All of a sudden the days are longer, the sun is shining (well, sometimes!) and our heads are full of picnics and Pimms. We think that the perfect way to enjoy these long idyllic days is with a vintage themed summer of pretty dresses and lazy daytrips with friends. Nothing says summer like a 50’s sundress, striped deckchairs or high tea in the great outdoors. With this in mind we have the best vintage fashion and lifestyle tips to keep you stay cool and stylish on summer days.
What to Wear
The sundress is the perfect way to style up this summer. Try a 50’s style in an easy to wear cotton for a real vintage vibe.
The fun thing about these sundresses is the eye popping array of designs available from feminine florals to nautical stripes and everything in between, meaning there is a design for every taste and budget. The cinched in waist is also a flattering shape for pretty much all body shapes. For a real summer vibe pair with some wedges and a vintage straw hat to add some lady like cool to your look.
For those more active summer days try a cropped trouser or high-waisted short with a tied off shirt or blouse and a pair of ballet pumps. Perfect for messing about on the river or a summer bike ride out in the country.
The Perfect Picnic
A proper vintage themed picnic is much more than a few warm sandwiches and wine in plastic cups. A vintage picnic should be about style, elegance and proper planning and is the perfect way to celebrate a special event this summer. First things first, this absolutely calls for a great picnic basket with flatware and glasses, you can pick these up online or in vintage stores and this will instantly up the cool points of your event. You will also need a cute vintage style blanket to complete the theme. Then plan a lunch of elegant nibbles, champagne and of course a cold jug of Pimms!
Make a day at the beach a stylish event with a vintage look and accessories. Forget the sand covered beach towel and sun bleached costume, choose a vintage high waisted two piece to bring elegance and femininity to the seaside. Keep cool with an up-do covered with a vintage scarf and team with some cats eye sunglasses and red lipstick for screen siren cool.
A traditional striped deckchair means you can sunbathe in vintage style and an authentic parasol will keep off the rays. For a real taste of the vintage seaside hire a beach hut with friends and experience a truly retro day out.
Summer is a time for fun and relaxation and what better way to enjoy this summer than to draw nostalgic inspiration from a more elegant age. So hit the vintage stores and stock up on the perfect accessories for a long, cool summer of classic style.
This lovely post was written for me by Nick from Mela Mela Vintage, a wonderful vintage shop in Twickenham. The shop is full of the most beautiful original vintage clothing and accessories and is well worth a visit if you’re looking for a really special true vintage item.
Visit the shop in person – Mela Mela Vintage, 74 High Street, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8JD
or see their extensive range of vintage fashion on the Mela Mela website.
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