Vintage Fashion Looks

My vintage fashion looks, from 1930s-1950s, with a modern twist.

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 and the French Sole Hefner slippers with Queen Bee embroidery that I believe even Joan Crawford would approve of! Detail of The Queen Bee top by 1683 ...

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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 attributed to the great Miss Bette ...

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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 and tear of time. Some of ...

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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 don’t play coy, I think you ...

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french sole purse

How to wear leopard print!


Monday, May 7, 2018

If someone told me a 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 a strong reaction to wearing anything ...

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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 quite a revolution, dear Christian! Your ...

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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, I usually end-up purchasing the latter. ...

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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, Joan Crawford who I've taken ample ...

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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 with looking liked you’ve just stepped ...

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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 would ever introduce myself to someone ...

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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 the blog. I changed the entire ...

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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 gloves (you can read about the ...

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