Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Who Can Wear Which Dress Wednesday? #5 Vintage Styles

Now we've covered the four main body shapes in this series of blog posts on who can wear which dress; Pear, Apple, Boy (straight up and down) and Hourglass, I thought I'd have a look at one of my favourite dress styles this Wednesday,-Vintage Chic!

This 1950s style halterneck dress is from a wonderful repro vintage website called Vivien of Holloway
They specialise in styles from the 1940's and 1950's and produce the most gorgeous rockabilly style dresses! This one is the full circle dress complete with netted petticoat underneath giving it that fantastic swing look.

While constantly on the lookout for an authentic Viv number for Redressing I do currently have a few similar alternatives in stock....
This 1950s inspired dress has detachable straps making it easy to wear as a strapless prom dress. The authentic 50s look could quite easily be recreated with a cropped bolero, netted underskirt and kitten heels- perhaps in red?!

Wearing Vintage Styles can be easier than you might think. The same basic body shape rules apply and many of the 1950s inspired dresses create that elusive hourglass shape with the help of elasticated cinch belts and netted petticoats.

Another favourite website of mine has got to be Tara Starlet. A clothing company making all their delicious repro vintage garments right here in the UK! One of my favourites in their current range has got to be these gorgeous 1940s style utility dresses.

I love the easy to wear appeal of a shirt dress like this and Redressing currently stocks this cute gingham version of the 1940s utility dress.
One of the biggest vintage style clothing crazes at the moment has got to be just about anything 'Mad Men' inspired. The classic 'Joan' dress as worn here on set by Christine Hendricks is a wonderful example of the  late1950s wiggle dress, designed to flatter your figure and catch your curves.
These styles are popular everywhere and here's a 'Joan' style one in Redressing similar in shape of cut, sleeve detail and length. Perfect for that voluptuous figure.
Just a few of the Vintage inspired selection curremtly available on Redressing. What's your favourite vintage decade and have you tried to recreate that vintage inspired look? Leave me a comment.....x


corinne said...

omg i wanna go pinup and this will def help me

Ange said...

I'm pleased to be of help! If it's pin up you want try Bettie Paige, bernie Dexter, lady K loves and pin up parade too! All fab websites x