Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Disco Fever - 70s Vintage Glamour

It was in the New York nightclubs of the 1970s where disco began to take hold. Dance music was electronically enhanced with pounding catchy beats and layered orchestral sounds, and the urge to dance was just too strong to give into!

With this musical craze came a real shift in evening fashion and in 1976, Studio 54 really set the scene. The dancefloor was filled with women wearing shimmering and sparkling fabrics, hot-pants, leggings, leotards and super glam dresses. Hair was big and getting bigger, make-up was bold and glittery. This was the time when a woman really wanted to stand out and be noticed! Favoured colours were electric blue, lilac purple and fuchsia pink and man-made fabrics such as lamé, satin, sequin, polyester and velour were most definitely in vogue.

Whether wearing shiny tiny hot-pants and sequin boob tubes, or long draping dresses with dipped backs; this was a time of showing plenty of flesh, usually enhanced with a little shimmer or glitter of course. Designer such as Halston, Bill Blass, YSL and Chloe were the rulers of the stunning Grecian inspired dresses that fell beautifully from the neckline or strapless top. Sashes made from silk scarves and metallic belts and strappy heeled sandals completed the look for the fashion forward girl about town.

In street style, the disco look incorporated skinny shiny trousers in a rainbow of coloured satins, sequinned tops and lots of ruching. Towards the end of the decade, shoulder began to broaden and shoulder padding was most definitely on trend. Alternative looks for the younger disco crowd included silk shirts worn open over shimmering swimwear and leggings or oversized 'boyfriend' t-shirts sporting Roller Disco motifs. Disco was most certainly the last great look of the 1970s and really encapsulated the thrill seeking glamour of this revolutionary decade of vintage fashion.

I've always loved anything that sparkles and shimmers, so the vintage disco clothing from the 70s is amongst my favourite of the iconic looks we stock at My Vintage. Here are some amazing examples of funky disco chic that look as good today as they did almost 40 years ago!

You can shop 70s vintage clothing 24/7 at www.myvintage.co.uk or at our Darwen shop on The Circus.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Don't hate the Eighties! Vintage Fashion Special.

The eighties has a really bad reputation when it comes to fashion, but if you delve a little deeper than neon leg warmers and ra-ra skirts, 1980s vintage fashion has a lot to offer in 2015...

The 1980s evening dress is a real classic that works for two very particular reasons. Firstly, the sleek and feminine lines work to accentuate and flatter a woman's curves and secondly most of the fabrics are very female friendly. I'm talking silks, sequins and lots of viscose.

1980s Vintage Laurence Kazar Red Sequin Cocktail Dress UK Size 12/14

Some of our favourite evening dress necklines jump right out of the 80s including the cowl neck, slashed neck, cut out back and high neck. There is also of course, that cute prom dress style of dresses that give a nod toward the 1950's whilst staying short, tight and flirty. In 1986, Christian Lacroix created this style with fitted bodices and skirt puffball skirts. It was a refreshing change for women who has spent years wearing classic floor length gowns to black tie events. Now the the economic boom for the youth and Yuppy culture flying high, cocktail parties and soirees were much more fashionable, and these just screamed out for younger, shorter and cuter styles of dresses.

Designers started to go over the top with their creations and soon there was no such thing as too many sequins or bows that were too large. Frilled tops, dropped waist skirt with tutus, back bustles, pastel colours, beads and ribbons all featured heavily for anyone who was anyone.

1980s Vintage Gina Bacconi Pink and Black Prom Dress UK Size 6/8

In 1987, Yves Saint Laurent and Emanuel Ungaro took the hemlines even shorter. Early Ungaro versions featured rouched satin skirts in rich chocolate brown, contrasted with cerise pink details such as rose corsages, sashes and trains.

I absolutely love 1980s evening dresses (with the odd exception of course!) and not least the fully sequinned shift dresses in bright jewel colours or the over the top fishtail skirts and asymmetric necklines. It'd pretty difficult to find a high street party dress today that doesn't have some 1980's vintage influence, and the more the start to explore, the more surprised you'll be.

Original 1980s Radley Peplum Cocktail Dress UK Size 10

So put crimped hair, glow sticks, white socks and rainbow lycra out of your head and start thinking of the endless possibilities of 80s fashion. I guarantee there will be something you like when you really start looking. You may even end up with a fantastic 80s dress for your Christmas party this year!

1980s Black Evening Maxi Dress with Metallic Strands

We have a huge and impressive range of 1980s vintage clothing here at My Vintage, browse the online rails at www.myvintage.co.uk or pop in to see us at our shop in Darwen town centre.

Over and out!
Em xx

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The 1960's - Out of this World

No doubt inspired but the Yuri Gagarin space race of 1961, cutting edge fashion houses such as Courréges and Pierre Cardin began to bring futuristic collections to the catwalks. Using limited colour palettes, shimmering silvers and glossy whites; these 'space age' clothes were based on that fantasy vision of life in the modern year 2000. The pretty, whimsical and superfluous decorations were shunned in favour of short straight skirts, simple a-line tunics and flat leather boots and shoes. Minimal was the buzz word.

In 1964, André Courréges showed his 'Moon Girl' collection which was full of straight lines, boxy shapes and most definitely no frill in sight. Skinny trouser suits with front slits to fall open over flat boots, simple square cute coats with basic pockets and buttons and of course the very shortest of short skirts. Accessories were also 'space age' with goggle style sunglasses and astronaut inspired helmet-style hats.

In an already androgynous style era, the hard and straight lines of these collections and the more angular models that were chosen to show them off, led to a trend in his 'n' hers clothing. It was the must have look for young hipster couples who would have identical looks to show they shared absolutely everything.

I love the modern take on 60s Space Age fashion and here is a quick checklist of the most important features of this trend:

  • Mini pinafore dresses.
  • Monochrome and graphic prints.
  • Plastic detail and accessories.
  • Asymmetric cutting.
  • PVC coats.
  • Metal and chain mail incorporated into garments.
  • White, silver and shimmer.

We always have a great range of 1960's fashion here at My Vintage and if you fancy stepping into their preconceived version of the future, come and see some of our collections - they are truly out of this world!

You can shop 24/7 at www.myvintage.co.uk or visit us in store on The Circus in Darwen,

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Halloween Makeup Tutorials and Outfit Ideas from My Vintage 2015

I'm pleased to say that most of the cheap, tacky Halloween costumes we've seen regurgitated for decades, have been rapidly losing popularity over the last few years. It excites me greatly to see so many imaginative and unusual dress up ideas emerging and I have to say that watching scary and quirky makeup tutorials on YouTube is most definitely one of my guilty pleasures (that and Ru Paul's Drag Race honey!)

To give you all some fresh inspiration for this year's spooky extravaganza, I've teamed some of my favourite makeup looks from various beauty bloggers and mags, with the perfect outfits straight out of My Vintage.

If you don't find your perfect Halloween get up in this lovely lot, I'll be more shocked than Uncle Fester in the electric chair!

1) Freaky Mermaid Chic
Who doesn't love a mermaid though? But if Ariel is a little tame for your Halloween party then why not try this ridiculously easy way to create shimmering fish scales on your face...

I love this look, so easy, so pretty and so effective! Thanks @KaitlinMekel :)

Now, to complete this unicorn mermaid Katy Perry gorgeousness, here are my top 3 picks from the huge range of stunning vintage and retro clothing at My Vintage...

1950s Vintage Mermaid Sequin Top from My Vintage

1970s Vintage Sequin Evening Maxi Dress from My Vintage

1980s Vintage Monsoon Silk Prom Dress from My Vintage

2. Ventriloquist Dolly
This is ridiculously cute, but also kinda creepy! Here is a really easy but effective tutorial for that crazed living dummy look to start us off...

Thanks a million for that Miranda, aka Slashed Beauty - I love it!

To perfect this look, we need to go for super cutesy and dainty doll so here are the top 3 items I have selected from the My Vintage range...

1950s Vintage St Michael Babydoll Nightie from My Vintage
1950s Style Pink Chiffon Doll Dress from My Vintage

Cute Swallow and Rose Mini Dress from My Vintage

3. Wednesday Addams
I know, I know, it has been done before. But she is just so cute, and this tutorial from the brilliant Alexys (lex) Fleming is brilliant and has some really amazing, but simple to recreate, details...

And when it comes to what to wear, these 3 My Vintage gems are ideal...

1960s Vintage Susan Small Monochrome Dress from My Vintage
Vintage Inspired Monochrome Stripe Blouse from My Vintage
1970s Vintage Monochrome Day Dress from My Vintage

4. Comic Book/Pop Art Lichtenstein Girl
This is oh so effective and is much easier than you might think! You also need minimal product and it can be done with things you already have in your makeup bag! Destiny Godley has created one of my all time favourite tutorials here...

This look is screaming out for bright and kitsch clothing, here are the top 3 I've picked out from My Vintage...

Gorgeous Vintage Gina Bacconi Prom Dress from My Vintage
Vintage 1970s Kitsch Novelty Print Dress
Vintage 1980s Bold Print Shirt Dress from My Vintage
5. Zombie Pin Up Girl
This has got to be my favourite! Who doesn't want to dress up in a pretty dress and petticoat but still look scary for all Hallows Eve?! Maria Escalante has done an awesome half and half makeup look here and boy is she cute!

We have loads of gorgeous pin up dresses to choose from, I've selected 3 that flatter all figures!

50s Style Black Polka Dot Swing Dress from My Vintage
Rockabilly Horror Girl Swing Dress from My Vintage
Stunning Red Siren Wiggle Dress from My Vintage
Oh and just one other thing, I cannot be held responsible for any marriage proposals or indeed indecent proposals you receive when wearing the dress above - we don't call it the disclaimer dress for nothing! #smokin

I hope you loved my choices and if you do try any of them out, don't forget to tweet or Facebook me with your pics!

Over and out
Em x

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Peplum - Modern Trend or Old School Style?

You'd be forgiven for thinking that peplum dresses, skirts, and tops were a new trend, springing up in high street collections over the last few years. But like many current trends, the peplum frill is actually a lot older than you think and features quite heavily in vintage fashion...

Originating in Ancient Greece, the peplum was originally worn by both men and women. Greeks wore lose fitting peplums, like short skirts, tied over their tunics and made from wool.

Fast forward to the Renaissance and once again peplums were reinvented , only this time round they were more structured and extended from the hips, in contrast to the draping style adopted by the Greeks. They were still worn by both genders.

The peplum as we know it in 2015, stems from the 1940’s. Ladies would wear both tops and dresses that featured peplums. This shape and style was popular as it created a nipped in waist and more curvy hips. This gave the wearer that coveted hourglass figure that we all still aspire to today.

Having been off the radar during the androgynous 60s and the hippy 70s, a brand new peplum became on trend fashion again in the 1980s. It was the decade of excess of course, and peplums would often have many layers, fold or pleats for even MORE fun! More variations were seen, including some dresses where the seam at the waist would taper down to a V, contrasting to the traditional straight across waist of the 1940’s peplum

Like many trends, this disappeared and and went through another re-branding and renovation in 2012 and there are many ways to wear a modern or a vintage peplum today.
If you want to wear a modern trend the unique vintage way, have a look for a gorgeous vintage peplum dress or top at My Vintage.