I always think to myself that I don’t wear enough vintage clothes and I don’t look ‘vintage’ enough despite how much I love the styles from past eras, but then it clicked I wear vintage clothes everyday. At least half of my wardrobe (if not more) is vintage but I style it in a way that slips seamlessly into modern fashion.
The checked trousers and silk scarf tied to the bag in this little ensemble are both vintage. Teamed with a simple cotton t-shirt, cats eye sunglasses and a pair of fitflops and it’s the perfect outfit for running errands, nipping for a coffee of cycling to uni.
It gives me my daily dose of vintage without interfering with my life (cycling in skirts is hard for me), keeps me looking chic and ensures that no one has the same outfit as me. If you’re new to wearing vintage adding little accents of vintage to everyday outfits is the perfect way to decide what does and doesn’t work for you.
Recently I have been trying to add some more vintage to my winter wardrobe which is no easy task as most of my vintage finds are summer dresses and skirts. As much as I love vintage I prefer not to look as though I’ve just stepped out of a time machine (although how cool would that be?!) so I tend to look for piece that can be mixed and matched with various items already in my wardrobe.
After the Yorkshire Blogger’s Lunch on the 28th we popped into a vintage kilo sale going on at Trinity Church in Leeds centre and I found a cute little vintage jumper that would slot into my wardrobe perfectly. I wasn’t 100% sure it would fit me and didn’t want to try it on but figured for the price ~ just £5 ~ I could always alter the sizing if needs be.
The unusual neckline is what originally drew me but the check design and neutral colour sealed the deal. This is a piece I can pull out season after season without feeling out of style. Plus the drawn in waist and long cuffs mean I can dress it up or down depending on my plans for the day. Here I’ve styled it with a simple pair of high-waisted jeans and my vintage callot. Easy but effective.
There is nothing more beautiful than a confident woman and that most certainly describes Joan Crawford. Hailed as the forgotten queen of style she has a timeless, classic look that I would kill for and a serene sense of self that comes across in all her photos. Despite what we think we know about her from her daughter’s book ‘Mommie Dearest’ she was still one of the most influential style icons for three decades, forever striving to be one step ahead of the fashion trends and the first to find a new look.
From stage showgirl to Hollywood actress, Joan Crawford has never lacked grace and bearing. In her early career she set the scene (the 20s) with floaty, thigh skimming dresses that emphasised her slim, girlish figure and dancer’s grace. She embodied the world’s view of the flapper. Her blue eyes, wavy hair and delicate eyebrows lent a girlish air to her wardrobe and personified the fun loving characters she played on film.
As her career grew so did she. She captured the mood of the times and dressed to suit it. When prohibition and the stock market crash made people grow she grew with them. The fun, playful style turned into structured suits and sophisticated dresses; classic and timeless. In the 40s her determined, ambitious personality shone through in her wardrobe along with the sex appeal that made her so desirable.
Crawford Signature Style
There are an abundance of style cues we can take from her sophisticated, ladylike wardrobe if we care to look. A cinched or emphasised waist, created by clothes with a plunging V neck that emphasise her broad shoulders and small waist were a staple of Crawford’s wardrobe, almost as essential as the highly arched brow, wide eyes and prominent lip. Combine this with one statement jewellery piece and you’ll have a pretty good emulation of her overall style.
In true Crawford style I opt for a neatened, emphasised brow on a daily basis but I am still working up the confidence to pull off the bold lip regularly. Yet I am still in awe of her polished curls and spidery lashes ~ If only I had her style. Who are your style icons?
I have always had sensitive skin. It’s a bit annoying really but I can’t change it. So when I noticed that I was getting red, peeling skin under my wedding ring I thought it was just something my skin was prone to. I just had to suck it up, keep moisturising and hope it clears up.
You see I’m not big on wearing jewellery. I wear my earrings, the occasional if it’s a special occasion or I remember to add one to my outfit and of course my wedding and engagement rings. These rarely come off. I wear them to bed, in the shower, while working out – I forget they’re there. Which when you think about it, it’s kinda gross.
Wedding ring rash is caused by one of two things – an allergic reaction to the nickel within your gold ring, or a build up of soap, dead skin and general grubbiness under the ring. Now given I wear mine non-stop I don’t think I need to tell you which was causing mine.
However one of the reasons I don’t take off my rings is because I have a VERY annoying cat who likes to knock things off tables and sides – generally anything that doesn’t have a lip and some things that do (like plates of chicken). So I decided to invest in a cute little ring holder from Amazon. For the princely sum of £5 this little beauty was delivered to me, keeps my rings safe from my cat and allows my skin time to breath. Problem solved.
You can get them in any shape or size, I just have a penchant for elephants at the moment (and dreams of travelling to India, but I digress). Cats, trees, hands, stags whatever will best suit your decor, and trust me it saved me a lot of irritation.
Do you have a ring holder, what style did you go for?
I love all things vintage, but let’s face it in modern life we don’t have loads of time to ensure we’re properly presentable (or at least I don’t, I love my bed too much!). Whilst I’d love to look like a 40s film star everyday I’m too low maintenance to go through that rigmarole. That said I don’t like to look scruffy, so on my bad hair days I add an extra vintage twist with a simple headscarf.
It’s a phrase I hear all the time when I profess my love of vintage clothes. True not everything in my wardrobe is vintage, and most of the time I don’t look like I’ve stepped out of a time warp from another era (although I really wish I did), but I truly do love all things vintage.
In case you hadn’t heard the hype (if not, how?!) Mattel has launched a new Fashionista line of Barbie dolls with a whole new host of skin colours, eye colours and body types. The reaction to this has been mixed to say the least, but my question is – is it really as big a deal as everyone is making out?
NPR’s roundup post on Barbie’s diversity makeover makes me a little bit angry, it has to be said. I honestly believe that we’re putting far too much stock in what children do or do not see in their toys. I’m probably not the best person to comment as I have no children of my own and no intention of creating any, but I do remember my own childhood and I didn’t care what my toys looked like if I enjoyed playing with them.
Ever since I told my mum I had no intention of having kids there is a favourite story she likes to tell about my childhood. Like most little girls I played with dolls, but my favourite doll was named Sally. She was a baby doll not a Barbie. She had blonde hair and blue eyes and came everywhere with me (if I was allowed to take her), but rather than caring for Sally as I saw my mum care for my little sister I carried Sally around by her hair. She joined in all my games, played on the slide with me, dug up worms in the garden and fought off the teenage mutant ninja turtles. But never once did my mum tell me (that I can remember) that I was playing with Sally wrong, that I was holding her wrong.
My point is this; I was allowed to play with my toys and discover my own fun and happiness. By giving little girls and boys toys that only look like them, are we not promoting segregation and teaching children that they have to find something of themselves in a toy to like it? A child who plays with dolls isn’t old enough to know or realise that there may not be a doll that looks like them, please don’t teach them adult prejudices so young.
One piece dressing is a big thing in my wardrobe. I’m lazy. I don’t group my clothes into outfits that look good or plan what I’m wearing the day before. Which makes simplicity my best friend.
Monochrome is once again a big trend. Not one I usually indulge in as black and white doesn’t work wonders for my complexion, but the subtle pop of colour and flattering shape of this shirt dress were too much for me to resist.
You can tell I was in the mood for a comfy, no fuss outfit with my hair pulled back into a pony tail, barely there make up and boots that could withstand the rain.
I paired this with my trusty bobble hat and black gloves (a must for the weather at the moment), H&M over-sized tote and a simple grey mac. No accessories required. How do you do monochrome?