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I have always loved a good rumage in a charity or second hand shop and back when I was little you could still find some amazing vintage gems. In more recent years vintage has become so on trend that you can't go anywhere without finding yourself faced with a store professing to sell clothes from a bygone era.
With this in mind people aren't dropping their seconds off at their local salvation army, they're selling them to vintage stores, and more recently ebay.
So where do you go if you want that vintage feel? Why! Get it handmade for you, somewhere where you can specify the design as well as the cloth. With our relaunch of our ladieswear back in October we expanded our choices for our female customers, with so many different designs you could pretty much dress from any era you fancy. Here is a little run down of my favourites, bearing in mind that there are always lots of different styles from different periods in time. I have just included one style from each decade but if you have specific ideas in mind don't hesitate to drop in and discuss it with me.
1940's - Wartime Chic
Now this look it probably one of my outright faves, it so stylish but also very auster at the same time. It's not really a look that would suit my body shape but it looks asbsolutely fabulous on a slender less curvasous build.
The style is to have a high neckline with padded shoulders and pocket flaps placed on the hips. This type of jacket is then worn with a pleated skirt. This is all done to make the hips and shoulders look wider and the waist look small creating a very extreme hourglass with boxy shoulders. As I mentioned before this look is better on ladies without curves as the agressive tailoring can make curvy ladies look too extreme and the shoulders too masculine.
A beautiful example of this kind of look is the outfits that Cate Blanchett wears in the film 'Charlotte Gray.' She looks absolutely stunning and her suits are oh so very wartime Chanel. 1950's - Hourglass suiting For my 1950's styling I've taken inspiration from America. Rationing was still going on here in the UK but across the pond fashion returned to normal. Although the shoulder pads are still present they have begun to soften and the jacket looks less boxy with the seat of the jacket starting to kick out. The skirt has become more fitted and the whole outfit is a lot fresher and sultery than our austier ladies of the 1940's. This look would be great on someone of an hourglass figure but could work well on a less curvy person provided the waist was very nipped in. Pencil skirts are great for all different size. Have them cut high on your natural waist if you are short. This shortens your tourso gives the impression of longer legs. This style is also good for ladies who are conscious of their bellies. I like a very tight skirt and tend to go for an ultra fitted but a slim looks good too.
1960's - Swinging Suiting
For this decade I'm going to skip back over the water to the UK. The look of English suiting for ladies in the sixties was very adrodgenous. The boxy look of the jacket from the 1940s was still prevalent but the shoulder pads were softer and the waist less fitted. The look was a lot more casual than previous decades with smaller collars and more simplistic detailing.
With Merly Streep's recent Oscar win it is just a reminder that there is so much to love about this amazing actress. Already this year she has not only won an Oscar but a Bafta too, with many other awards to follow I expect.
Streep is condsidered one of the best actress' of her time with her career stretching from roles like Kramer and Kramer to her most recent depiction of Margeret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady.
' But Merly Streep is not just a great actress, she is also condsidered a major style icon. It seems that her appeal stems from the fact that Streep never tries to be fashionable, having regularly claimed she knows nothing about fashion.She never looks uncomfortable or unsure in what she wears. This relaxed feeling she emulates comes across in the way she carries herself. When Merly Streep dresses for an event she does it in a way that is not over considered. Merly Streep's Oscar winning dress.Unlike a lot of actors and actress' Streep's style is very much her own. She does not always look perfect but she manages to always come across as natural even when looking extremely glamours.
Meryl Streep recently won a the Bafta for best actress. In many of her roles as well as her personal life Merly Streep has chosen a more tailored look. This is a style that really suits her shape and angular face. In 'The Devil Wears Prada' Streep's character was very hard and austere. By using large sharp collars and contrasting colours the director used Streep's angular face to emphasis this feeling of power and control. Looking at Meryl Streep's overcoat you can see how the stark difference between the black and white collars emphasis' her pale complexion giving a harsh look.
This is a look that Streep has donned in the past for earlier roles in her career. While playing Joanna Kramer in 'Kramer and Kramer' she wore the same style collar on an overcoat. The look had a softer feel than her later role in 'The Devil Wears Prada.' This was done by giving her a relaxed floaty hair style, with loose strands. This softened Streep's face and although she still looks very professional in her overcoat it is a more relaxed look than that of Miranda Priestly.
Meryl Streep in Kramer Vs Kramer In more recent years Meryl Streep has taken this more tailored look into her own personal wardrobe. For a promotional evening for the musical 'Mamma Mia' Streep attended wearing a ladies large shawl collar jacket. The jacket had a one button fastening and an extremely cut away front, enhancing Meryl Streep's natural curves. Merly Streep at the photocall for Mamma Mia The most amazing and recent transformation of Meryl Streep into character is that of her role as Margeret Thatcher. Not only is her acting superb but her grasp of the iron ladies' speech is uncanny. The shoulder pads and server cut do help though. These extra large shoulder pads on ladies really signifie the eighties, with wide notched collars and nipped in waist, you could be forgiven in thinking that old Maggie had risen again! Meryl Streep as Margeret Thatcher in the Oscar winning picture 'The Iron Lady.' Here Streep wears a dark heavily pad suit with contrasting collar.
The recent turn in the weather and the prospect of longer days and lighter nights has got us re-thinking our wardorbe for spring. We're done with the woolly jumpers and multiple layers and cannot wait until the weather is warm enough to make do with a light weight top and thin summer jacket.
What better way to refresh your spring wardorbe and make the most of the warming weather than with a in a breezy ? Wear over jeans or chinos for a smart casual look or mix and match with your exisitng suiting wardobe to inject some fun and colour.
Neutrals and pastel tones look great in spring time, this goes for men's and women's jackets alike. Swap your boring black or grey tailored pieces for camel, beige, ivory and pink shades. Ditch the black accessories too and wear your new spring jacket with a crisp white shirt and brown leather accessories for ultimate spring style.
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