Vintage Style Bloggers to follow

 

 

do love vintage style: anything from the seventies all the way back to the 1920s/1930s does it for me. I love browsing second-hand shops, vintage fairs and jumble sales in search of an elusive piece from any of these period.

However while I don’t have the confidence to dress in a certain period I am a big fan of those bloggers (and Instagrammers) who make vintage style part of their everyday life. Here are a few that I follow:

The Freelancer’s Fashion Blog

I’ve mentioned this blog before here in a post on second-hand style bloggers but have to repeat my admiration for this blog. Norwegian blogger, Ulrika, has the most beautiful 1940s/1950s style. I love everything she wears (although her burlesque costumes are slightly more revealing than I would personally wear!). I also like the fact that she dresses beautifully – even in the freezing Norwegian winters.

Style Sixties

I’m still quite new to Sarah’s blog but if you like 1960s fashion this is the one for you. I like the images she posts of her outfits, as well as her informative pieces about clothing styles and fashion icons.

Musings of a Mid Century Girl

I also follow Emma on Instagram here as she posts some gorgeous pics of her 1940s outfits. Along with her friend Lara (that40sgal on Instagram here) they dress in impeccable forties style and both volunteer at 1940s events including the Forties Experience living history museum.

Remembering the Old Ways

If you want to follow a blogger who lives a vintage life then I can recommend Michelle’s blog, which shares her family life, love of sewing and baking (her weekend tea time posts on Instagram are just so cosy!). She shares family experiences including trips to country houses, 1940s themed gatherings and homeschooling her children.

Finally, although she doesn’t write a blog, I am a huge fan (bordering on the obsessive) of the fashion historian, Amber Butchart, who dresses in the most amazing style. Bright colours and turbans are her trademark. You may have heard her on Radio 4 or seen her recent TV series, ‘A Stitch in Time’, where she worked with experts to recreate period clothing.

Are there any vintage style bloggers or Instagrammers that you follow?

 

 

My ‘vintage’ collection

Having spent the last thirty years trawling charity shops and jumble sales I have a few little gems that I have kept onto. I realise that being in my mid-forties means I can no longer fit into the size 8s and 10s I could as a teenager but I have been unable to part with some of my more wonderful finds. Thankfully I have three daughters and one niece so I am holding onto these items so that they may be able to wear them in the future.

At present I have two boxes of ‘vintage’ clothing which are stored away.

vintage clothing box

They contain a range of clothing, including a few items I bought in the 1990s. There is this early 90s ‘grunge’ dress that I bought while living in the US in 1992/3.

1992 'grunge' style dress, bought from Nordstroms dept store, California 1992

I also have a red two piece suit from Karen Millen that I wore to my wedding reception in 1999.

Then there are the finds from my student and school days which I have kept onto because they are unique:

lace blouse

My white Victorian style blouse picked up from Birmingham Rag Market in 1990/1. I wore this for my university graduation in 1994.

I was fortunate enough to begin my second-hand shopping in the mid eighties when charity shops and jumble sales were frowned upon yet, conversely, held the most amazing items that would sell for more than 50p now!

These two summer dresses have been with me for decades. I can’t remember where I picked them up from (possibly jumble sales in the late 1980s). I believe they are 1950s, or early 1960s. They have the telltale signs of metal zips and the brilliantly designed bra holders (small straps sewn in that clip your bra into place – genius invention). I was able to wear them until a few years ago and am deliberating over whether to get them altered so that I can wear them again.

1950s style summer dress

1950s summer dress

1950s dress: metal zip and white bra carrier strap

1950s dress: metal zip and white bra carrier strap

 

Blanes of London label

Blanes of London was a clothing company from the 1950s and 1960s, according to Vintage Fashion GuildThis website also says that if the label had a diagonal background then it dates from the 1950s. A quick search on the web revealed similar day dresses from Blanes on sale for $130-$180, although I have no intention of selling this one! (NB vintage sizing is higher numbers than today. I comfortably wore this size ’14’ when I was a size 10; being size 12 now means I can no longer squeeze into it)

One of the most precious collections in my box are my baby dresses from the early 1970s:

1970s baby clothes

With label names like ‘Rob Roy’ and ‘Little Imp’ and their heavy use of nylon they seem to come from another era. They are also incredibly short. While I have kept onto them for years there weren’t many of these dresses that I could put my own girls into as the styles have changed so much.

1970s baby dress

This is the one dress that my girls did wear, with leggings or trousers:

1970s baby dress

My collection also includes a couple of designer named items that I picked up in charity shops in Bath. I am always on the lookout for tips on how to store them better (especially as I now realise how much the jumble sale Blanes dress is worth!). I don’t feel sad that I can no longer fit into the clothing. As I have mentioned before with good quality items we are only the temporary custodians. I hope that the 1950s dresses go on to tell many more tales when my daughters wear them…