vintage-inspired classics with a modern edge

inspiration for our new arrivals

posted on July 26, 2015

Like many of us, I'm always looking through old photographs for inspiration. I am hopelessly obsessed with actual vintage photos: the feel and smell of them, the history manifest in the curled paper, cracks in the image, or--if I'm especially lucky--the writing on the back. My favorites are always photographs of women playing instruments. I have tons of them. This photo is currently on our fridge:


But I'm also deeply inspired by the everyday style the women in old photographs can exhibit. This everyday-ness is a key element in what I hope to do here at bitter root. I want pieces that are sophisticated yet accessible, dressy without being stuffy, elegant for both work day and date night. Perhaps I'm just being "dreamy eyed" when I look at old photos and see this in the women, but why shouldn't I? It's also my dream for bitter root.

And while the images below are not "everyday" women of the sort I was just describing, these celebrity images help show some of my current interests and passions regarding everyday elegance. Furthermore, they helped to shape many of the selections I've been making these last couple of weeks. You should be able to see the double indemnity dress in this photo of Audrey Hepburn, the conversation starter or black narcissus dresses in Elizabeth Taylor's outfit, the many houndstooth pieces in the always amazing elegance of Lauren Bacall, or the simplicity of separates of Anna Karina in any of Godard's films.

I could go on, both about the new collection and these amazing women and most definitely about my love of old photographs...





  • Carole Blalock : November 30, 2015

    I feel so fortunate to have found a BitterRoot. I was planning to go to my 50th (yes 50th!) High school reunion and had seen some of the dresses on bitterroot’s website. They were all just beautiful. I couldn’t decide. So because of the great pricing, I ordered four dresses and loved each one of them. I actually had to have my sister help me make the decision on which to wear. At the reunion I got many compliments and my husband told me that I was the best dressed one there! I felt great… I have since ordered another dress. I have not had a chance to wear it yet but I am planning to do so on New Year’s Eve. Carole at Bitterroot does a beautiful presentation of packaging and includes a personal note along with your items. And with my last purchase she also included two beautiful gifts. I have not had a chance to thank her and I would like to do so now. I have been an online shopper for many years and I can honestly say my experience with Bitterroot has been the best.
    I wish more websites and online shopping sites would give the personal attention to their clients that Carole does. Thank you so much.

  • Corinne : August 07, 2015

    Katharine Hepburn, the woman who literally made wearing pants acceptable for women; look at us now! She had a rebellious side that didn’t just extend to clothes but there are stories of her going swimming in the fountain of her university, Bryn Mawr, and living with men but never marrying them. This is why she will always be my favorite Hepburn. I was inspired by her yesterday and wore some overly large suit pants with a button down that had no sleeves. My, it was yar.

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