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  • Storing You Special Vintage Pieces The Right Way

    Many women have a passion for fashion and in particular, vintage clothing, which is very popular for its feminine, flattering style. Vintage dresses, accessories, and general clothing are often very fragile since they have a rustic quality and this means they require great care. If you aren’t careful with your vintage pieces, they can quite quickly become ruined, stained or damaged and this will destroy your collection. In order to keep your vintage clothing in the best condition possible, and for the possibility of deterioration to decrease greatly, it’s important to follow some basic rules. In this article we will go though some important maintenance tips that will enable you to keep your vintage clothing looking its very best for many years to come.

    Keep It Clean Before storing your precious vintage clothing away make sure that the pieces are clean. Most vintage clothing will require you to take them to a dry cleaners, but it’s always best to consult a textiles expert if you are unsure about a particular piece. This is especially important if your pieces are fragile or very antique. If you’re ever in doubt about how to clean a vintage garment, seek the advice of an expert so you don’t do your pieces any damage.

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    Keep It Cool We might like hot environments but your vintage pieces certainly won’t! It’s important to remember not to store your garments in places which are humid or damp as the heat and moisture will cause your pieces to become damaged! Storing your garments out of the sunlight and in a cool, dry area will ensure that your garments won’t become weak and faded. Nobody wants faded washed out clothing!

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    Don’t Use Hangers This might sound like a strange one but it’s imperative that you don’t use a hanger when you are storing your vintage pieces. Doing so will stretch and distort the fabric of your vintage clothing, rendering it unwearable! If you must use hangers to store you vintage garments, use a padded one instead of one that is metal as this will ensure your items are protected whilst being out of the way.

    Use A Box One of the best ways you can store your vintage garments is by using a museum grade textile box lined with acid free tissue. If your garment requires folding you should place acid free tissues between the folds and create a cylindrical cushion out of the tissue which will stop the fold creasing the fabric.

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    Keep The Moisture And Pests Away Another tip which is often overlooked when it comes to storing vintage garments correctly is the use of museum grade silica grade gel packets. Placing these inside your storage box will go a long way in helping to prevent moisture and keeping the pests away. Using museum approved pest deterrents are also advisable when it comes to keeping those pesky creatures out of your precious vintage garments.

    Check Your Vintage Clothing Periodically Once you’ve safely and correctly stored you vintage clothing away, without metal hangers, and away from moisture and heat, make sure you don’t just forget about your garments! You should aim to be checking your vintage items at least once a month to make sure the garments are still in good condition, and that the environment remains suitable as time passes.

    If You’re Unsure: Ask A Professional If you are unsure about how to store your vintage clothing or how to clean and maintain the pieces, you should always seek professional advice. It’s much better to ask someone who knows specifically about vintage clothes, and get the right help than to guess, or worse still make a mistake which could jeopardize the quality of your collection.

  • 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.

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     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.

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    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.

  • Dita Von Teese: Queen of Vintage Glamour

    Dita Von Teese is one of the most famous burlesque dancers in the world and famed for her glamorous vintage look and sensual lingerie routines. She is the ultimate modern pin up girl, with porcelain skin and striking black hair and is never seen without her trademark fiery lip. With great looks, on par dancing skills and a fabulous wardrobe to match, this is a lady who oozes old school glamour and sophistication. It is well known that Dita Von Teese has been collecting vintage clothing pieces for over 25 years, and initially started doing so because she couldn’t afford designer pieces. Inspired by 1940’s style dresses and 1950’s dresses, Dita has become a retro fashion icon to many women all around the world who all enjoy wearing something a little different from the modern. In this article we will look at some of the best retro-fabulous style tips as provided by the example set by Dita Von Teese. Whether its make-up, hair, costume or jewellery, we can all learn and improvise the styling of Dita Von Teese and add some jazz to our wardrobes.

    1. Cinch In That Waist!

    There are certain clothing styles that flatter just about anyone, and styles that cinch in your waist are just perfect every time! Whilst Dita Von Teese has spent years mastering the incredible art of corset training, you can buy clothes which serve to also give your waist a flattering look. Whether you’re wearing a 1950’s style dress like a tea dress or a more figure hugging piece like the wiggle dress, you can always use belt to draw in the waist and create a more flattering silhouette. Choosing to embody the retro style has a lot to with emulating the shapes and silhouettes which were worn back then.

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    1. Polka Dots 

    Polka dots were adorable back in the 1950’s and they are still adorable now! Dita Von Teese loves wearing beautiful polka dot style dresses and tops and they look incredible with her retro style! This style of print immediately adds a touch of funky retro fun and it can be worn so many different ways, that it’s impossible not to find something that suits you. Smaller polka dot prints work better if you are looking for something that makes you look smaller and this type work well on swing dresses and even Bardot tops.

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    1. A Strong Red Lip 

    Dita Von Teese is never seen without her trademark red lip, and this is a perfect example of vintage glamour used in the realm of make-up. A red lip instantly transform an outfit from not-so-fab to exceedingly alluring. A daring red lip can really tie together a vintage look and is the perfect finishing touch.

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    1. Classic Essentials

    Theres nothing that screams understated retro glamour than a beautiful classic essential for your wardrobe. Dita von Teese has often been seen out in such pieces like beautiful plain coloured structured blouses, and Bardot tops that aren’t too busy design wise. The classical 1950’s blouse is iconic because it is demure and yet a sultry piece. The shirt is tailored in a way which darts in at the waist has short turned up sleeves and a very simple turn back collar. The classic 50’s shirt silhouette is one which will be sticking around for a long time, and is a retro fashion favourite everywhere!

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    1. Retro Pencil Skirts 

    The iconic pencil skirt is a retro wardrobe must have. Dita Von Teese is always seen posing in a striking black or red pencil skirt and looking fabulous! These skirts give off the most flattering shape to a woman’s curves and look great all the time. You can try pairing them with cardigans or shirts or going for a bold printed crop top.

    1. The Shirt Dress

    Shirt dresses are another huge retro glamour staple in vintage style. Though they are worn in a long style and are very feminine in a demure way, they ooze sophistication and with a beautiful 1940’s silhouette, it is a much desired dress. Dita Von Teese is also a fan of the shirt dress and definitely turns heads when she slips into this stunning item of retro clothing.

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    1. Quirky High Heels

    Dita Von Teese would never be caught out without a pair of her retro inspired high heels on! High heels are the perfect finishing touch for a night out on the town. Vintage inspired high heels come in all shapes and sizes, but I’m sure Dita would want her heel to be the highest of them all!

     

  • 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.

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    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!

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    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.

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