Finding your fashion style can be difficult, as you have to think about how you want to express your personality and what makes you feel fabulous and yet comfortable. Retro fashion is well worth considering when thinking about creating your own distinctive fashion style, as such looks can lend an aura of sophistication, fun, or evoke certain interesting historical time periods.
The first thing you need to think about however, is what kind of clothes do you like to wear? and where are the places you like to go? If you fancy a night out at the pub and are often found in comfortable flat shoes and sports outfits, then it's probably not the best move to consider a style which encompasses sky scraping, high heels and pencil skirts.
So what are some retro fashion ideas to consider?
Victorian Mourning Fashion
"We have long passed the Victorian Era when asterisks were followed after a certain interval by a baby."
W. Somerset Maugham
The mourning fashion of the Victorian era, is very distinctive and a famous part of this time period. This era is named for Queen Victoria, who dominated this time as the British figurehead; she also spent forty years of her reign in mourning clothes, after the death of her husband Albert. Although mourning clothes were generally black during the first period of mourning, there were many ways for Victorian women to show their style and wealth, with matching gloves, purses, hats and umbrellas.
Victorian mourning style fashion is still a look on the fashion radar today, with many modern interpretations of Victorian fashion elements available. Rich colours and luxurious fabrics can be used instead of black and there are many different kinds of corsets and accessories to choose from. So enjoy some dressing up fun!
The Gibson Girl
According to some, the Gibson Girl was the first national beauty standard for American women. As a feminine, beauty ideal, the Gibson Girl was created by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson. Slender with masses of hair, a generous bosom and bountiful bottom the Gibson Girl style expresses the look of the late 19th- and early 20th-century.
When the Gibson girl was about the place, men often acted like blockheads, overcome by her beauty, confidence and provocative allure. With a narrow waist and hour-glass figure, Gibson Girls are often found wearing corsets and sporting a bouffant hairdo. Gibson Girls are beautiful and they are feminine and they turn men into lumps of jelly.
Everything changed after the World War II, as women had worked and contributed to the war effort and were not content with being sent back to the house. Women had discovered their power and the outside world and they wanted to shine. The flappers were at the forefront of this "new breed" of women and they were bold, brash and adventurous. Such actresses as Clara Bow and Joan Crawford were famous for their flapper image. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1922) featured Daisy Buchanan as a flapper girl.
If you like the flapper aesthetic and fashion, then you need to get hold of some straight and loose dresses, preferably in a spangled or shiny fabric. High heeled shoes and risqué garter belts, add to the look. Hair cut in the bob style, perhaps with finger waves and a cloche hat were popular at this time, and don't forget to slap on plenty of makeup.
The Hepburn Look
British actress Audrey Hepburn created her own distinctive signature style, which has become as legendary as her films. In the film ' Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Hepburn wore what has become an "iconic" black dress and she has also become known for her sophisticated elegance and genteel style. Dressed by some of the best designers, like Givenchy and Valentino, the Hepburn look is highly influential, inspirational and copied. If graceful, glamour is your look, then the Audrey Hepburn style is for you.
Pin-up girl Style
“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
The pin-up girl look refers to the style that was commonly used in posters of women, mostly in the 1940s-50s. As a seductive, fantasy style, the pin-up look is not for the shy and retiring type. If your personality is sassy and strong and you can handle the panting males and harpoon eyes of other women, then this look is for you.
As the clothing of this style is mostly fitted or revealing, it is most suitable for those with hour-glass figures, although clever fashion tricks can always create the illusion of this figure type. The talented and beautiful Marilyn Monroe, first came into the public eye as a pin-up model and once she got everyone's attention, she continued to collect hearts, fans and imitators.
"Elvis was the only man from Northeast Mississippi who could shake his hips and still be loved by rednecks, cops, and hippies."
There was lots of great things about the 1960s and in many ways the hippies were one of them. Hippies sought to free themselves of many of the straight-laced and conservative values of the past, they were interested in life's meaning and represented nonviolence, altruism and respect for individual rights. Hippies expressed their values in their flowing, often brightly colored clothing, they favoured tie-dye patterns and bell bottom pants. Hippies made thrift shopping mainstream and headbands, scarves and necklaces of beads must have items. And hippies gave us Woodstock, free love and wonderful psychedelic music.
If you are the counter-culture, bohemian type, who cares about the equal rights of others, then perhaps the hippie style is the right fashion expression for you.
David Bowie Fashion
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