Your granny’s wardrobe is so hot right now! Raid her cupboard for those ultra chic lace kaftaans, croquet cover ups, pussy bow blouses, maxi dresses and full volume knee length skirts.
By definition, clothing from the 1920s to 1970s is considered vintage. Retro, short for retrospective, or “vintage style” usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era. Reproduction, or repro, clothing is a newly-made but faithful copy of an older garment.
Vintage clothing is more valuable for its authenticity and unique materials or cuts and design. Detailing such as hand finishing, unusual buttons, hand embroidery, handmade lace, crochet, appliqué, beading and other techniques make vintage fashion super desirable today.
But you don’t want to literally step in your granny’s shoes… The trick is to contemporize vintage fashion to make it relevant to what’s hot right now. Here’s how:
1) Rewind, forward…Play!
Add a dash of contemporary accessories to your vintage ensemble. For example, pair a vintage knee length dress with some sexy ankle-tie high heels and a cross body box bag. Also, the reverse applies so pair vintage accessories such as the 1920s style Mary Janes seen below, with contemporary clothing.
For example, a slick cropped blazer and skinny trousers would look swell with a pair of those vintage cat eye glasses and a string of large pearls that were so 1940s glam. Think glamorous Roxy from Chicago meets the sophisticated Carla Bruni.
2) Hair- archy:
Vintage hairstyles? Ultra feminine, charming and practical. Try the uber cool high bun for that Audrey Hepburn magic or the bee hive with bangs. The old school bob has made a comeback this season as has the shoulder length wavy hair worn with a simple band, a la the iconic Elizabeth Taylor (R.I.P)
The 1920s bob was considered scandalous because short haired women were often seen smoking! The style itself was blamed for loose morality, the breakdown of the family, and was banned from the Royal Court of Queen Mary! Fashionable women were then called ‘flappers’, back in the 20s.
Curls, sculpted bouffant and more curls… it was all about the glam in the 40s and boy, do we love it!
The sculpted look gave way to the more free flowing, hippie loving natural hair… remember I Dream of Genie? Straight hair was in and so were those cute wispy bangs up front. Also alternately, hair was pulled back at the crown for a neater, office look ( see mom Norma’s look in The Wonder Years).
3) Make up your mind!:
Make up from the 1920s through the 60s was just so vivid! This was a period when women were struggling with issues…economic and political independence, feminism and equality. All this was reflected in the way they dressed and groomed themselves.
For rouge the colors rose, raspberry and orange were popular while the lips were seen in Colors like rose, raspberry and medium red. Lipstick was applied as a “Cupid’s-Bow” (Armor’s Bow) to the upper lip. Also the lower lip was exaggerated a bit and the width of the lips de-emphasized a little. Lips were meant to look plump and a bit pouty.
The eyelid shadow was often painted in dark gray. Besides gray, colors like turquoise and green were also in fashion.The fingernails were painted only in the nail center. The half-moon and nail tip were left bare and white.
Popular rouge colors were red with pinkish undertones, bright pinks with fuchsia undertones and bright roses. For lips all shades of red including clear bright reds, cherry reds, pinkish reds, and orange reds were popular. Upper lip was slightly exaggerated.
For the eye dark brown or black mascara and a small eyeliner was used. Eye shadows mostly varied in muted grays and browns.
For nails: blue-reds, brown-reds, bright reds, green, mustard yellow, black, navy blue, plum, and mauve were popular.
Dramatic eyes, with the winged eye liner, heavy mascara and spiked lashes. Shadow is colored or dark. Lips are pale or glittering, rarely showing dark shades. Models Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy (Leslie Hornby) along with the actress Julie Christie with their lined eye sockets captured the sixties chic look.
PS: Just remember to replace granny’s old clothes with something she’d appreciate :- )