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  • Want To Have a Killer Autumn And Winter Wardrobe?

    Autumn and winter are coming, and knowing how to wrap up but still stay looking fresh will be the key to your fashion happiness.

    Weather wise it does seem that the seasons are all over the place. The term Indian summer has really come into play in the last few years with the temperatures staying surprisingly warm through the autumn months. Even though this may be the case, we’ve still got to keep on trend with the latest autumn and winter must haves. This is because despite the weather, we can never be too prepared for a sudden burst of cold and when it does  eventually come, which it will, we’ll want to look as fleek as possible. This is why when it comes to winter and autumn wardrobes; we’ve brought you some of the best styles out there, whether it’s inspired by 1950’s style dresses or the most innovative items in the fashion world. So what intrinsic correlation between progressive designers and consumer instincts can we find during the next few months?

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    Suits are in

    One of the best things about autumn and winter is that it gives you a justification for wearing a suit all season long. The cold weather is exactly the right climate for several tight layers, and the suits coming in this year are truly phenomenal. With Alexander McQueen recently showcasing their loose flowing black suit and pinstripes coming abck in, you can be sure to see many of the world’s best designers showcasing some great suits. For instance, Calvin Klein’s monochrome grey pleated suit is one not to be missed and variations of it will no doubt be seen up and down the high street as companies get ready for the winter season.

    Post-war blue

    One colour which has come up time and time again in showcases for this autumn and winter season is post-war blue. For any of those who love their 1950’s dresses and vintage accessories, look out for this sky blue colour which evokes memories of the colours which came into fashion after the war. You can find this colour on a range of shirts, dresses and other items of clothing this autumn and winter.

    Leather with a soft touch

    Not all leather has to be as hard as a biker. Woman’s fashion may see the return of soft leather in the form of gloves, boots and handbags, making it both coy and durable whilst also maintaining a relaxed and less austere touch. Leather will always be a cold weather staple, the material being sturdy in any weather condition.

    Spring dresses are still in

    Despite flowing dress season is well and truly over as autumn and winter set in, spring dresses are still back with a more layered twist. This means that you can still keep the look whilst also being able to layer up ass the cold weather sets in. It can be used on anything from trousers, gloves and shirts to handbags and other accessories.

    Functional handbags

    Handbags are back to their simple and functional ways this season. The handbag is now becoming simpler, in bold colours with simple clasps and enough space for everything you’ll need during your travels this season. There are amny great bags to choose from and they’re getting big as well it seems, giving you enough space for whatever your winter and autumn days may require.

    Boots giving your style a kick

    Boots are a must this autumn and winter. Whatever your style, whether leather or suede or further afield, the mid length boot is coming back, partly due to its durability and functionality but also because of the attitude it brings with it.

  • Top Prom Hairstyles For a Long Luscious Look

    Prom shouldn’t be a stressful time of year, but for many that is unfortunately the case. Here is what you can do about those pesky hairstyle hiccups.

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    Prom is a time when traditionally, all people try to look their best. Whether it’s a rocking suit or a beautiful vintage prom dress, everyone is dressing to impress. This runs the risk of putting extra pressure on women, the prom being a time when you can feel self-conscious and insecure. Everybody can feel competitive and this can ruin the night for many. The best way to approach the prom is just like any other party, where you can have fun with your friends and not feel pressured in any way to go out of your comfort zone. This is why having an arsenal of hairstyles you can chose from to complement your outfit and look as glamorous as you want, is vital to enjoying your prom. Finding that hair style which makes you feel unique and yourself is key here and all of the following hairstyles can be created at home and absolutely hassle free.

    Mermaid Braids

    This is one of the most expressive braids out there, giving those with long hair a lot of fun to play around with when it comes to complex braids flowing down your back. Prom need not be so formal, this voluptuous and volume heavy beauty a great example of how you can have lots of fun with your prom hair style. One of the easiest ways to achieve this thick braid is by using clip in hair extension at various heights of your hair so as to systematically braid it in with your original hair. Not everyone has the length and thickness to pull this one off, making clip-ins a great way to bring the mermaid braid to life.

    Slicked back high ponytail

    If you’re looking for a glamorous mane-like high ponytail, then this beautiful ponytail is the one for you this spring. This one may be recognisable and popular among Ariana Grande fans that may recognise this hairstyle from her many videos and public appearances. This popular hairstyle is not only one of the most iconic out at the moment but is adaptable to any situation you may find yourself in this prom, whether dancing or eating a feast. Your hair will be kept out of your eyes and you’ll no doubt look all the better for it!

    Straight and sleek

    Big this year the straight and sleek keeps your hair strong and simple. With its sophistication and style, this hair do is easy to replicate at home with a pair of hair straighteners. This means that there’s no fuss and your hair will stay as beautiful as ever from day into night with minimum attention from you. Whether you have long hair or need to use clip in hair extensions, it doesn’t matter, your hair will still have the gleam and slickness which the straight and sleek look is so well known for.

    Low romantic bun

    Prom is a time for love and celebration so there’s no better excuse to get your sexy on. The Low Romantic bun looks far more complicated than it really is and is one of the best hairstyles for low maintenance sophistication. One of the best things is that short hair isn’t an issue, you needn’t have the longest mane in the world to make this look work. Simply pancake your braid and continue doing so, even adding a unique edge by wrapping sections round the bun. This hair style will definitely stand out and will highlight your jewellery, whether earrings or necklace as it keeps your hair out of the way of your features.



  • Best Tips For Online Shopping

    As shoppers at Maggie Ann Vintage will tell you, online shopping is becoming more and more popular. Here’s how to get the best out of it.

    In this busy day and age, online shopping is becoming more and more popular for the tech savvy. This means that you can now find a lot of vintage clothing online. The problem is that shopping online and not having the physical object to go by can mean that sometimes you’ll come out empty handed or with a product which is too small. There is no need for fear, as with a little bit of intuition and flexibility, you can find a solution to any problems you have with online shopping and can learn to tricks to make these problems far less frequent.

    Always know your size

    Make sure when you begin your online shopping experience, that you have taken into account all of your measurements and the way that these are measured online. The problem with buying online is that you can never see the physical product, leading to disappointments when it comes to finally seeing it arrive. The way to combat this is to make sure that you know each and every one of your measurements, from collar to waist size so that when your product finally arrives, you’ll have exactly the right size.

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    That being said, you should keep in mind that not everything is going to be exactly the shape you want it to be. Online shopping is not one for control freaks, there’s way too much about it that you can’t control, and knowing that the shape of the dress you bought from the vintage clothing online shop may have a different take on dress sizes is going to be important when it comes to your satisfaction. Take it as it comes and be aware that you may need to be okay with a slightly looser or tighter fit is all part of the adventure. Life is built on the unknown, and experimenting with online clothes shopping can be part of this.

    Don’t be afraid of tailoring and altering your online buys

    With the adaptable and easy going approach taken into account, there’s still a chance for you to get your clothes exactly how you want them, giving you roe control over the purchase. This may take a little more time and finessing however. There are many clothes alteration services in every neighbourhood, and finding the right ones for you can be the difference between that striking new look and a shabby second hand buy. If the trouser length is too long or the blazer is too tight around your chest, you can always get them adjusted to suit your size.

    Don’t buy everything online

    There will be certain items which you simply won’t find in good quality and suiting you from solely online shopping. These include expensive jewellery and tailored clothing which you need to get fitted in person. Items you can buy online and be guaranteed the right size if you’ve looked into it include shoes, t shirts and trousers.

    Customer reviews so you know what’s for you

    Whatever the website from which you’re buying, make sure that the user reviews are good so that you know you can trust it. Many websites may be untrustworthy or sell false material. Always check ratings from online sellers, whether an independent market place on a website or from a website itself.

    Keep note of your favourite online retailers

    Once you’ve found your favourite online retailer, make sure you keep coming back to them for business. For an online business, establishing a loyal clientele will help them get better as a business.


  • Vintage Wedding Dresses To Die For

    It’s always difficult to plan a wedding let alone find the perfect dress, so inspired by the story of Madison Kantzer, we’ve rounded up some of the best vintage wedding dresses out there.

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    It’s often very difficult to plan what you’ll wear for a wedding, especially when all eyes are on you, the bride. The pressure is high and this will most likely be one of the most special days of your life so making sure that it’s perfect is high on the priorities. Finding a wedding dress can be tricky and expensive, whether you’re looking for a vintage wedding dress in London or not.

    Madison Kantzer’s story

    Madison Kantzer from Maryland’s story began when her own mother was 14 years old. When at that age Madison’s grandmother died at the age of 40, leaving Madison in the future to grow up surrounded by stories about her grandmother. Most of these came from both Madison’s mother and her mother’s carers, Carl and Geraldine Simon. They would tell Madison stories in her youth about her grandmother and how progressive she was for someone of her time. But as much as her progressive attitudes and shared interest in humanity subjects, both shared an interest in fashion. This led to Madison to take her grandmothers dress for her own during her wedding reflecting the feminist attitude and rebellious nature of the grandmother she never met. This shared disgust for the patriarchy led to both stylish women wearing the same dress for life shaping moments of their lives. The Hirshleifers bought New York dress was purchased by Grandmother Adele in 1966 and was used 51 years alter by her granddaughter for her wedding day. The dress fit very well and the day was a great success, the cherry on the cake being the vintage outfit which reflected the woman Madison never met but respected so deeply.

    For many, finding a dress with so much emotional and symbolic relevance would be difficult. The best we can do is to find a throwback style which itself shows years of history, taking that history and using it on our special day. There many beautiful styles to choose from, dating back to 20’s era vintage which could make your wedding day even more special. Below are just a few of the vintage styles which brides to be will go crazy for even in 2017!

    Geometric patterns

    Art deco is the name of the game, with pearls and beading in geometric patterns. This will add various dimensions t your wedding dress whilst the throwback style will definitely be one that will turn heads when you walk down the aisle. Art deco dates back to the 1920’s and brings back memories of glittering sequins and chevron lace.

    Nude colours and Hollywood’s golden age

    Looking for a sleek and sexy throwback? Try some nude colours on your wedding dress for a subtle homage to the Hollywood golden age. Try being a starlet for your big day and show your best vintage dress of when walking down the aisle.

    Beaded wedding dresses

    Beaded wedding dresses are coming back in this year and are reminiscent again of the art deco 20’s and 30’s. Whether you’re going for the all-out glam or something more subtle, these beaded dresses are not to be missed.

    Vintage Titanic Tea dresses

    Be the Rose to your Jack and try out these embroidered sheer sleeved 20’s and 30’s style Victorian lace wedding dresses. Much like those worn on the ill-fated titanic, you can definitely find happier romance during your big day. These dresses are both alluring and classy, giving you the best of both worlds.

  • When the old meets the new: how to wear vintage in the 21st Century

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    With vintage and retro clothing from each and every ear proving more popular than ever before, there’s no exact science to getting it right – and to wearing it right. But, let’s be honest, you can get it wrong; indeed, you could throw on a number of things from yesteryear and look like you’re on your way to a costume party. So, what can you do to make sure you’re on the right path? What tips should you try to follow to look chic and cool as well as retro and old-school…?

    Accessorise at first

    Kicking things off in a simple way is probably a good idea. How to do that best? Well, nothing beats starting small – and that means supplementing a modern outfit with vintage accessories. An age-old favourite fashion practice, for sure; but one that rarely fails. For instance, minimal effort and maximum effect in this way can be achieved by throwing on a simple white t-shirt with blue jeans and a stylish, attention-grabbing belt from back in the day. Moreover, if you’re on a budget, accessories can be a handy way to get into the world of vintage/ retro fashion by not making costly mistakes – belts, brooches, bangles, necklaces, hats and scarves aren’t shouldn’t cost you the earth.

    Look to today’s trends

    Lacking the confidence to trust your instincts fully and throw together an outfit from vintage items alone or vintage mixed with modern? You can find a middle ground between going for broke and the dull safe option of just going modern by letting today’s designer and media trendsetters guide you through what’ll look hot from among vintage/ retro pieces. Sounds unlikely? Don’t doubt it; what goes around comes around in fashion – it always has done; always will do. The vast majority of designers nowadays look back for influence and inspiration in looking forward, thus you may find it easier than you expect to match current trends with pieces from yesteryear.

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    Mix it up by mixing it together

    Once you’ve mastered looking urgent and current via vintage/ retro items, you can push further by mixing and matching old garments with their latest counterparts. Thanks to recycled trends, it’s – again – relatively easy to create an outfit by throwing together high-street clothes with those picked up from an online or shop-based vintage/ retro retailer, so long as you put some thought and care into it. For instance, how about combining an Edwardian blouse with a modern miniskirt? Or one of those classic ’50s-style vintage dresses with a plain t-shirt (or even a graphic-featuring one for a little more fun flair)? Plus, you can apply your accessorising skills – covered above – here; match not just clothes together but vintage and modern necklaces, brooches and scarves with your togs. The possibilities – so long as it looks good – are endless.

    Build an outfit around a ‘statement item’

    Touching on the last point above, how about picking out a single excellent vintage item and creating an entire outfit around it; make that item the stylish, flashy statement-making centrepiece and supplement it with current ‘lesser’ pieces and modern accessories? The trick here is about finding and blending together things that don’t offset but complement one another. For example, modern accessories will doubtless work well with one of those boho-bold vintage style dresses UK so long as they’re fairly basic and understated.

    Embrace different eras

    As mentioned, clothes designers aren’t afraid to draw their inspiration from the entire history of fashion, so why shouldn’t you? Again, so long as you deploy thought and care, why not mix together items through different decades? Granted; it may take some time to get this exactly right – and it’ll probably require the sort of confidence that comes with an (ahem) vintage veteran. But there’s no reason to think you won’t get there and aren’t capable of doing it. After all, just imagine popping out for cocktails in a 1950s- or ’40s-style dress with a classic clutch or retro handbag and completing the outfit with a stylish coat from the ’60s or ’70s on top? In the land of vintage, the world can be your oyster!


  • Monroe, Dior, prom dresses and more: 1950s fashion and today’s eveningwear

    Only a fool who knew nothing of women’s fashion would claim that vintage and retro weren’t in and it’s only about the high-street – vintage and retro are absolutely in and from no decade more so than the 1950s. Not least when it comes to the more formal end of the fashion spectrum. But why? Why are women of all ages turning to that era’s looks – and why have the ’50s always been a touchstone for eveningwear to hark back to…?

    1950s style dresses

    The context

    In many ways, the ’50s were about reconstruction; the West was putting itself back together in the aftermath of the Second World War. In the UK, this meant an age of austerity – sound familiar? – but in the US, by contrast, it saw booming industrial and economic development, more cash in people’s wallets (especially the young) and a desire for colour, style and self-expression after the previous decade’s restrictive war years.

    Indeed, fashion designers became genuine household names across the planet (the likes of Christian Dior and Hubert de Givenchy); they resurrected haute couture and rebelled against the austerity-influenced styles of the 1940s by producing clothes that thoroughly celebrated femininity and the female form. For that reason alone, 1950s eveningwear – with its elegance and oh-so easy-on-the-eye appearance – has remained a constant standard against which much of the eveningwear that’s followed has been measured, as well as influencing so much of what’s come in the decades since.

    The fashion

    Specifically, 1950s dresses suitable for a night out on the town were all about figure-hugging shape at the waist and above but blossoming out with lots of fabric beneath. It’s a timeless look, all right, and understandably popular for women’s eveningwear today – for everything from formal events to school, college and university proms. Colour too was in; as bold and vivid as you like, or more delicate with vibrant floral prints. The emphasis then was on the silhouette (as so often with women’s fashion, of course), but in this decade it was firmly on celebrating the natural female hourglass figure. That said; a mini-revolution occurred with Dior turning his attention to slim-figure-favouring A-line dresses and the take-up once again of the notorious little black dress (LBD).

    The influencers

    Technically speaking, the multi-media age pre-dated World War Two, but it really kicked into gear in the 1950s, as the West recovered from that conflict’s widespread and deep destruction. Like never before then, the very biggest celebrities were fully-fledged multi-media stars; if they weren’t on the big screen, they were being interviewed on TV or being featured in several-page-long spreads in glossy, colourful, hugely popular and influential fashion magazines. Most of the time, of course, they were appearing in all three at once.

    To this end then, the female icons of the age were bigger fashion icons – and walking advertisements for the fashion industry – than ever before (and in a way we relate to greatly nowadays). Indeed, such icons are still revered today; perhaps more than anything else for how they dressed – so to say that fact didn’t inspire what became fashionable (and remains timelessly fashionable still) would be a big understatement.

    1950s style dresses

    But who were they? Well, we’re talking the likes of Grace Kelly (the Hollywood princess who became a real princess) and Marilyn Monroe (the sex symbol who wasn’t afraid to hide her vulnerable soul), both unforgettable in those voluminous dresses of the era; then there were the European glamour pusses that were Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren (both with their hourglass figures and on-trend fashion to match) and, conversely, the slim-lined gamine appeal of the adorable Audrey Hepburn (whom effectively served as Givenchy’s muse). These are unforgettable names today, the mere mention of which summon up visions of unforgettable images – and 1950s style dresses, of course.

    Thanks to all these factors then, it’s no surprise that stylish, elegant women’s fashion from the 1950s not only continues to influence the very best of today, but is turned to by women throughout the world when dressing themselves up to the nines whatever the special occasion. In short, you can’t beat the ’50s look – it’s a timeless era of fantastic formal fashion that’ll always be a touchstone, always be relevant and always be wearable.

  • Think before you click: tips for buying vintage online – and then wearing it

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    No question, the rise and rise of vintage clothes shopping – both online and otherwise – is seeing more and more people turning to older garments (and retro-style brand new pieces) to solve fashion conundrums. Yet, as with all things, there’s a way to do it properly; a way to do it that’s smart, ensuring you avoid mistakes by purchasing as effectively as possible. Indeed, all you need is to bear in mind a few tips– and combine a keen imaginative eye with a common-sense approach as you browse for bargains…

    vintage dressesKick-off with a classic

    In starting out, there’s no need trying to climb Everest; that is, make you first vintage/ retro purchase something that’s far from the biggest challenge or risk to get you into the groove and off and running. We’re talking a classic here; maybe a 1950s-style beaded cardigan or an utterly timeless little black dress (LBD). Maybe one of those vintage dresses that you’re likely to reach for in the wardrobe time and again would be a good starting point.

    What lies beneath

    Here’s an all too easy-to-overlook tip – bear in mind underwear. Not vintage/ retro-style underwear, but the undergarments you’re going to wear with your new purchases. Yes, they can make a difference. Why? Because back through the decades, underwear was designed differently and looked different to today’s when worn, which in turn ensured outer-garments had a certain appearance – the body a particular silhouette – when you put them on over the top. We’re talking the likes of corsets, girdles and bullet-bras here; some vintage pieces just don’t quite look right without them being worn underneath.

    Don’t forget your decades

    When you step into the world of vintage/ retro fashion, you’re taking a step back into the past – and the past is, well, vast. For the most part, you’re going to be drawing on fashion that’s from the 20th Century; but, let’s face it, you could end up attracted to – and therefore buying – something from practically any of that century’s decades. That’s a lot of different eras of style to draw from. So, it’s important to consider what was in and what was out in these different decades – do you know your 1950s rockabilly looks from your 1960s Swinging mod outfits, your 1920s flapper dresses from your 1970s maxi dresses? Be aware too that the younger the garment – the more recent decade it’s from – the easier and more comfortable fit it may be.

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    Research pays off

    This maxim could be applied to the above paragraph, of course; but it’s critical when it comes to parting with a lot of dosh for something that’s not brand new. Granted, if you’re thinking of splashing the cash on one of the many vintage style dresses UK available from online retro retailers rather than splurging on a vintage piece that’s half-a-century-old, it’s not such a big deal; but if the reverse is true, research into the item definitely pays off. So, learn how to recognise condition issues, what vintage/ retro fashion really suits your body-shape best and always seek out the advice of the retailers themselves, the more candid the better.

    Don’t be afraid to tailor it

    Finally, there’s no need to be shy about altering a vintage item you’ve bought. Yes, it may be decades old, but you’re buying it to wear it, not to hang it on the wall. And that means you shouldn’t put up with it not quite fitting as it might and not achieving that knock-out look you want when you pop it on. Investing a little extra in having an item tailored to totally fit you can really make the difference and so prove properly worthwhile. Mind you, specific items from some eras (especially the older ones) won’t be possible to alter in this way; so, learn to recognise items’ limitations in this regard – and, again, which items from which fashion era suit your body best.

  • The age of vintage: why is vintage fashion so popular?

    Vintage is everywhere. When you think about it; that’s rather a silly statement. Of course, vintage is everywhere – as soon as something’s been around for a while it effectively becomes ‘vintage’, being replaced by something newer that’s the latest flavour of the month. By definition then, vintage is everywhere – of course it is!

    Indeed, just we all get older, when young people replace those nearing middle-age as the younger generation, you might argue the older generation has then become ‘vintage’; not that they’re time is up, not that they’re past it and certainly not that they’re no use to anyone anymore. The world and life – thankfully! – doesn’t work that way.

    And, in fact, neither should clothes; garments that have been around for a while need not be thrown away or adjusted and recycled if they’re still in good condition – their time shouldn’t be up as they’re not past it. And it’s the waking up to this fact by millions of people that’s led to the rise of so-called vintage fashion; the realisation that older clothes are still wearable because they still look great – in fact, they’re not just wearable; they *should* be worn!

    But does that alone explain why vintage clothing is enjoying a particular boon right now? Or is there a little bit more to it?

    The celebrity factor

    Like or not, in the past few years, the renaissance of vintage may in part be attributable to the fact so many celebrities have been photographed and appear in newspapers and magazines and on the Internet happily wearing vintage in public. This, in many people’s minds then, has helped underline the reality there’s no barrier at all to wearing vintage and looking entirely with-it and modern – and with that, using vintage clothes to help carve out and express one’s own style and individual dress sense.

    And tied to this is the fact that, increasingly, people may be coming to the conclusion – inevitably then (to explain the above point), celebrities among them – that modern, up-to-the-minute high-street fashion is becoming rather generic, a little too homogenous. To wear a good deal of today’s new fashion is too often to look like everyone else. By contrast, when worn with care and imagination, vintage fashion – or newly made retro fashion – can transcend time; if it was smartly worn back in the day and looked cool, elegant, beautiful or simply sensational, why on earth wouldn’t it now? After all, trends on the catwalk and (supposedly) new fashion in the high-street outlets are forever influenced by past trends – what goes around comes around. And that means, conversely perhaps, that one never looks more on-trend than when subtly wearing vintage or retro.

    The opportunity for self-expression

    Maybe most of all, though, vintage/ retro is enjoying an undeniable time in the sun right now because it’s an enabler – it ensures its enthusiasts can be enthusiasts of themselves; that is, of their own sense of style and fashion and how they wish to be seen – how they want to present themselves to the outside world and what about their own personalities they want to share through how they dress. It can be – flying in the face of homogenous high-street garments – about self-expression. And, through that, about liberation and free-styling.

    vintage clothing onlineMany people turn to and develop an interest in vintage/ retro through seeking out or, by accident rather than design, discovering that one piece that they have to have, which becomes that favourite in their wardrobe they constantly pull out and mix and match with so many other things. That, of course, is wonderful, but it can lead them further into the wide world of vintage clothing online; it can become a door that opens them up to all the possibilities out there.

    vintage clothing online1To use the wardrobe as a metaphor then, that one piece can open the door into a magical Narnia-like world of opportunity that’s vintage/ retro fashion. But, unlike Narnia, the marvellous thing is that you can return to the modern day and sport your vintage garb along with today’s fashion because they all mix together so well; after all, fashion fads and trends come and go, but vintage is forever – it’s everywhere.

  • Mixing the old with the new: top tips for wearing vintage

    It may sound a daunting task, but mixing vintage fashion with modern togs is definitely possible, should you fancy doing so. In fact, get it right and the look can be devastating.  Different items of clothing, irrespective of what decade their look dates from or even when they were originally manufactured, can definitely go together, should you have a keen eye and put a bit of consider into how you mix and match. Not convinced? Read on and discover some of our tips for getting the most out of your vintage clobber by incorporating it into the maximum number of outfits you genuinely can…

    How should you mix vintage with modern?

    So, mixing old and new in fashion terms is actually easier in practice than you may imagine. And that’s because, if you’re dealing with clothing items – or accessories – that are simple and therefore versatile, there’s a good chance they’ll go with other such items. Indeed, you might want to consider such pieces as your ‘wardrobe essentials’ – it doesn’t matter whether if an item’s new or old; if it works as a building block of several different outfits, it can be considered a mainstay (there’s no need then, if it’s vintage, to keep it in a special ‘vintage draw’).

    Indeed, you may want to think along the lines of:

    • Vintage ‘essentials’ that go with modern accessories – how many of your retro items can you embellish with contemporary additions like stylish clutch purses or trendy sandals?
    • Modern ‘essentials’ that go with vintage accessories – up-to-date garments (a fairly basic single-tone shirt, blouse or dress) can be enhanced with vintage touches like a floral handbag or round tortoise sunglasses.

    Vintage as the focus

    Should you be rummaging through your wardrobe and pull out a favourite old-fashioned blazer – or come across a fantastic, nay beautiful example of vintage style dresses UK via a specialist online retailer that you just have to buy – you may suddenly have the urge to make it the centrepiece of an outfit. Fair enough. But how do you complement it with modern additions – accessories and other contemporary garments like a t-shirt, shoes, a bag or jewellery?

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    The trick is keeping it simple; looks-wise, that is. Following the credo outlined above, if the vintage piece is bold and attention grabbing, supplement it with basic modern touches that won’t jar with it, thus won’t try to make fashion statements on their own. Conversely, if the vintage item’s on the basic, less-is-more side, feel free to do the opposite.

    How to style vintage with modern

    The above tips are all very well, of course, but what about genuinely looking stylish? What about not just mixing and matching the modern and vintage aspects of your collection because you fancy doing so, but looking properly chic as you do so? How can you really pull that off?

    Wearing vintage right is all about being honest with yourself. How does it really look? If the appearance is verging on costume, then it’s probably not the outfit combo for a work-day (whatever the work environment) or a night out; let alone a stylish outfit at that. You need to mix well and not just throw together several of your favourite pieces – you might be surprised by what best goes together from among your contemporary and vintage items, so don’t be afraid to experiment; in fact, experimentation is key.

    To keep it cool and not too outlandish, you might want to try and employ a 50/50 ratio – half of the outfit vintage; the other half contemporary. For instance, balance out a vintage blouse with sleek up-to-date pants or a simple skirt; with a vintage dress, add high-heeled modern sandals. There’s no golden rule or silver bullet – and there shouldn’t be, as you it’s also about feeling happy and comfortable in what you’re wearing and expressing yourself – but balance is a good aim to achieve, for sure.

  • Go retro to accessorise: vintage fashion provides the best accessories

    Let’s face it; in the fashion world, what goes around comes around. And that means inevitably many of today’s trends – whatever the season or specific year – have more than distant echoes of the past. Many of today’s clothes have a retro, vintagey feel to them.

    In which case, nowadays, more than ever before, is the time to go retro; it’s the time to pop into that vintage shop near you or to hop online and visit a retro retailer’s site and buy those items and fill your wardrobe with them to boost your outfit options. A great advantage of buying vintage is – used or new – it can often be cheaper and sustainable, but far from skimps on quality either.

    Moreover, if you want to be as creative and imaginative as possible when it comes to putting outfits together then investing in vintage accessories is undoubtedly the way to go. Why? Think about it; you’re able to draw on decades and decades’ worth of trendy bits and pieces rather than just a few seasons’ worth with which to embellish your outfit’s focal point and give it a whole new – or many different – looks. Plus, owing to the cost-effective nature of retro clothing items, you can get hold of a whole host of quality vintage accessories for the price of a single modern dress.

    Accessories as the focal point

    Alternatively, you could use basic building blocks from your modern pieces (such as a white t-shirt or blouse, a basic boyfriend blazer or a pair of jeans) and make the vintage accessories the outfit’s focal point; actually turn to several vintage pieces to bring it to life and give it an identity.

    If you like the sound of this, do bear in mind, though, that it’s important not to go over the top; it’s about mixing and matching and that means resisting the urge to let loose too many cooks on the broth – you don’t want to go too outlandish. What goes with what? Adding what is going too far? By experimenting and being honest with yourself as you look at the outfit building in the mirror, you’ll be able to tell.

    Typical vintage accessories

    If you’re familiar with this website, you might well be aware of the different vintage garments that tend to be readily available (and, in the case of newly manufactured items, the brands too – such as Collectif Dresses), but what sort of vintage accessories are we talking about? What sort of bits and bobs can you find to enhance an overall outfit? Here are some pointers…

    Collectif Dresses
    • Hats – by adding a fedora to a modern boho dress you’ll create a cool complement, while newsboy caps and ivy hats are irresistible and more than a little chic in the autumn and winter months when the temperatures drop (or even plummet!); for summer months, though, it’s hard to beat the lightweight, sunny vibe a Panama hat lends your look
    • Scarves – when it comes to scarves, it’s a real chance to spice up an outfit with a dab of colour or eye-popping style (think ethnic embroidery, floral or paisley prints or ’50s-like polka dots)
    • Lockets and trinkets – so easy and, yes, cheap to pick up, these little pieces can be attached to necklaces, bracelets, beads and chains to add timeless and inimitable character to any casual outfit.

    Vintage style checklist

    So, to sum up, what sort of looks are advisable to go for when it comes to vintage accessories? What styles are likely to add some punch (but not too much!) to an outfit whose basis is a modern, up-to-date fashionable main piece? Well, as noted above, there are inevitably crossovers with contemporary fashion – which, in part, is why vintage pieces go so well with modern ones – but be sure to be on the look-out for hats, scarves, gloves, bags, purses and trinkets boasting the following styles and looks:

    • Bows and ribbons
    • Checks
    • Distressed leather
    • Flapper fringes
    • Flared skirts, pants, sleeves, collars and cuffs
    • Floral
    • Headbands (which you can wear in a sunny, hippie way)
    • Lace
    • Paisley
    • Pleats
    • Polkadots
    • Ruffles


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