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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I love exciting new launches and buying pretty things from lovely small businesses. I was delighted when the lovely Kate Beavis announced her new venture – The Vintage Pin Club. The club celebrates iconic items from the 20th Century, by recreating them as adorable little pins.

Each month the club brings you a new vintage inspired pin. I absolutely love pin badges and really like the idea of building a little collection of them. Each pin is limited to 100, so once they’re gone they’re gone. The pins are available as a monthly subscription or as one off pieces.

Kate sent me the first pin to try and being a vintage kitchen geek, the Pyrex themed pin was just perfect for me. As usual I’ve been a bad blogger and I’m only just posting about May’s badge. These are still available on Kate’s Etsy shop though.

The pins are lovely quality and I love the rose gold coloured base. This would look ridiculously cute on a cardigan with a pretty pink vintage dress, I might put mine on my apron as I’m always baking!

The pin for June is also completely gorgeous. It features a sweet little dog toy on wheels, another lovely nostalgic item. I am so exited to see what pins Kate comes up with next.

You can sign up to a subscription or buy one off pins over on Kate’s website.

*Big thanks to Kate for sending me the Pyrex pin to review. All opinions are my own.

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It can be tricky to find practical shoes to go with vintage dresses. For me comfort is a huge priority. I’m a busy mum and I do a lot of walking. A lot of my job involves going from place to place and keeping my feet happy is really important to me. I’ve mentioned numerous times, how much I like Hotter shoes. I have so many pairs now, but until recently they were mostly heels.

A few weeks ago, I was sent a pair of their Flare sandals in red and yellow and they were perfect to wear with this original 1940s dress which I picked up at a car boot sale.

The sandals are one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I have ever owned. They are wide enough for my feet and have adjustable straps for a perfect fit. The shoes are contoured and have a microfibre insole for ultimate comfort. I went for my usual size 6 and the standard fit. They also come in a wider fitting. My feet are reasonably wide, but I always find the Hotter standard fit to be spot on.

I chose the red and yellow colour way, because they remind me so much of original vintage ones I’ve seen. There are so many lovely 40s sandals in bright colours like these. For a modern shoe, I think they’re a perfectly acceptable addition to a vintage inspired outfit. I think they’d work well at festivals, where comfort needs to come first. These will definitely be coming to Twinwood with me this year.

I love how well they match up to my bangles and I’ve definitely been picking out similar coloured items from my wardrobe to wear with these this summer. As well as this lovely colour, the Flare also comes in several other colourways including gold, blue and aqua, and brown. See all the colours here.

The quality is everything I’ve come to expect from Hotter – excellent. They are beautifully made from high quality materials and best of all, they are produced in the UK. These sandals cost £59.

Find the full range of sandals on the Hotter website.

*Thank you to Hotter for sending me these shoes for the purposes of review. All opinions as always are my own. 

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Today I’m continuing my mission to share all of my original vintage dresses on here. Continuing from last week when I shared one of my original 1950s dresses. Today I’m featuring another of my very favourite dresses, this time its a Swirl. I talked about Swirl wrap dresses in a post a few years ago, when I wore my black and white one. They are one of my favourite brands to collect and this particular dress is the highlight of my collection.

I spotted this dress at Twinwood Festival back in August and it was love at first sight. I had absolutely zero shopping budget while I was there. I kept coming back to it though. I absolutely love anything with a fruit print and being a big fan of Swirl dresses I knew I couldn’t let it get away.

The stallholders kindly offered to bring it to the Mid Century Market in London the following month and had it waiting for me when I got there. I’m so glad I got to make it mine! I bought it from Shazam, who are best known for their incredible vintage style hair flowers. They also sell original vintage pieces at fair and festivals. It wasn’t cheap at around £80, but this dress is one that I plan to keep forever. Although most of my clothes are bargains, I will invest in special pieces for my collection if I know I will love and wear them for a long time.

I’ve worn the dress with my yellow Miss L Fire shoes, which I can’t stop wearing at the moment. They are such summery shoes, that I pair them up with everything at this time of year. I’ve also added a hair flower and a stack of bakelite – my go to accessories for nearly every outfit! Beppe the cat also wanted to be included, this is his OOTD debut and he I think he poses like a pro.

One of the things I love about Swirl dresses is their distinctive cut and style. They fasten with a button at the neck and wrap around the back, with ties at the front. The basic design of all Swirls is the same, but the finishes and patterns vary immensely. I particularly like the 50s versions which their big patch pockets.

This fabulous advert from the 50s shows how a Swirl is worn. Image from The Vintage Traveller (used with permission)

First produced in America in 1944 and manufactured well into the 70s, the design changed very little. This makes them a great type of dress to collect. Being wrap dresses the sizing can be a little tricky and I have been caught out before buying them a bit too small, so its always worth double checking the measurements.

You can find out a lot more about the company on The Vintage Fashion Guild website and The Vintage Traveller has some really informative posts on Swirls. I decided not to write too much about the history of the brand, as these two sources have done it so much better than me.

Image from The Vintage Traveller (used with permission)

Swirl dresses are very popular and collectible today. They are more common in the States than they are over here, but they do pop up on Ebay and Etsy from time to time. They aren’t usually ridiculously priced and if I see something I really like I’ll often get it from abroad. I find Swirls are generally in pretty good condition, as they were well made from good quality cotton and were designed to be worn and washed frequently. They have definitely stood the test of time and are still a handy and comfortable addition to a wardrobe.I am completely in love with this novelty print Swirl dress on Etsy at the moment, and just wish it was my size so I could buy it!

Heyday is the only reproduction company who do a style similar to a Swirl. Their Fleur dress is inspired by Swirls and comes in a lovely selection of prints. I’m wearing one in this post from a few years ago.

This patchwork print dress from Heyday pays tribute to the Swirl wrap dresses of the past. 

This lovely duck print dress from Heyday shows how both the Swirls and Fleur dresses fasten at the back.

 Writing this post had made me want to dig out my other Swirls and get some pictures, so watch this space and I’ll be showing them very soon as well.

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