Vintage

Win a gold collar necklace (or a cute bird necklace)

Win a gold collar necklace (or a cute bird necklace)

THIS COMPETITION IS CLOSED. THE WINNERS WERE BETH GURNEY AND SAM R. BOTH WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL TO ARRANGE DELIVERY. For this week’s competition you get to choose your prize. Either this pretty 40s Fab Shiny Gold & Heart Collar necklace, or the cute as a button Tweets! Pretty Bird Pink Enamel Necklace(…)

Lilli Palmer in a novelty jumper 1950s

Lilli Palmer in a novelty jumper 1950s

A publicity photo of Broadway actress Lilli Palmer from 1957 (check that lovely hand position!). If I were having an important photo taken I’m not sure I’d choose quite such a novelty one. Are they cockerels on the front of her cardigan or strange mutant spiders…?

Kim Basinger in the 1970s

Kim Basinger in the 1970s

I don’t think I’d ever seen a photo of Kim Basinger quite this young before. I think I first noticed her as a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again, and she just seemed to be everyhwere for about 10 years after that. This photo is from about 5 years before she had her big(…)

How to buy vintage: 7 common mistakes to avoid

I’ve heard a lot of people say that they’d love to start wearing vintage clothes, but they don’t know how to go about it. I can see why, buying vintage can be very different to buying in a regular fashion store, so here are my top 7 mistakes to avoid when you’re buying vintage. I(…)

Colour video of London in the 1920s

Colour video of London in the 1920s

I discovered this video today and I thought it was absolutely fascinating! It is original colour video footage taken in London in 1927. It was taken by an early British pioneer of film, Claude Frisse-Greene, who made a series of travelogues using the colour process his father William – a noted cinematographer – was experimenting(…)

1930s gangster chic for girls

1930s gangster chic for girls

Oh how I love this outfit! It’s so chic and Garbo-esque! I love the tilt of the hat, the sharp masculine tailoring, the bold pinstripes, it’s gorgeous! The girl is actress and movie star Lilli Palmer from a promo photo in 1936. Doesn’t she look amazing? I only wish we could see the rest of(…)

Dovima on a boat 1946

Dovima on a boat 1946

1950s fashion model Dovima looking impossibly stylish sitting on a boat in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This photo was taken by Toni Frissell and appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, November 1946. I love the look of the sea in this photo. Even though the photo is in black and white you can almost feel that water just(…)

My vintage: 60s housewife

My vintage: 60s housewife

I bought this outfit a couple of weeks ago and this was the first chance I’d really had to wear it. I love the spring colours in it, and I also love the fact that it’s a handmade dress from the 1960s which has now been passed down to another generation. I have no idea(…)

Britt Ekland looking gloriously colourful, 1970s

Britt Ekland looking gloriously colourful, 1970s

Actress and movie star Britt Ekland photographed in 1970s in her Mayfair flat in London. I love the bold and busy patterns she’s wearing, it’s so wonderfully 70s (and not a hint of brown to be seen!). It’s perhaps a strange observation but she’s got strange feet, is that just me? Either way, she looks(…)

1920s monokini (topless swimsuit)

1920s monokini (topless swimsuit)

I thought the topless swimsuit was invented by Rudi Gernreich in the 1960s, but apparently a slightly baggier version was around in the 1920s! This monokini was worn by Guna Mori, a Follies Bergere girl. Apologies for the size of the photo, I couldn’t find a higher-res photo! Which version do you prefer this one,(…)

Elizabeth Taylor with short hair in a leopard print swimsuit

Elizabeth Taylor with short hair in a leopard print swimsuit

Elizabeth Taylor with short hair in a leopard print swimsuit. This photo is a publicity photo from film The Last Time I Saw Paris in 1954. I’m not sure I’ve seen her with such short hair before but she looks absolutely knock-out doesn’t she?

Contact sheet from a 1940s fashion shoot

Contact sheet from a 1940s fashion shoot

Contact sheet of photos taken by Toni Frissell in the mid to late 1940s in front of the Washington Monument. The photos were taken for an advertisement for Garfinckel’s to go into Vogue magazine. Which of these photos would you pick as the best?

Gene Kelly in uniform, WW2

Gene Kelly in uniform, WW2

Gene Kelly photographed in his US Navy uniform during the Second World War, probably 1944 or 1945. He enlisted in the US Naval Air Service and was stationed in the Photographic Section, Washington D.C. He looks mighty dishy in a uniform doesn’t he? He was one of my first crushes when I used to sit(…)

1930s French advert: bareback riding in a Casino…?

1930s French advert: bareback riding in a Casino…?

Isn’t this just the prettiest advert? It dates from 1931 and is an advert for Casino de Paris. I assumed (because of the name) that this was a Casino but couldn’t understand why they’d be advertising with a showgirl riding bareback on horses. I looked into it and it turns out Casino de Paris was(…)

Sponsor spotlight: Style Me Betty talks about Vintage Shoes

Sponsor spotlight: Style Me Betty talks about Vintage Shoes

For this week’s Sponsor Spotlight Tanya at Style Me Betty has kindly agreed to share her expertise about buying vintage shoes – something which I have very little experience of. After reading this though I think I might have the confidence to give it a try! Vintage shoes often scare people away. It seems that(…)

How to get some vintage style with modern fashions

How to get some vintage style with modern fashions

It can take a bit of time to get used to shopping for vintage clothes, you need to find good vintage stores you can trust, get used to tricky vintage sizing and also get brave enough to take the plunge and start wearing vintage. If you don’t have the time to do this and want(…)