Don’t Miss Out! Half Price Black Friday Flash Sale for 3 Hours Only!

black friday sale

I thought I’d do something really nice this Black Friday and offer a massive 50% off my store. Yes, that’s a huge half price off all my fabulous collectible vintage!

What’s the catch? Well there isn’t one! The only thing you need to know is that the offer is ONLY AVAILABLE for 3 HOURS! I’m running this offer together with the lovely vintage blog: Cakes & Cakes Vintage and it is only available between 3PM-6PM est 11/28 only. Use discount code BF14 for your 50% discount!

Here are some of my favourite deals that you’ll be able to get:

Custom Made Vintage Ferdinando Sarmi Evening Coat Magnificent Late 1950s
Save an incredible $1000 off this magnificent vintage Ferdinamdo Sarmi Evening Coat
Vintage One- Shoulder Gown Black Silk Knit Rudi Gernreich 1970s Extra Small
$740 OFF this vintage designer Rudi Gernreich dress
Save $640 off this beautiful vintage fur coat
Vintage Yves St Laurent Riva Gauche Silk Dress Purple Abstract L
This incredible vintage YSL dress is half price at only $500!

Make sure you go and bookmark your favourite items ready for my big Black Friday flash sale. I’ve got everything from Victorian antique clothing, to genuine 1920s and 30s vintage dresses, mid-century fashions and fabulous vintage from the 60s, 70s and 80s too! But don’t forget – the offer is only on for 3 hours!

Rockabilly Retro: Styling ModCloth’s Fall Essentials

As a vintage blogger, I was delighted to be contacted by ModCloth to design an outfit for Fall. I loved the Rockabilly style of these cute accessories, and especially that swallow-motif cardigan which would look oh-so chic with a pencil skirt and some heels.

ModCloth have a fabulous variety of retro-inspired sweaters and cardigans in store at the moment which are perfect to wear to add some warmth to a pretty vintage dress.

I love the way this cardigan is fitted so you can keep that 50s hourglass shape. If you pair this silhouette with some winged eyeliner and bright red lip you’ll transform your office into the set of Mad Men in no time! Plus, a lovely bright red like this is the perfect color to brighten up your wardrobe for fall when we’ve all started looking a little pale and wintery!

What do you think of this outfit?

Like a Newspaper: Black & White and Red All Over

 


Black skull cardigan
£37 – modcloth.com

Pin up pencil skirt
£17 – modcloth.com

Cat print shoes
£28 – modcloth.com

Betsey Johnson studded purse
£52 – modcloth.com

Wire twist headband
£9.37 – modcloth.com

Travel umbrella
£11 – modcloth.com

TheBalm lip shine
£9.37 – modcloth.com

Black eye makeup
£4.99 – modcloth.com

Styling Tips and a Voucher Giveaway with ‘Cause A Frockus’

Styling Tips and a Giveaway with 'Cause A Frockus'

I thought you would like to know about a voucher giveaway I’m running together with the fabulous Cause A Frockus. I’m offering a $50 gift voucher to one lucky reader so head over there and check out the competition! You’ll also find some great tips for styling vintage, how to accessorize and how to get started wearing vintage fashion if you’re feeling a little tentative!  So, what are you waiting for, go check out the article!

The competition closes on October 31st 2014.

Spotlight On: Vintage Marimekko

Spotlight On: Vintage Marimekko Fashions

I have some amazing vintage dresses by Finnish designer Marimekko in my store at the moment, and boy are they something special! Marimekko was founded in 1951 and was hugely popular by the 1960s because of its big bold prints. One of the major designers during this time was Vuokko Nurmesniemi – take a look at some of his bold and beautiful signature styles below:

Dramatic Vintage 1960s Marimekko Graphic Tent Dress
Vintage Marimekko Ivory Wool Maxi Gown Wedding? 1970s
Vintage Marimekko Original Iconic Takki Dress 1960s
Vintage Marimekko Red Print Jumper Tent Dress 1960s

 

 

 

You can see my entire vintage Marimekko collection here. Which piece is your favorite?

3 Ways to Style A Vintage 1960s Dress

What are the rules about wearing vintage?  If you’re new to buying vintage clothing it’s easy to feel that you don’t know HOW to wear that amazing new vintage dress you’ve just bought. Don’t panic though, I’m here to help!

Simply put, there are no rules! You can go for a totally retro look and pair your vintage dress with beautiful original vintage shoes and accessories, or you can mix and match with modern clothes to create any look you like. The important thing about buying a vintage dress is to choose something you love, and something that really suits you, then you can show it off in any way you like!

Here is one of my favourite vintage 1960s dresses in store at the moment – it a bold mod-style polka dot dress by Adele Simpson and it’s a statement piece just by itself. I’ve styled it in 3 completely different ways to show you what I mean: a 60s-inspired outfit keeping the colour pallet very simple, an edgy look with lots of biker leather and (my favorite) a cute and kookie butterfly themed ensemble. I’d love to know which is your and how YOU would wear this dress?

 

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One Winner and One New Gift Voucher Giveaway!

I’ve got 2 rather exciting announcements to make today.

Firstly, the winner of the competition hosted by the lovely Jessica from Chronically Vintage is Jessica Ebacher. Congratulations Jessica, please get in touch to claim your gift voucher for my store.

My other news is that if you didn’t win you get to have another go at winning! I’m giving away another gift voucher with Mary from We Heart Vintage and there’s still time to get your entries in – don’t delay, entries close on 27th August!

What would you spend your $50 gift voucher on? My personal favourite is this ‘Oodles of Poodles’ unique 1950s scarf – isn’t it fabulous?

Vintage scarf

10 Vintage Summer Dresses to Keep You Cool This Summer

How on earth do you beat the heat and yet stay stylish this summer? In vintage of course!

I’ve picked my top 10 vintage summer dresses for staying cool this summer, they range from 60s maxi dresses, to cool classic 50s sundresses and original 1940s day dresses. Which is your favorite? I particularly love the orange outfit which I think would look amazing on Lady Edith from Downton Abbey (even though its vintage 1940s rather than 1920s!)

1. Vintage 1960s lemon yellow maxi dress

Vintage Summer Evening Gown Yellow Faille Maxi Small 1960s

 

2. Original 1940s papaya day dress

Vintage Linen Day Dress 1940s Papaya Colored L'Aiglon 35-25-36

3. Cute red and white gingham pinafore 1940s dress with buttons at the back (take a look here)

Vintage Pinafore Dress Red Gingham Back Button Oh So Cute 1940s 34-26-Free

4. White 1950s day dress with pretty pink embroidery

Vintage Day Dress White  w/Pink Embroidery Bobbie Brooks 1950s 36-26-Free

5. Vintage 1940s green sundress

Vintage Sun Dress Chartreuse Green Cotton Full Skirt/Bolero Jacket 1940s 34-28-Free

6. Vintage 1940s Betty Barclay striped sundress

Vintage Seersucker Dress Striped For Costume Betty Barclay 1940s

7. Genuine 40sprinted sundress

Vintage Cotton Pin Striped Jumper Sundress  Criss-Cross Back 1940s NWOT 32-26-46

8.Pale Pink Floral 50s sundress

Vintage Sundress Pale Pinks Floral Print Spaghetti Straps 1950s Small

9. 1950s peach cotton day dress

Vintage Peach Cotton Day Dress NWOT 1950S 32-26-Free Peggy Paige

10.Beautiful yellow vintage 1950s strappy sundress with embroidered bodice.

Vintage Yellow Cotton Sundress Embroidered Bodice Wendy Woods 1950s 32-24-Free

Pick your favourite vintage dresses from our enormous collection here! Don’t forget to let me know your favourite in the comments below!

The Importance of Dior’s New Look

Christian Dior launched his ‘New Look’ collection on 12 February 1947. After the austerity of  utilitarian wartime fashion it was a relaunch of glamour and femininity. Dior himself didn’t come up with the ‘New Look’ name, that was coined instead by the then editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar Carmel Snow who exclaimed: “It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian. Your dresses have such a new look.”

The style was characterized by a full flowing skirt and a tiny nipped in waist. War time fabric restrictions were still in place at the time and the idea of using 20 yards of fabric for just one outfit was considered scandalous*.

* In stark contrast, the average wartime dress used just 3 yards of fabric.

The society ladies and magazines went crazy for the elegant new style, but reaction wasn’t all positive. At a photo shoot in Paris the models had the outfits torn off them by angry women who were enraged by such excess at a time when the general population had so little.

The British press were also scathing of the new wasteful designs, and American women saw the restrictive waistlines and impractical skirts as a step backwards from the emancipation of wartime practicality.

However by the time the 1950s arrived the glamour of Dior’s New Look had worked it’s magic and become the style to wear. It was worn by Hollywood stars and royalty (Princess Margaret was a real champion of this style in Britain). The style of dress would influence fashions throughout the 1950s and create the definitive silhouette of the decade.

Here are some of my favorite New Look-style vintage dresses in store at the moment. You can see the whole collection of 1950s vintage dresses here. Don’t forget to leave me a comment letting me know which is your favorite!