My Vintage Fashion Looks

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

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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The Marie Antoinette Cardigan

The Marie Antoinette Cardigan


Friday, December 23, 2016

The Marie Antoinette Cardigan  It’s easy to say “I love you winter”, when I’m feeling all hygge; snuggled up between the pages of Eugene Onegin and my 19th Century armchair, the setting of which is in front of a beautiful fireplace, positioned just so, that out of the corner of my eye, outside my frosty window, ...

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Wheels & Dollbaby

Wheels and Dollbaby


Monday, October 10, 2016

Wheels and Dollbaby Edith Head, the great costumier of Hollywood films, once said that “clothes are the way you present yourself to the world; they affect the way the world feels and thinks about you; subconsciously they affect the way you feel and think about yourself.” A sharp observation which resonates strongly with me, as I ...

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Michael Hekmat

Michael Hekmat – Luxury with a Vintage Twist


Friday, August 19, 2016

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables If you haven’t as yet worked me out then I’ll give you a clue by pointing in the direction of a black sheep and ...

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1940s fashion

The Real and the Inspired By – 1940s Fashion


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The slogan “If you don’t need it, don’t buy it!” may well have been familiar to a woman living in 1940s wartime Britain; a time polar to the opulence of my beloved 18th Century and yet a period that still holds an enormous sway over my own personal sense of style. The real 1940s fashion decade ...

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silk dress

Silk dress with Bold print


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Those of you whose skin is as pale as alabaster or as marble-like as a vampire from Twilight, will surely appreciate my dislike of the heat that Summer days bring, as well as the damaging consequences to skin of spending time in the sun. Unless you only come out at night, such things as the ...

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A brief history of the T-shirt.


Friday, May 20, 2016

“I've always thought of the T-shirt as the Alpha and Omega of the fashion alphabet.” Giorgio Armani It’s commonplace in every wardrobe, it’s sighted in every city, on every continent and though I hope to the contraire, you may possibly be wearing one now as you read my post. Yet I wonder, have you have ever ...

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