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  • The age of vintage: why is vintage fashion so popular?

    Vintage is everywhere. When you think about it; that’s rather a silly statement. Of course, vintage is everywhere – as soon as something’s been around for a while it effectively becomes ‘vintage’, being replaced by something newer that’s the latest flavour of the month. By definition then, vintage is everywhere – of course it is!

    Indeed, just we all get older, when young people replace those nearing middle-age as the younger generation, you might argue the older generation has then become ‘vintage’; not that they’re time is up, not that they’re past it and certainly not that they’re no use to anyone anymore. The world and life – thankfully! – doesn’t work that way.

    And, in fact, neither should clothes; garments that have been around for a while need not be thrown away or adjusted and recycled if they’re still in good condition – their time shouldn’t be up as they’re not past it. And it’s the waking up to this fact by millions of people that’s led to the rise of so-called vintage fashion; the realisation that older clothes are still wearable because they still look great – in fact, they’re not just wearable; they *should* be worn!

    But does that alone explain why vintage clothing is enjoying a particular boon right now? Or is there a little bit more to it?

    The celebrity factor

    Like or not, in the past few years, the renaissance of vintage may in part be attributable to the fact so many celebrities have been photographed and appear in newspapers and magazines and on the Internet happily wearing vintage in public. This, in many people’s minds then, has helped underline the reality there’s no barrier at all to wearing vintage and looking entirely with-it and modern – and with that, using vintage clothes to help carve out and express one’s own style and individual dress sense.

    And tied to this is the fact that, increasingly, people may be coming to the conclusion – inevitably then (to explain the above point), celebrities among them – that modern, up-to-the-minute high-street fashion is becoming rather generic, a little too homogenous. To wear a good deal of today’s new fashion is too often to look like everyone else. By contrast, when worn with care and imagination, vintage fashion – or newly made retro fashion – can transcend time; if it was smartly worn back in the day and looked cool, elegant, beautiful or simply sensational, why on earth wouldn’t it now? After all, trends on the catwalk and (supposedly) new fashion in the high-street outlets are forever influenced by past trends – what goes around comes around. And that means, conversely perhaps, that one never looks more on-trend than when subtly wearing vintage or retro.

    The opportunity for self-expression

    Maybe most of all, though, vintage/ retro is enjoying an undeniable time in the sun right now because it’s an enabler – it ensures its enthusiasts can be enthusiasts of themselves; that is, of their own sense of style and fashion and how they wish to be seen – how they want to present themselves to the outside world and what about their own personalities they want to share through how they dress. It can be – flying in the face of homogenous high-street garments – about self-expression. And, through that, about liberation and free-styling.

    vintage clothing onlineMany people turn to and develop an interest in vintage/ retro through seeking out or, by accident rather than design, discovering that one piece that they have to have, which becomes that favourite in their wardrobe they constantly pull out and mix and match with so many other things. That, of course, is wonderful, but it can lead them further into the wide world of vintage clothing online; it can become a door that opens them up to all the possibilities out there.

    vintage clothing online1To use the wardrobe as a metaphor then, that one piece can open the door into a magical Narnia-like world of opportunity that’s vintage/ retro fashion. But, unlike Narnia, the marvellous thing is that you can return to the modern day and sport your vintage garb along with today’s fashion because they all mix together so well; after all, fashion fads and trends come and go, but vintage is forever – it’s everywhere.

  • The Vintage Comeback: Mid-calf Hemline

    Vintage fashion styles are constantly making comebacks and it’s all thanks to their immense popularity. Whether its 1950’s Style Dresses or outfits that were worn in the 40’s, they have all made their rounds in the current fashion circuit- and it’s amazing to see! Vintage styles are timeless, appearing to never go out of fashion, and women all around the world seem to love the various shapes, cuts and silhouettes the retro style can offer. The last couple of years have seen the return of gingham, distressed denim, logo sweaters and much more. The fashion industry waited patiently to see what the next trend would be, and how quickly the catwalks would pick up on it. Would the trend be a throwback from the 40’s, 60’s or maybe even the 90’s? And will people want to wear it-flaunt it in true vintage fashion? In this article, we will look at the vintage trend taking the fashion world by storm in 2017 and look at why this vintage style is adored by women and fashion designers everywhere. The Return of A Famous Vintage Silhouette This year the fashion world is going crazy for the vintage inspired silhouette made famous in the 50’s by world famous fashion label Dior. The mid-calf hemline may sound modest enough, but it was a style that demanded attention, even back then! The 1950’s were a time when teenagers and young women yearned for more independence and freedom and one of the ways in which they could achieve this independence was through their fashion. The 50’s was full of women in fun, bold outfits- mainly dresses- and it is that attitude, spark and beauty that has carried this trend forward to where we are now in 2017. Every woman had a dress on in the 1950’s as they were the main staple in a women’s wardrobe. In other words, women wore dresses in the 50’s the same way we wear jeans and a t-shirt today! The skirt portion of the dress is where the difference was between the two types of dresses worn back then. One skirt was full and flared and fell at mid-calf length, and this one has been the most popular style ever since. This is the dress style that inspired Dior’s New Look full-skirted dresses.


    The dresses by Dior were absolutely showstoppers when they were first introduced to the catwalk. The dresses featured a bodice which was fitted, accentuating the tiny waist and there was a gathered skirt which ballooned out from the waistline. The fullness of the skirt was made using lots of gathered or pleated lightweight fabric. They could be styled with a petticoat underneath which further added to the fullness of the skirt. These dresses are called swing dresses.

    Fashion Designers Adopt The New Hemline In 2017, fashion designers have wasted no time in replicating this beautifully feminine dress and using them on their catwalks. This season Valentino and Balenciaga decided they would use the vintage dress style, as well as high street chain store Forever New, and online retailers Fame and Partners. The vintage prom style dresses have been incredibly popular since they were introduced, and it’s no wonder why! This dress style may not be daring or overtly attention grabbing, but it has huge appeal for many vintage loving women and retro hipster girls. One of the reasons for this is that waist cinching dresses have always been popular and attractive. Women want to wear clothing that makes them feel and look good, and having a feminine small waist on an adorable dress offers the perfect look. This dress will not be going anywhere anytime soon and neither will the mid-calf hemline. Since swing dresses can be worn during the winter with some cosy tights, we might just be seeing this dress again much later on in the year.

  • Fashion Trends Of The 1940’s and 1950’s

    The 1940’s and 50’s were a big time for fashion and it’s no wonder why! The hourglass shape was in fashion and so the clothing of that time was made to accentuate the small waist. It really was all about creating a specific silhouette. Clothing was made with wide padded shoulders and tops would usually be nipped in at the waist, with Aline skirts falling at the knee. This was the shape seen every day on women in the 1940’s and women who didn’t have an hourglass shape, wore clothes that would give the illusion of one.

    If we go forward 10 years in time we are brought to the 1950’s, and the fashion was very different considering only 10 years had passed. This era was all about the hipster fashion with the emphasis was on wiggle dresses, swing dresses, and lots of funky retro prints. In this article we will look at the kinds of clothing worn by women in these two eras. 1950’s Dresses and the styles worn during this period turned out to be quite different from those worn in the 40’s. It’s interesting to see how the fashion evolved, especially since the transition happened over a relatively short period of time. When you look at Vintage Clothing Online you will find that many of these styles are still immensely popular today and look as fabulous today as they did more than 70 years ago! The great thing about vintage clothing from these periods is that they are truly timeless and of course very feminine.

    1940’s Women’s Fashion When compared with the fashion of the 1930’s, the 1940’s style were really very different. Dresses which were worn longer in the 30’s became shorter and were worn at knee length. 1940’s Vintage Dresses were very popular and came in various styles, colours and prints. Most dresses, blouses and jackets were fitted with shoulder pads and this gave the top half a boxy, squared shape. The neckline in the 1940’s came in various cut outs. These didn’t generally show any cleavage and featured necklines such as the sweetheart, keyhole, round, V neck and square. Tea dresses were very popular during this period, being very flattering on many different body shapes.


    Wrap dresses were also popular choices for women in the 1940’s and these featured box pleats around the waist and a flattering V shaped neckline. Tea dresses which came with a boxy top half were also seen a lot in the 1940’s. The 1940’s green shirt tea dress at Maggie Ann Vintage is a great example of this style of dress. Featuring a classical 40’s silhouette with a nipped in waist, short sleeves, and a slightly flared skirt, this dress is practical and demure and can easily see you through day to night.

    1950’s Women’s Fashion 1950’s Dresses were glamorous, mature and ultra-feminine. There were two main dress shapes in the 1950’s which were very popular back then and remain so today. The style that is most popular today is the full skirt tea length dress which falls at shin length and features a narrow, high waist line. The other dress style was the sheath dress which was and still is a great fashion choice for women with curves. The pin-up look which is very popular today is inspired by the 1950’s sheath dress style. This look features a tight fitting pencil skirt which serves to hug your figure in all the right places.


    You can find great vintage options for this style of dress at Maggie Ann Vintage in some great colours. The pretty wiggle dress is a fantastic option as it is suitable for day and night and many different occasions. This versatile dress clings to your curves and features a high boat neckline with no sleeves, and a flattering V shaped cut-out at the back.

  • Are You Dressing Correctly For Your Shape?

    The great thing about fashion is its lots of fun especially for women who enjoy dressing up and looking their very best. All fashion types can be played around with but this is particularly true for Vintage Clothing. This style is very diverse and is worn by women all around the world. Whether it’s the 1950’s Style Dresses or some other era of retro fashion, this style is truly beautiful and classy. Vintage fashion is timeless and can be worn all year around seeing you through the chilly months, into the blazing heat of an August summers day. There are no strict rights or wrongs when it comes to wearing clothing, no matter what style or type. The main thing is that you feel good because then your confidence will shine through! The many differences women have means that there are certain things you can do to play up your best features and assets and so choosing the right clothing for your specific body type is rather important. There are women from all walks of life who enjoy wearing vintage clothing and so it’s great if this is also reflected in the clothes you choose to wear. In this article we will look at which vintage clothing styles look the best for your body type and look at how you can look and feel fantastic in vintage clothing.

    Determine Your Body Shape

    Determining your body shape is important when thinking about what would suit you and make you look and ultimately feel fabulous! There are generally four body shape categories and most women tend to fall into one of these groups. We will now go through these body types and look at the styles of vintage clothing that would best suit that shape. There is lots of Vintage Clothing Online that will suit all the different body types so it’s just a case of figuring out which one you are and dressing up your best features!

    The Hourglass Shape

    If you have an hourglass shape then your waist will be well defined and your shoulder and hips will be the same size. You’ll likely have a large bust and wide hips, but they are in proportion. To dress the best for this shape you should wear clothing that emphasises your small waist. If you are looking for vintage clothing that suits your shape try going for a pencil skirt and a fitted blouse, or a flowy waist clinching tea dress like many of the 1940’s Style Dresses. You should avoid loose oversized tops and avoid accessorizing with big belts, as this will swallow up your small waist and cause it to disappear.


    The Pear Shape

    If your body is pear shaped then you have generous hips and thighs that are wider than the shoulders and a smaller bust. If you want to wear vintage clothing and are a pear shape you should try wearing 1960’s style Aline dresses, but you should make sure you don’t wear fabrics which are too heavy. Lengths and fabrics that fall between the calf and knee will shorten your legs and will exaggerate the bottom half of your body. Longer skirts worn with fitted tops look adorable on a pear shape.


    The Rectangle Shape

    If you have a rectangle body shape then this means your shape is pretty much up and down. Your hips and bust are the same size and you have little to no waist definition. To dress the best for your rectangle shape you should add dimension to your silhouette by breaking up your shape and creating looks which add curves. 1920’s/30’s flapper style dresses look great on this shape as well as the kinds of dresses famous rectangle- shaped model Twiggy wore. Vintage Aline dresses also look wonderful if you have a rectangle shape.

    The Apple Shape

    If you are shaped like an apple then you will have a generous bust and well-shaped legs. You should aim to only show one of these off at a time to look your very best!  The best styles of dress for apple shapes are ones which don’t emphasis the waist. Vintage dresses such as 1940’s wrap dresses look fabulous on apple shapes as well as retro dresses with empire waist lines.

  • 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.


    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!


    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.


    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.

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