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  • Vintage Inspired Looks - 1920's Influenced Fashion for Wedding Guests and Occasions

    Love vintage style but don't want to look like you're off to a fancy dress party? We've put together a series of blog posts as a guide to styling your favourite era's in a modern way. In this first post we're looking at styling your look taking influence from the roaring 20's!

    We're HUGE fans of 1920's glamour and opulence. What better era to channel when planning your big night out? Take inspiration from the glitz and sparkle of the jazz era, a time when ladies weren't afraid to break boundaries and dress up at every opportunity!

     

    • Channel a flapper style with this gorgeous embellished dress in a perfectly on-trend shade of blush from LittleBlackDress.co.uk. Team with these gorgeous Stuart Weitzman heels and our pearly Art Deco style Eva clutch, and finish with a 1920's style smokey eye.

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    • For full on glitz and glamour, perfect for awards ceremonies or cruises, try this amazing maxi dress by Miss Selfridge complete with 20's style deco embellishment. Wear with rose gold accessories, statement earrings and a pop of deep plum lipstick for true 1920's allure. We're loving these gold sandals by River Island!

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    • For a modern take, add just a subtle hint of 20's style to your look. Go for this season's pastel trend and add a few geometric details. This fully embellished statement dress by Needle and Thread is just perfect with it's 20's style cap sleeves. Team with our Eva blush deco clutch and new Willow earrings to complete the ideal look for a wedding guest or races outfit. We love this yellow nail polish by Ciaté for a bright pop of colour.

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    Do you have any 1920's styling tips? Are you going for flapper style glitz this summer? Leave us a comment below!

  • What to Wear to the Races - Race Day Dos and Don'ts!

    With race season fast approaching, what better excuse is there for a few shopping sprees and dressing up for the occasion! For us girls, days like the races are much more than a day of gambling and champagne. The months before are filled with outfit planning - beauty treatments, shopping for the shoes, the dress, the accessories...it's all part of the fun!

    We've put together a guide to race day style to ensure you look classy, glamorous, elegant and appropriate for the occasion.

    DO dress for the weather. Keep your eye on the forecast in the weeks before the event and make sure you have a lightweight feminine coat and an umbrella if it's looking a little rainy.

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    DON'T take a risk and dress like it's the height summer if you're off to a Spring or Autumn race day. The likelyhood is that even with the sun out, it will be a bit nippy. Opt for a maxi with sleeves, a jump suit or add tights to make sure you don't freeze!Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 11.39.43source

     

     

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    DO go for a midi skirt! Demure and elegant, a midi skirt shows just the right amount of flesh whilst keeping things classy. A classic pencil skirt with a simple top is perfect. Take the look away from the office by adding statement accessories. We adore this full skirted look for understated glamour.

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    DON'T show too much flesh

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    DO think about a headpiece. While some race courses have recently banned fascinators, the tradition of wearing a headpiece for the races is something we think shouldn't be lost! Go for a cocktail hat for a hint of vintage glamour, perfect if full hats aren't for you.

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    DON'T match your entire outfit (something which is surprisingly common!) Colour blocking is fine, but tone down the look with neutrals or metallics like this:

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    DO take inspiration from celebs. Kate Middleton has such elegant and timeless style - she is the perfect person to be inspired by.

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    DON'T wear shoes that will be painful/cause you to fall over like this poor girl! Race days often include a lot of walking and standing. Make sure you feel comfortable, and this will show from the outside too.

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    DO go for a long wearing makeup and choose a hairstyle you don't have to worry about. Race days start at about 11.30am and if you're off out for dinner afterwards, you'll need to make sure hair and makeup is firmly in place. We recommend the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation - lasting coverage with a natural finish so no caked effect, and no SPF so your makeup will look even and flawless in photo's. Try a pretty braided crown up-do for minimal fuss.

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    And our final DON'T....need we explain?

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    Do you have any outfit dos and don'ts? Leave us a comment with your suggestions!

  • 6 Fashion Bloggers That Inspire Us

    We love fashion bloggers! In fact, we're sure we rely on fashion bloggers more than we rely on fashion magazines when it comes to fashion now. After all, these are girls who have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to fashion trends and inspiration. Every fashion blogger has their own unique style, and their creativity is boundless - so if you're looking for someone who will inspire you to take risks with your clothing, and someone who will show you how to put together the perfect outfit, look no further than these ladies:

    Effie's Make Up Box@effiesmakeupbox

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    Flame-haired Heather of Effie's Make-up Box is one blogger you could never call boring. She puts together colourful and exciting outfits in such an effortless way. Read this blog if you're interested in putting together an affordable but totally unique look.

    Milk Bubble Tea@milkbubbletea10756426616_4c9c891ec3_z

    It's a dream to ready Becky's blog, Milk Bubble Tea. She's a keen photographer, and so all her photos of her beautiful cozy bedroom and her pretty, ladylike outfits all have an ethereal quality to them. Her yummy recipes are definitely something you should try over a lazy weekend too!

    Media Marmalade@mediamarmalade

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    Classic, stylish and chic; three words to sum up the outfit photos on Media Marmalade. If you want some perfect inspiration for a glamorous everyday outfit, look here for the ideal example of British fashion done to a T.

    Grace and Braver@grcelisabeth

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    Grace's unique blog makes use of classic GIF images to bring you animated hairstyle tutorials and edgy outfit photos. Her style breaks boundaries and makes excellent use of fashion imported from US stores, so it's likely the first you'll see of some of these styles in the UK.

    That's Peachy - @tornumber9

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    Tor, Youtube Vlogger and Blogger extraordinaire shows us how to create wearable but eye catching looks that are as practical as they are stylish. She focuses on creating looks that we can all afford, and shops at high street stores, so you can easily get the look yourself! We love her approachable friendly blog and we could spend hours watching her Youtube channel!

    In the Frow - @inthefrow

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    Rosy-haired Victoria is a North-West UK personal style blogger who has us hooked. Her polished beauty tutorials, must-watch Youtube videos, and gorgeous outfits mean you could happily spend a good few hours on this blog!

  • 10 amazing vintage bloggers

    Are you looking to sit back, relax with a tea and cupcake, and read through a lot of vintage blogs? Well you’re in luck, because we’ve scoured the net to find some instant favourites! Thank goodness for vintage bloggers, without them, where would we get our inspiration? Where would we indulge in regular retro escapism? How on Earth would we ever master the art of pin-curls? Don’t panic, these ladies are the masters of vintage lifestyle:

    Retro Chick @retrochick_uk

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    Retro Chick is one of the UK’s most famous vintage fashion blogs; owner Gemma lives in Norwich, a renowned place for vintage thrift finds and boutiques, and she acts as an extremely knowledgeable guide to the whole world of retro glamour. If you love pretty hairstyles, to-die-for vintage dresses and cute modern vintage, this is where you’ll find your inspiration.

    The Vanity Case 

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    The Vanity Case’s Miss Doherty blogs about vintage lifestyle, and also about modern vintage culture, as she works for The Vintage News. So, if you’d like to read interviews with retro inspired bands, events and nights out, head over and give her blog a read!

    Yesterday Girl @jeniyesterday

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    Yesterday Girl’s Jeni is a familiar face in the vintage circuit, no doubt because she’s not only an excellent blogger, but she’s a model with classic vintage looks too! A first glance at her and you might really think she’d just fallen out of the set of a golden-era film.

    Celia Rose

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    Fashion, movies, sewing and baking, all the pleasures many enchanted by vintage culture will enjoy, and also just some of the many topics covered by blogger Celia Rose. If you want to know how to make vintage wearable every day, check out this blog.

    Esme and The Laneway @Laneway_Esme

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    Esme and The Laneway is an extremely famous blog, loved even by those who aren’t as obsessed with vintage as we are. Blogger Marianne leads a glamorous life in Melbourne, and you can read along as she visits vintage boutiques, ice cream tastings and pretty little towns, whilst dressed up to the nines in vintage gear.

    The Call of the Jitterbug Doll 

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    Do you love pin-up style? Then you’ll adore The Jitterbug Doll. View a whole host of vintage inspired photoshoots featuring Amanda in her collection of cute vintage apparel, and stare with envy at her perfected victory rolls.

    Tea with the Vintage Baroness @AdelinesAttic

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    Baroness Von Vintage from Canada will give you a glimpse into the life of a vintage shop owner, as she conducts photoshoots and sources stock for her adorable Esty boutique. It the perfect place for inspiration, for your next genuine vintage dress purchase.

    Miss Turnstiles @missturnstiles_

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    Want to see hair inspired by Hollywood starlets, classic fifties style dresses and a whole host of vintage goodies found at vintage shops, fairs and events? Then head over to Miss Turnstyles’ blog and indulge in pretty photography and style inspiration.

    Fifties Darling @fiftiesdarling

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    Articles on thrifting, vintage finds, designers from bygone eras and much more will greet you when you land on the Fifties Darling blog, but don’t be fooled, this is a blogger that can work fashion from any era, not just the mid-century!

    Vintage Vessel @StellaBrowne

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    Hayley from The Vintage Vessel is another blogger you’ll see around all the major vintage events, and she also works for The Vintage News! She puts outfits together effortlessly, and her blog is definitely something you must bookmark.

    Chronically Vintage @JessicaCangiano

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    Colourful, quirky and cute, Jessica really makes anything vintage she wears her own. Her outfits will leave you smiling and itching to get out there and build your own vintage wardrobe!

     

    So, these are just a few of our favourites, who are your favourite vintage bloggers?

  • A Simple Glossary of Vintage Fashion Terms – Part 2

    Continuing from our last article about vintage clothing terms, this article explains more about vintage dress construction elements and accessories. It’s a handy guide if you’re looking out for genuine or reproduction vintage! So get your texts books out and learn these terms!

    Zibellino – A fur stole (hopefully fake these days!) worn draped over the shoulder or over an arm, it was often worn by women in the 16th century, but it made a resurgence in style in the 30s and 40s.

    Welt – A type of vintage stocking where the garter is attached, so they stay up themselves and look more decorative. Popular with women before the advent of tights.

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    Wristlet – A little bag, smaller than a clutch bag, worn with a strap that wraps around the wrist. Popular in the Victorian era and twenties.

    Velveteen – Faux velvet, much less expensive and just as beautiful, often made into dresses in the 80s.

    Taffeta – A thick, satin-like material that is often iridescent. It’s quite a stiff material and it is good for making formal wear if you’re looking for lots of volume in your dress!

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    Tea-Length – Where the hem of your dress falls just below the calf, a popular length for suits and dresses in the 1940s and 50s.

    Teashade Sunglasses – Remember the round-framed sunglasses popularised by John Lennon in the sixties? Those are teashades, and they’re back in fashion at the moment.

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    Toile De Jouy – A fabric you’ll often see in French themed rooms and in pretty vintage homeware stores like Laura Ashley, it’s typically printed scene of the countryside or of 16th century people on an off-shite background.

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    Tulle – Beautiful, delicate net fabric used in fascinators, and in petticoats and dresses to give them plenty of volume.

    Turban – A close fitting head wrap. It started as a traditional garment in the east, but it was popularised with western ladies in the 1910s and 20s.

    Susurrus – The soft, rustling sound of fabric! It is often a sound that is romanticized, especially in antique frou-frou styles and fifties dresses.

  • 3 Top Vintage Themed Things To Do This Weekend

    If you love vintage clothes, jewellery and fashion, you’ll likely also be interested in visiting vintage themed attractions around the UK too! Most of us interested in the days of yesteryear love everything there is to do with vintage and retro culture, such as vintage cars, hair salons, shopping emporiums and tea cafes!

    Here are 5 vintage attractions that you must visit if you love to be inspired by beautiful old designs and the culture from the 20s through to the 70s:

    Visit a Vintage Car Museum

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    Do you often dream about spending long summer days driving along the coast roads in a 60s convertible? Do you one day wish you could complete the entire Route 66 drive in a retro pink Cadillac? Or would you even like to get inspired and buy a project vintage car to do up yourself? You can browse through hundreds of models at the Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon. You stare dreamily at all the glossy and chrome cars, and then, if you have your own, you can take part in one of their regular vintage rallies, a great way of meeting other vintage aficionados.

    Get a Bit of Vintage Pampering

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    In the Birmingham area? Head over to The Custard Factory and visit Le Keux Vintage Salon. It’s everything you ever wanted, with a chequered diner style floor, pastel interiors and 50s style dressing tables with showgirl lights so you feel like a true vintage starlet. Treat yourself to a retro up-do, or get some 40s victory rolls put in!

    Sip Tea in a Vintage Tearoom

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    If you’re in Manchester then you’re in luck, because the Sugar Junction vintage tea rooms are right on your doorstep! Scoff red velvet cupcakes and classic Victoria sponge as you sip tea from vintage china – best done whilst wearing your finest forties tea-dress! You can even get retro style milkshakes here too –yum!

  • A Simple Glossary for Vintage Dress Styles – Part 1

    Can you tell a flapper dress from a shift dress? Do you know what a drop waist is? Or can you distinguish what era a dress might have been from just from it’s neckline? The construction and style of a dress can tell us a lot about which era it was made in. That’s why it’s important for any vintage fashion fancier to be clued up on all the various terms when it comes to vintage fashion!

    So to keep you in the know, here’s a really easy to understand fashion glossary, so you too will be able to spot vintage a mile off!

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    Flapper Dress – Flappers were women of the 1920s who were happy to throw conventional styles out of the window. They wore loose, boyish dresses without corsets that were cut slightly higher on the leg than other dresses of the era. They were often decorated with bugle beads!

     

    Drop Waist – Where the waist of the dress sits lower on the body than the natural waist, usually just above the hips. This was another poplar 20s style.

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    Bias Cut – A dress cut from fabric laid on the diagonal, so the grain is from corner to corner. It leads to a dress with a more flowing and elegant fit. Popular in the 30s.

     

    Circle Skirt – A skirt cut from a circle of fabric so it has lots of volume. Popular in the 1950s and 60s.

    Petticoat – A fluffy netted underskirt worn under a dress or skirt to give it plenty of volume. Popular in the 50s.

     

    Sweetheart neckline – A neckline shaped like the top of a heart, popular in the 1950s on rockabilly dresses.

    Wiggle dress – A dress so tightly fitted to the figure that you have to ‘wiggle’ into it. Popular in the 40s and 50s.

     

    Shift Dress – A simple, short, above-the-knee dress without a fitted waist or bodice. Popular in the late 60s as part of ‘mod’ style fashion.

     

    A Line Dress – A dress shaped like a capital ‘A’ with a flared skirt and fitted top.

    Peter Pan Collar – Cute, rounded collars often found on 60s blouses and dresses.

     

    Maxi Dress – A casual, floor-length dress made popular in the 70s, often made of chiffon or cotton, and in a bohemian style.

     

    Boning – plastic or metal bars used to shape the bodice of a dress to the body. These are sewn into the bodice and help the dress keep it’s shape.

     

    Lining – An extra layer of fabric used on the inside of a dress, more expensive and authentic vintage dresses are nearly always lined. Sometimes with polyester, but the best are lined with silk.

     

    Cap Sleeve – A sleeve that covers the shoulder, but is shorter than a ‘t-shirt’ length sleeve.

    Epaulets – Popular in the 80s, these were decorative shoulder pads, and were often made in a military style. Imagine what Victorian military officers would wear on their shoulders, and you’ll get the idea.

     

    Hourglass Silhouette – a dress or clothing shaped like an hourglass; bust and hips in equal proportion with a nipped in waist. This figure was desirable in the 1940s, 50s and early 60s.

  • Gorgeous Vintage Headpieces to Inspire Your Wardrobe

    Like we’ve said before, no vintage inspired look is truly complete without a classic hat or antique styles headpiece! In the past, there was actually a time where any self-respecting lady wouldn’t leave the house without some sort of headpiece, whether it was a pillbox hat, pretty netted veil, flapper style headband or a magnificent feather fascinator. Just to demonstrate how much vintage ladies loved their hats, we’ve dug up these genuine vintage photographs to show you just how these elegant damsels would carry off a good hat!

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    In the 1920s there was a slightly taboo show called the Ziegfeld Follies, which was a theatrical show that ran between 1907 and 1931. It was based on the Follies Bergere of Paris, and the chorus girls of the Ziegfeld Follies helped push along a lot of trends! Firstly they helped move forward the idea of a looser corset, and that more ‘boyish’ figure of the 1920s, they were also dressed in the beautiful and exciting designs of Etré. The girls were so adored many went on to marry rich admirers, and they still influence fashion today. Just look at the fantastic headpieces these girls wore; they were inspired by exotic travels to the East, and the patterns and prints were reminiscent of Egypt, China, Japan and the Middle East.

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    These photos were likely taken of showgirls in the late Victorian era or 1910s, women were less likely to dress outlandishly then, but there were a few bohemians and artists who were quite willing to be crowned with a fine jewelled headdress. These headpieces were befitting for queens!

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    And finally, above is a photo of the 1940s ballerina called Gene Tierney, who as you can tell, was the perfect example of grace and poise. Her headpiece here is made from white feathers, and it wraps around in the distinctive style of most 1940s hats. It’s topped off with a beautiful wire crown, ideal for any performer.

    Which era would you love to go back to, just to try on all the headpieces?