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Introducing The Vintage Woman Magazine!

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The Vintage Woman Magazine, a source of inspiration and practical advice for every vintage purist, has launched their website and I couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce to you all, the talented team behind the project, which is already being referred to as “the vintage style bible.”

This wonderful new resource for us all in the vintage community comes to us courtesy of Jade Stavri-Ratcliffe, owner of Scarlet Rage Vintage, who realised that there was a great need for a platform that would help to connect together and inform on all vintage matters, the fast-growing but scattered around the world vintage community.

The concept behind this magazine and website is a forward-thinking, inclusive publication that doesn’t just give you pretty pictures, but informative and thought-provoking articles that are relevant to our community today,” Jade explained. “We live in the modern world and deal with modern issues; we just happen to enjoy the vintage aesthetic as well. Our vintage community is varied and unique and we want our website and magazine to reflect that.

Even though The Vintage Woman Magazine is a very new venture, I can honestly say, that I’m already a big fan and keep checking their beautiful Instagram for any updates and news, pretty well every single day, as I would hate to miss a thing, especially the tutorials!

Like the turban tutorial by the fabulous Sam a.k.a Death by Deco who you HAVE to follow on Instagram for vintage style inspiration!

So with that Ladies and Gentlemen! Without further ado, I present the very talented ladies who are behind “The Vintage Woman Magazine” my new bible of style.

The Vintage Woman Magazine

Founder of The Vintage Woman Magazine

Jade – Founder & Publisher

Owner of a fantastic vintage shop, Scarlet Rage Vintage. Jade is a former fashion editor and stylist with vast experience within publishing and magazines. She has wanted to start a vintage magazine for years and only now found a group of super talented women who share her vision and who are experts in their respective fields. In her spare time you’ll find Jade trying to practice her craft for jiving and playing with her two dogs Mr Frank & Elmo, she also recently got married. 

The Vintage Woman Magazine

Ria – Editor

Ria, known for her incredible vintage style and who I’ve been following on Instagram for a long time, is a digital publisher in medical education. She lives in Oxfordshire with her husband, and some of her other passions include Zen meditation, Japan, dogs and generally being a fool! 

The Vintage Woman Magazine

Lizzie – Assistant Editor

Lizzie is a construction project manager, breaking gender boundaries in an industry that is 99% run by men. She is also a published pinup model, who worked with brands such as Vivien of Holloway and What Katie Did. In her spare time, she loves to be cutting a rug on any dance floor that is playing sweet vintage melodies and socialising.

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Christine – Features Editor

You may know this incredible lady through her blog, Chronically-Overdressed.com She is a professional massage therapist and holistic aesthetician, owner of an award-winning holistic day spa. This American glamour gal, living in Germany, loves to travel (especially to Paris), scour the flea markets for vintage finds and spend time at home with her adoring husband and 2 dogs, Fiona a pug and Harriet an Italian Mastiff. Christine enjoys the authentic vintage silhouettes from the 1930s to the 1950s and loves to draw inspiration from those eras for her own unique style. 

The Vintage Woman Magazine

Brandi – Travel and Culture Editor

Brandi has spent 15 years touring art around the world as part of her job as a Collections and Exhibitions Manager; one of those exhibitions being the master of Halloween himself Mr Tim Burton. While work takes her to far away places, her love for vintage draws her to discover the best those cities have to offer for shopping, dining, and culture. Now she finally gets to bring that information to us! When she isn’t on the go you can find her in London, giving all her attention to her cat Theon who will make any dog person start to love cats…true story. 

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Vanessa – Beauty Editor

Vanessa is based in Frankfurt, Germany; she’s a model, professional make up artist and free spirit. Fun fact, before Vanessa trained to be a make up artist she worked in book publishing. You may have seen this breathtaking beauty in campaigns for brands such as Lena Hoschek and she’s a regular model for Top Vintage Boutique, as well as being internationally published. When Vanessa isn’t beating mugs or serving you face, she’s found at home perfecting vegan recipes with her husband and reading books about pre-Raphaelite art and history.

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Eva – Social Editor

Eva is currently studying for a BA Hons in Costume for Theatre and Screen, where she hopes to one day be a wardrobe mistress. But this doesn’t stop our social butterfly from making an appearance at all the right places and saying hello to all the right people. You also may have seen this vintage socialite modelling for such vintage brands as Splendette and What Katie Did. When Eva isn’t dancing the night away, you can find her trying to find the perfect cocktail with her gal pals.

the vintage woman magazine

The Vintage Woman Magazine

Lori – Fashion Editor

The queer and fabulous Lori, this woman needs no introduction, as she is a vintage fashion ICON and mental health warrior! During the day Lori is a high-flying TV producer and has been involved in many well-known TV shows. Recently Lori moved from the big smoke to the seaside town of Hastings with her two faithful hounds Buddy & Misty. In her spare time Lori loves to go to drag shows, especially if it involves her icon Drag Race Season 10 winner Sasha Velour.

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Wendi – Home and Lifestyle Editor

Wendi is based in America. She is a boardroom boss as she is a highly successful asset manager. Wendi has a deep love for unique, sometimes kitsch, decor and homes. When she isn’t hunting for one of a kind pieces to curate her home or teaching herself to repair broken or damaged items you can find her travelling to dance, hiking in the mountains, working on her tiki cocktails and baking in her pink and aqua kitchen.

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Zoe – Advertising Coordinator

Zoe is a born and bred Londoner with a 6-year-old adopted Jackhuahua, she’s also a strong advocate for “Vintage Style Not Vintage Values” and loves connecting with women from all backgrounds who use vintage style to become extraordinary women, inspiring a new generation of girls who will see themselves represented. Zoe is a very social person and genuinely enjoys meeting new people. Her secular jobs both involve working to make people happy. Which is amazing don’t you think?

 

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An American living in London with a passion for art, dance, and travel. She is a graphic designer by trade but her love of art isn’t all digital… She was introduced to the vintage world of glitter, glitz and glamour after becoming a performer and co-producer of her own cabaret and burlesque shows in London. This led her to begin creating costumes and accessories for herself, which eventually branched out to friends, and is now a full-blown showgirl accessory business.
When she’s not covered in rhinestones, glue, and feathers, she spends her time creating websites, social media content, and promotional materials.
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Faux fur from Helen Moore

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Faux fur from Helen Moore is the best Winter (and beyond) accessory for a vintage girl. And if you wonder who would wear faux fur in the Summer, wonder no more because I definitely would wear it regardless of the season. Their sumptuous and very 1930s looking Slim Vixen scarf being the perfect example, as it would make for an ideal addition to a vintage floor length evening gown. It would also look divine paired with a couture blouse with short sleeves and a longer 1940s skirt.

 

I have already mentioned this British brand, synonymous with luxury faux fur, in my article ‘Winter essentials for the vintage girl’. If you haven’t read it as yet, perhaps take a look at it, as it has a lot of tips on how to stay warm during the Winter season without compromising the vintage look! But I wanted to return to reviewing them again now, as winter is still with us and it’s so refreshing to finally find a contemporary brand, that creates beautiful, vintage-inspired faux fur accessories without compromising on the quality of their products. Everything is designed and hand-made in Devon, the Helen Moore brand being a family run business, which explains perhaps why so much attention is paid to every detail, resulting in very happy costumers and devoted fans, who, like me, will always return for more!

 

Even though there are many contemporary pieces in Helen Moore’s collections, perfect for the modern woman, as a vintage girl I’m obviously drawn to vintage-inspired accessories. I’m told that my favourite Slim Vixen Scarf, was based on a fox fur that Helen’s mother wore. Same as the lovely Tippet scarf, obviously at that time made of a real fur. As I am someone who chooses not to wear real fur, to find a real purveyor of faux fur is a sheer delight and I love that the brand produces breathtaking, warm pieces that are without a doubt the perfect alternative for those opposed to wearing real fur.

luxury faux fur Helen Moore

Luxury faux fur from Helen Moore.

luxury faux fur from Helen Moore

In the picture by Gregory Michael King, I’m wearing a faux fur Pillbox hat and Jet Faux Fur Vintage collar from my beloved  Helen Moore brand.

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Faux fur cape and hat from Helen Moore are the perfect alternative to real fur!

For my latest look, I chose;

Ocelot Faux Fur Pillbox hat from Helen Moore

Jet Faux Fur Slim Vixen Scarf from Helen Moore

Truffle Faux Fur Vintage Muff, from the wedding collection, from Helen Moore

Couture blouse from Veroni Deco

Original 1940s skirt

Vintage velvet cape

Lea tights from Wolford

Photography, Gregory Michael King

Faux fur from Helen Moore

In the picture by Gregory Michael King, I’m wearing; a 1940s skirt and velvet cape, paired with Couture top from Veroni Deco, faux fur hat, scarf and muff from Helen Moore, Wolford tights and 1950s gloves.

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Faux fur from Helen Moore is the perfect choice for a vintage vixen.

faux fur from Helen Moore. Vintage fashion.

As you can see, the faux fur scarf works great with clothes that can be worn also in the Summer!

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Mixing vintage fashion with contemporary designers. 1940s skirt, velvet cape, paired with faux fur hat from Helen Moore and Wolford Lea tights.

faux fur from Helen Moore. Vintage fashion in Winter.

faux fur from Helen Moore. Vintage fashion in Winter.

faux fur from Helen Moore. Vintage fashion blog

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How to dress vintage when it’s cold

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How to dress vintage when it’s cold is a nagging question I’ve been trying to find an answer to, for the past few years and I believe I’ve finally got it!

It’s all fine and dandy to wear your favourite vintage suit or slacks underneath a lightweight coat if the temperature in  Autumn and Winter is mild. When it gets to – 5ºC however and you have a very low tolerance to cold, the idea of swapping your stylish boots for a pair of UGGs sounds better and better the colder it gets.

Staying warm without compromising vintage style can be rather tricky, but I have few ideas which might help my fellow vintage ladies. [Scroll down the page to find out more!]

1940s skirt suit

How to dress vintage when it’s cold. In the picture, I’m wearing a 1940s wool houndstooth tweed skirt suit paired with a vintage purse, Lea Wolford tights and Megumi-O sunglasses.

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Tips for how to dress vintage when it’s cold;

  • Proper undergarments are definitely the key to staying warm in Winter. I usually buy my lightweight Merino wool top and leggings from an equestrian shop and believe me when I say that they are a real lifesaver on colder days. Being warm but thin enough to wear under fitted vintage garments, they definitely don’t cause any undesired bulkiness. I also recommend underwear for skiing, as it will insulate you while wicking away moisture from your body.

 

  • I love to wear tights as much as stockings, especially when they have an interesting pattern, which is why Wolford is always my number one brand when it comes to hosiery. They keep my legs warm and are the perfect accessory for any vintage ensemble, giving it that slightly modern twist.
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Lea Wolford tights

 

  • I buy a lot of the 1940s and 1950s skirt suits and separates made of wool which, are simply irreplaceable in the colder months!

 

  • Wearing a cape on top of a coat is an excellent idea. I’ve been collecting antique and vintage capes for years but a vintage-inspired will also do the trick. Winter gloves and muff are a must! I’m currently considering making one myself, so stay tuned!

 

  • Finding Winter appropriate shoes that will go with my 1930s-1950s ensembles still feels like a mission impossible. The pretty ones are never warm enough and the warm ones are never pretty enough to pair with vintage garments. I  did, however, find what seems like the perfect solution for wearing beautiful shoes and not freezing to death. Sheepskin insoles! You can find them in any size and they will keep your feet toasty!
How to wear vintage when it's cold

How to wear vintage when it’s cold! Sheepskin insoles and long undergarment will keep you warm and stylish in the cold days.

  • Cover your ears! Earmuffs appear to be the prefered choice for cold weather, for many of the vintage ladies I know. I, however, look rather terrible wearing them, so they are definitely not an option for everyone.

 

  • A faux or real fur stole is the perfect alternative or even a replacement for a hat and a scarf. A huge collar found in a lot of 1920s coats will protect the neck and head from a cold wind. I’m currently working on an idea, to make a giant, faux fur detachable collar.
Marlene Dietrich in "Shanghai Express"(1932)

Marlene Dietrich in “Shanghai Express”(1932)

When you still feel cold, despite following all my tips and suggestions, the last resort would be to buy a large piece of wool or fleece fabric and sew it into your coat. Alternatively, you can consider moving somewhere warm for the duration of colder months.

Whichever option you choose, remember that Spring is only a few months away.

In this cold Autumn day, I opted for;

A 1940s skirt suit made of burgundy and green wool houndstooth tweed I purchased from Bride Of The Fox. You can read more about that incredible vintage shop here!

A 1950s hair snood which is the perfect solution for keeping the vintage hairstyle intact during windy days.

Winter bejewelled gloves from Her Curious Nature.

Lea Wolford tights.

Warm undergarments from an equestrian shop.

Photography; Gregory Michael King

How to dress vintage when it's cold

1950s hair snood

A 1950s hair snood keeps the vintage hairstyle intact regardless of the weather.

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How to dress vintage when it’s cold

How to dress vintage when it's cold

Mixing vintage fashion with contemporary designers

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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 with looking liked you’ve just stepped out from a scene, playing the part of a murderess in Miss Fisher, I would almost be willing to sell out Mr de Merteuil to medical experimentation for such a privileged opportunity, as I’d very much to be fighting crime in a 1920s couture gown along with the glamorous Miss Fisher. Back to the topic at hand however, the answer to the question is very simple, take one garment at a time.

For a complete novice it would be advisable to start with something as straight-forward as pairing a dress, skirt or slacks from a contemporary designer with a piece of vintage jewellery or a bag. For those who feel a little bit more courageous, I would recommend buying a vintage dress, if you like dresses that is, which is suitable for your figure and pair it with contemporary shoes. In fact all my shoes are from contemporary designers; I’m utterly addicted to French Sole velvet slippers that go perfectly with all my 1940s suits and dresses. Also, I’m a huge fan of hosiery with bold prints which both Wolford and Chantal Thomass are a great choice for. Though you may feel that this will just look oddball, keep in mind that almost every designer that I can think of, takes inspiration from vintage and antique clothes, so matching them with the real deal shouldn’t be a problem.

Here are some further bullet point thoughts –

  • For those who are only just starting their adventure with vintage fashion, I would highly recommend investing in a skirt suit! I often wear 1940s and 1950s skirts with a contemporary blouse, or a 1940s jacket with modern jodhpurs for the very comfortable equestrian look. As I found out the hard way though, it doesn’t work for horse riding and if you thought what I’d mentioned before would make you look like an oddball, wait until you see the looks you’ll get riding through Richmond Park in London wearing this mix of modern and vintage.
  • The most important rule to remember is wear only what you feel comfortable in! I cannot stress this enough, as there is really no point in spending your hard earned money on a pretty but impractical collection which will spend it’s days as a wardrobe display.
  • You can never go wrong with a 1930s or 1940s coat no matter what you wear underneath. In fact some vintage coats are such a work of art that there is really no point in taking them off 🙂 
  • Try different things; mixing a vintage dress with a very contemporary belt or the other way around.

It might take you years before you are truly comfortable with finding what works and what doesn’t in mixing vintage fashion with contemporary designers but don’t get discouraged, you will get there eventually and please don’t forget that you are working on refining your personal style and at the end of the day you are the one who has to be happy with it!

I’m very fortunate to be friends with truly creative individuals and one of them is Sandell, a renowned stylist with the biggest private collections of 90s Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Moschino and Valentino that I’ve had the fortune of perusing. Imagine my happiness when she let me “move in” to her walk-in closet for a day and let me use some extraordinary pieces from her archives so that I can show you how to mix my vintage pieces with contemporary designers. 

 

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In the picture taken by Gregory Michael King I’m wearing a true 1940s skirt paired with cropped top from 1683 Atelier and Lulu Guiness Lips clutch.

Vintage fashion with a modern twist

Mixing vintage fashion with contemporary designers can be a lot of fun! In the picture I’m wearing a true 1940s skirt paired with cropped top from 1683 Atelier and Lulu Guiness Lips clutch.

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1940s skirt with a top and stall from 1683 Atelier, Vivienne Westwood shoes and Wolford tights.

Vintage inspired look

Another example of mixing vintage fashion with contemporary designers. I paired my 1940s skirt with a top and stall from 1683 Atelier, Vivienne Westwood shoes and Wolford tight.

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1950s woollen skirt pared with Crawfish blouse and clutch from 1683 Atelier, Wolford tights and Vivienne Westwood shoes.

1950s skirt, Wolford tights and Westwood shoes

Another example of mixing vintage fashion this time from 1950s with contemporary designers! In the picture I’m wearing a true 1950s woollen skirt pared with Crawfish blouse and clutch from 1683 Atelier, Wolford tights and Vivienne Westwood shoes.

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velvet evening gown by 1683 Atelier paired with Vivienne Westwood shoes and Wolford tights.

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Stunning vintage inspired velvet evening gown by 1683 Atelier paired with Vivienne Westwood shoes and Wolford tights.

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Vivienne Westwood 1940s inspired coat and shoes,  Moschino bag and Wolford tights.

Vintage Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood 1940s inspired coat and Moschino bag courtesy of Sandelsstyling who has the biggest collection of 90s Westwood, McQueen, Moschino, Chanel and the list goes on and on.

Moschino Millenium bag

The Devil is in the detail. Moschino milk carton bag.

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Vintage inspired dress from 1683 Atelier paired with Vivienne Westwood shoes.

Vintage inspired look

Beautiful vintage inspired dress from 1683 Atelier paired with Vivienne Westwood shoes.

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1950s jacket with a skirt from 1683 Atelier, Moschino bag and Wolford tights.

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Mixing vintage fashion with contemporary designers. For this look I paired a 1950s Handmacher jacket with a skirt from 1683 Atelier, Moschino bag and Wolford tights.

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1930s inspired gown from 1683 Atelier.

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Channeling my innerJoan Crawford in  a beautiful 1930s inspired gown from 1683 Atelier.