Lately it seems like we’ve been transported back to the middle of the Twentieth century apropos style. Some people call it the Nutty Men effect ; there’s no argument that the hit drama set in 1960s Manhattan has had an important effect on both clothing and interior decor fashions. Whether ladies are wanting to copy Joan Holloway and Betty Draper, or are subliminally wishing to revisit a period of industrial prosperity ( neatly sidestepping the rampant misogyny of the day ), there’s no way to deny that the retro styles have come back in a big style.
What are the benefits of this? Well, the shape and cut of dresses and skirts from the age are certainly exquisite. Both flared and pencil skirts, the two main silhouettes are commonly flattering – and the shift dress, indisputably the classic kind of the youths at the time – has maintained its popularity thanks to its simplicity and true innovation.
If you want to join in with the trend but are worried it’s already on the out, brush away those concerns! At London Fashion Week, everyone’s favorite punk grandma Vivienne Westwood, showcased a collection that has been described as ‘fifties housewives on acid’ – in the best sense, of course! Perfectly fitted dresses, neat blouses paired with pencil skirts, and retro bathing suits reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe were seen on the catwalk to much excitement. Westwood showed us that you can keep the classic shapes of the mid-century pieces, but update them in other ways – through color, prints and accessories. Quirky plaids, brave baroque and kooky berets were all in tow, confirming that for this dame of the fashion world, it’s still all about having fun.
The best part about vintage style is that you do not have to splash out to crash the look. Yes, there are always folks happy to tap out their card on the designer threads, but there is truly no need if you’re more budget conscious.
Thrift and Consignment stores are treasure troves of vintage clothing ; you won’t always find something perfect so be ready to put in the time and visit them often. Scour eBay and etsy for bargains and play with the search terms incase things are misspelled or crucial details are omitted. Start to know the staff and tell them the sorts of pieces you love – if you get on well, they may even put things aside that they know you’ll appreciate.
Also remember to keep an eye on the high street as designer influences are appearing their faster and faster every year. It’s never been easier to find your ideal vintage dress so get to it and make your friends jealous; when they ask you where it’s from, say ‘It’s Vintage’ with a smile and be safe in the knowledge that they can’t copy your fantastic look!
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