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  • 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…

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    • 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

     

  • Going retro – and other wedding dress trends for 2018

    The major fashion weeks, wherever they might take place, aren’t just a pointer for the following year’s general fashion, but what might be the trends and favourite looks for bridal fashion of the following year. And, to that end, this year’s catwalk-athons in London, Paris, New York and Milan have thrown us some fascinating insights of the near future’s bridal wear. Here are some thoughts on what’ll be popular in 2018…

    Black and white

    Why not go monochrome? White may be the classic, nay pure look for a wedding, but it’s not like it’s a rule you can only wear one colour on your big day, so how about mixing it up and blending white with black? Whether you want to go simple with separate coloured halves or sections of the dress or go for a showier confection where, say, a white dress is trimmed with black ribbons and a belt, it’s entirely up to you. Either way, it makes for a bold but elegant look.

    And what about other colours? On its own, a snow white shade can be a little unforgiving with some skin tones, so you might opt instead for subtle shades; pale gold or svelte silver could look fantastic with the right dress design.

    Floral prints

    The idea of going the floral route for your wedding dress may seem a little odd – too colourful? Too summery? But why not? There’s no reason why all those wedding bouquets shouldn’t extend to what you wear. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t match them with your dress. Indeed, fashionistas are swearing by the floral look right now; they’re all over the catwalks. Why not don a floral gown down the aisle next year?

    Big bows make a big splash

    They definitely did in the 1940s and decades later in the ‘big’ decade of the ’80s and they made something of a comeback last year – and this year’s trend is for even bigger bows. Some designers are going all out for enormous knots on the backs of their dresses; maybe you’d prefer to opt for elegant little ties down the sleeves of a gown?

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    Go retro

    On New York’s bridal catwalks this year 1950s-style dresses were all the rage. Don’t believe us? Well, at the Oscar de la Renta show, there was even a denim jacket added to the ensemble to give it the true teenybopper-cum-rockabilly treatment. Denim may not be your idea of a dream appearance for your wedding day, but if the mood takes you, wherever you fancy looking for vintage wedding dresses London or otherwise (or why not online?), you’re bound to come up trumps.

    Slim satin lines

    Sticking with the retro theme, there’s no question that figure-hugging 1940s-style dresses are en vogue right now. That is, a streamlined dress with a hint of shoulder pads. Are they really ideal for bridal wear? Well, think of Pippa Midddleton’s bridesmaid dress for her sister’s wedding to Prince William – imagine being decked out in something like that for your big day!

    Enchanting tulle

    The magical fabric that’s tulle – commonly associated with veils and ballet dancers’ tutus – has been a catwalk favourite this year, so expect it be a favourite in bridal fashion next year too. Is it likely to stretch beyond veils? Quite possibly; it’s not hard to imagine it being embraced by designers for both shoulder and hemline features. And maybe more.

    Beautiful bodices

    Weddings are as much about the memories as they are an experience in the present. And, despite the fact we live in the Instagram age when every day’s an opportunity to get snap-happy, your wedding day remains a truly major photo-day. That means you’ll want to look as radiant as possible up-close – what better way to ensure that than via a bodice-dominated dress, where the torso is brilliantly embellished, while complemented (by way of contrast) with a relatively simple dress below?

    Make the leap to a jumpsuit?

    Finally… jumpsuits. Really? Maybe not utterly ideal for a traditional church service, but should you be considering a registry wedding or an urban-set celebration a jumpsuit could be just the sleek, sophisticated outfit to top off your big day to a tee.

  • From boutiques to websites: the dos and don’ts of vintage shopping

    It’s a familiar tale for lovers of vintage fashion everywhere – whether they’re shopping in a physical store or online – waiting for that ‘eureka!’ moment. The sensation of coming across that one item you know, instinctively and for sure, is absolutely for you. But how can you encourage that moment? Is there any way you can help bring it about, beyond scouring vintage outlets and websites?

    Is it a case that mastering the old when it comes to fashion requires some sort of ancient know-how or is it best just to rely on dumb luck and a magpie’s eye for what you like? Well, the truth is there’s no real formula you can deploy, but there are one or two tips and tricks out there you might want to try out to, yes, tip your vintage shopping scales in your favour…

    Where should you go for vintage shopping?

    There’s no hard-and-fast rule here, nor should there be. After all, vintage shopping should be about fun. Finding an outlet that catches your eye; rummaging through the rails and coming across something that brings a smile to your face. More specifically, though, shops and markets tend to be great sources for vintage clobber, while the online option is obviously terrific too; especially if you know the sort of thing you’re looking for to start with – like, say, 1950s style dresses.

    1950s style dresses

    When is it worth spending money on an item?

    The essential, fundamental question. Approach it by asking yourself four further questions: what’s the quality like? How’s it going to fit? Can you really afford it? And did you feel a surge of excitement when you came across it? If all these questions get an up-tick, then the answer’s probably yes.

    How best is it browse in a vintage store?

    Again, there’s no rule-of-thumb here; your best bet is to go about it in the way that feels most natural – maybe just stepping inside and heading for the nearest section or to start with what catches your eye. Having said that, if it’s a store with a particularly large number of offerings, then a good habit may be to push everything back on each rail so you can flick through each item quickly and individually.

    Plus, as noted, if you’re searching for vintage clothing online, then your best bet may be to seek out what you’re specifically after in first; as much because it’s likely the website will be set up to facilitate you doing this. After that, though, why not check out what other treasures and bargains they contain!

    What should make you buy an item?

    That should be entirely up to you! And, frankly, will be dependent on what you’re looking for – whether you’re searching for something in particular and find it or whether you’re browsing at ease and come across something that takes your fancy. It also may depend on what sort of fabrics you like – are you a stickler for silk? Or a lover of linen? Or a died-in-the-wool fan of wool? Remember that good fabrics always suggest good quality and should last.

    What shouldn’t make you buy an item?

    Conversely, be on the look-out for any items that are damaged or obviously stained. There are bargains to be had out there, but that doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on quality.

    Finally, what about fit? Should you buy something that will need tailoring afterwards?

    Some vintage shoppers don’t mind buying something that isn’t exactly their size – and, of course, depending on style; some items can be worn looser than others – yet others swear by going by size every time. You’d be well advised to do the latter when shopping online for vintage because, in that scenario, you can’t try on an item until you’ve received it at home, of course. Yet, if it’s an item you really want, there’s no real reason why shouldn’t be open to the idea of tailoring either.

  • Bagging a retro handbag: choosing the most essential accessory of all

    Good grief, where would we women be without our handbags?  Where else we would keep all our essential items when we’re out and about? Our purse, our keys, our make-up and, yes, our mobile phone – they all go in the handbag. This impossible-to-live-without piece of kit to store essentials in is itself utterly essential. But just because it’s so necessary doesn’t mean it shouldn’t look good.

    Yes, it doesn’t mean it can’t complement your outfit; it doesn’t mean it can’t be colour-co-ordinated with that natty little jacket; it doesn’t mean it can’t be as stylish as those new boots. And it doesn’t mean it has to be totally ‘on trend’; it doesn’t have to be at the cutting edge of fashion. If you like, it absolutely can be vintage. It can be whatever you want it to be, so long as it combines functionality with looking great. But, given all that then, how on earth do you actually choose the retro handbag that’s right for you?

    One design to rule them all?

    One way to approach selecting a vintage handbag, should you have not dipped your toe into retro-styled accessories before, is to play it safe – to choose one that’ll serve as a ‘staple’ bag. One that’s handily universal and will pretty much go with everything; practically every possible outfit you choose to throw on in the morning and whatever else you combine with it – shoes or boots, scarf or jewellery and so on.

    Selecting one of these pretty much requires opting for a bag whose appearance isn’t too ostentatious and whose colour’s fairly neutral – for instance, keep to the wonderfully elegant black and brown satchel types; keep away from rockabilly-esque animal prints and ’60s-ish boldly coloured efforts. That said, the one you plump for doesn’t have to be staid. Why not up it a notch via such a bag topped off with metallic styling or subtle print detail?

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    One size fits all?

    Of course, when choosing a ‘universal’ vintage handbag, abiding by style concerns is all very well, but don’t overlook the importance of size. If you’re going to be perusing through a whole host of retro handbags to find the one – the one and only – it’s got to be of a suitably universal size and shape. Nobody wants to walk about with an enormous bag weighing them down; that’s neither comfortable nor does it look good. Although, walking around with an overstuffed handbag’s probably even worse. Not the disagreeable look or in-transit handicap you want from your handbag.

    And, it may sound silly, but it’s worth thinking about – just as you would with any clothes you’d consider buying, when browsing for a vintage bag don’t overlook the fact it needs to fit you physically. If you’re petite of frame, a big satchel type (despite however elegant it may be) probably isn’t going to be a goer. By contrast, if you’re tall or broad, a tiny, coquette-ishly boxy bag probably isn’t going to be right either.

    Or… just go for it!

    Finally, though, let’s be honest, it’s likely you already own a plurality of handbags (most women do, after all), so why not throw a little caution to the wind and buy the bag that truly catches your eye – or the one you’ve fallen for? You only live once, right? After all, going retro when it comes to fashion (especially in clothing) is all about bucking the modern trend and going for the look, style and form that appeals to you. So why not go for that animal print number? Or that bright pink effort with the natty studded finish and chunky buckles?

    Indeed, given its vintage nature (you may or may not be looking second-hand, but this is still relevant either way), the bag you’ll be eyeing isn’t going to cost the earth – we’re not talking a Gucci or Versace accessory here. So you could splash out a little more and buy one bag that’s fun and frolicsome for casual-about-town days/ nights-out and then one that’s a little more demure to go with office-wear and formal occasions. Remember, though, overall the most important thing is you opt for something you like. A handbag’s an essential accessory – it’s with you all the time, it’s very visible and it becomes an ‘extension’ of you. So go retro by going for something that’s both functional and looks great!

  • Getting hitched in vintage? Terrific retro wedding dress designs

    Like it or not, planning a wedding can quite quickly turn into a minefield of decisions and second-guessing indecision. Indeed, unless they have a dream style in mind for which they’ve long harboured, brides-to-be challenged with choosing the right wedding dress can find it hard work – there’s so much choice out there. But here’s an idea – why not go vintage on your big day? Why not look to wedding-dress design of decades past for your dressing dress of today…?

    Vintage Wedding dresses1The ’40s

    Lest we forget, for the first half of this decade, war raged throughout the world; thus, materials – most pertinently here, fabrics – were scarce. This affected clothing in general, of course, but what it meant for the wedding dresses of the time were a more practical look. It was all minimal accents; less lace and sequined embroidery. Like women’s suits and other dresses of the time, broad-ish shoulders and clinched waists were the order of the day – was this ‘masculine’ look down to women, while their fiancés were away fighting, taking on more manual labour-based jobs and, thus, becoming more assertive? Perhaps. This sort of look came back in the ’80s – a time when women once more rivalled men in traditionally masculine workplaces. Don’t go away with the idea there was a lack of elegance to 1940s’ wedding dresses, though – after all, have you seen pics of The Queen in glorious garb on her big day? She was married in 1947.

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    The ’50s

    Compared to the ’40s, matrimonial wear in the ’50s was all about glamour. Fabulously feminine, flattering designs in ivory were very much en vogue – you must have seen the iconic images of Grace Kelly as she married Prince Rainier of Monaco; she looked like a fantasy princess becoming a real princess, no question. Lace was back in and gloriously so, but it was all about accentuating a woman’s femininity; although prettiness and wholesomeness was important (it was the 1950s, after all), there was often an appealing hint of sensuality to many a wedding dress design. And, emerging from an age of war-driven austerity, mass communication and mass media was quickly becoming commonplace, ensuring women – those of them who had the money to do so – were calling the shots more; they weren’t just choosing designs from fashion magazines but taking a more bespoke approach to their dress design, which ensured wedding dresses were a little less uniform, a little more unique and individual.

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    The ’60s

    Everything changed in the ’60s when it came to wedding dresses, you may not be surprised to learn – given just how many things began to curl up at the corners in society this decade. Although there were now many more designs sported by brides as they skipped down the aisle (some mini-skirt-inspired, scoop-necked efforts), to say it was far more individual and far more bespoke than in the ’50s may not really be true. The reason being that it was in this decade (when mass consumerism first caught the UK in its vice-like grip) that ever-changing high-street fashions informed women’s wedding dress choices. So while, for many a young bride, adopting such a ‘mod’ look for their big day was all about freedom of expression; they were, in effect, following the herd, albeit modishly and excitingly, just as those in decades before them had. All the same, to opt for one of these 1960s-inspired vintage wedding dresses would still make a stylishly cool fashion statement today!

    The ’70s

    Finally, as the ’60s drifted into the ’70s, the (what would be today considered) somewhat boho, even hippie-ish maxi-dress look worked its way into the church, as it was produced in white and ivory, ensuring a blissed-out, blushing bride of the ’70s looked cool and comfortable, fabulous and fashionable as she exchanged her vows. In fact, they’re yet to make a nuptial comeback, but pant- and dress-suits made their debut as wedding dresses this decade – Google the 1971 wedding of Mick Jagger to his wife Bianca and check out her outfit and (admittedly, just a year too early) what Diana Rigg wore in the wedding scene in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. It still looks dynamic, daring and ever so edgy in a very appealing way; perhaps because we’re yet to see its like again in the wedding chapel – something that’ll surely be put right one day soon!

  • Designer decades: step back in time for prom dress inspiration

    Proms are becoming ever more popular up and down the country – and so it’s becoming ever more imperative to find the right inspiration for your choice of dress. Do you really want to look like everybody else on your big night? To merge into the background like a wallflower on the edge of the dancefloor? Or do you want to stand out from the crowd and mesmerise by looking fantastic and simply timeless? If the answer’s the latter then you might consider looking back for inspiration – that is, to one of four decades that proved utterly iconic in the fashion stakes…

    The big band bopping look of the ’40s

    First off is a decade-defined style that, on the surface, may seem a little out of leftfield for prom dresses. The 1940s was the era of fabric shortages (hence hem lines got shorter) and colours became more primary (although floral designs came back with a bang in the second half of the decade following the end of the Second World War). And yet, when it comes to dressy women’s fashion, the ’40s were also a time of big band dances; an opportunity to let your hair down and throw yourself about in figure-hugging garb that also allowed for full freedom of movement on the dancefloor. In that sense, you may conclude, what could be better as a unique but figure-showcasing and unrestrictive prom dress?

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    The fitted but fun elegance of the ’50s

    The 1950s is a great decade from which to take inspiration for a prom dress – and that’s because it boasted more variety than you might imagine in terms of women’s fashion. Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ dress started a revolution – it’s maybe the ultimate party look with its fitted waist but then fabulously generous and fun mushrooming-out dress beneath. Offering just as much physical freedom as a ’40s number, this style also smartly understates thighs and hips but accentuates curves – in the right places! By contrast, the ’50s also delivered the far slinkier ‘wiggle’ or ‘pencil’ skirt/ dress (think Marilyn Monroe) and, at totally the other end of the scale, the rock ‘n’ roll-associated pin-up look – a style for a real alternative but intriguing approach to vintage prom dresses, for sure!

    The swinging invention of the ’60s

    The notion of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ passed into legend almost as soon as the 1960s ended – and endures to this day and, no doubt, will forever. An era of liberation like never before (most of all for the disposable-income-enriched young), it’s fair to say that fashion truly exploded in this decade – you may even say it went a little crazy. But why not? It was all about experimentation, with a real ‘anything goes’ attitude. The Mary Quant-esque mini-skirt was ubiquitous, of course, but when it came to dresses, geometric prints in bold, dynamic colours dominated in swing-style trapeze/ tent designs (think all those iconic snaps of Twiggy). Offering flattering silhouettes and designed to go along with big eye-catching earrings, chunky-heels and a ‘beehive’ or ‘pixie’ haircut, such dresses would make for an unforgettable prom look; don’t doubt it!

    The eye-popping looks of the ’80s

    And, finally, here’s a nod to the looks – like it or not – from the era that’s sometimes referred to as ‘the decade that taste forgot’. To be fair, though, it’s surely a little harsh to describe the ’80s in those terms, given how much of today’s catwalk clobber and high street fashion quite obviously takes inspiration from its styles. A prom dress look influenced by this era would definitely be all about glamour; we’re talking bright, vibrant shades and sequins galore with high-heeled stilettos – or, taking it down a notch or two, a slightly more demure look with t strapless satin numbers accessorised by long opera gloves (think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman). Alternatively, take your lead from early Madonna and properly mix it up – blend the ’50s pin up look with ruffly mini-skirts for that punky but oh-so cool take on the prom dress. Desperately Seeking Susan? Seriously looking sensational, more like!

  • Vintage for the win: 4 great reasons why you should retro

    Living in the past’s generally considered a bad thing. And, let’s be honest, for good reason. We all surely have to live our lives in the present while looking to the future, more than constantly dwelling on times past – and yet, in some ways it’s as well to look back. After all, how else can we learn and not repeat past mistakes – as individuals, societies and the world as a whole. And, when it comes to less lofty matters, it’s fun and enjoyable to indulge in things of yesteryear; it brings comfort, familiarity and a healthy appreciation for the indisputable fact that not everything worthwhile, let alone best, is always brand-spanking new.

    Timeless items

    And practically everyone knows that’s undoubtedly true when you’re talking fashion. Now, from some quarters, vintage clobber often gets a bad rap, but why is that? Let’s face it; mostly because the driving force of the fashion industry is the need to make money and so the latest trends have to be pushed to produce and maintain interest. This means we live in an age of ‘fast fashion’; things can feel like they move intolerably quickly and great looks and quality clobber falls out of fashion all too quickly. Is that fair? Well, people have different opinions on that, sure; but one thing’s certain, it’s great to revisit past styles, looks and lines because some things are simply timeless. In which case, why shouldn’t you go back to get ahead?

    Back to the future

    Ah, remember that classic ’80s movie? They were on to something there; because fashion pretty much always goes in cycles – what goes around comes around. Eventually, practically everything seems to come back into fashion. There’s also a saying that, in reality, there’s only ever been seven different stories (every other one is just a variation of one or more of the original seven); you can look on fashion in a similar way – there may only be a limited number of fantastic fashion ideas… and we have seen many of them already! No question then, great looking trends will come back sometime soon – so why not get ahead of the curve by going the vintage route and be ready for it when one of them comes around next and hits the high street again? Plus, lest we forget; terrific timeless looks simply, really never go out of fashion – they’re always en vogue. So you can always pull off such vintage touches as part of an outfit – in fact, they help you to look the best dressed on the street, in the office or out on the tiles come the weekend!

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    Quality never goes out of the fashion

    Unquestionably, this is one of the reasons why timeless looks are always in – they tend to be properly tailored, made to last and always look good because their materials and manufacturing process are quality, through and through. And this goes for whatever vintage clothing UK you’re talking about – second-hand items you spy in specialist retro outlets, used bits and bobs you pick up in flea-markets or, indeed, new clothing in vintage styles you purchase online from retailers like Maggie Ann Vintage. The ‘make do and mend’ mentality comes from a different, earlier age definitely – but it ensures durability, clothes with proper lifetimes and overall quality you can depend on.

    Freedom of expression

    Finally, when it comes to fashion; there’s always the (somewhat counter-) argument that you shouldn’t follow the herd. You should find your own groove; your own way of doing things; your own style. Just because you’re wearing clothes to look good, you should feel comfortable in your own skin. As Ray Davies suggested in that unforgettable tune from the Swinging Sixties, there’s many a dedicated follower of fashion, but how many of them are really doing their own thing? How many are expressing themselves and who they really are? If you’re more drawn to vintage styles, looks, lines and accessories, why compromise? Why be a sheep? Allow yourself to dress how you want and experiment and stand out from the crowd – however much you feel like doing – by going the vintage route. The likelihood is, once you’ve started with vintage, you’ll never look back!

  • The Vintage Comeback: Mid-calf Hemline

    Vintage fashion styles are constantly making comebacks and it’s all thanks to their immense popularity. Whether its 1950’s Style Dresses or outfits that were worn in the 40’s, they have all made their rounds in the current fashion circuit- and it’s amazing to see! Vintage styles are timeless, appearing to never go out of fashion, and women all around the world seem to love the various shapes, cuts and silhouettes the retro style can offer. The last couple of years have seen the return of gingham, distressed denim, logo sweaters and much more. The fashion industry waited patiently to see what the next trend would be, and how quickly the catwalks would pick up on it. Would the trend be a throwback from the 40’s, 60’s or maybe even the 90’s? And will people want to wear it-flaunt it in true vintage fashion? In this article, we will look at the vintage trend taking the fashion world by storm in 2017 and look at why this vintage style is adored by women and fashion designers everywhere. The Return of A Famous Vintage Silhouette This year the fashion world is going crazy for the vintage inspired silhouette made famous in the 50’s by world famous fashion label Dior. The mid-calf hemline may sound modest enough, but it was a style that demanded attention, even back then! The 1950’s were a time when teenagers and young women yearned for more independence and freedom and one of the ways in which they could achieve this independence was through their fashion. The 50’s was full of women in fun, bold outfits- mainly dresses- and it is that attitude, spark and beauty that has carried this trend forward to where we are now in 2017. Every woman had a dress on in the 1950’s as they were the main staple in a women’s wardrobe. In other words, women wore dresses in the 50’s the same way we wear jeans and a t-shirt today! The skirt portion of the dress is where the difference was between the two types of dresses worn back then. One skirt was full and flared and fell at mid-calf length, and this one has been the most popular style ever since. This is the dress style that inspired Dior’s New Look full-skirted dresses.

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    The dresses by Dior were absolutely showstoppers when they were first introduced to the catwalk. The dresses featured a bodice which was fitted, accentuating the tiny waist and there was a gathered skirt which ballooned out from the waistline. The fullness of the skirt was made using lots of gathered or pleated lightweight fabric. They could be styled with a petticoat underneath which further added to the fullness of the skirt. These dresses are called swing dresses.

    Fashion Designers Adopt The New Hemline In 2017, fashion designers have wasted no time in replicating this beautifully feminine dress and using them on their catwalks. This season Valentino and Balenciaga decided they would use the vintage dress style, as well as high street chain store Forever New, and online retailers Fame and Partners. The vintage prom style dresses have been incredibly popular since they were introduced, and it’s no wonder why! This dress style may not be daring or overtly attention grabbing, but it has huge appeal for many vintage loving women and retro hipster girls. One of the reasons for this is that waist cinching dresses have always been popular and attractive. Women want to wear clothing that makes them feel and look good, and having a feminine small waist on an adorable dress offers the perfect look. This dress will not be going anywhere anytime soon and neither will the mid-calf hemline. Since swing dresses can be worn during the winter with some cosy tights, we might just be seeing this dress again much later on in the year.

  • Fashion Trends Of The 1940’s and 1950’s

    The 1940’s and 50’s were a big time for fashion and it’s no wonder why! The hourglass shape was in fashion and so the clothing of that time was made to accentuate the small waist. It really was all about creating a specific silhouette. Clothing was made with wide padded shoulders and tops would usually be nipped in at the waist, with Aline skirts falling at the knee. This was the shape seen every day on women in the 1940’s and women who didn’t have an hourglass shape, wore clothes that would give the illusion of one.

    If we go forward 10 years in time we are brought to the 1950’s, and the fashion was very different considering only 10 years had passed. This era was all about the hipster fashion with the emphasis was on wiggle dresses, swing dresses, and lots of funky retro prints. In this article we will look at the kinds of clothing worn by women in these two eras. 1950’s Dresses and the styles worn during this period turned out to be quite different from those worn in the 40’s. It’s interesting to see how the fashion evolved, especially since the transition happened over a relatively short period of time. When you look at Vintage Clothing Online you will find that many of these styles are still immensely popular today and look as fabulous today as they did more than 70 years ago! The great thing about vintage clothing from these periods is that they are truly timeless and of course very feminine.

    1940’s Women’s Fashion When compared with the fashion of the 1930’s, the 1940’s style were really very different. Dresses which were worn longer in the 30’s became shorter and were worn at knee length. 1940’s Vintage Dresses were very popular and came in various styles, colours and prints. Most dresses, blouses and jackets were fitted with shoulder pads and this gave the top half a boxy, squared shape. The neckline in the 1940’s came in various cut outs. These didn’t generally show any cleavage and featured necklines such as the sweetheart, keyhole, round, V neck and square. Tea dresses were very popular during this period, being very flattering on many different body shapes.

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    Wrap dresses were also popular choices for women in the 1940’s and these featured box pleats around the waist and a flattering V shaped neckline. Tea dresses which came with a boxy top half were also seen a lot in the 1940’s. The 1940’s green shirt tea dress at Maggie Ann Vintage is a great example of this style of dress. Featuring a classical 40’s silhouette with a nipped in waist, short sleeves, and a slightly flared skirt, this dress is practical and demure and can easily see you through day to night.

    1950’s Women’s Fashion 1950’s Dresses were glamorous, mature and ultra-feminine. There were two main dress shapes in the 1950’s which were very popular back then and remain so today. The style that is most popular today is the full skirt tea length dress which falls at shin length and features a narrow, high waist line. The other dress style was the sheath dress which was and still is a great fashion choice for women with curves. The pin-up look which is very popular today is inspired by the 1950’s sheath dress style. This look features a tight fitting pencil skirt which serves to hug your figure in all the right places.

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    You can find great vintage options for this style of dress at Maggie Ann Vintage in some great colours. The pretty wiggle dress is a fantastic option as it is suitable for day and night and many different occasions. This versatile dress clings to your curves and features a high boat neckline with no sleeves, and a flattering V shaped cut-out at the back.

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