Fashion

Paris in 1963

Paris in 1963

I love this series of photos. Some of them could have been taken anywhere during the Sixties: the Mary Quant fashions and girls with their heavy eye-makeup and bouffant hair (even on the ballerinas). But then there are some uniquely Parisian photos too: the street scenes, the elderly couple snoozing in the Louve, the stamp(…)

The Best Dressed Boys of Goodwood Revival 2015

The Best Dressed Boys of Goodwood Revival 2015

As promised when I published my favourite women’s outfits from this year’s Goodwood Revival, here are my pick of the most dapper gents.  Their outfits are all 1940s, 50s or 60s themed and I think you’ll agree that they all look splendid! As always there were so many military uniforms, that I decided not to(…)

Goodwood Revival Roundup: My Best Dressed Women

Goodwood Revival Roundup: My Best Dressed Women

Sadly I couldn’t make it to Goodwood Revival this year.  It’s the first year we’ve missed it, but happily Matt Hind from Men’s File was there taking his amazing photos so I didn’t have to miss out entirely! Here are some of my favourite looks from the Goodwood Revival 2015. The fashions range from 1940s(…)

Fashion Snapshots: 1928

Fashion Snapshots: 1928

1928 was an interesting turning point in 1920s fashion. The boyish figure of the mid 1920s was starting to become more feminine again with female curves starting to re-emerge from androgyny.  The tubular flattening underwear of earlier in the decade was becoming more forgiving (or at least more womanly in shape), and once again women(…)

Divine Provenance

Divine Provenance

Have you heard the amazing story of this vintage 1950s wedding dress?  It was anonymously donated to the charity St. Gemma’s Hospice (who are based in Yorkshire, UK) with the following note pinned to it: “I wish any lady who takes this dress to have a life with her loved one 56 years like I(…)

Famous Ladies Who Have Joined the Corset Craze

Famous Ladies Who Have Joined the Corset Craze

If 2014 was primarily the “Year of the Selfie” (see: just about every showbiz article written that year), it was also the “Year of the Celebrity Corset-Wearer”. Indeed, in some instances, the two came together, with several famous women posing for selfies while wearing corsets (more on that later). But just why are corsets enjoying(…)

5 Classic Hollywood Celebrities Who Rocked Statement Brows The First Time Around

5 Classic Hollywood Celebrities Who Rocked Statement Brows The First Time Around

So you think Cara Delevingne invented the bold brow? Think again! As with most fashion trends, it’s all been done before. And as with most things Audrey Hepburn did it better.  Here are five Hollywood stars from the 1940s and 50s who rocked the statement brow trend the first time around! Of course, the 1940s(…)

V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition

V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition

I visited the Wedding Dresses (1775-2014) exhibition at the V&A last week. It was a fantastic display of bridal fashions ranging from incredibly wide 1700s dresses which would make you turn sideways to get through doorways (I explained that really badly, I mean this kind type of thing), to modern day celebrity wedding dresses. The(…)

Marilyn Monroe’s Wedding Dresses (Her Real Ones)

Marilyn Monroe’s Wedding Dresses (Her Real Ones)

Marilyn Monroe was married three times, once as a sixteen-year-old brunette in the 1940s, and twice more at the height of her stardom. You don’t hear much about her wedding outfits, and I think that’s because she never chose to wear a classic wedding dress. Actually she did wear a traditional white wedding gown for(…)

How Did Edwardian Ladies become Frivolous Flappers in Just 1 Decade?

How Did Edwardian Ladies become Frivolous Flappers in Just 1 Decade?

How did women go from the straight laced Edwardian era to free and easy fashions of 1920s flapper in just 1 decade? The catalyst was the same that changed not only fashion, but society and many aspects of everyday life: war. The Edwardian Era Just in case you’re not sure what Edwardian ladies looked like,(…)

The V&A: A Trip Through 19th Century Fashion

The V&A: A Trip Through 19th Century Fashion

I visited the V&A a week or so ago. One of my favourite museums in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum is an eclectic mix of sculptures, religious art, design and fashion, but on this visit I wanted to spend some time in their Fashion section. One thing which really surprised me was the size of(…)

The Downton Abbey Wedding Dresses: Did They Get It Wrong?

The Downton Abbey Wedding Dresses: Did They Get It Wrong?

I don’t profess to be any kind of historical costume expert, but I do have an interest in vintage fashions and I love a good wedding dress. Because of this I’ve spent hours both looking at old wedding photos and watching Downton Abbey, and it strikes me that they don’t seem to tally at all!(…)

Original 1920s Evening Dress Designs: Eat Your Heart Out Gatsby!

Original 1920s Evening Dress Designs: Eat Your Heart Out Gatsby!

These couture designs seem to mostly be by French fashion designer Lucien Lelong, who ran a French fashion house from the 1920s-1940s. Hubert de Givenchy trailed as a designer for Lelong, and Garbo and Gloria Swanson were amongst the celebrities who wore his fashions. Aren’t these designs glorious? Way better than the modernized versions of(…)

Vintage Fever: The Return of Retro Fashion

Vintage Fever: The Return of Retro Fashion

I love this vintage fashion infographic. Not only is it championing classic vintage styles which have been revived over and over again, but I love the illustrations too. I keep meaning to practice my sketching, but life always seems to get in the way. It’s definitely something which will be a new year’s resolution for(…)

1970s Style Icons: Bianca Jagger

1970s Style Icons: Bianca Jagger

Wife to Mick and mother to Jade Jagger, Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias met the lead singer of the Rolling Stones at a party in 1970. They married in May 1971 when she was already 4 months pregnant. The Nicaraguan socialite quickly became known as one of the most distinctively stylish women of the decade, from the(…)

Gift Guide: Fabulous Retro Christmas Gifts for Her

Gift Guide: Fabulous Retro Christmas Gifts for Her

I’m feeling totally in the Christmas spirit right now (and it is December, so it’s OK be overexcited like a small child, right?).  Here are my pick of retro Christmas gifts for women. The question is, which would you find more useful as a life coach for all those tricky decisions: Jane Austen, Nancy Drew(…)

1930s French Paper Dolls: Les Robes De Suzy (Printable)

1930s French Paper Dolls: Les Robes De Suzy (Printable)

Doesn’t every girl love paper dolls? I always loved them as a child and these are delightful! They were published in a French magazine and I’m guessing by the fashions that they’re from the 1930s. Suzy has a truly amazing wardrobe which I’m very jealous of – I particularly adore the dress with all the(…)

Vintage Shopping: The Best Black Friday Discount Codes and Sales

Vintage Shopping: The Best Black Friday Discount Codes and Sales

There are some amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales going on out there today and I’ve gathered up the best vintage sales and discounts around for you to enjoy!  I’ve ordered them by discount, starting with highest first, but make sure you don’t miss out on the special offers and sale section at the(…)