Feeling Vintage

I have a confession to make – I can’t really pull off what I’d call “classic vintage” – you know, the gorgeous 20’s, 3o’s, 40’s or even 50’s. I look at people looking fabulous in modern versions of these classic fashions and when I try I just feel like I’m going to a fancy dress party – in something not all that fancy. But its a new year, so time to try new things – or try again, so here is my attempt at pulling off a modern day 1940’s look:




Tweed blazer – Savoir at Very.co.uk

Faux fur stole – Simply Be

Lace peplum top – ASOS curve (sold out)

Dress (worn as skirt) – Yours Clothing

Boots – Minnetonka

I really liked the outfit, I didn’t feel silly in it and whilst I might not wear it to work, I’d certainly wear it out for dinner with friends. The fur stole has been sat unworn in my scarf draw for a couple of years! But pinning it to my collar seems to work – plus I was super warm! The lace peplum was a birthday present from a friend but I’ve been stuck with how to wear it. It’s a little short for me to wear it with trousers and feel comfortable (I might try it with a slightly longer vest underneath and see how it looks) but its a little too long to wear with some of my skirts. Hoo hum.

The Minnetonka boots are a Christmas present to myself. I loved my mocs so much that I had to have another pair! I did think I’d ruined them wearing them on New Year’s Eve during the day to go for lunch with a couple of friends. They got SOAKED (as did my feet!) but they’ve dried off nicely and are none the worse for a quick dunk (need to buy protector kit though!).

The floral dress is probably the best dress I have ever bought. Whenever I wear it I get compliments. Once, I even had a woman hang out of a train door at the station and tell me I looked fabulous in it! It was dirt cheap from Yours Clothing two summers ago and I wear it all year round. I love it when you get such a versatile item.

So did I pull it off? Or should I just leave vintage fashion to the others?

15 thoughts on “Feeling Vintage

  1. Personally I think it’s the shoes what let the outfit down. They look too clumpy with the clothes

  2. I love it. The jacket, to and the dress are amazing. The only thing I would change if I was wearing this beautiful out fit would be the shoes. I would go for a low heeled Maryjane. Looking lovely Claire x

  3. Saw the first photo and thought WOW glamourous! Can’t say I’m so excited about the bottom half but I do have more traditional taste. I’d go a pencil skirt, maybe http://www.simplybe.co.uk/shop/mix-match-pencil-skirt-length-25in/le118/product/details/show.action?pdBoUid=7273#colour:Navy,size: and shoes maybe this http://www.simplybe.co.uk/shop/hush-puppies-lace-shoes-ee-fit/xu229/product/details/show.action?pdBoUid=6855#colour:,size: – that’s me anyway🙂 My favourite thing is that lace top, just sensational🙂

    • Thanks for the comment! I’m not 10o0% confident on wearing a pencil skirt but I might see if i can pick one up cheap and try it again. I do love both of those items you’ve linked in though! Especially those shoes! GORGEOUS!

  4. Ok, so personally I love this look on you…I think you rock the vintage look perfectly, and that comes from someone that aspires to look like a ’30s/40s librarian most of the time. You look incredible. Anyone that says differently is blind. I actually adore those shoes, and think it makes the outfit you, rather than an identikit vintage look. Keep up the excellent work, lady!

  5. I agree with Sara! I love this look on you. I think the jacket and lace top could be paired with so many different bottoms. It took me looking at it for a minute to see that the dress was peeking through the lace top. I love that detail because it looks good over prints and solid colored items. I’ve tried vintage before, too, and it never feels comfortable for me. I like looking at other people wearing it, but it’s just not “me”.

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