HOW TO CREATE A VINTAGE STYLE FOR A MODERN EVENT

Everyone loves a party. The drinks, the dancing, the invitations and even the posh cars that you might hire to get you to the event are all part of the fun. The best part of a party? Getting dressed up!

 

When you’re with your girlfriends and you’re all doing hair and make-up, you feel a real sense of bonding! One of the most exciting parts of getting ready for a big event, is finding the perfect outfit.

 

Whether you’re looking for an outfit for a wedding or you’re on the hunt for the perfect prom dresses, you need the perfect outfit that you can truly carry off. From top to toe, you will need hair accessories to shoes sorted and coordinated with your pretty new dress.

 

A modern event often means people dress for the times, but what if you chose to go vintage with your look, instead? So, how can you make your outfit pop for your evening out? What would make you stand out from the crowd?

 

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Big Accessories

Every girl loves her accessories and choosing chunky accessories to go with your dress can really make the outfit pop out of the crowd. Large fascinators like this one are a talking point and can really draw focus to the way you have styled your whole look. Opt for a corsage on the wrist – stylish and never goes out of fashion, meaning you stay vintage at the same time as keeping up with the times.

 

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The Dress

Putting together a vintage look can be really easy. There are so many eras for you to choose from with your look, and websites like Etsy have fantastic ideas for 1920s flapper dresses if you want a truly vintage look. Drop waists and beaded dresses may not be the fashion right now, but you will stand out from the crowd in your classy attire and give people cause to follow your fashionista footsteps!

 

If you want to add a few decades on, why not go for a full Fifties style dress with a fitted waist and a full skirt? Giving Rita Hayworth a run for her money would be such a talking point and you will look so elegant!

 

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Shoes

Your shoes should complement your dress and come from the same era your dress is from. Skyscraper signature Louboutin’s may be the fashion right now, but they’re killer on the feet. T-bar shoes, low-heeled Mary Jane’s and Oxford’s would be the perfect choice to go with that flapper dress you’ve chosen.

 

Make sure the colour fits the dress and the style suits. Block heel shoes wouldn’t be the best choice for a 1950s-full waisted dress and you should be aware of the era you pick.

 

Going vintage for your event can be so nostalgic, especially if you choose to go vintage for prom or a high school dance. You could match how your mother dressed for her prom years before, and have the perfect photo op!

 

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Vintage Manners & Etiquette: Are they dead?

Not a usual topic for all things vintage but please stay with me, it will all become clear.  When researching photos for my #ThrowBackThursday Vintage Photography board and my penchant for the 1950s it got me thinking about etiquette in 1950 versus modern day dilemmas.

The Oxford English Dictionary definition of etiquette is “The customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group.”  Etiquette experts Debrett’s was established more than 250 years ago and was the go to resource for British etiquette and manners.  Their publications were read with extreme interest and gave advice: be courteous at all times, form an orderly queue in a shop or for public transport, say excuse me, please and thank you, when meeting someone for the first time shake their hand – a hug or kiss was a big no no!  Certain questions were also frowned upon such as asking someone’s age or whether they were in a relationship or not.

While the Debrett’s publication was well received it was the case that a lot of rules regarding etiquette were unwritten, being passed down from mother to daughter or father to son and in some cases girls would be sent to finishing school to assist them in acquiring a suitable husband!

While I just adore vintage fashion and vintage accessories, I really do not envy the formal and somewhat overbearing system of etiquette, not to mention how these forms of etiquette contributed to gender inequality and reinforced the class system.  Change in etiquette usually comes slowly but with the current pace of technology we all appear to be playing catch up.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not asking for us all to read through Debrett’s and start acting as though we are part of Downton Abbey high society but I do think taking account of ‘vintage’ etiquette and manners will help us deal with the modern-day dilemmas we can sometimes face.

So while ‘vintage’ etiquette and manners may not hold much influence today, it would seem etiquette isn’t as dead as I thought as we continue to write the rules for how we communicate via email, text and all forms of social media.

But let’s not forget that we still interact with people so please consider ‘vintage’ etiquette and manners, they are as important as Netiquette!

For those wanting to read a little bit more etiquette by Debrett’s I would recommend their book on the A-Z of Modern Manners.

 

 

 

 

 

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6 VINTAGE FASHION BOUTIQUES YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

Vintage fashion is very on-trend.  You don’t have to be decked out head to toe in it either.  A few key pieces can add so much to your wardrobe.  The most popular place people go to find vintage clothing is Ebay but more often than not it can be difficult to find something among the poor quality pictures and lack of detailed descriptions.

 

Going through rails and rails at your local charity shop can also be a bit confusing as you scan items and wonder which decade they are from, so shopping for vintage clothing at an online store can take the hassle and frustration out of your search.

 

Below I have listed my favourite vintage online shops, you don’t have to trek to these, they also have a fantastic array of clothing which is clearly labelled with measurements included!

 

So pour yourself a glass of martini, sit back and search until your hearts content.

 

  1. Peekaboovintage

A place that people often forget about is ASOS Markplace, Peekaboovintage have an array of vintage items, it is the ideal place to go for that 1970’s or 1980’s look.  I just love this 1970’s floral summer dress.

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  1. Rokit

Rokit stoick a huge selection of vintage clothing that covers almost every era from the 1930s to the 1990s.  I just love being able to decide on a certain period and with the click of a button that particular range comes up.  One of my favourites is their selection of 1950s fashion and this little black dress.

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  1. Beyond Retro

Beyond Retro claim to have the biggest selection of vintage wear online in the UK.  I have to agree they have a huge selection where you could spend hours searching through their items.  The search facility is good, you select your product and then filter it down to era.  If you click on their era edits section, they will bring up a selection of clothes for you.  Just look at the selection you can get from the Mod look.

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  1. Juno Says Hello

A stunning array of cocktail and entertaining wear which have been seen on celebrities.  Top range dresses can be found here including this beautiful 1930s dress.

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  1. Love Miss Daisy Vintage

A very easy and beautiful website to navigate, Love Miss Daisy Vintage has a vast array of items.  Again the selection is broken down in to era making it easy to select your favourite items.  This 1950s floral day dress is just stunning.

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  1. My Vintage

    Wow, what can I say about My Vintage? A fab website, plenty of stock and an owner whose love of vintage oozes from the site making it so much easier for you as you browse, not to mention the excellent free personal styling service with Emma!

 

Do you have a favourite online vintage fashion store?  I just adore visiting all these wonderful vintage fashion boutiques in the comfort of my own home!

 

Looking for some jewellery inspiration?  Head over to my blog post on my favourite vintage jewellery pieces for this autumn to add some sparkle to your outfits!  Or need some help on different ways to wear a vintage brooch / pin?  Read 5 Unique Ways to Wear a Vintage Pin / Brooch now.

 

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You really need to know about these online vintage fashion stores.  A great place to start to find unique vintage finds to bring your style to the next level.

 

 

 

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Vintage Fashion: Learning about 1940’s Fashion

Despite the war, the 1940s fashion still allowed for clothes that were not too clingy or form fitting, it was more about the curves with skirts becoming more A line and a slightly lower neckline.

One of the stand out items of 1940s fashion was the embellishments, ruffles, piping, top stitching, gathers and pleats to name but a few!

It was oh so classic.  Just look at these…

 

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An excellent guide to styling the 1940s way Style me Vintage:

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