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Monthly Archives: October 2017

  • Want To Have a Killer Autumn And Winter Wardrobe?

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

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

    1950’s style dresses

    Suits are in

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

    Post-war blue

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

    Leather with a soft touch

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

    Spring dresses are still in

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

    Functional handbags

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

    Boots giving your style a kick

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

  • Top Prom Hairstyles For a Long Luscious Look

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

    vintage prom dress

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

    Mermaid Braids

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

    Slicked back high ponytail

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

    Straight and sleek

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

    Low romantic bun

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



  • Best Tips For Online Shopping

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

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

    Always know your size

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

    vintage clothing online


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

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

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

    Don’t buy everything online

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

    Customer reviews so you know what’s for you

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

    Keep note of your favourite online retailers

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


  • Vintage Wedding Dresses To Die For

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

    vintage wedding dress in London

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

    Madison Kantzer’s story

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

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

    Geometric patterns

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

    Nude colours and Hollywood’s golden age

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

    Beaded wedding dresses

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

    Vintage Titanic Tea dresses

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

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