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  • Think Different; Think Vintage

    There was a time not too long ago when you could buy classic vintage bits and bobs from car boot sales, flea markets and charity shops, but now you see everyone selling it online or even buying it for themselves, and it is rare that you will find a bargain in this day and age.

    You can still head on down to vintage stores if you know where to look, as there are certain establishments which offer only the very finest retro products and if you delve a bit further into their hidden depths then you could unveil a real treasure. You may have to search far and wide in order to bag a great deal, but it will be worth it in the long run as once you find that something extra-special you will cherish it for years to come.

    Vintage has to look current and edgy, which is why Collectif vintage dresses are highly desirable as they have that classic ‘50s feel, yet will still fit in with the modern age. Even though they capture the essence of a bygone era you can team them with contemporary touches and flourishes and get the best of both worlds. And they look even more alluring when teamed with the ideal pair of shoes, but what footwear would suit such pretty patterns and striking designs?

    Trendy peep-toes, leather-soled heels and canvas pumps are all fantastic choices.  These lovely garments are versatile and original, and need to stand out on their own. Therefore, you cannot choose something too bold and daring, as this could make the entire outfit clash, especially if you opt for similar colours throughout. Floral print and flamingo dresses need no extra help if you tter to team bolder pattke the entire outfit clash, especially if you opt for similar want to attract undivided attention, so a simple pair of flats will be ideal.

    Pretty retro dresses can always be paired with small clutches, old-school satchels and rockabilly PVC bags if you really want to go to town and take things to the next level. These lovely accessories have been created from only the finest materials and never fail to impress. If you want something that has been made with care and attention to detail then look no further as they are quite simply exquisite.

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    Scarves are also a great addition to any outfit. You may not think that such a simple thing would add such weight to an ensemble, but if you pick the right shade and wear it with style it can look absolutely marvellous and give a plain vintage dress that added edge. Pink and white polka dots work perfectly with sleek black garments, and nautical shades are ideal if you have a white frilled shirt and navy pencil skirt as you can rock the marine look without trying too hard.

    Retro red swing pants and ‘40s-style blouses make a great combination, and the only other thing you will need is a pair of trusty heels and you are good to go. If trousers are high-waisted then it is best to add a little bit of height as you do not want them to swamp your frame, especially if you are of a smaller stature. So, by wearing leather pumps with a small heel you will automatically look and feel taller, and this will reflect in how well the outfit goes together as a whole.

    If you want to transform vintage polka-dot dresses into something truly magical then it does not take much at all. Maybe adding a chunky patent belt would be a good idea, especially if you want to make something even more tight-fitting and accentuate your waistline. A comfy belt is seen as a must-have item to have in your wardrobe.

    Dare to be a little different and think vintage. You won’t regret it!

  • Mix the Current and Contemporary with Stunning Vintage Pieces

    When you first start to piece together a vintage outfit, then it is easy to fall into the trap of looking like you have just stepped out of a time machine. It may be appropriate for a ‘40s costume party, but if you want to wear classic pieces on a daily basis you need to create a more contemporary look which still has vintage elements.

    But how do you get started? If you are new to the vintage game then it is best to keep things simple. You could begin by adding vintage accessories to a modern outfit. One key accessory such as a large patent belt could perfectly balance out an otherwise contemporary look. Take some time to think about wardrobe basics like a plain white T-shirt and a pair of boot-cut jeans. Just throw on a statement vintage belt over this classic look and you are ready to head out for the night.

    They are also fantastic if you have to stick to a tight budget. You can get several pieces for the same amount as a single item of clothing. With a few accessories you can then create completely different outfits. Perhaps you could mix things up with a gorgeous scarf or pretty leather satchel, and really go to town. Also search for vintage necklaces, brooches, shoes and hats, and then think about what garments you can match them with.

    You can always get inspired by current trends. Maybe you are not yet confident about pairing up vintage and modern pieces. If this is the case then look for vintage clothes which are similar to current fashions. A prime example is the comeback of the suede skirt. They were absolutely huge in the sixties and seventies, and have experienced a successful revival of late. All you need to do is find one which fits perfectly and looks great teamed with a pair of black heels, seamed stockings and a pretty, frilly top.

    It is always a great idea to create a fashion statement with quirky vintage pieces. Vintage style dresses can be worn with modern accessories, yet still remain the primary focal point due to their beautiful, elegant appearance and timeless style. You do not want to draw too much attention to yourself by wearing accessories which will clash with your statement piece. When you are wearing something striking like a polka dot dress, keep accessories minimal.

    If you manage to obtain a fifties-style skirt, then there are endless possibilities when it comes to styling. Keep things casual by wearing it with a patterned or plain T-shirt, depending on your own personal preferences. These skirts are already dressy enough on their own so you do not need to make many modifications, even if you want to dress them up for a formal event. A simple printed top with a statement necklace, brooch or bracelet will be all it takes to really work this look.

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    If you want to party in style and make sure that all eyes on you then vintage prom dresses will do just the trick. They are girly and charming and a little bit different from the usual, run of the mill frocks which you normally see at important gala events. You do not need to go all out in order to dress to impress, as simplicity is often far more effective than if you overdo it and take things to extremes.

    Cute rockabilly skirts are created to suit all body shapes, and if you pair these gorgeous garments with the right footwear then this will certainly cause a stir. If you are planning a romantic dinner for two and have been searching for the perfect ensemble then you will have hit the jackpot. Just remember that a couple of accessories are all you need in order to pull an outfit off and embrace the vintage look wholeheartedly.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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!

  • Wearing Vintage is the Perfect Way to Express Yourself

    There are so many different fashion trends and styles available on the market that it can be rather tricky knowing exactly what is in season, as everything seems to constantly evolve and change. The hottest item from last year’s catwalk could be considered passe and outdated just a few months later, so it is important to keep your finger on the pulse and be aware of what’s happening in the industry.

    Classic combinations such as a leather jacket, skin-tight jeans and biker boots will never get old and tired as they always work well together. You could always wear a frayed suede top to add an element of vintage charm, and give the outfit an entirely new and interesting dimension.

    However, for many of us it is important to think outside of the box and work our magic when it comes to wowing others with quirky pieces which have taken a great deal of thought and consideration. Planning an outfit takes time and effort, and you cannot wear the same thing two days in a row, so it is important to mix and match accordingly.

    If you are lucky enough to live in the capital then there are plenty of places to frequent in order to pick up some charming bargains and have a good old rummage around. You do not want to look identical to everyone else, so maybe visit boutique jewellery outlets or even have pieces hand-made for that extra special touch.

    So many places can customise certain pieces and add different embellishments or make alterations, so if you have something particular in mind then maybe this is the solution. You will always find traditional vintage items such as ‘40s style skirts, ruffled shirts and large clasp belts, but how can you differentiate one product from another? What makes something a must-have buy?

    Is it the style, or the cut, or just that it really suits your overall style and would make the perfect addition to any wardrobe? Pretty Retro tea dresses are extremely popular, as they are quirky and cute without being too ostentatious and OTT. They come in a range of different shades, and work perfectly with a pair of kitten heels or patent pumps.

    Black swing pants are also ideal for any occasion, as you can take a leisurely stroll around the park, go shopping for hours on end or board the train for a long journey and emerge refreshed, invigorated and ready to go. This is primarily due to the fact that they are incredibly comfortable, and add a hint of retro chic.

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    A good black vintage satchel is an absolute must-have if you have to take essentials with you such as lipstick, eyeliner and even some rouge for that authentic ‘40s look. Faux leather handbags also work extremely well with a simple but sexy fitted dress, and you can finish the look off with a pair of dainty heels.

    If you really want to stand out crowd and impress the fashion elite then dolly dotty dresses are certain to do the trick. They are cute, pretty and girly, and can be teamed with a range of accessories for that extra ‘wow factor’.

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    These stunning garments have been created for all shapes and sizes, and perfectly flatter your curves. And, if you pair them with some patent heels or peep-toe shoes then this will perfectly complement the overall look of your outfit. For something comfortable and figure-hugging, Hell Bunny vintage dresses are absolutely essential. Red and white and blue and white polka-dot designs are funky and fresh, and it is ever so easy to find matching accessories. A bright bangle or chunky ring would definitely do the trick, as this will draw even more attention and add a little sparkle and shine to the whole ensemble.

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