Sunday, 7 July 2013

Transport Yourself Back To The 60's With This Trend Report

By Sisi Tsoi


In recent years it seems like we've been moved back in the middle of the 20th century in terms of style. Some call it the Mad Men effect; there's no denying that the hit drama set in 1960s Manhattan has had a major impact on each clothing and interior design fashions. Whether women are looking to emulate Joan Holloway and Betty Draper, or are unconsciously wanting to go back to a period of financial prosperity (efficiently sidestepping the rampant misogyny of the day!), there's no denying that the retro designs have returned in a big way.

What are the benefits of this? Well, the shape and cut of dresses and skirts from the era are certainly aesthetically pleasing. Both flared and pencil skirts, the two main silhouettes are universally flattering - and the shift dress, undeniably the quintessential style of the youths at the time - has maintained its popularity thanks to its simplicity and true innovation. Before this time women were discouraged from showing off their legs, but with the sexual revolution and second wave of feminism, the girls were ready to be in charge of their own bodies, and that included what they wore.

Before this time women were discouraged from showing off their legs, but with the sexual revolution and second wave of feminism, the girls were prepared to be in charge of their very own bodies, and that included what they wore.

The best part about vintage style is that you don't have to splash out to get in on the look. Yes, there are always people willing to max out their credit card on the designer threads, but there is really no need if you're more budget conscious. Thrift and Consignment stores are treasure troves of vintage clothing; you won't always find something perfect so be prepared to put in the time and visit them often.

Westwood demonstrated us that you can preserve the classic styles of the mid-century pieces, but enhance them in other ways - through color, prints and accessories. Quirky plaids, brave baroque and kooky berets were all in tow, confirming that for this dame of the fashion world, it's still all about having fun.

The best part about retro style is that you don't be required to splash out to get in on the look. Yes, there are always people willing to max out their credit card on the designer threads, but there is really no need if you're more budget conscious. Thrift and Consignment retailers are treasure troves of vintage apparel; you won't usually find something perfect so be prepared to put in the time and pay a visit to them often. Familiarize yourself with the staff and tell them the types of pieces you love - if you get on well, they may even put items aside that they know you will love. Search eBay and etsy for deals and play with the keywords incase things are misspelled or crucial details are omitted. Always remember to monitor the high street as designer influences are showing up their much faster and more quickly every year. It's by no means been much easier to find your ideal vintage dress so get to it and make friends and family envious; when they inquire you where it's from, say 'It's Vintage' with a smile and be secure in the understanding that they can't copy your fantastic look!




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