Summer Textile Necessities

With the warmer months approaching it is important to have the right wardrobe to keep yourself feeling cool, calm and collected. We all know how hot Chicago’s summer can get so this year, be smart about your purchases and grab the fabrics that will keep you the coolest. Lighter fabrics with the most absorbency and breathability are necessary for 90 degree weather that is soon to come. There are a few classics that are summer must haves in everyone’s closet. Gingham, Seersucker, and Linen are all light, airy, fabrics sure to keep you looking and feeling cool all summer.

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Seersucker is a lightweight cotton fabric that is ribbed and gathered/puckered. It is a slack-tension fabric, which means some of the yarns are held at slack or looser compared to the warp yarns. This creates the puckers and determines it’s weight, it is a great summer fabric. The puckers allow the fabric to hover above the skin creating more air circulation to keep one cool. The crinkled surface texture of the fabric allows it to never need ironing and is great for a summer suit, dress, blouses and pants.

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Gingham is a classic cotton with a checkered pattern, usually white and one other color. It varies from medium to lightweight providing the wearer with cool, breathability. There is no right or wrong side of the fabric because the fibers were woven together creating the same pattern on the back as the front. The size of checks range from very small to very large and it is a pattern that is considered to provide a youthful relaxed feel. It is a plain weave that is associated with American countryside and is normally made into aprons, picnic blankets, tablecloths and more recently, men’s shirting.



Linen is one of the oldest textiles in the world dating back to about 5000 B.C. It has a more apparent luster than cotton feels cool to the touch. Linen is made from the flax plant and is strong with little elasticity so it wrinkles extremely easily. As time goes on, linen becomes whiter rather than discolored. It is exceptionally absorbent but also has the qualities to dry very quickly because of this trait, it has the ability to keep one warm in the cool weather and cool in the hot weather. Linen is a sustainable fabric in which it is a product that does not leave any waste and has very little impact on our environment.

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8 Inspiring 1960’s Trends To Revitalize Your Spring Wardrobe

1. Funky Framed Sunglasses; Take a walk on the wild side and sport a pair of funky frames this season.





2. The Shift Dress; These dresses make getting dressed easy, just slip it on and add a few accessories and you are ready to go.





3. Neutral Lip Tones




4. Color Blocked Garments; These bold pieces truly speak for themselves. The vibrant colors are amazing especially with a pair of decorative tights.




5. The Mini Skirt; Is there anything more freeing than exposing your legs to the sunshine after a long, cold winter? Didn’t think so. Let those legs breathe and show them off with a classic mini skirt.




6. Twiggy Inspired Makeup; Twiggy’s makeup was truly original. Add some spice to your daily makeup and try one of Twiggy’s techniques.




7. Pant Suits; I don’t think I have to say too much about these amazing printed suits.




8. Bold/Novelty Prints; Let the print speak for itself. Novelty prints are really one of a kind and these loud colors are sure to brighten up any spring day.



krispyfringe Vintage Staff Favorites: Dawn’s Picks



1. 70s Novelty Print Shirt

Novelty prints are the best. I love having something that feels completely unique and one of a kind. This one’s for the decadent confident disco guy.


2. Floral Tooled Leather Wallet


3. Psychedelic Top

I like to think a lot of button-down tops are unisex (unless they have darting), so anyone could rock this psychedelic shirt. Twice the fun! It’s such an amazing print, too, a whole lot going on with two simple colors.


4. Owl Necklace

More owls! This necklace is the bees knees. The owl is jointed a few times, so it dangles pretty freely. He’s a small and dainty statement piece. I’ve only seen a few of this type before– pretty sure Avon was cranking these out in the 70s though.


5. Floral Coffee Pump Pot

This far-out coffee pot makes me think of breakfast in the summer, which is probably why I picked it. Chicago winter is finally at an end, so fantasies about sunny outdoor coffee drinking abound, naturally.


6. 70’s Jersey Maxi Dress


7. Owl Cookie Jar

I’m a sucker for owls, especially in housewares from the 60s and 70s! This owl cookie jar is super unique. I’ve never seen another one like it. Such a groovy bird!


8. Lace Victorian Blouse

This fantasy of a blouse is so similar to a Gunne Sax design. It makes me think of forests in the spring.


9. White Fringe Ankle Boots

These make me think of Sloane from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off every time I see them. They’re unreal! Fringe is always in (in my opinion, and always in my closet)!


10. Chunky Bangles

Now that spring’s on the horizon, I’ve been pulling the chunky bracelets out of the back of my jewelry box. I probably wear bangles every day in the warmer months. It’s so easy to brighten up your mood/outfit with a couple of sweet clankin’ bracelets.


11, Mushroom Curtains

Pinch me! I love mushroom motifs. Like owls, they are super 60s/70s, and one of my favorite things. These curtains are extra special because they have little deer all over them too!

Krispyfringe joins Bitter Betty Bazaar

We are so incredibly excited to announce that we will be involved in The Bitter Betty Bazaar in a few weeks four our first time ever! The pop up shop will be held Sunday March 22nd from 12-6PM. We will be enjoying the wonderful afternoon alongside Tarnish, Ad Hoc, and Study Hall. It is a spring blowout sale and we will be bringing all of our best goods from the store so you definitely won’t want to miss this! 

krispyfringe Vintage Staff Favorites: Margot’s Picks

Margot has a strong interest in 1960’s/1970’s prints and striking colors.


1. 1960’s printed paisley mug

2. Printed Wool Coat: Brand: Gallery. This printed wool coat is from the 80’s and makes quite the statement. The loud colors paired with a classic toggle closure give it a truly unique look.

3. Elephant Tea Pot

4. Natural Gemstone Necklace

5. Sequined Cuff Cocktail Dress Brand: Aj Bari for Lord and Taylor. This dress is perfect. The simple, timelessness or a little black dress with a splash of bold colors and texture.

6. Patchwork Maxi Skirt Brand: San Francisco Skirt Works. This amazing patchwork skirt is from San Francisco in 1971. Can you imagine the adventures this garment has had? Printed velvet?! Yes, please.

7. Small Doe Bud Vase

8. Purple Paisley Maxi Skirt This skirt seems to be handmade which is always a plus. The colors are amazing and the fit is even better. The quilted material is essential for Chicago winters.

9. Paisley Maxi Dress If you can’t tell by now, I love paisley. Once again, these colors are killer. The bold print on the skirt is well balanced by the solid bodice. The smocked empire cut highlight the waist perfectly.

10. Yellow Mandala Bowl

11. Candy Striped Neck Tie

Brand: Beau Brummell, Mr. Wonderful