Vintage Fashion Blog

Vintage fashion mixed with contemporary designers

Queen Bee look


Thursday, September 6, 2018

My Queen Bee look consists of: A 1950s Handmacher skirt "Queen Bee" top from 1683 Atelier, a contemporary brand that goes perfectly with all my 1930s-1950s garments A late 1940s purse A 1950s style Pillbox hat The French Sole Hefner slippers with Queen Bee embroidery that I believe even Joan Crawford would approve of! Detail of The Queen ...

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“Old age ain’t no place for sissies” Bette Davis


Monday, August 13, 2018

 "Old age ain't no place for sissies.”  Beautiful Bette Davis as Margo Channing in All About Eve I heard someone say once that the 'beast' known as Hollywood forgives everything from a small indiscretion, to a huge scandal even a month at a Betty Ford clinic but not birthdays. This resonates so well with a quote ...

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The vintage snood

Vintage hair snood


Monday, July 16, 2018

Vintage hair snood is not only a real lifesaver keeping the curls in place when the weather is not vintage-hair friendly, but it also looks spectacular giving a finishing touch to any vintage ensemble! In the pictures taken by Gregory Michael King, I'm wearing a 1950s dress from Nouveau2You (read my article about how to date ...

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Dating vintage clothes

How to date vintage clothing


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

How to date vintage clothing Establishing the year in which a particular vintage garment was made, can be a very tricky and daunting task, especially when there are no tags attached, as is the case with a lot of garments made in the 1930s-1950s which were often handmade or the tags did not survive the wear ...

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Orchard Corset Dita von Teese lingerie

Orchard corset under vintage clothes


Monday, June 25, 2018

Orchard corset under vintage clothes! In the picture taken by Gregory Michael King I'm wearing a 1950s dress with the CS-201 Orchard Corset underneath. I’ve recently started my waist-training with the CS-201 corset, which was gifted to me by Orchard Corset, a brand that I’ve been desperately wanting to try for the past year but never ...

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The Starlets Stylist vintage shop

The Starlet’s Stylist vintage shop


Monday, June 4, 2018

As part of the  vintage shop of the week segment of my blog, I'm very excited to present you with The Starlet's Stylist, a shop that has been on my radar ever since I discovered it on Instagram. Run by Sylvia, a person with extraordinary taste in vintage garments, who used to test the vintage market by teasing ...

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Poporcelain statment necklace

Porcelain jewellery by POPORCELAIN


Monday, May 28, 2018

Porcelain jewellery by POPORCELAIN Beautiful porcelain cameo earrings and pendant by POPORCELAIN.   What are vintage girls dreams made of? That’s a question capable of opening a potential Pandora’s Box of answers, as all vintage girls are surely made different, we pride ourselves on our individuality and yet we covet so many of the same things. Now ...

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french sole purse

How to wear leopard print!


Monday, May 7, 2018

If someone told me few years ago, that in their clairvoyant vision of my future they saw me wearing garments with leopard print, or any print for that matter, I would most likely come back with a malevolent response worthy of Dorothy Parker and members of the Algonquin Round Table. The reason for such strong ...

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Dior exhibition

Christian Dior and the Parisian fashion icons from the Adam Leja collection


Monday, April 30, 2018

Christian Dior is undoubtedly one of my favourite Haute Couture designers of the 1940s and 1950s. His spring collection of 1947 will forever be known as The New Look, a name attributed to Carmel Snow, the Editor in Chief of Harper's Bazaar, as it was she who said at the end of Dior's first collection "It's ...

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1950s Handmacher suit

1950s Handmacher suit


Monday, April 9, 2018

1950s Handmacher suit To say that I have 1940s and 1950s skirt suits in abundance would be an understatement as it's my number one choice when buying vintage. I can never resist the immaculate tailoring that 1950s suits are so synonymous with and when it comes to a choice between the perfect vintage dress and equally perfect suit, ...

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Vintage shop in Portland

Xtabay vintage shop of the week!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Those of you who read my last post entitled "Joan Crawford inspired look" are probably already familiar with Xtabay Vintage shop where I found the most perfect 1940s cocktail dress that I believe Crawford herself would have approved of! If however this is the first time you are hearing about this shop extraordinaire, may I ...

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1940s dress

Joan Crawford inspired look


Monday, March 5, 2018

Joan Crawford inspired look Partaking in my pleasure for being a dissolute designer of lists, if I was to name only five of my favourite movie stars of the 1930s and 1940s, it would have to be without doubt or hesitation; Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich and of course the Queen Bee herself, ...

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Vintage Vivienne Westwood

Mixing vintage fashion with contemporary designers


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mixing vintage fashion with contemporary designers More and more often, I’m being asked by readers for tricks on how to mix vintage pieces from the 1920s to 1950s with those of contemporary designers. The thinking behind this, being to avoid looking too costumy or like an extra from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Not that there’s anything wrong ...

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the value of vintage fashion

The Value of Vintage Clothing: Demystifying Modern Cost of Vintage!


Friday, February 2, 2018

The Value of Vintage Clothing: Demystifying the Modern Cost of Vintage! I’m neither a fashion historian nor a fashion journalist rather I’m a real aficionado of vintage fashion with a proclivity for conducting extensive research on the topic of fashion from 1930s-1950s. So let's just say I'm fashion journalist adjacent. Though I don't think that I ...

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Sultry Vintage shop of the week!


Monday, January 29, 2018

Sultry Vintage shop of the week is one of those magical places where you will always find something that will be the perfect addition to your vintage wardrobe. Even if you already have two dozen 1940s day dresses or in my case velvet boleros, Lauren, the lady behind Sultry Vintage, constantly adds irresistible new pieces ...

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Crush Vintage shop of the week!


Friday, January 19, 2018

Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentleman! For my weekly Q&A in the Vintage Shop Of The Week section, which you can read more about  HERE! I present you with Crush Vintage, run by two friends whose mutual passion for vintage fashion led to the creation of a a shop filled with real treasures for ...

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My vintage fashion blog

Vintage fashion blog – the reason behind mine


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Vintage fashion blog - the reason behind mine A quick introduction to my new readers! My name is Dominique de Merteuil and I’m the creator of It’s Beyond My Control, a vintage fashion blog that I started back in 2012. In the beginning and for the first 3 years, I have to admit, I lacked focus with ...

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vintage inspired hats

Discover vintage inspired hats by Allginnedup!


Friday, December 15, 2017

Vintage inspired hats! “If I was a woman, I would be dressed in the same thing for a month and just change my hat and gloves. Maybe my shoes too; yes, I see what you mean but, really, it’s jewels that change an outfit.” Manolo Blahnik Any lady or vintage vixen should not be seen without a hat and ...

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Gilda and Pearl Vintage Pyjama

Gilda and Pearl – silk pyjamas for vintage vixens!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

“Movie star, oh movie star!” If I could get away with wearing silk pyjamas worthy of my 1930s and 40s film heroines (think Veronica Lake, Joan Crawford or Rita Hayworth) as daywear, I certainly would have no reservations in doing just that! After all, Coco Chanel herself was a huge fan of such attire and ...

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