In recent years it feels like we’ve been transported back to the middle of the 20 th century apropos style. Some refer to it as the Loony Men effect ; there’s no denying that the hit drama set in 1960s Manhattan has had a major influence on both clothing and internal design fashions. Whether girls are wanting to copy Joan Holloway and Betty Draper, or are unconsciously wishing to revisit a period of business wealth ( neatly sidestepping the rampant misogyny of the day ), there’s no way to deny that the retro styles have come back in a big fashion.
What are the benefits of this? Well, the shape and cut of dresses and skirts from the time are certainly aesthetic. Both flared and pencil skirts, the 2 main silhouettes are commonly flattering – and the shift dress, incontestably the classical form of the kids at the time – has maintained its renown thanks to its simpleness and true creativity. Before this time ladies were daunted from flaunting their legs, but with the sexual revolution and 2nd wave of feminism, the girls were ready to be in control of their own bodies, and that contained what they wore.
If you want to join in with the trend but are worried it’s already on the out, brush away those concerns! At London Fashion Week, everyone’s favorite punk grandma Vivienne Westwood, showcased a collection that has been described as ‘fifties housewives on acid’ – in the best sense, of course! Perfectly fitted dresses, neat blouses paired with pencil skirts, and retro bathing suits reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe were seen on the catwalk to much excitement. Westwood showed us that you can keep the classic shapes of the mid-century pieces, but update them in other ways – through color, prints and accessories. Quirky plaids, brave baroque and kooky berets were all in tow, confirming that for this dame of the fashion world, it’s still all about having fun.
The better part about vintage style is that you don’t have to splash out to jump in on the look. Yes, there are always people pleased to max out their Visa card on the designer threads, there is, however, really no requirement if you’re more budget conscious. Thrift and Consignment stores are treasure troves of vintage clothing ; you won’t always find something perfect so be prepared to put in the time and visit them often.
Get to know the staff and tell them the types of pieces you love – if you get on well, they may even put things aside that they know you will appreciate. Scour eBay and etsy for bargains and play with the search terms incase things are misspelled or important details are omitted. Also remember to keep an eye on the high street as designer influences are appearing their faster and faster every year.
It has never been easier to find your perfect vintage dress so get to it and make your mates envious ; when they ask you where it’s from, say ‘It’s Vintage ‘ with a smile and be safe in the certainty that they can’t copy your superb look!
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