking comfortable social mores.
The 1970s and 80s also saw the popularization of political and patriotic clothing. Polyester novelty prints featuring peace signs, convention signage, and faces of politicians themselves became an effective way to show one's support of--or opposition to--a cause.
One of our favorite pieces of political memorabilia is the 1970s "Jane Fonda for President" t-shirt. The actress' controversial protest against the Vietnam War resonated across the globe during a volatile time in history and is still fodder for debate today (and, it simply made for a great t-shirt!).
Finally, classic Americana fashion has been one of the most steadfast and consistent elements of our sartorial landscape. Cowboys are perhaps the most identifiable American cultural icon, and their clothing is often the most inherently patriotic: for example, red, white, and blue suede jackets! To boot, Americana motifs have made an impression on the world of mainstream fashion with the likes of Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Tory Burch upholding and reinventing American style every season. 
~Swimsuit Season~
It's officially summer and it sure feels like it here in Los Angeles! We hope everyone is getting to enjoy some healthy sun and maybe even make it to the beach or poolside? In the midst of  bathing suit season we can't help but reflect on the ever transitioning history of the modern swimsuit over time. Our collection is a strong representation of so many cute styles from the last century with a wide range of unique of prints, fabrics and cuts; here are just a few! 
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