4/1/18

AtoZ Challenge...Apparel Acessories for Easter

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Easter apparel has certainly changed over the years...I should say over the decades.  For now, let's go with the last Century and take a trip back to the 20th...not so long ago...Century's 50's and 60's.

I remember it well.  Easter Sunday was a day for wearing a whole new outfit from head to toe.  I almost always made the dress.  Shopping for the accessories...now that was the best part of getting ready for Easter.

Here's my 'OverDoSue' Collection of Vintage Easter Apparel Acessories.

Gloves, handbags and shoes were selected to match the dress, and having the versatility of mixing and matching for future Sunday Best Dresses.  The jeweled handbag pictured with the black gloves is an Enid Collins, and if you owned one you were not only in style, but the owner of a future collectible.

Collins of Texas opened in 1959 in Medina, Texas.  Enid Collins, owner and designer, made two types of bags, wooden box purses and canvas style bucket style bags.  Each purse was hand decorated with paint, sequins and rhinestones in themed designs.  Never intended to be fad creations, Enid finished all of her handbags with leather trim, mirrors, brass findings and fasteners. 

Like all collectibles, Collins bags in excellent condition are most desired.  Having a 'Signature' is also important.  Early box bags are fully signed under the Enid Collins name, and are often dated by year.  Canvas bags frequently have their themed names written on them and often are signed "ec or "c" which represent the years in which Enid Collins owned the company.  Capital "C" or "Collins of Texas" are Tandy produced bags.  Tandy bought Collins of Texas in 1970 and the bags of their era are no less attractive, but their signatures reflect on the value and desirability of the bag.  (Enid Collins Handbags)

The choice of hat style, color and material was almost limitless.  Designers produced masses of avant-garde , but traditional styles were the norm.  The 1950s were the last real heyday for hat makers.  The casualness of the 60's and onward saw the demise of many large haberdasheries. 
 
Easter 1966
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23 comments:

  1. I certainly remember when the Easter parade in New York City was one of the events of the year. As casual as I am, I can mourn the demise of true "dressing up in style". Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Me too, Alana. Part of getting ready for Easter was shopping for fabric to make dresses, new shoes and sometimes an Easter bonnet. I still dress up for Easter Sunday Church, and although many can dress up pants, I still do dresses or skirts. Happy Easter!

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  2. My mum always wore a hat and gloves to church - fortunately the traditions had changed by the time I was an adult. Mind you, that last picture makes me nostalgic for the days when we made more of an effort to dress up.

    Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    A for Avoid Negativity

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    1. Yes, that 1966 Easter picture makes me nostalgic, too. I miss that hat, gloves and bag. Most of all it's a special reminder of our second year of marriage and Easter 50+ years ago. I still dress up for Easter...without the hat and gloves...mostly.

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  3. Those lace peep-toes are lovely, but I bet they could get pretty gross tip-toeing through the grass on a dewy morning. I always had matching hat, shoes, purse - that was the best part of Easter right after a peanut butter egg.

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    1. Oh no...it has to be the Chocolate Bunny and hard boiled eggs. Those peep shoes and heels...no way today...they make my feet hurt just looking at them. Happy Easter, Wendy!

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  4. Hi Sue - love the range you've offered us ... Sunday was for sunday best ... I think I was probably almost out of it ... and was fairly relaxed fairly quickly ... but it's great to remember - cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, Hilary, Sunday was for Sunday best. I heard that a lot from my Mom. Now days, I get relaxed after any day of being dressed up...very quickly.

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  5. Growing up in the 50's, I well remember wearing gloves and socks with my Mary Jane black patent leather shoes. As a teenager, the hat was added.

    Donna B. McNicol|Author and Traveler
    A to Z Flash Fiction Stories|A to Z of Goldendoodles

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    1. We are from the same era. Great memories. I had Saddle Oxfords instead of Mary Jane's...they worked with Sunday Best and lasted longer than Mary Jane's. My Mom explained the oxfords were okay for Sunday...nobody was looking at your feet if you had on your Easter Bonnet.

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  6. What a fun 'A' post for A to Z. I look forward to seeing what you share with us during the rest of the month.
    www.vintagedazecolumn.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks Trisha. It was fun putting it together for this Easter Sunday and first AtoZ Letter A post.

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  7. Such nostalgia. In the ‘50s my mother and I would catch the train to the city wearing our white gloves and I would go to church each Sunday in hat and gloves and home made dresses. Times have changed but I do still like to wear dresses in the summer when I go out.

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    1. Oh, how fun that would have been to catch the train all dressed up in Easter finery. Great memory...thanks for sharing. Yes, times have changed, and I too, like to wear dresses in the summer...cooler than pants. I'm trying to reply to your blog...will look on the Master List. If you come back to read this...please leave me a link to your blog.

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  8. I noticed this morning that many women wore jeans and t-shirts to church. I did wear a dress, but needed leggings as it was just too cold. I always loved getting a new pair of white gloves and a lovely new hat to wear on Easter. Today's little ladies just don't know what they are missing...

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    1. Leggings are a staple for dresses when it's cold. For me they don't show all that much as I wear long skirts/dresses. T-shirt and jeans...maybe it was their Sunday/Easter Best.

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  9. happy A to Z. Good start. Oh, I remember dressing up in my easter finery and mary jane shoes as a kid. And then it was ruined with the winter coat and galoshes - big sigh in PA for Easter day.

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    1. Winter coat and galoshes...saving grace for Mary Janes and Easter finery...for another Sunday.

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  10. Lovely collection of hat and shoes, Sue. I remember dressing up as a girl with a new hat for Easter but as I got older the habit died, both because I couldn't afford it and because I stopped going to church. We used to dress up to go into San Francisco on occasion as well. Thanks for the memories!

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    1. Even for those of us who make our Easter dresses, the cost has gone up with patterns, fabric and notions keeping up with times. Thank goodness for my zipper stash, although I don't make many clothes anymore. Zippers go in bags and patterns are for aprons. Thanks for visiting.

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  11. What a wonderful way to start the challenge. We dressed from head to toe in Easter formal finery. I continued the tradition with the kids dressing up for their Easter egg hunts.

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  12. Anonymous4/10/2018

    I was about to say I've never dressed up for Easter, because we didn't go to church - but there was a brief period where we did - and I believe I did dress up. This was the 80's, though, so it meant a pretty dress and new shoes.

    I'm really not the dressing up kind, but this was a fun read. Since my theme is far more serious, this was a refreshing visit (even though I'm very late).

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  13. I was a child of the late sixties and while the adults didn't wear hats I remember having bonnets as a child for Easter and other special occasions. Oh and the white patent leather mary janes with the lace topped socks.. I can't say that I miss them.

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