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Swallows and Stars! Archived Swimwear

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Swallows and Stars! Archived Swimwear

2 of the BEST 1930s swimsuits (bathing suits?) I've ever had, let alone seen at all. The blue with embroidered swallows, the brown with embroidered stars! And trimmed in silk satin with almost completely open backs, satin ribbon straps criss-crossing in back with bow at low back. Sold in 2008.    Shop more 1930s glam wear on the website!

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The Brooch is BACK!

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All the fashion mags and website are saying it.....the brooch is BACK! In hair-do's, on jackets, blouses, sweaters. Big and sparkly, statement colors, figurals. What better way to get the look than with vintage? Check out our brooch collection here!  

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The Toast of Fall!

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Fall for the toasted tints of the season! Warm cocoa, mahogany, sienna, russet and sable. See the collection here and get ready for the chilly temps ahead! 

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Help Save Dorothea's Closet's Brick and Mortar Boutique!

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 I'm Angela, the owner of Dorothea's Closet Vintage boutique in Des Moines, IA (as well as the website). I've been selling vintage clothing for 13 years, and have had my local boutique since 2007. Owning my own shop and being able to preserve and recycle the lovely things people have saved for decades...to give them new opportunities to make memories with new owners...has meant the world to me. Through a series of slow winter months, a family illness and lay-off and a rent hike, I've gotten a little behind on rent (keeping power on through the winter and food on the...

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Meet Katie, This Week's guest Curator!

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This is the second week of featured guest curators at Dorothea's Closet! Meet Katie McClenaghan. Her taste runs to the bright, bold and daring. She's selected some gorgeous summery pieces for your vintage wardrobe. See Katie's picks! 

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