Saturday, 18 December 2010

My pick of the current 60's resurgence

It appears at the moment that both halves of the 1960s have inspired the high street. The early 60's have been  picked over due to the popularity of Mad Men, and of course that's no bad thing. Seeing kitten heels and knee length wiggle dresses in the shops is a welcome diversion from the recent 90's revivalism! And while Topshop may be cooing over the new length - the 'midi'- that any vintage collector will have been rocking for years already, the 'mini' needs no new introduction to the high street shopper.

It's this latter staple of later 1960's style that I'd like to focus on today.  Original 60's mini dresses are becoming harder to find and more expensive. They also come with the drawbacks of the boom for synthetics at the time i.e. the dreaded polyester that will make sweat a constant companion! So the current trend for 60's inspired shifts and minis is welcome in my book and I'd like to show you my pick of the best around.
First up this purple shift from Oasis, currently in their sale. I really like the pan style collar and little bows at the waist, also it's not too 'mini'! Find it here 

Second, this fab jewelled peter pan collar mini dress from Warehouse. This would be a great party dress with opaque tights. Find it here

And to give a source of comparison, how about this original 1960s dress with sheer sleeves?

I found this dress on etsy (here), it's actually quite a bargain and perhaps the sheer sleeves would solve the synthetic sweat issues?!

Monday, 13 December 2010

'Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful....'

I've re-launched the blog with a bit of a makeover! This past year has been so hectic with studying for my Masters, I just didn't have time to devote to the blog. Hopefully, now I've just handed in my thesis, I will have some more time to post (as well as do some much needed job-hunting!).

Anyway the topic of this post is winter boots! Each year the search for warm shoes or boots that actually fit with my wardrobe mostly ends in disaster or resorting to freezing feet and ankles...

This year I invested in these from Office:

I chose them because they reminded me a bit of 1950s galoshes like these from Etsy:

Or these (also from Etsy):

I've never been tempted to buy galoshes partly because all my shoes have different heels and I'm not sure  if they'd actually fit over any of them!

Other boot styles I thought would fit well with mid length dresses are these (from Office but sold out online except for size 3!):
I like the crepe sole, which has been around more this season, it gives the boots more of a 'retro' feel.

Lastly these from Clarks which have been out of stock for ages but are now back in!

I think they'd go really nicely with 1940s and 50s styles and they also have a crepe sole. 

That's it for now! More post to come soon...