My Vintage Fashion Looks

My vintage fashion looks with a modern twist inspired by 1930s-1950s.

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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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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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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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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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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French Sole slippers

French Sole – the perfect velvet slippers!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

French Sole-the perfect velvet slippers! I’ve never thought it possible for me to say with conviction that slippers would be worth kicking off my high heels for. That was until I tried the most beautiful, luxurious and to my surprise, very comfortable velvet slippers given to me by French Sole, the iconic Hefner model with Queen ...

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vintage inspired slacks

Vintage inspired slacks and how to wear them!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

As you may or may not know (depending on how long you've been reading my blog), my wardrobe consists mainly of true vintage garments from the 1930s-1950s mixed with a few contemporary designers who are heavily inspired by the glorious fashions of the past; Vivienne Westwood with her fantastic wide leg trousers along with Victorian ...

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taking care of vintage clothes

How to take care of vintage clothes


Friday, August 25, 2017

How to take care of vintage clothes! A few months ago I was devastated to discover that my favourite authentic Victorian funeral cape, bought in near mint condition several years earlier at a vintage fair in London (you can read about vintage fairs here), had seemingly overnight, developed brown spots all over. Doing some online sleuthing, ...

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Ulyana Sergeenko

Ulyana Sergeenko – 1940s fashion revival


Monday, August 14, 2017

As someone whose wardrobe consists mainly of true vintage clothes from the 1930s to 1950s and who doesn’t care about trends that will change with a blink of an eye thus becoming last season before you know it, really it should come as no surprise to know that I show very little interest in contemporary ...

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Femme Fatale look

Femme Fatale -19th Century, Film Noir, Fashion


Friday, August 4, 2017

Femme Fatale in 19th  century art and beyond. “If you loved me ever so little, I could bear the bonds that gall, I could dream the bonds were brittle; You do not love me at al. (…) You are crueller, you that we love, Than hatred, hunger, or death; You have eyes and breasts like a dove, And you kill men’s hearts with ...

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1950s New Look, Wheels and Dollbaby

1950s New Look Inspired Outfit


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

To quote fashion historian Jonathan Walford “Feminine luxury and elegance became a symbol of post-war prosperity and defined the silhouette of the coming decade.” After WWII women were increasingly desiring a return to fashion that accentuated their femininity and for that reason, not surprisingly, “The New Look” of 1947 was a huge success, firmly placing ...

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1940s women's suit

1940s-1950s Skirt Suit


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Five reasons why I love 1940s -1950s skirt suit: 1)A vintage skirt suit from the 1940s or 1950s is one of the key pieces in the wardrobe of any vintage aficionado and is a perfect acquisition choice for those just starting their adventure in building that dream vintage wardrobe.    2)1940s fashion was all about the hourglass ...

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Marlene Dietrich Look

A Tribute to Marlene Dietrich and the Tuxedo


Friday, January 6, 2017

A Tribute to Marlene Dietrich and the Tuxedo Recently, I was presented with a tuxedo, as a gift from a designer friend Ewa Godun. Its look is quite theatrical and we joked, that it would clearly lead to me taking to the stage in 2017 as a circus lion tamer, a la American Horror Story with ...

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