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

How to dress like a 1940s Femme Fatale!

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Tips on how to dress like a 1940s Femme Fatale!

 

A while back I wrote an in-depth article about Femme Fatale depicted in 19th and 20th-century art focusing on literature and painting. In this, considerably lighter post, I would like to show you how to create a 1940s Femme Fatale look with original 1940s clothes as well as modern reproductions.

 

A brief history of CC41-The Utility Clothing Scheme

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A brief history of CC41 – The Utility Clothing Scheme

I’ve been fascinated by the history of the Utility Clothing Scheme in Britain for years and I have a very strong penchant for buying garments with the CC41 logo, even multiples of the same item. What can I tell you, I can never resist, yet another pair of 1940s knickers or a teddy. It’s simply beyond my control!

Considering my large, and yet, still growing collection of clothes and lingerie bearing the CC41 tag, some might say that I’m a little bit obsessed with it. I, however, prefer the word passionate.

When in doubt, wear a Handmacher suit!

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When in doubt, wear a Handmacher suit!

I’m a huge fan of vintage skirt suits, and if you are curious about the reasons, read my article about the 1940s-1950s suits.  I don’t look for any particular brands when searching for a new addition to my growing suit collection. With the exception of the Taylored by Handmacher suits! You can see in the picture below, an example of one of my lovely 1950s Handmacher suits. The exact same one, at least style-wise, was featured in Harper’s Bazaar from 1952.

 

What to do during self-isolation!

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What to do during self-isolation!

Part1

If you’re self-employed like me and mainly work from home, you’re probably quite familiar with the need for self-discipline. Following a routine is essential, as it’s far too easy to find distractions. A walk with your beloved pooch or a lengthy perusal of your favourite seller’s page on Etsy. Do these things and just watch those hours slip by, leaving you wondering where the day went and why didn’t you get any of those things done that you promised yourself you would.

The 1940s DuBarry dress for the modern girl!

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The 1940s DuBarry dress and its versatility.

The DuBarry brand was known in the 1940s – 1960s for simple yet elegant evening gowns, cocktail and prom dresses, as well as mother-of-the-bride wear.

Today the label is synonymous, amongst us vintage girls, with the best that ready-to-wear vintage has to offer. I love how easy it is to dress up or down the DuBarry gown. It makes the perfect choice for many occasions, although I personally like to treat it as a day-wear. As you can see in the photographs below, I removed the original, embellished with crystals belt, and replaced it with a simple black one. By doing so I turned the evening gown into a simple yet elegant day dress.

The Vintage Woman Magazine Issue 2: Identity

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The Vintage Woman Magazine!

 

Today, I would like to announce that Issue 2: “Identity” is out, and you don’t want to miss it!

 

With this second issue, we are putting a stamp on our own identity. In this issue, we touch on what some people may think of as taboo subjects. Including topics such as how to please yourself and a frank discussion of feminism presented in a way that may be new to you. This is why I started The Vintage Woman.

Executive Editor & Founder Jade Stavri-Ratcliffe

French Sole AW19-Why you will want to kick off your heels!

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French Sole AW19 collection is the perfect reason to kick off your high -heels and swap for flats! Not an easy statement for me to make as there was a time when I would only wear 5″ heels. Times have changed, however, and I can’t imagine my shoe-closet without flats.

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

Abbie Walsh accessories

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Abbie Walsh accessories are the perfect match, for both, vintage and modern garments. The limited collections, as well as one-off pieces, are all handmade and embellished with beautiful beads and dreamy embroidery. And what makes them even more special is the original artwork created by the tattoo artist Heather Moore.

The most stylish sneakers that go with everything!

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The most stylish sneakers that go with everything, regardless if it’s a pair of slacks, shorts or a dress, are the creation of SPITZ. This independent German brand focuses on quality as well as comfort and prides itself on creating sustainable and very feminine footwear. I’m a huge fan of their 1950s inspired saddle shoes, that are in my proud possession and I’m already salivating over a pair of the lilac sneakers from their Original line!

Some people need sequins, others don’t.

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Why I fell in love with sequins!

Some people need sequins, others don’t.

Edith Head

Fashion Trivia

Edith Head, one of my favourite Hollywood costumiers, once famously said, “Some people need sequins, others don’t.”

She made that comment to the press in reference to a dress she designed for Grace Kelly to wear at the 27th Academy Awards in 1955. The dress in ice-blue duchess satin was very simple, lacking any adornments and yet, it made Grace Kelly stand out from the crowds, Hollywood A-lister crowds that is. Kelly won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in “The Country Girl” that night. Edith Head was the winner for her Costume Design (Black and White) for “Sabrina”.

 

French Sole SS19 collection

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French Sole SS19 collection is finally here!!! I’m very excited to share their latest out-of-this-world image campaign shot by my husband Gregory Michael King.

 

I’ve been a big fan of the stylish and very comfortable FS flats for a long time now. The Henrietta style, with a sexy toe-cleavage, is one of my favourites, which explains why I have them in abundance. I often pair my French Sole ballet flats with clothes from the 1940s, the 1950s and it’s always a match made in vintage heaven. The other style that I adore is the sophisticated Hefner slippers. They are made of sumptuous velvet, adorned with beautiful embroidery and are my No.1 choice for the evening when I opt for flats instead of high-heels. I think that you all know by now that it’s rather difficult for me to resist velvet shoes. And speaking of other styles that I love, which also come in velvet, let’s not overlook the flirtatious Love Heart flats embellished with glitter! They are the perfect accessory for an all-black ensemble adding just the right amount of sparkle, although these days I find myself in need of a lot of bling. I’m always on the hunt for a dazzling 1930s sequin-blouse or an oversized Art Deco brooch. What can I say, it’s beyond my control.

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.