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  • 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.

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    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.



  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.


    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!

  • Your Favourite Flower And What It Says About You


    Flowers are beautiful and lovely to see and smell and it doesn’t matter whether they were given to you or whether you grew them yourself. Most girls have a special favourite flower and one which they’d always be happy to receive.  When you see your favourite flower you melt a little bit inside and smile, it can be the difference between a bad day and a good day, and is guaranteed to turn a sour mood in something sweeter. Flowers are great and look fabulous when printed on clothes. Vintage style dresses and clothing in particular seems to exude extra flair when paired with a flower print.  In this article we will take a look at what you favourite flower says about you and what you love and stand for.

    Tulip- When winter disappears and spring arrives we get beautifully colourful flowers that spring from the soil and make the place beautiful again. Tulips are very special because they sprout during this time and represent the fertility of the sun and nature. They come in some truly gorgeous colours and look great on vintage style dresses and skirts!

    If Tulips are your favourite flower you are:

    • A deep thinker and a sensitive soul who is sweet and caring
    • A family oriented soul who is a great listener and gives great advice
    • Someone who prefers a few close friends instead of a large group
    • A hard worker who put everything into their endeavours
    • Someone passionate about their goals and motivated in all they do

    Rose –   Roses are a British flower and there are over 13,000 varieties of rose so they are understandably a popular choice for many people. They have long been associated with love and romance and classic and chic when added to dresses and skirts no matter what the colour is.

    If Roses are you favourite flower you are:

    • A feminine and fabulous person
    • A traditional person who finds old ways of doing things the best way
    • Someone who loves to bring out the best in people and is naturally positive
    • A perfectionist in everything that you do
    • A true romantic at heart and someone who loves to be in love

    Sunflower – Sunflowers are big, vibrant and beautiful and represent sunny times and the hot summer period. These beauties have an unforgettable yellow colour which is beautiful. They embody all that is cheerful and can really uplift the mood so they are a great gift.

    If Sunflowers are you favourite flower you are:

    • Someone who has lots of enthusiasm and energy with a jovial presence
    • A happy, warm and approachable person
    • Someone who basks in the limelight- maybe a little too much
    • Dedicated to something when you put your mind to it
    • Someone with a jovial disposition who never fails to see the humour in things

    Dahlia – Dahlias and the closely related flower chrysanthemums are a firm favourite in many vases and gardens across Britain. They are beautiful bushy flowers which come in all shapes and sizes and are one of the most long-lasting flowers out there. They come in many different colours except blue which makes they wonderfully unique and the more you cut them, the more they grow.

    If your favourite flower is the Dahlia you are:

    • Someone who is strong and independent and like to do things your own way
    • A loyal and committed person who stays true to your word and can be relied on
    • An elegant and graceful dresser
    • Someone who has hidden depths under the unflappable exterior
    • A very practical person who like to get things done


  • Visit The Newark Retrofestival This June 2017


    Retrofestivals are very popular in the UK with people who love all things vintage. The two most acclaimed festivals are the ones held in Newark, Berkshire and in Newbury, Nottinghamshire in June and August of 2017. This is a time of year when the weather is beautifully sunny and you can rent out a caravan or motor home to camp at the sites for the duration of the festivals. These festivals are filled with amazing entertainment and live music and you can find spend your time browsing through lots of affordable vintage clothing while you are there. At the Newark festival in June there will be three main stages each with their own line up of great entertainment and fun things to get involved with.

    Spitfire Pavilion - This stage will be filled with music, dance and even a circus so you can enjoy the rest of the night having fun. One of the greatest acts is a professional vintage style band called Phil Lyon and his New Vintage Band who play a mix of everything retro. From 1930’s jazz to 40’s swing and jive this band will have you jiving and twisting all night long.

    Black Hanger Stage- The Black Hanger Stage is all about rock n roll and will host rock bands playing everything from their own compositions to classic 50’s songs. Four piece band The Revolutionaries will be playing and they are incredibly popular for their Rocking RnB tracks which demonstrate their raw sound and high energy. Many other bands will be playing n this stage during the festival, so if you are a rock n roll fan this is ideal for you!

    The Alternative Stage- This stage is all about the 60’s with classical songs from that era being played by a number of bands and even solo artists. One of the bands that will be performing is The Union Gap which is a very popular UK band in the 60’s circuit. They will be playing a number of classical hits from the 60’s and 70’s performed in both their own unique style and in the songs original form.

    Vehicle And Air Shows- The Retrofestival will be hosting an amazing show of pre and post war classic cars, military displays, motorbikes and much more! If you have your own vintage car you can even choose to have it displayed by entering it into the festival beforehand. Aside from vehicle shows there will also be a stunning array of flying displays including The Battle of Britain’s Memorial Fight, A Typhoon, and A Hawk and a Tornado. This is a great opportunity to gaze up into the sky and observe some of the oldest, and best loved aircraft from history so it’s not to be missed!

    Other Great Attractions To Enjoy At The Retrofestival- If all of that wasn’t enough for you threes more to see and do at Newark this June with some fabulous extras! You can enjoy some breathtaking views of the festivals from up above in a helicopter, more than 1200 feet high and take pictures as the captain points out the landmarks. Or if you fancy a bit of pampering you could visit the Vintage Victory Rollers who are bringing their mobile parlour to the festival and offering a range of beauty service such as a vintage hair and makeup for the ladies and beard and hair trims for the men. There will also be a vintage funfair on the site which has over 30 fantastically exciting fun rides for you and your friends to enjoy!

    Staying At Newark- You have a better chance of experiencing all this RetroFestival has to offer if you decide to stay at Newark for the three days the festival is on. There are many options for doing this such as renting a pitch and bringing your caravan or motor home along. There is also an option for those who want a touch of glamour and luxury during their stay by hiring one of the Brook Bell Tents on site. These fabulous tents come with cosy Indian rugs, luxury inflatable mattresses, a hanging vanity mirror and old fashion magical lighting. There are lots more to enjoy with this option so it’s really worth checking it out!

  • Visit The Cumbria Vintage Fair For Affordable Bargains

    Vintage Fairs Are Great

    Knowing where to buy vintage clothing in the UK is important if you love retro fashion. There are many places in the UK that stock vintage clothing where you can find fantastic good quality clothing for a great price. In this short article, we will look at one such place, an affordable vintage fair in the county of Cumbria. But first let’s take a quick look at what vintage clothing in case you had any questions about the style.

    Vintage fairs are incredibly popular with many people from all different walks of life. Whether you’re into the 50’s pin up style of vintage dresses or the Levi and dungarees get up of the 90’s they often cater to every style from fashion eras gone by. The vintage clothing style can also be called Retro which is short for retrospective. This style of clothing emulates the clothing worn by people in a different era and can make you look interesting and quirky. You can find some great steals at vintage fairs and if you look hard enough there are quite a few fashion branded pieces to be found. Some people may be cautious about attending a vintage fair because many of the clothes have been previously worn. However you needn’t be alarmed: A good hand wash and a squirt of your favourite perfume are sure to have your vintage piece feeling and look as good as new! Vintage clothes that haven’t been worth before are often old warehouse stock and can be pricier than used the used pieces- especially if they have their original tags. There are lots of places that sell vintage clothing like charity shops, second-hand clothing shops, car boot sales and flea markets among many others. There is however somewhere that stands out in the vintage fashion industry in the UK: A place where stunning vintage fashion meets great prices.

    Visit Cumbria’s Vintage Fair

    If you really want great quality affordable vintage clothing you should check out the vintage fair in Cumbria which is returning for another year at the Rheged Center in Rehills, Penrith, Cumbria. The centre will be hosting a brilliant fair for their first visit of the season. The Cumbrian vintage fair is the leading vintage fair the UK so you’ll be in good hands for this fabulous opportunity! This fair has been featured in many top magazines in the UK including Vogue, Elle, The Telegraph and Marie Claire which is a testament to the extraordinary success of the fair and the happy customers it has amassed.   On Saturday the 4th March 2017, 30 amazing traders will be bringing you the very best in affordable vintage fashion and home ware. The fair will last all day from 10:30am in the morning till 4:30pm by which time you’ll probably be very tired but excited with all of your fabulous purchases. They will be selling everything from gypsy tops to suede jackets and pretty spring dresses so you ladies will be well prepared for when the weather gets warmer. You’ll be spending a day in the splendid Cumbria countryside while browsing the very best in vintage fashion so it’s definitely worth the trip! By starting your journey into the world of vintage fashion you’ll be joining a whole roster of famous celebrities including Florence and the Machine, Daisy Lowe, Chloe Sevigny and Kate Moss! These are celebrities who know a good bargain when they seen one and have been seen in some stunning vintage pieces- what better advocates for this style of clothing?


  • 1940’s Frocks: Under Twenty Dresses

    1940's Style

    The 1940’s might have been a time of war and strife but it was still a brilliant style period. Women’s fashion changed completely and was as it is now an expression of a whole generation’s life experience. 40’s style dresses in particular were a huge feature in 1940’s fashion and featured heavily in films, modelling and other media. In this article we will take a little look at four dresses from the 1940’s era which perfectly encapsulated the time period and had their own cute matching dolls. But first we’ll take a look at what made 1940’s style dresses so popular and different in their day.

    Fashion In The 1940’s

    Fashion in the 1930’s was represented by glamour, Hollywood movie stars and a care free life. For most of the 1930’s fashion for used as a form of escapism for many men and women who were trying to escape their difficult daily lives and struggles. Men and women would look to the movies for fashion inspiration and would imagine a glamorous care free life and this was reflected in their fashion choices. The movies stars in the 30’s had their fashion choices on display as everyone rushed to emulate some stunning piece or other. White paste jewellery, rich fur and glamorous co-ordinated accessories were fashion staples for most people, and whilst the pieces looked fabulous, the fashion did not reflect real life in any way.

    When the 1940’s arrived, that all changed completely. With World War Two starting in 1940 the tables turned and fashion took on a new, more functional role. Men’s fashion had stopped progressive completely with most men wearing uniforms and away fighting. As time went on women’s fashion began to echo the traditional styling choices made by men and many women began wearing coats and hats and man-made tailored dresses. The new look was certainly sombre and the fantasy fashion of the 30’s were firmly distant memories. The fashion was no longer about an idealised life but to do with responsibility and about supporting efforts made in the war through their fashion choices.  Women stayed at home and looked after household duties. They also took over the jobs that the men previously had. This wasn’t a glamorous time for women and their clothing reflected this conservative and practical era where clothing materials were limited.  The resulting look for women in the 40’s was a very uncluttered, slim look. Narrow hips, squared shoulders and skirts that fell just below the knee were the staple elements of women’s fashion.

    1940’S Dresses And Matching Dolls

    Miriam Franklin And The Matching Doll -Actress and dancer Miriam Franklin who danced in the musical show ‘Panama Hattie’ wore a buttoned bodice dress and black velvet halo-hat. Her costumes were so beautiful that they were copied on a miniature doll for vogue. The costume was replicated on Margit Nielson’s new flexible dolls at the time.

    Eunace Healey Gets A Matching Doll – Tap dancer and actress Eunace Healey danced in the famous Al Jolsen show in 1936. In one photograph she is pictured in a beige and black Under Twenty wool dress that resembled a pinafore. She was also given a diminutive counterpart in the form of a little doll in a replica dress.

    Edwina Blades And Her Doll – Edwina Blades was a magnificent ice skater and danced in the famous Centre Theatres new ice show at the time. She wore a suit with beige wool and embellished buttons, which was the perfect outfit for an afternoon tea. She also wore a beige felt hat which featured a rolled brim. A doll was made in the same suit and hat.

    Nadine Gae Gets A Miniature Doll-  Nadine Gae was a talented acrobatic dancer who features in the Cole Porter show in that era. She and her own doll were dressed alike in a beige and black wool outfit with an eagle embroidered on chest and a black felt hat.

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