26th November 2012 - Laura Crosby
Vintage fashion is everywhere now - even the 80s have come back into style. Inspired by a recent vintage fair, Laura Crosby from our Bristol Cabot Cirdus branch, cast around for the perfect guides to perfecting your vintage look and found the Style Me Vintage series was just what she was looking for.
At the beginning of this month, I attended a vintage fair in Bristol. As a huge fan of anything even slightly vintage, I of course went along, incredibly excited. The stalls were very beautifully set up, and there was something for every surface of your 'needs to be vintage' body and home. Fortunately I went in with limited cash, so I couldn't spend a lot, but my heart ached for 90% of the items in there. Shoes, jewellery, clothes, ornaments, radios, sunglasses, scarves... the list was almost endless. Most of the public had made a great effort to look the part too, throwing us back into the 80s, 50s and 20s with their fantastically put together outfits. I thought I was in The Breakfast Club for a minute with one group of girls.
I had booked a hair and makeup session in advance, so I could look the part whilst wandering the stalls, and I don't think I've ever had so much fun getting pampered. The girls who were running the stall belonged to a company called The Vintage Hair Lounge. They originate from Southampton, and pop up all around the nation doing festivals, events, weddings, photoshoots and even film and television. It is run by mother and daughter, Sharon and Gloria, who are by far the nicest folk in this business I have ever met, not to mention their sheer talent in making you look amazing. I went in scruffy and unbrushed, and came out looking like a 1950s movie star. The prices were very affordable, and their staff are very capable, with a great sense of humour between them. Unfortunately, The Vintage Hair Lounge don't have any books to help you with your DIY look, so in true bookselling tradition, I will now bring you some vintage hair styling and makeup books that I have found useful, so you can recreate the vintage look at home.
The Style Me Vintage series, from Anova Books, is a fantastic series of books for hair, makeup, clothes, tea parties and even weddings! So let's start from your head and go down to your toes.
Style Me Vintage: Hair
Creating a vintage style with your hair, regardless of the length can seem like an incredibly daunting task. I've spent years trawling the internet trying to find a very simple tutorial which can help me. Not only are there many things you must do to prepare, such as, not having it recently washed, backcoming it, curling it, pinning it, spraying it, etc, but you must perfect the technique of creating those quiff curls and 'just so' way of the wave, or the difficult style which must lay under a hat. There are hundreds of ways you can have your hair to be vintage. This book showcases them era by era, with celebrity examples and instructions on how to easily style yourself vintage.
Style Me Vintage: Makeup
I know so many girls, including myself, who have attempted the oh so classy look of vintage makeup, which has gone oh so incredibly wrong. It's simple, yet complicated, its elegant, but a little bit naughty. Vintage makeup can come in many styles, from the classic red lips and black eyeliner to the bright eye shadow and natural lips. Again, using recognisable celebrities from many era's, you are guided through how to create the perfect style me vintage face, for any occasion.
Style Me Vintage: Clothes
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a charity shop, with lots of clothes that represent the beautiful fabrics, the interesting patterns and the exciting potential to turn the items into something from the 50s? Aye, me too. I usually end up putting it all back, though, thinking that I won't ever have the time or skill to make something for myself. This book, however, will become invaluable to you should you lack the skills and motivation to create your own clothes, like I do. With tips on how to shop, where to shop and what to do with what you find, this little gem is a perfect introduction and guide on all clothes vintage.
I have listed some books from a really great series, but there are so many others out there. Others which are more detailed, with more pictures and with a big history of the vintage style. But for me, these Style Me Vintage books are yes, sometimes vague and simplistic, but also undeniably beautiful and accurate. Spot on for a beginner like me.
I know I'll be making the vintage effort a lot more often, and I hope you help me bring back the 'old school' by doing the same.
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