Best of Vintage #1
Looking back over July, I have had a wonderful time connecting with bloggers and reading some interesting vintage focused articles. As a result, I have decided to start a monthly roundup, showcasing the best I have found of vintage!
I have come across some great blogs in July, ranging from the talented vintage-inspired seamstress, Tilly, from Tilly and the Buttons to best dressed vintage queen, Nora, from Nora Finds.
Tilly and the Buttons features all of Tilly’s sewing escapades and reveals a definite vintage influence in her patterns – the meitte skirt (below) and the mathilde top! Having got a sewing machine for Christmas last year (with every intention of becoming more confident to sew using one of those scary I-might-sew-over-my-finger machines), her blog has finally spurred me into action! I will be taking a course soon… very soon! So, watch this space!
Nora’s blog features some of the most beautiful vintage outfits I have ever seen. This lady has exquisite style, so if you’re looking for more outfit inspiration, head over to Nora Finds – you won’t be let down!
Last month, I also had the pleasure of contributing an article to the amazing Queens of Vintage, which I am sure most of you vintage-lovers will have heard of. Queens of Vintage also has a Kings of Vintage section dedicated to those of you guys inspired by the likes of Jay Gatsby and Marlon Brando. I am excited to be having an article published on the site and will let you know when it goes live!
Aside from the wonderfully inspiration blogs above, I’ve also read some interesting articles and roundups that are focused on or are inspired by a vintage theme.
Jen Wallace of Indie Fixx wrote an interesting article on Vintage Fashion London that focused on Dior’s New Look. Aside from being a great article on the history of this trend-altering collection from the late 1940s through to the late 1950s, this article is really quite relevant for 2013. On the AW13 catwalk, the New Look emerged, re-incarnated across several collections from the most prominent designers. A firm favourite of the season, this mid-century style has featured in the designs of Prada, Lanvin, Rochas and Oscar de la Renta. All designers had tailored the trend to suit a contemporary audience by adding a modern twist with fabric, print or embellishment.
Entrancing to scroll through were photographer Bob Mazzer’s snapshots of the London Underground from the 1970s and 1980s, as featured on Spitalfields Life. From dissidents to lovers, it’s amazing to see the transformation that the “arteries” of London have undergone over almost half a century. Funny too when you consider the recent “100 Years of service” celebration adverts on the Underground.
Towards the end of the month, I came across this beautiful vintage-inspired wishlist put together by Christina of Kimi and Me. How adorable is the button through mini skirt? A huge fan of woodland inspired jewellery (probably resulting from my many years as a country girl), the cute little fox in her roundup also melted my heart!
Captivated by ancient architecture that contained formidable figures of history, Kizzy’s review on Abbotsford was entrancing to me. Picture heavy, but full of interesting information, I felt like I was walking through the home of Sir Walter Scott with her! I’m definitely inspired to go, so a big thanks to Kizzy for showcasing this beautiful stately home. If you love architecture and history, you might also be interested in my recent visits to Hampton Court and Ham House.
Finally, I am very excited (and more than a bit humbled) to share with you my presence on the Stop Staring! blog! Their dresses are amazing and if you can afford the shipping charges from the US, go for these!
I hope you enjoyed my little roundup and that you now feel inspired to visit these places, whether virtually or in reality! I would also love to know if you’ve been inspired by anything vintage recently, so feel free to share your thoughts.