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How to Wear 1940s Hats

How to Wear 1940s Hats

There’s a real soft-spot in my heart for 1940s fashions. Perhaps it’s because I grew up seeing the big shoulder pads and nipped in waists of the of the 80s and thinking it was all oh so glamorous, and later I realised how one decade was an echo of the other. Both embraced similar trends:(…)

50 Fabulous Vintage Coats

50 Fabulous Vintage Coats

Oh my, it’s definitely getting colder out there. The nights have drawn in and Christmas lights are starting to spring up all over the place (my next door neighbours back garden looks like a plastic Santa’s grotto – they’ve been out there all morning hanging it all up!).  It’s definitely time to wrap up warm(…)

Guest Post: Most Valuable Vintage Items

Guest Post: Most Valuable Vintage Items

The news is littered with stories of the latest auctions of iconic clothes and accessories, with price tags that still manage to shock us all. Here are some of the most valuable vintage items, both in terms of cultural and monetary worth 1.      Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Seven Year Itch’ dress It is one of the most(…)

My Vintage: Baby it’s Cold Outside!

My Vintage: Baby it’s Cold Outside!

Jeepers creepers it’s COLD out there! About 5 minutes after I finished taking these photos it started hailing and then sleeting. Yeuch! Bring back summer, I want a tan and a chance to wear shorts again! This beautiful vintage 1940s dress was kindly loaned to me by Helene from Revival Vintage. It pretty chilly once(…)

Vintage Lookbook: 1950s Evening Dress

Vintage Lookbook: 1950s Evening Dress

We’ve just had the first sleet of the season outside, so I think I’m justified in looking forward to the party season. I have to admit, my Christmas and New Year are rarely this glamorous, but a girl can dream! Clockwise from left: Vintage 1950s Blue Taffeta Strapless Bubble Gown  Vintage Sarah Coventry Earrings, 1960s and(…)

50 vintage party dresses

50 vintage party dresses

From the 1920s to the 1980s there are so many wonderful vintage dresses out there you could wear this party season. I had the most enormous fun researching this post, I felt like a child in a sweet-shop looking through all these vintage treasures! It was tough, but I’ve picked my favourites and here are(…)

Party like a silver screen goddess

Party like a silver screen goddess

I can’t ignore it any longer: the Christmas ads started in major style yesterday and once M&S and John Lewis have launched their ever faboulous Christmas campaigns you just have to give into the festive season.  So it got me thinking about party dresses and how nice it would be to embrace my inner silver(…)

Why vintage is virtuous

Why vintage is virtuous

Wearing vintage means different things to different people. Some simply have a love of the 1940s and want to relive that decade in every way they can, some have a penchant for miniskirts, some adore the uniqueness of it all. Personally, I love the romance behind vintage. I get totally carried away wondering who wore(…)

Style Me Downton (please!)

Style Me Downton (please!)

I’m totally engrossed in Downton Abbey this season. I was a late starter and only began watching it at the beginning of last season (series three) and I don’t know how I ever did without it! I can’t believe it’s the last in the season this Sunday! I plan to revel in every single minute(…)

Theda Bara

Theda Bara

1920s silent movie star Theda Bara looking a lot less vampish than she was generally made out to be! I think this might have been a publicity photo for the movie Carmen. It was taken in 1921 by Orval Hixon.

My vintage: I’ve got Saturday Night Fever

My vintage: I’ve got Saturday Night Fever

I have a secret soft-spot for the Seventies. Despite being horrified by flares, paisley and anything brown throughoutt my younger years, I seem to have finally got over all that. Flared jeans are now my favourite kind of jeans, I’d be lost without my shearling-style gilet and I love nothing better than a good clucky(…)

Judy Garland looking sexy…

Judy Garland looking sexy…

It’s strange I suppose, but I never really thought about Judy Garland as being sexy. I think my image of her was fixed at the point she played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, especially since I watched that movie so much growing up! These, however are undeniably smouldering publicity photos of her. Doesn’t she(…)

The height of Hollywood actresses: a star-studded lineup

The height of Hollywood actresses: a star-studded lineup

The height of Hollywood stars is something which has always fascinated me. I’m not sure why, but actresses always seem taller than they actually are (perhaps because they’re projected onto an enormous screen!). I had no idea that I was the same height as Marilyn Monroe, or that Veronica Lake was a diminutive 4’11”. Veronica(…)

Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy

1930s movie star Myrna Loy wearing an elegant halterneck dress. I’m slowly but surely falling for 1930s fashions, they were just so chic!

Win vintage fashion vouchers for ThisBlueBird

Win vintage fashion vouchers for ThisBlueBird

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS: Mary Heatley. CONGRATULATIONS MARY, THISBLUEBIRD WILL GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR PRIZE! This week I’ve got some fabulous vouchers to spend on vintage at the lovely ThisBlueBird! About ThisBlueBird: Since 2002, Lauren Wayman, has been helping women around the world carry on a love affair(…)

My vintage: 1940s/50s mashup

My vintage: 1940s/50s mashup

While I spend a lot of my life in relaxed 70s-style jeans or little sixties-style minidresses, it’s nice sometimes to dress like a grown up! And 1940s fashion is perfect for that. There’s something very elegant about it which makes you want to do your hair nicely and put some makeup on! I was lent(…)

Learning to love vintage separates

Learning to love vintage separates

It’s time I broadened my vintage horizons. When I first started wearing vintage I took baby-steps and invested in easy little things: sunglasses, jewellery and other accessories which were easy to add to any outfit. As my confidence grew I started buying up vintage dresses, generally from the Sixties, and I love them, I really(…)