Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Novelty of the 1950's

The 1950's, as many of you already know, is my absolute favourite fashion era. It was a decade awash with imaginative, creative prints and surfaces adorned with beading and embroidery, not limited to evening wear but also popular with daywear fashion.

It was in stark contrast to the drab and constrained 1940s, a real celebration of all that was new, stylised and modern. America was the instigator of the explosion of prints being used for dresses, circle skirts and blouses.

Circle skirts were one of the first items that came to the fore of 50s novelty prints - not least influenced by the wonderful Doris Day!

The most popular graphic prints incorporated cowboy and western paraphernalia, animals (most often poodles), furniture, playing cards, tickets, postcards and text. There were also the iconic atom prints - starbursts, atomic patterns, rockets and all things space age and futuristic.

We have had a wonderful array of novelty print 1950's vintage clothing at My Vintage over the years but just recently this Mexican inspired novelty print dress came into stock and has fast become one of my absolute favourites...

It is of course, a classic 1950's shape with a cinched waist and full skirt. I simply adore it's magical whimsical print of various cacti and plant pots in cerise pink, finished with bold blue striping.

So much of the 1950's clothing that I find on my travels is quirky and unusual, the real epitome of kitsch. Maybe tat is why I love it so much, as I truly am a quirky girl at heart :)

I'd love to see your favourite bit of novelty 1950's clothing, tweet me or link me in the comments below.

Over and out!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Oscar de la Renta: A Tribute

There are hundreds of collectable labels when it comes to vintage fashion, but there are only a handful that really make my heart sing. One of those has got to be Oscar de la Renta, who sadly passed away this week.

In 1932 this future fashion legend was born in the Dominican Republic, moving to Spain in his late teens to follow his love of art. It wasn't long before this passion for art was focused on fashion and he undertook an apprenticeship with Spain's infamous Balenciaga.

De La Renta dressed the remarkable Jackie Kennedy in the early 60s, which undoubtedly launched his name into the stratosphere, leading to him creating his own label several years later.

Throughout his career, he dressed a long line of first ladies, including Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and most recently, Michelle Obama.

He was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and passed away on 20th October 2014, aged 82. He will always be one of my favourite designers and I wanted to take this opportunity to pay homage to some of his amazing creations. Here are some of my favourites from the past few decades...

We have some gorgeous vintage Oscar de la Renta pieces at My Vintage, and here are my top picks...

Designer Vintage Oscar De La Renta Silk Floral Skirt Suit 10/12

Designer Vintage 1960s Oscar De La Renta Mod Dress Size 8/10

1980s Vintage Designer Oscar De La Renta Paisley Print Scarf

We've lost a real fashion legend, but I am so glad that I have some of his amazing timeless pieces in my collection. If you have a favourite Oscar de la Renta piece, why not show me on Twitter or via the comments below :)

Over and out!
Em x

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Ruby Shoo has landed at My Vintage!

Much like Romeo and Juliet, Ruby Shoo and My Vintage were kinda meant to be together... Our destiny was written in the stars and, let's face it, it was always going to happen. However, unlike the Montagues and Capulets, there will be no blood shed with these little bundles of joy (unless you get a little heavy handed with the keyboard whilst trying to order them)

Prepare to ooooooh and aaaaaaah - here are the current styles of Ruby Shoo in stock NOW at www.myvintage.co.uk

The Ruby Shoo Sophie is beautiful, the shape is very 1940's influenced yet the olive and mustard shades remind me of the 60's retro stylings of Orla Keily. Like most of the styles, this looks as good with jeans as it does with a cute vintage dress. £45 and available here:

The Eva is a really wearable shoe, perfect with that LBD or red cocktail dress. The thick heel also means these, like the other Ruby Shoos, are super comfortable too. £45 and available here: http://www.myvintage.co.uk/latest-products/ruby-shoo-vintage-inspired-eva-black-red-shoes.html

The Ruby Shoo Megan is another retro favourite, heavily influenced by bygone styles. In this rich wine tone with a modest chunky heel and supportive strap, this is also great dressed up or down and is just £40. Link here: http://www.myvintage.co.uk/latest-products/ruby-shoo-vintage-inspired-megan-wine-shoes.html

 The Uma is one of my favourites from Ruby Shoo. This plum suede and bright red corsage with the double strap and wood effect heel are simply glorious! Team with one of our ravishing red dresses for a killer retro party look. £48 and available here... http://www.myvintage.co.uk/brand-new-retro-shoes/ruby-shoo-vintage-inspired-uma-plum-shoes.html

If you want the perfect vintage inspired shoes for that LBD of yours, then look no further than the stunning red flocked Miley. The 3" heel is high enough to feel glamorous yet low enough for your feet to last all night, and the flocked fabric is mesmirising. Prepare to be complimented A LOT! These beauties are £45 and available to buy here... http://www.myvintage.co.uk/brand-new-retro-shoes/ruby-shoo-vintage-inspired-miley-red-shoes.html

Last, but by no means least, the Ruby Shoo Ali is a fantastic easy to wear court shoe that's perfect for work and play. The multi textured panels give these gorgeous shoes a really interesting look, whilst the classic black is still easy to pair with many different outfits. These too are just £45 and here is your link... http://www.myvintage.co.uk/brand-new-retro-shoes/ruby-shoo-vintage-inspired-ali-black-shoes.html

That completes my round up, I am sure you will agree with me that these shoes are seriously gorge and also very affordable... They are already flying out so whatever you do, don't miss them!

As always, if you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you via Twitter, Facebook or in the comments below :)

Over and out!


Friday, 27 June 2014

Under Vintage Clothing: the Proper Foundation

Have you ever wondered why that gorgeous little fifties dress never looks quite the same on you as it did on, say, Marilyn Monroe? The reason is a simple one: real vintage clothing for women was designed for women who wore proper foundation garments under those darling little dresses. That doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to wearing a constricting girdle if you want to look great in 1950s dresses, but a nod to the proper bra, slip and stockings will make a huge difference in your vintage style fashion.

The Down Under

Author +Gail Carriger is also a vintage clothing buff who maintains the blog Retro Rack: Vintage Style in a Modern World where she posts about her love for retro styles and vintage fashion. Among her earliest posts are a three-part series on proper foundation garments. One of the bet takeaways from her little instructional rant is this one:

Slips. Vintage dresses were designed to be worn over slips, and it’s not hard to find vintage slips, usually at the same shops where you find those adorable 50s dresses and other vintage fashion finds. Slips and petticoats are essential to getting vintage skirts to hang and fall properly on your body. A proper swing petticoat with tulle netting gives your skirt the right amount of pouf, while a delicious slinky chiffon slip will ensure that those slim dresses fall just the way they’re meant to, without showing your bra straps and panty lines. And of course, a swing petticoat also doubles as a very sexy little skirt number if you like showing off your naughties in public.

Check out some stunning #vintage lingerie and foundation garments pinned by +Ginny Huxford and vintage garter belts from IfiDiam for more ideas about what to wear under your vintage clothing finds.

What’s up Top UnderVintage Clothing?

Brittany blogs about plus-size vintage clothing at Va-Voom Vintage: A Modern Girl and Her Retro World. As a curvy girl, she has a superior understanding of the importance of proper foundation garments under your retro and vintage style dresses. In her own words:

A supportive bar helps to lift the breast and show off the waist, which gives an elongated look to the torso.
Brittany recommends structured vintage style bras for wear under rockabilly style vintage dresses because they give that “slightly pointy” silhouette the dresses were designed to suit.

The most important thing of all is to wear clothing that feels comfortable on you, and the proper undergarments can help you feel wonderful in your vintage clothing finds.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Rocking Vintage Clothing – Rockabilly Rules and Breaking Them

#Rockabilly is among the hottest of the hot vintage clothing styles out there. The trend takes its ethos from the rebel rock idols of the 1950s, and expresses itself in a variety of 50s dresses, cat-eye glasses, flashy-trashy hair and body art. Rocking a vintage fashion style like rockabilly is about more than picking up a few 1950s dresses and throwing them on. There’s a whole ethos that goes along with the rockabilly look – call them Rockabilly Rules – and understanding the different ways to wear the style can help you create an authentic vintage fashion look that’s yours and yours alone.

The Clothes

Rockabilly goddess @ReeReeRockette is a well-known fashion blogger posting at Rockalily. As proprietor of Rockalily Cuts, a his & hers salon, ReeRee totally gets what makes the Rockabilly look rock. When she posts about what rockabilly girls wear, you know she’s speaking from a place you can trust. ReeRee’s first rule of Rockabilly Retro fashion is to pick and mix from the Rockabilly rules. After all, that’s the only way you’ll end up with your own style.

50s Dresses – Styles that rock: Sarong dresses, halter-necked dresses, swing skirts and pencil skirts
Pants/Trousers –The look is slim, so go for cigarette pants, crop trousers and pencil slim silhouettes.
Rockabilly Prints – Prints make a statement. Look for 50s dresses and skirts splashed with polka dots or styled with leopard prints. You get bonus points if you can find vintage clothing printed with cherries, cute little anchors, bows or jaunty little skulls.
The Colors - The classic rockabilly colors are red, black, blue and white, but you might see some fab retro fashion finds in bright pink, turquoise or dark green.

The Accessories

The clothes are just the start. If you really want to rock the rockabilly vintage style, you’ve got to accessorize it right. That means:

Glasses: if you wear them, opt for vintage styles, especially cat-eye glasses with little rhinestone chips at the winged brow
Jewelry: Cheap and cheerful Bakelite pieces are the ultimate accessories for 50s dresses and skirts. Look for cherry dangle earrings, bright square pendants and flashy bangles or charm bracelets.
Hair: 50s vintage hair was meant to be accessorized. The classic beehives, rolls and updos just scream to be adorned with a bow or bandanna. Not sure how to tie one? Learn how with this great vintage fashion tutorial from +PinUpPassion.

Whether you decide to follow the rules or not, remember that the most important part of wearing vintage clothing rockabilly style is to have fun doing it, so just rock on with your bad self and have fun.