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  • 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.


    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.


    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.

  • Are You Dressing Correctly For Your Shape?

    The great thing about fashion is its lots of fun especially for women who enjoy dressing up and looking their very best. All fashion types can be played around with but this is particularly true for Vintage Clothing. This style is very diverse and is worn by women all around the world. Whether it’s the 1950’s Style Dresses or some other era of retro fashion, this style is truly beautiful and classy. Vintage fashion is timeless and can be worn all year around seeing you through the chilly months, into the blazing heat of an August summers day. There are no strict rights or wrongs when it comes to wearing clothing, no matter what style or type. The main thing is that you feel good because then your confidence will shine through! The many differences women have means that there are certain things you can do to play up your best features and assets and so choosing the right clothing for your specific body type is rather important. There are women from all walks of life who enjoy wearing vintage clothing and so it’s great if this is also reflected in the clothes you choose to wear. In this article we will look at which vintage clothing styles look the best for your body type and look at how you can look and feel fantastic in vintage clothing.

    Determine Your Body Shape

    Determining your body shape is important when thinking about what would suit you and make you look and ultimately feel fabulous! There are generally four body shape categories and most women tend to fall into one of these groups. We will now go through these body types and look at the styles of vintage clothing that would best suit that shape. There is lots of Vintage Clothing Online that will suit all the different body types so it’s just a case of figuring out which one you are and dressing up your best features!

    The Hourglass Shape

    If you have an hourglass shape then your waist will be well defined and your shoulder and hips will be the same size. You’ll likely have a large bust and wide hips, but they are in proportion. To dress the best for this shape you should wear clothing that emphasises your small waist. If you are looking for vintage clothing that suits your shape try going for a pencil skirt and a fitted blouse, or a flowy waist clinching tea dress like many of the 1940’s Style Dresses. You should avoid loose oversized tops and avoid accessorizing with big belts, as this will swallow up your small waist and cause it to disappear.


    The Pear Shape

    If your body is pear shaped then you have generous hips and thighs that are wider than the shoulders and a smaller bust. If you want to wear vintage clothing and are a pear shape you should try wearing 1960’s style Aline dresses, but you should make sure you don’t wear fabrics which are too heavy. Lengths and fabrics that fall between the calf and knee will shorten your legs and will exaggerate the bottom half of your body. Longer skirts worn with fitted tops look adorable on a pear shape.


    The Rectangle Shape

    If you have a rectangle body shape then this means your shape is pretty much up and down. Your hips and bust are the same size and you have little to no waist definition. To dress the best for your rectangle shape you should add dimension to your silhouette by breaking up your shape and creating looks which add curves. 1920’s/30’s flapper style dresses look great on this shape as well as the kinds of dresses famous rectangle- shaped model Twiggy wore. Vintage Aline dresses also look wonderful if you have a rectangle shape.

    The Apple Shape

    If you are shaped like an apple then you will have a generous bust and well-shaped legs. You should aim to only show one of these off at a time to look your very best!  The best styles of dress for apple shapes are ones which don’t emphasis the waist. Vintage dresses such as 1940’s wrap dresses look fabulous on apple shapes as well as retro dresses with empire waist lines.

  • The Evolution Of The Wedding Dress: A Look At The Last 100 Years

    The obsession with wedding dresses is nothing new among women who are fascinated by these stunning gowns, worn at once-in a lifetime occasions. Whether we love to see our favourite celebrities in a wedding dress, a family member of friend- or if we have worn one ourselves, this dress is one that beats them all in terms of its sheer importance in our lives. Over the past 100 years, wedding dresses have changed drastically, and everything from silhouette, colour, length and fabric has changed as time has moved forward. Bu what were older wedding dresses like?

    In this article we’ll look at the lifespan journey of the vintage wedding dress and examine how they appeared, starting from the 1900’s and going up 90’s.

     1900’s- In the 1990’s wedding dresses sported an S shaped corset and were mainly worn to draw in the stomach in a waist cinching style which was flattering. Frills were also commonplace with these wedding dresses and were often found on the bodice to accentuate the overall look. Wedding dresses had wide puffy sleeves, high necklines, gloves and even veiled hats, so this was a decidedly demure look!

    This look was popular thanks to Queen Victoria, who popularized the look and birthed the ‘white wedding’ concept, when she wore a beautiful snow white wedding dress on her wedding day to Prince Albert.

    1930’s- By the 1930’s wedding dresses weren’t as glamourous as their counterparts in the 1990’s. Due to the economic hardship that had gripped the country during that time, women just had to grab whatever they could get their hands on- essentially, finding the nicest dress in their closets, to wear. Wedding dresses were generally floral and fell to calf length with waistlines becoming more prominent, with the new dress style. Women also wore hats instead of veils (perhaps they couldn’t afford them!) and more affordable dress material was used- rayon, instead of the traditional but pricier silk that was used.

    The infamous era meant that money was very tight and hard to come by. Many brides who had bought a wedding dress made sure it was able to be dyed so it could be worn again because there were no funds to obtain a new one.

     1940’s – In the 1940’s wedding dresses were very modest and consisted of white or ivory gowns with satin or lace sleeves. They had long veils and the skirts were either A line or the fuller ball gown styles.


     1950’s-  In the 50’s, wedding dresses mainly consisted of tea dresses, swing dresses, elegant lace sleeve dresses and tulle ball gowns. The look was incredibly beautiful, and is still worn today as its retro inspired. The dresses would be white or ivory just like in the 1940’s and the waist cinching was another popular feature which remains today.


    1960’s- In the 1960’s wedding dresses changed again, this time moving the waistlines higher and donning empire line silhouettes. By this time necklines were still demure and veils were shorter in length than they previously were. Embellishments were popular additions to wedding dresses and metallic details, daises and other details were often used. The 1960’s saw the start of the ‘space age’ which was all about metallic embellishments and reflective decorations. This was also a time when there were a large number of ‘society’ weddings such as Princess Margret’s wedding to Anthony Armstrong Jones. During this pivotal period there was huge amount of social change, with the rise of many groups such as hippies and rockers, and this greatly influenced the fashion scene. 

    1990’s- By this time fashion was much more modernised and wedding dresses took on a more minimalist feel. Embellishments were no longer used anymore- so no more beads, lace and other decorations. If they were used it was sparingly. In its place flower crowns, and simple straightforward veils were used and were the only additions to wedding dresses. In terms of fit and shape, the 1990’s wedding dress silhouette was much more fitted and figure hugging. The 1990’s era was all about combining glamour with classic Americana styles. At this time romantic couples began to have their weddings abroad in warmer countries and so their dresses reflected this, being more free flowing and loose.

  • Goodwill Revival- Festival of Speed 2017: Here Are Some Superb Outfit Ideas

    This summer will mark another year of the annual Goodwill Revival event and the Festival of Speed! This is the time of year when racing car and motorcycle enthusiasts come together from all over the world, and celebrate the glamour and rustic beauty from the 40’s 50’s and 60’s golden era of motor racing. The festival of Speed will mark the coming together of fans of motor racing who will get the opportunity to meet the champions, and get close to the action. This is great opportunity to get together with family or friends and make plans to head up to either of the events, which are both located in sunny, rural Chichester.

    In this article we will look at four outfits that you can wear to either one of these rip-roaring events. They will contain the fun, feminine vintage times of an era gone by and in particular have elements from 1940’s vintage clothing and also the dress style from the 1950’s. Here are four retro fabulous outfit ideas, which are super wearable and suitable for sunny outdoor events. Whether you attend the Goodwood Revival or the Festival of Speed, you will be perfectly dressed and looking your absolute best!

    1. The Floaty Feminine Day Look

    This first outfit is floaty, fun and super girly and is a look which is suitable for everyone. Vintage 1940’s style tea dresses look fabulous for days out ad this is the perfect opportunity to get yours out and throw it on. Many 40’s tea style dresses come with adorable floral prints on which look great in the spring and summer.


    Try going for colours such as lavender, blue, or even a yellow as these are very flattering hues. You could wear yours with a pair of espadrilles or some nude ballet flat for a comfortable retro look.

    1. The Casual Chic Look

    If you’re not in the mood to get super feminine and want an outfit that screams laid back chic then this is the perfect outfit option for you. High-waisted capri pants and a Bardot top are great combinations for the ultimate casual chic day-time look. Wear your capri pants in a light wash denim and make sure they are made of a stretchy material for a comfortable day out. For the Bardot top opt for one with ¾ length sleeves and a Bardot neckline for a truly flattering style. This casual outfit doesn’t need flashy shoes: A simple pair of black or white Mary Jane shoes or brogues finish this look of perfectly. 

    1. The Swinging Skirt Look 

    You might not be swinging and jiving at either of the upcoming retro motorcycle festivals but these skirts and still winners for their stylish flair. Swinging skirts are so much fun to wear and can really jazz up your mood and spirit. A great outfit would be to wear a swing skirt which features a geometric print in some summery hues and pair that with a casual jersey top with a boat neckline and keyhole detail. Finish this look off with a metallic ballet pump and you have a look which screams rockability and vintage sass!

    1. The Swing Dress Look 

    Retro dresses from the 1950’s are fab because of their versatility and the varying styles and lengths available. For this last outfit, try wearing a midi swing dress in a bright blue and black polka dot style! Midi dresses are great because they can be pared with tights if the weather takes a turn for the worse and can be worn when the weather is nice and bright, without being too heavy or hot. Pair this dress with some funky, high wedges if you dare or a pair of Mary Jane court shoes if you fancy something a little more casual.

  • How to Work the Vintage Look

    Sometimes, you will see someone sporting an outfit which treads a fine line between theatricality and reality, and have the confidence to pull it off with aplomb. Wearing unique, individual clothes can be a true reflection of your spirit and creativity, and you should always wear what you feel comfortable in.

    If you decide to take the plunge and embrace the exciting, innovative world of vintage clothing then there are some guidelines which you must follow in order to get the look spot-on.

    You should always pick garments which look similar to current trends. Many modern-day designers and fashion houses have huge archives of vintage garments that they are constantly adding to on a regular basis, and draw inspiration from their timeless designs. In actual fact, the majority of contemporary fashion is pretty much a re-interpretation of styles from the past, and you would be surprised to witness how close a lot of modern designer clothing comes to replicating older garments.


    The chances are, unless you have hours set aside in order to recreate vintage hairstyles right down to the finest detail, your hair and make-up are always going to appear vaguely modern. Simplicity in hair and make-up is a tried and tested way of transforming a vintage outfit and making it completely different. For example, combining 40’s style dresses with smoky, subtle eyes or a slicked back bun will work a treat.

    Even contemporary versions of classic hairstyles will add a modern twist yet still hint at a bygone era. Modernised ‘40s loose waves are a favourite amongst Hollywood celebrities, as you will see plenty of similar looks on the red carpet.

    40’s style dresses

    Pairing vintage clothing with decidedly contemporary bags, sunglasses and shoes is a simple way in which to dramatically ground a garment which may be considered a little ostentatious otherwise. It is easy to keep the overall look streamlined by selecting a shade which is present in the clothing and then wearing accessories in the same colour. Splashes of vibrant colour paired with all-black accessories are also a speedy way in which to modernise classic vintage garments.

    Mixing and matching vintage clothing and new separates is perhaps the easiest way of working vintage into your wardrobe. It is simple to take a special piece of vintage attire and making it more wearable, so that you can accessorise accordingly. So if you want to bring a retro feel into the office, then you can do so with gusto.

    Even when wearing head-to-toe vintage, it can be possible to accessorise in ways which make your outfit seem more relevant. Mixing eras can, surprisingly, have exactly the same effect as blending new and vintage pieces. It might just be the most fun and exciting way in which to change things up, and you can blend textures and combine colours to make an outfit appear both uniquely modern and completely timeless.

    These are just a few ways in which to wear vintage without looking like you are sporting a fancy dress costume. And, just as wearing vintage is a sure-fire way to guarantee that your clothing is entirely unique, you can also support small businesses by shopping at vintage boutique stores and websites.

    If you planning on getting hitched, then vintage wedding dresses are absolutely exquisite, as the detail in the design is magnificent. Due to the fact that such great care and precision is put into every piece you are guaranteed to be the centre of attention and they will make your big day extra special and memorable.

    Chiffon dresses in particular are ideal if you want to hold your nuptials outside, especially in the warmer summer months. They are light and airy and go perfectly with a cream bouquet or ivory fascinator. Here’s to the bride and groom!

  • Retro Festival: Get Into the Spirit with Some Awesome Retro Fashions (Women’s Edition)

    Are you ready for Retro Festival 2017? Probably not, because we’ve got a while to go until it’s here, but that’s great news for the fashion lovers amongst you. Why? Because you have plenty of time to organise your outfits.

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