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1950s Vintage Blouses and How To Wear Them

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1950s Vintage Blouses and How To Wear Them

Vintage 50s blouses come in a huge variety of different styles, prints and colors, which is probably why I love them so much. Whether you're looking for a smart pretty blouse to wear to the office, a rockabilly shirt to wear with capri pants and a pony tail, or some Mad Men style glamor: a genuine 1950s blouse will take you there. Workwear Whether you prefer sheer lace or a more preppy look, the tailoring of a 50s vintage blouse will look great in the workplace. Team a blouse with a smart pencil skirt and you'll look fabulous! Above: Sheer vintage...

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A Brief History of Vintage Swimwear: From Baggy Knits to String Bikinis

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A Brief History of Vintage Swimwear: From Baggy Knits to String Bikinis

You can buy swimwear in any style imaginable now, from the tiniest bikini to form-enhancing shape-wear swimsuits and even burqinis, but it hasn't always been that way.  Here's a brief history of modern swimwear, from it's beginnings in the 1920s through to the 1970s. 1920s The 1920s was the decade where swimwear first started to resemble the swimming costume we know today. The Twenties were a decade of female emancipation: long hair was bobbed short, hemlines got higher and higher and it got increasingly more acceptable for women to have careers. The new form-fitting swimwear reflected the spirit of the...

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The Importance of Dior's New Look

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The Importance of Dior's New Look

Christian Dior launched his 'New Look' collection on 12 February 1947. After the austerity of  utilitarian wartime fashion it was a relaunch of glamour and femininity. Dior himself didn't come up with the 'New Look' name, that was coined instead by the then editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar Carmel Snow who exclaimed: “It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian. Your dresses have such a new look.” The style was characterized by a full flowing skirt and a tiny nipped in waist. War time fabric restrictions were still in place at the time and the idea of using 20 yards of fabric for just one outfit was...

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The Joy of Fifties Novelty Prints

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The Joy of Fifties Novelty Prints

It makes my heart sing every time I see a new and fabulous print from the 1950s.  It never fails to delight me how innovative and experimental fashion was after the drear austerity of the war years. Of course there were popular recurring prints: poodles, scottie dogs, flamingoes etc, but there are constant surprises too. Take a look at some of these fabulous vintage prints: there's everything from lucky charms to bicycles, tigers to crayons, oh and some pretty kitty's too of course! What's even more pleasing is the wide range of items they're printed on. It's not just on...

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How to Accessorize a Vintage 1940s Dress

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How to Accessorize a Vintage 1940s Dress

Vintage clothing and accessories from the 1940s and 50s is incredibly popular at the moment, ( well has been FOREVER!)  not least because the clothes and accessories from this era were so beautifully stylish.  If you're only just starting to wear vintage (or even if you're not) we know it can be tricky to know how to put together a vintage outfit so we thought we'd share our outfit ideas. This is how we would accessorize this gorgeous vintage 1940s dress. How would you wear it? So embrace your inner lady-ness and get yourself a beautiful mid-century gown and some...

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