(Closed) NWR… Need help updating my wardrobe, 50s style

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Where to start…

 

1) I’m confused as to where you got the idea that red and blue can’t both be in an outfit, given that the first “inspiration” outfit you posted uses both. In any event, ditch those misconceptions. Blue and green/blue and red/honestly, most two-color combinations are going to be fine together.

 

2) Watching some episodes of What Not To Wear might be a good place for you to start. It’ll give you some basic concepts and building blocks for creating succesful, well thought-out outfits.

 

3a) In general, when putting together an outfit, one or two items should be the “star(s)” and the rest should be supporting cast. It’s when you try to combine a blouse, pants, shoes, and bag that are all attention-grabbing (patterned/brightly colored/retro/etc) into a single outfit that you really get into trouble. The eye doesn’t know where to look, and chances are that not everything will go together. So find one piece (say, a blue and white polka-dot dress) that you love and create an outfit around it. Pick a complementary color to pair with it–for example, yellow shoes and a yellow clutch. Keep any other accessories neutral. If you match all of your accessories to your color scheme (for instance, by wearing a yellow cardigan, yellow earrings, bracelet, and necklace as well) the effect will be too costume-y. But a simple gold necklace or some pearl earrings and a white cardigan would be lovely.

 

3b) Let’s take another example. Say you find a bright purple gauzy/drapey top that you love. If you wear it with a green flowing skirt the effect will be blindingly bright and kind of hippie-ish–too much swaying fabric. But pair it with a fitted bottom in a neutral (i.e., goes with anything) color–dark wash jeans/gray pencil skirt/black trousers/white slacks–and it’ll look much more deliberate and flattering. Your bottom piece and accessories determine what sort of outfit this is: paired with slacks/a pencil skirt, a blazer, and ankle boots or pumps, it looks very professional. With strappy metalic shoes and skinny jeans, it’s going-out wear. The key with really bright colors is to stick to neutrals and metallics when accessorizing, or, if you’re feeling more daring, pick 1-2 other colors of similar intensity/saturation and use them in a very limited way. So if you tone down the overall look with, say, dark jeans and a brown leather jacket, you could use a bright yellow (or teal, or blue…whatever you think looks good) handbag or bracelet or pair of shoes to add a secondary visual accent.

 

4) Go shopping and try lots of stuff on to figure out what works on your body and is most flattering (cuts and colors). Try to find versatile pieces that can go with lots of different things (a couple of great pairs of pants, skirts, jackets, cardigans, shoes, bags) as well as some more special/exciting pieces that you really love (bolder prints, patterns, colors, cuts). If you don’t have a good proportion of “supporting actors” and “stars” in your wardrobe, it’s going to be hard for you to create outfits. Almost every piece in your wardrobe should work with more than one other item.

 

5) Given your taste in clothing, you should definitely be looking at http://www.modcloth.com/

 

Post # 4
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4524 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@kris325:  Girl, I got this πŸ™‚

http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/

http://www.inkedshop.com/apparel/women/dresses.html

http://www.daddyos.com/retro/retroldy.html

http://www.shopplasticland.com/fashion/c/Clothing.html

I regularly shop on all of these sites and have nothing but positive things to say about what I’ve purchased. Some of my more “authentic” friends buy revamped real-and-true vintage clothing from shops and seamstresses, but I keep it simple and shop online.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m pretty sure these first two responses have it down pretty well, but I just wanted to say that the blue and white striped dress is definitely more 60s than 50s.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Mrssrm already gave you tons of great advice, so just my two cents in. If you’re worried about color coordination, why not start by wearing more dresses? That eliminates a lot of “does this skirt go with this blouse” questions that I’m sure even the biggest fashion experts have from time to time. If you’re unsure about something, try it on. If it feels odd for whatever reason, don’t buy it. 

I think a really good idea is to invest into a pair of good quality black pumps and a pair of nude pumps, I prefer the kind with rounded toe. They are easy to coordinate with most outfits. Nude shoes also make your legs look longer, especially when you try to match them as closely as you can to the color of your skin. 

Even though women in the 1950ies believed in matching your shoes to your purse (they even sold them together in the same pattern – I found an example of that while clearing out my Granny’s attic), I don’t suggest you do it, at least not in the beginning, you could run the risk of looking like you’re going to a 1950ies themed costume party. Try to keep your bags, as well as your shoes, neutral to start with. Or add just a splash of color or pattern by wearing a neutral outfit and shoes and a very attention grabbing bag.  

Accessories are an easy way to add a 1950ies flare to a modern outfit. Google “1950ies fashion” and look for sunglasses, belts, bags, necklaces, hair ribbons,  brooches etc., find some styles you like and then try to find them on Etsy or maybe your local flea market. You may find it’s a lot more cost effective than changing your entire wardrobe but still helps you get the look that you want. 

Look online. There are many places that sell vintage clothing, either real vintage or newly made in the style of the 1950ies. Betty Page clothing is great, also Hell Bunny and Vintage Vixen. I don’t know where you live but if you’re from the US or UK your options are pretty much unlimited! If you need any more advice or places to look, just say it. I’m absolutely in love with vintage clothing and it will be my pleasure to help! πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@badabing88:  Thanks for finding even more places for me to drool over πŸ™‚ I think I love you πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MsMeow:  LOL you’re welcome, sister πŸ™‚ Another tip: use retailmenot.com to find coupon codes for those sites πŸ˜‰ I always find some!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@badabing88:  THANK YOU!!! πŸ™‚ 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m a a 50’s vintage freak. I say “freak” because it’s all I spend my money on (or at least before I was saving for a wedding!) Normal every day clothes I just buy as cheap as I can find!

I don’t wear vintage ALL THE TIME as I just can’t afford to wear my day clothes EVERY single day, but my style (when I’m not wearing vintage) is defintely very 50’s inspired. So i’ll wear capris/pedal pushers (the higher waisted the better – btw have you thought about high waisted jeans? due to where they sit they are more comfortable than todays lower waisted ones), pencil skirts/dresses, cute little sweaters, halter tops, cardigans, wide belts, flat pumps. (or biker boots in the winter!) I love my red lipstick and lqiuid eyeliner! And I always have some kind of vintage wicker purse with me.

When I go out and get dressed up, it’s sequins, lurex, lame, rhinestones, hawaiian etc, with lucite purses, springolator shoes, and bakelite or celluloid jewellery.

(check us out here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2323471/Nostalgia-fans-turn-clock-1950s-50th-Hemsby-Rock-n-Roll-Weekender.htmlI think I’m the pic secodn from the bottom, on the right in the red cropped jacket – excuse the cig, it was posed! Also might give you some ideas of 50’s fashions nowadays!) 

Best places to shop are eBay, etsy and a good 50’s reproduction clothing site is pinupgirlclothing.com which is run by some ladies I know of in the vintage scene. (sorry just seen that that’s mentioned above). They do some lovely bits. Also check out local flea markets and thrift stores. And like MsMeow says, just buy one or two pieces at a time, like some staple bits… pair of high waisted black capris, or a good pair of shoes. Also, my friend runs http://www.whirlingturban.com and she does the MOST AMAZING made to measure dresses. (including wedding dresses!) 

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions at all. Always happy to help when it comes to vintage/50’s stuff! πŸ™‚ 

 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ThreeMeers:  I love them, I really do πŸ™‚ I figured someone else might enjoy them as well!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@kris325:  uniquelyvintage.com one of my favorite online shops

Post # 15
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527 posts
Busy bee

@kris325:  A great website for vintage-y clothes is Shabby Apple.  I ADORE their clothes.  I’m not big into pin up clothing – I used to be, in my early 20’s, but now I’m much more into the “lady-like” stuff (no offense, pin-up bees!!!).  And, actually, I copy a LOT of Shabby Apple’s clothing. 

If you want to sew your clothes, Vogue Patterns, Butterick, and Simplicity all carry vintage pattern reproductions.  Also, check out Gertie’s line for Butterick – great vintage inspired stuff. 

For sewing tutorials and advice, I highly recommend Gertie‘s blog (especially her older posts) & Coletterie (also check out Colette’s Patterns – some good vintage inspired stuff, especially lingerie).   

Some stuff I am totally loving right now from Shabby Apple:

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mrshunnybunches:  ahhh those clothes are SO nice. it’s like the pin-up look but grown up. thanks for posting this!

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