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Sir, for me every day is Halloween

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Sir, for me every day is Halloween.

That’s how I usually respond when someone compliments me on my Halloween costume, even though it’s not a costume but what I wear on a daily basis.

 

Well any time, any place, anywhere that I go
All the people seem to stop and stare
They say “why are you dressed like it’s Halloween?
You look so absurd, you look so obscene.
Well I let their teeny minds think
That they’re dealing with someone who is over the brink
And I dress this way just to keep them at bay
‘Cause Halloween is every day
It’s every day.

“(Every Day Is) Halloween” by Ministry

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 ...

Vintage inspired hair flowers and accessories

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Vintage inspired hair flowers and accessories from Shazam Pin Up Hair Flowers is what every vintage girl should have in abundance. I certainly do!

Janet Ewers, the creative genius behind Shazam Pin Up Hair Flowers, is a professional florist with 30 years of experience, which explains why her dazzling hair flowers look so realistic!

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.

All black vintage look. How to wear all black!

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An all black vintage look might be just the right idea for those of you who are as fond of the colour black as I am.

It is also the perfect colour for anyone who is new to the world of vintage and at the stage of now contemplating the purchase of their very first vintage piece of clothing.

“You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion; a ‘little black frock’ is essential to a woman’s wardrobe. “Christian Dior

Even though black is often used as a symbol of death, mourning as well as witches and magic, for me, it represents elegance, power and individuality. Also, as an old-school Goth, I’m rather thrilled that it’s associated with darkness and Victorian mourning attire. That also explains my fascination with XIX century funeral capes which I have in abundance. It’s the prefered attire colour of a Femme Fatale and if you are curious about her history in the 19th Century paintings, Film Noir and 1930s-1040s Fashion, I suggest you read my article on that very topic.

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.

Queen Bee look

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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!

Queen Bee top

Detail of The Queen Bee top by 1683 Atelier

Mommie Dearest film costumes

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I’m fortunate to have been brought up by a very glamorous and sophisticated mother, who at an early age, introduced me to the wonderful world of vintage Hollywood. I was mesmerized by the performances and beauty of such stars as Veronica Lake, Rita Hayworth and particularly Joan Crawford, of whom I’ve read probably every biography that’s ever had pen put to ...