Tag Archives Vintage fashion

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 ...

Winter essentials for the vintage girl

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Today’s post, entitled Winter essentials for the vintage girl, is the follow-up to my “How to dress vintage when it’s cold” article from a few weeks ago.

Winter is a harsh mistress, making icicles of us all and sadly the vintage girl is not the exception. With the temperature dropping rapidly and way below my cold-threshold, I need to take extreme measures to stay warm. Not an easy thing to do without compromising my vintage look.

How to date vintage clothing

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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 and tear of time. Some of my most valuable 1940s suits were clearly made to measure by a seamstress and judging by the fabrics used, as well as the incredible craft that went into making them, the clients were undoubtedly very well to do.

As much as the topic of the history of vintage clothes is a never-ending learning curve for me, there are certain ways by which I’m able to identify and date most but not all of my collected pieces. I’ve been asked many times by readers to write a post about that very topic and I hope my tips will be useful!

The Starlet’s Stylist vintage shop

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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 us all with little previews of what was to come, before finally opening her Etsy shop, where you now can find the most exquisite 1930s and 1940s evening gowns worthy of Joan Crawford.

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.

Crush Vintage shop of the week!

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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 savvy vintage shoppers like myself and ...

Vintage fashion blog – the reason behind mine

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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 the blog. I changed the entire outlook and direction in 2015 and that’s the year when all the pieces fell into place, finally made sense and I consider this to be the true ‘birth’ year of my vintage fashion blog with a modern twist.

Pursuing Andie vintage shop of the week

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Ladies and Gentlemen! Madame et Monsieur! Meine Damen und Herren! As part of the Vintage Shop Of The Week segment of my blog, I present to you Pursuing Andie! A place where you will find a vast selection of vintage clothes and accessories dating from the 1940s-1970s with an emphasis on hats, that integral part of a real vintage dame's wardrobe ...

How to take care of vintage clothes

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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, I was able to ascertain that ...

Ulyana Sergeenko – 1940s fashion revival

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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 designers unless their aesthetic is very ...

Femme Fatale -19th Century, Film Noir, Fashion

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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 a breath.” Satia Te Sanguine by Algernon ...

Vintage Caf – 1920s-1930s fashion heaven

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Vintage Caf- Vintage shop of the week AKA 1920s-1930s fashion heaven. In the picture on the top left; Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in Great Gatsby. Top right and in the picture below; one of my favourite actresses Kristin Scott-Thomass as Sylvia McCordle in Gosford Park. Vintage Caf - Vintage shop of the week aka 1920s-1930s fashion heaven. Whenever I re-watch a drama ...