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

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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

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