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Strictly Stripes | Vintage Fashion Inspiration

Strictly Stripes | Vintage Fashion Inspiration

Vintage designers took stripes to places they had never been before, and have rarely been since.

Once the cloth of madmen and deviants, striped fabrics have risen to fashionable heights at the hands of Renaissance dandies, Versailles Courtiers, Chanel and Gaultier. Found among the earliest examples of woven fabrics, stripe varieties are endless (pinstripes, chalk stripes, the always chic Breton stripe) and versatile. No other pattern transfers so easily from boardwalk to boardroom.

Unsurprisingly, while Heraldic stripes and Victorian summer dresses are wonderful, we’re going to look at fashions of the 1930’s to 1960’s. Designers were inventive and playful with their stripes. Horizontal, vertical or cut on the bias, stripes appeared in bold and sophisticated combinations.

Beachwear and Sundresses

Fun and flirty, daywear displays the light side of stripes. The 50’s saw vertical and horizontal stripes combined in sundresses and swimsuits to great graphic effect. Have you ever seen a swimsuit as elegant as that long sleeved, off the shoulder number in a nautical stripe?

Accessories weren’t exempt. Beach pajamas, which are excellent on their own, could be found with matching parasols, and coordinating bags accompanied dresses. ( As we discussed in Spotlight on Spots, they were’t afraid of matchy-matchy outfits back then. Which makes me happy because I love a good matchy-matchy outfit.)

Striped from Day to Night

In case you needed convincing, here’s proof that stripes really can go from boardwalk to boardroom to bar!

Here we see stripes used to perfection in hostess sets and dresses that could walk from garden party to cocktail bar without breaking a sweat. And as for that suit? Check out those diagonal pockets and carefully placed buttons for some beautifully thoughtful design details. I’d happily wear that to every cool weather event for the rest of my life.

Evening wear that Draws the Line

We have arrived at my favourite section!

A Marie Calvet gown photographed in 1935 uses stripes to create chevrons and striking diamond patterns on the sleeves. Serpentine panels wind around a 1940’s dress, while a Dior gown utilizes bold stripes in contrast with delicate flowers at the bust.

Once again striped are laid diagonally, horizontally and vertically in the same garment to accentuate or visually reshape the body.

Accessories and Outerwear 

Not quite ready for full blown stripey glory? Add a dash of drama to your outfit with striped accessories. Pussy bows and structured cravats gave a playful touch to tailored suits and dresses ( while drawing attention to the face).

Striped, gloves and geometric garment linings all added an unexpected element of quirk to sophisticated outfits – an elegant nod to the dandies of the past.

 

We all need more stripes in our wardrobes, so get your fashion fix over on my Pinterest board for all things linear!

With Style & Sass,

Velvet DeCollete

 

Strictly Stripes! Inventive vintage fashion striped like you've never seen it before.
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Halloween in Technicolor | Spooky Style for Colour Lovers

I know it’s not October yet, but I can’t wait any longer. I need to pack as much Halloween as I can in before the Christmas decorations roll out!

Last week we coveted spider web style, this week it’s all about Halloween ready clothes in GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR. That’s right, I’m talking spooky stuff that isn’t black! Reveling in graveyard ghoulishness doesn’t require dressing for a funeral and the afterlife has never looked so bright!

I’ve tried to showcase a mix of colourful Halloween fashion with clothes and accessories to suit all budgets, from big brands and of course my beloved small businesses. Please buy ethically this Halloween. It’s easy to buy cheap holiday themed items and throw them out afterwards, but please consider buying lovable pieces you’ll wear all year ’round!

Now grab a witches brew and scroll down for some Halloween fashion inspiration that’s downright cheerful.

Halloween ready clothes in ghoulishly bright colours1. Adorable twinning jack ‘o’ lantern jumpers | Hello Fashion      2. Frankenstein Manicure | Pinterest
3. Monster Mask skirt + Chartreuse Powder Puff top | Vixen by Micheline Pitt 
4. Rainbow Glitter Planchett necklace | CultBlack     5. You’re Batty makeup bag | Pins and Needles
6. Zombie colour block Shoulder bag | Oasap

Vivid greens, purples and oranges scream Halloween to me. As contrasting colours they pop when worn together, and pair well with neutral black or white. While the Vixen Ben Cooper skirt and chartreuse blouse is my absolute dream, it’s waaaaaay out of my budget. I’ll be
giving my witchy blacks a dose of colour with cheap and cheerful striped tights, monster themed manicures and cute accessories!
( If you’ve got dough to spend you should totally get it though, even if it makes me Bad Jelly the Witch. Get it? Cos I’ll be jelly as! )

Halloween ready clothes in terrifying colour!

 

1.Dripping Sky dress | Holley Tea Time      2. Maleficent manicure | Definitely Meg    3. Bat Cat brooch | Erstwilder
4. purple skull purse | Griffin Leather    5. Pastel Goth Bat Brooch | Tinsel Trinkets

Brooches and shoes are versatile Halloween fashion options. You can add them to almost any outfit, they’re “conversation starters” and in my humble opinion are wearable all year round without looking over the top… If you’re worried about that kinda thing.
Personally I like looking competitively overdressed, but that’s just me.
While I’ve heard Pin Up Girl clothing has dubious quality these days, I had to include the Gloria dress because I love green and the monster print. I adore some of their new Everyday is Halloween collection but I’m worried about spending so much on clothes that might fall apart! Has anyone bought some of the range yet?

colourful Halloween fashion inspiration to brighten up your tomb

1. Stitched Halloween manicure | Pinterest     2. Spooktacular cowboy boots | Rocketbuster Handmade Boots
3. Famous Monsters Gloria dress | Pinup Girl Clothing    4. Novelty spiderweb wool 1940’s dress | Vintage from Dorothea’s Closet
5. Striped tights and ballet flats | Tieks

With so many bright and bold Halloween -able clothes available, I couldn’t include them all! Pop over to my This is Halloween Pinterest board for more horror themed, monster printed, spooky, kooky style. Have a favourite source of Halloween goodness? Leave me a comment below or show me your kitschy killer style on Instagram or Facebook.

With Style and Sass,

Velvet DeCollete

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Monday Style Tip No.34

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The key to owning that plunging neckline? Fashion tape and oodles of confidence.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.34

 

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They’re basically the perfect earring

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.29

 

Shoe clips add versatile glamour | Monday Style Tip

I’ve also used them as dress clips, brooches and hair accessories, so don’t feel like you can only use them on shoes!

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.28

one colour plus white is crisp and fresh | Monday Style tip

 

Struggle to pair colours? Try choosing just one colour and white for a quick and easy was to look fresh and chic. (for example a classic white shirt with blue jeans, a blue clutch and a blue statement necklace, or a yellow dress with a white belt, bag and shoes.)

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.27

Iris Apfel dress to please you | Monday Style Tip

If it worked for Iris, it’s good enough for me.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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