A Fine Vintage

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Fashion’s love affair with all things vintage continues, and this season’s key influencing eras are proving to be quite enduring. Judging from the most recent runway offerings and its subsequent high-street incarnations, we are far from over the languid elegant look of the 20s and the ultra-feminine 50s.

The Jazz Age lives on with slinky dresses, soft feminine separates, languid lounge wear and the ubiquitous drop waist dress. These simple silhouettes serve as the perfect backdrop for artisanal details like intricate beading, embroidery or fringing, as well as dimensional fabrics and handkerchief hemlines with layers upon layers of chiffon or lace for soft volume and movement.

Keep exercising those calves because the midi is here to stay. Some of the other 50s references include waisted looks with longer silhouettes, dirndls and vintage pin-up cropped tops, as well as boat neck and off-shoulder necklines. Patterns and materials, we’ll find, are also on the more sophisticated side with heavy brocades and jacquard.

When you think about it, the most familiar silhouettes from both decades are highly problematic and they are, sadly, not for everyone. The loose drop-waist shape favors slim frames with small chest and straight hips. The waisted midis will work best with shapely yet elongated figures.

But don’t knock a trend till you’ve tried it. There will always be exceptions and, when done right, styling can work wonders and make a look work for you.

It’s hard to envision the true potential of a piece of clothing until you actually see them on a human form. When you’re in a mall, don’t hesitate to try on whatever catches your fancy, even if it’s something you don’t normally go for. If you prefer online shopping, that’s even better. The best shopping sites show you what each piece look like when worn and how to style them. Take note on how outfits are put together and how it is accessorized. It’s the next best thing to having your personal stylist. Try browsing at www.zalora.com.ph or ww.zalando.co.uk and www.lamoda.co.uk when in Europe, or www.theiconic.com.au when in Australia.

Don’t hide under a rock and wait for these trends to pass. Dive right in and, who knows, you might have an inner flapper or glamour girl hiding inside you.

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