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Retro Dresses

  • 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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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!


  • Experience the Retro Festival 2017

    Retro-lovers it’s time to celebrate and make merry! The much awaited and much loved Retro Festival is coming to UK in 2017. A dream come true, this festival offers the enchanting fashion, food and music of the classic retro era. Here you can live and experience the best times of 1940s, 1950s, and the 1960s. It is a beautiful way to glorify and indulge in the vintage fashion, art and culture. Indulge in the retro festival in UK this year either on 9th June 2017 or 11th August 2017. Here’s all you need to know about the Retro Festival 2017.

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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!

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