Fashion

5 Photos Which Prove the 1930s Were Impossibly Stylish*

5 Photos Which Prove the 1930s Were Impossibly Stylish*

The 1930s are a decade which haven’t really had a popular revival in the same way that the other decades of the 20th Century have. Pretty much anyone can tell you what a 1920s flapper looked like, or a 1950s circle skirt or a 1960s Mary Quant mini dress but quite often if you mention(…)

A Rundown of 1950s Dress Styles

A Rundown of 1950s Dress Styles

I’ve just done a guest post for the blog of the vintage directory about the different silhouettes of the 1950s. If you have time please could you take a look at the post and let me know whether I’ve missed any important styles out? I’ve got the main 3 I think, but I’ve got a(…)

5 Epic 1920s Swimsuit Fails

5 Epic 1920s Swimsuit Fails

It’s easy to get carried away and think that swimwear styles in the past was more beautiful, more elegant and more chic than those available today, but as these photos prove that wasn’t necessarily the case! The photo above, for example, is a gorgeous photo full of joy and laughter, but unfortunately those flimsy woolen(…)

I Charleston The World

I Charleston The World

Who doesn’t love letting their hair down (or putting their hair up) and having a good dance? And if you’ve not got the moves yourself then watching dancing can be just as therapeutic. Just watching this amazing Charleston video (below) made me grin from ear to ear and I hope it has the same effect(…)

Vintage Fashion Photographers: Toni Frissell

Vintage Fashion Photographers: Toni Frissell

Following on from talking about Toni Frissell’s photos of children during WW2 I wanted to share some of her breathtaking fashion photos with you. She started photographing for Vogue in 1931 and was best known for her fashion photos showing active and independent women in outdoor settings, which contrasted starkly with other male photographers of(…)

Win Tickets to Goodwod Revival 2014

Win Tickets to Goodwod Revival 2014

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS ROSEMARY JADE. CONGRATULATIONS ROSEMARY, WE HAVE PASSED YOUR DETAILS ONTO GOODWOOD REVIVAL AND THEY WILL CONTACT YOU ABOUT YOUR PRIZE! Goodwood Revival 2014 is nearly upon us and I have two tickets to give away to one lucky reader! About Goodwood Revival: Goodwood Revival is an action-packed(…)

Getting a 1960s Look for Goodwood Revial

Getting a 1960s Look for Goodwood Revial

In the last of my How to Dress for Goodwood Revival series I’ve reached perhaps my favourite decade: The 1960s. Again another great way to choose an outfit from this era is to choose a famous face and try to copy their style. You could be skinny and short-skirted like Twiggy, a more grown-up version(…)

How to Dress for Goodwood Revival: 1950s Vintage

How to Dress for Goodwood Revival: 1950s Vintage

Following on from last week’s guide to getting yourself a 1940s-themed outfit for Goodwood Revival, I’m moving onto one of the most popular decades for vintage: 1950s today. Perhaps one of the most recognizable decades, the Fifties were the decade of Dior’s New Look with its full skirts and nipped-in waists as well as the(…)

1920s Bathing Girl Revue Extravaganza

1920s Bathing Girl Revue Extravaganza

Another day another bevy of vintage bathing beauties – this time I’ve found some amazingly clad 1920s contestants from the Galveston Texas Bathing Girl Review. I think most of the costumes must have been homemade – quite a few of them are more like fancy dress costumes than swimsuits – especially that amazing Ancient Egyptian-style(…)

How to Dress for Goodwood Revival: 1940s Vintage

How to Dress for Goodwood Revival: 1940s Vintage

If you haven’t got your outfit organized for Goodwood Revival yet, it’s time to start looking! The dress code for Goodwood Revival is anything from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. People go to great lengths (as you can see here) to dress the part, and although it isn’t obligatory to dress up, most people do(…)

The 1920s International Pageant of Pulchritude & Annual Bathing Girl Review

The 1920s International Pageant of Pulchritude & Annual Bathing Girl Review

Now there’s a title which just rolls off the tongue! Apparently ‘Pulchritude‘ is a really ungainly way of saying ‘beauty’ which (unsurprisingly) has fallen out of fashion. These photos were all taken at the International Pageant of Pulchritude & Annual Bathing Girl Review between 1926 and 1928. I adore these long old-fashioned photos. They remind(…)

Fashion Inspiration: Tell Me About It Stud!

Fashion Inspiration: Tell Me About It Stud!

Now that the schools are out for summer and we’re enjoying such glorious weather, I couldn’t help but think of Grease and Sandy’s fabulous outfits! So here are some things inspired by Olivia Newton John at her best– once in virginal sweet and innocent mode and one in spandex and leather. Which is your favourite?(…)

10 Original Photos and Illustrations of Flappers

10 Original Photos and Illustrations of Flappers

Flappers were rather different in the 1920s than they are portrayed in fancy dress shops and I much prefer the original versions. As Billie Dove shows us on the cover of ‘The Flapper’ magazine (“Not for Old Fogies”) it wasn’t all about shimmying around in beaded dresses, being a ‘bright young thing’ was about bucking(…)

Fashion Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

Fashion Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

This week’s vintage fashion inspiration comes from Audrey Hepburn in the 1954 movie Sabrina – one of my all-time favourite Hepburn movies. If rumours are correct she was mostly dressed by Givenchy in this movie although costume-designer Edith Head won an Oscar for them. Either way she looked fabulous throughout! I’ve picked 3 of my(…)

Fashion Inspiration: Liz Taylor as Cleopatra

Fashion Inspiration: Liz Taylor as Cleopatra

Elizabeth Taylor wore a staggering 65 costumes during the movie Cleopatra (apparently her costumes alone cost nearly $200,000), so it’s hard to come up with one particular style which sums up the movie. The general rules seemed to be: low plunging necklines or off the shoulder dresses with nipped-in waists and long flowing skirts. Oh(…)

Vintage Paper Dolls: Rita Hayworth

Vintage Paper Dolls: Rita Hayworth

You will probably know by now that Rita Hayworth was always my favourite classic movie star – she just seemed so impossibly glamorous. So how could I leave her out of my vintage paper doll series? Which outfit do you think suits her best? Personally, I love that sea green voile gown!

Vintage Lookbook: 1940s Daytime Outfit for Carmen Miranda

Vintage Lookbook: 1940s Daytime Outfit for Carmen Miranda

I haven’t done a vintage lookbook for ages now, so I decided to put together a 40s outfit inspired by the fabulous Carmen Miranda, who can’t have been dressed in frut-topped hats and exotic costumes all the time! I think she would have rocked a look like this, some chic wide legged trousers, a tropical(…)

Vintage Paper Dolls: Brigitte Bardot

Vintage Paper Dolls: Brigitte Bardot

I think we need something a little more upbeat today after the last 2 days of stories about concentration camp guards, what could be more light-hearted than playing dress-up with Brigitte Bardot? I sent out a call for vintage stores to send in their best Bardot-style vintage outfits and this is what they came up(…)