Vintage Fashion blog bringing you the history of fashion, latest trend done the vintage way, vintage finds and much, much more.
This what your Vintage Fashion Blog from My Vintage Blog Ad will look like to visitors! Of course you will want to use keywords and ad targeting to get the most out of your ad campaign! So purchase an ad space today before there all gone!
Customize the title link
Place a detailed description
It appears here within the content
Approved within 24 hours!
If not completely satisfied, you'll receive 3 months absolutely free;
No questions asked!
FREE Gift with Every Order! As a big thank you to all of our customers we are offering a FREE gift with every order placed online at www.myvintage.co.uk! Gifts are worth £5 – £35 (dependent on the order amount) and include vintage scarves, vintage handbags, vintage jewellery, vintage belts, vintage ties, make-up and much...
FREE Gift with Every Order!
As a big thank you to all of our customers we are offering a FREE gift with every order placed online at www.myvintage.co.uk!
Gifts are worth £5 – £35 (dependent on the order amount) and include vintage scarves, vintage handbags, vintage jewellery, vintage belts, vintage ties, make-up and much much more.
What will you get???
Order now to find out!!!
Why original vintage wins every time on a big night out! It’s the big night out. Seriously, you’ve been looking forward to this one for months. High streets and web trawled, you’ve found the perfect dress and heels. You want to stand out but not look too ‘try hard’. Glad rags on, you don’t...
Why original vintage wins every time on a big night out!
It’s the big night out. Seriously, you’ve been looking forward to this one for months. High streets and web trawled, you’ve found the perfect dress and heels. You want to stand out but not look too ‘try hard’. Glad rags on, you don’t want to blow your own trumpet but you look pretty hot!
A couple of hours in and that awful dread feeling creeps over you. You’ve spotted two different girls in the same high street number. Feeling completely bummed out, you grab another prosecco and spend the night avoiding your dress twins. Night wasted.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of high street fashion, but it’s always wise to broaden your horizons and mix things up with some original vintage in your wardrobe. And here’s why…
1. No dress twin disasters
The above situation has happened to us all, it’s practically unavoidable. But with vintage there is no such risk. You find genuine one-of-a-kind pieces, whose twins are likely long gone or at the other side of the world. You get quite a kick from sharing how it’s unattainable anywhere else.
“Oh wow, where DID you get your dress?” “Oh this? It’s vintage!” Bam.
2. Guaranteed quality garments
Today’s society, and of course fashion, is very much disposable. ‘Throw away’ dresses that you have every intention of wearing just once. At the risk of sounding like your grandma, it really was better in the old days, at least when it came to clothes. Made to last and often handed down for many years, better quality workmanship with more hand made and less machinery made clothes back then just better. Enjoy superior tailoring, stunning fabrics and attention to detail in your vintage pieces.
3. Experimentation fun
The fun in vintage for many is finding something quirky, maybe in unique prints or unusual fabrics. Check out this gorgeous patterned maxi dress in it’s bright and bold print – We just love it!
There’s a story in every piece. You may not always know it, but it is a wondrous pastime to conjure up stories. Was your new dress worn in the 1920s by a flapper, or to a wedding in the 1950s? Perhaps an 1980s rock groupie? Who knows!
I wonder what stories this beautiful original 1950’s vintage prom dress has to tell? If only it could talk!
So there you have it, vintage wins!
It’s an investment and when done correctly, will last you a lifetime…plus no more dress twins and more time to enjoy yourself (and soak up all those compliments)!
Bye for now
Vintage T-Shirts Vintage t shirts can evoke memories from a bygone era with words and pictures emblazoned on the front that remind you of a certain time in your life. They go back to the 50s, where they were little more than something you wore under a shirt, if you were a man, as...
Vintage t shirts can evoke memories from a bygone era with words and pictures emblazoned on the front that remind you of a certain time in your life. They go back to the 50s, where they were little more than something you wore under a shirt, if you were a man, as an undergarment. Marlon Brando and James Dean wore the t-shirt as an outer garment and so started a trend that still exists today. Today we have celebrity slogan t-shirts, t-shirts with our favourite bands on, t-shirts with their latest album title across the front. Over the past 50 years we’ve seen the simple t-shirt go from undergarment to fashion staple.
It was the sixties that did it for the t-shirt really when it was seen as a form of rebellion, when a generation protested over Vietnam and demanded peace with pictures of their heroes emblazoned on the front. T-shirts were now worn by both men and women alike. Che Guevara is one of the most iconic images and one of the most popular to feature on the front of a t-shirt, even today.
Punk in the 1970s brought ripped t-shirts and pins and the 1980s gave us big baggy t-shirts with Frankie Says, and Wham with their Choose Life. Football teams took advantage of the t-shirt phenomena seeing a perfect opportunity to advertise their team’s achievements and soon clothes designers came along and produced their own. T-shirts with slogans and the eponymous tank top (not to be confused with double knits and David Cassidy) were now riding the crest of a wave.
If you’ve not lived through the first forty years of t-shirts and you really want a vintage tee, then take someone with you when you go shopping and do your research. You may be looking for a vintage band t shirt from the 70s, or a tee with a particular slogan, if you know what you’re looking for, you’re halfway there. The shape of a vintage t-shirt will be different too; they’ll be much baggier than today’s t-shirts which are usually skinny fit. The majority of T shirts from the 70s on-wards were usually a loose fit, but you can always look out for the smallest size. You may also discover the delights of the cropped tee, only worn by those with washboard stomachs, but don’t match with a head band across the front of your forehead unless you really feel you must.
Surprisingly there doesn’t seem to be a plethora of online stores as there are for other vintage items. There might be some rooting around called for, but this is the joy and the fun of searching out vintage clothes, the battle to find that one true item you desire, then after hard work and determination, finding it. Don’t give up; they’re wonderful items of vintage clothing to collect and as with any other vintage piece need a lot of care and attention. So find that vintage tee and wear with pride!
Copyright 2018 My Vintage…Written by My Vintage – www.myvintage.co.uk
Vintage Print – The Polka Dot It’s hard to argue that the most popular and iconic vintage print is the humble polka dot. From the 1920s to the 1980s, we’ve seen this simple spotty pattern emerge time and time again in varying forms. Even in modern day reproduction clothing, polka dot patterns are vastly...
Vintage Print – The Polka Dot
It’s hard to argue that the most popular and iconic vintage print is the humble polka dot. From the 1920s to the 1980s, we’ve seen this simple spotty pattern emerge time and time again in varying forms. Even in modern day reproduction clothing, polka dot patterns are vastly used as they just scream vintage style.
Back in the nineteenth century, spots were used as decorative flourishes on delicate lace fabrics, until around 1850 when printing machines became more sophisticated and could print regular repeating patterns. It just so happened that at the same time, Europe was experiencing a huge new dance craze which reached as far as the USA. This traditional Czech folk dance was called the polka, and as well as this name being attributed to the new spotty print, it was also give to other items like hats, jackets and even puddings. They even called it Polkamania!
As we know, the 1920s was all about the rising of the youth. Polka dots were a young and fun print that was embraced by many, including Norma Smallwood (Miss America 1926) who wore a knitted polka dot swimsuit. Popular culture also jumped on the polka train and in 1928 Disney introduced the wonderful Minnie Mouse in all her red and spotty glory! Minnie’s polka dot hair bow was representative of the many different accessories that were now being worn by the flapper girls, and frivolous was chic!
In start contrast, the polka dots of the 1930s were more austere in browns, greens and navy blues. Often, dots would be printed discretely on sheer chiffons which encompassed the sophisticated glamour of the decade.
By the 1940s, couture fashion houses were beginning to use the polka dot in their designs. Still relatively demure if not a little serious, the likes of Jacques Faith and Christian Dior incorporated spotty textiles into their designs. Not least memorable was in Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ collection of 1947, leading the polka dot into the fabulous fifties. He once described the benefits of the polka dots in his designs: ‘According to their colour … they can be versatile … Black and white for elegance; soft pinks and blues for prettiness; emerald, scarlet and yellow for gaiety; beige and grey for dignity.’
The post war austerity had lifted by the 1950s, and finally the fun and frivolity of fashion returned. Polka dots, like many other prints, got bigger and brighter in the 50s and were featured on every possible garment from dresses to scarves, knitwear to shoes as well as home decor items too! There is absolutely no doubt that this era was the absolute heyday of the spot! Polka dots also worked well on screen and celebrities loved to wear them. The playful Lucille Ball was rarely seen without a spotted print and the uber glamorous Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell both wore polka dot halterneck dresses to the 1953 premiere of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
The polka dots of the 1960s were very different indeed. The space age style that was embraced by the likes of Courreges, saw unconventional materials being used in fashion such as metals, plastics and papers. This gave a new life to the polka dot pattern, taking away from pretty pastels and floaty femininity to bright, bold and edgy. Pop art also played a part in the popularity of the polka dot, and the art of Lichtenstein used tiny monochrome spots in a cartoon comic book style. Polka dots were also incorporated into psychedelic patterns that nodded toward the hallucinogenic effects of taking drugs. Fashion might not have done sickly sweet in the sixties, but it did do doll-like cuteness, inspired by the amazing Twiggy of course. Pinafores and mini dresses were spotty, as well as earrings, hats and even tights thanks to Mary Quant!
When it came to the 1970s, polka dots really did fall from grace. There wasn’t room for this simple and repetitive pattern in the intricate and experimental prints of the boho movement. Seventies fashion was romantic, whimsical and pulled from history of centuries passed. There are the odd 70s garments in spotty prints but these are few and far between. If you adore polka dots, seventies fashion should probably be low down on your list of vintage to source!
The 1980s was never going to neglect the polka dot! Not only was it the era of excess, statement dressing; it was also the era that had a huge 50s revival! Mid eighties style demanded attention, and polka dots covered everything from power suits to dresses, hats to handbags, shoes to blazers and everything in between. Colours were loud, bold and clashing!
Fashion moved into a very understated and simple world in the early 90s, but the polka dot was still held in high authority. In the iconic 1990 film Pretty Woman, Julia Robert’s character wore a brown and white polka dot dress to the races, demonstrating her change from prostitute to sophisticated woman! The longevity of this simple spotty print has relied upon changes in scale and colour over the years and it’s success has been assured. It’s a style that will never date and one that has many more decades of style left in it.
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed and please feel free to share!
Vintage Dresses – The Little Black Dress (LBD) Coco Chanel started the trend and other designers followed the trend. We have the style icons to show us how to wear it, with Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe showing us how to rock the little black dress, elegant and sexy with minimal effort. From Rive...
Vintage Dresses – The Little Black Dress (LBD)
Coco Chanel started the trend and other designers followed the trend. We have the style icons to show us how to wear it, with Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe showing us how to rock the little black dress, elegant and sexy with minimal effort. From Rive Gauche/YSL to Givenchy the little black dress was and still is the epitome of style and class. You can buy a brand new LBD anywhere these days, body con is very now, but there is no better black dress than a vintage black dress.
It just comes with so much more magic, mystery and pizzazz than one bought on the high street. How about a Gatsby inspired Miss Selfridge dress from the 1940s? What would you give for an identical Givenchy number like Audrey Hepburn perhaps, worn for Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Or a strappy 1970s dress, or an eighties Frank Usher with fluted panels?
There are sites online that feature LBDs from every era. You can choose a favourite decade and pick your little black dress. I know, it’s enough to make your spine tingle. Surprisingly; not all vintage black dresses are expensive either, you can easily find one for less than £100 if you do your homework. Dress it up or down with accessories, a pair of flat black pumps, vintage of course, followed by a simple clutch or a small leather purse. Jet earrings or simple gold studs; wear your little black dress in whichever way you want.
The original little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening scenes of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and designed by Hubert de Givenchy was sold at auction in 2006 for a staggering £467,200 at Christie’s auction house. It was one of three made for her as the Manhattan socialite Holly Golightly in the 1961 film based on the book by Truman Capote.
If your budget won’t quite stretch that far then take a look online and you can find some real vintage gems. Be careful for titles like “vintage inspired” or “vintage style.” It’s either vintage or it isn’t. But there are some little gems hidden away, forties styles make for particularly good LBDs. Lots of detail on sleeves, lovely shapes and cinched in silhouettes. Plenty of lift in the shoulders and stop at the knee, for those sick of LBDs stopping at the thigh, you’ll be relieved to find that a lot of vintage dresses, depending on which era you’re looking at will go to the knee or below.
Most of all enjoy it, vintage is about equality, it’s universal and global and it’s for everyone. It’s about the love and appreciation of fashion from bygone eras and styles that left their stamp on each decade. The LBD made its own contribution and long may she reign.
Thanks for reading, it would be great to hear from you!
Vintage Dress Infographic From My Vintage My Vintage brings you four fun facts about vintage dresses in this infographic… Visit My Vintage at our vintage shop in Darwen, Lancashire or shop online at www.myvintage.co.uk for fabulous unique vintage clothing and vintage fashion and accessories. We also have a wide range of brand new vintage style clothing and vintage...
Vintage Dress Infographic From My Vintage
My Vintage brings you four fun facts about vintage dresses in this infographic…
Visit My Vintage at our vintage shop in Darwen, Lancashire or shop online at www.myvintage.co.uk for fabulous unique vintage clothing and vintage fashion and accessories. We also have a wide range of brand new vintage style clothing and vintage style dresses, shoes and accessories!
Be unique with original vintage fashion from My Vintage – We are fashions best kept secret!
Or if you prefer use one of our linkware images? Click here