Vintage Style Shoes

There are many styles of vintage shoes out there some are comfortable and practical and some are dressy. There are different eras from 20s to 70s mainly depending where you shop.

Flats are better for dancing like ballet pumps with straps ,flat sandals and plimsolls especially for jive and rock n roll or just for sheer comfort.

There are a number of heel designs like courts and t-bar depending on the era 20s to 40s era heels,such as the Gatsby stylewere more sturdy than the 50s stilettos style later on.

There are many shops who specialize in vintage style shoes but looking on the high street I got my ballerina pumps.

Lindy Bop, Collectif ,JoeBowns, Banned Retro,Ruby Shoo and Irregular Choice just a few brands in the UK.

Collectif shoes do cater for many eras up to the 1980s!

You can buy directly on the website or a lot of online independent vintage clothing sites or vintage clothes shops sell these brands.

Hopefully there are plenty of choices on these sites and I hope some of these sites are available where you live.

I wrote this post due to one of my readers asking for the best shoes to go with her dress. I hope she found the perfect shoes.

My shoes

Clockwise Top Navy ballet pumps with gold trim,Deichman Joe Brown Hawaiin leather sandals, Collectif Lulu Hun Bonnie Wedges, Joe Brown Tropical Diamante Pinapple Sandals

I got the Tropical and Hawaiian styles to go with my Tiki dress and flowery dresses. The heels are the glamorous with 50s gingham and cherries which will go with my red coat dress. And the ballet shoes go with anything.

Retro style shoes

Hope you enjoyed the read and found it useful.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I want paid for this post from any of the brands mentioned.

Autumn Fall Dresses

Hi there I have been looking on websites for inspiration for the Autumn dresses including Halloween. I have tried to look on websites that can be bought from globally but mainly the UK. I know in the U.S.A in the Fall Halloween is really celebrated along with our friends in Canada and other countries that celebrate Halloween.Hopefully for my readers worldwide there are vintage and retro shops online that are similar to the ones I mention on here. Hopefully it will give you inspiration to find something to wear in the colder months. Although I will concentrate on dresses these websites I mention have cardigans,jumpers and trousers to look for too.

HELL BUNNY

I have a couple of there items and I must say that the quality of the clothing is fantastic.

They have dresses and pinafore dresses that go up to a Uk size 24 4xl.

They specialise in 50s,Gothic,Rockabilly,Retro&Vintage .

Here is the Ricci dress if your looking for the Wednesday Addams look for Halloween. Price from £53.99 to 57.50.

Lady Vintage

I have a Lyra dress which is good quality and always looks elegant . I find this brand always has the elegance and quality and you stand out in a room in their dresses.

Below is the Estella dress £60.00 that goes up to a UK size 32 .

Lindy Bop

Lindy Bop styles are always fun tongue in cheek and I have a number of items of theres . I always find it fairly cheap and good on quality.

These are a few of there Halloween design’s. Sizes go up to a Uk 26.

Do look at there site for some lovely accessories and other designs of clothing there is a very big selection.

Collectif clothing

This company as a wide range of clothing and accessories from different decades.

Here’s the Mainline Doleres Half sleeve Dress £55.00

There sizes go up to a size UK 22.

Do have a look on these sites even if you cant get something in your size something will be available in your size.

Another site to look at is Banned Retro. They are just starting to bring out a few clothes for the Autumn /Winter . I have a couple of there cardigans and they are nice and long to go with trousers in the winter as well as warm.

I hope I have given you inspiration. Look out locally if there are any local retro shops which often stock these brands too.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid for advertising these brands

Accessories for Hair

Dawn Gracie-Dawns Vintage do

Above is Dawn who is based on Instagram and Facebook . She is a performer who is based in the South of England who always wears flowers in her hair. She has done hair videos on how to do her hairstyles for vintage life magazine. Check out her Facebook page for all information on Dawn she also has her own website.

Cherry Dollface

Here is Cherry an American pin up who is on You tube Facebook and Instagram. She has recently been to the UK on Tour. She has a lot of You tube videos on hair, make up and vintage fashion. And has done make up and hair for others too.

Heather Hellkat

Heather is an American lady who does a lot of hair and makeup tutorials on Facebook and can be found on Instagram too. She is down to earth she is a member of 2 Facebook groups on Vintage hair and makeup where she posts her tutorials.

Hair accessories in the vintage 50s era are commonly scarves, bandanas and flowers. The pictures above show how they are worn with various hairstyles. I have given information on these 3 ladies in case you want to check out there tutorials to give you ideas. I am not that good with hair myself so I stick to a simple ponytail with hair scarf or flowers.

I have bought a number of hair flowers in different colours to suit different outfits from Imogens Imagination based in Sheffield. Sophie the lady that makes the hair flowers can be also found on Etsy,Facebook and Instagram and often runs a stall at Lou lous vintage fair. She not only makes flowers but shes is a milliner and makes bespoke hats as well as other hair accessories.

Imogens Imagination flower’s

Headscarfs come in a variety of styles wired elasticated here are a couple from Lindy Bop range. The turquoise is elasticated the black one wired.

Also you can buy hair scarves that can be tied by yourself like a bandana in your hair.

From top to bottom

Fruit hair band Hell Bunny

Blue and red bandanas bought at independent seller at York Festival of vintage

Hawaiin hair band from Etsy,Arcade Hatters

Etsy is a good source of suppliers in hair accessories as well as Repro clothes brands.

Hope you found this article fun.

Bye for now💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not received any payment for advertising.

All Dressed Up

Forties and fifties style dresses are always seen as elegant, and back to the Hollywood glamour era . Even brands like Banned are goth clothes mixed with fifties glamour. Brands like Collectif who like to make reproduction clothes from the 1940s to the 1980s . Reproduction clothes are more popular,due to the lack of authentic vintage. And the size change in people since the 50s, due to richer diets. In this post I will explore Collectif, Lindy Bop, Hell Bunny, Lady Voluptuous and Dolly &Dotty, these companies sell in the UK. These brands have lots of evening dresses, bridal as well as day dresses.

So where can you wear one of these dresses , why do I need one in my wardrobe? Well there are specialist events like the Festival of vintage where you could where one of these dresses, but also on dates out with the other half, afternoon tea with the girls, the work Christmas party, a day out at the races a summer wedding.

There are many styles available Audrey Hepburn designs, flared skirts wiggle dresses and tea dresses.With different necklines boat, ruched bust, sweetheart and halter neck.

There are a variety of prints popular are cherries, gingham, polka dots and flowers. Some designs are seasonal, spring there are flower prints, summer its tiki time with tropical themes , autumn Halloween themes are popular and winter there are different Christmas themes such as holly, reindeer etc.

Also there are plenty of sales on these sites. And some of these sites sell in the USA too.

I have bought dresses from Lindy Bop Lady Vintage/Voluptuous and Dolly and Dotty. All have been good fits and I have had compliments galore. Designs I own coat dress, tea dress,Lyra and flared. In patterns polka dot , flowers and Tiki. I have also found they wash and iron well. Even though I haven’t a Hell bunny dress, I have other items of there’s and as above like the others brand they fit well and wash nicely.

Below I have tried to upload many designs for you to peruse.

Lindy Bop sizes 8-26

Polly Rose Heart £38.00

Marilyn Halter Neck £38.00

Misty Tiki Dress £40.00


Gingham Dress £38.00

Dolly and Dotty size8 -24

Strawberry Dress £40.00

Floral Swing Dress £15.00

Collectif size6-22

Dolores Flamingo Dress size 6-22

Hell Bunny size 8-22

Antonia Floral Black dress £53.99

Lady Voluptuous size14 -32

Apricot Lyra Polka dot dress £47.00

I hope you like these dresses and they give you inspiration.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid for advertising these companies. I have mentioned these companies as I have bought myself other designs from these companies. There are other companies available.

Aloha

Hiya well as summer is nearing, all the Tropical and Hawaiian clothes are coming to the for on the various plus size websites.

In the 40s and 50s the Tiki theme was popular and the Tiki cocktail bars became fashionable in the U.S.A.

Lindy Bop , Collectif, Hell Bunny are worth looking at for us plus size ladies.

Another site is Miss Bamboo for ladies between sizes 8 and 18.

I have included a photo of my very own Tiki dress which I bought from Lindy Bop.

You can also buy accessories from the Etsy store to go with your dress like hair scarves etc.

There is also a online store called Tiki Lou Hawaii http://www.tikilouhawaii.co.uk which is also on Instagram as well as Facebook.

There are a number of things to buy from Household Hawaiian themed items to Accessories from £1.95 to £85.00. They do coconut bags to t shirts jewellery even soap.

I have some Tropical flower earrings I have some lovely comments from people and my Tiki Lou t shirt.

You can get these Plumeria earrings in a number of colours. They are so comfortable you forget there in.

Well I hope this post gives you inspiration. And you look at the sites mentioned above to treat yourself to a dress. If that is to much theres always accessories or household items to get that Aloha feel.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid in monies for advertising these sites this is my opinion and knowledge I am sharing. I have used my own money for items bought from these sites.

Swimwear for all

Hiya, well summer is around the corner. And if your lucky enough your off to some sun kissed island in the middle of nowhere.🏖 Or a week in Skegvegas!

Last year I was recommended Bon Marche and I got a new little number. An Hawaiin red number in a flattering swim dress style for £24.

So I’ve been looking around for you on the High Street and online.

Let’s start with the High Street .

YOURS clothing

Tropical Tankini Top with Bottoms

Above is a lovely flattering Tankini Top with bottoms one of there best sellers. Top £23.99 Bottoms 12.99.

They have traditional swimsuits bikinis and swimdresses from size 16 to 36 . They do a lovely range of beach dresses and Kaftans too. You can check online too if there’s no store near you.

Evans

Black essential swimsuit

Above Black essential swimsuit £36.00 But currently in the sale £28.80.Evans often put on sales so check in store or online sizes 14 to 28.

Bon marche

Floral Twist Sundress

Above the Floral Twist sundress £25.00. Bon Marche sizes are 10 to 28 . Again some beautiful kaftans and sundresses to cover up on the beach. As well as array of swimwear to choose from.

I find my Swim dress comfortable by the pool and in the water. It as a built in swimsuit underneath.

Online there are a number of companies that do plus sizes Simply Be , Curvissa, Asos curve, Figleaves and Boohoo.

Also try Bravissimo which do sizes in your bra size D to K. They supply swimsuits etc from Bra brands such as Panache etc. Check out the Tankinis, Bikinis and there beach wear too. Prices are a little more expensive but sizes are in bra size than dress size. Prices vary between around £30 to £60

So I hope you like the modern day swimwear .

For Vintage designs at present there are 2 websites selling vintage style swimwear .

For Luna the sizes go from 8 to 24. Prices vary from £36.00 to £75.00.

Lindy Bop the sizes go from 8 to 20 prices anything from£42 to £85 .

Both sites do sales to watch out for. Both sites deserve a a look just for interest they have some quirky designs .

Bye for now 💋xx

Disclaimer I have not received any monies from any companies I have discussed in this post for advertising.