Vintage 50s style…without the mothballs

As a lover of vintage clothes, I love nothing more than a trawl around Charity and second hand shops, jumble sales and car boot sales, in order to uncover an original bargain. But I know this is not the case for everyone. Many people are put off by the idea of rumaging through old clothing, especially if it is unwashed, whilst others just don’t like the idea of wearing something that once belonged to a stranger. Luckily, these days, you can get the retro look without actually having to wear vintage pieces.

Retro fashion has become a big fashion story in recent years, with brands like Chi Chi London selling luxurious, full skirted dresses that look like they comes direct from Grace Kelly’s wardrobe. Other brands, like Vivien of Holloway, offer everything from retro wedding attire, to kitsch 50s looks that just require a jukebox and a milk bar to transport you back to 1955. Even brands that seem to concentrate on looks that are very ‘now’ can sometimes surprise with their marketing and d campaigns, which seem to come from a very different era. A case in point is the latest Ted Baker collection, where the model clad in beautiful floral designs looks like she is sitting in a French Riviera hotel in the 1950s, it is just so chic and elegant.

Whether you want to go all out in your vintage 1950s styling, with Marilyn Monroe tresses and a beauty spot, or just want to add a vintage touch in the form of a retro bag or accessories, the High Street and online ranges mean that this is something you can do without setting foot in a Charity or Vintage shop. This is vintage styling, but without a mothball in sight.

What are your thoughts on vintage clothing, does it have to be original to be authentic?

Chi Chi London

 

Chi Chi Beatrice Dress £57.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

                                                Chi Chi Beatrice Dress
                                  £57.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Rhiannon Dress £66.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

            Chi Chi Rhiannon Dress £66.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Nora Dress £59.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

                                               Chi Chi Nora Dress
                              £59.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Nala Dress £64.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

                                                Chi Chi Nala Dress
                               £64.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Vivien of Holloway

1950s Halterneck Dark Green Duchess Dress £99 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

1950s Halterneck Dark Green Duchess Dress £99 Click to visit Vivien of    Holloway

 Grace Petrol Duchess £110.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

                                                    Grace Petrol Duchess
                                   £110.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

 1950s Halterneck Wild Rose Royal Dress £89.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

                                 1950s Halterneck Wild Rose Royal Dress
                                  £89.00 Click to visit Vivien of Holloway

Ted Baker Spring Summer 16

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 CARSYN Ethereal Posie midi dress     £299 Click to visit Ted Baker


                                           CARSYN Ethereal Posie midi dress
                                                 £299 Click to visit Ted Baker

 EMMALIN Secret Trellis midi skirt     £149 Click to visit Ted Baker


                                         EMMALIN Secret Trellis midi skirt
                                              £149 Click to visit Ted Baker

 LEVANA Embroidered mesh full skirt dress     £299 Click to visit Ted Baker


                             LEVANA Embroidered mesh full skirt dress
                                       £299 Click to visit Ted Baker

 

 

Sophie Ellis Bextor is the face of Phase Eight

If ever there was a match made in fashion heaven, it is the teaming up of the gorgeous and stylish Sophie Ellis Bextor with the home of feminine fashion Phase Eight. If I was choosing a face for Phase Eight, then Sophie would definitely be the top of the list. The queen of vintage styling is perfect for the vintage style prints and antique lace dresses that Phase Eight is famous for.

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Chantay Rose Dress £120.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Chantay Rose Dress
£120.00 click to visit Phase Eight

The new campaign featuring Sophie is just stunning, featuring soft focus photographs of the beautiful Singer wearing a series of really lovely dresses, many featuring floral prints that are just so perfect for Spring. The photographs themselves draw to mind those iconic Laura Ashley pictures from the 1970s, all soft lighting and dewy images. The dresses are classic Phase Eight pieces, with knee-length skirts, prom style shapes and an abundance of pink all apparent.

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Elodine Dress £140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Elodine Dress
£140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

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Loretta Dress £169.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Loretta Dress
£169.00 click to visit Phase Eight

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Norma Floral Burnout Dress £140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Norma Floral Burnout Dress
£140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

I always say this when I talk about Phase Eight collections, but these are dresses that could’ve come straight from the wardrobe of 50s era Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn, they have such an exquisite retro feel to them. It would be hard to choose an absolute favourite, but I must admit to being partial to the Chantay Rose Dress with its Oriental flower print and Japanese sleeves, and the Ariel Lace dress, which would be a total go-to dress for so many Spring/Summer Occasions.

Ariel Lace Dress £140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Ariel Lace Dress £140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Ariel Lace Dress
£140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

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Ninette Dress £140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

More picks from the Sophie edit

Cherie Printed Lace Dress £150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Cherie Printed Lace Dress
£150.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Mae Rose Dress £99.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Mae Rose Dress
£99.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Avalina Fit And Flare Dress £179.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Avalina Fit And Flare Dress
£179.00 click to visit Phase Eight



 

 

Wallis Black Rose Collection – Decadent Elegance

Wallis have finally launched the much-anticipated Black Rose Collection, and it is simply stunning. The collection is made up of floor sweeping evening dresses that seem to have been inspired by the movie stars of the 1930s, think Constance Bennett and Rosalind Russell being wooed by Cary Grant and they would probably have been wearing  dresses like these.

These dresses are unusual in the amount of flesh they cover up. With long sleeves, high necklines and full length skirts, the dresses are perfect for woman who like to avoid flashing too much skin. But that doesn’t mean they are not sexy – the way they fit the curves of the body give them a sensuous feel. There are also other touches that add to the general expensive decadence these dresses exude. There are sheer panels on skirts and necklines, knot detailing that creates perfect waistlines, and gorgeous embellishments for those who crave some sparkle even when wearing dramatic black.

The Black Rose Collection is beautiful and dramatic, and will be perfect for any occasion that requires high-octane glamour.

Black V Back Maxi Dress Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Mesh Front Long Sleeve Maxi Dress Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Embellished Maxi Dress Price: £65.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Long Sleeve Maxi Dress Price: £60.00 click to visit Wallis

To view all current Wallis collections, click here.