Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Buying Vintage Clothing Tips

I've always been a fan of vintage. Almost every vintage clothing, although old, has much better value than our garments today. So it is really important to pay a little attention to some details before buying a vintage item.

These are the list that I think you should look for before buying a vintage item and be sure to examine the item carefully in good light:

Fading - Check for fading, turn the item inside out and examine the seams. The color on the seams is more likely to be darker in shade. If the fading is just a little or totally even on the outside of the garment, then the item should be good enough to buy.

Vintage clothing style for women

Wear and Tear - Check collars, armpits, knees, elbows, backsides, hems, and cuffs for extreme wear as these are the parts that suffer the most stress.

Tearing - Tearing in any other area apart from the seams of the garment are permanent and not always easily covered. Use caution when buying an item with known tears.

Stains - Some stains on vintage clothing are still possible to get rid of, particularly to those recent ones. Stains from mildew and perspiration are permanent.

Loosening, Sagging and Stretching - Well worn vintage clothes are more likely to sag or stretch from wear and tear compare to garments produced today. So try to put the item on to find out if such wear is noticeable wearing it. Wear in some garments may even improve the fit, in others; it may make the item look overused so examine carefully.

Deterioration - Fiber deterioration is common in old garment pieces made from natural fibers like wool, silk, cotton, etc. Try to look for signs of deterioration but it should be just fine if the deterioration is still tolerable.

Moth Holes - Moth holes are permanent in almost any cases. Moths like dark colors, so be sure to carefully check garments that are darker in color. If there's any moth damage, use caution depending on the location and the extent of damage. If you chose to buy an item with moth damage, be sure to wash it in hot water immediately to avoid any moth larvae from damaging the rest of your garment.

Odors - Vintage clothing, particularly from thrift stores may not have been washed for some time, so there will likely be some sort of odor on them. With a fine wash, that odor should reduce or disappear. Just be certain to use the right cleaning method for the garment's age and fabric.

Mildew - All signs of mildew are permanent. Do not purchase a garment with any sign of mildew damage.

Decorative Pieces - Pay special attention to any garment with sequins, appliqué, beading, lace or embroidery. Make sure decorative details are securely attached and are not missing any undesirable amount of pieces.
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Latest Vintage Wedding Dress Trends 2013

2013 Vintage wedding dresses

Vintage wedding dresses are in demand with brides looking for a statement dress to match their personality and figure.

Wedding dress designers let their creative juices flow when creating their designer masterpiece for today's discerning bride. Some designers take their inspiration from the 1920's and 1930's with loose fitting designs and others turn to the 40's with wide shoulders and slim waistlines.

For many though the defining era of a vintage wedding dress is the golden era of the 1950's and 1960's. Hollywood greats Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner and Elizabeth Taylor wooed cinema audiences with their style and sophistication, leading many a commentator to taking greater interest in their fashion statements than their acting abilities.

But perhaps the most famous of all actresses to inspire vintage wedding dress design was Audrey Hepburn. Her classic figure, stunning looks and winning personality were the hallmark of an actress the envy of many an onlooker. A screen icon to this day, her style can be seen in many a vintage inspired wedding dress over 50 years later.

2013 White Vintage wedding dresses

Dress designers all over the world claim Audrey to be their inspiration - with clean necklines, low cut backs, soft flowing hems and three quarter length dresses being elements of their signature designs.

What inspires you?

When working with a designer, brides can select their favourite design elements and embellishments to create a truly one-off unique vintage classic. Don't be restricted by what you see in front of you - take along your own ideas and work with your designer. You may have magazine clippings or images you've seen in your search on-line. Some will work really well with your designers dresses, others won't - but never be afraid to ask.

The hallmark of a good designer is to take their client's preferences and incorporate those in to their own dress designs. You'll usually know when it will or won't work and your designer will be able to give you good advice why some things may or may not be recommended for a particular style of dress.

So whether your inspiration is the golden era of Hollywood or a modern classic design with influences from a bygone era you can be confident of looking and feeling like a true star on your big day.

Latest Wedding Dress Trends 2013

We see bride-to-be's every day of the week. Some come full of ideas and a very clear about the look they want. Others arrive with us as a blank canvas and take their inspiration from the dresses and designs they see on the day. Whether you're the former or the latter the bridal experience is the same as you watch your dress come alive over the weeks and months before your very big day.

Only by working with a wedding dress designer can you create your very own uniquely styled, vintage wedding dress.
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Friday, June 28, 2013

Versatile Vintage Clothing

The classics are timeless clothes, as wearable today as the day they were made. They have simple lines - not too gimmicky or faddish. These versatile pieces fit easily into a modern wardrobe giving it a boost. Adding a classic article of vintage clothing makes an ensemble uniquely individual.

Enduring fabrics and beautiful shapes are attributes of the classics. Silhouettes that appear again and again, throughout time. Classic clothing features quality and detail that nowadays you find only in very expensive garments.

What articles of attire are regarded as classics? The bomber jacket, the double-breasted jacket, and blazers with hand-cut buttons and striped silk linings fall into the fashion category of the classics. The soft beaded sweaters and sweater sets from the 1950's, the bodysuits and jumpsuits of the 1970's, perfectly cut 1960's chemise dresses, princess skirts and dresses of the 1950's, 1960's and 1980's are all classics. Then there is the mini-skirt, Capri pants, halter tops, palazzo pants and the bias cut dress. Just a few of the myriad styles of clothing that fall into the classics.

The Waist Length Jacket

The first "bomber" or "battle" jacket were those worn by pilots in World War II. The style was a result of a need for less bulky clothes, so they could move with ease in the confined space of a cockpit. Designers of the 1960's, such as Cardin and Dior, were quick to incorporate this silhouette into their sportswear lines. The short waist jacket of the 1940's and the boxy short jacket of the 1950's and 1960's have also become fashion classics. This cut is most flattering to those who are just a tad short waisted. A style that will endure, it can be worn with jeans, pleated skirts, pencils skirts and other classics. True classics will always be a hit when paired together. Team them with an item from different eras and you have your own classic style.

The Turtleneck Sweater

British athletes used high-necked, rollover collar jerseys in their uniforms back in the 1860's. By the 1900's the turtleneck jersey had become a part of American football gear. Shortly after this time, the turtleneck was included in the uniform of naval men who served aboard submarines. In the 1920's, famous news correspondent, Noel Coward made an ultimate fashion statement by wearing the turtleneck with a blazer. It again became fashionable in the 1940's as a component of the tweedy menswear look. Turtlenecks enjoyed another comeback in the 1960s, first among beatniks and flower children, then among the mainstream. By 1967, the turtleneck was deemed the best alternative to a shirt and tie. The 1990's saw the turtleneck transform into a halter, making it even more appealing and sexy. The turtleneck is an adaptable garment with the ability to enhance a long slender neck or hide a sagging chin.

The Mini-Skirt

Mini skirts first became popular in the mid 1960's. To this day, it is unclear as to who actually invented the mini-skirt, however popular belief, is that it was the girl in the street. Hemlines continued to rise until the late 1960's when the micro-mini was in high fashion. A bit flared, these skirts were made of stiff and colourful fabrics. By the 1970's, hemlines had lowered to the maxi-skirt, but not for long as the 1980's saw the mini-skirt come back thriving. Now known as "short skirts", they are a favorite amongst the young of heart. Whether called a mini-skirt or a short skirt, it is the ideal apparel for those that want to show off their legs.

Imagine an ensemble of these three classics - a white pleated mini-skirt (mid 1960s), worn with a halter turtleneck (1990's) underneath a pastel bomber jacket (late 1960's).

Delve into versatile vintage fashions, where the possibilities of creating your own unique style are endless.
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Vintage Make Up Tips | 2013 Fashion Tips

A vintage style looks very put together. Maybe you first fell in love with these designs on your favorite childhood TV show. While times have changed, good taste hasn't. This look can be provocative but also very simple and easy to accomplish when you know what you are doing. Here are a few tips for dressing vintage.

Perfect a flawless makeup routine. You might think that you just don't have time in the morning to do your makeup. When you're taking the kids to school or rushing to work it can be the last thing on your mind. Try setting a timer to see just how long it takes. You can probably do your everyday makeup routine in ten minutes or less.

Bring out your best attributes. Vintage models weren't size zeros. You don't have to go on a diet to get this look. Find clothes that flatter your curves. This will show off your best attributes and can give you confidence even if you aren't the size you want to be yet. This is also true of makeup. There really isn't a right and wrong way to do vintage makeup. Focus on the best dramatic lip and subtle eye for your skin tone and everyday life. Then make your complexion look as flawless as possible. This will keep you from looking like you are wearing a costume. Instead, you will just look like the best version of yourself.

Find stylish comfort. So often in today's society comfort means frumpy. Get used to wearing dresses. Sure, back in the day you'd have to wear stockings but depending on your age and the occasion it's a lot more comfortable and perfectly appropriate to just go without them. You might find that it's just as easy to be comfortable in a skirt as it is to be comfortable in a pair of jeans.

Incorporate what works for you and leave the rest out. You might be intimidated when you first start trying to incorporate vintage clothes in your wardrobe. You don't have to throw everything else out. Try pairing a vintage inspired sweater with a form fitting pair of jeans. Just buying a pencil skirt can open up your options with your everyday work wardrobe. If your hair, makeup and clothes are all vintage it might just look like you stepped out of a time machine. This might not be practical for everyday life so learn to mix and match what flatters you with what you already have in your wardrobe.
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Monday, March 4, 2013

Vintage Clothing | 2013 Fashion Trends

If you have an appreciation for classic styles, or just the desire to wear something unique, vintage clothing and accessories can be great additions to your wardrobe. We all know that fashion repeats itself. Certain styles never go out of style and many modern-day designers borrow ideas and design details from bygone era, so investing in, and learning how to wear vintage fashions makes sense.

Authentic Vintage Clothing

60`s Vintage Fashion

For those unsure of how to determine an item is vintage, some details from garments produced prior to the 1960's that are easy to identify are metal zippers, pinked seams which are zig-zag edges and side snap closures. Vintage clothing is also easy to identify based on the fabric; older textiles feel very different from anything manufactured these days and usually come in colours that we don't see much of in current trends.

The Secret To Wearing Vintage Clothing

The key to wearing vintage is to combine it with modern items instead of wearing full head-to-toe vintage, which runs the risk of making you look like you're heading to a costume party. Some vintage items are so glamorous and dramatic, like faux-fur coats, that they should remain the sole focus of your entire outfit anyway! If you're wearing vintage high-waisted pants, try pairing them with a contemporary blouse and shoes. With a vintage dress, try following today's beauty trends when doing your hair and makeup to remain relevant to today's trends.

It is important when looking at vintage clothing, to understand the shapes that suit your body type. Don't be afraid to try everything on to help you figure out what works and doesn't work for your shape. If you really love the fabric or look of a vintage item but find that it doesn't quite fit you in the right places, don't forget that you can get a tailor to update the garment to suit you. Things like shoulder pads or hemlines are easy to remove and alter.

Don't Over-do Things When It When Wearing Vintage Clothes

70`s Vintage Fashion

Be sure not to get too carried away, though; when it comes to vintage fashion there are trends that should remain in the bygone era, like the disco dresses from the 70's! The rule here is not to wear anything that is too dated. Whatever you choose to wear you've got to feel confident, otherwise it will show in your demeanour.

Vintage encompasses a host of eras and time periods like the 20's flapper, 60's bohemian and 80's hipster that there is bound to be something for everyone!

20's flapper vintage fashion style

60's bohemian vintage fashion style

80's hipster vintage fashion style