I have clothes and accessories from many vintage eras in my wardrobe. One of the most fun things about wearing a collecting vintage, is experimenting with different eras. Although each decade has a wide variety of shapes and styles, each one certainly has it’s iconic looks. The fashion illustrations in todays post look at each decade and the glasses styles that go with them. I thought they were really fun and I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did.

1920s: This was a decade of huge change for women’s fashion. Hemlines rose and sumptuous beaded evening gowns were everywhere. To recreate the look, loom out for heavy embellishment, dropped waists and hemlines that fall just below the knee. Fringed styles and glitzy accessories also fit well with the era. The look about is quite a modern version of the 20s look, but I still really like it for that fun flapper look.

1920s Glasses: Round sunglasses were popular in the 1920s with many famous Hollywood stars photographed wearing them.

1930s: The 30s were all about glamour, with beautiful bias cut gowns, and tailored styles with pleats, ruffles and wide sleeves. Fur and hats were popular accessories and shoes had chunkier heels. To create the look, look out for elegant dresses which fit beautifully and have those extra 30s details.

1930s Sunglasses: Similarly to 20s styles, 30s glasses were also round. They often had thicker frames and a slight wing. Worn with beach pyjamas they made the perfect addition to that glamorous riviera style.

1940s: With the war, came utility clothing and rationing. Clothes were cleverly made to use minimal fabric and with fewer buttons. Shoulders were squared and masculine tailoring was common. Dresses were narrow on the hips and fell just below the knee. To recreate the 40s style, look out for subtle shoulder pads and pretty details rather than lots of fabric.

1940s Glasses: Glasses in the 40s have a more structured shape with the appearance of horn rims and cat eyes.

1950s: The 50s were all about tiny waists and very full skirts, the sheer volume of fabric was a reaction to the austerity of the war and post war years. Colours were bright and prints were bold. The 50s is always a fun decade to recreate. Original dresses are reasonably easy to find and both modern and reproduction dresses emulate the style.

1950s Glasses: Just as in the 1940s, cat eye glasses continued to be popular for women in the 1950s. The sharp angles of the frame had a lifting effect on the face. These often came in bright fun colours and were sometimes embellished.

1960s: The 60s were all about social change, and this was reflected heavily in the fashions of the era. Hem lines rose by many inches, colour blocks and bold prints were popular and white boots were a must have accessory.

1960s Glasses: Famous women like Jacky Kennedy were wearing over sized frames and these were the go to look of the decade. Look for big plastic frames in colours to match your outfit.

1970s: 70s fashion was flamboyant and fun. Key pieces included jumpsuits, hot pants and maxi dresses, shoes had big platforms for maximum impact. Big and bold gold jewellery was a must. Weather you’re going to a disco or a hippy look, the seventies is all about bold earthy tones and statement accessories.

1970s Glasses: Popular frames in the 70s were bold and chunky. Frames were bigger and bolder and also a lot lighter due to technological advances.

1980s: However you feel about 80s fashion, its hard to deny how creative the fashions were. This decade takes many influences from those that came before it. For a typical 80s look, so for big hair, bright neon colours and lots of layering.

1980s Glasses: Aviators were a really popular style in the 80s, with films like Top Gun making them popular.

1990s: Denim was absolutely huge in the 90s, a pair of mum jeans with a white t-shirt paired with a flannel shirt or over sized sweater is perfect for an early 90s day look.

1990s Glasses: These frames were more understated than the extravagant styles of the 80s and were often smaller, made from thin metal and not covering much of the face.

So which is your favourite era, I absolutely adore the looks form the 30s, 40s and 50s, but looking back on the 90s when I grew up is slaps pretty cool. If I could recreate any look just for fun, it would be the 70s one, I would love to go out dancing dressed in a super glamorous jumpsuit!

Thank you Vision Direct  for working with me on this blog post. These beautiful drawings were created by fashion illustrator Dylan Bonnet. 

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It’s been a few weeks since I shared one of my favourite original vintage dresses and I thought it was high time I showed you another. The dress I’m wearing today originally belonged to my good friend Carrie-Ann from Something Definitely Happened. I had admired it on her a few times, so when she decided to sell it, I jumped at the chance. I love that she’s bought one of my dresses too, I think thats one of the best things about having friends who wear vintage, we can pass things on to each other. It really is a great example of how every vintage dress has been on adventures and has it’s own little story.

The dress is made from cotton, so its easy to care for and really versatile. I really like the darker colour, which makes the dress work all year. Brown is a surprisingly easy colour to wear and we don’t see enough of it in modern clothing. It really does make a great alternative to black or navy and it goes with most skin tones too. I especially like the little pops of colour in the print of this dress.

I’ve worn mine with a pink belt, to bring out the gorgeous colours in the dress. I’m wearing my Orla Kiely Clarks Abigail shoes on my feet. I adore these so much, as I’ve said many times! They another great example of how useful brown clothes and accessories can be, I wear these with so many different colours and they also work across different eras too.

The dress is made by a brand called Jules Canton, who I’ve not heard of before and couldn’t find that much information about. I did find a few 40s and 50s dresses from the brand online though. I also spotted this dress in a different colour way on Google Images though. The picture also shows what the original belt looked like too.

If you’re looking for an easy to wear and versatile vintage dress, cotton shirtwaist styles are such a great option. They are really comfortable and easy to wear. I also find that vintage ones often have more bust room than modern ones, so they don’t gape as much.

I have a few vintage shirtwaist dresses on my Etsy shop at the moment, as well as lots of vintage jewellery.

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Last week I decided to start doing My Week in Pictures posts on here again, I love looking back on these posts and remembering what I actually do with all my time! So here’s another instalment, I’m still getting used to needing to have pictures for every day, so please bare with me, I’ve been a very busy over tired mum as well as a blogger this week!

Monday: 

As with most weeks, Monday was a getting things done kinda day. It involved ironing, housework, and some baking for a future recipe article. Here’s a little sneak peek of what I made, can you guess what it is?

Tuesday:

This was an absolutely lovely day. After dropping the kids at school I rushed home to put on something pretty and headed to the Kent countryside to meet my friend Holly. We visited Chartwell, the former family home of Winston Churchill and now a National trust property. As I recently read a book about Clementine Churchill I was particularly fascinated by their family home and the beautiful gardens that surround it. I will eventually write a proper post about this one, as there really is a lot to say. So look out for that in the future.

I wore my all time favourite 1950s dress, which I’ve featured on here numerous times. I teamed it up with a straw hat from primary and my yellow Miss L Fire shoes.

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Here’s me and Holly together, she looks fabulous in her original 1940s dress.

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After our visit we headed to the gorgeous nearby village Westerham for a bite to eat in the local tearoom and a look round the charity shops. The village is absolutely stunning and the perfect place to have a break from London for the afternoon. We popped into the lovely village church as well, here’s a view from the churchyard, so beautiful!

Wednesday:

Wednesday was an exciting day for us, as Jess had her induction day at her new high school. She was so excited to spend the day getting to know her new teachers and meeting all the other pupils.

After dropping her off I headed to London with Fay and her mum to check out the Dot Com Gift Shop Christmas in July press day. This is always one of my favourites. Here are a couple of my best bits and of course I’ll have a full post up for this later in the year.

After that I rushed back for a barbecue at Jess’s new school which was a great end to a lovely sunny summer day.

Thursday:

Thursday morning was spent at Ikea with my mum choosing Lila a new bed. She’s now completely grown out of her toddler bed, so it time for something a bit bigger. I can’t wait to rearrange her room and choose new bedding. Last year I blogged about Jessica’s too  makeover, so I might do the same again with Lila’s room.

The rest of the day was spent grocery shopping, cleaning and running the kids around to various activities.

Friday:

Friday was another getting things done day. I wrote and published my Joanie Clothing review, cleaned the house and replied to a ridiculous amount of emails.

Saturday:

This was yet another busy getting things done day. We picked up Lila’s new bed and put it together, I then took her out to choose all her new bedding for it, she was so excited and happy. When I finished her room properly I’ll get a blog post up showing you everything.

Sunday:

On Sunday I headed to Hastings for the day to visit The Classic Car Boot Sale on Hastings Pier and to just enjoy a the beach and the sunshine with Fay and our friend G. This is another one that will have a full blog post of it’s own very soon. I really do have a lot to write!

How gorgeous does the pier look in the sunshine?!

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Here’s my outfit from the day. I wore an original 50s dress, which I featured in an outfit post last year.

Watching:

It’s been a pretty busy week, but I did start watching Anne with an E on Netflix. This is a remake of the classic Anne of Green Gables series and it is a really good watch.

Reading:

This week i have started re-reading First Lady, the biography of Clementine Churchill, after visiting Chartwell I just had to read this one again.

Weekly Goals:

My weekly goals are pretty much the same as last week! To get more sleep and to take pictures every day for these posts. As you can see it was a pretty busy life week, which is why I didn’t get many posts up. So this week I will try to catch up and get lots on here for you to read.

Weekly Wishlist:

Here are some of the things I’ve been coveting this week, I’ve had my eye on this dress for absolutely ages, I can never resist a seaside print! The cardigan and accessories and so cheerful, I’m such a big fan of anything yellow at the moment.

I have another really busy week ahead, as a mum July can be completely crazy and so much happens in the blogging world at this of year as well. I absolutely cannot wait for the kids to break up from school so we can do lots of fun stuff and outings together.

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A few weeks ago I reviewed the lovely striped shirt dress from Joanie Clothing. Today I have another lovely outfit from them. I’ve really got a thing for orange at the moment, so I chose this fun sweater with a pretty polka dot skirt.

The Quinn polka dot skirt is a really above the knee skirt in 97% cotton 3% elastane, given the heaviness of cotton with a little stretch. It comes with a lovely plaited belt. I went for my usual size 14 in this and it fits really comfortably and is pretty true to size. The quality of the fabric is lovely and having washed it a few times now, its hasn’t faded or shrunk at all.

The Maddie Bonjour jumper, is a super soft and light and perfect for dressing up with skirts or for a casual look with jeans. I think this would work really well year round for summer evenings or autumn days with a blouse underneath. The print is made from braid rather than being printed on, these little details always make all the difference.

As I usually only wear dresses, so it’s really nice to go for something a bit different and this outfit is such a fun comfortable combination. I also love how versatile and mix and match both pieces are. I’m looking forward to trying them on with lots of my other clothes.

I’ve worn the outfit here with a floral hair band and a pair of simple brogues from Hotter.

Here are a few of my other favourites from the Joanie site, that go with the orange and blue theme.

Nautical TeeStripe Skirt – Sun HatCrab BagBardot Dress

Find the full range on the Joanie Clothing website.

*Thank you to Joanie Clothing for sending me this outfit for the purposes of review. All opinions as always are my own. 

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In the five and a bit years I’ve been writing my blog, I’ve sporadically done week in pictures posts. As well as being fun, I think it does me good to look back at my weeks and pick out the highlights and best bits. Being a work at home mum, most of my kid free time is spent either working or doing housework and although you won’t see that on my blog or Instagram it can all be a bit samey and boring! I do try to break my weeks up by making time for myself and for my friends and by doing nice things with the kids, so you’ll see a bit more of that in my weekly summaries, as this is definitely a place for the best bits! As I hadn’t planned this post, I haven’t taken pics for everyday but I’ll try to be a bit more organised for future weeks.

Monday:

The week started on a lovely note with a trip to Lila’s school. Her year were doing a little showcase to show the parents what they’d learnt this year. They all did so well and their singing and dancing was adorable. Lila talked about science and I was a very proud mummy.

When I got home I did a lot of cleaning and then Fay popped over and we went to the tattoo shop to get her nose pierced. She was very brave! Fay stayed at mine for a bit while I did some cleaning and made the iced tea and took the pics for my T2 post, which I posted a couple of days ago.

Tuesday:

Most of the day was spent having really good tidy and clean of the house. I also reorganised the girls wardrobes and put all the washing away. I also wrote and scheduled a couple of blog posts.

After school I picked up the girls and we headed to Hampton Court. As we have a membership, I try to go as often as possible and going for a couple of hours after school always works really well for us. We usually go for a long play in The Magic Garden, but we just missed entry this time as they had a private function. So we decided to wander round the gardens, which were looking absolutely stunning.

Wednesday:

Fay and I try to have bestie blog days as often as possible. These involve lots of inappropriate chat, pretty places, nice food and a lot of photographs. We started Wednesday by taking a trip to the lavender fields with Fay’s mum. I always feel so lucky to have somewhere so beautiful just a short drive from my house. As well as having a lovely walk, we also tried a lavender cream tea.

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I share a lot of my everyday outfits which don’t make it onto the blog, over on Instagram. I’m wearing the Cath Kidston London Parks dress here. I have been wanting this dress for absolutely ages, as the print reminds me of special days at the park with the kids. So when it went down to £40 in the sale Rob bought it for me as a little gift. I’ve just chucked on my most comfy Converse to go with it, as we walked a lot that day.

We then jumped on the tube to Victoria and sampled some donuts from Crosstown. I had a very indulgent peanut butter one and faye had a matcha tea one. They were absolutely delicious.

We stopped at Notes coffee to get a drink to go with our donuts and were delighted that they were doing free coffee that day!

We then headed over to South Kensington for a blogger preview of the brand new courtyard and gallery at the V&A. I’ve already written about it and shared lots of pics, but here are a couple more that isn’t make it onto the main post.

Thursday:

I don’t think I actually took any pics on Thursday, I just spent the whole day writing posts and editing pictures. After school I took Jess to her youth club. I need to try to be a bit more interesting everyday!

Friday:

Friday is always my selling day. As well as blogging mothering and freelance writing I also have an Etsy shop and sell vintage on eBay every week. On Fridays I photograph all my stock and work on my listings. I’m saving for a holiday at the moment so I’ve been selling some of my own collection as well as my usual stock. Although I keep my eBay separate from my blog, there are lots of lovely things on my Etsy too.

I wasn’t feeling very well on Friday afternoon as I had a really bad headache. Too much screen time and not enough sleep had got a bit too much for me, so I had a nap in the afternoon, which I never do. I’m really bad at getting enough sleep and I need to make a bit more effort to not get burnt out.

On Friday evening I drove me and Faye over our friends house for pizza, gossip and a bit of trashy TV watching. It did me so much good to chill out and have a giggle.

Saturday:

As Rob was fishing for the last few days, I had the kids to myself all weekend. We started the weekend off chilling and watching lots of Disney films together. In the afternoon we picked up Faye and went fruit and veg picking at Garson Farm in Esher.

Sunday:

I have nothing exciting to report from Sunday which involved lots of Disney films, housework, food shopping and cuddles with the kids.

News, Updates and Plans.

So that’s last week. I have a few nice things planned for this week as well as lots and lots of writing and photography to do. Work wise it’s going to be a busy one and July is also the most crazy month in the school calendar, with lots of sports days, showcases, fairs and shows to go to. We also have some meetings at Jess’s new high school, where she will be starting in September. As I’m planning to take a month off work in the summer I need to get ahead with work so it’s all going to be a bit crazy!

I have a couple of new articles in this months Vintage Life, which you can get your hands on here.

If you haven’t already bought the Spring issue of In Retrospect Magazine, I would highly recommend it. I have written a long article about my family history and the rest of the magazine is packed with amazing articles and vintage stuff too.

Reading:

At the moment I’m re reading all my Nancy Mitford books. I recently picked up an old copy of Don’t Tell Alfred in a second hand bookshop. I love the Penguins with the orange spines, so if I spot one of my favourite books, I’ll always pick them up. I’m definitely enjoying reading an older copy of a much loved book. I really love the illustration on this one, so might try to find a better copy yo display.

Weekly Goals:

This week I am going to try to get a bit more ahead with work and get more sleep, so i don’t get over tired again. If you catch me on twitter after 10pm, tell me to go to bed! My only other goal is to remember to take more pictures of everyday life for next weeks post.

Weekly Wishlist:

I thought it would be fun to add an outfit that I am currently coveting to my weekly round up. At the moment I’m really enjoying wearing pretty dresses with comfy sandals or Converse and just going for a much more toned down casual vintage inspired look. I thought these three would look so lovely together!

What are your plans and goals for the next seven days?

I’ll be doing individual blog posts on some of the places I visited this week, so keep a look out for those as well as lots of outfits, book reviews and baking posts over the next few weeks.

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