Monday, 29 February 2016

How to ease yourself into vintage???

By now most people have a vague idea about what vintage is. Basically, it's fashion from the past that we can wear as original pieces or that we take inspiration from.
Here at Dirty Fabulous we'd categorise "vintage" fashion as spanning between 1920's to the 1970's.
If we're feeling overly forgiving we'll sometimes allow the 80's in, but it doesn't happen often! Anything pre-1920's is heading into the world of antiquities and whilst incredibly beautiful to look at, it's not the most wearable fashion.

So before you work up the nerve to rock a full vintage look, you might want to dip your toes in the water.
Here are our top 5 tips on how to introduce yourself to vintage fabulousness!

No 1: The Full Fifties Skirt
Now, I'm sure you've probably worn a full skirt at some point, many modern dresses have voluminous skirts.
The key to making it look a little more vintage is all in the length. T- length to be precise. This means the skirt hem should finish anywhere from the below the knee to above ankle.
I hear all the time "I can't wear that length, I'm not tall enough". Well, I'm only 5ft 1" and I wear T-length skirts and culottes all the time.
Give it a go, you'll never feel so chic!

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No. 2: The Red Lip
I'm so addicted to my vast collection of red lipsticks that I find it hard to come down for brekie with a natural pout. My face feels so naked without a splash of red lippy. It's the best trick I know for an instant pop of glamour. If you do  nothing else, just throw on some red lippy and you'll look like you've made an effort! 
Red lipstick = vintage style make-up so this is something anyone can try for very little money. 
This tip is a two parter though: Make sure you find the right shades to suit your skin tone. 
Don't try on a pinky red and think 'GAH! Not for me!'. Pick a berry hue or shade of coral and try again.
The best way to determine a good shade is to experiment either at a make-up counter with an expert or snap up some cheap lippies at your local Pennys, Euro Store or Chemist.
Have your foundation, cheeks and eyes already on then try one colour. See what you think, take a selfie. Then wipe it off and try another.

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No 3: Colour Contrast
Not one that instantly springs to mind, I'll agree. But if you think mixing up your colours is a thoroughly modern fashion concept then think again! One of the aspects I love most about vintage fashion throughout the decades was how they weren't afraid to experiment with colour. They were daring with their palette choices and the results pushed their dresses into the realms of extraordinary.
So embrace your playful fashion side and be brave in your colour choices. 


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No 4: Winged Eye Liner
If you haven't tried this, it's probably the next simplest opener into the world of retro glamour. It might take a little practice but it will give an instant vintage look to any outfit. Personally, I wear winged eyeliner every single day. It's a habit I'm not willing to break!
You can make your eyeliner flicks as big as you like. Start with a little tail and extend it out to whatever suits you. The wider and thicker the line the more dramatic and pronounced the vintage effect. 

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No 5: Visit Dirty Fabulous
Obvious really! We work by appointment so it allows you total comfort to try lots of different styles outside of your comfort zone. We're super experienced and devoted to vintage fashion so we'll be able to suggest dresses to suit your body shape which are occasion appropriate. If you're not familiar with vintage clothing we'll introduce you to this gorgeous world gently. Even if you decide on the day that it's not for you, hopefully you'll walk away having had an hour of fashion fun!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Our top 15 favourite Oscar dresses of all time!

This super infographic has been around for a few years but with the Oscars looming we've been looking back at our favourite dresses to grace the red carpet at the Academy Awards. 

(in no particular order)

Mary Pickford 1930
Bette Davis 1939 (I could totally see Caroline wearing this outfit today, and not an Oscar in sight!)

Gloria Swanson in 1950... SHAMAZING!!!

Lauren Bacall 1950s

Grace Kelly 1954

Audrey Hepburn in Hubert Givenchy 1954

Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly one more time in 1956

Dame Helen Mirren 2006

 Gwyneth Paltrow 2012 in Tom Ford

 Michelle Williams 2012

 Tilda Swinton 2009

Cate Blanchett 2011

Michelle Williams again! 2007 

Mila Kunis 2011


Jlo, 2007 wearing 1950's Jean Desses dress

Penelope Cruz, 2009 wearing vintage Pierre Balmain

Natalie Portman, 2012 in vintage Christian Dior

Marisa Tomei, 2011 wearing a Charles James gown

Reese Witherspoon in 2006 wearing a 1955 Christian Dior gown

Renee Zellweger, 2001 wearing a 1950's Jean Desses dress

The company Big Group had added a new infographic with the Oscar dresses worn by some of the most iconic actresses in the movie. You can head over to it and peruse some of the past dresses worn before the big event in Sunday night.
I wonder if 2016 will bring any new dresses to add to our favourite looks?