Fashion

How Hitler Influenced 1940s Fashion

How Hitler Influenced 1940s Fashion

When you think of 1940s fashion, you probably think of tailored looks, tea dresses, victory rolls and red lipstick (even after makeup the had run out), but fashions were very different in Nazi Germany. Hitler had a very specific idea of how women should look. He even created a German Fashion Board, the Deutsches Modeamt(…)

Vintage Paper Dolls: Marilyn Monroe

Vintage Paper Dolls: Marilyn Monroe

Following on from my ‘dressing Grace Kelly challenge‘ last week I thought it would be fun to ask the vintage stores I know to dress Marilyn Monroe this week, what do you think of their choices? Some of them are absolutely perfect, some less so. I’d love to know which you think are the best(…)

1920s Chanel No.5 Advert

1920s Chanel No.5 Advert

I just wanted to share this delightful 1920s advert for Chanel No.5 perfume today. As I’m sure you know by now (I’ve gone on about it enough) this is the perfume I wear and I so prefer the charm of the flighty flapper in this ad to the modern over-airbrushed perfume ads. It was drawn(…)

Dressing Grace Kelly: A Vintage Fashion Challenge

Dressing Grace Kelly: A Vintage Fashion Challenge

I sent out a challenge to the vintage stores I know this week, asking them to pick their favourite outfit for Grace Kelly, and this is what they sent in. What do you think? Which outfits are spot-on, and which are totally wrong? I think my favourites are the lace cardigan (below) and those amazing(…)

1950s Supermodels: Dovima

1950s Supermodels: Dovima

Of all the top models of the 1950s Dovima is perhaps the most well-known. Her fabulously unique model name came from a combination of all of her names: Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba. She was scouted by the editor of Vogue on a street in New York. One of her most famous fashion photographs is the(…)

50 Pieces of Dapper Vintage Menswear

50 Pieces of Dapper Vintage Menswear

I know there’s a really female bias to my blog a lot of the time (I am a girl after all), but I’ve had so many requests for some mens fashion that I decided to feature my favourite vintage menswear this week.¬† I hope you like it boys! And if any of you vintage men(…)

Vintage Style Icons: Adrian – MGM’s Costume Designer Extraordinaire

Vintage Style Icons: Adrian – MGM’s Costume Designer Extraordinaire

Adrian Adolph Greenberg, better known as just ‘Adrian’ was one of the most amazing costume designers ever seen in Hollywood. He was MGM’s head costume designer from 1928 and 1941 and designed the costumes for over 250 movies during the 1930s and 40s. Remember Dorothy’s iconic glittering ruby slippers in the Wizard of Oz? Well(…)

Vintage Lookbook: Princess Leia’s Vintage Makeover!

Vintage Lookbook: Princess Leia’s Vintage Makeover!

When I found this fabulous vintage 1940s Princess-Leia-style feather hat I couldn’t resist doing something I’ve wanted to do for ages: add a little colour to her outfits! Sure, she always looks¬† great in the movies and I can’t knock the style of Star Wars which has stayed looking futuristic for the last 35 years(…)

Oooh, Look What I’ve Got!

Oooh, Look What I’ve Got!

I saw a very dear old friend of mine yesterday (well, not so *old* actually – she’d just love being called that, ha! but we have known each other since we were 7!) and she gave me these fabulous vintage gifts as a belated birthday present. I just wanted to share how gorgeous they are(…)

30 Gorgeous Pieces of Vintage Knitwear

30 Gorgeous Pieces of Vintage Knitwear

It’s the perfect time for knitwear at the moment: not quite cold enough for a coat, but not yet hot enough to go without some kind of extra layer. Here are some of my vintage knitwear favourites around at the moment. They range from chunky 1970s sweaters to delicate 1930s knitted dresses to cute 60s(…)

20 Vintage Fur Adverts You Wouldn’t See Today

20 Vintage Fur Adverts You Wouldn’t See Today

You don’t see fur adverts much these days (or at least I haven’t come across many) but basically fur advertising hasn’t changed much since this type of ad (above) from the 1960s. Why she’s holding a lit cigarette lighter that close to her flammable fur coat I have no idea… Anyway, by now you probably(…)

10 Supermodels of the 1950s

10 Supermodels of the 1950s

Did you know that Uma Thurman’s mum was one of the most popular models in the 1950s? The Fifties was a great time for models. For the first time they became superstars in their own right. Apart from ‘the big three’ (Suzy Parker, Dovima and Jean Patchett), there were lots of other models who really(…)

16 Iconic Vintage Hairstyles

16 Iconic Vintage Hairstyles

Looking for some hair-style inspiration? I’ve collected some of the most iconic hairstyles here from the 1920s to the 1970s, which one do you fancy trying? I’m taking style inspiration from Faye Dunaway from Bonnie and Clyde today… 1. Veronica Lake: The Peekaboo Fringe 1940s movie star Veronica Lake was famous for her long finger(…)

Vintage Style Icons: Elsa Schiaparelli

Vintage Style Icons: Elsa Schiaparelli

Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli was one of the most influential designers of the early 20th Century. Along with her great rival Coco Chanel, she transformed womens fashions during the 1920s and 30s and is famous for her ‘fashion-as-art’ dresses. She collaborated with artists and surrealists including Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dali to create amazing(…)

50 Gorgeous Vintage Hats

50 Gorgeous Vintage Hats

Wearing a hat versus not wearing a hat is the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. (Martha Sliter) Nothing can make you feel your best like a great hat, it makes me sad to think that so few people wear hats today. In the 40s and 50s most people wore hats everyday, but(…)

Vintage Look Book: Get Your Bogart On Boys

Vintage Look Book: Get Your Bogart On Boys

I’ve always through Humphrey Bogart was impeccably stylish, and I think he would have looked like dressed in these fabulous two-tone shoes. I’m amazed that they’re genuine vintage 20s, but absolutely pristine! What do you think about this outfit for Bogey? Teamed with a great 40s suit I think it would look great! Come on(…)

Vintage Look Book: 1950s Sportswear

Vintage Look Book: 1950s Sportswear

There were so many stylish men in the 1950s: Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Elvis and of course James Dean. Youth culture blossomed in the Fifties and sportswear became really popular, so grab yourself a pair of high-tops, a bowling shirt and a varsity jumper and get your vintage on boys! Clockwise from top: Vintage 1950s(…)

My Vintage: Suzi Quatro meets Dovima

My Vintage: Suzi Quatro meets Dovima

Well, that’s the look I was going for. Of course I look nothing like either of them, but that’s where my inspiration was coming from! What do you think of my saucy red-seamed tights? Aren’t they fabulous. It’s a pity you can see the huge bruise I’ve got on my calf, that serves me right(…)