Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Accessories Are the Key to Retro

retro style dressesYou can have the most adorable vintage style dresses on the planet, but without the right accessories, your outfit is only half complete. You'll still look fabulous regardless, but don't you want to "wow" everyone with the full look? Here are some accessories to make all your vintage and retro style dresses even more awesome:

  • A patent leather clutch with a snap closure

  • Wide stretch headbands

  • Scarf worn over your head

  • Sunglasses (tortoise shell, cat-eye, rhinestone studded - depending on the era)

  • Flowers or bows for your hair

  • Anything animal print

  • Gloves of all styles (just match appropriately to the era)

  • Hats --including fedoras, bowlers, berets, and floppy hats


Don't forget about jewelry and shoes! Hopefully your mom and grandmother can help you out with the jewelry. Try adding a brooch to your scarf, handbag, or hat. Use long necklaces around your waist as a belt or wrap it around your wrist for a bracelet. A pair of clip-on earrings can add some flair to your shoes. Retro shoes shouldn't be hard to find with so many designers today paying homage. Some easy-to-find shoes include Mary Janes, ballet flats, and pumps with embellishments --such as a bow or rhinestone. A few minor touches can be the difference between a nice outfit and a stunning one.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Viva La Jumpsuit

The 1980's brought the jumpsuit craze upon all fashionistas.  The craze is back and you see so many of Hollywood sporting the vintage & vintage style jumpsuits.

Vintage JumpsuitsYou can get this look too - MOD makes it easy- click to purchase.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Go Retro for the Holidays! Part II

Last week, we gave short tutorials on how to do your makeup and hair like they did in the '20s, '30s, '40s and '50s. This week, let's take a look at the '60s, '70s and '80s.

In the '60s, women opted for lots of eye makeup and pretty much nothing else. (Audrey Hepburn kind of led the forefront on that at the end of the '50s. As we discussed a couple weeks ago, Twiggy was a big mod clothing and makeup icon; to capture her look, get fake eyelashes — for both the top and bottom. If you want a subtler look for the bottom, separate the lashes you have and draw on more with a very fine brown eyeliner. Keep the rest of your face bare, except maybe for a frosty lipstick or super light bronzer on the cheeks.

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Women kept up the trend of eyes that popped in the '70s, but they went a little wilder, as you can see below. Again, keep the rest of your face bare, and your hair very long and natural.

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I'm roughly 99% sure the unofficial slogan of the '80s was "Go big or go home" (see below). The '80s were really all about the hair. Don't neglect the makeup — which is loud, colorful and plentiful — but the best thing you can do is tease your hair into oblivion.

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Don't forget to complete whichever look you choose with a retro style dress!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Go Retro for the Holidays!

For those of us who feel like we belong in a different era (or just wish we did), there's an easy way to at least look the part. There are the retro style dresses, of course, but you've gotta get the hair and makeup right as well.

For a Roarin' Twenties look, style your hair in soft finger waves. Pluck your eyebrows and draw in skinny, dark lines over them to create an almost worried appearance (see below). Keep the lipstick dark and very pronounced. You want heavy top lids and lashes, and unlined but shadowed bottom lids. Keep the rest of your face pale, opting for a very small amount of blush, if any.

vintage dressesIn the '30s, women kept the curls but were more likely to use curlers. They also wore lighter eye make-up and started using rouge. The eyebrows stayed thin but weren't as severe.

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'40s and '50s makeup trends were pretty similar to one another, and there were two big style icons of the time: Audrey Hepburn, whose look was more simple and elegant, and Marilyn Monroe, who opted for all-out glamour. To get Audrey's look, create a cat-eye effect with black eyeliner and be liberal with the mascara. Keep your lips nude, or a very pale pink. Pull your hair into a chic updo. For Marilyn's look, skip the eyeliner, except for maybe a very thin line right at the base of the lashes, but use a lot of mascara, and pick the brightest red lipstick you can find. Get your hair blown-out and put in big curls.

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Tune in next week for the '60s, '70s and '80s!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Love Twiggy? Who Doesn't?

That video from The Like we posted last week made me think of one of my all-time favorite style icons: Twiggy.

Twiggy's always been one of my favorite models (not just because at 5'6" she's pretty much the only one I can relate to). We have similar facial features and coloring, so I know the signature eye-makeup she wore looks nice on me.

I try not to go overboard when it comes to emulating her style, because she was at the top of her game in an entirely different era, when mod clothing was all the rage. I like to modify (get it? Modify?) her style by choosing a few pieces here and there integrating there with contemporary clothes.

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This Vintage Pea Coat, for example, is totally Twiggy, the ultimate example of mod clothing. It's not so over-the-top that it stands out too much, and the faux ocelot fur gives it just the right "pop."

mod clothingThese earrings are another easy way to channel Twiggy. I have a pair I got for Halloween, but I like them so much I break them out for special occasions.

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Of all the ways to Twiggify oneself, the makeup is maybe not the easiest, but definitely the most fun. At the time Twiggy was known for her big eyes, magnified by her huge lashes — upper and lower.