Lately I’ve been taking a lot of inspiration from style over the last few decades; the decadent 70’s, the extravagent 80s, the classic 90’s.
In a time where fashion has become so, well, ‘fast’, nothing gives me greater joy than swerving away from the high street stores of mass produced run of the mill’s in favour of second hand and vintage shops. That’s where you find the real gems; truly stunning items from the previous era’s that are not only made so much better – but fit like a dream. There really is something so delicious to me about trying on a old piece you know has a real story behind it, and you can be pretty much guaranteed absolutely no chance of seeing someone else wearing the same thing the minute you step out. We’ve all been there – and we all know the moment you go home you’re just so over it. And then it goes in to the back of the wardrobe and you’re on to the next. And on it goes…
What I noticed particularly about the muse’s of the past decades is that when they dress up, they still look so damn effortless. They define elegance. How to do this? Keep the make up classy, the hair undone and accessories simple.*
1970’s Bianca Jagger
1980’s Paulina Porizkova
One of my favourite recent vintage purchases is this Kenzo skirt – which is cut like an absolute dream and has a 90’s esque leg split that makes me feel all sorts of sassy. It cost me £25 from one of my vintage shops in Harrogate, and works just as well with a pair of trainers or ankle boots and a jumper for day as it does with sequins and heeled sandals for night. Oh yes! The incredible versatilty of this style can take you places, and then some.
I’ve always had a thing for sparkles – and sequins are no exception… Particularly in the red variety. So when the rail in one of my local charity shops was hiding this red sequinned vest for a steal price of £3 – I knew I had me a catch. See how it hugs the body like that? That’s what I’m talking about! The high neckline balances out the leg reveal just nicely – and adds that little something extra for an understated-yet-dramatic New Years Eve party look.
Paired with diamante chandelier earrings and simple strappy heels – I quickly scraped my hair back in to a slick bun (letting a tendril here and there fall out) and felt a million dollars, ironically in a £28 outfit.
This year I’ll be toasting to a 2019 of embracing this new way of shopping; that is not only a hell of a lot more healthy for the planet and wallet – but also for the soul. Just playing dress up in beautiful garms that will hopefully spread the word about why it’s time to do the same! What about you?