Topic: vintage

14 Adorably Retro Halloween Snapshots

14 Adorably Retro Halloween Snapshots

Halloween costumes have come a long way, baby! I was just telling our own Koa Beck about how #ballin I was as a little kid in my Small Wonder costume. Now, that same costume looks terrifying, with its black, staring, souless eyes…CREEPY. But back then I thought I was the bell of the whole damn ball. More »

Seriously, Why Are We So Obsessed With Marilyn Monroe?

Seriously, Why Are We So Obsessed With Marilyn Monroe?

Love, Marilyn, a one-hour special on HBO about Marilyn Monroe airs tonight, and at the risk of seeming being insensitive, why are we still so obsessed with her? Sure, she was beautiful and talented and damaged and tragic, but a lot of people are those things, and we let their memories slowly fade over the years. She was mesmerizing in a lot of ways and for a lot of reasons, but I don’t think any of those reasons quite explain the cultural fixation; at least not in a way that’s satisfying to me. More »

Retro Romance: What Dating Was Like In The 1970s

Retro Romance: What Dating Was Like In The 1970s

“I am woman, hear me roar,” sang Helen Reddy in 1972. And boy were we roaring. The decade marked the decline of the Vietnam War, and with it the radical hippie culture that permeated the 1960s.
Tom Wolfe deemed it “the me decade” for a reason, but it may have been called the Ms. marathon instead. The magazine and the passing of Roe v. Wade — both in 1972 — was a turning point for the modern woman. Gloria Steinem, arguably the women’s movement loudest activist, was quoted as saying “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” Here’s what dating was like in the 1970s… More »

What The Gloss Staff Wore To Our Proms

What The Gloss Staff Wore To Our Proms

Though I’m sure you imagine us as robots automatically generating content each day, similar to the rest of the Internet, The Gloss is actually made up of people. Multiple people, in fact, like a big ol’ cheerleading pyramid of glossy goodness. Actually, that sounds sticky and gross, so maybe just a bunch of women in their twenties and thirties writing on the Internet, some of whom went to prom. More »

Retro Romance: What Dating Was Like In The 1940s

Retro Romance: What Dating Was Like In The 1940s

Looking back, it feels like the 1940’s were divided into two different eras: one when women were desperate for the men to come home from the war, and one the men who finally came home.

The depression was finally over! But from 1939 to 1945, rationing was in and guys were out (of the country). Eligible men were shipped off to war, and women were left to either run the household, or live in their parents’ home praying that her boyfriend returned home safely. If and when they ever came back, there weren’t enough single men to go around! All’s fair in love and war, girls. Here’s what dating was like in the 40s…

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