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Starting to wear vintage: 6 tips for vintage virgins

Starting to wear vintage: 6 tips for vintage virgins

1. Don’t be afraid to be different Individuality can be scary if you’re used to just blending in! Wearing vintage is all about discovering your individual style so take a deep breath and be brave, you might just inspire the people around you to be a little braver too! 2. Start small You don’t have(…)

Underwater fashion show, 1930s

Underwater fashion show, 1930s

An underwater fashion show from 1939 which seems to have taken place in a dolphin tank! This seems to have been a very ambitious idea for a fashion show… Oh, and riding giant seahorses (how could I forget that?!)

Sustainability vs the throw-away fashion culture

Following the news today that over 200 people lost their lives when an 8 story clothing factory collapsed in Bangladesh, it’s perhaps time to re-examine the ethics of our throw-away fashion culture. One of the companies that this factory produces clothes for was Primark, famed for it’s amazingly cheap fashion finds. I’ve never bought from(…)

Sponsor spotlight: Clothes-Box

Sponsor spotlight: Clothes-Box

This week’s sponsor spotlight focuses on Clothes-Box who are a family business selling a beautiful mixture of vintage and vintage-inspired clothes. They’re based in the UK but offer worldwide delivery, so don’t worry you can still get yourself some gorgeous vintage finds wherever you live! They’re kindly offering We Heart Vintage readers an exclusive promo(…)

My vintage: white polka dots & a side plait

My vintage: white polka dots & a side plait

Oh, I can’t tell you how delighted I am that we’ve finally had some proper sunshine! We made the most of it and had a gorgeous day out in the sunshine, but we didn’t get around to taking photos until late afternoon, by which time my experimental side-plait hairstyle was looking a bit disheveled and(…)

Audrey Hepburn’s new Galaxy chocolate advert

Audrey Hepburn’s new Galaxy chocolate advert

Have you seen the new Audrey Hepburn advert for Galaxy chocolate? I think it’s only being aired in the UK, so I thought I’d share it here for everyone who hasn’t seen it yet.  It came out about a month ago and I’m not really sure what to think of it.  Audrey Hepburn has been(…)

Vintage clothing styles: the swing dress

Vintage clothing styles: the swing dress

The swing dress started life in the dance halls of the 40s, when girls wanted to swing and lindy hop the evenings away with handsome young men, flashing some leg when they swirled on the dance floor. What is a swing dress? The swing dress is usually a knee-length dress, fitted at the waist and(…)

My vintage: my new (old) red party dress

My vintage: my new (old) red party dress

I’ve been so excited about showing you one of my latest vintage purchases, it’s a gorgeous red party dress, and isn’t it lovely? It’s the best feeling when you buy something online and it fits perfectly! Plus it was only £10 and it’s in perfect condition, which means I can justify buying it even though(…)

Vintage clothing styles: The cupcake dress

Vintage clothing styles: The cupcake dress

What is a cupcake dress? A cupcake dress is a very glamorous 1950s gown which had a tiny waist and a large voluminous skirt resembling a ballerina’s tutu. The skirt was usually made from tulle and often decorated with beading and trim. Think of a big frothy wedding dress or those Barbie cakes you get(…)

Fashion design: a demure 1950s wedding dress

Fashion design: a demure 1950s wedding dress

Now that it’s the Easter holidays and my little boy’s off school I’m getting the time to stop for a while and do fun things – more sketching, more exploring and hopefully some time to relax too! This is the first sketch I’ve done with some fabulous new watercolours I had for my birthday, what(…)

Vintage clothing styles: The wiggle dress

Vintage clothing styles: The wiggle dress

What is a wiggle dress? You hear the term wiggle dress used a lot at the moment, especially since Mad Men became popular, and often it’s applied to something which is nothing like an actual wiggle dress! A proper wiggle dress is a fitted dress meant to exaggerate an hourglass figure  and which is narrower(…)

My vintage: My birthday in the snow!

My vintage: My birthday in the snow!

Every year it snows on the week of my birthday, and every year it takes us by surprise and we’re amazed that spring hasn’t sprung yet! Having said that, most of the time the snow doesn’t settle, but we’ve got a steady covering now so I’m getting out there and enjoying it! I’m perhaps not(…)

The best legs in Hollywood: a photo tribute to Betty Grable’s legs

The best legs in Hollywood: a photo tribute to Betty Grable’s legs

Betty Grable’s legs, who were insured by Lloyds of London for a whopping $1 million. I can’t think of any other actress who was photographed as much just from the waist down! These photos were all from the 1940s, but mostly 1943. Can you see what all the fuss was about? Source and copyright: This(…)

1970s mens fashion: short white shorts and leather headband

1970s mens fashion: short white shorts and leather headband

Wow, what a fabulous outfit! This stylish young man was photographed in Lassing Park, St. Petersburg, Florida in October 1971. Source and copyright: I, the copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain. This applies worldwide. Edited with BlogPad Pro

Looking for the best vintage shops online?

Looking for the best vintage shops online?

The fabulous Sammy of Sammy Davis Vintage has released her long-awaited e-book: The 100 Best Vintage Shops Online. I got my copy yesterday and I’m a overwhelmed with how good it is! It’s an absolute MUST for any vintage enthusiast. For the vintage novice it gives you great reasons why you would want to wear(…)

Vintage brides: 1940s wedding dresses

Vintage brides: 1940s wedding dresses

The 1940s were an interesting time in fashion, in part because so much of the style of this decade was developed via necessity. Traditional bridal fabrics such as silk were rationed and a lot of brides opted instead for day dresses, suits or even military uniforms and accessorized them with corsages, hats and gloves. Which(…)

Sponsor spotlight: Whirling Turban

Sponsor spotlight: Whirling Turban

It’s time for another Sponsor Spotlight, this time focusing on the wonderful and inspiring Katherine of Whirling Turban. She designes the most sublime pinup couture from her studio which is surrounded by an orchid-dripping and dragonfly-humming tropical garden in exotic Bali. *sigh* Doesn’t that sound idyllic? I thought you might like to find out more(…)