1950s styling for Spring – what would Grace Kelly wear?

This Spring, take some fashion inspiration from one of style’s eternal goddesess. Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco, had a personal style that was both classy and classic, and has remained a look that continues to inspire and delight fashion fans year after year.

It is a style that always works well for Spring, due to the freshness of the full skirted printed dresses she wore with such aplomb, and the modern addition of her ever present sunglasses. These are looks you can find online, with Vivien of Holloway being one of the best destinations when it comes to finding dresses that have that retro style and print. One dress is even called ‘Grace’, surely in honour of the unforgettable film actress who was so iconic she eve had a Hermes bag named after her.

In terms of glasses, it is up to you whether you opt for the cat eyed retro styles, 1960s bug eyed style that both Grace and Jackie Onassis favoured, or even something ultra modern. Sunglasses experts My Glasses Guru have an enormous section, and I am currently loving the Ted Baker range which definitely has a retro flavour this season, with tortoiseshell frames and tinted lenses. My Glasses Guru is great in that it helps you choose frames that will suit your skin tone and hair colour too – something I had never really thought about, but it a great idea that could help you find your perfect classes.

Who is your retro style icon? Do you take any fashion inspiration from icons of the past?

Grace Style – stunning dresses and sunnies

To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief

 

Grace Kelly with Prince Rainier

Grace Kelly with Prince Rainier

Floral prints are just stunning on Grace Kelly

Floral prints are just stunning on Grace Kelly

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50s style dresses from Vivien of Holloway

 Kitty Seashell Stripe Pale Blue £89.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

Kitty Seashell Stripe Pale Blue
£89.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

 Grace Silver Lace Bust £110.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

Grace Silver Lace Bust
£110.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

 Grace Black White Polkadot £110.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

Grace Black White Polkadot
£110.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

 1950s Halterneck Blue Orchid Dress £99.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

1950s Halterneck Blue Orchid Dress
£99.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

Retro style glasses from Ted Baker at My Glasses Guru

 Ted Baker Ted Baker Sunglasses - 1355 - Brannon £82.95 Click to visit My Glasses Guru


Ted Baker
Ted Baker Sunglasses – 1355 – Brannon
£82.95 Click to visit My Glasses Guru

 Ted Baker Ted Baker Sunglasses - 1356 - Dakota £82.95 Click to visit My Glasses Guru


Ted Baker
Ted Baker Sunglasses – 1356 – Dakota
£82.95 Click to visit My Glasses Guru

 

 Ted Baker Ted Baker Sunglasses - 1363 - Luiza £61.32 Click to visit My Glasses Guru


Ted Baker
Ted Baker Sunglasses – 1363 – Luiza
£61.32 Click to visit My Glasses Guru

Boden new season dresses – are you a 50s or 60s girl?

Even though the school holidays have only just begun, and most of us seem to be basking in warm sunshine as I write, in fashion terms we are now looking to the new season, with the Autumn lines already beginning to appear in some stores and online. This week the focus turns to Boden, who are welcoming Autumn/Winter 2014 with the introduction of another, very English collection that once again (because I do seem to say this about Boden a lot) seems to be pulling influences from fashion days gone by.

I make no apologies for the fact that, once again, it was the dresses that I was instantly drawn to. I am a dress girl, and Boden always have designs that I love – with sleeves, with knee-length skirts, and in beautiful bright colours.  For the new season, the looks seem to be asking you a fashionable question;- ‘When it comes to your dress look, are you a fan of the 1950s or the 1960s?’

For fifties lovers, there are full skirts, nipped in waists and designs that look like pared down versions of the Dior New Look that so dominated fashion 60 years ago. But if the 196os is more your bag there are dresses that will thrill you, with Pucci style prints, simple shift styles so beloved of Twiggy, and a lovely mixture of jewelled brights and cool patterns.

1950s Influence

Milano Dress WH687 (Was £129.00 ) now £116.10 click to visit Boden

Milano Dress
WH687
(Was £129.00 ) now £116.10 click to visit Boden

Lindsey Ponte Dress WH718 (Was £89.00 ) now £80.10 click to visit Boden

Lindsey Ponte Dress
WH718
(Was £89.00 ) now £80.10 click to visit Boden

Wool Skater Dress BQ030 (Was £139.00 ) now £125.10 click to visit Boden

Wool Skater Dress
BQ030
(Was £139.00 ) now £125.10 click to visit Boden

Marilyn Dress WH722 (Was £89.00 ) now £80.10 click to visit Boden

Marilyn Dress
WH722
(Was £89.00 ) now £80.10 click to visit Boden

Amy Dress WH696 (Was £129.00 ) now £116.10 click to visit Boden

Amy Dress
WH696
(Was £129.00 ) now £116.10 click to visit Boden

1960s Influence

Ottoman Shift WH716 (Was £79.00 ) now £71.10 click to visit Boden

Ottoman Shift
WH716
(Was £79.00 ) now £71.10 click to visit Boden

Retro Tunic Dress WH726 (Was £79.00 ) now £71.10 click to visit Boden

Retro Tunic Dress
WH726
(Was £79.00 ) now £71.10 click to visit Boden

Dartmouth Tunic Dress WH688 (Was £99.00 ) now £89.10 click to visit Boden

Dartmouth Tunic Dress
WH688
(Was £99.00 ) now £89.10 click to visit Boden

Harriet Dress WH697 (Was £149.00 ) now £134.10 click to visit Boden

Harriet Dress
WH697
(Was £149.00 ) now £134.10 click to visit Boden

Yasmin Dress WH741 (Was £99.00 ) now £89.10 click to visit Boden

Yasmin Dress
WH741
(Was £99.00 ) now £89.10 click to visit Boden

Chiswell Shift BQ028 (Was £139.00 ) now £125.10 click to visit Boden

Chiswell Shift
BQ028
(Was £139.00 ) now £125.10 click to visit Boden

Currently Boden is offering 10% off all new in dresses and free delivery and free returns, so now is a good time to dip into the new season.

To view all new in dresses at Boden, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed – Zebra Print Dress from Tu at Sainsburys

The next review in my series celebrating life beginning at 40 is from Tu, the range of clothes that are stocked in Sainsburys. I’ve been a fan of Tu for years, I believe they offer exceptionally good quality for a supermarket brand, with style very similar to Boden, but at a great budget price range.

I really enjoyed looking at the current collection, which offered something a little different to the summer brights I have been wearing. Natural and neutral shades, with more than a nod towards the ‘Out of Africa’ and safari styles that always work so well in summer, make up an important part of this collection, with animal prints also featuring heavily. Brown, black, orange, khaki and natural are the star colours, and shapes range from buttoned safari dresses, loose stretchy sun frocks and even a variation on a prom style, with a  1950s silhouette.

The dress I chose to review is the ‘zebra print dress’.  This is a 1950s style dress in a linen/viscose mix. Fully lined, with a full skirt and a thin belt on the waistband, this is another dressy dress that would be suitable for a number of formal occasions this summer. But add sandals and it would also make a lovely summer dress, with the linen fabric making it a cool, comfortable option.

Click to visit Tu

Click to visit Tu

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DSCN7747[1]This is a lovely dress which has a very glamorous feel. The mixture of linen and viscose means that the fabric of the skirt has a stiff feel that enables it to keep that 1950s shape, and the lining works in the similar way to the net skirts of the 1950s, adding a little volume to the skirt. The dress fastens with a zip up the back, and I must admit that the material is not stretchy, which makes it a little tight on my bust. However, as someone who hates having a large bust, this almost made the top of the dress work like a minimiser – I felt elegant in this dress which is something I rarely feel. If you happen to love your bust, and like a super curvy look, this isn’t the dress for you!

The little belt is a great way of pulling in the waist, again adding to the overall femininity of the dress. You could also add a much thicker belt for a more dramatic look – one in red would be a great contrast to the zebra print.

DSCN7748[1]I teamed this dress with red ultra wedged shoes that I picked up in a charity shop, and some gold accents were added through the earrings and bracelet, both of which came from Peacocks. I would also love to see this teamed with yellow or orange for a citrus summer splash.

This dress makes me very excited for the launch of the Tu online offering which I believe will be happening this August.

Watch this space for more from Tu.