Translating Summer 2016 into vintage and retro styles.
I love this bucolic/ pastoral theme as it makes me think of the rare sunny days we get here in England. It brings back looks from history and inspiration can be found in literature and costume dramas. Imagine roaming the green hills and wild flower meadows.
Flowers in my hair and natural curls. Although I love the perfectly done look of the Fifties, I’ll always include some costume drama! It’s amazing how even vintage eras cross over, and the teddy girls of the Fifties and the costume films of the Sixties give a good mix of old and new.
Embroidered daisy headband – a gift
Black ribbon choker home-made
Mini dress worn as blouse – George at Asda
Gingham skirt – home-made (film reference The Assassination Bureau)
Buckle sandals – La Redoute
This dress is wonderful to wear, and is a typical Thirties style (watch Katherine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby). From the label I think this is a Seventies dress in the popular original Laura Ashley style.
Dress – eBay
Mini straw boater – check out my post on The Assassination Bureau
Parasol – Irish craft shop
Vintage earrings, and grosgrin ribbon tied at waist. All clothes La Redoute.
Red checked blouse made from a vintage pattern, and gingham skirt as before. Red gingham tie from another dress.
Embroidered cream waistcoat – H&M
Lace and pintuck detail skirt – Primark (altered to fit at waist and panel added along bottom to get length.)
Knitted waistcoat – from my childhood
Blue floral and crochet detail blouse – Dorothy Perkins
One of my favourite summer outfits, but not the most practical, being all white. Phantom of the Opera is one the references here. Blouse, skirt and Turkish slippers all La Redoute. Broderie Anglaise corset top from New Look.
I changed the plain buttons on the back of the blouse for some painted buttons. The printed fabric has been embroidered over in matching thread. I think it was from New Look. My Mum made the skirt. It’s cut double the width of the front, so it gathers into a bustle. Platforms from Matalan.
Broderie Anglaise blouse and coral peep toe heels from La Redoute
Dress and socks – Matalan
Blouse – La Redoute
Belt – vintage
Skirt – made using an old skirt as a pattern
Wedges – Clarks
Lemon bag – Avon
Red cropped top – vintage
Gingham cropped trousers – made from vintage pattern in the style of Marilyn Monroe.
Which outfit do you like best?